Jarreau, LA – $2,500,000

For Sale
Listing details may have changed since 7/24/19.
Check the links below for the most recent listing information.
Added to OHD on 7/24/19   -   Last OHD Update: 6/13/21   -   31 Comments

13967 Chenal Rd, Jarreau, LA 70749

Map: Street

  • $2,500,000
  • 75 Ac.
"This is the world's premier collection of Louisiana French Creole and Acadian architecture, art, decorative arts and furniture." Situated within a tranquil countryside setting of 75 acres including gardens and farmland in Pointe Coupee Parish, Mason Chanel is the result of nearly a half century of dedication and stewardship by the Holden family. From its inception, Maison Chanel has been guided by a desire to assemble historic objects in relation to each other and their physical surroundings, a principal affectionately referred to as a "tout ensemble", meaning all together or all of a part. Included in the sale are 4 houses, 3 auxiliary buildings, 75+/- acres on 4 parcels of property, ALL of which is located on 25 minutes from downtown Baton Rouge. Maison Chanel bears witness to Louisiana's unique cultural heritage and constitutes the single most comprehensive repository of architectural elements, decorative arts, and material culture from the region before 1830. In addition to showcasing pieces made in southern Louisiana, a collection of over 1000 objects reflect the state global connections to Canada, Haiti, France, Great Britain, Mexico, Spain, and other countries. It's parameters are equally vest and extend to cover furniture, ceramics, silver, textiles, tools, paintings, and works on paper of extraordinary local, national and international significance. Create an onsite wellness center, open the world to a fantastic bed and breakfast, incorporate a farm to table restaurant experience, a conference center, a wedding venue! Any and all things are possible when natural beauty and history can be assembled and shared. "ALL THE FLOWERS OF ALL THE TOMORROWS... ARE IN THE SEEDS OF TODAY"
Contact Information
Daniel Oar, Amelia Fine Properties
(225) 778-7043
Links, Photos & Additional Info
DO NOT trespass! Schedule an appointment with a local agent to view the home.
Listing details may change after the posted date and are not guaranteed to be accurate.
Independent verification is recommended.

State: | Region:
Period & Associated Styles: ,
Features: , , | Misc: ,

31 Comments on Jarreau, LA – $2,500,000

OHD does not represent this home. Comments are not monitored by the agent. Status, price and other details may not be current, verify using the listing links up top. Contact the agent if you are interested in this home.
  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12799 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    This is one of the most incredible properties ever featured on OHD.

    Does anyone remember if this was featured in Old House Journal?

  2. MajolicaDavidMajolicaDavid says: 54 comments
    1914 Colonial Revival.

    This probably one of the most important collections in the United States.Once in a lifetime chance for some very lucky new owner.Here is a couple of links with lots of info and more pictures.https://www.scribd.com/document/416555492/maison-chenalinfopackage?secret_password=lZDkSHFgq3H6vHrZEe4u#fullscreen&from_embed https://www.scribd.com/document/416477626/maison-chenal-the-book?secret_password=9hDcBt970r08GLlQPM2s#fullscreen&from_embed

    • Leah SLeah S says: 157 comments
      OHD Supporter


      Thanks for the links, MajolicaDavid. Incredible information. I’m loving the inventories of furnishings, plants, etc.

      The passion of the owners to rescue and recreate the past amazes me. They turned their passion into action. Priceless.

  3. Kimberly62Kimberly62 says: 2548 comments
    OHD Supporter

    1936 Cabin

    What a heavenly view!

  4. ZannZann says: 511 comments
    OHD Supporter

    1940 Cottage
    Mobile, AL

    My jaw dropped over this listing. The historic significance is mind blowing. To say this property was meticulously curated is an understatement. What a dream!

    What do you even say to this? I really, really pray that the person who snatches this sale up does so because they have an appreciation for the homes and the items. Please don’t let the included items go to auction and the land subdivided.

