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Madewood Plantation House in Napoleonville, Louisiana
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.
Location of Madewood Plantation House
Nearest Airport: MSY
Amenities for Madewood Plantation House
- General Information
- 8 Bedrooms
- Dining Room
- On-Site Amenities
- High-Speed Internet Access
- In-Room Amenities
- Air Conditioning
- CD Players
- Ceiling Fans
- Hair Dryers
- En-Suite Bathrooms
- Historic Sites
- Antique Shopping
- Culture & Arts
- Holiday Hotel Deals
Reviews for Madewood Plantation House
If you are looking for a vintage Southern Plantation to home base an adventure or a romantic getaway or host a genteel event- the Madewood Plantation House is perfect. It is the 2nd largest plantation house in Louisiana, not commercialized , quiet, and set in the countryside. The location - just a few miles from Thibodeau is ideal because it allows for the serenity of the country side but quick access to roads leading to other plantations & sightseeing venues. Itâ€™s about an hour from New Orleans & 45 minutes from Baton Rouge. The house has 28 rooms with varying bed configurations (most up stairs). You would need to be able to climb 2 flights ( there is at least one bedroom downstairs) - all are in-suite. Breakfast & a 5- course dinner are included- truly outstanding meals. Angie is the manager & chef- her meals outshine other 5 star restaurants!! Wine & cheese are served nightly at 6:00 & dinner at 6:30. Coffee is brought to your room ( the weather was great so we had ours on the back porch) at 8:00 & breakfast is served at 8:30. Angie is also a wealth of knowledge of where to go & what to see. Keith Marshall, owner lives on the property & had breakfast with my sister & me the first morning- great talker. My sister & I made the trip here from Houston to celebrate our birthdays (weâ€™re twins). We wanted to be spoiled & Madewood House exceeded my expectations!!!
AnnQT - Houston, Texas
We had a group of 8 and visited Madewood for lunch and a tour. I didn't realize it would be a private lunch just for our group, which was a nice surprise. The food was good and the tour was enjoyable. We learned Beyonce had filmed a music video here and the movie "The Beguiled" was also filmed here. The day we visited it was cold outside, so we did not have a chance to tour the grounds.
FamousAmos27 - Morristown, Tennessee
Four of us stayed here in the main house. Yes, the place is really old, but thatâ€™s what we came for. It felt like such a privilege to sleep in the four poster bed, eat breakfast and dinner at the grand dining table, sit (carefully) on the BeyoncĂ© chair and Saunders about the place. A bit like sneaking behind the velvet ropes in s museum and actually using all the artifacts. Dinner and breakfast are served at set times because all guests dine together at one table in the dining room ( which is lovely and very social) This wouldnâ€™t work if people arrived at different times. We thought it was very reasonably priced,too.
tokyoexpat - Sydney, Australia
We stayed here on our road trip through the south, and it will be, I am sure the highlight of our trip! The grand home is comfortable, and yet authentic southern plantation style. The owners Keith and Millie Marshall joined us for dinner with the other guests, and the conversation flowed magically for over four hours. The meal, from the wine and cheese to the bĂ»che de NoĂ«l dessert was artistic and wonderful! We will no doubt make a return trip, and we will highly recommend the experience!
Sunshine1483 - Fairmont, Minnesota
We were on a bit of a road trip starting in New Orleans and then moving around Louisiana and Mississippi. We always like to finish our trips with something a bit special before flying home and when we planned the trip, Madewood sounded as though it would fit the bill by providing a unique experience. When we booked the room the only availability for the one date we wanted was the Honeymoon suite which sounded very nice albeit not in the main house, so we took it. The first problem we had was when I received an email just a few days before leaving home on our trip asking me to call as there was a problem. The problem, as it was explained to me, was that on the date we had booked, the film Beguiled, that was partly shot at Madewood, was being released and the staff were being given the evening off to go see it and therefore there would be no Dinner available that evening. This was a major disappointment as it was that that most attracted us to the house in the first place. However given that I didn't have time to try and find alternative quality accomodation and being reassured by Angie that there was a good quality restaurant in nearby Napoleonville where we could eat I agreed reluctantly to confirm the booking without dinner. Roll forward to the date of our arrival. We had had a wonderful trip staying in some amazing places and enjoyed fabulous food and were very much looking forward to our last night at Madewood. When we were arrived we were duly greeted by Angie. One of the first things she told us was that there had been a mistake with dates and The Beguiled was not in fact opening in the area for another week! This was really annoying to be told that the reason given for letting us down in the first place was no longer applicable. It turned out that most of the other rooms were occupied by the bride and guests for a wedding being held at another location that evening. I suspect that this was the real reason dinner was cancelled. This feeling of being in the way of a private function was reinforced the following morning when we had breakfast on our own in a large separate room out of the way of the wedding group. We were able to wander around the ground floor of the main house which, as you would expect, was full of character, with lots of interesting furniture, pictures and artifacts. The grounds, sadly were nowhere near as attractive and in need of some attention. Our room in the annexe building was nice and large and with a lovely old comfortable bed. The furnishings were genuinely old however, were overly shabby and in some cases too rickety. There was a small side table for instance that was too wobbly to be used to place a glass of water. The room did have much needed air conditioning, not just because of the heat and humidity, but because of a musty smell, but the unit made the noise of a small jet engine and seemed to only offer off or on options which made for a very noisy restless night's sleep. We had already stayed in other similarly aged properties where there were no such issues. Sadly, all in all instead of finishing on a high we felt somewhat let down and disppointed with what proved to be our worst night's stay of the trip.
Beachhut45 - Surrey, U.K.