you are surrounded by the supernatual, you cant see or hear them...just take your camera and start snapping pictures everywhere.....we are going again in Jan 2012, our 3rd trip....love it !!!!!!...if you are curious....and want a great night, great food, an atmosphere like no other...... Trust me you can feel them even if you can not see them until you get home and download yours pics....2010, 2011 same ghost show up in pics, wearing same clothes...the little girl loves to play and if she likes you....good luck sleeping!
My family and I (all women) decided to go to the Angola Rodeo and spend the night at the Myrtle's plantation. The rodeo was amazing! However, the trip to the Myrtle's was not. First of all, we arrived to the plantation and immediately went to the front desk to retrieve our keys. The lady who was working behind the counter was very unfriendly and rude. She acted like she didn't have time for us and that we were a burden for being guests there. We asked her when the next history tour was and she said 4:30 (we arrived at 4:00). So we went to check out our rooms that were supposedly old slave quarters (we later found out they were actually built in the 1980's and were only an addition to the house). We were five minutes late to the tour and when we asked the same woman who was behind the counter if she knew where the tour was, she said we were late and that the tour was over... Five minutes later??? We then decided to check out the restaurant/bar that was totally overpriced. We changed our mind and went to look for a restaurant near by. NOTHING was open. We drove all the way to Zachary, LA to go to Sammy's Grill, which was worth it. After returning to the plantation, we decided to play a few games outside (like hide and seek) and were told by other guests to be quiet (it was 8:30 at this time). To make a long story short, we never saw any ghosts, nothing was eerie about the plantation, the caretaker's DO NOT take good care of the home and the additions, the service is horrible, the guest rooms do not have any televisions, phones, alarm clocks, etc. The only good thing about the plantation was the complimentary breakfast in the morning that was absolutely delicious. Other than that, I advise you not to waste your time/money.
My husband and I stayed for one night in the William Winters room. We were the only guests on our side of the house, so none of the rooms around us, including the Ruffin Stirling room tht connected to ours, was occupied.
We started our stay with some photos and the tour. The tour guide was very nice and the tour was informative, but a bit silly. I'm not sure why they continue to tell stories of myth about poisoned children and haunted mirrors, when there is so much more to the historically accurate stories of this place. Check the real history before you visit. While I didn't want to bother staff members too much about what guests had reported in the past, I did casually ask a few. No one other than our waitress would even acknowledge that anyone had ever told them anything. While I appreciate that the questions may seem old or redundant from guests, or possibly they don't want to attract people solely for "hauntings", I would have appreciated a little information or intrigue. Their silence almost made the stories I had heard previously suddenly seem untrue.
On the bright side, the staff was very nice. Moses, the caretaker was extremely accommodating and kind. We toured the grounds at night, which was quite creepy and Moses checked on us before retiring for the night. Our room was tasteful and looked like little had been done to restore it, which I very much appreciated. This is an old house and should look that way! It was clean and comfortable. My husband and I went to bed and all was quiet until about 4 a.m. We heard sounds of furniture moving across the wooden floor in the Stirling room next door, our mattress was pressed down on both sides a couple of times and at the end of the bed, our comforter was pulled straight up in the air and let go. We caught the furniture noises on our recorder, much to our delight, and found that the luggage rack had been moved from it's original location in the room.
Moses served a most excellent southern breakfast the next morning. We were excited to tell the staff about our experiences in the night, but again were met with stone faces and lack of comments. That was a bit disappointing. A little "oh really" or "I'm not surprised" would have been nice. I'm not asking for their personal comments or validation, but their seemingly disinterest took some of the magic out of the night, if you will. All in all, I would stay again. The plantation and grounds are beautiful. This was my first paranormal experience and I was glad to have it!
