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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. Ask about our weekly and monthly rates!

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 guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 21, 2018

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 in and be the current stewards of Webb School and delight sharing its many charms with guests. We usually give guests a five-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. Do a search on the magazine name to check it out!). Ask about our discounted rates for weekly stays!

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 is no ordinary "one-bedroom" apartment. It's an enormous loft-style open space on the second floor of the building, with a bank of tall windows overlooking the huge oaks and park-like grounds.

Webb School also has wrap-around clerestory windows and that makes it unique among all others on the MS. coast (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. On nights when there's a full moon, wow! Unforgettably romantic. The school's location is out of the main bustle of the harbor area, yet close enough for biking/walking to beach (2 blocks), historic depot park (2 blocks) and Old Town's commercial district with shopping and restaurants (5 blocks).


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 60 reviews
West Olive

An amazing home away from home in BSL!

  • 5 of 5

We loved staying at "The Schoolhouse", as we called it! It is an inviting, light-filled space, very clean and comfy! We loved that it was easy walking distance both to the beach and to town. We also made good use of the extensive library there. We loved the live oak trees outside our windows, and heard owls in them several nights. Ellis and Larry were great hosts, giving us our space, but also available whenever we had a question. We would definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: Feb 26, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We loved having you both with your bright, enthusiastic energy! You'll be welcome with open arms whenever you want to return. And next time, maybe we can cook you dinner one night!
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Perfect in every way

  • 5 of 5

This was the perfect, relaxing getaway. It was clean, comfortable and absolutely beautiful. The pictures don’t do the setting justice. Ellis is beyond accommodating and one of the sweetest hosts. The proximity to the Gulf and the town center is ideal. I look forward to hopefully enjoying this unique gem again one day!

  • Submitted: Mar 18, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Muskegon, MI

Sweet Retreat!

  • 5 of 5

The Webb School House is just "the best"! A spacious historic classroom transformed into a sweet retreat from the outside world. A gem of a place that reflects Ellis's love of art and literature and sits just two blocks from the beach. We had use of bikes which was a fun way to explore Bay St Louis and found it to be a very warm and welcoming community. We couldn't have chosen a better place to call home for our week in The Bay area.

  • Submitted: Mar 2, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We so enjoyed having you! We especially love guests who enthusiastically embrace all that Bay St. Louis and the Mississippi coast have to offer. You’ll always be welcome back!
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Perfect, Relaxing Getaway

  • 5 of 5

My husband, dog, and I stayed at the wonderful Webb schoolhouse for four nights in December and it was everything we hoped for. The apartment is lovely, the bed is extra comfortable, and the grand oak trees that greet you when you wake up are magical. Ellis provides everything you could need and the kitchen is nice and large if you like to cook. There tons of books on the shelves to choose from and even DVDs to watch. We very much enjoyed reading Ellis's book on Bay St. Louis after Hurricane Katrina, "Under Surge, Under Siege: The Odyssey of Bay St. Louis and Katrina."

We came during a cold snap and still very much enjoyed the town of Bay St. Louis, which is only about a five-minute drive away. Still plenty to do in the cool weather! We also felt very safe in the neighborhood where the house is located. I highly recommend a stay at the schoolhouse!

  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We loved hosting y'all! I especially liked the play date with your lovely dog, Murray, running around the yard with our two boys. And a great time was had by all! Also, thanks for the wonderful New Year's treat you left for us! Hope we have the opportunity to meet again, either here or in Chicago.
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Quiet getaway

  • 5 of 5

This beautifully restored historic building is in the perfect location for a quiet getaway from the fast track and tourist havens. Lovely place in the lovely town of Bay St Louis

  • Submitted: Dec 27, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Always delighted to host y'all! Look forward to your next stay in the bay!
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Wonderful place to get away

  • 5 of 5

This was a great place to get away for a short retreat. Ellis was wonderful throughout the entire stay. They had everything I needed. The place is beautiful and is large enough to spread out. It is a short walk from the beach and is very accessible to eating establishments and downtown. This is, by far, the best place I have stayed in a long while.

  • Submitted: Dec 20, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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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




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.