B&B Guest Comments
If you've stayed at Splendor Farms B&B, and you'd like to add your comments
to this page, please contact us.
We'll even add your photo if you like.
(ALSO SEE GUEST CABIN COMMENTS)
Jason & Janae
"...This trip has been wonderful, even with the weather. We're planning to come back, at least for a day, to trail ride! Your hospitality and company were greatly appreciated. You are a wonderful host..." -- Jason & Janae,
September 29th, 2012
Jeremy & Jennifer
"We wanted to thank you for such an amazing time! It is rare for us to be able to get away from our normal lives and spend the day just being able to relax and have fun. We wanted to thank y'all for taking such good care of us on the trail ride. It had been a while since we had ridden and y'all made us feel so much
at ease! We cannot wait to come back, and we would love to sponsor a horse.
Thank you again for such a wonderful time! See y'all soon."
-- Jeremy & Jennifer W., January 29, 2012
Maggie, Mom & Hannah
Maggie, one of our camp girls from last summer, came back to see us
and brought her friend Hannah! Clyde must have magic powers, Maggie!
Jennifer, Jason, Jay & Evie
Danny & Ginger
Carol & Chip
Mary & David
Jenni, Daniel & Melaniela
Hector & Michelle
Miko & Carla
Craig & Jackie's Group
Charone & Reggie
"My husband and I came from Lafayette, Louisiana. It was wonderful over here. Very nice staff members. The owner went above and beyond to make us feel welcome. We really enjoyed our time." --
Charone & Reggie B., December 4, 2011
Brenda & John
"John and I found Splendor Farms to be a delightful and relaxing place.
We thoroughly enjoyed the breakfasts, animals, and freedom to explore.
Good work, Kelly- Keep it up" -- Brenda A., December 2, 2011
Randy & Gretchen
"Thanks so much for adding 5 pounds to our waistline! Breakfast was awesome,
La Provence was romantic, and the Abita Brew Pub was perfect for watching the game! We had a great time riding the horses and catching the one little fish, too! Next time I will bring Randy's rod & reel and the kids! They would love fishing in the pond and gathering eggs. Have a Happy Thanksgiving with your family."
-- Randy & Gretchen W., November 19, 2011
JoEllen, Richard, Sophia & Jason
"Kelly, This was the best get away our family could ask for! Sophia and Jason haven't stopped talking about all the animals, the pony ride, and especially
Chloe! Thank you so much for being so kid-friendly! We will be back in the
spring to see baby chicks and horses!"
-- JoEllen & Richard E., with Sophia & Jason, November 11 & 12, 2011
Jackie & Harry
"Just wanted to say how much Harry and I enjoyed your place, loved the farm, horse back riding, dogs and the interesting stories
you told on Monday morning! Breakfast was 'Delicious.' Thanks for accommodating us and we look forward to visiting again!" - Jackie M., November 8, 2011
Kathy & Mike
"Kelly, Mike and I loved our little vacation, we have shared it with many of our friends & co workers. They are all looking into coming!
Hope to see you sooner than later, Thanks for everything," - Kathy C., October 30, 2011
Erin, Devon & Ellis
Erin and her sister, Devon, and Devon's boyfriend, Ellis, came from Baton Rouge for dinner at the Abita Brew Pub and a night's stay at Splendor Farms. While the sisters rode Randy and Leo the next morning, Ellis decided to walk around the farm and meet our newest arrival!
Our newest arrival!
"Kelly, This was wonderful! I can't wait to come back! Please thank your great
trail guides for us, they were the best! You and my mom are definitely
kindred spirits! Love, Devon" - Devon, October, 2011
Susan B. & Family
We had a great time visiting your farm again! The added bonus was bringing home that sweet puppy. My 3 kids are totally in love already, and have named her Matilda. I have an appointment with our local vet for next Tuesday... Thanks so much for your kindness, we will do our best to give her the home she deserves! Hope to come trail riding again sometime soon. All the best,"
- Susan B., October 13, 2011
Susan B.'s adorable family has a new member...
- the adorable Matilda!
Courtney, Paula & Tanya's Twelve
Courtney, Paula, and Tanya brought their better halves and daughters to the farm for a one night stay courtesy of Splendor Farms and Living Social! Bringing their
own BBQ pits they enjoyed sitting on the patio visiting and cooking their dinner then lighting up the fire pit and making smores. Fishing, (Earl caught a big turtle, too!) riding, playing with the dachshund puppies, and eating a breakfast of french toast, eggs benedict, and just plain ole bacon & eggs with biscuits and grits, it was a gorgeous October day and a fun vacation for all of them, all 12 of them!!!
Hope to see all of you again, for a two-night stay next time!!
Sunday morning breakfast
More Trail Riders
Samantha rides Buckshot
Pretty in Pink!
Jaime & Ben & Mia (with dog Ruby)
"We had an amazing time!! We brought Mia and Ruby ...
they both couldn't get enough of all the farm animals! "
- Jaime & Ben, September 2011
Jaime, Ben, and Mia riding at Splendor Farms
(with Millard S. and his wife, in the background)
A Family Birthday Celebration
Sisters, Kathleen, Darlene, and Robin brought dad (Mr. Bob) and mom (Mrs. Dawn) to celebrate her birthday. Arriving in time to feed the Petting Farm animals, trying their hands at fishing, and eating dinner at the Abita Brew Pub, they returned to their rooms for a good night's sleep! Though Mr. Bob and Mrs. Dawn declined to ride, they instead watched a riding lesson in the arena, walked the grounds, and visited with our dogs. The sisters took a ride to the river and returned to the farm to visit with their family. A nice family, I might add! Happy Birthday, Mrs. Dawn!
Mrs. Dawn's birthday breakfast
Patrick & Julie
"Thanks so much for everything! It was perfect and we will be back!!"
- Patrick & Julie (LivingSocial Guests), July 2011
Meri & Ed & Mavis
"Dear Kelly, Thank you for your wonderful hospitality at your lovely farm.
Each of us had a relaxing time and enjoyed being in the country! Best regards"
- Meri & Ed & Mavis of Harvey, LA, May 2011
Rose & Mike G.
"Thanks again for the lovely weekend - your place is extremely beautiful and relaxing. The breakfast was to die for!!! Thanks again and take care!"
- Rose & Mike G. of Metairie, LA, April 2011
"We enjoyed ourselves so much and your place is so lovely and we could have spent days there. You are an excellent hostess/cook. I do not know how you manage everything that you do and then manage to stay so refreshed looking!! Your ranch hands were so nice, knowledgeable and professional. Even a nervous nelly like me felt at ease re kids on large horses in some pretty deep mud holes. They were able to keep everyone on track/calm.
Thank you Kelly!!!"
- Kerry C. of Baton Rouge, LA, March 2011
Sammy & Gina Are Back Once More!!
What? Again? Is it my breakfast? Our horses? Or the fact that we are an hour from New Orleans, but seem like a world away? Sammy & Gina, along with daughters, Samantha & Katie, and Samantha's friend Jenny came back to Splendor Farms and this time brought good friends & cousins, Carly and Jim. Arriving and getting reaquainted soon gave way to showing Jim & Carly the farm, when, wait! It is time to get ready for the limo! Yes, the limo.... going to eat at N'tinis in Mandeville, in style! Now that is the city coming to the country! After breakfast of french toast, herbed cheese omelets, miga, huevos rancheros, and eggs kelly denise, a two hour trail ride was the ticket....(maybe a ticket back to bed!) Always a pleasure!
By the way... you know that guy (Guy Fieri) on the food channel that drives the red car? He was at their restaurant (Sammy's Deli) doing a show for Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives recently! I want that recipe for oyster dressing, Sammy!
"We really enjoyed our visit on Saturday night. Your place is amazing and so relaxing, just what we needed. I can't believe we saw a goat having babies and all those precious puppies. Loved our horse ride, and spending time with our great family, Sammy, Gina, Katie and Samantha. We will be back!"
- Jim & Carly S., February 2011
Sara & Lamar"Dear Mrs. Kelly,
From the first phone call I felt your warmth & southern hospitality. When we arrived, we knew why people from all over come here.
It is so beautiful and we really enjoyed our stay here. Everything was perfect.
We hope to come back soon. p.s. Thanks for the rainboots!"
- Sara & Lamar, Baltimore MD, February 2011
Juliet & Matt
(congratulations on your engagement!)
"Dear Mrs. Kelly,
Thank you for the splendid stay at Splendor Farms. We throughly enjoyed our stay and Matt found his inner cowboy when he cantered for the first time! What a wonderful way to celebrate our engagement."
- Juliet & Matt, January 2011
Kelle's Awesome Farm Photos!!
Recent guest Kelle O. took some fantastic farm photos (including the one above)
during her visit to Splendor Farms in January 2011. See Kelle's photo album.
Just wanted to thank you again for the awesome stay at the Farm. Hopefully I can make it back there sometime soon! I'm forwarding you some of the pictures that I took during my stay--hope you enjoy them! If I don't email
you before then, I will definitely get in touch during March about
Summer camp prospects. Thanks again!" - Kelle O., January 2011
Carl & Corie
Tamika & Renell
Mikey & Mike
Mary & Jessie
"Happy New Year! My husband just returned home from Iraq in time for Christmas and this was a great start for the new year! Being out here made me so much less homesick than I could have ever hoped for. Everything was perfectly southern. The animals were delightful and the horse ride was wonderful! Although we only got a night here it'll definitely be a place to return to in the future. Most definitely well done!!
