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.
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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.
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.
One of the most memorable places we have stayed. We felt bad leaving the house as it's such an amazing space. The entire building has so much character, it was the perfect place to stay in New Orleans. Easy to get around and Will was an exceptional host, making the entire experience easy and hassle free. We shall definitely be back!
Will was super friendly and responsive.
The house itself is gorgeous and such fun to stay in. All of my guests loved the beautiful decor, the history, and the spaciousness (huge!). We were lucky to have great weather most of our trip, but the gas heaters kept us warm the one cold night. The garden is an awesome place to hang out and relax and we spent a lot of time out there too.
The location is a leisurely 20 min walk from the French Quarter and we made it several times a day with no complaints. As others have mentioned, you'll want to take a cab back at night.
I'd definitely recommend this place and hope to return myself.
The house is amazing—the chipped plaster and peeling paint, the grand staircase, the collection of books and artifacts, the balconies and backyard—it all looks like it does in the photos and the house even felt bigger in real life. Our group spent most of the time at the house on the balconies and in the backyard. We got good weather while we were there and the outdoor spaces provided a nice respite from some of the mardi gras chaos—good backyard stereo and fun watching the cardinals stare at themselves in the mirrors.
Will provided an open line of communication and responded quickly to texts. He drove the first guest to Whole Foods to stock the fridge and immediately made you feel welcome. So, great customer service overall.
Like most of the reviewers and the host, I would suggest taking a cab back at night. We all walked into town during the day and dusk. Some walked back at night and didn't have any problems. One guest was approached at 4am at the front door while he got out of the cab, but told the guy to screw off. No problem there.
I would definitely stay again.
Most definitely a unique experience, one-of-a-kind. Only the two of us stayed at the house, which some find rather brave, considering it is the perfect setting for a horror show (American Horror Story was shot here- pretty awesome!).
We didn't have the opportunity to meet Will and Mao, but they still checked in with us during our stay, making sure we were all good. Becky, their friend and neighbor from across the street, showed us the house. And boy, is she a fun one! She welcomed us among her friends on a walk downtown to Krewe Du Vieux. One of the most memorable nights of our stay =) (Thanks again for the walking tale!)
The house itself is beautifully decorated with historical accents and marty gras props. With the peeling paint and moody lighting, its definitely something to drool about for photographers.
We stayed here in February, when it was very cold. The space heaters got the job done in our room, but the hallways were still bonechillin'. The bed was super comfortable and clean and the bathrooms were modernized (great shower head). For an old house, it surprising smelled fresh and aired out (no grandma's attic smell).
10 minute walk to the French Quarter, not a big deal. Always have to cab it home after sundown.
We thank the owners for sharing this gem with us.
A truly special stay!
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