The reason for our trip was to enjoy a couple of nights in Natchez and then drive the Natchez Trace back to Nashville, our home. We selected the Wensel House based on the previous reviews from TripAdvisor reviewers. Combining the reviews with a “buy 2 nights, get 1 free” rate offer, we booked the First Room at the WH for the last weekend of February.
We stayed the 2 nights we paid for but gave up the free night. The owners, Ron and Mimi, are nice people but it seems to us that their interest in maintaining the house has waned over the 14 years they have run it as a B&B. However, it appears that they still have a loyal following of friends and previous guests who do return to the inn; but as “newcomers”, we would not recommend the inn to others.
From the moment we entered the house, lack of maintenance shows everywhere: the stairs leading up to the second floor rooms are worn and beaten through to bare wood. The banister post at the foot of the stairs is loose and wobbles when you grab it. The bathroom (at least in the First Room) is out of date and in need of repair. Everything in the bathroom is of cheap quality; the showerhead is one of those cheap water-savers that provides a “stinging spray” from a 1” diameter head. The bathroom sink needs to be replaced; and, again, the faucet is very cheap and barely provides room for one to wash their hands. A drawer pull on the vanity was also missing.
Overall housekeeping: dust everywhere. The TV in our room was placed on a small step stool sitting in the fireplace. With the high 4-poster bed (the best thing about the room), it would have been virtually impossible to see anything on the TV. So we decided to move a taller end table to the fireplace (non working) and place the TV on it. We had to move the DVD player first. Picking up the DVD player, revealed dust that was many weeks, if not months, old. Upon closer inspection in the room, we saw dust on and between the spindles of the twin bed in the room (still trying to figure out why it was in the room). Downstairs, all you need do is sit on the sofa in the parlor and look around – it is apparent that the housekeeper does not move anything when dusting. One of the wingback chairs in the parlor also desperately needs new cushioning. It is extremely worn and tired looking. Most pictures are hung with plain wire (that shows at least 24” long) and then hang by hooks on the crown molding. The crown molding in the living room is falling apart; there are several water stains on the ceiling. Breakfast dishes are chipped and cracked, especially the coffee cups. Breakfast apparently is the same eggs, grits, bacon, sausage, pancakes and biscuits every day.
Bottom line: if you travel to Natchez, plan one night and spend it at one of the better plantation B&B’s. Natchez, itself, is also a town that is suffering from the economic downturn. Half the shops on Main Street appear to be closed and restaurants are fair at best. We did, however, enjoy a very good dinner at Biscuits & Blues (the only place in town that had music that started before 10 pm).
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