So many positive things to say about the place, the hosts, and the overall experience.
First the place
* the cottage is behind the owner's house -- accessed via a door in the fence on the side street
* there is a large fully enclosed garden area that is shared with the owners -- this contains outdoor table and chairs -- it is available to be used by the occupants of the cottage
* the cottage is one long room (about 30 feet by 12 feet)
* one end has a large and comfy queen sized bed, night tables, antique armoire
* the middle has the entrance door, TV sitting on a antique credenza with tourist brochures, a couch, coffee table, a table with 4 chairs
* the other end has a small sink, full sized fridge, antique dresser containing dishes, glassware, silverware. The dishes were also antique. On top of the dresser are: microwave, toaster, coffee maker, tea/coffee
* the bathroom is a small room off the kitchen area -- it includes a stall shower, toilet, sink with medicine cabinet. There is a hair dryer there.
* there are many windows -- the cottage gets a lot of light
* there is a central heating/cooling unit as well as overhead ceiling fans
* breakfast is a DIY experience -- the owners stock the fridge and you prepare your own breakfast
* upon arrival we found the place spotless. You are responsible for keeping the place clean and tidy during your stay -- there is no maid service
The walls are full of paintings and posters -- many evoking jazz and New Orleans. There are two memorable art works to mention
1. large Audubon painting of a pelican
2. very large poster from 1858 showing all the plantations from New Orleans to Natchez
Also note the dragonfly theme seen in some garden ornaments and in various interior decorations. There are also many small Mardi Gras souvenirs including a rare Zulu Krewe coconut. The place is full of books about New Orleans, southern architecture, flora and fauna.
Robert and Donald were wonderful -- very friendly and solicitous. We had some special food requests which they fulfilled completely. We arrived to find the fridge very well stocked. We were pretty independent and only consulted them a couple of times during our stay. Every encounter was great -- we felt like we were honored guests. They prepared a very thorough list of restaurants, and other local businesses. When we mentioned we were interested in vegetarian-friendly restaurants and had identified a few before we came, they quickly determined that we had not heard of Carmo -- a relatively new place on Julia St. Within a few minutes we were given a full page printout from Carmo's web site giving lots of info on the place.
The location worked great for us. The place was peaceful and quiet at night, yet only a short ride to the hustle/bustle of the French Quarter. We could easily walk to Audubon park. Being located on this side of town also made it very easy to do a few day trips we took out of town.
The only tiny quibble we had was with the toaster oven -- it is a bit tricky to make toast without burning your bread. This is a tiny issue and did not diminish the wonderful experience we had here.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Thanks to our many guests who supported us the last 14 years. Many of you have become wonderful friends. We have sold our property, and Audubon Garden Cottage is no longer in operation. Best wishes and happy travels, Robert & Donald ================================================================ Audubon Garden Cottage & Saratoga House are located at the same address in uptown New Orleans, Louisiana. Audubon Garden Cottage is our private garden cottage guest cottage. The cottage sleeps 1-4 on queen-size bed & queen-size sleeper sofa. Breakfast foods & beverages provided along with microwave, coffeepot, toaster, wireless internet, cable TV, DVD. Saratoga House is our home & has one rental guest suite with queen-size bed & private bathroom which includes a Jacuzzi tub. ... more less