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Elegantly Decayed 1855 Creole Mansion in Treme near French Quarter

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights

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Minimum Stay
3 - 4 nights

About the property

House sleeps 5-7.

If you truly want to experience history and the whole funky New Orleans vibe, you'd be hard pressed to do better that this. The house has been in films, HBO's Treme, American Horror Story - Coven, Dermaphoria, has been photographed by world renown photographers for Rolling Stone and Details magazine and featured in a new book on Creole New Orleans by photographer Richard Sexton.

The house built during New Orleans' golden age and is an architectural gem that features 14 foot ceilings, original plaster moldings, mantles, and frescoes, solid mahogany staircase, 2 cast iron balconies, and marbelized base boards.

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.

House is located blocks from the French Quarter, is 1 mile exactly from City Park and Fairgrounds for Jazz and Voodoo Fest.

Balcony and Patio Garden: Immerse yourself in New Orleans history and culture. Close enough to the Mississippi to hear the horns on the river boats or view the fireworks on the river from the side and front balconies. Now with a generous screened in porch overlooking the tropical garden. House has an incredible night time view of skyline and spire of St. Louis Cathedral.

If you're looking to experience 'True New Orleans', you'd be hard pressed to better than this old mansion situated in the Historic Treme.

You will stay mostly in the 2nd floor of the house where all the amenities are set 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). Spacious kitchen-dining room and two full bathrooms upstairs plus a 3rd bedroom queen size bed and a 3rd full bathroom downstairs. 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. Guest living room suite includes a queen size sleeper sofa bed and and a couple air-mattress.

Downstairs, make yourself at home with a large screened porch and a private, large, lush tropical garden with spanish moss draped trees, tinkling fish filled fountains, 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.

Not recommended for children. Downstairs parlor not for use at the moment 'til end of Jan/14 due to a filming.

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.

Rental Agreement:

No burning candles. 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.

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 be 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.

Information written in the website about the property and amenities are part of this rental agreement.

Enjoy the house, the neighbor and the city with responsibility.

More Details

Will - prefer initial contact via email.
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, french, spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 9, 2017

About Will - prefer initial contact via email.

Committed to sharing the beauty and culture of New Orleans with those who are open to experience it.

Will - prefer initial contact via email. purchased this house in 2003

Why Will - prefer initial contact via email. chose New Orleans

A step back in time that gives a feeling that you are no where else in the world but New Orleans.

What makes this house unique

A rare and authentic insight into Creole lifestyle in the 19th Century.


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(33 traveler reviews)

Elegantly Decayed 1855 Creole Mansion in Treme near French Quarter
average rating of 4.818182 based on 33 reviews

History, beauty and character

  • 5 of 5

When we planned our inaugural trip to New Orleans, we knew we wanted a memorable experience; without question that had to include where we stayed. It didn't take us long to find Maison Vitry and when we did, we booked it immediately. We were beyond excited about its rich history, its careful and thoughtful restoration, and the opportunity to immerse ourselves in such elegant, quirky character.

Will met us in front when we arrived, and I was beyond thrilled to enter through those doors. When we stepped inside I was speechless. Tears welled up in my eyes, the swelling in my throat grew, and my breath was taken away. He took us on a tour of his home, proudly sharing its history and his acquired treasures along the way. It was everything I'd envisioned and so much more. It is beautiful. It has more character than I'd imagined, despite me having studied it, told its story and shared its pictures the months and weeks prior.

During our stay I took nearly a memory card full of pictures and shared them with everyone I knew, allowing all to live vicariously through us. We even brought along a "Flat Autumn" (Flat Stanley) for a friend's niece's third grade school assignment. I've since shared the many links to the home's features in publications, web sites and reviews alike. I've been asked for contact information and have happily recommended this beautiful home to all I know.

We are hopeful our travels take us back to New Orleans and if they do, we hope we can return to this incredible home. It's not often you can literally feel a home and its history, but here you can. The neighborhood bears its own rich history as well, truly a mix of all that makes New Orleans such an interesting place. Many remnants of Hurricane Katrina can still be seen, which only make it more interesting to explore and experience the strength of the community.

  • Submitted: Dec 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Unique New Orleans experience we will remember always!

  • 5 of 5

This is an experience not to be forgotten! My guests were in awe; we all spent time wandering around each room exploring and discussing all of the details of this impressive mansion. I personally would walk down the stairs each time and say to myself, "OMG, this is so gorgeous!" Great space for 6 adults with places for folks to sit and read (there are two balconies also in addition to the screen porch and the garden itself) nap, or listen to music. Appointments were all fine; enough bathrooms, comfortable beds, everything we needed in the kitchen area (including a nice ice maker). Parking was easy, location is excellent to explore the city, plus Baby's Snack Box is right around the corner (look it up - snoballs ya'll!) Will was great; available, accommodating and genial - I wanted to sit and chat with him all day! We managed to find him a small token gift that hopefully added to Maison Vitry as a toast to this amazing place!

