1888 Wensel House B&B

206 Washington Street , Natchez, MS 39120 USA (Show map)
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1888 Wensel House, a restored Natchez Victorian town house, is simply and attractively furnished with antiques. Guests enjoy full use of the antique-filled parlor and dining room, where they enjoy classical music and morning papers. Fresh fruit and wine are available all day and evening. Outstanding Victorian plasterwork adorns the ceilings of both rooms. A generous plantation breakfast is served in the dining room. Our location in the heart of the historic area is perfect for walking the town and its historic neighborhoods. We are one block from the carriage rides and the bluff overlooking the river. Several museum houses are less than a few blocks away. The central intersection of town (Main & Commerce) is just five blocks away. Moderate rates coupled with complimentary food and drink make 1888 Wensel House a good value. Great big breakfasts are freshly prepared, offering eggs, bacon, sausage, grits, pancakes, biscuits, fruit and a variety of beverages. Amenities include wireless internet access, color cable TV, private adjoining baths, feather pillows as well as fiberfill, clean white cotton bedspreads. Mimi works at the local historic preservation organization where she is the executive director. Ron is the executive director emeritus. They have written articles and books on the history, architecture, and decorative arts of Natchez and its modern preservation efforts.



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  • Guest room4.5
  • Service4.8
  • Value4.8
  • Cleanliness4.7
  • Onsite Dining4.8

Great First B&B!

5 on January 05, 2018

Had a wonderful first time B&B experience at the Wensel House! Highly recommend it!

Anniversary Getaway

5 on November 14, 2017

We stayed two nights at the end of October. The atmosphere of the house was amazing. The hospitality was even better though! Breakfast was a full spread meal with all the fixings. The Wensel house is a quick walk from downtown Natchez and eve closer to the River. We are planning on returning for sure!

Perfect stay in Natchez

4.8 on October 30, 2017

Ron and Mimi made us very comfortable for our 2-night stay in Natchez. Their delightful house is on the edge of the old town, in easy walking distance of many historic houses as well as bars, restaurants and music venues. They were both very willing to share their extensive knowledge of the area. Breakfasts were amazing: juice, eggs and bacon, biscuits, fruit etc. Also, the access to complimentary soft drinks or a glass of wine was a lovely bonus. Our only tiny problem was, being on the front of the house, there was a lot of light into the bedroom at night.

Innkeeper Response
Thanks for the great review. Sorry about the light in the FRONT ROOM. I may have forgotten to tell you about the wand that closes the venetian blinds on each and every window and darkens the room. Thanks also for the comment on our location. We are centrally located only 2 blocks south of Main Street and 1.5 blocks from the park on the edge of the bluff overlooking the river. The center of downtown (Main and Commerce) is 3 and a half blocks away.

- Ron (innkeeper)

Wonderful Host, Great Hospitality, Beautiful/Comfortable Home

5 on October 24, 2017

I had the pleasure of staying at the 1888 Wensel House for two days. Our host, Ron, was a pleasure to be with. His background in having worked with the city of Natchez for years in historical preservation was a wonderful plus to staying in this beautiful home and historical city. He was a wealth of information. Our room was clean and comfortable and full of period pieces. You could almost imagine you were living in the late 1800's; however, all the modern conveniences of having a large spacious bathroom, access to the heating and air to our room, a ceiling fan with light plus additional lighting at bedside added to the missing comforts of the late 1800's. (WiFi and cable television were also provided). Ron also kept soda's, bottled waters, and ice available at a beverage station for his guest. He gave us great tips on where to dine and even went as far as calling ahead to ensure we had reservations. When doing so he asked that we be sat in a specific area where he knew we would get the best views of the Mississippi River. Each morning he provided us with a wonderful hot breakfast. Scrambled eggs, homemade biscuits with local jellies, sausage, bacon, grits, blueberry pancakes, fresh fruit and drip coffee. We will definitely stay at the 1888 Wensel House B&B in the future.

Great B&B!!

5 on September 15, 2017

The inn keepers were the best! They were very informative and knowledgeable about Natchez. They both had a warm hospitality and went out of their way. A great place to stay in Natchez. The location was great and centered perfectly.

Innkeeper Response
Thanks for your great review. You are so kind to take the time to write the review and also so kind in your remarks. Again, many thanks.

- Ron (innkeeper)

We don't know if it could get any better!

