Why Della Belle?

Della Belle offers a unique opportunity to immerse oneself in the finest example of southern charm and luxury. The property is situated on the lakefront which provides a cool breeze and inspiring views. The grounds and formal gardens harken back to days gone by and one cannot help but feel serene and rejuvenated. Just a five minute drive around the lake from Interstate 10, Della Belle is easily accessible for travelers as well as an escape for locals.

About us

Embodying the best of South Louisiana charm, the lakefront property was built in 1925 by Rudolph and Della Krause. The Greek-influenced manor is situated in the heart of Lake Charles on Shell Beach Drive.

The current owners, Kathryn and Drew Hoffpauir, Sr., purchased the property in hopes of preserving this iconic piece of Lake Charles history and to share it with the community and the world. While the property has undergone major renovations and upgrades, they have only added to the supreme grandeur and comfort. The property is spread across nine acres of scenic land.

The main house features a Greek-Revival architecture that is almost a century old and extends up to 10,000 sq. ft. It has five bedrooms, four full baths and two half-baths. The luxury manor features a Grand Parlor, Garden Parlor, Billiard Room Bar, Tea Room, Pharmacy Bar, Formal Dining and Breakfast Room. Also on the property is a charming Garden House, Carriage House with upstairs suite and a Boat House that provides incredible panoramic views of the lake.