Grand Bayou Noir

1143 Big Bayou Black Drive , Houma, LA 70361 USA (Show map)


A truly grand home, Georgian style, on serene Big Bayou Black, located in the heart of the Cajun Bayou country. We are surrounded by four acres of beautiful old live oak trees. We keep chickens, ducks, bees, and have an organic vegetable garden, a citrus orchard and plenty of banana trees. Formal dining room and living room with fireplace plus a huge screen porch and patio. Two rooms with private bath, one suite with private bath and private patio as well as handicapped access suite has private hot tub on balcony and private entrance.FEATURED ON NBC TODAY SHOW.We do garden weddings up to 300 guests.



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  • Guest room4.6
  • Service4.9
  • Value4.8
  • Cleanliness4.7
  • Onsite Dining4.8

The heart of Cajun country

5 on February 12, 2013

For years my husband has spoken very highly about this special bed and breakfast where he stays when he works in Houma. Well, I finally went with him this time, and after a wonderful 3 day stay, it far exceeded my expectations! We stayed in the suite, which was not only very beautiful, clean, and private, but also very peaceful. The judge and his wife are both very special people and made us feel very much at home. The experience, in addition to the wonderful food that we ate, was definitely worth the trip! Clif and Diana Cameron

Best Plantation Style Wedding Ever

5 on January 20, 2013

Ok what can I say in a review after my daughters wedding last night? I can sum it up in 3 letters. WOW. I've lived I Houma for 45 years and never knew this place existed. We planned my daughters wedding and the owners were glad to accommodate anything we wanted. They are truly the best of the best. What defines southern living is friendship and love of food and family. The Ellenders exemplify that and more. They are the best example of a southern hospitality that is our culture. Judge Ellender and his wife, Debbie go above and beyond to make sure everything is the way you wanted it to be. After everyone left it was nice to sit with them and open gifts the bride and groom got and have the owners sit with you by the fire and be excited with you. The food was exceptional. OMG the crab dip has to be sent from heaven. As Judge Ellender told me there are eaters and drinkers at any wedding party. We fell in the first category. No one went home hungry. If they did then that was their own fault. Food is to die for and no one had any complaint. I have relatives from Shreveport who are considering this place for future weddings. I can never thank them enough for the good times we had. Look no further for a wedding. You will not be disappointed. Not only are the Ellenders wonderful people, but their staff goes above and beyond the call of duty to be sure your every need or wish is granted. They are exceptional and make for a great event. 5 star without a doubt.

June 25- 26, 2012

5 on July 20, 2012

WE really loved staying at the Grand Bayou Noir. The rooms were lovely and clean, the breakfast was delicios, and Tim and Debbie were very gracious and welcoming. We are a family of four, and our kids are 9 and 10, They loved staying there as much as we did. The hot tub was fun too! Thank you!


4.0 on January 28, 2012

wonderful old plantation-style b&b. great breakfast and hospitality. never thought i would look forward to going to Houma, bayou noir has changed my mind! i love staying there. Judge Ellender and Herbert are such wonderful hosts. worth the trip to enjoy the beautiful Carribean-style garden which grows beautiful citrus which eventually lands on your plate at breakfast. Dine at Cafe Dominique's and a drink at Bar Roussel while visiting.

Great stay

5 on August 28, 2011

My wife and I had a wonderful time. The house, landscaping and hospitality were outstanding and completely overshot the standard.

Be treated like part of the Family

4.6 on June 29, 2011

Stayed at Grand Bayou Noir for 3 nights in June 2011. They treated us like family from the moment we stepped out of the car! This is much more than a simple Bed and Breakfast - you'll be welcomed into the family and treated to some incredible South Louisiana cooking (for us, this included several meals in addition to the generous breakfasts.) The extra cost for the "honeymoon suite" is well worth it for the additional privacy it provides. Rooms are not maid-serviced daily, which is no problem at all if you know how to make your own bed. Would suggest this B&B to anyone looking to get a true Bayou experience!

