My husband and I decided to take a last-minute trip to Natchitoches for our 2nd anniversary. Most other B&Bs were already full by the time I went to book, but the Samuel Guy House had several spots. A positive review from another recent traveler, added to the look and feel of the website, prodded me to book it. We booked the "Marco" room for one night. I am so glad I did!
This was by FAR the cleanest place, B&B or hotel, that I have ever stayed. Not a speck of dust could be found ANYWHERE. We wandered around the rooms before the other guests arrived and all were beautiful, spacious, and just so well done. Each room has its own bathroom, tub with jacuzzi, and separate shower. There are two ground floor rooms and four upstairs rooms.
The Marco Room was painted a cheery bluish-white, and was decorated with Audubon prints and a blue toile bedspread on the queen-sized rice bed (very comfortable). There was a small desk and chair, an armoire that held a TV, two nightstands, and two chairs. There was a small closet that held a refrigerator, coffee pot, and microwave. There were two large windows in the bedroom that brought in a lot of light. There was also a ceiling fan, but it wasn't needed because it was quite cool in our room (the manager will show you where the thermostat is if it's "too" cool for you).
The bathroom was just as bright, with a large window over the tub. The tiled bathroom was small, but the tub was a nice size and the pedestal sink matched the "feel" of the house. The fixtures were high-end Kohler and the shower, albeit not large, was plenty roomy. We had a couple of burned-out bulbs here and there, but they weren't bothersome.
As mentioned in other reviews, the house was relocated from Mansfield, LA several years ago and completely rebuilt and added on to. The original cypress floors remain, except the original upstairs flooring was relocated to downstairs to account for the addition on the back of the house. However, the upstairs rooms still have beautiful hardwood floors.
There are numerous art collections throughout the house - apparently the owner plans to use these as his children's inheritance. In any case, they're worth a look.
The house is located on a dead end street and is almost "carved" out of the side of the American Cemetery. For this reason, it is VERY quiet. We did not hear any road noise and woke up to the sounds of birds chirping. There is a copy of a book written about the cemetery in the dining room; grab it and go for a stroll through the grounds - it's right outside the front door.
The gardens are a work-in-progress right now, but they are turning out beautifully. There is an outdoor seating area with padded patio furniture and ceiling fans. The back porch has two large 2-person swings and four rocking chairs. The front porch also has a few rocking chairs. We sat out there for a bit in the early evening and a friendly neighborhood kitten dropped by for a visit.
Breakfast was served at 8:30 a.m. The dining room is beautiful and we enjoyed our elegant yet simple breakfast. We were served waffles topped with fresh strawberries and whipped cream, followed by poached eggs, garlic-cheese toast, sausage, and fresh fruit topped with yogurt. There was plenty of coffee and orange juice as well. We were all offered seconds, but were stuffed so we declined. Everything was warm and brought out promptly.
This B&B has had a rough history from the sound of it. However, the last two financiers were bought out and the house now has a single owner. It is clearly evident that the new owner loves the house - he stopped all weddings, events, etc. and hired Ms. Theresa, the current manager. She was there pulling weeds in the evening and giving tours of the house - only to be back again early next morning to make a delicious, yet simple, breakfast. She takes care of everything, from cleaning the rooms to light maintenance, and she LOVES the house. Her son was the carpenter who rebuilt the salvaged house several years ago, so her knowledge of it is extensive. We mentioned to her that it was our anniversary, and she left a bottle of Andre' pink blush champagne for us on ice. Nothing super fancy, but we didn't mind and enjoyed it quite a bit.
We will definitely be staying there again. We have a trip scheduled in April for a reception at my high school, and I won't even consider staying at another B&B. I can't wait to try the other rooms!