About this listing
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.
NOTE: I AM HAVING TROUBLE UPDATING THE CALENDAR. HOWEVER: DUE TO SITUATION OF MY AGED PARENTS I AM SOMETIMES OUT OF TOWN OR IN TRANSIT AND NOT HOSTING IN FALL 2014. OCTOBER, FOR FESTIVALS ACADIENS, YES I WILL HOST, ALSO AT OTHER HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There is no smoking indoors. Limited smoking is allowed outdoors but must be undertaken at least 10 feet from the house.
It is a relaxed household but rather quiet mornings and nights. I sometimes put on music but I do not have television.
I am friendly but I keep a tranquil atmosphere, and I expect you to do the same.
The city has recycling; please participate and help to conserve energy. We will have at least a low level of air conditioning on in summer and part of spring and fall.
No extra people, ever, beyond the one or two who reserved. No exceptions. Also, if you reserve as one person on the website but turn out to be two, I will consider you but will reserve the right to refuse you at the last minute. I want to know who is staying here.
No pets, not even service pets. No negotiation on this even though I am sure your pet is perfect, makes no noise and will not create any kind of mess.
I will be quiet at night so you can sleep and I expect you to do the same for me. If you are from a different time zone and must talk on the phone late at night, please do so outdoors, out of my earshot, underneath your own bedroom window and not mine.
I am your host, but not your concierge; the house is more like a writing cottage than a tavern.
No discussion of prices unless we enter a longer term house sharing agreement.
My husband and I traveled to Lafayette to attended this years Festival de Musique Acadienne et Créole 2014 Fortieth Anniversary. The festival was wonderful and Leslie's home was no more than a three minute drive to the park. Her home was clean as a pin and the breakfast and conversation was exceptional.
The in-town vibe of Lafayette is great, Packed with music and great restaurants.
Thank you for hosting us Leslie.
Gayle and Ed
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.
Leslie has a lovely home on a quiet street in Lafayette. The room was comfy and private. Leslie is a lively 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
About the Host, Leslie
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.