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
4250 Highway 308, 70360, Napoleonville, Louisiana
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
We stayed one day at the beginning of March this year. The house was restored starting about 50 years ago, and not in a kitschy way. The furniture is from the period. We slept in a wonderful wooden canopy bed crafted by a well known craftsman in New Orleans. We had the one bedroom on the first floor and loved it. Ten foot tall doors and windows. Fourteen or sixteen foot ceiling. We were there on a weekday when only one other couple was there, and enjoyed wandering around looking at all the details. The ballroom is huge, and has an eighteen foot high ceiling. Just magnificent! Angie, the hostess, was just wonderful. We had a great dinner, and she even brought out a birthday cake for my wife, although her birthday wasn't till the next day. I hadn't stayed at a B and B that also served a wonderful dinner. And, the breakfast was just a delicious. The two meals could have easily cost us $100 somewhere.
mfsmith46 - milwaukee
They were all set up for filming a Civil War Movie. Really made the place look spooky. Had a great time goofing on our friends. Angie and the crew were fabulous and entertaining, and the meals were EXCELLENT!! Great Southern Hospitality. The owner stopped by one morning and gave us some info on the Plantation, and was very friendly. We will visit there again.
Muzicman502 - Hilltown, Pennsylvania
I stayed a night in April '16 with my parents so they could show me where my family originally came from in Louisiana. It was such a special and fun night in an old plantation home. The dog was so sweet. The property had great photo ops. I had lots of wine and enjoyed making friends with everyone there during the fancy dinner. Highly recommend!
A visit to Madewood is what you always imagined living in a plantation house in the antebellum south was all about. Built in 1840-48 by Colonel Thomas Pugh, a member of a prominent and wealthy Louisiana family, Madewood represents one of the finest and purest examples of the Greek Revival style architecture in a plantation home. Located at 4250 Highway 308 in Napoleonville, Louisville, facing Bayou Lafourche, Madewood is situated in a grove of oak and magnolia trees. It was the manor house for a group of plantations that Pugh acquired in the 1830s and 1840s that eventually totaled about 10,000 acres. Today, the grounds include the main house and attached kitchen, a carriage house, the Pugh family cemetery, a cottage and slave quarters. The Harold Marshall family, which purchased the property in 1964, undertook a major restoration of the home and built an addition for the private use of the family. The house was built of bricks made on the plantation while the exterior is covered with stucco, scored to represent masonry and painted white. The exterior includes six fluted Ionic columns and two one-story wings. The interior includes 23 rooms with floors of heart pine, door frames and moldings of cypress painted to resemble oak. Each doorway is signed by the artist, Cornealieus Hennessey, and the woodwork, including the cypress mantelpieces, has been painted to resemble marble or exotic woods. The family has left the daily tours and overnight accommodations, breakfasts and dinners, to an extraordinary housekeeper, Angie, who knows everything about southern hospitality and cooking. We spent three days at Madewood, using it as a base for our visits of other plantation houses on the Great River Road, and we couldn't have chosen a better destination.
Taylor B - Chicago, Illinois
We only stayed one night for my birthday during March of 2016, however we wish it could have been 3+ nights! We we're driving from Shreveport, and before that Dallas/Ft Worth, to make it to Madewood. While we we're stuck in traffic south of Baton Rouge, we we're unsure if we would make it in time for the dinner, so we called the house and Angie gave us alternate driving directions and assured us we would make it on time (sure enough we did). Once we arrived, we were greeted by a fantastic employee who helped up take our luggage to our room. Once we got dressed for dinner, we met for wine and cheese in the parlor. We had the pleasure of meeting the owners of the plantation in the parlor! They were amazing to talk to. We expressed interest in meeting a 7th generation employee of the plantation, but unfortunately he wasn't there the only day we were in town. However, the owners told us we could find him at church less than a mile up the road! This to me demonstrates that the owners truly know and care about each employee. Near the end of our conversation, the second family staying the night at the house that night arrived. Coincidentally, they we're also from the Dallas / Fort Worth area, and through some connection, we had mutual friends! Once we made our way to dinner, the setting was BEAUTIFUL. The food was AMAZING and we devoured every bite. Truly some of the best food I've had in my lifetime, only made better by the scenery. Near the end of dinner, Angie, the wonderful housekeeper, surprised us with a red-velvet birthday cake for my birthday! We did not even mention it to her, I guess the owners told her and she took it upon herself to do this for us! It was one of those moments we will cherish forever. The next morning, the breakfast was TO DIE FOR! An authentic southern plantation breakfast. Fresh squeezed orange juice, buttery biscuits, and perfectly cooked grits. The room was amazingly authentic, and we would have been disappointed if it was too modern. We wanted to be taken back to the grandeur of the old south and this plantation did it for us! HIGHLY RECOMMEND!