Historical Bywater Cottage w/Bikes!

Apartment - Entire home/apt · Kentucky St, New Orleans, LA 70117, United States

You do not get any more real NOLA than our little Historical Cottage... We are in the sleep neck of the Bywater where you can hear tug boats, rooster, trains and not much else.. we are off the beaten path and steps away from the action..

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You do not get any more real NOLA than our little Historical Cottage... We are in the sleep neck of the Bywater where you can hear tug boats, rooster, trains and not much else.. we are off the beaten path and steps away from the action..

The Space

We offering up a true New Orleans experience. Our 150 year old home has a "Mother In-Law cottage" in the rear garden. This charming 350sq foot cottage has your transported back in time. With beautiful french doors and period furniture, you feel the history of New Orleans. We are in a quiet corner of the ever growing Bywater, with steps away to the famous Vuaghan's Bar, where Kermit Ruffins does his weekly throw down every Thursday night, great southern authentic BBQ at the Joint, great old world style and jazz at Bacchanal Fine Wine & Spirits and we are adjacent to the Marigny neighborhood which is home to Frenchman street, where all great New Orleans musicians play.

I am committed to showing you the authentic New Orleans and therefore encourage you to grab a few of the bikes I have to offer and hit the road rolling, the best way to see the most beautiful city in America. We ask for a small one time fee of $20 per bike which helps toward flat tires and maintenance Bikes to rent on Frenchman street go for 35 bucks a day! I think biking the city is the best way to see all the magic.

I am happy to provide a great simple map with bike routes to little hidden gem around town.

The house is a 5 min car drive or a 15 min bike ride to the French Quarter (never worry about parking and feel free to have a few drinks while out and about). There is also a direct bus line steps from our home which can get you to many places around town. The bus lines are the 88 St Claude route and the 5 Bus that travels from our place, through the Bywater, the French Quarter and ends at the Convention Center. We provide bus schedules so you can time your travels. A cab ride to the quarter is anywhere from 12-15 bucks. (I do not suggest taking the bus at night)

The cottage has a beautiful rustic bathroom and small basic kitchenette. (toaster, kettle, microwave, fridge, freezer) A comfortable queen size bed with towels and linens provided. We have laundry facilities in our main house that can be used. We have wifi on the property as well...

Feel free to drop us a line if you have any more questions.


1- we are located off the beaten path. 3 miles from the French Quarter and 5 miles (8km) from the Garden District. To the Quarter that means it is a very long walk (45 mins which you stroll and check out all the great old houses in our area) , easy 15 min bike ride, 5 min by taxi or car)

2- Weather- It is chilly from Dec-Feb and hot! from June-September. If you are biking be aware and prepared for this weather.

3- our space is NOT recommended for the elderly or kids

4- the public transit is good during the day time in New Orleans. we provide bus maps/schedules (88 st claude bus brings you right to the quarter) but we do not recommend taking the bus late night. It is a 12-15 dollar cab right to or from the quarter and we can happily provide you with numbers for taxi companies

5- safety- New Orleans does not have a long standing rep as being a safe city. However i have heard about many more muggings in the Quarter than anything happening in our neighborhood. None the less, we recommend biking in pairs during the late night hours

6- who i think is most suited for the space- urban savvy folks who like my self want to be outside the tourist traps and are traveling on a budget. We suggest those with a car OR those planning on renting a car OR those willing to be bike adventurers. If you are thinking of taking cabs back and forth from the quarter or festivals (therefore not biking or using a car ) then you might as well book something which is closer to the quarter or more central and spend the money you would on cabs on a more expensive room.

7- Renting a car in the summer or if you are just not that into bikes- it cost about $35 to a get a cab from the airport to the Quarter- $45 from the airport to our cottage. Same price for the return trip. To rent a car for the weekend it is about $70 (less than the round trip in cabs to the airport)if you book on Hotwire or PriceLine name your own price and in advance. So if you are coming for a weekend visit we recommend renting a car. THis way you can hit all things great about this city. The Garden District Uptown, City Park area, check out the Lower 9th Ward and see how the rebuilding it going, Audubon Park and Zoo etc. We will happily share with you are favorite places all over the city.

