Friday, April 15, 2011

Dunleith Plantation and the Castle

Dunleith was the very first antebellum plantation mansion that we have ever experienced and laid eyes on in Natchez. I think it is also the grandest looking one. It was here where the hospital placed us for accomodations when we came over to check out the city and when John came for an interview. It is now a bed and breakfast. This was our room.

And here was John ready to be picked up by the hospital's CEO.

and I was just chilling out and relaxing on the balcony.

Who couldn't relax with this view?



That evening, the hospital administrator with a a couple of doctors took us out to dinner at the restaurant behind Dunleith called The Castle. It used to house the horses and the carriages during the olden times. It was such a good experience and the food was so good that ever since John accepted the job and we moved, we have been taking people who visit us, to dinner there.

Here is Kerri with Noah on the beautiful grounds. Noah has grown a lot since so this must have been at least 3 years ago. Two years ago, we had a house full of guests, my sister Fe, her daughter Stephanie and her friend, Elvira, my son in law Marvin and my classmate from HS, Evelyn, who I have not seen for at least 40 years then, all came for a visit from Illinois and Florida. We hired a babysitter to take care of 5 kids who also came with them while we took the adults out to dinner to, where else but The Castle! I love these big doors and the huge lion door knockers.


Under the restaurant is a bar and this is where they actually kept the horses. Do you see how dark I was? It was summer then and I was always gardening and swimming. With me in this pic is my oldest sister, Fe (short hair) and my HS classmate, Evelyn.



Many of you will probably recognize this beautiful lady. Yep, last year we also took Janie of Blondie's Journal and her hubby Al to dinner here when they came to visit us.


And here is Janie and Al posing by the back door outside the pub.



The next pictures were just taken last week when Kerri, my stepdaughter, came for a visit. Naturally, we took her to dinner there. The food is always excellent.

My dress has pink in it so it is my pink contribution.



Here's our waitress bringing our delicious food. Yum!



After eating, we drove to the front of the building to take pictures.



During dinner, John got a call from the hospital for a consult, so we stopped by there to drop him off, while Kerri and I just waited in the vehicle.


We were parked in front of the hospital's front door. Do you see the other building across the street? The suite in the closest corner of that building is John's clinic. It is the closest clinic to the hospital so it is very convenient for him. He can actually see patient's in between performing surgeries.


Aren't the roses pretty? The farthest ones are pink.

I hope you enjoyed a tour of another antebellum house here. I don't think we are allowed to take pictures of the inside but I have not really toured the house yet so I am not sure about that. Just as I said, it was the first house we ever visited here and I was not aware that we were allowed to tour it at that time. But I am targeting to visit it soon.


I am linking with Beverly for Pink Saturday at http://howsweetthesound.typepad.com/my_weblog/

and since it is my favorite restaurant here, I am also linking with Laurie for A Few of My Favorite Things at http://bargainhuntingwithlaurie.blogspot.com/


Thanks for your visits and thanks to our hostesses for the fun memes.

24 comments:

Blondie's Journal said...

We had a lovely time, Christine. It makes me feel special that you brought us to such a wonderful place!

XO,
Janie

Teresa@oursoutherncountryhomeandfarm said...

What a beautiful post. Hubby has a brother that lives in Natchez, but I have never toured the homes there. Looks like I just may need to put this on my to do list. And to get to entertain a fellow blogger, especially someone as sweet at Blondie, oh how wonderful! I have never posted on your blog, but have followed you since I started blogging. I had huge issues for the longest, and you were one of the one's that I could not post on for what ever reason? But now I can, and I am sooo very happy about that.

FABBY'S LIVING said...

A stunning plantation with such incredible gate entrance! It looks like you all had a fantastic time on your first trip as you do now. You look wonderful in your dress with shawl, very elegant, ready to enjoy a lovely dinner, I'd love to go there. You have a beautiful family dear Christine.
Thanks for dropping by and for the offer of bunnies...ok, I accept, just ship them over, I'd like them better coming from you! hahahaaa...
Have a nice weekend pal!
FABBY

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Just beautiful Christine! Looks like a very special place to share with friends and family:@)

Jemsmom said...

