Old Castillo Bed and Breakfast

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St Martinville Bed and Breakfast
   
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1829 Greek Revival 3 story building nestled along the lazy Bayou Teche, beneath the branches of the legendary Evangeline Oak.
The Old Castillo Bed and Breakfast has been written up in Southern Living Magazine & USA Today. Also recommended and approved by AAA and Mobile Guide. Chili Pepper Magazine The rooms were the biggest we had ever seen, and furnished with beautiful antiques - rates in our opinion is a steal - truly elegant, with wonderful food and great coffee. American Way magazine (author Robert Draper) My personal favorite, with its vast rooms and its dreamy view of the Bayou Teche.
Throughout the 19th century, steamboats sailed up and down Bayou Teche bringing travelers and goods to Acadiana. Those who stopped in St. Martinville found lodging and hospitality in a large brick building that came to be called the Castillo Hotel. It had one of the area's most luxurious ballrooms and was the setting for decades of community activities. When steamboat travel gave way to the railroads, the old hotel was sold to the Sisters of Mercy, who operated the Convent of Mercy School there for almost 90 years. Through the hard work and persistence of Peggy and Clayt Hulin, the old hotel again offers visitors lodging and hospitality along with 175 years of history. It is said to be the only surviving example of the type hotel that served the trade along Bayou Teche during the era of steamboat transportation. With Peggy's recipes and love of entertaining, a special treat awaits those who cherish good food, good company and a relaxing time spent leisurely beside the slow-moving water of Bayou Teche.
Each of the seven guestrooms is beautifully furnished in period antiques and reproductions with private baths and balcony (Bayou Side or beneath Evangeline Oak).
he Old Castillo Bed and Breakfast is the perfect place for special events of any kind,
such as weddings, rehearsals, meetings, parties, and conferences.
St. Martinville, in the 19th century, was a fashionable resort attracting affluent residents of New Orleans seeking a summertime escape from the heat and yellow fever of the city. It was also a place of refuge for French Royalists during and after the French Revolution. And what better place to show off their finery than in the Union Ballroom of the hotel believed to have been built by Jean Pierre Vasseur .

During the Civil War, the building remained open to serve as a meeting place for community activities. Brother's Anton and Wilhelm Hesse operated the Maison des Allemands in the building for 16 years. Charles Gauthier, the Charles Gauthier Estate and Stanislas Dabadie owned the building in succession. During that time, Delia Greig Castillo, widow of Edmond Castillo, a well-known steamboat captain, operated the Castillo Hotel in the building. Although she never actually owned the hotel, she ran it extremely well, and it became known throughout the area for its fine hospitality.

In 1885, Castillo's granddaughter, Eva Bonin, married Alphonse Guerin, who was later appointed librarian for a subscription library established in the hotel. Guerin a native of France and a gourmet cook brought fame to the hotel for his banquets and dinners.

Castillo died in late eighteen hundreds, and the building was sold to the Sisters of Mercy to expand a school established in 1881. The nuns maintained the building, although they were unable to make major improvements. Climate and weather took a heavy toll. The Convent of Mercy School, then called Mercy High School, closed in nineteen eighty six. The following year, Peggy Hulin bought the property.
  • TV/VCR Linens provided
  • High Speed Internet Fireplace
  • Cable/Satellite TV

NEW! Free Wireless Internet Access is Available for Guests!, # The Old Castillo Bed and Breakfast offers seven guestrooms beautifully furnished in period antiques and reproductions with private baths and balcony (Bayou side or beneath Evangeline Oak)., # Breakfast is offered in the inn's breakfast room each morning., # 3 Cajun Days a suggestion for the most memorable Cajun Experience, # Center of it all St. Martinville is considered the hub of Cajun Country. Easily access all of the surrounding culture while a guest at this historic Bed and Breakfast. Click here for Area Attractions, # New addition: Parlor complete with fireplace and TV for your relaxation and enjoyment., Breakfast is offered in the inn's breakfast room each morning., , Hot Cajun Breakfast of Beignet, Pain perdu, Bacon, Fresh Country Eggs, Toast, Home Cooked Perserves (Figs, BlackBerry, Strawberry, Pears, Peaches or Watermelon Rind) Homemade Cafe'au Lait, Coffee, Juice.

The property is in the center of the historic district of the beautiful City of St. Martinville, the sixth oldest city in Louisiana. It is within easy walking distance of St. Martin Square consisting of: St. Martin Catholic Church (Mother Church of the Acadians); The Presbyter (recently renovated and restored); Petit Paris Museum (displaying a unique collection of elaborate costumes worn in Mardi Gras ball); the world-renowned museum Maison Duchamp; and Acadian Memorial (dedicated to early Acadians). Also nearby are the newly renovated and restored Old Opera House, live entertainment, the Multicultural Museum, and Evangeline State Park. Pre-arranged guided tours of St. Martinville are also available., # St. Martinville, # Longfellow-Evangeline State Park/St. Martinville, # Evangeline Oak/St. Martinville, # Acadian Memorial /St. Martinville, # Cajun swamp tours, Champagne's swamp tours, # Lafayette Travel, , # St. Martin de Tours Church(mother church of Acadians)/St Martinville, # Petit Paris Museum (display Mardi Gras Costumes)/St. Martinville, # Maison Duchamp/St. Martinville, # Duchamp Opera House (antiques/plays)/St. Martinville, # Lake Fausse Point/Coteau Holmes, # Avery Island/New Iberia, # Jefferson Island/New Iberia, # Konrico Rice Factory/New Iberia, # Shadows on the Teche plantaion house/New Iberia., # Evangeline Downs/Lafayette, # Cashatta Casino/Cherinton, # Vermillionville/Lafayette, # Baton Rouge Casino, # Lake Martin bird rookery/St. Martinville, # Atchafalaya/Henderson, # Pine & Oak Alley, # Jean Lafitte Nat'l Park, # Acadien villiage, Lafayette, LA, # Numerous Cajun restaurants


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