    On a more minor scale, I think I can safely say we’ll never see a property with a cemetery, bell tower, and crawfish pond again.

    • thedappledgraythedappledgray says: 50 comments
      1925 Tudor Revival

      Exactly what you said! ^^^

    • Well said. This place should become a national landmark. Let us pray that someone right now is advocating to preserve this masterpiece exactly as it is, in perpetuity. Perhaps the National Trust for Historic Preservation or, sometimes all it takes is the right person to discover such a treasure.

      Helena Woolworth McCann discovered Beauport, Henry Davis Sleeper’s Colonial Revival masterpiece, when she sailed into the Eastern Point harbor, Gloucester, aboard her yacht. Within a day she had bought the entire place, lock, stock, and barrel, and, upon the recommendation of Henry DuPont, kept it entirely intact, with the exception of the China Trade Room which was the only room she rightfully made changes to. https://harvardmagazine.com/2018/05/beauport-hotel-gloucester

      This place is astonishingly fantastic. Well, makes for a good midsummer night’s dream.

  5. EricHtownEricHtown says: 376 comments

    Absolutely wonderful living history. This would make a great museum/tour property. Something to share and help explain the life of a creole planter.

    • TheDaringLibrarianTheDaringLibrarian says: 332 comments
      OHD Supporter

      Coastal Cottage

      I can’t believe it comes with everything! All the furniture & paintings. One could operate it as a Living History Museum! Field trips! And the “fan” over the dining table?

      I have a School Librarian friend who lives only 45 min from this property – but alas, I believe she is as independently wealthy as I am! I’ve never believed in the lottery but …..the dreaming part of this site does beckon and tempt one!

  6. Architectural ObserverArchitectural Observer says: 1124 comments
    OHD Supporter

    Oh, why couldn’t I have been born filthy rich instead of merely nerdy and opinionated?!?!?!

  7. MJGMJG says: 2842 comments
    OHD Supporter


    There is something very classy about this property. I don’t usually like this type of home and usually the “country style” I find too primitive in design, but this house is very unique. All the outbuildings and everything just make a bold statement.

  8. ThadaBThadaB says: 35 comments
    1934 cape cod

    What a magnificent collection! I have so many questions, such as, was there once a plan for what to do with all this when Dr. and Mrs. Holden became older or infirm or after they were gone? Why would a couple spend 50 years collecting and assembling the buildings and artifacts and not plan what would happen to them eventually? Why not establish a trust/trustee relationship with an interested party, be it museum or historical society? This is a big mystery to me. I can’t imagine that after all that love and energy they poured into this project they would just put it on the market. It’s sad.

    • Laurie W.Laurie W. says: 1685 comments
      OHD Supporter

      1988 Greek Revival Wannabe in beautiful countryside

      Very good observations. It’s a puzzle. The place leaves me speechless & MajolicaDavid’s links provide such interesting background. We can only hope, along with the Holdens, that the right people buy it. I hope some of their contacts in the historical/archaeological/everything-else-antique fields come to the aid of this singular place to preserve it.

    • JimHJimH says: 5764 comments
      OHD Supporter

      The owners have a right to receive a fair price for their property and collections. Obviously, they want to keep it all together and have complete control over who they sell it to and the terms of the sale, including covenants to protect it going forward. Where do you get that there’s not a plan?

  9. annenduffannenduff says: 33 comments
    OHD Supporter

    1860 Carolina farm house

    This isn’t a home…. it’s a MUSEUM! And sooo deserves to be preserved as it IS in perpetuity.
    I’m Not sure Why its being offered as a regular sale, tax purpose and I suspect.
    Can’t understand why State of LA hasn’t purchased it as a standing Museum,,,,,?
    I’m totally confused about this.
    It seems like a no brainer to me.
    It will be such a huge loss if it is destroyed.
    What National Heritage site.
    I’m Gob Smacked.

