Devereaux Shields House

709 N Union St , Natchez, MS 39120 USA (Show map) Diamond Collection

Professionally Inspected & Certified Diamond Collection


Discover our elegant Natchez bed and breakfast, set in the heart of the vibrant historic district. Surrounded by carefully manicured gardens, our beautifully restored 1893 Queen Ann Victorian home offers six guestrooms, including two spacious suites. Just a few steps away, our 1873 Victorian Aunt Clara's Cottage welcomes guests with a large inviting veranda and features four additional rooms. Our tastefully appointed accommodations are highlighted by gorgeous period antiques, private baths and gracious common areas. Awake each morning to an unforgettable breakfast, featuring award winning recipes prepared with the freshest local ingredients. When you are ready to explore Natchez, Mississippi, you will find we are only a short stroll downtown shopping, attractions, restaurants and touring the beautiful plantation homes. Enjoy warm personal service and knowledgeable innkeepers who can help you plan a romantic getaway in Mississippi you are not soon to forget!




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  • Guest room4.6
  • Service4.8
  • Value4.5
  • Cleanliness4.8
  • Onsite Dining4.6

True Southern hospitality

5 on January 18, 2016

Warm greeted my the house keeper Lorraine and introduced to Ron and Eleanor the owners who made sure every guest was well looked after by ensuring they had everything they needed. Nothing too much trouble. It was a privilege to stay in such elegant surroundings. Our bedroom was large, clean and a huge, comfortable bed with luxury linens. The bathroom had recently been renovated and had a spa bath which unfortunately we didn't use. I had arranged for the celebration package for my husband who celebrated his 50th birthday the day we arrived and this was waiting in the room and a bottle of bubbly in the fridge ready for us when we wanted it. The breakfasts were filling and most of tasty. The wine and cheese reception was a great way to meet other guests and swap stories.

Very nice B&B in Natchez

4.8 on November 11, 2015

We stayed one night at Devereaux House and were very pleased. Ron and Eleanor were cordial and hospitable hosts. We stayed in Aunt Clara's cottage across the street in a very ample size room. Breakfast was outstanding and served in the building we were in. Would stay there again when in Natchez.

Aunt Clara's Cottage

5 on October 31, 2015

I have stayed in many B&B's but none compare to the Fry's. They are excellent hosts, the rooms are beautiful and the breakfast is fabulous. There are four of us that go every year and we book months ahead to ensure we are able to stay with them.

Delightful Stay at Devereaux Sgields House

5 on October 28, 2015

We had an excellent four night stay in Aunt Clara's Cottage which is part of Devereaux Shields house. Ron and Eleanor were excellent hosts. They organised restaurants for our evening meals and all were excellent. From first booking until our departure everything was just as one might have hoped. Absolutely no complaints and our hosts could not have been more helpful.

One Nighter

4.8 on October 25, 2015

We stayed in Aunt Clara's cottage. Room was nice and comfortable. Breakfast was outstanding. The French toast and sausage were both very delicious. Ron and Eleanor were gracious hosts. Would recommend to anyone traveling to Natchez. We will be back.

Great place!

4.6 on October 19, 2015

We enjoyed a couples weekend in the Rose Suite. The rooms were very nice and cleanly. There were great amenities and the owners were quite friendly and personable. The area was nice, and the location was close enough to walk to many eateries, stores, and entertainment. Overall, it was a wonderful trip!

Greatness in Natchez, MS

5 on October 18, 2015

Eleanor and Ron are the perfect Southern hosts when visiting their B&B. The property is spacious inside and out and our room was perfect for our stay. We wish we could have stayed longer. The location is right where it needs to be - close enough to walk to most Natchez destinations but far enough away to avoid the hustle of the town. Thanks for a great stay!

Lovely Bed and Breakfast

5 on October 05, 2015

The Devereaux Shields House was just lovely. It was an ideal place to relax. I would definitely return.

WONDERFUL spot to get away and relax!!!

5 on September 28, 2015

This was my first time staying in a bed and breakfast. My husband and I had a wonderful time. The owners and staff were very nice, friendly, and very professional. It felt like home away from home. We are definitely looking forward to going back! Astrid and Derrick Tatum

Belle of the South!

5 on September 28, 2015

This is a GREAT and Beautiful place to stay! Everything was wright! The rooms were lovely! We could even leave a note for our friends! The Breakfast was great, the service and so on and so on! The recommendation for de restaurants were super! We enjoyed our stay enormously. Thank you very mutch Dear Owners! Jan and Els from the Netherlands

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Rooms & Rates

Gallery Suite

The Gallery Room is a romantic grand 2-bedroom Suite on the 2nd floor that opens to a private gallery overlooking the front gardens and street. Features a private bath, king size bed in one room & double bed in the second with beautiful Victorian detail, a working fireplace, and comfortable Victorian couch and seating in a turret area with enhanced cable TV and wireless Internet.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4

Rose Suite

The Rose Suite is an elegant 2-Room suite (King/Queen) with comfortable atmosphere on the 2nd floor overlooking gardens and featuring a Victorian seating area with fireplace for viewing ambiance, our largest private bath with rainfall shower over deep Victorian tub, enhanced cable TV and wireless Internet.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4