P.S. Be not afraid of real cream and butter, it's fantastic!
Enjoy the breakfast!!" - Mary & Jessie, January 2011
McKenna & Family
McKenna's Christmas present was a two night stay at the farm!
"McKenna wants to grow up and be just like you and live on a farm just like this! Thanks so much for the wonderful time we have had here!"
- Angelle (McKenna's mom), January 2011
Josh & Carmen
Carmen & Josh at Splendor Farms
"My boyfriend surprised me for my 24th birthday with a trip here to Splendor Farms. It's been the best birthday I've ever had! I was able to bring my dog with me which only made it seem more like home. The room was clean and so homey. We fished yesterday afternoon and visited the goats, chickens, horses, turkeys, quails, and friendly farm dogs & cats. Now after a yummy & hearty breakfast we are off to go horseback riding. It's been an amazing couple of days and we will definitely be back! Thank you so much for a warm & comfortable stay.
We'll be back! P.S. Josh recommends the french toast!"
- Carmen & Josh, Lake Charles LA, December 2010
Mom & Daughter
Cindy brought her daughter for a trail ride at Splendor Farms
Angel celebrated her 3rd anniversary and surprised
her husband with a visit to Splendor Farms!
Angel and her marine
Leslie & Tim
"My boyfriend is in town for the Christmas holidays from San Diego. We are so glad to have found Splendor Farms online. Yesterday we had a great time walking around and playing with the animals. The bed was super comfy & sleeping during a thunderstorm was great. We are about to go eat Kelly's famous breakfast before we head out on the horse ride! Thanks for a great place. My fiance and I love it!"
- Leslie & Tim, December 2010
Brian & Lorraine
"I had a relaxing two days here with my wife, Lorraine. I enjoyed all the rides, both on old duke up and down the trails and on my Victory motorcycle
to and from Abita Springs."
- Brian, December 2010
Paul & Lorraine and Matt & Rachel came to the farm after discovering us through Living Social. They also discovered they were from the same city, lived on the same block, and were now living in New Orleans! Braving the wind & the cold to take their two hour trail ride, they returned to a pot of fresh hot coffee and a hot pot for tea and cocoa and some almond cookies! Happy Holidays!
City girls come to the country!
Melissa & Jansen
Paul Revere's Great, Great, Great, Great Granddaughter!!
Eiblis G. of Boston riding Cisco at Splendor Farms. Eiblis is the
great, great, great, great granddaughter of Paul Revere!
"I really had a fine time this week. As I mentioned, it was an important time for me personally, and I don't think Splendor Farms could have been a better choice for my retreat. I enjoyed your style and hospitality very much - and Cisco... and seeing the joy in the Thanksgiving camp participants was an added pleasure. James was also kind and considerate and easy to spend time with, making my rides worry-free and varied and fun. I wish you a happy and healthy holiday season and new year. Sincerely,"
- Eiblis G., Boston MA, November 2010
"You really have a fine place there - and I love the framed story from the Picayune Times about your beginnings...
Here's Cisco and I - in my hunting orange! :)
And so, thank you again... I will speak highly of your place to anyone I can interest in it! And if you are ever up Boston way, do let me know - you can be toured around by Paul Revere's great great great great granddaughter (that's me)!
Be well, and many many thanks."
- Eiblis G., Boston MA, November 2010
Living Social Guests!
Living Social Deals were all the talk around the breakfast table! Giovanni & Jessica and Keith & Dionne were happy to know that a new deal is around the corner or should I say the arena? Livingsocial.com - Join today!
Giovanni & Jessica
Keith & Dionne
"We had a great time here and plan to come back soon! The breakfast was great and we had a great night's sleep, too! Can't wait to stay here again."
- Keith & Dionne, November 2010
Jeremiah & Nicola
Jeremiah and Nicola came to Splendor Farms and got an unexpected treat!
A wonderful rainy night and morning. Perfect for sleeping late, grabbing a trail ride between storms, and having a late breakfast of eggs benedict and french toast! Looking forward to seeing you both again when you come back for trail rides with friends! Don't forget our fire pit is a perfect place to retreat to after a winter ride, complete with hot chocolate (and marshmellows!)
Kevin, Holly, Adam & Hayley
Kevin and Holly brought their kids, Adam & Hayley to spend some time as a family on the farm. Although it was pretty cold and the fish only nibbled once, the horses were great, the breakfast filling, and after getting an upgrade to the La Louisiane, Kevin & Holly deemed Splendor Farms, quite splendid indeed! (Adam & Hayley stayed in the Ponderosa room) Thanks for all the compliments, guys, see you in the spring!
Kevin, Adam, Holly & Hayley riding at Splendor Farms
"Kelly, Thank you! We had a wonderful time. It's nice to get away and spend some quality family time. Enjoyed the animals, the farm, breakfast, and horseback riding. We plan on making this a yearly getaway! Thanks so much!
- Kevin, Holly, Adam & Hayley, November 2010
Allie & Derek
"This has been a great one year anniversary for Derek & I! You live in my dream world. It is absolutely beautiful here and I sure hope that Derek and I can be 'regulars' here one day! Thanks for a wonderful experience.
Hope to see you again very soon.
- Allie & Derek B., Cutoff, LA, November 2010
Cordelia & Mike
"Kelly, thanks to Living Social I discovered a diamond in the rough! We really enjoyed the peaceful atmosphere as well as the friendly animals around every corner! Thanks for everything and we'll see you soon!"
- Cordelia & Mike, Baton Rouge, LA, November 2010
Perfect weather & perfect guests for a perfect weekend of trail riding, fishing, hiking, and visiting with lots of farm animals! Ricky & Dana even built them a nice fire in the pit on the patio and the dogs, Sister, Deenie, and Coco, along with a brief, but thrilling visit by the neighbor's boxer, Deuce, made for a great memory on the farm. The Abita Brew Pub is a restaurant we must start buying stock in as all our guests (some not pictured) dined there all weekend, lunch & dinner! Looking forward to seeing all of you again soon, trick or treat!
Ricky & Dana
Darrin & Tiffani
Steve & Caryn
Ari & Elizabeth
"Thank you for making our experience at Splendor Farms such a joy! It was the exact getaway we were looking for and we can't wait to come back and spend more time with all your lovely animals. Thanks!!"
- Ari S. & Elizabeth R., Los Angeles, October 2010
Nate & Lucy
After working until 4 a.m., Nate & Lucy from The Delachaise restaurant on St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans, arrived on Saturday afternoon with their two dogs to spend two nights at the farm. Reading, relaxing, & riding were on the menu and so were Eggs Benedict with fresh fall tomatoes, and every day farm breakfasts with sausage & bacon from our own pigs. No getting in the weeds here!
Scott & Kim
Scott & Kim celebrated their ninth anniversary by coming to the farm and eating at the House of Seafood, falling in love with Chip, our big bay gelding, and promising to come and work for a place to live here on the farm! Scott wants to buy Chip and asked me to take care of him until he can come back, but Kim says they'll be
back with their kids, not to get Chip!
"This place is amazing. My husband and I came here for our 9 year anniversary. We loved it and could not have found a better place. I have dreamed of a place like this for many years. Thanks for making my dream come true. We went on a trail ride and fell in love with Chip and Gracie. Two beautiful gentle giants. We had a great time. It is so beautiful here we didn't want to leave. However we will without a doubt be back and next time bring the kids. Take care of Chip for us
(ha ha) and thanks again for everything."
- Kim & Scott B., Louisiana, October 2010
Chelsea & Taylor
Chelsea surprised boyfriend, Taylor, from Shreveport with a night's stay and a two hour trail ride on our two best mounts, Rio & Duke. Both cost only $400.00, but I would take $4,000.00 for them! Eating at the Abita Brew Pub that night and having Huevos Rancheros on Saturday, they were ready for a gorgeous day of riding!
Happy trails, guys! (do I hear wedding bells?)
Mothers & Kids Day!
Well, what would we do without our moms? Maybe never know about Splendor Farms...these moms all took the time to bring their city kids to the country to fish, swim, ride, hike, check for eggs, feed the chickens, play with the farm animals,
and chase the goats! Kids! Gotta love them!
Sybille & Philomene, with mom, Effie
Tyler with Mom, Karen
Madison & Mom, Judy
*** GUEST REVIEW OF THE MONTH ***
"SUBJECT: A GREAT B&B IN BUSH!!!!
As natives, we decided to celebrate the gorgeous fall weather with a staycation of our own: We spent the weekend at a Bed & Breakfast in Bush called Splendor Farms.
And Splendid it was!
A working horse / dog / and vegetable farm (she raises veggies for local restaurants like Dakota), it was a fabulous way to spend a family weekend. While we normally can't rouse my 12 y/o before 10 on weekends, she was up and dressed by 7 with NO prodding from us. Why? She had to go to the henhouse to gather the eggs for Ms. Kelly to make breakfast! She was the picture of triumph with a full basket!
