About This Listing
This serene and spacious home is surrounded by beautiful Audubon Park and "The Tree of Life". A short distance to Tulane and Loyola. The cottage is a smoke free and pet free environment. Perfect for a couple, family with up to 3 children or 4 adults.
Beautifully restored Craftsman Cottage facing historic Audubon Park. Walk, bike or jog under the majestic oaks or visit our world class zoo. Enjoy the beautiful park as you drink your morning coffee at the cast iron table on your private front porch. About 6 miles from the French Quarter with easy access by bus lines. Enjoy this safe and historic neighborhood with world class restaurants just a walk away. It is perfect for visiting the Tulane/Loyola campuses. Walking distance to famous Magazine Street with it's wonderful shopping, restaurants, antiquing and many things for the whole family to do. Nancy and her daughter have owned The Bead Shop on Magazine Street for over twenty three years.
The large serene bedroom in the rear of the house has a dramatic vaulted ceiling with designer lighting. Furnished with a King sized bed it also has a large closet. A full sized Murphy bed that folds out of a closet in the study and a comfy twin sized Day Bed allow for an additional 3-4 sleepers, although best if some are children. A Pack n' Play with bedding and a booster seat are available upon request.
The white tiled bathroom has a tub with shower, lots of fluffy white towels and a hair dryer for your convenience.
The retro styled kitchen is fully stocked with pots and pans, Mr. Coffee coffee machine, microwave, blender, toaster and if needed an iron and ironing board. There are two major grocery stores close by, as well as a Whole Foods Store and a Tuesday outdoor Farmer's market if you are interested in cooking at home. You will also find hardwood floors, central AC and heating, ceiling fans, large new flat screen TV with HDMI cable waiting for you to hook up your laptop and access you Netflix account. Have an iPad, bring your adaptor. You will also find multiple audio systems so bring your iPod! Please note, this unit does NOT have a washer and dryer.
The owners, Nancy and Ben live next door. It is home also to two pups; Bella and Iko, several kittens, a pond of fish and two dozen box turtles that live in an extraordinary naturalized enclosed area. The rental home however, is completely pet free. Nancy is an avid gardener and either she or Ben would be glad to give you a tour of their gardens. The old world charm of the brick patio with it's raised flower beds and gas lanterns compliment this century old New Orleans home, which by the way, was lovingly restored by Ben.
The space is uncluttered, serene and restful. It is beautifully furnished with Stickly furniture, original art and lovely crafts. It is a place of comfort.
Off street parking for one car only, directly in front of the house, designated by two red markers. Additional parking on Laurel and Annunciation streets. Please no exceptions to this, it's a sensitive neighborhood issue.
NON SMOKING ENVIRONMENT
NO WASHER AND DRYER
MAXIMUM 5 PEOPLE
2 DAY MINIMUM FOR ALL RENTALS.
THIS IS THE REAL DEAL WITH REAL NOLA HOSTS!
The park is your front yard, play in it or enjoy it from your private front porch with your coffee or a glass of wine. There is a lock box on the porch where you will pick up your front door key. Additional keys will be provided as needed. For your safety there is a side and rear door. Nancy and Ben live next door and if they know your arrival time, they will greet you and show you through your cottage.
Interaction with Guests
We live next door and are available if you need us. We are long time residents of New Orleans and avid music and food lovers. We would be glad to make suggestions for places to go and things to do. We have put together a list of our favorite restaurants and their information and reviews. You will find it hanging in the kitchen. We usually leave a current Gambit paper for you to search for what's happening around town!
We are a quiet safe residential neighborhood tucked along Audubon Park. Old homes, older trees, a neighborhood dripping with southern charm, dog walkers, kids on bikes and if you listen carefully, zoo sounds.
Two different bus lines are steps away. The Tchoupitoulas bus is one and a half blocks in one direction and the Magazine bus is three and a half blocks in the other, both will take you downtown and an easy walk to the French Quarter. If you would enjoy a ride on our famous Street Car, it is about a mile walk to the front of the park where you can board one in either direction. Downtown is to your right if your back is to the park. Taxis are readily available.
Other Things to Note
While the house technically sleeps six, because the Murphy bed is just a double and there is only one bathroom it is best suited for a family with children or four adults max.
* This is a smoke free environment, there is no smoking allowed in the house nor on the porch or patio. Any failure to comply with this rule will result in the forfeiting of your entire security deposit.
* To assure not disturbing the owners and neighbors, coming and going should be done quietly after 10:00pm.
* We generally enjoy a quiet neighborhood but we do not have any control over noise created by neighbors, dogs, animals or events held at the zoo.
* In the unfortunate event of a tropical storm or hurricane please know that the cottage is an essential part of our family's storm plan. Issues of safety, evacuation, sleeping arrangements, possible partial refunds and the sharing of our culinary bounty will be discussed at that time.
* Keys must be returned or a fee will be assessed at the rate of $5.00 for a regular house key and $25.00 for the skeleton key.
* Only one car may be parked in the parking area in front of the house. Any additional cars must be parked either on Laurel or Annunciation Streets.
