Bisland House is very pretty, and Christine and her husband Byron will make you feel right at home in their home.
The house has a very warm, inviting mixture of antique furniture, stained glass windows, large rugs, pretty window treatments (I love lace sheers!), as well as a large screen TV (on which I watched a DVD on my stay there) which is unseen when not in use. It is in an antique-looking armoire, so even the modern electronics that make life nice do not disturb the elegance of the atmosphere. Byron showed me how to set it up. As their website says, you are welcome to use what is there.
The house has porch swings upstairs and downstairs. Each has a lovely, clean quilt thrown over it which makes the swing look and feel comfortable. If I had gone to Natchez when the weather was milder I would have spent more than a few moments on each of them. They must be incredible during October! Christine offered to set up fans outside, but I wasn’t brave enough to face the heat even with the fans.
The heat index for the day I left was 111 degrees at 2:00, with a possible high heat index of 125. The house was a little warm for me, especially downstairs on my first night in the main parlor, and one morning in the foyer where I sat to write a letter between 7:00 and 7:30 A.M. Most of the businesses I visited felt about the same. The humidity was really driving up the heat index. Christine had the door closed to my bedroom and a nice, powerful little fan on the floor to circulate the air, too. This gave the room a cooler feel than the rest of the house which made it pleasant.
Christine worked around my schedule so I could eat breakfast later than usual (9 AM), and somehow the temperature in the dining room was fine – better than 7:45 AM when I left. I was the only one there mid-week, and Christine sat and chatted with me while I finished my breakfast. That was very nice of her, and she is as pleasant to talk with as the other reviews will tell you. She gave me good directions to the site I was going to see, and to the restaurant I was going to for lunch.
There was freshly brewed coffee on a stand in the hallway upstairs, right outside my bedroom door in the morning. Wonderful! I stayed in the smaller room – Michelle’s Room. It was soooo clean, had its own little bathroom with a shower, a few antique pieces of furniture, a rather new mattress, and SHEETS YOU WON’T BELIEVE!! Soooo soft!!! You’ll have to touch ’em to believe me. If you fall in love with the sheets, Christine will tell you how to get your own.
Bisland House is in a great location for a tourist – which was one of the reasons I chose it in the first place. It was a great fit for me, and I would encourage others to stay there, too. At Bisland, it isn’t all about the house; it is about you and your stay in Natchez, and about the Tim’s hospitality. The house just adds flavor to your experience in a way that will make you want to return. It’s not a museum experience. It is like a home away from home. Enjoy!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 1904 historic home. Located in Natchez downtown historic district. Walking distance to Main St. shopping, antebellum homes, antique shops, and Mississippi River bluffs. 3 Guest rooms. Moderate rates. Private Baths. Full breakfast included in room rate. Wireless Internet. Free Parking. Children welcome. Accept Visa, MC, Am Ex, Discover and Cash. 24 hour refreshments available. We offer gift certificates for gift giving at Christmas and other special days. ... more less
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