Law Firm Whole House Rental Reviews


“What a great place to stay and eat in handling our trial in Abbeville”

5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2011

We had close to a one month trial in Abbeville, La. The Caldwell House is a short walk from the courthouse. The case involved a great deal of witnessess and attorneys. The Caldwell House proved to be the ideal setting for us throughout the course of the trial. Not only were the staff wonderful, they also arranged for catering which was just great. The staff even took care of our laundry needs. In other words, they took care of every detail so that we could concentrate on our case. It was one of the best decisions we made in the handling of the case in staying at the Caldwell House. The rooms are wonderful, the setting terrific, and the staff took great care of all of us.


“Attorney Paradise”

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 4, 2010

I was in town for a four day trial at the Abbeville Courthouse. The Caldwell is the perfect location, less than two blocks from the courthouse. The Caldwell provided us with more than any hotel: a quiet place to work, spacious and comfortable rooms, home made breakfast that would rival any gourmet meal prepared by the best restaurants, and a warm, welcoming, hospitable, friendly staff.  Mae the manager, and her co-worker Carolyn went above and beyond to make our stay memorable. When we arrived back from court late one night, Carolyn had baked us the best home made brownies. She thought we may need a snack after such a long day. Now what hotel would do that for you? Attorneys will find this to be the ideal place to hang their hat while in town…it provided us a much needed respite. The check out consisted of a big good-bye hug from Mae. I will definitely be back!


Strawberry Loaf

Strawberry Loaf

by Gretchen Frith

3 1/4 cups flour

1 3/4 cups sugar

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon salt (optional)

1 teaspoon baking soda

3 large eggs-slightly beaten

1 cup plus 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

20 oz. frozen sliced strawberries with sugar, thawed( including juice)

 Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Mix first 5 ingredients in a large bowl.  In a medium bowl, mix eggs, oil and stawberries.  Add the liquid ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix well by hand.  Pour into two gresed 9x5x3 inch loaf pans.  Bake for 50 -55 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the middle come out clean.  Cool. Remove bread from pans.  Slice and serve.

You can find this recipe in the cookbook written by Gretchen Frith author of… “From My Kitchen To Yours, The “Bleep” My Family Eats“.

The Caldwell House Bridal Show 2013 – Not sure of participation

Thank you for your response.  We hope you will decide to participate in our show.

You may call to check availability up until March 15th by calling 337-591-9365 or emailing  We would love to have you.

Thank you!

The Caldwell House Bridal Show – 2013 – Will Participate

Thank you!  We will send you an application soon.

We appreciate your support of The Caldwell House.

Mardi Gras in New Orleans – History, Facts and Tips

How does one even attempt to explain Mardi Gras in New Orleans to someone who has never had the privilege of attending?  There is so much history behind the centuries-old celebration and so many activities surrounding the time known as Carnival, where does one begin?

Perhaps there is no way to explain Mardi Gras – you must experience it!

The season of Mardi Gras begins several weeks before Fat Tuesday, or Mardi Gras Day, which in 2012 is on February 21st.  Mardi Gras is celebrated not only in the French Quarter, but in other areas of the New Orleans, Metairie and surrounding area, as well.  One of the best places for families to enjoy the parades is in Uptown New Orleans.  Streetcars along St. Charles Avenue cease running and the streets are filled with families.

Travelers wishing to experience Mardi Gras in a calmer atmosphere than on Mardi Gras day, and perhaps want to “tip-toe” into this whole business about Mardi Gras, may consider a stay in New Orleans and surrounding area on one of the weekends leading up to Fat Tuesday.

Whether on Mardi Gras Day or sooner, for a comfortable home-type atmosphere, a direct contrast to the hustle and bustle of the city, consider choosing a bed and breakfast in the area of activity you are interested in.  The Schedule of Parades, which begin rolling on February 5th, is listed on the website of the Official Tourism Site of the City of New Orleans.  The Louisiana Bed and Breakfast website offers a listing of bed and breakfast inns all over the state where the season of Mardi Gras can be enjoyed.  Each has its own unique celebration and flavor.

Avenue Inn Bed and Breakfast, is located on beautiful, tree-lined Saint Charles Avenue on the Uptown New Orleans parade route.  Guests need only to step outside the door to witness the parades and all the action.  No need to drive and get stuck in traffic.  Enjoy a nice continental breakfast plus in the dining room and then just walk out the front door and enjoy the parade.

On your way to and from New Orleans, consider staying at The Caldwell House Bed and Breakfast  in Abbeville.  Abbeville is located only 3 hours from New Orleans, in Vermilion Parish which is considered to be “The Most Cajun Place on Earth“.  Before or after experiencing the revelry of New Orleans Mardi Gras, spend some quiet time in Cajun country.  To book online, go to or call 337-281-0807.

In addition to providing comfortable lodging, innkeepers can give information not only about Mardi Gras parades and celebrations in the area, but will give you information about other things to do while visiting the area.

Here are some tips and facts to help you get the most enjoyment out of your stay during the Mardi Gras season and prepare you for what you will find when you arrive:

  • Expect that room rates will reflect the demand, but the entertainment value is over the top!
  • Expect a minimum stay requirement, often times 4 or 5 nights.
  • Find a B&B or lodging choice located on the parade route. You will want to be close to a bathroom since there are none on the street and the parades last all day.
  • Do not expect restaurants to be open all the time. Mardi Gras Day is like Christmas Day and many eateries are closed.
  • Bring warm clothing for the cold, light clothing for the heat, and rain gear.  The weather in Louisiana in the winter can swing from mild to cold every few days.  Parades roll even in bad weather.
  • Street cars in New Orleans will not be operating during parade times (and sometimes do not run at all over the busy parade days).
  • There are no float parades in the French Quarter. The streets are too narrow.
  • Most of the “raucous behavior” happens in the French Quarter; the parades in the neighborhoods are family friendly.
  • Travelers should arrive before 4 pm on Friday of Mardi Gras weekend (Feb. 17) and depart on Ash Wednesday (Feb. 22)
  • The French Quarter is closed down at midnight on Fat Tuesday as the season of Lent begins.

Get your costumes ready – you’re going to have the experience of a lifetime!

Happy Mardi Gras!