The main house is a pre-civil war cottage that was moved from Bayou Sara after the great Mississippi River flood of 1927. Son of governor Robert F. Kennon and practicing attorney Kenwood Kennon purchased the property in 1973 and did a major adaptive restoration.
In 1974, Kenwood opened Shadetree Antiques and lived upstairs over the shop. After the birth of his daughter Alexandra, Kenwood and his wife Ellen, a NYC interior designer, converted the second floor into Shadetree’s first bed and breakfast suite. After being open a year, The Loft was featured in Southern Living Magazine, inspiring the construction of the Gardener’s Cottage, followed by turning the east side of the antiques shop into the Sun Porch. Shadetree is no longer a bed and breakfast. The Loft and Gardener’s Cottage are available for long-term leasing, completely furnished including bedding and kitchenware. See video tours of each on our “Suites” page.
St. Francisville is a historic and charming little town nestled in the beautiful Tunica Hills of West Feliciana Parish. Well-known for its abundance and variety of flora and fauna that inspired artist-naturalist John James Audubon, who painted many of his Birds of America series while living in the area during the 1820s; the region was settled by English planters in the 1700’s. Several of the original plantation and antebellum homes and gardens are still standing, restored and open to the public year-round. There is a lot for the history and antiquity buff to enjoy, as well as nature trails, biking and exceptional birdwatching right here at Shadetree.
“There is a touch of the enchanted about this place, as though magic lingers just out of reach, bringing the energies depleted by day to day life flooding back into the body and soul. . . Ellen’s creations are simple, luxurious and beautiful to behold. Never is one allowed to forget the role of Mother Nature. The design is employed to maximize, rather than minimize the role of nature in the living spaces as a tonic to the strains of day-to-day existence.” – Country Roads Magazine
“Hours of creative visualization have produced living spaces remarkable in their completeness and attention to detail. Every element complements the whole resulting in a rare and tangible harmony which not only delights the eye but satisfies the soul.” – Country Roads Magazine
“One of St. Francisville’s most renowned B&Bs. Adirondack-style rusticity, a lovely setting in the town’s historic district, exquisite interior design, and most luxuries imaginable. Very private. Repeatedly described as magical.” – Fodor’s Gulf South Travel Guide
“Perched atop a wooded hilltop in the heart of St. Francisville’s historic district, Shadetree’s three suites combine Adirondack charm with exquisite interior design and attention to detail in a wholly realized dream of harmony and tranquility.” – Country Roads Magazine