Kelly Bensabat owns and runs the place and is an amazing chef in her own right, inspiring her son to go on to become a chef who currently works at Friends on the Tchefuncte, I believe.
Breakfasts were spectacular! Served in a gorgeous dining room with a huge dining room table and storied chairs, the atmosphere is so inviting with calm music, 2 huge picture windows and time to enjoy it with fresh coffee, tea, juice selection and the day's paper.
The night before, you would have circled your choice of breakfast entrees and the time you want it served. The choices were all winners: Herbed Omelette with rosemary potatoes and a side of fresh tomatoes, Eggs Benedict, "As Usual" (3 farm eggs as you wish) with sausage or bacon, Huervos Rancheros, French toast, and more. All were preceded by a beautifully arranged dish of vanilla yoghurt with a variety of fresh fruit and homemade granola, and homemade biscuits or scones or whatever Kelly has whipped up.
Kelly's other love, clearly, is her animals. After breakfast, you're free to enjoy the "Cheese music" and relax on the patio until the trail rides around 10:30. We mounted up and had a lovely sojourn through the acreage on some most agreeable and able mounts. My own, Leo, was a sweetheart - responsive and gentle - he was easily guided away from brushing my leg on nearby tree trunks and was ready to trot when I wanted to.
Afternoons were spent lounging by the pool, reading on the patio and/or fishing in the nearby pond with the cane poles and live worms provided for the purpose.
Evenings were spent at local restaurants for dinner:
Cafe Lynn was amazing: Leslie was delightful and the food was beautifully cooked and presented. The pork osso bucco was tender and flavorful. The scallops were expertly prepared, perfectly cooked. The winelist was good and though it could use a guiding touch, we had a very nice Viognier.
Bosco's was also a pleasant surprise with huge portions so that a salad and appetizier was more than we could each finish. (Finish it we did, for dinner tonight since our room had a refigerator!)
The room we had was simply lovely - a queen bed with yummy down comforters, enough room for our daughter's rollaway bed and a huge bathroom. Want TV? (we didn't) There was one in each room with DirecTV and a DVD player with choices in the Dining room to use.
Love puppies? Go visit the kennels where Kelly raises her beloved longhaired Dachshunds for show and sale.
Love cats and dogs? There are a plethora of sweeties all around all the time: my 12 year old daughter can name them all and tell you about each.
Want to "get away" but hate the thought of dealing with the TSA and their ridiculous vagueries at the airport? Go see Kelly at Splendor Farms and enjoy "getting away" a mere hour from the city."
- Judy W., Destrehan, Louisiana
Peter & Kai
Kai brought Peter to the country to fish, ride, and eat a southern style breakfast, with grits & sausage! Riding for the first time, Chip was his usual, gentle giant self! Kai's friends will be here in two days! We will just have to spoil them rotten, too!
"Thank you so much for making our visit to Splendor Farms such a wonderful experience. My boyfriend works almost 6 days a week, so being able to escape from all the craziness was definitely a treat for him. We both enjoyed your lovely breakfast and the trail rides. Chip and Grace were just amazing. I told all my friends about our wonderful experience. Three of them are going to Splendor Farms this Sunday just for the rides. Hahaa.
May all your dreams and wishes come true!"
- Kai J., October 2010
Rob & Aimee
Aimee and Rob came from New Orleans to eat at the House of Seafood and take
a two hour ride after a huge breakfast! Aimee was picture perfect on Cosmo,
while Rob is as relaxed as Grace! (look ma - no stirrups!)
Chuck & Janice
Chuck brought his wife, Janice to celebrate her birthday and besides sitting at the pool and having their own private backgammon tournament they went to the Abita Brew Pub for dinner and rode horses the next morning after breakfast. Now Janice can take horseback riding off her bucket list! Thanks for the nice tip, by the way!
Shannon & Ben
Shannon brought Ben for a get-a-way from the city. Checking in and going poolside for a relaxing book read, then tour of the farm, and on to Gallahger's Grill for an awesome dinner. After eggs benedict and french toast, it was off for a two hour trail ride under gorgeous blue skys and wonderful October weather!
Vance & June
Vance & June B. of Terrytown, LA came to celebrate their anniversary with a night's stay at Splendor Farms and a trail ride the next morning. After postponing three weeks in a row due to rain we thought the rain was over, but.... nope, it rained on the trail ride, but they didn't care! See you again when it's drier this fall!
What a lovely B&B you have! The accommodations were lovely,
the breakfast was delicious, and the horseback riding was AWESOME,
despite the rain! We will definitely tell our friends about Splendor Farms,
and hopefully we will get them to return with us. Thank you for
your hospitality and we wish you luck in the future."
- Vance & June, Terrytown, LA, August 27, 2010
Susan & Jerry
Susan & Jerry W. of Vinton, LA spent the July 4th weekend at Splendor Farms to celebrate not only the USA's birthday, but also Jerry's birthday! Riding, swimming & visiting New Orleans were some of the things they did during their two day stay. They even helped us name our newest horse, Chief, ridden by Jerry.
"Thank you Kelly for everything. The breakfasts were delicious. Hospitality great! Your horses are beautiful and so gentle. We enjoyed the morning rides with James. He is a sweet guy, easy to talk to. See you next time!"
- Susan & Jerry, Vinton, Louisiana, July 2010
Ann & Cade & Madison
Ann came from Texas to show grandkids, Madison and Cade, Louisiana!
From New Orleans to the capitol in Baton Rouge, they made an overnight stop
at Splendor Farms to swim, ride horses, feed the animals, and eat at the House of Seafood. They even managed a tour of the Insta-Gator Alligator Ranch & Hatchery! Love the Texas folks! Thanks for coming our way!
Jeremy & Andrea
"Such a wonderful place you have here, with all the beautiful animals, especially the dachshunds! Thank you for your hospitality and the upgraded room and
trail ride. We will definitely try to make our way here again. Thanks!"
- Jeremy & Andrea W., New Orleans, June 2010
Billy & Patsy
Billy & Patsy on their 27th anniversary ride at Splendor Farms
"Thank you for the lovely breakfast - it was so special! You and your husband have done a wonderful job with Splendor Farms - it is a 'slice of heaven'. We thoroughly enjoyed everything, especially the horseback riding. I am glad
you followed your dreams and made Splendor Farms a reality.
Wishing you much success and until next time, God Bless"
- Billy & Patsy T., Gulf Coast Area, May 2010
Jaime & Harley Return!
This time as B&B guests!
"It was a wonderful experience. The hospitality, food, relaxing by the pool, horseback ride, and mother/daughter bonding time! We are going to make
this an annual trip! Thank you, Kelly! You are a sweetheart!"
- Jaime S. of Harvey, Louisiana, May 2010
"Thank you so much it was wonderful to be here again! I love it here. I love being with all of your animals. After riding I jumped in the pool and swam and watched all the animals. I mainly liked seeing the donkey. He was very cute. Thanks for the food. It was great. Thanks for everything."
- Harley S. of Harvey, Louisiana, May 2010
"I cant wait to see you and the animals. Princess was an amazing horse to ride.
I also liked Duke's ride but he is like a bull-dozer he tries to run into everything
but I still liked him. You have no clue how much I love animals. When me and my friend went to give crackers to the goats we saw the pony and donkey.
I love them!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I mainly liked the donkey what is its name? I loved all of the animals!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Can't wait to go back."
- Harley S. of Harvey, Louisiana, June 2010
Beautiful People from Beaumont, TX
Ted (great sense of humor) & his beautiful wife Gretchen of Beaumont, TX came to visit Gretchen's sister Gina & her husband Darryl G. (a/k/a Coach) of Folsom, LA.
A Mother's Day reunion started poolside at Splendor Farms, then featured dinner at Gina & Darryl's house, breakfast at Splendor Farms, a three hour trail ride, wine & dancing at the Pontchartrain Vineyards, and then back home to Beaumont!
Love those Texas guests!
"Dear Kelly, We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Got a little of everything in - great weather, wonderful hospitality, Eggs Benedict cooked just right and how much fun was that horseback ride??!! Can check that off my bucket list! We will be back!"
- Ted, Gretchen, Gina & Darryl, May 7th, 2010
Donna & Kirstie
Donna & Kirstie looking relaxed during their recent ride at Splendor Farms
Charmein & Family
Charmein & family enjoying a sunny springtime ride at Splendor Farms
David & Jerri
David and his lovely wife Jerri spent their weekend riding bicycles on the
St. Tammany trace and horses on the trails at Splendor Farms! Dinner at
the Abita Brew Pub was great! They were able to sit outside and
dine with Nickie, their cute little dog!
"Kelly, Albert & animal family -
You didn't make cowboys out of us, but we enjoyed the adventure! Thank you for allowing us to be a part of the Splendor Farms life. Your breakfast was excellent - everything perfect!
- Jerri & David, April '10
Carrie, Quinn & Chloe
Carrie used her trade dollars to take her husband and daughter
for a 2 day get-a-way from their business, Vianne's Tea Salon.
Daddy (Quinn) shows Chloe how to cast her line
Quinn & Chloe with Jenny & Sister
Chloe on Shorty Joe - love those pink boots!
Woody & Anne Marie spent a special night at Splendor Farms...dinner at
Ristorante del Porto in Covington and a trail ride after breakfast the next day!
