Blue Willow Bed and Breakfast

505 East Rutland Street , Covington, LA 70433 USA (Show map)

About

Written up in National Geographic Traveler magazine and AAA's Southern Traveler, A 1923 vintage property, Blue Willow Bed and Breakfast is a beautifully restored Historic District property. We offer five beautiful suites, 4 with private entrances and one two bedroom interior suite, all with private sitting rooms, private bath, refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, toaster and the breakfast bars are all stocked with the essentials. The king sized (Orleans Suite) provides a private tiled balcony porch, six foot jacuzzi tub in the bath, fireplace, wet bar and built-ins it also has an adjoining room that that can be opened to accommodate two additional guests. We have one suite (The Cottage) with full kitchen, beautifully furnished screened in porch, king bed and washer and dryer . We just added a third king suite, (The Sanctuary) which is a two bedroom loft suite with one king bedroom and one twin, it has a private bath and sitting room. If relaxation and privacy is what you seek, Blue Willow was created for you. "Come enjoy life as it was meant to be."

Reviews

Overall
4.9

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  • Guest room4.9
  • Service5.0
  • Value4.8
  • Cleanliness4.9
  • Onsite Dining4.8

Perfect in every way

5 on January 01, 2016

I stayed over Christmas this year. It was a very important time of year for personal and family reasons, and I needed a comfortable, quiet place to retreat to. Tom and Maureen made sure my stay was memorable. To begin with, they really bend over backward to make you feel AT HOME. The holidays are generally a time when we all want to be in a place we can call home, and they made me feel truly at home and a part of their family. The location is outstanding. I could walk to all of the fun places in Covington, in addition to walking to my relatives and in-laws. Parking is ample- I hardly touched my car once I got to the Blue Willow as it's so walkable to everywhere in historic Covington. The rooms are utterly charming and my bed was warm and comfortable. Towards the end of my stay, I found a breakfast omelette in my fridge every night, hand created by Maureen. You will always have a memorable stay at the Blue Willow. I highly recommend spending a few nights at a true "home-away-from-home".

Innkeeper Response
We are in the business of making folks comfortable. Some people are just ready to enjoy their experience here the moment they arrive, some take a little time to get use to their new surroundings and then relax. Will is one of those people who is looking for the good in every new encounter. We were blessed to have him as our guest. Thank you Will.


Shelter and Safe Harbor

5 on June 05, 2014

Not only was the suite prepared with our peace and comfort in mind, but also contained details that connected us with memories of home. Flowers tucked in every little spot possible. And, when the sky opened with rain as only it can on the Northshore it was a safe harbor for the night. Details included fresh fruit and beverages to even support us on the journey home. If you like a comfortable get-a-way, in a pleasant small town setting with a variety of great shopping and dining opportunities, this is a perfect spot. We hope to return.


Memories to last a lifetime

5 on May 06, 2014

This home is beautiful so conveniently located to restaurants and shopping I was here as a surprise for my 40th birthday ,a sweet friend planned the entire evening quiet romantic evening in the Orleans suite dinner just a few blocks from the B and B and relaxing in the jacuzzie ...I loved the blue willow plates on the walls


Perfect!

4.8 on March 26, 2014

My husband and I were returning from two months wintering in Florida early March and wanted to spend a couple of nights between Tallahassee and Austin Texas. I found this listing, called the innkeepers, and knew it would be a perfect place for us. We were delighted! We stayed in a beautiful king suite (Orleans) with plenty of room for us and all our stuff. We had several sitting areas, either in front of the fireplace or out on the lovely porch in addition to our small kitchen area. Maureen and Tom are wonderful hosts, very accommodating and knowledgeable of the area. They recently built on this addition to their house, so it's perfectly design for privacy and comfort. Personally, I like to stay in "newer" B&B's, rather than refurbished mansions. The furnishings, linens, and décor are splendid. Maureen prepared excellent breakfasts for us - she is a gourmet cook! I love the quiet neighborhood location; we walked to excellent restaurants in the evening and had fun exploring the neighborhood enjoying the beautiful architecture of the historic homes. Although we arrived before a cold front, I have I will always think of the warm hospitality and charm of Blue Willow. Thank you for providing us with this gem. We hope to return. Minnesota snowbird


Heavenly

5 on December 30, 2013

My husband and I stayed in the Orleans suite for our anniversary. It was a lovely experience. The private balcony and large bathroom are a plus. I could have stayed all day in the jacuzzi tub. We will definitely return.


Fabulous!!!!!

5 on November 26, 2013

Our "room" is actually a fully stocked 1 bed room condo, with a LR w/fireplace, full kitchen, big bedroom and even bigger master bath with a stackable w/d and a big walk in closet wth built in dressers. All the rooms are nice and unique in their own way. And the proprietor, Maureen is fabulous. Everything I could think of has been stocked in here. Not like a timeshare but much more personaized. I would stay here each time I come to this area!! I wish they had had some gkuten free options, but since I didn't tell them I was gluten intolerant I can't even mark them for that!!


Wonderful Experience at the Blue Willow Bed and Breakfast!

5 on October 29, 2013

What a blessing to find Christian owners, Maureen and Tom Chambless, of the Blue Willow. It was a pleasure to stay in such a warm, peaceful environment. I really enjoyed the decor that had a feel of a English bed and breakfast. The breakfast awaiting me at my in-room breakfast bar was absolutely delicious. I felt that I could sleep in and have my breakfast at my own time schedule. There was a particular attentiveness to detail to meet all needs. October in Covington was truly beautiful. I look forward to my next stay at the Blue Willow Bed and Breakfast!


My Sanctuary week.

