Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Our Guests Say the Nicest Things...

Dear Owners and Staff at Monmouth Plantation,

We are tremendously grateful for the gracious hospitality extended to us (the Seven Sisters) by the Monmouth Plantation staff. The memories of our visit there last weekend (June 22-24, 2007) will be treasured forever.

The grounds and buildings are beautiful, and we felt pampered and very special. We chose Monmouth for our “sister” retreat because of location, but we found so much more there than just a central meeting place. We found a genuinely warm welcome. Even though we are closer than many families, the setting at this lovely facility helped us bond even more.

So many things there reminded us of our mother (a true southern lady), whom we miss very much. She would have loved the elegant gardens and walkways. She would have enjoyed sipping mint juleps on the veranda or patio. She would have known every plant and their fragrance. As we languished in the quiet peacefulness of the Wisteria arbor late Friday night, we reflected on our memories of her and discovered many of her attributes in each of us. It was as if she was right there with us again.

Dinner, Saturday night, in the main plantation house was such an elegant experience. It was as if we had stepped back in history to a time when you dined by the twinkling light of a chandelier filled with candles. We spoke in softened voices so we wouldn’t spoil the mood. Each of our five courses for the meal came at exactly the perfect time, and our servers were always quick to respond to our every need. The food was wonderful and the atmosphere was very romantic!

Our rooms were very beautifully decorated and comfortable. The porches and rocking chairs were perfect for sitting and talking in the afternoon. In the evening, we all met in one of the sitting rooms to continue our talks and giggles. Peggy’s guided tour of the main building on Saturday morning was fun and informative. We appreciated her help on questions about the facilities, too. She went above and beyond to help us. And then there is Hal, the bellman, what a wonderful jewel you have in Hal. All the “sisters” loved him. He was delightful! He knows “everything” about Natchez, so every time we needed information about something in town we searched for Hal. He was always so willing to help.

We could say so much more about this memorable trip, but words seem so trite compared to what we experienced in love and warmth shown by your wonderful staff! Thank you for making everything perfect. May God bless Monmouth Plantation.

The Seven Sisters

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