Lori & Kenny enjoyed two trail rides, the day of arrival
and the next day after breakfast!
Sammy & Gina Return Again!
Sammy & Gina came back to ride the trails, eat at Busters in Covington,
and enjoy one of my fabulous breakfasts!! Good to see all of you again!
Sammy & Gina & the girls riding at Splendor Farms
Late Winter Birthday Riders!!
"Hi y'all!" says this group of late winter trail riders
Daughter, Joanne, brings mom, Shirley (the birthday lady!) for a night
at Splendor Farms and a two hour ride! Shirley is riding Duke.
Our lead trail guide, Jesse, on "Cowboy Pete"
Nope, he didn't lose his horse. This army man
decided to walk the trail and visit with his friends!
Mrs. Shirley opted to stay behind while everyone else goes for a gallop!
Braden S., General Manager of CHOPS Bistro & Martini Bar, and his wife
visited Splendor Farms for some post Valentine's Day relaxation.
They had huevos rancheros and eggs benedict for breakfast.
"It was great meeting you, and thanks so much for everything. We had a great time and will definitely be back soon. I will be sure to tell everyone I know that may be interested about your place."
-Braden S., February '10
The Griffith Family
The Griffith Family came to celebrate the New Year on January 1.
From left to right: Roman, Tammy, Noah, Don & Madison.
Happy New Year! Come back and see us from North Carolina sometime!
"We had a really nice time yesterday. Thank you for your hospitality. It was the first time we've ever been to a B&B and we enjoyed it.
Madison can't stop talking about Lily, and Noah can't stop talking about the puppies. Don was so impressed that the little Chihuahua followed us for the whole trail ride! Does she do that every time? And you make a wonderful pot of coffee, by the way.
I enjoyed it very much!"
-Tammy, January '10
The Molay Family!!
Our First Crescent City Trade Exchange guests, Karen Molay and husband Bart, brought Hanna & Shane to spend family time on the farm fishing, riding horses, playing with puppies, and just enjoying the great weather and good food.
They snuggled in the Ponderosa and watched three movies that night.
Now that's good family entertainment!
The Molay Family
Shane plays with the puppies!
Dad goes fishing!
Thanksgiving Guests from Colorado!!
From left to right: Dan, Sean, Casey, Gina, and Gina's mom, Allison.
Splendor Farms is a member of HomeExchange.com thanks to Gina and Dan of Colorado. They wanted to exchange homes for a traditional Louisiana Thanksgiving for their home in .... COZUMEL!! Woo Hoo!! You bet we will exchange, just not simultaneously! So, arriving on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, their first stop was Acme Oyster in Covington and then on to the farm! On Wednesday, a two hour horseback ride after breakfast, then a trip to the Insta-Gator Alligator Farm and lunch at the Abita Brew Pub. Thanksgiving Day menu included traditional fare of two fried turkeys, smoked ham, crawfish and tasso stuffed mirlitons, oyster dressing, spinach madeline, and other fixins along with sweet potato pie, pumpkin pie, pecan pie & white chocolate bread pudding! Friday was the trip to the Honey Island Swamp for a boat ride and tour and that night, the traditional Turkey Gumbo and leftover pies!
Looking forward to going back to Cozumel! Best to all of you!
SOME WORDS FROM COLORADO...
"Kelly, just wanted to send another thank you to let you know how much we enjoyed our Louisiana Thanksgiving adventure. The kids have definitely said they want to go back but sometime when it's warm and there are more creatures! We didn't get as much time in NO as I would have liked but just enough so that the boys at first were thinking it was weird and then it changed to this is really cool and we want to come back!
Hi to you and Albert and all the dogs.you will make a lot of people happy this Christmas with all those little puppy hugs!
Take care and stay in touch."
-Gina, Dan, Sean & Casey
Photos from Thanksgiving:
Casey & Chelsea see eye to eye on Thanksgiving Day
Sean & Scarlet are matching redheads!
Dan & Duke take a ride to the gravel lake
Gina & Jack! Looking good!
Splendor Farms turkey fryer! Al, great job!
Dinner is served! Dan, hmmm which sweet potatoes?
Gina with mom, Alison, the first female family law mediator in the US!
Ten Terrific Guests!!
From left to right: Skylar, Angel, Tracy, Jim, Martin, Adrian, Nicole, Danielle, Stacey & Flo! What a great weekend! Jim & Flo returned for a second visit and they decided this time they they weren't leaving for dinner or lunch. Friday night they were treated to turtle soup, red snapper with jumbo lump crabmeat, and white chocolate bread pudding. Saturday they had Shrimp Stew and cherry pie, and Sunday everyone was thrilled to have eggs benedict with artichoke and crabmeat, french toast and strong coffee! The night before Adrian & Stacey, Martin & Nicole, and Jim & Flo all went to the Pontchartrain Vineyard for the Jazz n the Vines concert. Skylar's birthday present was a visit to Splendor Farms Petting Farm, puppy playground, and a ride with her friend Angel. Moms, Danielle and Tracy came too! Happy Birthday Skylar, next time bring the dads!!
Jim & Flo's Review:
Adrian & Stacey's Review:
More from Adrian & Stacey:
Nicole & Martin's Review:
Beirgetta came back to visit the horses and of course, Ramona, her Great Dane, came with her! Riding our beautiful Palomino Paint, Cannon (pictured), she rode the trails for hours, and met new friends Jackie & Craig. Loving our herbed cheese omelets and her stay in the La Louisiane, it was just like last time she stayed!
Mom, Stacey, brought daughter, Sabra, to celebrate her 10th birthday! They loved the guest apartment and the two night stay let them have time to do so much. Trail riding, fishing, feeding the petting yard animals, visiting the alligator farm, eating dinner at the Abita Brew Pub, and shopping downtown Covington! Thanks, Stacey, for making my website one of your favorites on your computer!
See you soon with the whole family!!
James & Louise
James & Louise from Hoboken, NJ, were a blast this past weekend. Having been up all night birthing puppies, I mentioned at breakfast that I was thankful for TiVo since puppy two was born 10 minutes before Project Runway and I knew I wouldn't be sitting down to watch that night! My two guests, with their beautiful British accents, just smiled. They had come from flying into Houston, renting a car, and driving the Louisiana roads to stay one night with me, and then go on to New Orleans. Chatting away about clothes, etc., I finally asked them what they did back in Hoboken...well, knock me down. They are both designers, Louise in interior, and James, well, James is one of the head designers for Calvin Klein's mens collections! Project Runway??!!
I love you guys!!! Tell Calvin I said Hi!
From Louise & James:
Also from Louise & James:
Jackie & Craig
Jackie came back, but this time with new beau, Craig, instead of son, David. Taking the guest apartment, they spent two days riding, indulging in our breakfasts, and Craig's dinners. Looking forward to ya'll coming back with David and Craig's son, who is also 13!!
Splendor Farms finds its very first guests!
After just about giving up on finding our first family, David, Roslyn, David Jr., Daniel, Chloe, and Candace, I ran across Chloe's information in my old AKC records (Dad bought her a puppy during their visit). Thrilled, I called that old phone number and Roslyn answered! I told her I wanted to offer them a night's stay in recognition of our 4th anniversary and they accepted. Roslyn was as pretty as I remembered and David has the best sense of humor! They couldn't believe that they were my very first guests (like I was going to tell them then!) Bring the kids next time!
The Pre-Labor Day Group!
Tina and Richard returned for the August special and brought Nicholas, Kristopher, Tristen, and Trinity! Riding with them are Marie, Jeff, and one of their daughters, Rachel! Olivia stayed to read and relax by the pool (and visit the kennel).
It was so great to see all of you exchanging emails and phone numbers and promising to keep in touch with each other! My treat was getting to watch
Raquel (below) while mom and dad went on the trail!
Neal, Gina, Cameron, Landon & Morgan
Neal and Gina of Alexandria, LA brought their children, Cameron, Landon, and
Morgan for the Family Summer Vacation at Splendor Farms. They rode horses
and visited the Aquarium in nearby New Orleans! The weather was perfect
and the pool was a hit with the kids! (see below)
Poolside with the kids
Kelly, Payton, Aiada & Gabrielle
Kelly brought her daughter Payton, sister-in-law Aiada, and
Aiada's daughter Gabrielle for a horseback riding experience!
Aiada, hope you will try Tigger again!!!
Scott, Nicole, Paige, Audrey & Tyler
Scott and Nicole from Kenner, LA brought their children, Paige, Audrey, and Tyler
for a mini vacation to Splendor Farms. Enjoying 2 two hour trail rides,
they fished, swam, and went to Abita Brew Pub!
See y 'all in the fall!
NBA Star PJ Brown visits SF!!
One day a man called me and said he wanted to bring his family out to ride horses. When he came I could tell by looking at him he was somebody special. I didn't want to say anything, but when his little boy said "my daddy plays basketball!" I just smiled, not realizing who he was. When they left to ride, I called my husband and my daddy in Dallas, and they both knew who he was! I was very impressed that he'd come to my little farm, and he was so very nice and his family were a joy to meet!
PJ Brown, Forward-Center graduate of Louisiana Tech,
formerly of the Boston Celtics and New Orleans Hornets.