  • Submitted: May 16, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Very sweet, very considerate group of people. It was a real pleasure having these people stay in the house.
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Cool decayed mansion

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed the historic ambiance of the Creole Mansion. It's not for the squeamish, as it's a bit funky, and could use some deep cleaning. If that doesn't bother you, this is a great space, with a nice yard. The owners were flexible and helpful. It's a pretty short walk to the French Quarter and very close to Willie Mae's for the best fried chicken around. The Treme Coffee House is a few blocks away for your morning jolt, if you don't make your own in the kitchen.

  • Submitted: Apr 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for coming down and taking advantage of our southern hospitality. You're absolutely right, it's very difficult to scrub clean 160 years of history and culture so you can enjoy a "Disney version" of the Big Easy.
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Quintessential New Orleans experience - highly recommend

  • 5 of 5

We were very excited about staying in the Vitry Mansion because of the history, location, creep factor, and curiosity; we were not let down! The house itself is gorgeous, the garden lush and secluded. Don't get me wrong, the house was definitely "elegantly decayed" but had a really comfortable feel and the appointments were wonderful. We all had a fantastic time and will be back, provided this house is available. Thanks Will!

  • Submitted: Feb 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nice place to hang

  • 4 of 5

Was the listing description accurate regarding the location, layout, amenities, etc ?

We LOVED the backyard and took advantage of the lemon and kumquat tree! It was the perfect place to have coffee in the morning and chill before venturing out at night. The people in the neighborhood were very nice and welcoming. We didn't spend that much time here, but it was just fine for our purposes.

The location was accurate, but people who stay here should know that the property is not in the French Quarter and those that stay here should plan to take some sort of transportation to the other parts of town from the property. This was just fine for us and most Uber rides cost $5-$10.

Was the property clean and well-maintained ?

The property had a shabby chic (floors unfinished, ceilings unfinished, some plaster missing from the walls, furniture representative of the time the house was built, comfortable beds, claw foot tubs, clean bathrooms, ample seating areas) vibe to it. If you are looking for the Ritz Carlton, look elsewhere. If you are interested in historic architecture and some character this may be the place to stay. Look at the pictures online, it is exactly what the inside looks like.

Did the owner provide good customer service ?

Will was great and helpful. He met us when we arrived and gave us a tour of the house and shared some of the history.

What activities, attractions and restaurants did you like or dislike near by ?

I would recommend venturing out of the French Quarter and off of Bourbon Street. In the French Quarter, all of the restaurants are the same and serve much of the same food. If you want something other than fried seafood or gumbo you're going to have to go to Uptown, Downtown or the Garden District. The city is very walkable, enjoy!

  • Submitted: Dec 28, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location, wonderful house

  • 5 of 5

Stayed here with a big group for our one year anniversary trip to NOLA. Location was perfect- we walked to the French Quarter and took Uber to various parts of the City for dinner. It was pretty warm in October and we were thankful for the A/C units in each bedroom. Favorite part of the whole trip was relaxing on the back porch in the hammock and admiring the beautiful garden.We would definitely stay here again. Will was nearby and available to answer any questions, if we needed.

  • Submitted: Nov 8, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Car: not necessary


Rates & Availability

Treme - Lafitte House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Feb 9 2017 - Feb 22 2017
3 night minimum stay
MG Weekend
Feb 23 2017 - Mar 1 2017
4 night minimum stay
French Quarter Fest
Apr 6 2017 - Apr 9 2017
3 night minimum stay
Jazz Fest
Apr 28 2017 - May 7 2017
3 night minimum stay
Essence 2017
Jun 30 2017 - Jul 4 2017
3 night minimum stay
Oct 27 2017 - Oct 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $95
Property Damage Protection $79

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund
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Treme - Lafitte House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3800 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • River
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Filtered Water
  • Gas Heating
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Area
  • Living Room
  • Parking On Street
  • Security System
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Guest Bathroom
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub , Master Bath
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , Guest Bath
  • Both Guest Bathrooms are brand new.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Guest room - 1 queen
    Master Bedroom - 1 queen
    Guest room 2 - 1 queen
    Living room - 2 sleep sofa /futon , Queen Sleeper and a queen air mattress in Living Room Suite
  • Whole house does not have central heat and a/c, Ceiling fans and a/c window units in all the rooms as well as Gas heater units for the winter time.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Balcony ...
  • Barbecue
  • Courtyard
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Fully Fenced Property
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 10 garden chairs
  • Groups
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • roller blading
No burning candles, 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. Guests in the house should be the same or less than the party booked for. 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.

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