Guest Access

Cottage and shared back yard.

Interaction with Guests

You are in your own private cottage which is in the back yard of the main house where me and my dog live.. chances are i might bump into you once or twice or we may never cross paths- Natalie has her art and design studio in the garage ( High-Flying Fancy is the name of her Design company, she is amazing!) and she is In and out of town, so sometimes the back yard is all yours and sometimes you share the yard with her and her black sheep dog Josie, who is shy and barks a bit when people come and go. Overall he is harmless is does a good job or protecting our property.

The Neighborhood

Kentucky st not a very well known street in New Orleans because it is tucked away near the canal between the two bridges that lead over to the Lower 9th Ward. Back in our little pocket there is a mix of everyone.. families, young, old, black, white, brown, artists, working class, dogs, cats, chickens, neat and messy... It is close to stuff while being out of the way and quiet. Some old timers still think this area is a bit ruff... they are stuck in the 1990's. In the past ten years our area has going through a huge change and even though we still have some house left after Katrina in dis repair, ever year a few more get fixed up and new home owners come in and join our little pocket back here behind the st claude bridge.

Getting around

Number 88 Bus and Number 5 Bus are less than 5 mins from the house... and we offer bikes for a small donation which is a good way to get around if you are urban handy bike familiar people like we are.. other wise a car can get you just about any where in New Orleans in 10-15 mins

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Minimum Stay: 4 nights
Weekly Price: $430 /week
Security Deposit: $200
Check In: 3:00 PM
Check Out: 12:00 PM (noon)
Cancellation: Strict
Pet Owner: Dog(s)

Overall Guest Satisfaction

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  • Nice every time. This is the place I stay every time I visit New Orleans (about twice a year at this rate). Really affordable, perfect for a couple, and a bunch of bikes available for (website hidden) unit / heater in the cottage, which is a huge plus when the weather is extreme. If you want to stay in the Bywater, this is the spot.

    June 2014
  • Lees was able to house me at a very short notice when I ran into a housing emergency while living in New Orleans. Tjecking in at her place was a breeze and she provided all the information I needed. The place was clean and charming. I would absolutely recommend renting from Lee. Also, she provides bikes, which is very convenient.

    June 2014
  • Lees was a wonderful host! We got in late and she had everything set up for us. If you don't have anything planned she has a map of wonderful suggestions and bus line time schedules for your convenience. Her description of the space was spot on and it was exactly what my girlfriend and I were looking for. Like most of the reviews have said the bikes were a HUGE plus. Highly suggest exploring New Orleans on bikes so you can experience all the beautiful hidden gems in the nearby neighborhoods. She also was gracious enough to invite us to her art space for an evening of food and music. (She's a badass bass player as well) Couldn't have asked for a better first time visit to New Orleans.

    June 2014
  • We loved staying at the cottage! We've been to New Orleans many times over the years and this was one of our best visits. The building itself is a beautiful refurbished structure, with a gorgeous slate-tiled bathroom, comfortable bed, and stocked with everything you need. It's in a nice quiet residential neighborhood, but as Lees says, definitely not a tourist part of the city (which was exactly what we wanted). Renting a car is a huge plus since parking is a breeze and you can get around everywhere, but if you walk or use the bike there are lots of fun places in the Bywater, such as the Joint and Elizabeth's, both of which we loved. Check in and check out was easy, with Lees even allowing us to check in a little early once the space was prepped. I would most definitely rent the cottage again! Thank you Lees!

    June 2014
  • Lees was a fantastic communicator and everything was really easy and great. The cottage is incredibly cute and romantic. It was simple, and just what we wanted, with all the amenities you could hope for for such a stay. Having access to bikes made our trip so special because we got to see the neighborhoods, stop when we wanted to stop and get around at our own leisure. Lastly, Lees gives you access to books and notes to reference on places to go and things to do in and outside the neighborhood, which was priceless. Hope to return!