Can you see how I might have thought he was somebody?
Kristeen & Jordan
Jordan surprised Kristeen with a weekend celebration of her birthday by taking her to eat at the Abita Brew Pub, drink N'tinis in Mandeville, see the new Harry Potter movie, and of course trail ride and swim at the farm. Another surprise was going to Corks and Canvas in Mandeville to try a little painting! Here are their takes on Pat O'Brians Bar, or as we locals say... Pat O's!
Good job, guys! Happy Birthday, Kristeen!
Tina & Richard Ride Again!
A surprise for us this time, a 6 month old surprise, named Raquel came
with mom and dad. See ya'll with the rest of the kids in August
for the Family Summer Vacation Special!!!
Stephanie & Gabe
A six month anniversary brought Stephanie and Gabe to Splendor Farms.
BBQ from the Hog Heaven, swimming, and a late breakfast were perfect for
this couple. After their ride the next morning they went to the tasting room
at the Abita Brewery and then to the Abita Brew Pub for lunch!
Thanks for coming and hope to see you on your one year anniversary!
Cameron, Cathy & Betty, meet...
...Christa, Sarah & Marygrace!!
Mom, Cathy, a paralegal in New Orleans treated daughter Cameron, and mom, Betty, to a full weekend of fun at Splendor Farms. Fishing, riding, swimming, and meeting new friends and realizing we all had the same friends made for a great weekend! Miss Betty loved picking fresh veggies and relaxing by the pool while Cameron took mom for a wild ride! See you later this summer!!! Miss Betty, you are the BEST!
A last minute cancellation proved to be Christa's lucky day! She brought her two daughters, Sarah and Marygrace, for some mother daughter time, and
rode Thunder! The woman can ride!! Thanks for spending your weekend at Splendor Farms!
Cameron met some new friends, Sarah and Marygrace of Mandeville, LA
Linda & Rob
Linda & Rob used their gift certificate to Splendor Farms to get away and
spend some time on the farm. They patiently waited for the thunderstorms
to finish before heading down the trails!
Shelly & the Gang Return
Shelly and the gang came back to see us recently! Hayden caught more fish
than Dad, Tim, and Hailey and Buddy D had a reunion after the trail ride!
Hayden has to be the king of fruit salads! Glad to see y'all again!
Happy Anniversary, Brenda & Randy!
Brenda and Randy celebrated their 6th anniversary at Splendor Farms.
Dining at The Dakota and swimming were highlights until Brenda got Randy on
Buddy D! Brenda was so pleased to see that he cooperated! (Randy, not Buddy D!) Congratulations! Randy, you can ride Thunder next time!!
Beirgetta & Robert
Beautiful Beirgetta and Robert, a geology student, came to relax after two busy weeks of Jazz Fest festivities and customers from their jobs at Cafe Amelia and Molly's at the Market. Enjoying trail riding and playing with the new baby horses, they also swam and enjoyed a meal at the Abita Brew Pub in nearby Abita Springs. Even Ramona, their great dane enjoyed meeting all the dachshunds at Splendor Farms!
See Our New Sunday Special for the "Service Industry"
Larry & Dawn
Larry and Dawn came to celebrate not only their anniversary, but Mother's Day,
too! Besides letting Gracie and Jack take them on an abbreviated trail ride,
they loved the House of Seafood. Happy Anniversary, guys!!!
Jolie & Family & Friends
Jolie brought her friends, their husbands, her family, mom, nieces and nephews
to Splendor Farms for the 3-day Easter Holiday weekend. Taking over the entire house and the "apartment" they boiled crawfish by Barbara's husband, René, ate boiled crabs courtesy of Marie's husband, and BBQ'd chicken, burgers and dogs!
Starting each morning with a huge breakfast, they all rode, fished, and played volleyball! After they left, we couldn't even tell that 16 people had been here!
They are on the Best Guests list!!!
P.S. The crabs were the freshest and sweetest I ever ate!
I know who to call when I want big meaty crabs!!
Thank your husband for me, Marie!
Brett & Courtney
Brett and Courtney, from Herbsaint & The Bistro, came for some long overdue relaxation before the Mardi Gras crush. The two hour trail ride, the soak in the pool side jacuzzi, and a Sunday dinner consisting of four hour braised rabbit served with fresh mustard greens from the garden and white beans cooked with tomatoes, garlic, and rosemary was the perfect meal (see review below). After a night's sleep without dreaming of "being in the weeds..." they had french toast and eggs benedict. Thanks for letting me spoil the two of you!! It was a BFT!
"My husband and I are busy in the New Orleans restaurant/hospitality industry and we had a very relaxing getaway to Splendor Farms. We enjoyed a great
horseback trip and instead of getting dressed up and trying to find La Provence for dinner, Kelly cooked an amazing meal from her organic garden and farm. From the homemade biscuits to the perfectly braised rabbit we were in heaven. Her own blueberries atop ice cream were delicious for dessert. She is such a wonderful chef & hostess- we will be back for sure and won't even think of La Provence- John Besh eat your heart out!"
See Our New Sunday Special for the "Service Industry"
Sammy & Gina Return...
...and this time Sammy couldn't escape the kitchen! A huge beef tenderloin, jumbo Louisiana shrimp and bread pudding were the Saturday night special! Did we cook? Nope, for a small fee guests can take over our kitchen! Contact us for details!
Sammy & Gina of Sammy's Food Service & Deli in New Orleans brought good
friends Jeff & Tonya to Splendor Farms. Jeff & Tonya are the founding
members of Crescent City Trade, which has a new member - Splendor Farms!
Sammy & Gina's daughters, Katie & Samantha brought Gretchen with them
this visit. Gretchen was the lucky rider of Julie, our newest trail horse,
a beautiful buckskin with a great gait!
RECENT REVIEW OF SAMMY'S FOOD SERVICE & DELI
Crystal & Carl
Crystal & Jet
Carl & Gracie
"My husband & I wanted to go away for a long, relaxed and quiet weekend. But, we wanted to stay close to home, not have to drive far and, most importantly, be able to take our children with us. Our children are our 3 Golden Retrievers: Charley, Charlotte and Thunder. These are the only children we have and they are our family. We didn't want to stay at a pet friendly hotel in a city somewhere; we wanted to "get away". Wow! What a blessing it was to find Splendor Farms. This was the perfect place for relaxation, leisure walks with our dogs, and a dream for animal lovers! We stayed 3 nights in the La Louisiane room and it was big enough for all five of us. And our compliments to the chef, Kelly. Breakfast was excellent. My husband's favorite was the herbed cheese and ham omelet. He said it was the best omelet he has ever had in his life. My favorite was the french toast. And the fresh milk and butter from Smith Creamery was unbelievable. That was the best we have ever had. We also had Sunday night dinner. It was great, too. It was a pot roast with fresh vegetables out of Kelly's garden. We loved every moment of visiting all the different animals on the farm, including the resident dogs and cats. It was peaceful watching and petting the horses. Before we talked to Kelly about our first horseback riding trip, my husband and I had our favorite horses picked out. We fell in love with their beauty and personality. When we arrived at the barn for our first horseback ride and Kelly told us which horses she matched us up with, my husband and I were shocked. We both were riding our favorites. My husband's love was Gracie and mine was Jet. Kelly was dead on. How did she know? Each day, we had a horseback riding trip on different trails, by a lake and a river. It was so tranquil. That was so much fun and we enjoyed the company of our guide, Reuben. Our dogs enjoyed the trip, too. They loved the brisk weather and being able to play outside in such an open area. It was cute seeing their faces meeting horses up close for the first time. Wonder what the were thinking? This was one of the best trips we have ever been on and we will definitely be back soon. Hopefully, in the spring or summer, when it is warmer, the pastures are beautifully green, we can go swimming and fishing, and sit outdoors. Thank you Kelly for a wonderful, true family getaway!"
Bush Garden Club
Splendor Farms was honored to host the founding members of the newly formed Bush Garden Club. A seasonal breakfast of Chili Puff Egg Souffle casserole and
a blue cheese and spinach salad with fresh strawberries and vinagrette dressing, along with sweet pastries, coffee and juice were enjoyed by the ladies. We look forward to seeing all of you the first Tuesday of the month!
(If you are interested in hosting a meeting or group
at Splendor Farms, please contact us.)
Leann's 9th Birthday
Leann of Mandeville, LA celebrated her 9th birthday with her best friends, Beth, Meagan, and Emma, family, and older brother, Daniel. Riding horses, fishing in the pond, and jumping from the hot jacuzzi to the cold pool were fantastic fun for all. Only in Louisiana does the birthday girl request a King Cake for her birthday!!! Happy Birthday, Leann, see you this summer, oh, and Duke says hi!!!!
Play Leann's birthday "Smilebox" below!!
Robert & Debbie
Congratulations to our first guests who checked themselves in while we were in Texas. The Rev. Robert and his beautiful wife, Debbie, came to the farm to relax. Reading, resting, and riding were the only things on their schedule,
until Debbie met Mimi....
John & Jenny
John and Jenny came from Houma, LA for some relaxation from their hectic lives. Enjoying dinner in Covington, a soak in the jacuzzi, and a movie in their room, they went to sleep to a soft rainfall on the tin roof. Braving the nor'easter that blew in during the night, they filled up on hot coffee and french toast with strawberries and bacon before riding the blustery trails! What troopers! Merry Christmas to y'all and Happy New Year! Come back with your kids in the spring!!!!
