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Madewood Plantation House is rated
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Rated 1 out of
DisappointedOur experience was disappointing due to the lack of maintenance of the property mainly. We didn't feel any part met the standards of our previous luxury link experiences. Granted, this is an old plantation mansion that boasts an authentic experience as the plus but I've been to places that were very old before yet they were in well maintained condition. This place was far from that. It smelled musty the minute you walked inside. The furniture is antique but there seems to be no grand plantation style or feeling there. And the accessory decor was missing refinement, especially the large warped painting in the brandy parlor, what was that?? A picture frame on an end table had no glass and looked like it was picked up out of a junk yard. There was soot near the ceiling from the fireplace I presume, and then you get to the other building on property with numerous issues. Broken windows, some kind of bug mud nest inside the window, green mold mildewing porch, unstable stairway, pillars with cracked wood framing, peeling paint. etc. The grounds were also in need of maintenance. It was overgrown and another disappointment. When you think you are going to a plantation you imagine the people had immaculate gardens and grounds but not here. Lighting to the parking area was really poor also. Twice we had to go to our car at night to get something and feared falling. It was really unsafe. The gathering room for cocktail hour before dinner was so uncomfortably hot that we couldn't stand being in there the entire time. And to ask guests to wear proper attire made it even worse to be in an incredibly warm room. We have no problem with dressing for the occasion but please make the guests comfortable enough to not have to use beverage napkins to wipe the sweat off brows. Dinner included in the package was by candlelight and gave an elegant touch and you are seated at one large table with other guests. The food served was about average. It was small portions and simple selections although I wouldn't have paired sweet potato pumpkin mash with what looked like a pepperidge farm pastry shell filled with the cook's étouffée. Breakfasts were also average. The breakfasts were also served in the same room and table as dinner, which made the evening for dinner seem less significant and special. I would have liked to have been in another room with several tables to change it up, and add intimacy. And if the weather permitted I could see the courtyard or porches as an option for this too. The bed in our room was a little soft but cozy and comfortable. It was nice that a stereo was provided with some CDs to listen to but the plug-in strip hanging out to one side was unsightly. The wardrobe furniture's closure clasp is in need of repair. It was inconvenient the way you had to keep it closed. There was no hot water one morning. The jetted tub surround looks like it belonged in an RV with the vinyl product installed around it. Overall the only part of our stay that was pleasant was the staff who make you feel at home, and meeting other guests. But we would not consider an overnight stay here again.
Date published: 2013-12-11
Rated 5 out of
Very pleasant experienceWe had an enjoyable two-night stay at Madewood. The first night we were the only guests so had the plantation house to ourselves. Our only regret was that the place was NOT haunted. The second night we enjoyed a delicious Louisiana dinner in the main dining room with several other guests, followed by brandy and coffee in the library. Each morning a wonderful breakfast was served.
Date published: 2013-09-24
Rated 5 out of
Step back in timeUnusual experience to stay in a plantation. Authentic furnishings. Provided real and delicious southern cuisine. Excellent staff.
The Madewood Plantation House invites guests to feel as if they are attending a gracious Louisiana antebellum house party. This National Historic Landmark is a splendid mansion once part of a sugar cane plantation, just 75 miles outside of New Orleans. With eight lovely bedrooms, located in the Main House and Charlet House annex, this is a sublimely intimate holiday experience for those who simply want to enjoy the pleasures of fine Louisianan hospitality. Gather in the elegant library for a wine and cheese reception each evening, then enjoy a relaxed candlelight dinner, replete with Southern specials such as chicken and andouille gumbo, Cajun shrimp pie, smothered green beans and homemade bread pudding or pecan pie. Swap stories in the spacious parlor over a brandy, then retire to your private quarters for a night well slept.
The plantation is ideal for exploring some of the most vibrant destinations in the American South, beginning right on the property with a tour of the mansion itself. Madewood Plantation House is one of the largest of its kind in all of Louisiana, and as a guest you are invited to make its rich history your very own. From a day spent reading under the genteel oaks or playing a leisurely game of croquet on the lawn, you are sure to discover the true definition of Southern comfort.