The Fairfax House
What We Love
- A B&B in a converted sugarcane-plantation home in a quiet Southern town, with spa and golf perksThe complimentary breakfast of Creole cuisine each morning
- The home’s elegant plantation-style architecture, from its manicured gardens to quiet porches
- The quiet and old-fashioned elegance of Franklin and the larger Acadia region, dotted with historic sites and bordered by vast and intriguing swamps
What To Know
- Rockers and swings on the house's two front porches add to its antebellum charm
- Located in the historic Bayou Teche
- The innkeeper Cheryl can provided suggestions for what to do in the area
- There are two cats that come in and out of the house, but they aren't allowed in guestrooms. If you're not a cat person or a highly allergic, that may be an issue
Turn down your pace of life at The Fairfax House. Set in a former sugarcane-plantation home, the quiet bed-and-breakfast observes the code of hospitality traditionally associated with the South, in surroundings that evoke so much of the region’s romance: Once upon a time, this hotel was known as “Shady Retreat,” thanks to the webs of Spanish moss that then framed its Neoclassical exterior. The property may have changed names – not least to honor the house’s residents from that era – but the privacy, tranquility and mystery of its days in the shade remain, as does its commitment to old-fashioned graciousness.
Each morning here starts with a hot Creole breakfast, and the innkeepers will personally point you to their favorite ways to pass your afternoons and evenings. Peaceful Argus Spa is just a bike ride, among the dozens of turn-of-the-century iron street lamps that line Franklin’s streets, away. Three more former plantation houses are within a short drive, as are dozens of water trails through the swampy marshes of the Atchafalaya Delta. Indeed, it seems much of Acadiana itself is frozen in the past, made modern only in how accessible it’s become to curious visitors like you. So step into those houses for a tour, float down the delta waters, and spend your days a little more slowly.
Rooms and suites
Each of the six elegant, individually decorated rooms and suites is floral-inspired and features antiques, an eclectic collection of international art and beds with luxurious linens. Standard rooms – named Magnolia, Wisteria, Camellia and Azalea – are location on both stories and hold a queen bed, while the Suites – Fairfax and Murphy – are larger, with access to the front porch and a Jacuzzi bath.
Engage with classic Louisiana culture close to the inn. Nearby are the swamps of the Atchafalaya Delta and a variety of plantations, as well as historic and cultural museums, like that of the Chitimacha tribe of Native Americans. Make sure to visit the Bird City of Avery Island’s Jungle Gardens, recently profiled on an episode of the Smithsonian channel’s Amazing Destinations.
How to Get There
If you love old historical houses and furniture, the house and furniture alone are worth the trip from New Orleans to Franklin. Once there of course there is much more to explore in the vicinity. I was there on business and wanted to be close to the courthouse. It was about 1/2 mile away. The innkeeper was wonderful and thought of my every need, including providing instructions for Wi-Fi and bottled water for my journey home.
My wife and I took a little getaway to this beautiful Bed & Breakfast. It was such a relaxing and enjoyable experience. The house is gorgeous and the innkeeper was very kind and friendly. She makes you feel like you are at home with family. The Jacuzzi was wonderful the room was very clean and pleasant. I highly recommend this place. Its only about 30 minutes from Lafayette and the price is very affordable.
We recently had the opportunity to host our family prior to our wedding at the Fairfax House. Our innkeeper, Cheryl, was incredible. Our every need was met and some needs she met without us even realizing that we had a need! The rooms were beautifully appointed and comfortable. And the food! Did I mention that Cheryl is an incredible cook? Our weekend at the Fairfax House was just perfect and would highly recommend this B&B to everyone.
Helpful hint #1: There are two rooms available downstairs for folks who don't wish to go up and down the stairs.
Helpful hint #2: Fairfax House is pet-friendly!
I was fortunate to have my 60th birthday party at the Fairfax House in November/17. I've been to Fairfax a couple times and couldn't think of a more special place to celebrate this milestone. I traveled with 10 friends and we booked in for 2 nights stay. The Innkeeper, Cheryl, made everything perfect. She had refreshments on the front porch to greet us when we arrived. She assisted with all the arrangements for the catered dinner the night of my birthday. Her recommendations for catering and all the special little touches like flower arrangements, and a lovely table setting made this a party to remember. My friends all agreed that this was a very special place. Thanks in no small part to Cheryl. Can't wait to return!
We spent a night here on our way back from a Avery Island tour. We happened to be the only guests the night we were there, so innkeeper Cheryl gave us the choice of rooms even though we had booked the Fairfax Suite. Turns out we prefer the rooms on the first floor because of the high ceilings and easier access. Cheryl was friendly and helpful, giving us info on the area. We had a quiet comfortable sleep. Then enjoyed a delicious full breakfast of fresh fruit, eggs, hash browns, bacon and breads.
This would be an awesome place to bring a family or group for a cozy getaway.