A beautifully restored historic mansion on the banks of Bayou Teche
The Albania Mansion was built between 1837 and 1842 along the banks of the Bayou Teche and facing the historic Old Spanish Trail. Stay in a beautifully restored historic mansion with 9 bedrooms and 9 ½ baths situated on 9 acres of parklike grounds filled with ancient live oaks draped in Spanish moss.
Albania hosted John James Audubon while he created his “Birds of America” sketches. These same birds still make the Bayou Teche area their home today. Enjoy bird watching on the bayou or from your own perch in the gorgeous gazebo situated along the bayou’s edge. Rest and relax on one of the enormous porches which add almost 4,000 square feet to the size of the home. Stroll the grounds and visit the aviary of peafowl and ornamental pheasants. Discover the hidden gardens or the bamboo retreat.
Book a kayak tour, a ghost tour, a trip to Avery and Jefferson Islands. Explore the extraordinary history of the Chitimacha Indians, the Cajuns, and the enslaved Africans who all contributed to the area’s rich and diverse culture. Enjoy a cooking class to learn how all these cultures combined to create our famous gumbos, etouffees, and jambalayas. Host a crawfish or crab boil on the stunning raised terrace. Stack your stay full of activities and experiences or simply exist in the moment soaking up the history and serenity which surround you.
The 186-year-old Albania Mansion has a remarkable story to tell. It's complicated, rich, and interesting history is still being written today. So come visit and become part of the next 186 years!