Nottoway Plantation Resort
What We Love
- The intriguing history of the plantation, once home to sugar magnate John Hampden Randolph and his 11 children
- Walks on the levee, with views of the barges and other ships plying the Mississippi
- The understated, updated elegance of the cottages, with porches and rocking chairs for reading books on local history
- The austere White Ballroom, viewed on the guided tour of the main plantation house
What To Know
- Nottoway has 40 guestrooms, seven in the main plantation house and the rest in cottages and outbuildings scattered about the grounds
- Restaurant choice is limited; the restaurant on the estate is delightful but falls somewhat short of New Orleans standards
- Nottaway’s grounds have a tidy, modern resort feel; fans of rustic patina and shabby chic may be disappointed
- Nottoway hosts as many as 300 weddings a year, so be prepared for festiveness, especially on weekends
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Just 90 minutes from New Orleans, Nottoway Plantation is an enclave of Old South elegance nicely updated for travelers who want contemporary conveniences. The intimate resort clusters around an impressive 1859 plantation house designed by prominent New Orleans architect Henry Howard. It stands out not only for its grand scale but for its intricate Italianate style, 15-foot ceilings and cypress wood structure harvested from nearby swamps. The handsome, leafy grounds abut the Mississippi River levee, and unlike many former plantation houses in these parts, the property also comprises modern outbuildings, such as guest cottages, a small recreation/fitness building and function spaces for weddings, which are a specialty here.
Bed and Bath
There are just seven guestrooms in the main building, with the rest spread among cottages on the grounds. Duplex Cottages echo the traditional style of the antebellum mansion, with dark wood floors, antique-style furnishings and heavy drapes in gold and chocolate shades, but all have WiFi, flat-screen TVs and spacious modern bathrooms. Both the Carriage Houses and Cottages have that Southern essential: a porch with rockers overlooking a small pond.
The grounds — down to a handful of acres from the several thousand acres of sugar cane at the plantation’s 19th-century peak — invite exploring. There’s the family cemetery where John Randolph and his wife are buried, a small parterre-style garden and a pool within a bricked-in courtyard. Nottoway has the feel of a small cruise ship (there’s even a salon offering manicures and hair styling), a sensibility that extends to the ground-floor Mansion restaurant, where the best seats for dinner are in the glassed-in area facing the towering oak trees.
In the Area
Take an early morning tour of the plantation house, when the light is soft and the sun slants in through the windows, then go for a drive along River Road, with stops to scramble up the levee to see what’s on the other side. While Nottoway is one of the South’s most impressive antebellum mansions, there are many more to explore in the area; check out Oak Valley, Laura Plantation and Madewood. Go farther afield on a daytrip to Baton Rouge, where you can take a tour of the state capitol, a de facto monument to populist governor Huey Long, or hunt for alligators among the cypress trees and Spanish moss during a swamp tour in the intricate, prehistoric Atchafalaya Basin.
How to Get There
We stayed here for one night in June 2018. It is a great experience to actually sleep inside the main house.
Our room had lots of original features, plus a modern bathroom!!!! It is wonderful to be able to wander around the building once the day visitors have gone. Lovely grounds with old oak trees. There is even an enclosed area with a swimming pool.
We ate dinner and breakfast in the dining room. The food was excellent with a varied menu and good wine selection. There is a buffet for breakfast and also a la carte. The staff were friendly and efficient.
This was a great experience to stay in a historical building and we hope to return again.
We stayed in one of the carriage house rooms and really enjoyed the spacious room and bath. It was well-appointed in period furniture, but had all the modern amenities. We had been on a great MS River cruise and decided to take another day before returning to New Orleans. The bed was comfortable and the staff friendly. The pond cottages looked nice and I would stay there next visit. The restaurant was excellent.
We were passing through on our way to New Orleans and decided to stay the night here to break the drive up. What a great decision, wish we had stayed more than just a night.
Had originally booked a double room in the boys wing, we ended up being moved to the Honeymoon Suite in the same area which was perfect timing for our 21st Anniversary. Nice touch, very appreciated. The rooms are clean, quiet, and done up to the period standards. Beds are soft and comfy. Our suite (room #11) had a separate bedroom, main sitting area, a massive bathroom with jacuzzi and walk in shower, and to top it off a small private pool. If you can splurge for this room I would highly recommend it.
Dinner was nice, a little pricey for the main meals and tasted of average to good quality. Breakfast was a nice buffet included with all the standard breakfast items. Service was good at both. After breakfast took the included tour with was interesting and informative.
Overall had a great stay, enjoyed wandering the property day and night. Staff were friendly but not overbearing, it felt like we had the place to ourselves. This will be on our list for the next trip down that way.
We made a stop here while passing through on our way to Texas. It's a bit off the beaten path but worth the trip. The rooms are charming, and it's a must to take the guided tour of the property. In addition, there is a wonderful restaurant on premise that we ate brunch at on Sunday morning and dinner on Sunday night. Great service and very good food.
We spent an evening in this 52,000 square foot plantation home converted into a resort hotel. Our room was nice and filled with museum quality antiques from the time period. The floor to ceiling windows opened up so you could go out onto the balcony. With this being a Historic facility the were a few minor drawbacks; the bed was small and not very comfortable and the show was a claw foot tub with a shower curtain wrapped around it. Both of these are just part of the ambiance though.