The Irish Bayou Castle of New Orleans

Lake Pontchartrain near the Irish Bayou Castle in New Orleans East.

WITTNESS AND APPRECIATE THE BEAUTY OF THE AMAZING CASTLE OF IRISH BAYOU

If anyone has ever driven toward the Irish Bayou near Slidell, Louisiana, they have probably seen The Irish Bayou Castle, also known as the Fisherman’s Castle. However, most people might not realize what it is or how it originated.

Mr. Simon Hubert Villmarette built the castle in 1981. The original intention for its construction was for it to be a secondary tourist attraction for the 1984 World’s Fair. Being a decent way from the actual city of New Orleans, it required transportation.

The plans never came to fruition and eventually fell through. Mr. Villmarette, unfortunately, fell ill and passed away before finishing the castle. He left it to his wife, who sadly could not afford the mortgage. She eventually lost it to foreclosure, and it remains unfinished.

Amazing Construction

The Irish Bayou Castle is not only a breathtaking sight but also a genuinely fantastic piece of construction. It is one of the only buildings to have survived hurricaness Katrina in 2005, Isaac in 2018, and Ida in 2021.

The castle is an interesting and intricate building, having almost medieval qualities and inspirations. The astounding building has two bedrooms and one and a half baths and was once adorned with statues, medieval armor, and other ancient-looking decor.

Modern Day Outlook

The beautiful castle has been sold and repaired multiple times and was rumored to have been a bed and breakfast at one point.

An investment group based in Harahan bought the castle in 2014 and made many significant renovations. Unfortunately, today it remains tossed to the side.

Visitors of the Irish Bayou Castle are not allowed to step on the property but can still view it from the road. It is currently for sale for $500,000.

What Does the Future Hold for the Beautiful Irish Bayou Castle

There is no guarantee that the castle will ever reach the glory of Mr. Villemarette’s aspirations, but there is always hope. Until then, it will remain a picturesque view for everyone passing by as it awaits the right buyer to propel it to its full potential.

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One of the best ways to see the sights of the Greater New Orleans Area is by staying at a hotel in the middle of it all. The Jung Hotel & Residences is ideally situated near the Canal Streetcar line, allowing easy accessibility. Make a reservation at the Jung Hotel today and experience adventure, fun, and leisure.

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ROOMS

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CORPORATE

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WEDDING

The Jung Hotel & Residences is a much sought-after location for modern New Orleans weddings on the iconic palm tree-lined Canal Street near Caesars Superdome. Our elegant Grand Hall and rooftop accommodate wedding ceremonies and receptions with up to 200 guests. Whether a bride wishes for a grand ballroom reception or an intimate poolside ceremony on the roof, the Jung Hotel & Residences has it all.

EXPLORE

Downtown New Orleans is a haven for live music, eccentric nightlife, and bold cuisine. The Jung Hotel & Residences, a Canal Street hotel near Caesars Superdome, puts hotel guests in a premier location. From Downtown New Orleans’ Caesars Superdome to Canal Street’s historic streetcars, there is much to explore within a streetcar ride from the Jung Hotel & Residences.

LIFE AROUND THE HOTEL

  • WILLA JEAN
  • CANAL STREETCAR
  • THE SAZERAC BAR
  • THE RUSTY NAIL
  • CAESARS SUPERDOME
  • SAENGER THATRE
  • THE NATIONAL WWII MUSEUM
  • SMOOTHIE KING CENTER
  • COCHON RESTAURANT