Bonne Terre Cottage is located down a tiny parish road in Poché Bridge, a few miles north of Breaux Bridge and just outside Lafayette. We're organic gardeners, naturalists and music lovers. Our passive-solar cottage, lovely hundred year-old Main House and cedar Studio are retreats for anyone looking for a place to rest, create, discover and just be. 

We're a tranquil space in the center of south Louisiana's vibrant cultures and breathtaking natural environment. Our incredible cuisine, amazing local music and one-of-a-kind attractions make our home a very special corner of the universe.

The Atchafalya Swamp at Sunset. Photo by Kale Gray Robin. We're in the heart of Cajun & Creole country in Poché Bridge, 10 minutes from Breaux Bridge. Some of the many great places to visit in or near Breaux Bridge are: Poché's Market & Restaurant; Café des Amis, with their world famous Zydeco Breakfast on Saturday mornings; Buck & Johnny's Pizzeria; Luis Perez Art Gallery; Charlie T's Specialty Meat Market; Pont Breaux's Cajun Restaurant, formerly known as Mulate's, w/live music daily ; La Poussiere Dancehall; Kelly Guidry Art Studio; several local antiques shops all within walking distance in Breaux Bridge and in May, the annual Crawfish Festival.

Artwork by Luis Perez.Just 20 minutes away is the city of Lafayette. "Lafayette has a strong tourism industry ... because of the Cajun culture's affinity for good food, it has one of the highest numbers of restaurants per capita of any U.S. city." Stop at the Lafayette Visitors Center to find out what's happening. Some of our favorite places in Lafayette are: Borden's Ice Cream Parlor; Judice Inn; Cedar Grocery; Deano's Pizza; The French Press; Sans Souci Fine Craft Gallery, where local artists sell their artwork; Charley G's Restaurant ; & for great live music, Blue Moon Saloon & Guesthouse.

1,000-year-old Buddha at Avery Island.So much to see, so little time to see it all! New Iberia is about 40 minutes away and there's so much to see there: Shadows-on-the-Teche, an Antebellum home; Konriko Rice Mill, America's oldest working rice mill; Avery Island's JungleGardens which offers a self-guided driving or walking tour and is home to a 1000-year-old Buddha, a bird observatory & the Tabasco Pepper Sauce Factory; and Rip Van Winkle Gardens, twenty-five acres of semi-tropical paradise on beautiful Jefferson Island including an excellent restaurant on site. Head north toward Opelousas and stop off in Historic Grand Coteau. 'Hear the story & visit the shrine of the Miracle of Grand Coteau at Academy of the Sacred Heart, then stop to browse the antique/gift shops and sample the local cuisine.' On your way back to Bonne Terre Cottage, stop at Myran's Maison De Manger in Arnaudville for the best chocolate shake ever. For a nice day trip, visit the South's largest remaining antebellum mansion, Nottoway Plantation, right outside the town of White Castle near Baton Rouge, La.

More Natural Wonders. See alligators. Take a Swamp Tour of the Atchafalaya Basin (25 minutes from Cottage) or Lake Martin, (20 minutes from Cottage) the largest nesting area of wading birds in the United States. 'It's been listed as one of the top 10 bird watching spots in the United States. Avian activity at the lake is phenomenal! Each spring birdwatchers spy: blue, green & black crowned night herons; great, snowy & cattle egrets; white ibis; roseate spoonbills; American anhingas; barn swallows and wood ducks.' 'The fishing's great there and in the Atchafalaya Basin too!' Also, check out Lake Fausse Point State Park, a 6,000-acre site which was once part of the Atchafalaya Basin. Drive down & spend some time in Historic St. Martinville, (approx. 30 minutes from our cottage). View the mother church of the Acadians, St. Martin de Tours Church, the fourth-oldest Roman Catholic church in Louisiana. Nearby see the Acadian Memorial & St. Martinville Cultural Heritage Center and the famous Evangeline Oak.