My husband and I stayed at the Nottoway one night on a recent trip to New Orleans, and thoroughly enjoyed it! Check-in was at a desk next to the gift shop outside the mansion, with the bellboy quickly noting our preferred times for the morning sweet potato muffin wake-up call and breakfast, then showing us to our rooms. We stayed in Odessa's room on the 2nd floor, a very large and beautiful furnished room with a half-tester double bed and other antiques that (almost) looked too beautiful to use. The ceilings on this level were quite high--15-and-1/2 feet, if I remember correctly--and were complimented with huge floor-to-ceiling windows with a bottom sash that is lifted to allow access to the private verandah. The bathroom is newly renovated, and included a jacuzzi tub with shower wand (otherwise no shower). There was a TV in the room with limited reception (I think we got four channels). There was also a fireplace in the room that did not look like it was used. Our room was in the main house but was not on the tour (some of the other rooms in the main house are included in the tours, so guests are required to check out early). There were also rooms in other wings, and in the foreman's cottage, but we didn't think they were quite as grand as the ones in the main house.
The sweet potato muffin, orange juice and coffee "wake-up call" was enjoyed sitting out on the verandah, and the plantation breakfast eaten later in the 1st floor dining room was delicious. We did not eat at the restaurant, although later we wished we would have, as other restaurants in the area are quite a distance away. The evening sherry was a nice touch.
The charm and history of this home are the real reasons to stay here. Being able to wander around the rooms and grounds at will was wonderful. We did take the tour (included in the price of the B&B) the next morning and found answers to many of the questions we'd come up with since wandering around the night before. The house itself has been restored beautifully, but it did look worn in a few area--mainly the exterior, with cobwebs and debris noted on the roof and siding, but nothing that detracted significantly. We also enjoyed walking along the Mississippi River levee in front of the house, where horses graze all day long.
The Nottoway really is a wonderful B&B, and we would recommend it highly.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nottoway, the South's largest remaining antebellum mansion, is a stunning historic plantation that lies between Baton Rouge and New Orleans, Louisiana. A dramatic, multi-million-dollar renovation has restored this historic plantation to her days of glory as well as adding luxury resort accommodations, deluxe amenities and corporate and social event venues. Nottoway, located 25 miles from Baton Rouge and 70 miles from New Orleans, is an exceptional choice for weddings, fine dining, corporate functions, business meetings, social events, group retreats and luxury room accommodations. Plantation tours are given 7 days a week. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Nottoway Plantation Hotel White Castle