5 on August 10, 2017

This was our first ever B&B stay. The concept always seemed a little too different for us. Now, we feel that our future travels may never be the same! Don and Mimi made us feel comfortable and at ease here. Very nice folks, very knowledgeable about the area and it's history. Even provided us a "cheat sheet" of must do things while in Natchez. The house is very nice, full of all sorts of cool furnishings and antiques. A collection to be proud of for sure. We stayed in the Front Room, but any of the 3 rooms would have been just fine. Each has it's own private bathroom, TV, queen bed, as well as an assortment of period pieces. We were really surprised when we realized that we felt "right at home" lol. The next morning, our next surprise was the wonderful breakfast. Full southern, consisting of scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, fresh fruit, homemade biscuits, grits, orange juice, and possibly the best blueberry pancakes that I have ever had, complete with real maple syrup. No shortcuts here! Overall, our stay was wonderful. It set the bar for what we think all B&B should be like. We believe that because of our experience here, whenever we travel we be looking for a B&B first, and a hotel second. Thanks again Don and Mimi!

Innkeeper Response
Oh, Wow! I'm overwhelmed by your review. You have covered almost everything I can think of. Thank you so very much for you high praise. Thanks a million.

- Ron (innkeeper)

Our stay here was delightful. Ron and Mimi were extremely helpful and knowledgeable about the area and places to visit. The breakfast was delicious and very Southern. Ron was very helpful and answered all our questions. I would definitely recommend their B&B.

5 on August 07, 2017

Robert W.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for your taking the time to write a review. We really appreciate your kind remarks and your recommendation.

- Ron (innkeeper)

Ideally located, very nice room and perfect service

4.0 on July 30, 2017

Ideally located, very nice room and perfect service

Innkeeper Response
Thanks for your review. We appreciate you taking the time to review your stay with us.

- Ron (innkeeper)

Anniversary Trip

5 on June 27, 2017

We adore this B&B. The rooms are comfy, the breakfast is delicious (blueberry pancakes and homemade biscuits), and the conversations are always "enlightening". LOL! This is my husband and my favorite Natchez B&B... when we're there, it always feels like we've come home.

Innkeeper Response
What a great review. Thank you so much. We love the breakfast conversations. We have learned so much about life around the world, as reported by our guests. We look forward to seeing you on your next visit.

- Ron (innkeeper)

Outstanding small B&B

4.8 on June 22, 2017

This a beautiful old home with nice rooms, modern TVs, all well furnished through out with period antiques. The home is very clean, with good climate control and well furnished with snacks and beverages. The breakfast provided is absolutely outstanding. The hosts are some of the most knowledgeable people with regard to Natches and it's history and surroundings, and are wonderful to chat with.

Innkeeper Response
Wow. What a great review. You are so kind. Thank you, very much for the detail in your review. It is just super.

- Ron (innkeeper)

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Rooms & Rates

Front Room

Front Room

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen , 1 Twin

First Room

First Room

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen , 1 Twin

Oak Room

Oak Room

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen , 1 Twin

Check Dates


Location Type

Downtown, Small town


Baton Rouge, LA (BTR-Baton Rouge Metro Ryan Fla.) 88 miles

Directions to property:

From US Highways 84/98/65 at the Mississippi River, turn north on Canal St. (by the visitor center). After 4 traffic lights, begin to cross the railroad tracks and immediately turn right into the large parking lot. If you miss the turn, go past Washington St to State St, turn right, and go around the block to the Washington St entrance to the lot.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Casino, Historical interests, Museum, Religious Services, River, Winery

Inn Details

Establishment type


On-site amenities

Computer, Washer/dryer, Wi-Fi , Private Ajoining Bath

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Board games, Ceiling fans, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone

On-site activities

Bicycle riding trails, Golfing, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Tennis courts

Check Dates


  • Check In:: Anytime
  • Check Out:: 12:00 Noon
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only on the front porch
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided Yes
  • Suitable For Children: Yes Older children are welcome
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: A credit card or a deposit equal to the first night's stay is required.
  • Cancellations: No cancellation fee if you cancel two or more days before arrival date. Cancel one day before arrival date and the cancellation fee equals the first night's stay. Later cancellations pay a fee equal to the entire stay.



Ron and Mimi Miller

Languages spoken

English, Spanish

Resident Pets

About the innkeepers

Both innkeepers work at the local historic preservation organization, the Historic Natchez Foundation. Ron is the executive director and Mimi is the director of program services. They have written articles and books on the history, architecture, and decorative arts of Natchez and its modern preservation efforts. Ron appeared on the Natchez segments of the A&E television productions of America's Castles and BobVila's Historic Home of America. He lectures the nation on Natchez and its history.

Check Dates



Full Southern

  • Time Served: 8:00 AM
  • Serving Location: Breakfast/dining area

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian