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Devereaux Shields House

709 N Union St, Natchez, MS 39120-2950
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  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Floors marked for social distancing
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
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#7 of 46 B&Bs / Inns in Natchez
Escape to a comfortable balance of peace, style, history and hospitality at our Natchez bed and breakfast conveniently located in the historic district of Natchez, Mississippi. Step into the past in 6 elegant rooms in our Victorian main house (2 Two-room suites) and charming Victorian Cottage (2 king and 2 queen rooms). All rooms can accommodate up to 4 guests, have private baths, great beds and a full Southern-style breakfast, free parking, free Internet, free 7/24 snacks & beverages and wine & cheese welcome receptions most afternoons. Enjoy Southern Hospitality at its Best – because it’s not what we do, it’s who we are.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Bicycle rental
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Taxi service
Couples massage
Electric vehicle charging station
Street parking
Special diet menus
Tennis court offsite
Walking tours
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor fireplace
Outdoor furniture
Private check-in / check-out
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Air conditioning
Interconnected rooms available
Flatscreen TV
Walk-in shower
Whirlpool bathtub
Seating area
Wardrobe / closet
Bottled water
Private bathrooms
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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italianate7 wrote a review Jan 4
Danville, Virginia10 contributions6 helpful votes
My partner and I were gifted a stay at the Devereaux Shields house and a visit to historic Natchez for Christmas. As Natchez is a two-day drive from our home and we were keen to do some sightseeing on the way, we had to wait until the Thanksgiving period before we had sufficient time to make the trip; this ended up being a quite lovely time to be there, with cooler but not uncomfortably cold weather and fewer crowds. Communication with Eleanor via phone ahead of time was very good indeed. We never encountered Eleanor or Ron during our three-night stay, which seemed odd, but their support staff couldn't have been friendlier or more helpful, particularly host Angela and chef Robin. Aunt Clara's Cottage is an auxiliary property across the street and down the block from the primary Devereaux Shields property. It felt quiet and private in a good way. Parking was tricky: tandem-style in a single-width driveway in which an initial car was apt to be blocked in by another guest, on-street across the street from the property but in only a very limited area per Angela's instructions, or around the corner in another driveway, this one barely large enough for one car but pitched at a very steep angle. The angle was such that my parking brake seemed to barely want to hold the car in place when parked, and when I backed out the first time, my car's backup obstacle sensor delivered a constant alarm (which has never before happened and was quite a shock!), perceiving the street as an obstacle, since the back of the car was pitched downward toward it! I'm a confident car-parker in tight situations, but this space was a mighty challenge to negotiate. A lower-riding car could be damaged getting into and out of this space--guests beware. We elected to park on the street ever thereafter. (It was never clear whether on-street parking on the same side as the Cottage was allowed; I didn't see any no-parking signs posted, but I also didn't see anyone else parking anywhere on that side of the street, so perhaps it is an unspoken rule.) Our room in Aunt Clara's Cottage was of some size, with two antique beds and very comfortable mattresses, linens, and pillows. The bathroom was extremely small, but we had space to spread our cosmetics out in the room itself. The bathtub faucet may need servicing, as it was very stiff to operate and the temperature control was difficult to adjust. We were grateful to Angela for showing us the location of the central thermostat that controlled the temperature to ALL guest rooms in Aunt Clara's Cottage. The first night, the temperature was SO hot that I took the liberty of lowering the thermostat by several degrees. Thinking that this would take care of matters for the second night, we settled into bed, only to wake up freezing cold. I figured that perhaps the outdoor temperature had dropped enough to call for a higher thermostat setting, so I went back out into the common hall to adjust the thermostat--only to discover that it had been turned OFF altogether! This was easily fixed with one button, but the point is that a central thermostat for multiple guest rooms--and one that isn't supervised by on-site staff--can create real comfort problems for guests. I hope that by turning the heat back on I didn't burn up any hot-natured guests in other rooms. Breakfast was consistently delicious and bountiful, and Robin was very accommodating of our early departure on the third morning. However, the seating situation in Aunt Clara's Cottage--which I believe was the dining room used by main-house guests as well--was mystifying. We were a party of two, and one table in the dining room was marked "reserved for party of two" or something to that extent. After the first morning's breakfast conversation at a larger table had been annoyingly dominated by one guest, we arrived fifteen minutes early to the second morning's breakfast, ahead of everyone else, hoping to sit at the two-top. A member of the support staff told us that this table was reserved and that we had to sit elsewhere (fortunately, our neighbors for this breakfast ended up being more inclined to blend comfortably with everyone at the table rather than dominate). The two-top was soon occupied by...the same couple who had been sitting there the first morning. We noticed them visiting with the support staff in the back-of-house office later that day, so perhaps they are special friends of the inn. Still, we were disappointed to see favored guests being given special treatment with regard to seating when the format suggested that tables were first-come, first-served. Due to miscommunication and shortened hours for the Thanksgiving week, we unfortunately missed out on the carriage ride that was to have been a part of our lodging package. This would have been a very pleasant experience in the lovely historic district, and future guests would be wise to phone the carriage operator directly to confirm availability. However, Ron and Eleanor kindly refunded the value of the carriage ride, so while the experience was disappointing to miss, at least we didn't end up being out the money for it. Natchez is a charming historic town and is well worth a visit by anyone interested as we are in nineteenth-century architecture. The Devereaux Shields House is a convenient and comfortable lodging option that helped make our Natchez experience very pleasant.
