About This Listing
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 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 screened 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 is a great place 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.
Other Things to Note
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No burning candles. Absolutely no smoking inside the house. Winter time space heaters must be turned off while leaving the house. No professional filming or photography without owner's authorization. Please do not re-arrange furniture except portable chairs for balconies and gardens or accommodations.
This is a private residence, please use all things in the house with care and respect all personal items. Do not wear Mardi Gras masks and costumes unless it has your name written on it. Might be the event we need to go in the house during the day usually with a previous text or call.
This is a non refundable contract, please take your time to read and share with the other guests all the information, reviews, do your own research and ask any questions you might have. Usually after a booking we have to turn back many other people asking for the same dates.
Up to only 7 guests. The number of guests staying in the house should not exceed the party booked for. Could be subject to a termination of the lease and/or a charge of $50/day per extra guest and a penalty of part or all of the deposit. Absolutely no subletting.
Please return all keys. Lost key $25.
Lessee agrees to relieve Lessor and hold Lessor harmless from any and all liability in connection with the property.
Enjoy the house, the neighbor and the city with responsibility.
I cannot say enough good things about the house and the host Will:
The House: The place is absolutely amazing and unique. I've never had such a good experience with my lodgings while on vacation. Tall ceilings, lost of history and the backyard is a piece of heaven.
The Host: Will is a great host and was available for any questions we had. He gave us a tour of the house and was very knowledgeable about its history. He even found some luggage we left behind and was kind enough to post it to us.
All in all, a great experience.
This house was spectacular! Will and Mao obviously care deeply about New Orleans and their house, it shows in their inpecable design choices and also their preparation for my friends and I coming to stay. New Orleans is a magical city and the essence of the culture is captured in the home. I made some of the best memories of my life in that house and I most certainly will be coming back. The only recommendation I would give people is that, like any city, it can be dangerous at night after consuming libations. Take a cab and don't travel alone. Will and Mao were open and honest about that upon our arrival. They were fantastic hosts and I thank them for all the memories.
WOW!! What can I really say about this place? It was truly awesome!! Perfect location (within walking distance of the French Quarter), perfect accommodations (home was filled with art, beautiful antiques, books) and perfect hosts. Will was in great communication the entire time even offering a quick tour of the home and recommendations for "off the beaten path" eateries and such. We had warm evenings sipping wine from the balcony which over looks the city, cool mornings in the immaculate garden and lazy afternoons lounging inside this wonderful Creole Castle. As a fellow AIrBNB host and frequent traveler, I would recommend this place without reservations whatsoever.
Thanks Will...had a great time!
Will arranged to be there when we needed him to be--there was no working around his schedule. He gave us a historical tour of the house, which is unique. He made himself available during our stay, and was not far away if needed.
One of a kind house--we will never experience anything quite like it anywhere else! An abundance of character but with great, remodeled bathrooms! (many houses with "character" mean not-so-nice accomodations). Also has a refridgerator on ground level near garden, and one upstairst. New Orleans is unique--why not complete the experience with a stay in a totally unique home? The garden is divine--lots of space to spread out if couples want privacy, and may be one of the only houses in NOLA with three bathrooms! 15-20 minute walk to Fairgounds or Bourbon Street but bicycles recommended. Neighborhood felt safe during the day, although to some tourists who are unfamiliar with NOne of a kind house--we will never experience anything quite like it anywhere else! An abundance of character with great, remodeled bathrooms! (many houses with "character" mean not-so-nice accomodations). New Orleans is unique--why not complete the experience with a stay in a totally unique home. The garden is divine--it is wired with many small lights at night as are the balconies. It was great to arrive in the dark and see it all lit up after a day at Jazzfest. Also has a great enclosed porch with a fountain for night time socializing. There is lots of space to spread out if couples want privacy, and may be one of the only houses in NOLA with three bathrooms! 15-20 minute walk to Fairgounds or Bourbon Street but bicycles recommended. Neighborhood felt safe during the day, although to some tourists who are unfamiliar with who are NOLA it may appear a little dodgy.
Taxis are plentiful and easy to call, as the house is close to the quarter and other significant sights.
This is what AirBnB is all about for us. Being invited into a wonderful LOVED home full of local color. Will was an excellent host, giving us a history tour of his extraordinary home and providing tons of great reading material for our stay. The house itself was amazing... like walking into a movie set (actually it really has been used in TV) or back in time. Yes, it is a bit funky but that is what New Orleans is all about. Thank you Will and Maio for a memorable stay.
What a wonderful experience! We spent 3 nights here with 5 sixteen year old girls. Will was the ultimate host, even giving us suggestions on places to take the girls. The house itself is beautiful, immaculately cared for and a unique experience. Everyone had a great time! I would recommend this place for anyone looking for an interesting travel experience and a host that truly cares about his guests and the home.
Will was a very accommodating host, stayed up extra late to meet us after our flight was delayed. It is obvious they care for this home and this neighborhood. Don't let the neighborhood frighten you. You are more likely to have trouble in the quarter than here. Walking is fine during the day, grab a cab at any hotel with a taxi stand to return. And if you're hungry, Verti Mart Deli delivers 24 hrs and The Black Pearl soul food restaurant has fantastic, cheap soul food and is only 2 or 3 blocks away (on Clairborne.) Had we discovered it sooner, we would have returned there probably daily.
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About the Host, Will And Mao
New Orleanian at heart who loves people who love the New Orleans vibe as well.
Come to New Orleans with no pre-conceived notions and experience America's unique city in all its beauty and oddity and rarity.
History, art, plants, books, gardens, food and peace is where it's at.