Ed & Brenda
Ed and Brenda came to spend the day riding, fishing, and playing with all
the critters. It was a perfect fall day, crisp air and blue skies, with seafood
gumbo, mustard greens from the garden, and chocolate cake with
sauce for lunch after their trail ride.
And even though it was Ed's birthday, Brenda caught the fish! Ed and Brenda work for the United States Postal Service on Canal Street in New Orleans. They keep things moving for us every day, unless they are at Splendor Farms!
Haily's Last Day
Haily and Mom, Sandra, rode together on Haily's last day. A beautiful mom
and daughter day is planned next weekend, for a long trail ride!
Thanks for the horse shaped sugar cookies, y'all, they are delish!
Sandy & Kenny from Pearl River, Louisiana recently got engaged
and came to spend some time alone planning their wedding
Darci & Sean from Covington, Louisiana were married and stayed
the night before going to Gatlinburg, TN for their honeymoon
Melissa & Cody from New Iberia LA came to celebrate Melissa's birthday
• • • • • •
Big breakfasts, fishing, and trail riding were fun for everyone!!
Congratulations to all of you!
Ester & Anita
Ester Van Loon is in the New Orleans area with her husband, an engineer from
The Netherlands, helping the Army Corp of Engineers with the levee and barrier rebuilding from Hurricane Katrina. When Ester's sister, Anita, came in from Holland
to visit, they came to Splendor Farms to get out of the city and ride horses in
the fall weather! Wonderful guests and loved their accents! Y'all come back!
Michael & Marie's Wedding!
The wedding of Michael Tuller to his love, Marie, was held at twilight on Saturday, October 18. Guests enjoyed rare tenderloin, oysters mosca, seafood gumbo, boiled shrimp, and mini baked potatoes stuffed with blue cheese to name a few items.
More photos from the wedding:
The rings, please!
Jenny & Debbie ride before the wedding.
"This is a great place to get married! It's such a beautiful and authentic Louisiana country setting. It's the perfect size for gathering the key players of the ceremony in the same cozy place for the day or for the whole weekend, and the patio and lawns can accommodate about as many guests as you want to invite. The beautifully decorated guest rooms are so quiet and comfortable, I could have slept well into the day. But, with the idea of Kelly's fabulous breakfasts popping into my head the minute my eyes opened, I couldn't stay in bed another minute. Kelly is a fabulous cook, and had some great ideas about what food to have at the reception in their huge dining room. Both Kelly and her husband, Al, were the greatest help to us the whole three days we were there, making sure everything was going as planned. They know where all the good things are in St. Tammany Parish, and they know how to make a great party even better.
Splendor Farms is also a great place to relax, but if some of your wedding guests will be children, you can be sure there'll be plenty of great activities to keep them busy. Between the horses, the puppies, the pool, the farm, and the beautiful country acres, the kids will have their own special day, while the grown-ups visit, yak it up and soak up the booze until the preacher arrives. There are complementary life jackets for all the drinkers, if you decide to have the ceremony and the reception by the pool. And, if it's going to be a shotgun wedding, well, you know everybody that lives around there has at least one, and they all love a good party! Splendor Farms is someplace you should really consider for an elegantly intimate Southern style wedding."
For a last summer vacation, Geraldine, Ryan, Lauren, Alexa, Abby & Elena came
from Florida to spend 4 days at Splendor Farms and 3 days in New Orleans
before Lauren finishes her schooling and leaves for college! What a great family!
Elena fell in love with Gracie and rode her every day!
The Lamendola Family
Eva, Olivia, and dad, Leroy enjoyed hanging out at Splendor Farms
for a few days before Olivia's return for fall semester of school!
Thanks for being such great guests! See you next spring!
Grace Fellowship Church Youth Group
The Grace Fellowship Church of Slidell, Louisiana brought its youth group for an "end of summer" camp at Splendor Farms. What a pleasure it was to have such a great group of kids, youth group leaders, and of course, Pastor Curtis, his wife, Rhonda, and their two sons, Zack and Curtis! Besides the usual riding, fishing, swimming, and volleyball games, they enjoyed morning fellowship meetings, evening worship, and nightly bonfires, complete with roasted marshmellows! Pastor Curtis whipped up mounds of spaghetti & meatballs one night and grilled chicken with corn on the cob the last night. Splendor Farms didn't want them to leave without some excitement, so the last night the horses decided to join the bonfire!!! Luckily, Brandi saw them and alerted the leaders!! The camp ended with a tubing trip down the Bogue Chitto river! Thanks for coming to Splendor Farms! It was a blessed week and not one any of us will soon forget!
Puppies, puppies, puppies!
Cypress Heights Academy Senior Field Trip
20 students from Cypress Heights Academy spent a day at Splendor Farms for their Senior Field Trip. Fishing, swimming, and riding horses were a first for many of these kids! What a great day they had and the price per student couldn't be beat said the parents and teachers! Have a great summer, kids!!!
Kelsey & John
Kelsey and her dad, John, recently spent a weekend at the farm after John returned from Baghdad. It was a great way to spend some quality time together. They were both thrilled to feed the baby goats and Kelsey loved driving her dad around in the golf cart! Welcome home, John!
Kelsey feeding Happy and Lucky
Hanh Pham's Family Reunion
Hanh Pham, from Chicago, organized her 60 plus(!) family members for their recent reunion. Family members came from as close as Mississippi and Louisiana to Missouri, California, and as far as Vietnam and Korea. Besides spending the day playing volleyball, card games, and horseshoes, the pool was full and the fish were biting! BBQ grills were smoking and wonderful food was passed around. The apartment stayed cool for those elders and babies seeking naps and the horses took trail ride after trail ride! Everyone got to ride and some of the kids were thrilled to feed the orphaned boer goats! Thanks for choosing Splendor Farms! We were excited to learn new words in Spanish, Korean, Vietnamese, and French!
More photos from Hanh Pham's Family Reunion:
Royal, Rachel & Kiley
The Babin family from Marrero, Louisiana spent a pre-summer vacation at Splendor Farms. Royal, Rachel & daughter Kiley enjoyed huge breakfasts, the alligator farm, the Covington Farmers Market, and tubing down the Bogue Chitto river. Horseback riding and driving the golf carts were Kiley's favorites! Even their dog Casper had a great time playing with the Splendor Farms dogs, Shep and Deanie! Thanks for coming to spend your Mother's Day with us, Rachel!
Sylvia, Billie, Kim, Riley & Tressie
Sylvia and Billie came back after being here last Memorial Day. This time Ray stayed home, but they brought Kim, Riley, and Grandma Tressie! Renting the La Petite Maison, they were able to cook lunch and dinner and still have the full breakfast!
Bailey took Shi Wampy out for a trail ride while her
grandfather watched the chickens and guinea hens!
Gina, Sammy, Samantha & Katie
Gina, Sammy, Samantha and Katie came from New Orleans to ride and relax. Samantha is first to get in the pool this year!! The worst thing about staying here? Only booking one night, said Gina! The best frittata I ever ate, said Sammy!
Kentura, Pamela & Robin
Kentura flew in from Miami, FL to spend the day riding and visiting with her mom, Pamela, and Aunt Robin! Robin and Pamela are coming back in 2 weeks and Kentura wants to come back this summer with her friends!
Missy & James
Well, 4 weeks ago we had a special engagement, now Missy & James came for three days for their honeymoon! Even Shi Wampy and Tinker look like they are in love! Congratulations and thanks for planning to come back for your first anniversary!
Jackie & David
David and his mom, Jackie, came to spend some quality mother/son time. They even brought their boxer with them to spend the night and play with the Splendor Farms gang! Here they are taking an after breakfast ride on Molly and Smokey! David's reward for getting the morning eggs was taking a dozen home, including the "blue ones!"
Phillip & Melissa
Phillip and Melissa spent a weekend at Splendor Farms to ride horses and get gardening advice. Melissa was a wonderful vet assistance, especially since she is a nurse!
David, Amy & Georgette
David and Amy visited in January and came back for Mardi Gras
with Georgette from Florida! Happy Mardi Gras! Hail Rex!
Dinorah, Kitty, Ashley, Ashley & Dihana
Dinorah wanted to get away from Mardi Gras and bring her daughters, sister, and daughters' friend out of the city and into the country! They rode, fished, swam, and had a blast. Before they left they rebooked for the spring! Looking forward to seeing y'all again! Dihana has a turtle farm! Who would have thought?
Tiffany & Thomas
Tiffany and Thomas, wanted to get out of Baton Rouge and find something different to do! Glad y'all came and thanks for the information on Costa Rica!
A Special Engagement!
(Erin & John)
"Shall We Dance?" - those were the words Erin heard from John after dining at the Acme Oyster House restaurant in Covington on a recent Saturday night. Were they at the Tap Room listening to a band after dinner? Were they in the Queens' Suite listening to the satellite music channels? No, they had just turned onto Mill Creek Road. It was a cold, dark evening in January, with no stars out, but they danced up and down the road to the music in their hearts and then, yep, John proposed! The stars were in Erin's eyes and she said, Yes! Congratulations and may you each live a long and prosperous life together forever!
