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..

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 $15/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.

-Leesaw

PLEASE READ BEFORE BOOKING

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.. I am a lady on the go and the back yard is quiet and private.

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.

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
Security Deposit: $200
Check In: 3:00 PM
Check Out: 12:00 PM (noon)
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Cancellation: Strict
Pet Owner: Dog(s)

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  • 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
  • My boyfriend and I had a wonderful time staying in Lees' cottage for five nights. It's quiet and comfortable, but still close to everything, and Lees had great recommendations for things to do in the neighborhood.

    But, our favorite thing may have been the bicycles. It really changed the whole trip and made everything so much more fun and accessible.

    Overall, I highly recommend staying here.

    April 2014
  • A dream come true! Lees's place is incredibly charming, comfortable and affordable. We only met Lees briefly but she was very sweet and helpful. The location is great - a little bit apart from the center of Bywater action, but very near to all the great food, shops and nightlife the neighborhood offers. Some of our favorite nearby spots: Satsuma Cafe, The Joint, BJ's, St. Vincent De Paul cemetery. The cottage was fully stocked - good coffee setup, great recommendation lists/maps, laundry line, sweet backyard area with friendly animals wandering around, really nice shower, great little radio. It was like Lees knew what we would need before we even knew ourselves! There were three of us which was totally doable (we came with an air mattress and set it up next to the bed). We never wanted to leave! Five stars.

    March 2014
  • Lees's place is amazing! Very spacious, cool decor--and definitely, definitely rent a bike from her (which she has priced very, very reasonably) if you can! Thanks, Lees!

    March 2014
  • We had a wonderful stay at the cottage. Lees and her friends were very friendly and any questions I had, they were happy to help answer! The Cottage was clean and the bed was super comfortable and soft.

    March 2014
  • Lees' cottage is a truly New Orleans experience, if you like a third world atmosphere. The best part was the back yard and the dogs. My dogs made friends and enjoyed their stay enormously. We were not so fortunate. The furniture mostly looks like it was dragged in from the curb, rather than being really antique. Except for a very nice armour. The bathroom was inconvenient, with very little water pressure. On the other hand, the towels were soft and fluffy and new. There weren't enough surfaces on which to put things, but the bed was comfy. If you are coming to NO as a tourist, Lees provides a lot of material to help you find interesting places and restaurants. However, you can't cook, and the only place to wash dishes is in the bathroom sink. I think my wife and I are just too old for this kind of place.

    March 2014
    Lees
    Response from Lees:

    In our ad we make a clear suggestion that our space is NOT suggested for the elderly or people with kids and we have a kitchenette! (not a kitchen) with microwave, electric kettle, toaster and small fridge. 99% of reviews and guests have fallen in love with the space and we have had many returning guests. If cable TV, ikea furniture and a jet stream shower head is your jam i suggest not stay with us. If you are an experienced "go with the flow" traveller wanting one of the lowest rate private space in the Bywater and a truly historical experience then we our cottage is a good fit.

  • A dreamy, romantic, cozy cottage: perfect for our week-long Mardi Gras adventure. The bed is divine (wish we had one this comfy and luxurious at home!), and the cottage is quiet, softly lit, and private. We caught a few days of unusually cold temperatures, but the heater/aircon unit was super-efficient and kept us nice and toasty. Cozy sheets, blankets and nice big fluffy towels: also so convenient to have a kitchenette (especially with a French press!) to use. The only minor hitch was the low water pressure in the shower, which was about as trivial an inconvenience as it gets relative to the overall loveliness, spaciousness, and charm of the cottage. We'd absolutely stay again!

    March 2014
  • Lees cottage was so fabulous, we were actually sad to leave. It is secluded and quiet while still close to everything. Lees was a great host. The cottage was well equipped and perfectly decorated. We hope to come back as soon as possible!

    February 2014
  • This place is amazing! Nice size for the price and privacy! It's close to everything and Lees had helpful materials to make navigating the city a lot easier. Cute place and great host! I definitely recommend this place! Couldn't ask for more : )

    February 2014
  • Lees is the best host. I had to change plans last minute and include my brother in my travel plans, and she graciously provided an extra mattress and blankets at no extra charge. If you're going to stay in Bywater, stay here.

    January 2014
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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 with NYC as a home base 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 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. 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. I welcome you to explore our neighborhood and feel the magic of this great city. I am also the Creative Director for our Bywater Event and Performing Arts Space, The Tigermen Den at the corner of Clouet and Royal. Here my band (LadyBabyMiss and The Tigermen) play shows and we host a range of community arts events through out the year. We alway has a open house the evening of the Full Moon. Other events are posted on our(website hidden)page.
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