Houmas House Mansion Tour in Darrow, LA

40136 Hwy 942Darrow, LA 70725
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Overview

Take a step back in time and visit The Crown Jewel of Louisiana’s River Road! Restorations and enhancements highlight the wealthy lifestyle of the sugar barons who once lived there in the 19th century. You will see guides dressed in period-specific clothing as you tour the mansion and explore 38 acres of lavish gardens. Houmas House will steal your heart and is a must-see piece of history!

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Darrow Travel Experts
  • Family-friendly (Children under 5 are free).
  • Free parking.
  • Guided tours are available in English.
  • There is a gift shop, restaurant, and cocktail bar located on-site.

Description

from Houmas House Mansion Tour
A short drive from New Orleans is Houmas House Plantation and Gardens, This historic estate boasts 38 acres of the South’s most beautiful gardens, three restaurants, a luxurious Inn and a historic mansion open daily for tours.

The guided mansion tour leads guests through the architectural evolution of the mansion and details how a succession of owners and the Mississippi River grew this manor house to today’s grand estate. Period antiques, artwork and artifacts help the costumed guides tell the story of plantation life. Once sprawling over 300,000 acres, Houmas House has survived wars, floods, abandonment and the test of time. Spend the day or night and experience the Antebellum South.

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juliep747
"Sunday lunch "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 20, 2020 NEW
I have lived about 20 miles from the Houmas House for 3 years but today was my first time to visit . Several friends and I went for lunch. The menu choices were exceptional and tasted even better! We also walked through the gardens. It’s beautiful!! The grounds are breathtaking. Afterwards we strolled through the museum. I thoroughly enjoyed seeing all the items and reading the history of South La and several of the antebellum homes. It was a top notch collection of items. We will go back soon for dinner and drinks.
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ellytrm
Mandeville, Louisiana
"Beautiful Historic Home and Gardens"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 13, 2020 NEW
We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Houmas House! Unlike some of the other plantation homes, it still has a lot of it’s original furnishings. The gardens are extensive and absolutely beautiful! We had lunch at the restaurant on the grounds and the food was delicious! I would love to visit again in the near future.
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415candd111
"Good time during covid"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed August 14, 2020
Did side trip when going toward New Orleans- very informative tour of the house. Ate at restaurant and very good food. Relaxing comfortable stroll through the garden even though it was August. Much shaded area.
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L9375HIkellyw
San Diego
"Bizarre Stay at the Inn"
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed August 10, 2020
Bizarre experience start to finish. We had booked a new room at the Houmas House to stay at during the Sugar Bowl for New Year's 2019. We had previously stopped at Houmas House a few years earlier for afternoon tea and really enjoyed that experience. When we checked in we were taken aback by the tackiness of the gift shop and the way the plantation itself was being marketed obviously as a money-making endeavor for commercial purposes and not for the primary purpose of preserving the authenticity of the original buildings, the original gardens/farm, and sharing an educational experience with tourists. Well the 2nd night we arrived back at about 1:30 a.m., due to the long drive from New Orleans after the Bowl game. We got to our room (which is a long walk from the rest of the plantation grounds) and our key card did not work. We had our 2 daughters with us, it's pitch dark and there's no one around. We had to leave them in the car in the parking lot. We call the phone number on the flyer - no answer. My husband and I had to walk the entire property to try to find anyone to let us back into our room. We rang bells, called buzzer numbers by the house itself, knocked on doors, etc. We finally found one woman who resided on the property but she didn't have access to any key cards or a way to let us into our room. This entire ordeal took almost 2 hours. Finally she gets who I now know to be the owner of the property, and he came outside with his golf cart and we were finally taken back to our room and let in. We literally had been knocking on his personal door and calling his direct number from the call buttons on the side of the main house door, but he never once came out to see what was happening until the lady must have called him. The whole experience was bizarre. Someone had only set our key card for a 1 night stay even though we were there 2 nights. Mind you, the room was $300 per night. No apologies, no offer of a discount for our inconvenience. Then, the next morning when I addressed it at the front desk (not knowing the guy who was awoken was the owner, I thought he was just a caretaker), the man comes in and gets into a verbal argument with me in the gift shop. Oh hell no - that's not going to fly with me. Finally, after I pointed out how unprofessional the entire experience was he succumbed to offering us lunch for free (since we didn't get to bed until after 3 a.m., we slept through breakfast.) I would never stay there again. The other sad and bizarre thing is that many of the gardens have been built like completely modern Japanese type gardens, with modern statues and no semblance at all for the history of the land and property. Likewise, the exterior of the house itself was in bad need of fresh paint and refreshing. However, the new "river" museum, another colossal unsightly, commercial structure was being built for - you guessed it, more tours and ticket fees. This plantation would be the gold standard for education regarding the antebellum period if the owner would spend his time and money making the history of the plantation and the slave history of this property an integral part of the tour, and restoring the decor and gardens to a more historical replica of the original plantation. We thoroughly enjoyed the quaint bar on the property and the new rooms were very nice, the experience and the commercial feel is what made the place so bizarre. I am used to spending $300+ on luxury accommodations when we travel as a family, and I have never been treated so poorly as a customer when the mistake was not mine. I let this go for a year and a half and when I read these recent reviews about the place, I couldn't let it go any longer. People need to know - we also stayed at Oak Alley several years ago - now that is a place that pays proper homage to the history of the area and to the slaves and people who lived there.
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sherittabitikofer
"Worth the drive..."
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 01, 2020
As a historian and traveler, I've visited many plantation homes in Louisiana and across the south. I would rate Houmas House among the best. The dedication of the owner, Mr. Kelly, to this massive restoration project is commendable. The garden pathways are well maintained, the Carriage House Restaurant provides top-notch service and food, and the tour was beyond informative. The gift shop provides an extensive selection of books that range in topics from Louisiana, gardens, architecture, and the Civil War. Make sure to allow time in your visit for the Great River Road Museum next door (owned and operated by the same man). I could have spent days reading through the wealth of well-researched information about the unique history and culture along the Mississippi River. If you have a day or two to spare in the New Orleans area, I highly recommend visiting Houmas House.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Houmas House Mansion Tour

