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Spacious, Unique & Historic: Loft Style Apartment close to heart of Old Town

Bedrooms 1
Space 1,150 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

Historic Landmark building: huge loft-style apartment overlooking ancient oaks

One of the architectural gems on the gulf coast, this former schoolhouse is just two blocks from the beach and close to the heart of Old Town Bay St. Louis. It's been renovated as one-of-a-kind duplex. The architect/artist owners live on one side, while the guest rental side is nestled in the limbs of centuries-old live oaks on the other.

The guest apartment has four private entrances, a front veranda, back deck, and nearly 1200 sq feet of open living space. This loft-style retreat features 12 ft. ceilings, clerestory windows, heart pine floors, a large library and an art collection by regional artists. If you like large, open, light living spaces and historic buildings, there's few that can match this.

The main living area has an elegant and expansive feel. It contains a living room, dining room, partitioned off bedroom area. A wall of windows looks out onto oaks, while three windowed front doors open up onto a classic Southern veranda.

The bedroom area has a queen-sized bed and the living room is furnished with a day-bed and pull-out trundle. The apartment sleeps three good friends, and is perfect for a couple.

A large full kitchen (with full-sized appliances) and tiled bathroom complete the package. In the back, the kitchen door onto a deck beneath the oaks, a perfect place for morning coffee.

The building's grounds cover nearly 3/4 of an acre and are shaded by the live oaks, as well as magnolias, azaleas and bottle brush trees. Ours may be one of the last authentic old-time neighborhoods this close to a beach anywhere in the country. It's just a two-block stroll to the beach, with its six-mile walking/biking path.

Some people call Bay St. Louis "Mayberry by the Sea." It's a village that became a resort for New Orleanians when the train came through in the late 1800's. The tracks are one block from the house (they run parallel to the beach along the entire Mississippi coast) and the fanciful historic train depot is only two blocks away. The depot houses the Visitor's Center, a small Mardi Gras Museum and a museum dedicated to Alice Moseley, a beloved Mississippi folk artist.

The Old Town district is filled with shops, art galleries, and restaurants all within two to nine blocks of Webb School. A lovely marina and fishing pier are new stars of "downtown." Canine companions are welcome many places in town, as well as on the beach (leashed). The beach is placid and rarely crowded - in fact, many days, you'll have a good stretch of it to yourself.

When you have a yearning for big city culture, you're less than an hour from the New Orlean's French Quarter and the CBD, making for an easy commute. If you're not from the area, the owners - originally from New Orleans - can offer advice on day-tripping into the city. Day trips in the easterly direction will take you to Ocean Springs and Biloxi.

"Under Surge, Under Siege," (winner of the 2010 Eudora Welty Book Prize and MS Library Non-Fiction 2011 Author's Award) was written here in Webb School House by Ellis and published by University Press of Mississippi. If you're interested, you can find out more info on Amazon. Here's a description of the neighborhood from the book:

"Ancient oaks lined the coast, framing large and elegant houses - many of them built in the 1800’s. Behind this dignified vanguard, cottages clustered along narrow, shaded lanes. These neighborhoods were mixed in more ways than one. Professors lived next door to plumbers, young families next to retirees, black next to white, rich next to poor. I loved that – it flew directly in the distorted face most outsiders have pasted on the state of Mississippi."

"The architectural styles of the homes varied as much as the people who lived in them. Cheek to cheek, the Creole cottage danced with the Victorian, the Greek Revival with the bungalow. In those lush yards, you could imagine the lingering ghosts from an era of ease. They didn’t want to leave. Nobody who came here wanted to leave. This place pulled at the hearts of any who have them. It promised peace and made good on its word."

Many have said that Webb School reminds them of a grand-scale tree house. Others talk about lingering "kid energy" that makes the heart feel lighter. Still other say their spirits are buoyed by all the light the building catches. But pretty much everybody agrees that Webb School is a place they'll never forget.

More Details

Ellis Anderson
Member since: 2015
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great traveler experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
November 22, 2017

About Ellis Anderson

We are architect Larry Jaubert and Ellis Anderson (Jaubert), writer and photographer. We've both lived on the Mississippi Gulf Coast for over thirty years and adore Bay St. Louis. We feel so fortunate to live and be the current stewards of Webb School and delight sharing its many charms with guests. We usually give guests a 5 minute orientation tour of the apartment when they arrive, then 'poof!' we disappear until you need information or directions. If you want to find out what's happening in Bay St. Louis, you might want to check out the Shoofly Magazine, a monthly online publication filled with stories about our awesome town (Ellis is publisher and it's created each month right here in Webb School!).

