1888 Wensel House B&B, Natchez
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Review of "1888 Wensel House B&B, Natchez"
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1888 Wensel House B&B206 Washington Street
Natchez, Mississippi, 39120, USA
When we plan our USA road trips we spend a lot of time choosing different places to stay . When in cities we try to choose places with free parking and close enough to walk into the city to explore it. We like to choose unusual places and in the south of the USA we thought we would find some antebellum B&Bs as thy are really beautiful, unusual and a bit more personal that chain hotels.This B&B is in Natchez and fitted the criterion so we booked on line through hotels.com. We try to book most of our accommodation through hotels.com because we get a free night for every ten stays so worth using them. We do however check with other sites to see that we are not paying more by using hotels.com.
~~~~~~~DESCRIBED BY THE OWNERS ~~~~~“1888 Wensel House, a restored Natchez Victorian town house turned Bed & Breakfast, is simply and attractively furnished with antiques creating the most beautiful atmosphere for a good night's sleep.”
~~~~~~~~LOCATION ~~~~~~Natchez down town the historical area is actually not huge and this B&B is very conveniently located close to a number of place of interest and is also a short stroll to the river as well where you can walk along watching activities on the river as well as reading plaques of interest along the way.
Parking is on the street but we had no problems ever getting a spot right outside the front of the house. There was also a private car park for the B&B that required you to go around the one way street and behind the property so we just used the street as it was also free of charge.~~~~~ WELCOME ~~~~~
We had actually booked two night booked originally but added a third as one of the places we had planned on visiting prior to Natchez was flooded so we cancelled that and added an extra night in New Orleans and an extra night here.The owner greeted with a very warm welcome and offered us a choice of the three rooms they had as they had nobody else staying which was nice as we got to see all the rooms they had. The owner showed us all around the house and gave us bit of history too. He also showed us where we could help ourselves to cold soft drinks and bottles of cold water whenever we wanted.
He also showed us the code to get into the B&B front door and gave us our room key which was a proper metal old fashioned key.~~~~~~ THE ROOMS ~~~~
There are three rooms and all have queen beds and all have an extra single bed with ensuite bathrooms. They re al a good size and are the same size - 240 sq. ft.THE FIRST ROOM : This room has two large windows and is on the second floor. It is furnished with American Empire furniture, a large hand-carved high-post queen-size mahogany bed with fish-net canopy, a spindle-turned single bed, an antique dresser, and antique work tables as bedside tables. The private adjoining bathroom is modern and full equipped. A large closet provides extra pillows, blankets.
THE OAK ROOM : This room has two large windows and is on the second floor. The American Golden Oak suite was purchased in 1903 for the newly-wed couple (The owner's grandparents) whose photograph hangs above the mantel. There is the original queen bed with high carved headboard, two bedside tables, a work table, a mirrored dresser, and a washstand. The single bed of wrought iron is decoratively painted by a Baton Rouge artist. The private adjoining bath has a tub/shower. A large closet provides extra pillows & blankets.THE FRONT ROOM: This was the room we chose and this was at the front of the house also on the same floor as the other two rooms. We chose this as it was so light and airy with lots of windows three large windows . This room was also furnished in American Empire antiques but the queen bed was a low post not a high post bed with canopy, a spindle-work single bed, a maple and mahogany chest of drawers, a Hepplewhite desk, and two Empire end tables. There was also a large walk-in closet which had extra pillows, blankets.
Our ensuite had a modern bath with a tub-shower has two sinks and once again lots of windows so lovely and light and there were also plenty of places to keep all our toiletries too.There were soap and a shampoo/conditioner provided which were a nice quality and smelled good
All the rooms had cable TV and free wifi and the wifi was pretty good while we were there but we wee the only guests most of our stay.~~~~~ THE REST OF THE HOUSE ~~~~
Throughout the house there was free wifi included in the price.Downstairs was a lounge for guests that had books, magazines and great photo album telling the story of how the owners had bought the house and transformed it from a really run down place to the present B&B.
The dining room was where breakfast was served and there as a huge table and lots of chairs to accommodate all guests possible plus the owners who joined us for breakfast.Beyond the dining room was the kitchen and in there was a fridge where there was wine available to guests which was also complementary. I cannot comment on the wine as we never actually took advantage of the offer .
The entire house was furnished in keeping with the date of the house which I assume is 1888 and it was comfortable and homely.~~~~~~ BREAKFAST ~~~~~
This breakfast was a southern feast prepared by the owner. They describe it as “A generous freshly-cooked Southern breakfast is served family-style in the dining room. Made from the freshest ingredients, breakfast includes eggs, bacon, sausage, homemade biscuits, creamy grits, pancakes, fresh fruit, orange juice, milk, coffee, and tea.”I loved the variety offered and enjoyed the nicely prepared fresh fruit and delicious blueberry pancakes. There was also plenty of crispy bacon served with biscuits ( a bit like scones in the USA) and grits plus scrambled eggs.
For two days we were the only guests and we were joined by the owner and his wife . They didn't eat with us but they sat and had coffee and chatted to us. We had some great conversation with them and these went from local tourist information through to politics and philosophy. On the third morning we were joined by a couple from New Orleans and another from Texas – now that was an odd breakfast conversation which made us pleased that we had been the only guests for the other two mornings.~~~~~~ ANYTHING ELSE ~~~~
We felt very comfortable in this B&B. It was homely and welcoming without the owners being in your face all the time. It was in a perfect location and while we were there we walked to most paces in Natchez.Natchez managed to escape too much damage from the Civil War and so there are some fabulous mansions in the city and nearby. There are also a lot of the Blues Trail plaques and a fascinating couple of churches as well as William Johnson House just around the corner from here.
It was lovely chatting to the owners at breakfast as we had a lot in common and they were both very interesting people; both very knowledgeable about the local area history as well. Aside from breakfast we didn't see much of them which I quite liked as I don't want to feel like I am staying in someone's house and imposing and do like my privacy too.~~~~~~~ RECOMMENDED? ~~~~~
Yes this was in a perfect location for exploring Natchez on foot and using a car. Parking was easy and free and the accommodation was clean, comfortable and interesting and the breakfasts were fabulous.All three rooms cost the same and the price for a night's B&B is $125 through to $135 depending on the dates you want and you need to add an extra $20 a night for the 3rd person. All US dollars but if you book on hotels .com you pay in £ and the rate is £109 to £126 but every tenth night booked with hotels.com you get a free night at any hotel on their site.
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21st April 2017
Product Information : 1888 Wensel House B&B, Natchez
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Country: United States of America
Continent: North America
Rating: 2 Stars
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