    May 2014
  • Had a lovely stay at Lees' cottage. It had everything I needed: comfy bed, nice shower, mini-fridge, tips on the area, and bikes! Lees was a gracious host. Would definitely recommended and want to come back in the future.

    May 2014
  • My wife and I stayed for 5 nights in April. We had a wonderful experience with the property and owner. The cottage is large enough for 2 comfortably. The backyard was lovely and relaxing. The neighborhood is an interesting mix of all kinds of folks. The bikes were great and allowed us to fully enjoy exploring the area. If you are an independent traveler who enjoys the feeling of staying in a neighborhood that includes real people this is the place for you.

    April 2014
  • Lees spot is the perfect place for a no fuss independent adventurous life loving person who appreciates simplistic quality and wants to go beyond the tourist traps. Really soft bedding, a Breville water heater with strong coffee included for a french press, a slate shower.

    Her advice for cafe and choice spots to go was right on and having the bikes included with the stay was key, i really can't imagine visiting new orleans without going everywhere by bike. while it seems a bit "out of town" it's really just about 15 minutes by bike to the french quarter, and it's a lovely 15 minute ride through a really fun and great neighborhood to hang in called the "Bywater". It costs a little more in cab from the airport to get there but once you have the bikes for the week, you're good to go!

    lees was friendly without being in any way overwhelming. she's there if you need her, and you can come and go without feeling like you're invading someone's space cause the cottage is it's own thing.

    April 2014
  • Lees was a lovely host in that she gave us our space to do our own thing but provided loads of recommendations. Even inviting us to events at her art space. I would definitely recommend this to those wanting a private space close to the Bywater area, and in walking distance to Bachanal (perk!) The garden smelled AMAZING, the bed was comfortable (great pillows). Really a lovely space to retreat to after festing and adventuring. The neighbourhood is one that has pockets of lovely and pockets of not-so-lovely so just chat with her about walking routes. Oh, and the coffee on the corner was DELICIOUS. We went there every morning but for 2!! Loads of love for all these incredible ladies. It was totally our speed.

    A couple things to note: take earplugs, there are a lot of roosters in the area -- some of the bikes are in rough shape and hard to adjust but way more affordable than renting in town with no fear of theft (the ones you rent from shops you are responsible for at $500) and there were a few to choose from so we made due when we wanted to use them to get around the area. They aren't idea to use all day every day though. We used the buses quite a bit and learned that the 88 bus doesn't always show up and the 5 is much faster to get to the French Quarter with less stops and was way less sketchy.

    April 2014
  • My friend and I had a great time staying here. The cottage was really nice and well maintained. The bikes are a really good deal (the bike rental places in town charge $20 a day). We used them to get around the whole city. The location is great, a quick bike ride from the best food and bars in the city, in my opinion. All the recommendations for food/drink they gave were fabulous. Would definitely stay here again.

    April 2014
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Musician, Restorer of HIstorical Buildings
I first visited New Orleans when I was 14yrs old and knew in my bones that one day it would be home. after traveling the world I began to crave space, slowness and new way of life. New Orleans has been part time home since 2004 and finally was able to move down Full time in January 2010. I am a creative soul who love to cook, have a great conversation, bang around on the guitar, go for a bike ride and walk to the Mississippi River (5 min walk from the house) with my dog. Most of the time I am on the go ( I run a Gallery and Event space in the bywater and play in a local band) and you may see me very little, other times I am taking a home day and chilling around the house and available for a chat or to field questions. I love to share my passion for this city and hope you will fall in love with it just as I have. My home is a safe and inspiring place for artists, travelers, healers and musicians. We are historical, no frills, simple, classy and reasonably priced for the savvy urban budget traveller. I welcome you to explore our neighborhood and feel the magic of this great city.
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