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 both English and French.
  • 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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GiuliaG357
Rome, Italy
"Absolutely worth it!!!!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 13, 2019 NEW
It was an evocative experience, the house is almost entirely kept as it was in the 19th century with 85% of the original furniture and the guide gave us lots of interesting info. The gardens are amazing. Absolutely worth the trip
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Kevinbeyrouthi
Beirut, Lebanon
"Sugar-coated"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed August 09, 2019 NEW
We visited Houmas House as part of what we hoped would be an immersive tour of plantations while in Louisiana. Unfortunately we didn't make it to the Whitney Plantation as it is closed Tuesdays, and ended up going to Laura. As for Houmas, it's a very beautiful house; the guide (Danielle) was absolutely charming and we were lucky enough to be just a family group of 4 for the tour. It is a shame that little effort is made to reflect on the owners and their acquisition of wealth through slavery. Instead what we get is a sugar-coated tale of eccentrics and dog-owners. Nevertheless, as a window into how the rich Southerners (might have) lived before the Civil War, it is a fascinating tour. The house is filled with oddities and curiosities, the gardens are beautiful and it is a place to while away a few hours and muse on how some of the rich got so rich.
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cleanbabe2017
"Excellent Tour!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 07, 2019 NEW
The home is absolutely gorgeous as well as the grounds. They have so many incredible artifacts there as well as masterpieces of art and original furniture. The tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and entertaining. I really liked how they let you take pictures of everything during the tour. I highly recommend this place, It's an experience.
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Bigdog1758
"Beautiful Place, unsociable owner"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed July 31, 2019 NEW
We recently spent 4 days/3 nights at Houmas house. We love it, having stayed there 5 times so far and we try to go at LEAST once a year, and sometimes, funds allowing, we make it twice a year. It's in a great location for spending the day out visiting other plantations close by. The Houmas House gardens are fantastic and house itself is beautiful. The tremendous and delicious breakfast included in the stay is a great perk. But, on this visit, I was a bit disappointed after bumping a couple of times into the owner, Kevin Kelly, whom I (previously) thought would be interesting to meet. First time was our last morning and we wanted to say goodbye and leave a thank you tip to our server, whom we had grown quite fond of during our stays. We located her in the lunch room and Mr Kelly asked what we wanted, then snapped tersely "They're preparing for lunch now!". Not to be deterred, we said our good bye to her anyway. About an hour later, as we were admiring the grounds and saying our goodbyes to this beautiful place, we unfortunately again ran into Mr Kelly, or should I say, he nearly ran into us with his golf cart! He seemed to be on a inspection of the grounds with the Grounds Keeper (?) and forced us off the sidewalk with a frown and without any niceties.....then after passing us...he stopped, backed up and forced us off the walkway again!! We were very disappointed to be treated that way, especially considering that between the room and eating 3 meals a day for 4 days at Houmas, we spent $1400+ (a 2 week paycheck for me). Another disappointment was that, we were forced out of our room due to a broken hot water heater. Although Mr Kelly can't be held responsible for the incident, I sent him a e-mail while we were still there regarding the poor manner that it was handled, and he didn't respond ( it's been 2 months now!). I believe Mr Kelly sees his guests as a nuisance, and a necessary evil. So, Mr Kelly, if you don't like people on your grounds, please don't open your house to the public. And if you do open, don't reside there and hire someone to manage the place.
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K H
"Well Kept Plantation"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 30, 2019 NEW
Everything was beautiful and well kept. The tour was great, and the food was also delicious. I will recommend to all family and friends.
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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.