Pleasant Room and Sunroom Lafayette

House - Private room · Evangeline Dr, Lafayette, LA 70501, United States

Pretty room and sunroom in craftsman style cottage, in 1940s residential neighborhood a stone's throw from downtown. Cool host, nice dishes and linens, good collection of books and art.

Your host, Leslie
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Pretty room and sunroom in craftsman style cottage, in 1940s residential neighborhood a stone's throw from downtown. Cool host, nice dishes and linens, good collection of books and art.

The Space


Pretty, nicely furnished bedroom and semiprivate sunroom in quiet, residential neighborhood within walking distance of downtown Lafayette, and easy biking distance of the University of Louisiana. Good location for Festival International, Mardi Gras, and other holidays. High quality supermarket (Rouse's) on Congress Street is an easy drive. See my growing guidebook on this site, for the neighborhood and the town - there is more to list than the software allows for, but it gives an initial idea of what is nearby.

Craftsman style house, deck out back, pretty furniture mostly handmade in this region, nice linens. Books, folk art, hammock in shady yard. Wi-fi, large monitor but no actual television, loaner laptop. Refrigerator space, use of kitchen, shared bathroom with tub/shower, sparkling clean. Safe parking in driveway or on street.

Daily price includes nice breakfast (i.e. good coffee and bread, real fruit, nice omelets, good yogurts). Weekly price includes groceries for same, for mornings when I may not be there or we may not coincide; monthly price does not include breakfast (although you may make your own).

I am familiar with South Louisiana both on and off the beaten track, and I know where to direct you so that you get the very most you can out of your visit. You have your own entrance.

The house is in a residential area on the University Avenue and Congress Street bus routes. Bicycles can be rented from Recycled Cycles downtown, on the Parc Sans Souci. Recycled Cycles is right next to the French Press, a nice restaurant, and across the street from the crafts shop of the Artists' Guild.

I am scheduling a free day between each party, so that I can be as flexible as you need at check-in and check-out, without having the next guests coincide with the cleaner. I am also giving some rides, and doing airport or bus/train pickup and dropoff when I can (I cannot always / do not promise).

While downtown is walking distance, many tourist destinations in the area (e.g. Lake Martin, for swamp visits, Acadian Village, Vermilionville) are not. Cabs are rare and buses infrequent; you may well want a car if you are not visiting strictly for Festival International or if you are here in the rainy season.

Guest Access


You are welcome to use the kitchen, living room, and laundry within reason, but the dining room and back porch share walls with my room. No loud meals, shouting at tv, or (website hidden)ing from these spaces, especially at night.

Interaction with Guests


We can interact as much or as little as you want, although I do work a heavy schedule and am not always around a great deal during the day.

The Neighborhood

This is one of Lafayette's older neighborhoods and it has that old-time charm, as well as being centrally located. There are nice cottages, well-kept gardens, sidewalks, and here and there a corner store where you can get a true, old-fashioned Louisiana plate lunch.

Getting around

There are buses and we are on the bus lines, but bus service in Lafayette is not extensive. There are cabs but again, cab coverage is not complete. It is easy to walk downtown and to the UL Lafayette campus, but for tourism in other parts of town or visiting other towns in the area, you will want a car.

Other Things to Note

We are near restaurants like Laura's II, Julien's Po-Boys, and Johnson's Boucanière. My favorite lunch spot currently is the Creole Kitchen, which is a drive, but the best elegant lunch within walking distance is the one at Pamplona, in my view. A good stroll for dinner, in a different direction, is the Saints' Streets Inn.

Room type: Private room
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Extra people: No Charge
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Weekly Price: $400 /week
Monthly Price: $750 /month
Cancellation: Moderate
Overall Guest Satisfaction
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  • I visited Lafayette to attend the Festival International. I feel very lucky to have found Leslie as my host, as I had never been to Louisiana before. Her home was welcoming, immaculately clean, and comfortable. Leslie was happy to share with me her knowledge of the area, and to acclimate me to the cultural norms of Louisiana. Her home is in a good neighborhood, and I was able to walk to and from the festival with ease. Leslie was a very accommodating host; she respected my quiet time, and was also happy to engage in conversation when I initiated it. I would not hesitate to book this lodging again.

    April 2014
  • Leslie has a lovely home on a quiet street in Lafayette. The room was comfy and private. Leslie (email hidden)ly and worldly host. We enjoyed her home and her company. Would definitely recommend to others. (We stayed for 6 nights in October to attend the Festival Acadiens et Creoles and explore the area.) Well situated for exploring Lafayette and the cajun/zydeco/bayou country.

    October 2013
  • Leslie was a wonderful host. She gave me excellent suggestions (visit the University Hilliard Art Museum, take the Norbert LeBlanc swamp tour) and made great breakfasts. I was so happy. She showed me a pleasant walking route downtown. I also walked to the University. I was in Lafayette for the Festival International where Leslie volunteered introducing bands in English, French, and sometimes Spanish. I learned a lot from her about what it is like to live in Lafayette. She is a traveler and her house reflects her journeys through beautiful objects and meaningful artwork. I felt it was great good fortune to get to know her and be a visitor in her home.

    April 2013
  • Leslie has a charming house with the most tasteful decor and at the same time, she makes you feel welcome and at home. She was very helpul with local knowledge and was a most interesting person to converse with on a range of topics. She does stress that because of the taxi shortage in the arae, it is advisable to hire a car when visiting Layafette and I endorse that.

    April 2013
  • Our two-night stay with Leslie was great. She gave us plenty of info so we could experience a little Cajun culture in a short time by visiting themed & real villages & accompanied us to a fantastic zydeco music venue, Such fun, The room & bed were comfortable, lovely breakfasts. Highly recommended.

    April 2013
  • Had a terrific time staying at Leslie's house. I love the way she's decorated her house and everything is very comfortable. Leslie is a terrific host and I certainly would not hesitate to stay there again.

    April 2013
  • I enjoyed my stay with Leslie and I will miss our afterhours conversations!!!

    August 2012
  • Perfectly lovely.

    March 2012
  • Leslie is a wonderful host - extremely knowledgeable about the area, willing to share her experiences, and fun spirited - and makes a mean breakfast as well. Stay with her!

    February 2012
  • We enjoyed our stay with Leslie whose knowledge of the area and guidance helped us find great food, great sights and adventures. Her home is really nice, the bed super comfortable and she sets a great breakfast out. A great place with a host who is easy to stay with.

    February 2012
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LIKE: Travel, arts, cinema, mountains, seas. SPEAK WELL: Spanish, Portuguese, French, English, Danish. LEARNING: Arabic, Catalan, German, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish. DO: Read, write, swim, hike, cities, ceramics. KNOW: Louisiana music and coolness. I am faculty in Latin American Studies at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, specializing in literature and cultural theory. My training was undertaken at the University of California at Berkeley. Nowadays my research and fieldwork takes me to Latin America; when I was younger studies tended to take me to Europe; places I would like to visit are Africa and India.
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