The Old Castillo Bed and Breakfast at La Place 'd Evangeline
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Bayou Hospitality at its Best!
The Old Castillo Bed and Breakfast, located 10 miles from Lafayette, LA, in Saint Martinville, was built circa 1827 by Captain Edmond Castillo. It has been listed on the National Register of Historic Homes since 1978. The building is 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".
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).
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Travelers are always looking formemorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Peggy and Clayt Hulin for sharing their own secrets with BBOnline.com! Why do most travelers stay at your inn?
Location (center of Cajun Country), beneath Longellow's Evangeline Oak, food, culture
What are you best known for?
Best known for being listed on National Historic Register, again location and breakfast
What makes your inn unique?
Our inn is unique in that it is over 175 years old, was a school for over 100 years and a B&B for 25 years.
What do you love most about your inn?
I love most my spacious rooms, location (beneath world famous Evangeline Oak) and the people I meet from all over the world.
If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?
Our Evangeline Oak, World renowned Acadian Museum, attractions within a 30 mile radius, visit families, on the way from one coast to the other and back, and from one part of the state to the other.
What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?
The fact that it is so historic, sits along the Bayou Teche, the treatment they get from me and my staff.
What’s the best kept secret about the area?
Best kept secret is how much there is to see and do, and our great food and people. Most stay one or two nights, but, even those staying for three days say they did not get to see all we have here. I work to convey that because of my location, if they use us as a hub, they get to spend more time visiting and less time on the road.
If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?
They should visit our museums, attractions, many restaurants (all with great foods) festivals, swamp tours, bird rookery (see points of interest on my website).
Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?
Yes, museums, restaurants, shops
What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?
Here in St. Martinville we have three great restaurants all with great food. Seafood and Steaks (Within 30 miles to many to list as favorites)
Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?
On points of interest on my website, all attractions and museums have good guides and Champagnes tours (Swamp) have best comments from my guests
How many rooms does your inn have?
We have seven, all with private baths. We can sleep up to 16 people.
Do you accept pets?
Sorry, no pets and no kennels here in St. Martinville
Breakfast is offered in the inn's breakfast room each morning.
- Hot Cajun Breakfast of Beignet
- Pain perdu
- Fresh Country Eggs
- Home Cooked Perserves (Figs, BlackBerry, Strawberry, Pears, Peaches or Watermelon Rind)
- Homemade Cafe'au Lait
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.
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 between 1835 and 1840.
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 from 1858 to 1876. From 1876 to 1899, 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 1899, 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 1986. The following year, Peggy Hulin bought the property.
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.
3 Cajun Days
After a long day of traveling, we recommend taking it easy and relaxing with a good book on the balcony of the B&B beneath the cool branches of the Evangeline oak. Watch the slow moving waters of the Bayou Teche flow from this historic building.
Take a stroll down the quiet sidewalks of our quaint, historic district to visit the Acadian Memorial Museum, Petit Paris Museum, and Arts and Crafts shops. Cross the street and visit the St. Martin de Tours Catholic Church, considered the mother church of the Acadians, and the third oldest in the State. Have dinner at one of the many locations within 10-20 minutes from your B&B. And who knows, you might be here when The Old Duchamp Opera house (restored opera house) is putting on a play.
After a hearty Cajun breakfast, take the short drive to nearby New Iberia for a tour of the well known Avery Island, home of world famous Tobasco sauce. For Lunch, have boiled crawfish at one of the many seafood restaurants in New Iberia. A late afternoon visit to the Old Plantation house at "Shadows on the Teche" will surely leave a memorable impression. If you're still in the mood to go, visit the Indian reservation casino at Charington, LA.
Get an early start, and be at Lake Martin for a gorgeous sunrise overlooking this well known bird rookery. Whether you opt for a guided tour, or brave it alone, you're virtually guaranteed to see most Louisiana wildlife in its natural habitat, to include alligators and nutria! Drive 15 minutes from here to nearby Lafayette for a tour of Vermillion Ville and Jean Lafitte National Park. If you still have a pep in your step at the end of the day, try a Cajun two-step at the world famous Mulates, where you can enjoy a great Cajun meal as well as Live Cajun Music 7 days a week.