Louise Room

The Louise Room is a spacious room in the single-floor pet-friendly Aunt Clara's Cottage featuring a mahogany queen rice bed, a tiger stripe maple queen bed, private bath with rainfall shower over tub, cable TV and wireless Internet. The recently upgraded elegant window treatments make this a gorgeous room.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4

Alice Room

The Alice Room is a spacious room in the single-floor pet friendly Aunt Clara's Cottage featuring an antique mahogany canopy (full Tester) double bed, a mahogany queen bed, Victorian seating area, private bath with rainfall shower over tub, cable TV and wireless Internet.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4

Elmo Room

The Elmo Room is a large spacious room in the single-floor pet-friendly Aunt Clara's Cottage featuring a King bed, a Day Bed (2 twins), comfortable lounging couch, a recently (July 2015) upgraded private bath with granite vanity, subway tile walls, rainfall shower over jetted tub and heated tile floor, cable TV and wireless Internet.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4

Victoria Suite

Victoria Suite in the single-floor pet friendly Aunt Clara's Cottage is now a 2-Room Suite (February 2014), featuring a King bed, Queen sleeper couch in second sitting/bed room, comfortable lounging chairs, large private bath with a rainfall shower over tub, cable TV and wireless Internet.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4

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Location Type

Natchez is oldest settlement on the Mississippi River, 0.3km from inn, Downtown, Small town

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Casino, Concert venue, Eco-tourism, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Night life, Outdoor Adventure Tourism Tours, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Ruins, Tours, Vineyard, Winery

Inn Details

Establishment type

Cottage, Historic Inn

On-site amenities

Bike rental, Board games, CD player, Coffee/Tea facilities, Computer, Conference Rooms, Copier, Fax Machine, Library, Parking, Radio, Spa, Telephone, VCR, Videos, Washer/dryer, Wedding Facilities, Wet bar, Wi-Fi , Cozy Fireplaces in Parlors, Free 24/7 Fitness Center access

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Bath robes, Ceiling fans, DVD Player, Desk, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Ironing Board, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Wired internet

On-site activities

Bird watching, Boating, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Hunting, Tour Antebellum homes, Tour Civil War sites, Shopping, Sight-seeing

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  • Check In:: 2 pm - 6 pm
  • Check Out:: 11 am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided Yes
  • Suitable For Children: Limited
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Yes Aunt Clara's Cottage Rooms (4). See Pet Policy on website.
  • Disabled Access Limited

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: 2-night on weekends
  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: Greater of $35 or 10% or 1-night on multiple-room or multiple-night bookings
  • Cancellations: All our rates are based on single or double occupancy and are subject to MS taxes of 10% plus $3/night. Additional occupancy is $30/person/night. Cancellations or modifications require at minimum of eight (8) days advance notice to avoid a room charge for the first night. No refund is issued if cancelled 3 days or less of your scheduled check-in. A rain check may be issued for cancellations under certain extreme circumstances. A non-refundable deposit of 10% of the total or a minimum of $35 is due on the date of booking. We look forward to having you at our Natchez bed and breakfast.



Ron & Eleanor Fry

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About the innkeepers

Historic homes, history, cooking, travel, woodworking, running and model railroading. Ron is an AF Veteran from the Vietnam Era, an Aerospace Engineer with 3 degrees from Univ. of Michigan and recently retired from Johns Hopkins University. Eleanor is a former financial analyst and excellent chef. Both have over 11 years innkeeping experience.

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Served Full Southern

  • Time Served: 8:30
  • Serving Location: Breakfast/dining area

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian , Glute-free or other needs

Signature Dish

Carmel Peach French Toast
Guests enjoy a multi-course breakfast starting with a fresh cut medley of fruits, juices, and choice of special house coffee, tea and milk followed by baked biscuits, muffins, scones, English muffins or toast with butter & jam of the day, followed by an entre (e.g. Peach Carmel French Toast) of baked mix of French toast, egg & cream custard, peaches, brown sugar, seasonings and accompanied by special southern grits or baked new potatoes and bacon, sausage or ham.



Special Package

Romance Package

Perfect for anniversaries or honeymoons! Enjoy an elegant multi-course dinner at Monmouth or Dunleith Historic Inns, carriage ride, bubbly, chocolates, flowers and a gift basket with keepsake champagne flutes for $249. Add this package to a room of your choice. See our website for details.

Tastes Of Natchez

Experience the highlights of Natchez with this fun 1-day package! Enjoy a narrated & chauffeured tour around Natchez, including tour of an antebellum home, lunch, followed by your choice of a visit to Old South Winery, Old South Trading Post or Horse-Drawn Carriage Ride. $95/person, includes $15 lunch credit. Add this package to a room of your choice. See our website details.

Natchez Spring Extra

Welcome Beverages – Relish our Flowering Spring Surprises with your choice of beverage (mint julips, wine or lemonade) served with cheese and crackers on our verandas, in our beautiful gardens or in your room. Horse-drawn Carriage or new Open Air Cart Tour – Discover Historic Downtown Natchez and its beautiful sights, sounds and flavors. Dinner Downtown – You haven’t experienced the South until you’ve celebrated Southern Cuisine in Natchez. Choose from a $50 dining credit at Rolling River Bistro or Magnolia Grill or Pearl Street Pasta All for only $99 for 2 guests! Available through May 31, 2016.

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