About This Listing
A large room with Private en-suite bathroom
This listing is for our #1 room which is the largest bedroom and features a private en-suite and standard double bed.
Our house is a traditional double, Creole Cottage built in the mid 1800's before the Civil war and has been added to a number of times over the years.
I was trained as an Architect, and have played trumpet since the age of eight and currently my trio plays at Tommy's Wine Bar every Saturday night. My son Avery and I are in the process of restoring the cottage to its original character.
My Wife Liz helps run a Womens Clothing Boutique in the French Quarter (just a stones throw from Jackson Square) which she commutes to either on foot along the Oak lined Esplanade Ave. with it's 'Gone with the Wind' houses or by the use of her trusty old cruiser (This town is very Bike friendly).
My Son Avery moved here from New Zealand a couple of years ago to assist with the renovations, and help run Airbnb. He's a bit of a computer geek and belongs to a local Steam Punk group.
For those times you need a little down time, feel free to make use of our spacious (private) back yard, or find a spot on one of the chairs in our living room.
Liz and I have traveled extensively (usually on a shoestring) and have friends in a number of countries, we're always happy to recount the tales of our adventures, or to listen to yours.
It's a 20 minute walk(15 minute power walk!) to the French Quarter under those gorgeous 200 year old Oaks, surrounded by gorgeous 200 year old houses, on what used to be a streetcar line.
We have four beautiful rescued cats. Miss Doris Day from the Bronx and a few locals, Brian Lion and Rocky Raccoon and Prince Harry. Our latest rescue is Sgt Pepper a Border Collie.
Guests have full use of the house and back yard and use of our six bikes with locks. Guests also also welcome to use the kitchen and store food and drinks in the refrigerator.
Interaction with Guests
We work on the house most days and are otherwise generally around, generally we have several guests staying with us at a time as well.
No off-street parking available, however there is plenty of free on-street parking.
Recommended transport to or from the airport is by Taxi, currently all companies have a set fee of $33 ($14 extra per person after 2 people) the airport shuttle is also an option but usually insists on stopping at a hotel and charges are around $20 per person.
Other Things to Note
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How far are you from the French Quarter and Frenchman St?
A: We're under a mile from the near end of the French Quarter, to get to the River and Frenchman St is just over a mile, most people can make the walk in around 20 minutes.
Q: How far are you from the Morial Convention Center?
A: The Ernest N. Morial Convention Center is about 2.5 miles away, we recommend taking a Taxi, alternately there is a bus which takes you most of the way with a total travel time closer to 30 minutes.
Q: Do you offer breakfast?
A: Yes, we offer Toast, home made Muesli, fresh Fruit, Coffee or Tea. Breakfast is informal and guests are encouraged to help themselves to what is on offer.
Q: Do you have any pets in the house?
A: We have a border collie and several cats, for this reason guests with allergies may want to consider alternate accommodation.
Q: Do you have bikes?
A: We currently have six bikes which are shared between rooms, we do not take reservations on the bikes although it is rare for all of them to be in use at once. U-Locks are provided with the bikes.
Q: Can we get fresh sheets and Towels during our stay?
A: Fresh Towels and sheets are available on request
Q: What Size is the Bed in this room?
A: The Bed in this room has a Double (Full Size) mattress.
Q: Do you offer early Check-in or Late Check-out?
A: While we cannot guarantee the availability of rooms outside of normal check in times (Check-out 11am, Check-in 2pm) guests who are arriving early are welcome to drop their luggage off with us and get a key, we are also happy to look after the luggage of guests who are leaving town late in the day.
Q: When I try to book the room Airbnb gives me an error regarding verification.
A: We require all Airbnb guests who book with us to be ID verified, if you are having trouble with this we recommend contacting Airbnb directly as they handle the verification process.
Q: When I try to book Airbnb wont let me put in the dates I want.
A: In most cases this is because someone else has already booked the room for those nights.
However we generally block out dates more than six months in advance as we prefer not to take bookings this far ahead, however if you are looking at booking a stay of a week or longer six months to a year in the future we are willing to discuss it.
Q: Airbnb will not let me book a one night stay.
A: The minimum stay in both our #1 and #4 rooms (the rooms with private bathrooms) is two nights, although we are sometimes willing to override this setting in special circumstances.
Q: I have a friend who wants to stay with us, can they sleep on the floor?
A: While this room only has one bed we are sometimes willing to discuss having a third person stay in the room, if this is what you are looking for please talk to us about this before you book.