Blanche, Patrick, Jennifer & Carolyn
|During their Christmas vacation from school, Patrick and Jennifer, along with little sister Carolyn, visited Splendor Farms with their grandma, Blanche. They didn't let the cold weather stop them! They rode horses, gathered eggs, fished, and played board games. They even helped Miss Kelly give puppies their vaccinations! Maybe they will be veterinarians some day!!!
Patrick, Jennifer & Carolyn gathering eggs for breakfast
Blanche and the grandkids go trail riding
Jennifer and Shi Wampy return from the trails
Big brother Patrick takes little sister Carolyn for a ride on Smokey
Barker Family Reunion
The Barker Family celebrated an early Christmas with their three daughters, Vanessa, Danielle, and JoEllen, and their sons in law, David, Mike, and Chris, along with grandchildren, Cameron, Ryan, JoAnna, Isabella, and Jackson. The week consisted of great breakfasts, riding horses to the river, and for the little ones in the arena, a visit to the Global Wildlife Preserve, and day trips to Covington for the Art Festival. It was even warm enough for the kids to swim! Merry Christmas, ya'll, and thanks for spending your special time at Splendor Farms!
Marsha, Buddy, Mike, Paula, Terri, and Lyn took a break from the Mississippi Gulf Coast and came to ride their bikes on the Tammany Trace and then stop for refreshments and watch the LSU game at the Abita Brew Pub. After checking into their rooms, they ate at the House of Seafood and returned to soak in the poolside jacuzzi. The next morning after a gourmet breakfast of homemade blueberry/almond muffins and a tropical fruit salad, a cheesy veggie frittata, biscuits and bacon, they rode horses along the river trails and walked the farms marveling at all the animals! Thanks for coming and letting us spoil you!!
The Humble Family
The Humble family spent a family anniversary at Splendor Farms then went to the Washington Parish Fair in Franklinton, Louisiana! None of them had ever ridden
a horse before until they came to Splendor Farms!
Tai & Wendy
Wendy & Tai riding horses at Splendor Farms
October 12-15 2007 - La Louisiane Room
"Kelly, what a beautiful and comfortable room you provided & WOW! What a wonderful weekend we had!! We were looking forward to this weekend for some time and it exceeded our expectations!!! For the past six years we have visited various B&Bs across several states and we can honestly say that Splendor Farms is the BEST! We loved riding the horses, playing with the dogs, and watching your other animals. The food was outstanding!!! Thanks for the wonderful breakfasts and great Sunday dinner. We enjoyed getting to know you, your husband, Roberto, Kathy, and the other guests! Also, we were so happy to bring our dog Chandler...his first vacation!!! Thanks for that!!! We will be back soon and plan to tell all our friends about this treasure...Splendor Farms!!!
Thanks again for one of the best weekends of our lives..."
- Tai & Wendy of Poplarville, MS
Christopher & Jennifer
Christopher & Jennifer ride horses at Splendor Farms
October 14 2007
"Kelly, thank you for making our weekend so special. We came to attend a wedding at the North House Home & Gardens and your B&B was the perfect place to stay. Your land is beautiful and your cooking was fantastic. Everyone was so friendly and we enjoyed meeting your other guests. We had a great time riding horses with Roberto. Thank you so much for your hospitality. Hope to be back soon!
We appreciate you sharing your home with us. We had a blast and didn't even get to do everything offered. Sorry about the hammock - I'll lose some weight before the next time we come. Take care and thanks again."
- Jennifer & Christopher of New Orleans
Rory & Tasha
Rory & Tasha attended Pontchartrain Vineyards "Jazz n the Vines,"
ate at the House of Seafood, and loved riding the horse trails
to the river after breakfast the next morning.
Todd & Richelle
September 30, 2007
"Kelly, to start off we love your place, your story and the setting here. You are THE COOK! (wow) Breakfast was so above & beyond!! This whole place has that type of spirit! Thank you so much for making our Anniversary weekend special. You are the B&B Queen! We cannot wait to tell everyone about your place! We will return and bring our children as well! We love everything about this place! Thank Roberto for us! He's great with the horses! May your home always be full! You are a woman after my own heart, Kelly! Best wished to you! "
- Todd and Richelle H. of Ponchatoula, LA
Gail & Clint
Labor Day 2007
We had such a great time here. We appreciate your being so accommodating. Our daughter, Courtney, was able to experience many 'firsts' here. It was her first time to ride a horse by herself, her first time to drive a golf cart, and first time to love and pet so many puppies! Cole swam (literally) in a hot tub for the first time, and Cookie enjoyed her first swim in a pool! As for me, I haven't spent time on a farm since I was a kid. It reminded me of being at my grandparents home and brought back fond memories.
Thanks for the fun,"
- Gail and Clint P.
The Periou Family
During a recent weekend at Splendor Farms, Leon, Julie and Thomas enjoyed
horseback riding and great breakfasts! Renting La Petite Maison was perfect!
They cooked their own lunches and dinner using the BBQ equipment
and never had to leave the farm until the last minute!
Roberto, our river and trail guide, takes Leon and Bella to the Bogue Chitto river!
"Thank you so much for a wonderful weekend. Your farm was so fun, so beautiful, and so comfortable. I loved the swimming pool, Leon loved the horseback riding, Thomas loved driving the golf cart (he just started learning to drive), and he also loved your dogs - he said he will miss them when we leave. The breakfast was fabulous! We hope to come again soon."
- The Periou Family
The Plauche Family
The Plauche family came from Baton Rouge recently and rode horses,
gathered eggs, caught fish, and drove the golf cart to the river.
After all the activities, Mom and dad relax by the pool
and the girls cool off in the pool after the trail ride!
The Best of the Best
On May 24th, Kevin and Kristen were surprised when Jennifer arranged a "Spend the Day" at Splendor Farms. Gary, Heather, Karissa, Joe, Kevin, Jennifer, Kristen, Johan, and Jeremy enjoyed a day of horseback riding, fishing (Kevin caught several, as did Joe and Jeremy), and swimming. Johan, who had never ridden horses before, enjoyed riding both Johnny and Captain! Then everyone feasted on a Splendor Farms picnic of BBQ chicken, fresh snapbeans from the garden, corn on the cob, tropical fruit salad, and Lemon Ice Box Pie and Blueberry Trifle! To the parents of all these "youngsters," they were awesome! "Yes ma'am" and "No ma'am" were said often, as well as "thank you Miss Kelly!" They were The Best of the Best!!!
"Kelly and Albert,
What a wonderful evening. Thank you for sharing your home with me on a Monday - with very little notice. I enjoy the travelling I do for my job - all except hotels. How fortunate that I found you!
Bleu and I enjoyed our stay and hope we can return with my husband soon! I would love the opportunity of getting to know both of you and seeing more of your beautiful home.
P.S. Great books on the book shelf!
- Elsie S. of Hideaway, Texas
(A recent Splendor Farms corporate guest)
Tanya & Ken
Tanya & Ken (pictured below) left the Mississippi Gulf Coast to spend their
20th Anniversary at Splendor Farms. They feasted at the House of Seafood,
rode horses, and traveled to nearby Pontchatoula for the Strawberry Festival!
Happy Anniversary, y'all!
"Thank you for such a great weekend, and an anniversary that will never be forgotten. We have been to several B&B before but this one is the best. We have loved everything from the home cooking to animals. Your hospitality made everything very enjoyable. We will be back.
P.S. Thank you for teaching me how to ride a horse. It was so much fun!"
- Tanya & Ken P. of Waveland, MS
Elise & Curtis
"Dear Kelly & Albert,
Paradise Found! What a great place - so many extra fine touches, from the linens to hot tub to incredible food + horses + kitties + doggies. I don't know how you do it all, but we sure appreciated all the care you put into making our stay superb. Thanks for helping us to celebrate anniversary #3 -- 47 to go!"
- Elise & Curtis V. of Baton Rouge, LA
Iona & Stewart, Val & Mike
Originally from Scotland & England, Iona & Stewart returned to Splendor Farms on March 3rd (after their waistlines recovered!), and brought Iona's parents, Val & Mike from Edinburgh, Scotland. They feasted on wild caught Chilean Sea Bass with Shrimp and Mussels in saffron-infused cream sauce, pheasant sausages, eggs benedict, plus a never ending tea service, complete with tarts and cucumber sandwiches! What a joy to see Iona & Stewart again, and to meet her lovely parents.
Thanks for sharing them, Iona!
"Thank you for a lovely time. We had terrific fun horse riding and
lazing by the swimming pool. Breakfast and our special dinner topped off an excellent weekend.
We look forward to seeing you again soon, once our waist lines have recovered."
- Iona & Stewart of New Orleans, LA
Bradley & Crystal
Thank you for making this weekend an anniversary that will never be forgotten. We appreciate your hard work and kindness in making this weekend memorable. Thank you for serving us from your heart, it does not go unnoticed. We look forward to our return. Thanks again."
