Oh my how grand is Nottoway House, from the minute you leave the freeway and enter the drive you know that you have arrived big style.
Our home for the night was a whitewood cottage on this beautiful estate. We chose a cottage so that we could sit on the verandah in a rocking chair and watch the sun go down and maybe sip mint juleps….well I didn’t sip mint juleps but I certainly swigged some Cupcake Sauvignon Blanc, maybe not a local delicacy but something I sourced in a local supermarket!
I had always wanted to visit the southern states of America to see how Scarlett lived and whilst this plantation house was near to New Orleans and not Atlanta I still dreamed that I could run down a sweeping staircase in a beautiful satin gown. I didn’t have a satin gown in my suitcase but I did keep saying ‘Oh Ashley’ in my best southern drawl and I was certainly wide eyed like Melanie as I wandered the estate and the main house.
I digress! Inside the cottage was old fashioned glamour with modern facilities, beautiful furnishings in a large bedroom right next to a modern bathroom and shower, we could not ask for more.
Facilities which we used included the outdoor pool set in the immaculate grounds. We also used the restaurant for both dinner and breakfast. Nottoway’s Mansion Restaurant is in the main building and set in the beautiful sweep of the semi circular wing.
Pre dinner I par took of the Gin Genie Cocktail which I believe was a heady mix of gin, mint and a blackberry liqueur, very refreshing and easy on the eye. My main course was a seared salmon salad and one of the best I have ever eaten, the unusual pineapple salad complimented the fish with a unique twist of sweetness and a recipe I must source to try at home.
We were fortunate enough to have a window table for breakfast so we could look out on the grounds whilst eating from their sumptuous buffet and I personally recommend their pancakes – the melt in the mouth variety for sure!
We had time to explore and found the family graveyard in a small corner dedicated to the Randolphs and with access to visitors. Guests are able to purchase a $15 self guided audio tour of the house and for me my favourite room was the grand white one with you’ve
guessed it white walls, furnishings, walls and ceiling decorated with gold accessories. I learned of the cotton trade and then the swap to sugar cane in the area……but I won’t give away anything else!
So only one night at Nottoway but a night to remember for sure as we tiptoed in the darkened ballroom whilst he who can tinkle the ivories certainly did, we walked back to the cottage with the moon above us and stars in our eyes. Thank you Nottoway for our first taste of southern hospitality, you certainly spoiled us!