Ellis Anderson purchased this apartment in 2002

Why Ellis Anderson chose Bay Saint Louis

Webb School is a designated Mississippi Landmark - one of only six in all of Hancock County. A Landmark the highest recognition the state can give for architectural significance. But that's not why Ellis bought it in 2002 - when it needed complete restoration after years of neglect. It's just one of those places that exudes magic and welcomes light and nurtures creativity. It seems as though a legion of muses live in the oak trees and dance through the windows on sunny days.

What makes this apartment unique

This building has wrap around clerestory windows and that makes it unique among all others on the MS. coast. The meaning of 'clerestory' is the 'upper part of a wall that rises above a roof and that has windows.' If you look at the pictures, you'll see the clerestory windows above the regular ones. The way they capture light and sky and space is fantastic - they make the large main rooms of the school seem like airy pavilions - and the ceilings appear to be much higher than twelve feet. And on nights when there's a full moon, wow! Unforgettably romantic.


Bay Saint Louis Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1150 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • pets considered
  • not suitable for children ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • The bedroom area of this loft-style apartment offers a view of the magnificent live oak limbs just outside - s nature lover's dream. The bedroom area is partitioned off (not a separate room) from the main living area. There is also a comfortable twin day bed in the living room area.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


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Spacious, Unique & Historic: Loft Style Apartment close to heart of Old Town
average rating of 5.0 based on 53 reviews

Loved the "Webb School"

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful hosts and accommodations, everything one might need was available upon arrival. We will definitely stay again in the future.

  • Submitted: Nov 15, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We'll look forward to having y'all back! Great guests and super well-behaved canine pal!
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Greenwell Springs, LA


  • 5 of 5

It was like staying in a beautiful everywhere...lots of natural light (which I love)...very clean ...the grounds were so beautiful...the porch, the breeze & a book...WONDERFUL! And the hosts were very attentive...Bay St Louis is a charming town...we hope to return will love this place!

  • Submitted: Nov 7, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Baton Rouge, LA

Beautiful place!

  • 5 of 5

Enjoyed a relaxing weekend in this lovely home.

  • Submitted: Oct 31, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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School House Stay

  • 5 of 5

Our stay in this old renovated school house was excellent. From the large old oak trees on the property to the large accommodation living quarters. Our owner host was helpful in any way we asked. In fact we enjoyed our stay so much we have booked for the same week next year. Thanks .

  • Submitted: Oct 11, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Treehouse Bliss

  • 5 of 5

I just returned from a girls getaway with my sister and daughter to BSL. We absolutely loved our stay at the Webb School House, and meeting Ellis, the owner, was one of the highlights of our entire trip! The apartment is exactly as the pictures portray, and sitting in the comfortable living area provides a beautiful view of lovely, large old trees. To say it was relaxing doesn't seemed to do justice. The historic home is soothing. Just driving up and seeing the beautiful yard gives one a happy feeling. Bay St. Louis is a lovely little beach town, very authentic, and the people are very welcoming. We hope to make BSL and the Webb School an annual trip. Very relaxing!

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect romantic setting

  • 5 of 5

This property was perfect to spend our anniversary and Ellis was the perfect host. There if we needed but invisible when we didn't. Will stay there again.

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for leaving the place so neat. Delighted you had such a memorable time and we'll look forward to your return!
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Nearest Airport
22 Miles
Gulfport, MS (GPT)
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Bridges Golf Course (Arnold Palmer)
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Hwy 90
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Rickey's Off The Tracks
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $250
Pet Fee $40 + Tax
Cleaning fee $60 + Tax
Tax Rate 9.0%

Children 15 years and older welcome. Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed. Additional $25 per person over two. Deposit is not refundable if cancelled less than 30 days in advance unless we're able to fill the vacancy. Check in at 4pm, check out at 11am.

Our monthly rate is good for either January or February of each year. The cleaning fee of $150 includes the option of having housekeeping service two times during the month for no extra charge.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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