A Fantastic Family in Southern Louisiana

4.8 on April 03, 2011

We escaped from our own 4 acre B & B in the wine country of northern California to search out a welcoming, relaxing B & B in southern Louisiana. We found all that and more at Grand Bayou Noir. Tim and Debbie and Herbert provided comfort, culture and cuisine worthy of return visits! Theirs is a passkey to plantation living as we imagine it. The grounds are spacious and manicured, the rooms private, the hospitality superb. Here is a B & B that puts guests first from start to finish. We left with recipes to replicate and reasons to return... Thank-you! —Jerry and Bev Stemach

Incredible setting for a perfect wedding

5 on November 24, 2010

2 weeks ago my wife & I were married at Grand Bayou Noir by Tim Ellender. My wife is from Houma and our families are spread all over the states from Houston to Louisville. The New Orleans airport is only 45 minutes away & made for easy travel for most out of town guests & there are 2 hotels within a mile of the bed & breakfast that housed most of our guests. I have stayed here quite a few times since Hurricane Katrina and it gets better each time. The grounds are amazing, our wedding was in the afternoon and guests were seated in the back yard underneath the old oak trees while we stood underneath the iron gazebo structure. We had about 175 guests in attendance and the setting and food (catering is done on site) was excellent! We had some of the best brisket I have ever tasted along with gumbo, jambalaya, crab dip, coconut shrimp, etc.. The tent provided room for several tables, a band & plenty of room for dancing. Outside the tent there are areas to gather in both small or large groups. Our friends in attendance have asked us to consider an anniversary party because they had so much fun... We'll see! To anyone considering a wedding in Terrabonne Parrish, if you are looking for an outdoor wedding beneath gorgeous trees and want it to be done by someone who is used to having weddings then you should strongly consider Grand Bayou Noir. With on site catering & plenty of room for either a small or large event your expectations will be exceeded!

A wonderful home away from home!

5 on August 03, 2010

I had the pleasure of staying at the inn in early June of this year. Judge and Debbie were most hospitable and the inn was absolutely beautiful. I would highly recommend staying at the Grand Bayou Noir. My stay was wonderful!

A meeting with the Judge

5 on May 31, 2010

Breakfast is prepared prior to the start of court by Houma's most honorable, who has lived the history of the land. The guests are typically distinguished business professionals who work the area so morning and evening conversations are the talk of the town. I truly recommend you get your reservations early and mind your manners!

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Location Type

Countryside, Suburban


New Orleans, LA (MSY) 45 miles

Area Attractions

Amusement Park, Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Beach, Casino, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Ocean, Swamp Tours, Airboat Tours, Outlet Stores, Picnic area, Religious Services

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Inn Details

Establishment type

Private Home Bed and Breakfast

On-site amenities

BBQ grill, Conference Rooms, Fax Machine, Fireplace, Piano, Telephone, Washer/dryer, Wedding Facilities, Wet bar

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Bath robes, Ceiling fans, Fridge, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Internet Service, Ironing Board, Private entrance, Satellite/Cable TV, TV

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Bird watching, Canoeing, Fishing, Golfing, Hunting, Sight-seeing

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  • Check In:: 2:00 pm
  • Check Out:: 12:00 noon
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Suitable For Children: Limited
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access Yes

Terms and Conditions

  • Accepted payments VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: one half of room rate
  • Cancellations: 48 hours notice before arrival or deposit is forfeited
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Tim & Debbie Ellender

Languages spoken

some French, some Spanish, English

About the innkeepers

Tim is a district court judge and Debbie is a realtor. We hunt,fish, make garden (south Louisiana slang for having a vegetable garden), have chickens, ducks, are beekeepers and raise citrus trees. We are also bicyclists, love to barbecue and cook cajun food.

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  • Time Served: 7:00 am to 9:00 am
  • Serving Location: Breakfast/dining area

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