Points of Interest
- Louisiana Fairs and Festivals Association
- Rip Van
- Winkle Gardens/ Jefferson Island
- Acadian Village
- Longfellow-Evangeline State Park/St. Martinville
- Acadian Memorial /St. Martinville
- Cajun swamp tours
- Champagne's swamp tours
- Lafayette Travel
- Cajun Country
- Atchafalaya Welcome Center
- St. Martin de Tours
- 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
- Baton Rouge Casino
- Lake Martin bird rookery/St. Martinville
- Pine & Oak Alley
- Jean Lafitte Nat'l Park
- Acadien villiage, Lafayette, LA
- Numerous Cajun restaurants
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hialeah47 1 contribution
Oct 20, 2010
I recently attended my class reunion and 13 of our classmates were all accommodated in complete comfort at this gem of a bed & breakfast. Built in1827 and once home to a girls' academy, the inn is situated on the banks of the stunning Bayou Teche and is adjacent to the historic Evangeline oak/monument. Every room is spacious and well appointed, with beautiful period antiques, each with a private bath. Owner Peggy Hulin is an incomparable hostess, graciously making every guest feel at home. She is also the talent behind the fantastic breakfast served each morning. I look forward to any and every reason to return to the area so that I can stay here again!
"We had a very relaxing and enjoyable experience, met with wonderful southern hospitality!"
Recent Trip Advisor Reviews
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Reviewed March 8, 2012 NEW
Per the instructions on the reservation, we arrived between 3p-5p, and were shown upstairs to a room overlooking Bayou teche, and the famous Evangeline Oak (3rd edition). Its not your typical B+B, but if you're looking for a quiet place to relax, this would be it (although there was a generator running from across the bayou all night). Plan to make your own entertainment. Dining options are limited in the small town, but the recommended John's restaurant 2 blocks away was fine. An indulgent breakfast of eggs, beignets etc was served in the main salon. We were a bit concerned about the smell of gas coming from the kitchen area. Don't forget to stop in at the 2 adjacent museum's, for an interesting history lesson on the migration from Acadia.
“great and very friendly stay”
Reviewed August 25, 2011 NEW
We stayed in this hotel this summer and we really enjoyed it! Nice clean rooms in authentic style. The breakfast is perfect and served personally by Peggy. We recommend this B&B to everyone who wants to feel the Southern Hospitality and Cajun feeling.
Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
“Beautiful, historical location!”
Reviewed September 12, 2011
The bed & breakfast is in a beautiful location beside the historic Evangeline Oak (Longfellow). The house & the area is rich with historical significance, and sitting on the balcony enjoying the beautiful view of the Evangeline Oak & Bayou Teche was definitely a highlight.
Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
Reviews from past customers posted at Trip advisor.com:
Loved the peace and tranquility of the area - the b&b was fabulous!!!
A true southern experience
Nice Little B&B in the Center of Town
Owner is a wonderful host. Best B&B Ever!
Harpers New Monthly Magazine 1887
Excerpts from the American classic "Harpers New Monthly Magazine", Volume 74, issue 441, 1887
Written by Charles Dudley Moore, who spent time in the St. Martinville area, and also at the then "Castillo Hotel", which is the now "Old Castillo Bed and Breakfast.
Of his stay at the "Castillo Hotel", he writes:
"...I went to breakfast at a French Inn kept by Madam Castillo, a large red brick house on the banks of the Teche, where the live oaks cast shadows on the silvery stream. It had, of course, a double gallery. Below, the waiting room, dining room, and general assembly room were paved with brick, and instead of a door, turkey red curtains hung in the entrance, and blowing aside, hospitality invited the stranger within. The breakfast was neatly served, the house was scrupulously clean, and the guest felt the influence of that personal hospitality which is always so pleasing..."
he goes on:
"...In that fresh morning, I thought I had never seen a more sweet and peaceful place than this gallery. Close to it grew graceful China trees in full blossom and odor..."
"...I felt that I should like to linger there a week in absolute forgetfulness of the world..."
Of his voyage on the Bayou Teche, he writes: "...The voyage on it is one of the most romantic entertainments offered to the traveler. The scenery is peaceful and exceedingly pretty..."
Evangeline and Gabriel (America's Romeo and Juliet)
Longfellow's Evangeline - the Epic Poem
Immortalized by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's 1847 poem "Evangeline", Evangeline and Gabriel, a betrothed Acadian couple, are separated when forced out of their homeland (Nova Scotia). Evangeline's long and meandering search for Gabriel brings her to the Atchafalaya Basin, where at one point, the lovers' boats unwittingly glide past one another. Arriving in the Poste des Attakapas, or the area of present-day St. Martinville, Evangeline is reunited with Gabriel's father, only to be "irrevocably barred from this pastoral paradise" when she learns of Gabriel's recent departure and marriage. According to legend, after hearing this news, she is said to have died of a broken heart beneath the moss laden branches of the Evangeline Oak
Around the Inn
- Gardens at Rear of the B&B
- Crawfisherman in Atchafalaya
- Sunrise in the Atchafalaya
- Sunrise on Lake Martin
- Gazebo on Bayou Tech
- Alligator Sunning at Lake Martin
- Ibis on a Cypress Tree