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Date of stay: November 2021
Darrell wrote a review Nov 2021
Conroe, Texas2 contributions
Such a great time at Aunt Clara's Cottage. My family & I desperately needed a getaway from the busyness of Houston life. What we discovered was a clean, quiet, comfortable B&B that oozes with southern charm and life. Angela and staff were perfect hosts. The breakfasts were delicious and home-made. Beds were very comfortable and the other guests were considerate (not overly noisy). It is perfectly located within an Antebellum neighborhood. While it could use more parking space, bear in mind these homes were built well before automobiles were even a spark of imagination. They even allowed pets, which was a rarity. We will definitely be returning to Aunt Clara's Cottage when we return to Natchez next time. Five stars and highly recommended.
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Date of stay: November 2021
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Room Tip: I didn't get to see the other rooms on offer, but ours was perfect.
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JosiahVinson wrote a review Nov 2021
Corpus Christi, Texas81 contributions63 helpful votes
Devereaux-Shields House is perfect! My husband, Golden Retriever, and I enjoyed every moment of our time in November 2021. We stayed in Aunt Clara's Cottage and loved not only our room but also the leisure time we spent on the front porch and in the fenced in back garden. Aunt Clara's Cottage is just down the black from the main inn, in the heart of the historic district. We enjoyed chatting with Ron, one of the owners. He was cordial and helpful at all times. Angela, who was on site during the day at Aunt Clara's Cottage, proved friendly and accommodating, too. Both our breakfasts were stellar! Robin is an amazing chef who even shared her frittata recipe with me. If she makes the strawberry French Toast for you, you will be delighted! I also recommend the golf cart tour of Natchez, which I booked through Devereaux-Shields. You will love your time at Devereaux-Shields and in Natchez!
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Date of stay: November 2021
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rhonda k wrote a review Oct 2021
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This was our first experience for my husband and I at a bed and breakfast. Thanks to other reviews, we chose Devereaux Shields. Even though our stay was brief, it was thoroughly enjoyed. Can't say enough about Angela, our host. She's a perfect example of southern hospitality...friendly, funny, and welcoming. Home is nicely decorated and has both indoor and outdoor seating areas. Room temperature and bed was comfortable with good quality sheets and towels. They even had a bedside "noise machine". My only complaint was the shower head. I don't like a "rain shower head". Loved the bath and body products furnished, especially the lotion. Coffee is served right outside your room in the hallway seating area in the morning. Breakfast was very good. Staff was friendly and attentive. We definitely would highly recommend the Devereaux Shields House.
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Date of stay: October 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Shirley C wrote a review Aug 2021
Pass Christian, Mississippi126 contributions17 helpful votes
We stayed at the Aunt Clara cottage because we had a pet. The rooms were clean and comfortable but really small for 3 adults. The room had a high double bed and a regular height queen bed. They were set up slightly across from each other the room was a little to warm for us.. I mentioned to Ron and did lower it a bit.. The staff was very friendly and helpful. Ron the owner meet us at this property and assisted us with our luggage. The house has several stairs but there is a railing to assist in walking. The breakfast was good and filling and served by a friendly staff. There is a small frig in dinning area with soft drinks and water which is available all hours. Coffee is set up at 7 am in dinning area. Ron was gracious enough to show us his other 2 B&B which is located within the same block. He is very knowledgeable about his properties and Natchez. Ron, the owner, was friendly and helpful.
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Date of stay: July 2021Trip type: Traveled with family
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$101 - $172 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Devereaux Shields House
Which popular attractions are close to Devereaux Shields House?
Nearby attractions include Joseph Newman Stone House Concerts (0.7 miles), Choctaw Hall (0.4 miles), and St. Mary Basilica (0.5 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Devereaux Shields House?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and free parking.
Which room amenities are available at Devereaux Shields House?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a desk.
What food & drink options are available at Devereaux Shields House?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Devereaux Shields House?
Yes, free parking and street parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Devereaux Shields House?
Conveniently located restaurants include Steampunk Coffee Roasters, Carriage House Restaurant, and Pearl Street Pasta.
Is Devereaux Shields House located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.4 miles away from the center of Natchez.
Are pets allowed at Devereaux Shields House?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Are there any historical sites close to Devereaux Shields House?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Choctaw Hall (0.4 miles), Longwood (2.0 miles), and Rosalie Mansion (0.8 miles).