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Accommodations in St. Francisville -- Lodging options in St. Francisville include two other worthy (if slightly less interesting) plantations with rooms to let: The Cottage, at 10528 Cottage Lane, St. Francisville, LA 70775 (tel. 225/635-3674; www.cottageplantation.com), is a rambling country home 5 miles north of St. Francisville, built between 1795 and 1859. It's nothing grand, but the two-story cypress house has a long gallery out front, a nice relaxing place to imagine life when General Andrew Jackson stayed here (after his victory in the Battle of New Orleans). The Cottage's interior looks very much as it did back in the 1800s, and is still a working family farm of some 360 acres. The six guest rooms are a mix of elegant (huge four-poster canopy beds) and funky (icky motel room carpeting) and there's a small pool open during summer. Breakfast is served in the elegant main house dining room. Room prices range from $115 to $130; no kids under 12 are allowed.

There's also the Myrtles, at 7747 U.S. 61 (P.O. Box 1100), St. Francisville, LA 70775 (tel. 225/635-6277; www.myrtlesplantation.com). The 1795 home is beautiful and well-preserved, if slightly dull, and rooms and baths (some shared) vary in size. But it has the great selling point of being haunted, and Friday and Saturday night there are kitschy fun "mystery" tours with guides telling spooky sighting tales. Rooms range from $115 to $230.

Rooms should be booked well in advance. The St. Francisville tourism information office can also provide a list of (and suggestions regarding) local B&Bs.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.