The grounds of the plantation are beautiful and the courtyard is a wonderful place to hang out. Our room, however, was atrocious. I have been disappointed with hotel rooms in the past, but this is the first time that I've been so disappointed that I've posted reviews. These were our issues with the room:
-The bathroom was filthy. There is beadboard with a chair rail on the bathroom walls. The chair rail had a thick layer of dust and hair on it, as did the corners of the bathroom floor. The bathtub looked dirty as well. When I touched it, some of it was just age but there were also a few hairs in the tub. The vanity was very deep and the back part of the counter did not seem clean (had hair and dust on it). We were so disgusted by the bathroom that we left as soon as we woke up, skipping breakfast and the historical tour and waiting until we got home to shower and even brush our teeth. My favorite part of staying at bed and breakfasts is usually taking advantage of the great bathtubs.
- There was no privacy in the room. Curtains on the doors to the room were lace, providing very little privacy. If someone stood at the door, they could see right into the room. Parking was right outside the door, so we also had headlights shining through at various times. Because of this, we had to change in the filthy bathroom and wear our regular clothes until we were ready to go to sleep. It would not be conducive for a romantic weekend getaway.
-The room has not been appropriately maintained. There were broken tiles on the bathroom floor. The hinge on the bathroom door was broken, so we had to lift the door to shut it. There was a 1/2 inch gap between the exterior door and the ground, leaving room for nasty bugs to easily creep in (two of which we saw that night). There were at least two light fixtures that did not have bulbs in them.
-The decor in the room was not what one would expect of a historical inn. Before we arrived, we knew that our room was not going to be as nice as those in the main house. We expected a small room without the charming structural features as the main house but tastefully decorated. The bathroom, besides being filthy, was the worst room. The only light was a ceiling light that produced a very dim, yellow glow. The tile floor was a very pale pinkish color, the beadboard was maroon, and the walls (I believe) were a yellow-beige color. The bathtub was too long for the room, so they cut a hole in the beadboard and left the plumbing exposed. There was one nice, antique piece of furniture in the room (a chest of drawers), but the rest was out-of-place for a historical establishment. The bed looked like it belonged in a ski lodge, not in a south Louisiana plantation home. Overall, the feel of the room was more similar to a cottage at a campground than that of other historical inns that we have stayed at (even other economy rooms).
-The mattress was horribly uncomfortable, and the sheets were scratchy.
Again, I understand that the rooms in the main house are probably nicer than the back rooms, but we expected them to at least be clean and tastefully decorated. We've stayed at other bed and breakfasts in Louisiana and in other parts of the country, and this was by far our worst experience. We wanted to stay in the main house, but there were not any rooms available when I called. When we were driving there, we talked about going back to stay in the main house but have lost total interest in ever returning.
The grounds were pretty and the restaurant was decent. I have had better food in south Louisiana, but it was definitely worth the low prices charged at the restaurant. The breakfast looked and smelled good, but we were so frustrated when we left that we were not interested in eating. We also left without taking the tour, even though we were looking forward to it and generally enjoy history lessons.
My son and I stayed at The Myrles December 21, 2009 and we thoroughly enjoyed it. People, you have to remember this is an antebellum home over 200 years old and to stay here is a privilege. If you want modern comforts such Wifi, TV's, phones, etc. save your money and go straight to the Quality Inn down the road. Likewise, if you have small children, this is not the place for you. If you love history, architecture, antiques, folklore and the feeling of what it must have been like to have been a guest in this home over 200 year ago, then by all means do yourself a favor and stay here for a least one night. My son and I absolutely adored The Myrtles and can't wait to go back. The staff is very friendly and accommodating (especially Ms. Hester Eby) and they will do everything to ensure your comfort and safety but PLEASE remember it is a very old home with old furnishings which much be protected and cannot be replaced. All the rules they have implemented are there for a REASON, not just to inconvenience everyone. The fact that there is no TV, internet, telephones etc. is EXACTLY the reason you want to stay there. This is what it must have been like to have been a guest at this home over 200 years ago. The rooms are not "dirty" and the "smell" everyone keeps referring to is because the furniture is very old and the house is not