* There is a whole house generator behind the cottage that will cut on automatically if power is lost. It turns it's self on for a test run every Wednesday morning about 11:00 am for a few minuites.
* Trash and recycle cans are behind the cottage. They can be accessed out the back door. The City of New Orleans collects only paper, plastic and aluminum for recycling. Regrettably, no glass.
* Off street parking for one car only, directly in front of the house, designated by two red markers. Additional parking on Laurel and Annunciation streets. Please no exceptions to this, it's a sensitive neighborhood issue.
My experience was extraordinary. Beautiful cottage, everything was perfect. I will definitely stay here again when in the city. Much more peaceful than a hotel.....with all the amenities you would want. Nancy and her husband were very friendly and gracious hosts. Recommend strongly..........
Couldn't have been better! The cottage is even better than it looks in the pictures - it's a real house, beautifully restored and maintained and very, very comfortable.
Nancy and her family were so welcoming and anticipated anything we could possibly need in the house (there was even a neighborhood cat that kept us company on the porch). When the power was out for 24 hours because of a big storm she even brought us coffee.
The cottage is in a quiet residential neighborhood right across from the Audubon Park zoo and out of the busy city. There are good mass transit options close, but a rental car is not a bad idea (there is parking available). It felt very safe and the neighbors were friendly.
Unfortunately, my mother and I had to leave early because of a family emergency, but we both look forward to going back.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay, the location was perfect for us, very family friendly being so close to the Park and Zoo. The cottage is very well stocked and Nancy was on hand to assist with any questions or needs. We will return to this property in the future and highly recommend it for a couple or small family.
We absolutely loved our stay at Nancy and Ben's cottage! They are wonderful, thoughtful hosts. There was fruit and snacks on the table and even a small container of whole milk in the fridge--this came in very handy since we got in later than I expected...still had milk for our 22month old first thing the next morning! The cottage felt like home the moment we walked in. I also felt extremely safe there with my 3 kids. My husband wasn't able to come last minute and it was reassuring to him knowing that the owners live right next door. It is very evident how invested Nancy and Ben are in the property. I had the opportunity to talk with them a bit and they are just lovely! We were in town visiting friends and the location was perfect. One evening my friend and I were sitting on the front porch enjoying a glass of wine while all of our kids played out front together. It's like we were ALL on a wonderful vacation together! The area of the park is just beautiful. I wish we could have stayed longer....we will definately be back! I am so grateful to these wonderful hosts for making our trip so enjoyable. They even alerted me one night that the interior light of my car had inadvertently been left on...you're not going to find that type of kindness and thoughtfulness very easily! Looking forward to coming back at some point.
We had a lovely stay at Nancy's Cottage. The location can't be beat - beautiful tree lined, quiet street on Audubon Park, within walking distance of the zoo and shops and restaurants on Magazjne Street. The cottage itself is beyond charming and was a good fit for the three of us. Our eight-year-old daughter loved it. Nancy and her family could not be more welcoming, helpful and hospitable. If you are looking for a place to stay that is near things to do, but don't want the crowds and noise of the French Quarter, this is a great option. Perfect for a small family or a couple.
This is a great location right on Audubon Park. It's so convenient to Magazine Street and Loyola and Tulane. The Audubon Zoo couldn't be any closer. (We enjoyed hearing the monkeys in the Zoo at night.) Nancy and Ben are great hosts, making us feel very welcome. The kids loved the animals. The house is great for a family of 4. One child slept on the day bed in the first room, one on the Murphy bed in the 2nd room, and the parents in the spacious master bedroom with loft ceiling. It's a shotgun house, so the first two beds are located in the first two rooms between the front door and the kitchen and bathroom, so take that into consideration if there are people who want privacy. Very clean. There is no washer and dryer or dishwasher (it would perfect it it had these!). We would stay there again in a heartbeat.
Our family of three loved our time in Nancy and Ben's shotgun cottage. Our five days were up way too soon!
We would absolutely love to come back for another visit. Next time I won't wait so long to pull the trigger so we can get all of the days here we would like. This is a popular location for a very good reason.
We lived in Uptown about three years ago and chose this location because it was familiar territory for us, but really, it's just a stellar spot.
We had plenty of space for everything our family needed, from work to play. The beds were quite comfortable and we loved having a king size bed and my son loved his day bed in the front room.
At check in, Nancy was telling me the care they take in cleaning the house and it was very evident. Everything was spotless, from floor to ceiling. Nancy is also a gardener and she's created a beautiful, lush environment.
The house is well appointed and we really didn't lack for much at all! It was certainly the most comfortable house we've ever rented and absolutely way more than we've ever received in this price range. It really is a gem.
Our second morning there, Nancy left a copy of the Gambit for us with a sticky note that we might find some fun things to do inside. I had a look at it later that night and the cover article was about Airbnb in NOLA headlined "Sleeping With Strangers", which I found kind of amusing.
About the Host, Nancy
We are an older but fun loving couple. New Orleanians to the core! Nancy loves to garden and cook and owns a shop on Historic Magazine Street. Ben loves woodworking and fishing and wishes he had more time for both. We have lived in the house next door for 39 years and Ben spent 5 years lovingly restoring the rental cottage where you will be staying.