What are the hours of operation? 
Houmas House is open for tours every day from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm.

Is parking provided? If so, what is the fee?
Free parking available on-site.

Are there any restrictions for this tour?
Food and beverages are not allowed inside the plantation home.

What should I wear?
We suggest that guests wear comfortable shoes. High heels are not recommended as the property is quite expansive. In the summer months our climate is very warm. We do suggest cool, comfortable clothes. Our winters are mild, but occasionally it does get cold so please be prepared. The mansion, restaurants, and gift shop are all centrally air conditioned and heated.

Where is it located?
40136 LA-942, Darrow, LA 70725, USA.

Is the tour appropriate for children?
Yes.

Is transportation included? If so, where is the pick-up spot or how do I arrange it? 
Transportation is not included. If you need transportation, we recommend you rent a car. If coming from New Orleans, daily bus service is available.

Is the tour wheelchair accessible? 
Houmas House is completely handicap accessible. Walking paths throughout the grounds make it easy for wheelchairs. Golf cart service is available upon request. The mansion is equipped with an elevator for guests not able to navigate stairs.

Can I bring my camera?
Yes, Photography is allowed inside the plantation home and anywhere on the property.

How long is the tour?
The tour of the mansion is approximately 1 hour. Tour the gardens at your leisure.

Can I bring my pet? 
We allow well behaved dogs on the mansion tour on a leash. However, if other guests on the tour are not comfortable with the dog, we ask that you wait for the next tour. We offer mansion tours every half hour.

What’s included in my ticket/experience? 

  • Guided or self-guided tour of Houmas House Plantation.
  • Gardens.
  • Period-dressed tour guides.