aired probably due to worries of theft and/or potential damage to the very fragile antiques. By all means, call before you book your room and ask beforehand which ones come with a shower, a bathtub, etc. and get the one that is most suited to your needs. Once you arrive, Just enjoy the ambiance that The Myrtles offers. Don't think about what it doesn't offer and think about what it does. How many times in your life will you stay in a home that is over 200 years old, and has a legacy of being haunted at that? The room my son and I stayed in was full of antiques (some over 150 years old), was very comfortable but it was the atmosphere that we enjoyed the most. We stayed in what was the judge's office, and while in that room I could just picture the judge running his 600 acre plantation with his many slaves. The only disappointment we encountered is that we experienced no paranormal activity, and I'm not sure if the place is actually haunted or if everyone thinks it is because this is what a haunted house should FEEL like. The breakfast was wonderful, eggs, sausage, grits, juice I mean honestly, what more could you want? Just take it all in while you are there, tour the grounds, ask questions of the employees, enjoy the interior tour of this wonderful home and it's furnishings because before you know it, it will be time to leave. And remember, you are a guest so behave like one. Show some manners, don't complain about things that don't matter, leave things like you found them, and ask permission before you go somewhere you shouldn't. When you own your own 207 year old antebellum plantation, THEN you can do things the way you want to. Until then, do yourself a favor and enjoy The Myrtles at least once and all it has to offer.
We stayed 2 nights. The tour was very detailed and interesting. The staff was very friendly and fun. The breakfast was awesome. Great coffee, and best grits ever. The room needed some deep cleaning. It appeared as if it had not been dusted or vacuumed in quite some time. The bathroom had no shower, only a tub. There are no t.v.s, no internet service, no alarm clocks, hairdryers (nothing). There is no way to get any ice and there are no drinks or food allowed in the rooms. If you get thirsty in the middle of the night you are out of luck. We did not have any ghostly experiences. We would like to go back just for the possibility of experiencing an encounter with some ghosts, but for the price charged, the rooms need to be cleaner. We did not try the restaurant although some ladies that were staying there did eat there and said it was great. We can't say enough about the staff, but the room cleanliness leaves much to be desired.
5 of us rented the 2 rooms in late summer of 08'. 2 in the childrens room on one side of the main house and 3 of us in Gen Bradford room on the other side of main house. Since I have learned they don't allow three to stay in the Gen Bradford Suite. We thought about going again and I was told the 'owner say's 3 people in the room is too risky' and they no longer allow 3 people in the room. We paid around $250.00 for that room. I think it might be about making more $ than anything being risky. Also the place is old so I don't expect it to be squeaky clean but it could use some sprucing up. Us 5 were the only ones in the house but we could not get to each other without going outside. The door of the childrens room was padlocked so we could not 'visit' accept through the keyhole! They told us this was due to 'fire safety hazard'. Again their were only 5 of us there. My mother who's 78 years old could barely climb the steep stairs and had to either stay outside or sit up in the kids room, had we been able to get to each other on the top floors it would have been fine. We could only 'visit' outside. Our room was so hot we couldn't breath. We called the manager to tell him the ac was not working. He told us we probably turned the ac to loo and it froze up. He didn't come up to check, nothing. It was very hot the entire night. The 'free' breakfast was horrible and the lady was very rude. She acted mad when we asked for fresh coffee. Even with all of this we did have a good time. We had some ghostly encounters. We heard a lady humming and the piano, someone ran their fingers though my nieces hair. This is when we ran out of the house in our pajamas (G. Bradford Suite). We heard heavy loud footsteps on the stairs, main side of house. Then the 3 weird black cats came and surrounded us and one just stared up at the door (by the piano). Very weird. My mom and friend in the kids room heard male voices but otherwise slept ok. The 2 with me would not stay, so we hung out at the store until daylight. I laughed the entire time. Would I go again? Yes, but only if 3 of us could stay as before in the G. Braford room. I thought it was fun and funny and it's overall a beautiful place. But they ought to have at least a coke machine, water something that a guest can purchase late a night. They need to adjust the price if they can't service their customers better. Signed, Lori in Texas (my niece is friend's with the owners niece) Maybe she might read this?
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