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
Christmas Marketplace advertisement is just a rouse to get you there as there is only about 8 craft booths, but since you're there they figure they can get you then to pay for the tour which is $20 a person. I didn't and will NEVER GO AGAIN!
Beautiful old Sugar Cane Plantation House. We had a wonderful room in one of the Pond Cottages - huge room and huge bathroom. All facilities including fridge, coffee machine etc. Breakfast was very good and dinner was excellent and good value for money. We also took the guided tour which was really informative and good fun. Highly recommended.
We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Nottoway. We had a very informative guide (dressed in period attire) who was articulate and well-educated on the history of the plantation. Afterwards, we enjoyed a nice lunch in their cafe. Definitely put it on your 'To Do' list when in the New Orleans vicinity.
Brian J This was one of the best tours I’ve been on. My tour was guided by a lady named Jessica. This lady I might add was a amazing guide (Partly because she was a African American herself). She was very knowledgeable of the plantation and was able to answer every question asked without hesitation and with class and a whole lotta laughture. She has a unique way to break the bearer between white and black with exceptional humor. The tour was well worth the time and money. This young lady sent the ball out of the park (Top shelf tour). Until my wife purchased some soiveniers from their gift shop. My wife proudly commented on the tour given by Jessica was excellent. The response from the “elderly lady” behind the till was clearly a sign of Deep South pride.. for that reason alone I would give it Zero stars. She so rudely said (in a whispering voice) some very rude derogatory comments that I cannot mention . Clearly outlining the division and true feelings that still exists, to (complete strangers) ....... Totally unexceptable.
Stayed the night in one of the cottages. We had dinner and breakfast and both were excellent. The grounds are gorgeous. Didn't stay long enough to check out the spa, but hoping to return and do that. Only drawback is it's not near a whole lot else except more plantations, but we enjoyed it and will go back.