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 of these 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

Great B&B near the end of the Natchez Trace

4.8 on June 10, 2018

Very comfortable B&B, with outstanding hosts. We would stay here again when in the area.

Outstanding in Natchez

5 on June 03, 2018

We had stayed at rhe Deveraux Shields House in April on an outward bound trip and stayed in the Main House ( Gallery Suite) one night and second night at Clara’s Cottage. What a special thing for both! Ron and Eleanor are great to talk to and the perfect host and hostess. Ashley is usually the one to meet and greet you and is delightful. She is prepared to answer any questions you may have.The cooks are also your waitstaff and are great and very receptive to accommodate your needs. I apologize for not mentioning their names but I did not get them. From the afternoon reception at the main house to the superb breakfasts served at Clara’s Cottage, I cannot thing of a nicer place to stay in Natchez! In fact, on our way to Florida after being to Denver, we figured out a route to take us back through Natchez and the Devereax Shield House. Stayed in the Rose Room this time and before leaving bought their book of fantastic recipes!! If you are finding yourself in Natchez, please look up Ron and Eleanor and stay a night... or more. You will treasure it.


5 on May 12, 2018

We had a fantastic time! Our stay couldn’t have been more perfect. You can tell the owners put a lot of love in the two houses. The breakfast the next morning was delicious. They also had a Tesla charger which was one of the reasons why we chose the B&B. Glad we did. First class!!!!

Outstanding visit

5 on April 26, 2018

Beautiful home, friendly and great service. All the staff were wonderful. Gourmet breakfast was a great way to start the day.

Wonderful Experiene!

5 on April 18, 2018

We loved our stay at The Devereaux Shields House. It’s like taking a step back in time with modern conveniences. The home itself is beautiful. Owners live on site. We stayed in the gallery suite for our anniversary. From the moment we arrived we felt so relaxed! The small little touches made us feel right at home. Fresh coffee/tea every morning on balcony, meet and greet every day, gardens are serene, soft, comfortable robes, special labeled linens, and breakfast was delivious! After the first day, I felt like I had known the owners, Ron and Eleanor my whole life. Very accurate depiction of true “Southern Hospitality”. I cannot wait to visit them again!

Devereaux Shields/Aunt Clara’s Cottage

3.2 on March 16, 2018

We stayed in the Elmo room, and the room was beautiful, and very comfortable. The 1st night was freezing, and the 2nd night burning up. Individual room controls would solve that. The low breakfast rating was due to temperature of the food. Fresh fruit was cold, but all other food was cold as well. I expected a better variety of a “hot breakfast”. The staff was friendly and professional and very accommodating.

Innkeeper Response
Dear Guests, We are humbly sorry you seemed to experience uncommon combination of uncomfortable circumstances as another guest during this timeframe. Our weather this time of year often sees us adjusting the Heat and A/C to maintain comfortable environments in our homes. Our homes do have zonal-controls, but recently we have noticed that some guests have been defeating the control locks and altering our settings producing conditions you experienced. Our room books, which we highlight during room checkins, do contain multiple telephone numbers guests may use to contact us for needs such as uncomfortable conditions. We did not receive any such calls. We pride ourselves on providing guests a wonderful 3-course breakfast, including fresh-cut fruit, an entrée with sides of southern grits or potatoes and side meats, and baked-goods, pastry or toast accompanied by local jams & butter. We are training a new cook who we’ve recently learned was preparing all plates well before they were served to the guests in the dining room. We apologize this practice occurred and have reminded our cook of our standard practice of plating of food just prior to being served. Some additions are coming to our breakfasts in the future to include more early- and late-riser choices. We welcome your return and we will insure you receive our customary Victorian Southern Comfort Experience. Kind Regards, Ron & Eleanor Owners/Innkeepers

- Ron & Eleanor Fry (owners/innkeepers)

Charming B & B

5 on February 17, 2018

Our two-night stay at Devereaux Shields House was perfect. Ron and Eleanor are gracious hosts. Their lodgings are immaculate, comfortable and charming. We enjoyed the late afternoon wine and cheese reception where we talked with other guests and learned about Natchez from Ron. Breakfasts were delicious and served by cheerful, knowledgeable staff. We will definitely stay here next time we travel south from Ohio.

Wonderful B&B experience!

5 on February 02, 2018

This was our first stay at a B&B and it was wonderful. Ron and Eleanor are the perfect hosts and were a wealth of information and suggestions as this was also our first visit to Natchez. We would most definitely stay here again if we are ever back this way.

Anniversary perfect

4.4 on January 23, 2018

This place is perfect if you’re planning a trip to Natchez. Great people the food was fantastic also a lot of little things that we did not expect. The small things that they included made it a great weekend!!

Perfect Holiday Week-End B & B

4.8 on January 23, 2018

This was our first stay in Natchez, MS and my husband and I had the most relaxing weekend in ages here. The B & B was cozy and quiet and the breakfasts served to our dietary needs. The innkeepers were available and accommodating to our questions before and after arrival. It truly felt like more than two days and we went home refreshed and full of holiday cheer. We would book (and recommend) this accommodation again.

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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


Baton Rouge, LA (BTR-Baton Rouge Metro Ryan Fla.) 75 to 100 miles

Directions to property:

* Baton Rouge, LA airport 90 miles using Rt 61 to Natchez * Jackson, MS airport 100 miles using Rt 20 W to US 55 S to US 84 W to Natchez * Alexandria, KA 75 miles using US 28 E to US 84 E to LA 425 E to Natchez

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

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Inn Details

Establishment type

Cottage, Historic Inn

On-site amenities

Bike rental, Board games, CD player, Coffee/Tea facilities, Computer, Conference Rooms, Copier, Electric vehicle charging, Fax Machine, Library, Microwave, Parking, Radio, Spa, Telephone, VCR, Videos, Washer/dryer, Wedding Facilities, Wet bar, Wi-Fi, Workout facility , 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, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, 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
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Ron and Eleanor Fry

Languages spoken


Resident Pets

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.


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Special Package

Relax, Refresh & Rejuvenate

Enjoy a relaxing getaway for two with a bottle of bubbly and keepsake flutes, two (1) hour massages, $25 dining credit for local dining, and more. From $475 for a two-night stay (plus taxes). See our website for details.

Romance Is In The Air

Say I Love You to your Special Someone with our Romance Add-On Package and a stay at Devereaux Shields! Book your favorite room and share a red rose, a bottle of Champagne, and chocolate covered strawberries for only $69 in addition to accommodation.

Natchez Girlfriend Getaway

2-Night stay, sparkling bubbly & fruit reception, carriage ride, dining credit for lunch or dinner, and everyday enjoy full breakfast, sunset beverages & snacks, 24/7 access to exercise club and Natchez tour tips from $369/guest. Amenity upgrades available. Check out more details and package upgrades at

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