Q: When I put the dates in I wanted the price of the room went up.
A: The nightly price of the room is variable, the price for weekends and during certain events (such as Mardi Gras or Jazz Fest) the price is higher, in some circumstances Airbnb reverts to showing the base nightly price and then shows the exact price when it calculates the total price of your stay.
Q: Are there any additional fees involved in my stay?
A: In most cases the total shown by Airbnb is the total price you pay, the most common exception to this is to cover damages, other costs are rare and subject to discussion and agreement.
- Please do not use the doorbell after 10pm, either use the lockbox or phone me directly if you need to get into the house after this time.
- We ask that guests do not smoke inside the house (smoking in the back yard is ok).
- Guests who use the bikes are responsible for their safe return.
Very warm welcome by Liz and Rick- we felt at home straight away. Very friendly and accommodating- we arrived at 9 a.m. and the room was ready for our occupation. Whilst we did not use the bikes (we are in our 70s!) they would be very useful in getting around this vibrant city. Creole Cottage is in a very quiet location so slept well.
Thank you for allowing us to share your house, if only for three days.
Rick and Liz were very pleasant. Rick was busy renovating the top floor of the house, so didn't see him too much. Liz and I chatted briefly about coffee, the benefits of getting up early, and cats. House is easy to get to, located in a varied neighborhood typical for NOLA, (some houses are beautiful and well maintained, others not so much.) Neighborhood was quiet, and I felt safe. Plenty of on street parking. Easy bike ride to City Park. Felt like I could make myself at home. Picture of the living room with fireplace is now a a dining room.
The Creole Cottage was generally what we had expected from our stay. Rick, Liz, and Avery were all very helpful and welcoming. They also gave their honest opinions on local restaurants and activities which is always appreciated. We did however wish there was a lock on the door to our room, just for piece of mind. Additionally, there are quite a few cats in the house. Maybe I didn't do my homework but I'm not sure I knew there would be so many.
I love animals, just not quite so many cats inside a small house. Sgt. Pepper (the dog) was very sweet.
I'm also not sure we expected Treme to be the neighborhood that is was. After telling a few New Orleans natives where we were staying they were quite concerned about the area and our safety. Both my boyfriend and I have lived in some less safe North Philadelphia neighborhoods before so we are no strangers to being aware of our surroundings and taking care in questionable neighborhoods so we didn't necessarily have any issue with it. I think we just would've preferred to have more of a heads up about what the area was like. That being said, we didn't have any issues. We just made sure to always take a cab or uber right to the door and didn't walk around at night.
In all, our stay ended up going just fine. Just some things I would've liked to be more clear beforehand.
If you are looking for a "home away from home" while visiting New Orleans, this is the place. The entire family, Rick, Liz and son Arron made us most welcome! One was at home to give us a tour of their beautifully restored home (still in progress) and to orient us to all the amenities - which includes a tasty breakfast and freshly brewed coffee, full use of the kitchen, washer, dryer, etc! They also suggested good choices for great New Orleans food and music. We loved our high ceiling, lovely period furniture and private bath. The neighborhood was nice and we had no problem finding nearby street parking. We have traveled both the U.S. and Europe using Airbnb and this accommodation ranks right at the top! We hope to visit again soon to see the latest (email hidden)anks again! Steve & Maxine
What a nice house! You'd think staying in someone's house with them living there would be uncomfortable but rick and Liz and their son made us feel very at home and I didn't feel I wa intruding on their home life either. Having bikes available was very helpful and made our commute to jazz fest very quick and fun. Kind and helpful people with a very sweet dog:) thank you Rick and Liz!
Rick was very welcoming and helpful. We stayed in two rooms while we were there - both charming with antique furniture and in-suite bathrooms. There was access to complimentary bikes and locks too which was very useful as the location is at least a 20 minute walk from the core of NO. But, closer to great spots like City Park. Biking allowed more freedom and accessibility. Rick was easy going and flexible and transferred our luggage from one room to the next while we were enjoying the city as well as allowed us to leave our luggage on our last day. Our first trip to NOLA - we'll definitely be back!
Rick and Liz were very warm and welcoming! Other guests were also great company. Enjoyed our breakfasts together.
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About the Host, Rick And Liz
I am originally from NYC. Moved to New Zealand when I was 17 with my mother and father and two sisters. Went to Auckland University and graduated with a degree in Architecture. Started playing the trumpet when I was 8 and worked my way through University playing in bands.
Moved to New Orleans about three years ago with my New Zealand wife, Liz and we love it.
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