The Mazant is a plantation-style home dating back to the early 1880s, located in the heart of New Orleans' Bywater arts district - and about 1-1/2 miles from the French Quarter (30 minutes walking or 8 minutes by Uber). We are close to Bacchanal, The Joint, The Country Club, Elizabeth's, and Satsuma Cafe. It's perfect for family reunions, wedding parties, company off-sites, and other large groups.
The house was recently renovated to preserve historic details including 13' ceilings with plaster medallions, heart pine wood floors, cypress doors, and a 125-year old oak tree. At the same time, we updated the layout to more comfortably accommodate large groups:
* 18-person dining room table
* Oversized living room with 70-inch television, surround sound system, and Baldwin upright piano
* Private yard (1/3 acre) with fire pit, six-burner propane BBQ, outdoor table, and hammocks
* Super-fast WiFi (the top tier that Cox offers)
* Front porch (gallery) with historic gas lamps and outdoor seating
* Off-street parking for two cars and ample street parking for overflow
Interaction with guests
Caretaker on site occasionally and 24/7 assistance available on demand as needed.
We do host weddings and wedding-related events on site and can accommodate up to 200 guests - depending on layout.
For anything on a weekend, we do have a three-night minimum stay requirement (around $5,000), plus an additional fee based on number of guests and type of event that ranges between $1,000 and $5,000. This means, depending on the size and nature of the event, the total cost for the lodging and venue rental runs between $6,000 and $10,000. This fee includes exclusive use of the house and grounds for your stay and takes into account all cleaning, taxes, and service fees - as well as access for all your vendors to set up during your reserved dates. It doesn't include any equipment rental, music/AV, catering, etc. You are also responsible for purchasing event insurance as well as contracting with an approved security vendor.
The house itself is located in the center of a triple lot, with a corner yard (under the oak tree) on one side and a private, fenced back yard on the other side. The two yards are connected by a center hallway that runs through the middle of the house. Some groups choose to do part of the event (i.e. ceremony) in one yard and then the other part of the event (i.e. reception) in the other yard, but depending on size of your group you could do it all on one side as well. The non-cottage side yard is private and fenced, but also has a large gate that can be opened to allow easy access for a food truck.
A few other common questions or things to note:
- Parking: There are two (2) off-street parking spots in the driveway as well as ample street parking (no permit required). For overflow, there is a lot at Crescent Park about two blocks away that has 50+ spots.
Music: We have local regulations requiring all outdoor music to stop by 9:00pm, but there are several local bars within a few blocks that people often head to from the house for more late-night festivities.
Sleeping Capacity: The main house can sleep 16-18 people. The caretaker's cottage can sleep another two (2) people in a queen bed, and also includes a full bath (shower/clawfoot tub combo), kitchen, and laundry. The cottage costs an extra $150 per night.
Tenting: Both the cottage and non-cottage yards can be tented. The cottage yard can accommodate a 30' x 60' tent and the non-cottage yard can fit a 30' x 30' tent. If you do choose to tent, we can provide a recommended list of vendors.
Kitchens: There are two kitchens on the property - one in the main house and one in the guest cottage. The kitchens are close together (approximately 20 feet apart), so it is reasonably easy to use both for food preparation. There is also a BBQ grill in the rear courtyard.
Permits: If you choose to have an event on site, we will apply for the necessary permits on your behalf. The cost of permitting is already included in your event fee.
Security: We require private security guards for any afternoon/evening event with more than 50 people. Events larger than 100 people require two (2) guards, and those above 150 require three (3) guards. Approximate cost is $25-$30 per hour, per officer and we can provide a recommended list of companies.
Insurance: We also require you to purchase private liability insurance for any event on site. This is reasonably low cost (~$100) and is available by many companies online. We can also recommend a preferred vendor.
Tours: In terms of the space, the easiest way to get a sense of the layout is to use the digital tour or view the floor plans on the Property Details page. If you'd like to come in person, we do not show the property when we have guests, but with advanced notice can generally arrange a tour during the week with our property manager.