5 on September 17, 2013

I loved this B and B.! The rooms are so warm and inviting and there is such a calm and restful atmosphere.It was like visiting your best friends' house. Tom and Maureen strive to make sure everyone is very happy. The landscaping is beautiful also with places to sit that encourage intimate conversations. This ranks above the 5 star, i would give it a 10 at least! Shelly;, Illinois


Blue Willow B&B visit

5 on June 17, 2013

My husband & I were driving back from Florida & wanted to stay somewhere around Baton Rouge as it is the half way point for us to Houston area. We have been wanting to visit Covington so we decided on the Blue Willow. We were not disappointed. After checking in we walked around to the antique stores. You must visit Cupcake Concept. Delicious. Got some to take back home. We ate at the N.O. Food & Spirits. Great food & great service. Definitely plan on staying there again on our next visit thru LA.


Would Always Stay At Blue Willow Bed and Breakfast

5 on December 14, 2011

My wife and I have stayed at the Blue Willow on many occasions. We have never found better accommodations in our travels. Tom and Maureen are great Christian people and they make you feel just like you were at home. The location is perfect. You are within walking distance of downtown Covington which has some great restaurants and antique shops. Don't forget to say hello to Mona when you get there, she will love you forever.


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Rooms & Rates

Plantation Suite

The Plantation Suite is a completely restored period accomodation with high ceilings, plaster walls, original hardwood floors,Central AIR CONDITIONING, flat screen TV, 2 ceiling fans, large modern bath with KOHLER JETTED TUB and a queen size plantation rice bed. All accessible through a private courtyard entrance and a private sunroom / sitting room with refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker and toaster. FREE WiFi FREE HBO, Cinemax and Shotime

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $140 - $165

Heritage Suite

The Heritage Suite is a completely restored period accomodation with a queen size antique four poster bed, high ceilings, plaster walls, original hardwood floors, Central AIR CONDITIONING, flat screen TV, 2 ceiling fans, modern bath with glass enclosed shower. All accessible through a private courtyard entrance and a private sunroom / sitting room with refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker and toaster. FREE WiFi FREE HBO, Cinemax and Shotime

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $105 - $150

Orleans Suite

Touted as one of the finest luxury accommodations on the North Shore featuring a private balcony porch, a private entrance, 6 foot jacuzzi tub and separate shower, fireplace, Flat Screen TV, breakfast nook and lounging area. This beautiful suite has zoned Air Conditioning, 4 ceiling fans, refrigerator, microwave, toaster, wet bar and coffee maker. An adjoining room with two antique twin beds with modern mattress is available at extra cost.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King , 2 Twin

Nightly Rate: $190 - $250

Cottage Suite

Beautiful KING with all the trimmings: The Cottage features a gorgeous king bed, a living room with comfortable seating, large shower with bench, beautifully furnished screened in porch, fireplace, 2 televisions, 3 ceiling fans, Zoned Air Conditioning, full kitchen, living room, walk-in closet and even has a washer and dryer. This is a fully self contained suite that is suitable for a weekend or an extended stay visit.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $190 - $250

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Location

Location Type

Historic District, Downtown, Small town, Wine country

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Aquarium, Art Galleries, Beach, Casino, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Night life, Ocean, Walk to fine dining., The perfect quiet getaway., Short distance to New Orleans, St Tammany Trace for biking and jogging, 20 minutes to Jonh Besh's La Provence, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Vineyard, Winery, Zoo

Inn Details

Establishment type

Other

On-site amenities

, Porches and ceiling fans everywhere, we even have a gated courtyard.

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, CD player, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, DVD Player, Desk, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Ironing Board, Kitchenette, Microwave, Private entrance, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, VCR, Videos, Washer/dryer, Wet bar, Wi-Fi, iPhone docking station

On-site activities

Bicycle riding trails, Bird watching, Walk to fine dining., Swing under the fans on the sprawling front porch, Private Courtyard Whirlpool Spa, Concerts at the Columbia Street Landing., Farmers' Market, Monthly downtown Block Parties / Art Openings, Shopping

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Policies

  • Check In:: 3:00 P.M.
  • Check Out:: 11:00 A.M.
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only Smoking allowed in courtyard and balcony.
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Limited
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Prior approval required Small pets only and must be crated while inside.
  • Disabled Access Limited

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: Two nights or $25 up charge.
  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: Full prepayment required in advance via credit card, cash or check when making reservation.
  • Cancellations: Prepaid deposit is 100% refundable if the reservation committment is cancelled at least two weeks prior to planned stay. Any request made to cancel less than two weeks prior will be subject to rebooking policy which states that deposit is non-refundable unless the reservation can be rebooked for all or part of the committed booking. In the event that only a portion of the commitment can be rebooked only that portion will be refunded. Example: If reservations are confirmed for three nights and Blue Willow can only rebook two of the three nights committed to, two nights will be refunded and the third forfitted. If all three are rebooked, all three will be refunded.

Innkeepers

Name(s)

Tom and Maureen Chambless

Languages spoken

Southern, English

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About the innkeepers

Married fifty years, with two children, a son-in-law and daughter-in-law and four wonderful grandsons. Maureen has devoted her life to family, investing in other lives and managing Blue Willow. Tom spent 35 years in the auto industry with G.M. Corporation and as an executive in G.M. retail and has designed and built homes. Currently Tom is counseling men and is a small business consultant. Their combined experience created the upscale B and B environment of Blue Willow.

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Meals

Breakfast

Free

  • Time Served: When "you" want to eat.
  • Serving Location: Each suite has breakfast bar or kitchen., Guest room

Special meal options

Low fat Let us know if you are on restricted or heart healthy diet.