- Bradley and Crystal D. of Metairie, LA
Kenneth & Trinnell
Breakfast was delicious! The 'La Louisiane' was very nice and pleasant. The entire atmosphere on the farm is wonderfully serene. It was just what we were looking for to get away from work life and the city scene. Unfortunately, the night air was too cool for us to enjoy the pool and hot tub. Thank you for allowing us to experience our first horse ride. Our stay here has left us with only one question unanswered: 'If breakfast can be that good here' - we wondered - 'what does dinner taste like?' :-)"
- Kenneth and Trinnell of Baton Rouge, LA
"Splendor Farms is quiet and beautiful
and the breakfast, oh man! Mr. Albert's coffee, and the bacon
and eggs from those hens out there are so fresh you have to
slap 'em! I can't wait to go back there in March. I've already
made up my mind what I'm doing for my spring vacation. I'm
going back to Splendor Farms!"
- Lorene of Odessa, Texas
"I was completely charmed by Splendor
Farms and the Bensabats. Kelly is the best hostess ever and
Al helps her make it all happen. Loved the horseback riding,
the beautiful pool, and gathering the 'blue' eggs. Can't wait
- Janet E. of Richardson, Texas
"Thank you for a wonderful time. We regret that we only stayed one night, but we will return for a full weekend. You truly made us feel at home. "
- Wade and Brandy F.
Richard, Yana & Ed
Richard, Yana & Ed holding a live alligator at Insta-Gator,
an alligator ranch in nearby Covington, Louisiana
"Dear Mama Kell,
We only spent a weekend on your farm, but it felt like
a week in paradise...
...in a beautiful dining room fit for a king (or a family of 18 farmers),
at what might be the largest dining room table in Louisiana, we feasted
on fresh country salads, gourmet pasta dishes, rum-soaked bread
puddings, hot blueberry French toast, fresh granola and yogurt,
the fluffiest egg frittatas I have ever seen (almost went up to the ceiling),
duck roasted to a succulent perfection, and many other delicious
homemade dishes straight from your kitchen and into
...we stayed in rooms so comfortable, we felt like it
was a home away from home, except our homes aren't as
...we were taken for long walks on gravel paths
through sundrenched early-morning forests to
mysterious Southern rivers by two of the friendliest
dogs known to man (or woman) - Shep, who is 7 but
doesn't act a day over 4, and Coco...
...we played with Silly Sally and 9 other assorted
cats and kittens...
...we briefly considered purchasing all 28 miniature
dachshunds as we thought we could not get
a better security system than this in all of New York
...we rode horses through meadows, dodging the
occasional bull, and felt like real cowboys and
cowgirls, and not the city dudes we are...
...we stewed ourselves in your hottub and cooled
ourselves in your pool...
...we strolled through rich gardens, hot houses, and
chicken coops, and felt what it must be like to live
on a farm...
Thanks for showing us true New Orleans Southern
hospitality we won't forget...hope to see you again soon!"
- Richard, Yana and Ed of New York City
Anthony & Autumn
"Hi Kelly, I just wanted to send a sincere
thank you for the wonderful time Autumn and I had on your
farm. You and Albert are great hosts. From the minute we arrived
'til the minute we left we felt very comfortable and right
at home. Every meal was absolutely delicious. Kudos to the
chef! The horseback riding, swimming pool, hot tub, picnic
on the river, and beautiful dinner all made for a wonderful
and relaxing mini-vacation. It was very nice to just get away
from it all for a couple of days, and you made it very easy
for us to do so. I'll definitely be back to visit shortly
some time this year. I didn't find enough time to try my luck
in the stocked fishing pond, but that just leaves me one more
thing to do next visit. Once again, thank you and keep up
the good work. Y'all have definitely raised the bar for all
bed and breakfast/retreats"
- Anthony & Autumn of Baton Rouge, LA
"We left home in the morning just to
get away and have some fun. 'Fun' turned out to be an outdoor
art festival in Covington. By the end of the day we were worn
out from the sun and walking and decided to stay overnight.
What good fortune it was to find a room at Splendor Farms.
What a bargain for 5-star service. We enjoyed a wonderfully
relaxing evening and night. Come morning there was a breakfast
filled with homemade and gourmet delights. Jane and I cannot
wait to return and really take advantage of this experience.
In fact, plans are in the making to get some family and friends
to come too."
- Jane & Richard of Houma, LA
"Thanks so much for making us feel at
home. This was a great vacation for myself and Kiley. We really
enjoyed horseback riding and the great breakfasts."
- Erik of West Virginia
"Thank you Kelly and Albert for being
such wonderful hosts.
We had a great time and hope to return soon."
- David, Roslyn & kids of New Orleans
"We couldn't have asked for a more relaxing
weekend or for more gracious hosts. Thank you Kelly and Albert
for making this trip so memorable. We plan on returning with
- David & Terri H. of Houma, Louisiana
Sue & George
"Kelly & Albert, we had a wonderful time at Splendor Farms. You made us feel welcome and at home from the time we arrived, and we had the 'perfect getaway' we were looking for. Kelly, your cooking rivals that of the best chefs in New Orleans finest restaurants, and your personal touch makes it all the more special. You have truly redefined the term 'Southern Hospitality'! Thanks for a great time. We'll see you in the Fall."
- Sue & George F. of Algiers, LA
"Kelly, this was a wonderful weekend. You were a perfect hostess. The farm is so relaxing, the animals, flowers, fresh fruits and vegetables, you can't ask for a more perfect place to be. Kelly, all your hard work is shown in the reflection of this wonderful home you've created. We look forward to coming back for another visit. Albert was also a great host, and Roberto with the patience for our horse ride. You all are a blessing, and we wish you all success and a great year."
- Mike & Glenda of La Place, LA
"Thanks for such a wonderful and relaxing stay!
Your hospitality was greatly appreciated. Breakfast was WONDERFUL.
We love all the animals...especially the dogs!"
- Sam, Monica & Cory of Reserve, Louisiana
"Dear Kelly, What can I say? This was Fabulous! Denise and I go to a lot of B&Bs, and this, by far, has been our best experience. No other B&B will be able to compete. The breakfast was exceptionally delicious and the blueberry crepes were the best we have ever had. We've been spoiled by and thank you for your gracious hospitality. We look forward to bringing our children here in the near future."
- Brian & Denise H. of Baton Rouge, LA
"Dear Kelly, As you know, I arrived here in need of some quiet time to fellowship with the Lord. This quaint farm lived up to its name - my stay was splendorful. God has truly blessed you with a lovely vision and provided others (Albert and Roberto) to help you pass on those blessings to us. I loved everything - the food, the horse ride, the view, the flowers, 'La Louisiane' room, and especially our conversations. My time here has renewed my spirit --- in other words, 'mission accomplished!' For this I thank you. Now I know why I woke up with this question on my mind: 'Do I have to go?' Will see ya'll again."
- Ann B. of Baton Rouge, LA
The McDowell Family
The McDowell family recently held a mini-family reunion at Splendor Farms.
Even 2-year-old Elise enjoyed riding T-Bird with daddy!
"Your home and hospitality are superb! You're the kind of person I would want to be close friends with. The food was great and we really appreciate you making us all feel at home (kids & adults)"
- Beverly of Bandera, TX
"Kelly, I had an incredible time visiting Splendor Farms! I rode a horse, played with puppies, and ate some divine meals! Your home is extraordinary and I can see that you are truly doing what you love. You serve others with joy and I'm glad I got to be a part of it. I love this place and I will most certainly be back. Congratulations on a wonderful business you have begun!!! "
- Sarah M. of Dallas, TX
"This place is fantastic. We have had a ball! Your hospitality is unsurpassed. You have so much to offer here and there is truly something here for everyone! The food was always outstanding - having homegrown tomatoes (that taste like tomatoes should taste) other fruits and veggies is quite a treat these days. We couldn't have asked for a better weekend. We will most certainly be back. Thank you ever so much!"
- Larry & Katherine M. of Richardson, Texas
"First of all, thanks for your patience with my girls! This was their first time on a farm! They wanted to do so much all at once. The gardens, flowers, and animals were beautiful. Your time on them shows. You and Albert were wonderful hosts and your breakfast is fit for a King. Kelly, you are a blessing to anyone around you. The type of person anyone would want to be friends with. May the Lord richly bless you, the way you are a blessing to others. Your cup will surely overflow."
- The Merchants of Hineston, LA
"Thank you for a delightful trip. It was so relaxing and peaceful. You are a wonderful hostess. Many blessings on your new project. Hope to see you soon...we will bring the kids next time. Thank you for helping us celebrate 10 years of our marriage!"
- Heather & Monte P. of Lockport, LA
"Splendor is absolutely the best description of a visit to Splendor Farms. There is plenty to do, but the best thing of all is to do nothing. If you are looking for a little bit of country, a haven, a place to truly relax, then Splendor Farms is the place for you! Not only are Al and Kelly true southern hosts, Kelly's cooking will, as they say in the south, 'make you want to slap yo momma!' Kelly's cooking knows no limits. To feast on one of her meals is an event not soon to be forgotten."
- Catherine B. of Baton Rouge, LA
Ron & Cherry
Happy 40th Anniversary
to Ron & Cherry
from Slidell LA!
Ron and Cherry, pictured above, spent their 40th anniversary at Splendor Farms
fishing and riding horses along the river.
Ron caught several fish from the ponds (see photo on the left)
and a large bass from the river! All were released - thanks Ron!