Elegantly Decayed Creole Mansion

House - Entire home/apt · Dumaine St, New Orleans, LA 70116, United States
Will And Mao
Your host, Will And Mao
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The Space

This historic house was built for Free Woman of Color, Louise Vitry and her French consort, Archille Courcelle and their 4 children from land bought from the Baroness de Pontalba. The house was subject of an 1858 Louisiana Supreme Court Decision in which Louise Vitry was allowed to keep her house and her 7 slaves prior to Civil War. Original complex extended to the next block (St. Philip Street) with green house, wine cellar, out door kitchen, stables, 4 water cisterns, and servants wing. All that, sadly, is gone with the wind.

1855 Creole House belonging to a Free Woman of Color within walking distance of the French Quarter in the Historic Treme. House is a step back in time to 19th Century New Orleans with grand proportions, 14 foot ceilings, original fireplaces, mahogany staircase, ceiling medallions.

New Orleans is a romantic city. If you want to experience the romance of the past, here it is. Within earshot of the fog horns of the boats on the Mississippi River.

If you're looking for a truly unique experience and want to avoid cookie cutter travel, we'd love to show you our one of a kind city.

House is 10 block walk to the Quarter or $6-8 cab ride (one way). House is exactly 1 mile to Jazz Fest Fair Grounds, 7/10 mile to downtown and less than a mile and a half from City Park/Voodoo Fest.

Most of the bedrooms and amenities are set on the second floor for your comfort. A large master bedroom queen size bed, a 2nd bedroom queen size bed and a large guest bedroom-living room (the blue room in the photos) with a sleep sofa and a queen air mattress. Spacious kitchen-dining room and two full bathrooms upstairs. Downstairs a 3rd bedroom queen size sofa-bed and a 3rd full bathroom. The sitting room connects to both side and front balconies that catches the breeze with incredible views of New Orleans downtown skyline and the back of the Armstrong Park Sign, especially at night. Perfect for evening cocktails. Extra big double parlor downstairs with sofas and chairs. House is 3,700 square feet plus the balconies and garden so there is plenty of room for a group to move around without stepping on each other's toes.

Downstairs, make yourself at home in a private, large,lush tropical garden with spanish moss draped trees, tinkling fish filled fountains, covered porch, plenty of chairs, outdoor speakers with radio or iPod connector, a barbecue grill, and night lighting. You have your own, private flower filled New Orleans oasis. It (email hidden) to un-wind and slow down to 'New Orleans time'. You'll probably find yourself spending most of your time out in the patio.

Whole house has not central heat and a/c, Ceiling fans and a/c window units in all the rooms as well as Gas space heaters for the winter time (heaters must be turned off while leaving the house).

CHECK IN time after 1:00 pm. CHECK OUT time before 1:00 P.M. CST.

Will be happy to answer enquiries via email as to availability for full house.

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Room type: Entire home/apt
Accommodates: 7
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 3
Beds: 2
Minimum Stay: 3 nights
Security Deposit: $500
Cleaning Fee: $85
Check In: 1:00 PM
Cancellation: Strict

Overall Guest Satisfaction

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  • Will (email hidden) for my wife's trip, and the home was an absolutely incredible place to enjoy New Orleans. Will gave a tour with history of the house on arrival, and everything lived up to expectations from the description and photos. The neighborhood was colorful, but at no point did anyone feel unsafe.

    If you want a dose of New Orleans culture and history on your trip, we can highly recommend this home.

    July 2014
  • Wow, what a place. It is amazing and exactly what I expected and then some. Great staying in such an old place. The only thing not expected was that this was where they filmed scenes from American Horror Story - that made the whole experience even better!

    Working with the owner was great - very flexible as our group arrived later than expected because of plane delays. The whole place will be better when they finish the pack porch construction.

    The neighborhood may look a little sketchy, but we didn't have any problems. This place is great if you are looking for some old-world charm on your trip to New Orleans

    June 2014
  • The house is perfect and coordination was a breeze! The location is just as described.

    June 2014
  • Will was very nice and accommodating. The house is epic and added so much to our visit to the city. We also became very fond of the neighborhood during our short stay.

    May 2014
  • Will (email hidden) and the house was amazing. 7 of us stayed here comfortably. It is huge and packed full of New Orleans history and decorations. Although most of the house is old and historic, the bathrooms are new and renovated. There is everything you could need for your visit. Plenty of towels, a modern coffee machine, washer/dryer, multiple balconies with nice views of the neighborhood and a huge lush backyard. A screen door would be the only addition I would recommend, as we were all eaten alive by mosquitoes most of the weekend. The house is a short and easy cab ride to most places in New Orleans, or a nice 15-20 minute walk to Bourbon Street/French Quarter. I would not recommend making this walk alone at night though. Not for the faint of heart, as the whole place resembles a haunted mansion, but for the adventurous, this place is amazing.

    May 2014
  • Will's and Mau's house was great! They were very nice hosts and Mau gave me the complete tour when I arrived. 5 of us stayed there for Jazz Fest, although it could certainly have held more as the place is huge! it was definitely walking distance (about 1.2 miles) from the fairgrounds, which was an important factor for us. The house was also walking distance to the French Quarter (about a mile), but we only felt comfortable walking there during the day (at night we would cab, but I think that's pretty typical of being cautious at night in New Orleans). So the convenience was great for us, but we had to factor in extra time for cabs since during festival season the cabs seem to crawl around the French Quarter more frequently than in Treme.
    The upstairs balconies were very comfortable and relaxing. We would have our morning coffee on the front balcony before heading to the fest. The house itself had a nice mix of old world charm and modern upgrades. The bathrooms were definitely modernized and we loved the rain shower and water pressure. I only got to spend one night hanging out in their garden b/c we were always out at concerts or dinners in the evenings, but it was really peaceful and the stereo system is hooked up to hear music outside. Also, the strings of lights are on timers so their place has an elegance to it with all the twinkling lights. I would definitely consider staying again!

    May 2014
  • We had a magical stay at this historic gem. Will and Mao were lovely and their care and attention to detail shows in their beautiful home and fabulous garden. The perfect place for a more leisurely NOLA experience or for someone who is looking to relax in a neighborhood setting after a day of sightseeing. Short ride or 20 minute walk to the action in the FQ. Cabs at night are suggested as they would be in any city.

    April 2014
  • The house is jaw dropping gorgeous! Will was super sweet and gave us a really detailed tour of the home when we arrived. He is very passionate about the history of the place and preserving it. He was also very responsive when I called or texted with questions or recommendations. The rooms were clean, beds are comfortable, and the house was well stocked with towels and linens. The neighborhood is quiet and has a good vibe to it. All the kids were out playing in the streets and the neighbors were friendly.
    We rented bikes from Cresent Bike Rentals for a few days to check out the city.

    April 2014
  • Will and Mao are fabulous hosts. They gave an amazing and formative tour of the house, which really made our stay that much better. The house is outstanding and their garden is magical. I would definitely stay again.

    April 2014
  • My friends and I had a wonderful time staying here! Such rich history and character in the house. Perfect for fun pictures. We loved lounging around in the house and relaxing after a long day of exploring. During the day time we walked, which took about 10-15 minutes and then took a cab at night. Will (email hidden) and was so generous and sweet every time we ran into him. It definitely enhanced our stay in NOLA.

    April 2014
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