    • TGrantTGrant says: 1181 comments
      OHD Supporter

      New Orleans, LA

      Louisiana was badly hit economy wise with the recession and the drop in petroleum prices, the backbone of the state’s income. In the last eight years many state parks have been closed, some permanently due to lack of funds. The incredible mid century Hodges Gardens in West Louisiana was given to the state after 50 years in private hands. In less than five years the state could no longer afford to keep the lights on much less the hundreds of thousands of dollars in basic maintenance. It’s now a complete loss. As fabulous as this property is, Louisiana just doesn’t have the cash on hand to add this important property to it’s historic collection, which is a damned shame.

      • Leah SLeah S says: 157 comments
        OHD Supporter


        TGrant – I had no idea Hodges Gardens had closed. Sad to hear. I’ve been there two or three times but it was years ago. Your post sent me to the Hodges Gardens wiki page to reminisce.

      • SissySissy says: 6 comments
        1940 Cottage
        Ball, LA

        I live in Louisiana it is my home state . This is a piece of property that simply melts my heart . This property is a testament to the culture and the people that lives here in Louisiana . Louisiana has seen some hard times but the people that populate this state are a custom to hard times .. It was heartbreaking to see what has happened to Hodges gardens . With the disaster that occurred with Katrina and then the BP oil spill that happened later the two of them have been devastating to the Louisiana economy . We have a lieutenant governor who is a devoted to helping rebuild this states economy . And this piece of property will be something that I make sure gets his attention because it truly belongs to be a piece of this state history. I cannot begin to tell you how much I enjoyed this page . Thank you Kelly for all the wonderful homes that you bring to light with the publication of this page.

  10. KrystaKrysta says: 43 comments
    OHD Supporter

    1912 Adobe Craftsman
    Fort Davis, TX

    As a 7th generation Texan, Louisiana is not necessarily a place I’d consider living… I also don’t play the lottery. But this stunning property makes me want to run out and blow all my cash on Power Ball tickets to have a chance at purchasing this incredible piece of history. I would never leave home, but amble about the property, day in and day out (not at night because I’m too chicken). I’d be mesmerized by discovering all of the “things” that come with the museum homes… just WOW. Lagniappe abounds. I don’t even know if I’m using “lagniappe” properly but that word kept running through my head with every photo… gifts and unexpected treats. So.Much.WOW. That’s all I can say right now.

  11. RosewaterRosewater says: 7676 comments
    OHD Supporter

    1875 Italianate cottage
    Noblesville, IN

    Well – this is for sure a one of a kind – “I garontee”! 😉


  12. Miss-Apple37Miss-Apple37 says: 1181 comments
    OHD Supporter

    1875 Limestone house
    Langeais, Loire Valley,

    Breathtaking. I’m at a loss for words!

  13. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12799 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    It’s not our place to guess at or assume why the sellers are selling. Let’s keep it about the architecture, history and interesting bits but stop getting into the personal life of the owners.

  14. donnag0919donnag0919 says: 15 comments
    1920 4x4
    Iowa City, IA

    Everything about this place is breathtaking. The room in Picture #7 really captures my attention. Also – I wonder if the weaving loom still works? What a find! I would definitely learn loom weaving if it does.

  15. QuiltingWitchQuiltingWitch says: 81 comments
    OHD Supporter

    1969 split level prisoner
    Great Falls, MT

    “We’re caretakers of the house,” owner Pat Holden says. “No sense having an old house and taking away its history.”

  16. StacyStacy says: 467 comments
    1900 Maybe Craftsmen

    Beyond amazing & everything else good I could say!! Priceless treasures & I’m just blown away! I hope the right person will be blessed to be the new caretaker!!

Comment Here

To keep comments a friendly place for each other, owners and agents, comments that do not add value to the conversation in a positive manner will not be approved. Keep topics to the home, history, local attractions or general history/house talk.

Commenting means you've read and will abide by the comment rules.
Click here to read the comment rules, updated 1/12/20.

OHD does not represent this home. Price, status and other details must be independently verified. Do not contact the agent unless you are interested in the property.