Gorgeous! One of my favorite memories was going on the Natchez Pilgrimage with my mom and grandma. We all love anything antebellum so we were in heaven! Rosalie was my favorite! Thanks for bringing back some wonderful memories!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

What a beautiful place. Food looks fantastic and what fun to meet with a blogging buddy again.

Marlis said...

What a lovely visit. I'm delighted you shared that with us. It's always wonderful to see the inside of the mansions and to find out a bit of history. You are blessed with a beautiful family. Your dresses look stunning on you!

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

I love Natchez. We spent Thanksgiving there two years ago!

Shelia said...

Hi Christine! What a lovely post and the home is gorgeous. The restaurant I believe, must be your favorite! :) Love seeing you and your family and friends and Jane! :)
Thanks for popping in and have a wonderful weekend.
be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

pinkkandy said...

Once again, we are gathering to enjoy that yummy color....PINK....it is the most delicious color I know.... have a safe and pleasant week end...God Bless You...
Kandy

Tammy@Beatrice Banks said...

You look so pretty in the last photo Christine! I love your hair pulled back like that. This is a grand and beautiful place. How fun that you were able to meet up with Blondie. I'm looking forward to the day when we get "the" interview.
And oh yes, I met another blogger MS dr's wife. If we move there, the 3 of us will have to meet up.
Have a wonderful weekend!
Tammy

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Happy Pink Saturday Christine Sweetie...
What a gorgeous share today. I love seeing all the friends and family that have came to visit. What a beautiful share. Now Jane oh I am so jealous. You got to visit with Jane. What a treasure she is. I love, Love her. Beautiful memories for you both.

You look absolutely gorgeous in the last photo. Your hair is SO pretty up my friend. I love it, and that dress WOW. Beautiful colors for you. You and John look so precious together. You should have that photo framed, as it is truly gorgeous.

I love my trip to dinner. The food looked wonderful and what a beautiful place to go. Isn't it funny how sometimes, the first place we go to eat in a new place, is where we SO enjoy taking each and every visitor. It is like that first time all over again. It is wonderful sweetie. Just wonderful.

Thank you for sharing. I hope you have a glorious weekend. Many hugs and much love, Sherry

Rebecca said...

Sorry haven't been here to visit lately. Missed your wonderful posts. Happy ps!

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Absolutely beautiful. You always visit the most interesting places.

Richard Cottrell said...

Ms. C. Thanks for another wonderful trip down memory lane. I saw this house 25 years agao and it had a different owner.I saw it a coup[le of years agao and the owner they said was from New Orleans and alot of the furniture was from there home there. Looks much better. It is so beautiful at Night. I had never seen that. As usual, Thanks for sharing. Richard at My Old Historic House

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

What an extraordinary place! It looks wonderful and you look fabulous! So does Janie! You are both very beautiful and look so elegant dressed up for a nice dinner! I love pretty clothes! ♥

Sarah said...

Christine, what a lovely spot! It looks like a very special place to dine, and staying in the B&B would certainly be a treat. ~ Sarah

Gracie Jewellery said...

Can you imagine living in that house?! The stories it could tell. Thanks for sharing. Happy Pink Saturday!

Queenie said...

This place is beautiful Christine...thanks for the tour and wow what a view from that balcony :)
Your yard looks so pretty in the post down below...everything's blooming beautifully!
Hope you have a nice day...
Big hugs,
Queenie

Kathleen said...

Wow, that looks like a lovely place! I hope they see this post, you should email them the link!

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Christine, it is a gorgeous place. No wonder y'all decided to move there after staying in that wonderful room in this plantation house! If I ever make it back your way, we'll have to try to have dinner there. Thanks for linking to Favorite Things. laurie

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Such a lovely place to dine, Christine! I was also looking at your photos of your garden; what a lovely sight! Our flowers are still sleeping here. Yours are gorgeous! Thanks for stopping by and I hope you had a lovely pink weekend.

Blessings,
Sandi

lvroftiques said...

Wow Christine what a gorgeous place! That's exactly what I see in my mind when I think of "antebellum mansion" And the restaurant looks beautiful too. Vanna

Hotesses Lyon said...

It looks like you all had a fantastic time on your first trip as you do now. I just may need to put this on my to do list. We all anything antebellum. You are blessed with a beautiful family. I am so happy know this good think. I love your hair pulled back like that. The food looked wonderful and what a beautiful place to go. Thank share this good think.
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