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Madewood Plantation House
Reviewed 27 April 2016

Great place, fantastic food and wonderful people -- especially Angie! I was part of a bike tour group, and we stayed two nights. The tour with Woman Tours was exceptional, and Madewood was a highlight.

Stayed: April 2016, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 21 April 2016

My husband and I have stayed at Madewood twice. This time we took our 17 year old daughter and her friend on our way to NOLA to a wedding and a Tulane tour. We will return again. It is a beautiful home with the most hospitable, helpful staff. Staying at Madewood is unique. It is not a hotel, it is a home. Do not expect a modern hotel. If that is your expectation, then you will be disappointed and will miss the whole point. If you want to see and experience a real plantation home, the Madewood will exceed your expectations. Angie and her staff are amazing! She made both of our stays special. She even had a cake for my husband's birthday! My teenage daughter and her friend are convinced they saw a ghost of a caretaker in the back yard! This is a very special place that I encourage you to experience for yourself. Eating breakfast/dinner and having drinks with the other guests is an enlightening experience. We met people from all over the world and even used Google Translator to converse!

  • Stayed: March 2016, travelled with family
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Reviewed 21 April 2016

This Henry Howard plantation is one of the great show places of South Louisiana. The grounds, cemetery and views enhance the magnificent architecture.
However, I would strongly suggest that you book in the main building. The 3-bedroom "cabin" with the screened porch looks charming FROM THE OUTSIDE, and the porch is pleasant. BUT the interior leaves much to be desired. It looks like a roadside junk shop. It's in bad need of repair, and should NOT be offered to guests.

Room Tip: STAY IN THE MAIN BUILDING - or visit and spend the night elsewhere.
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  • Stayed: April 2016, travelled with family
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gee2u, Front Office Manager at Madewood Plantation House, responded to this reviewResponded 25 February 2017

We are delighted that these guests, descendants of the builder and original owner of Madewood, found the mansion so impressive, and we thank them for the compliments.

But why the unkind words about Freeman Cottage, the modest cabin of the Freeman family, who lived in it for seven generations after being brought from North Carolina to Louisiana as slaves by Thomas Pugh, builder of Madewood? The cottage is not listed or pictured on our website, and is only offered at a reasonable rate to families or groups such as this that need additional accommodations. No one would be able to book this accommodation online; in fact, no one would even know about it were it not for this review.

We have restored pieces of the cottage's cypress and oak original furniture, which is completely different from that of the mansion; and there is no way that it, and other furniture and accessories in the cottage could be considered junk. In fact, it is where the owner and his wife prefer to stay on the property.

Perhaps these guests were so overwhelmed by the beauty of the mansion and its furnishings that they were blind to the simple charm of Freeman Cottage.

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Reviewed 19 April 2016

What a delightful experience it was to stay here. After touring far less spectacular plantations with less impressive furnishings, it felt amazing to move about and enjoy the home like a real guest with gracious host in an amazing southern plantation. From getting dressed up for wine and cheese in the library before dinner to sleeping in an antique canopy bed and then getting served coffee in our room on a silver plater everything to made me feel l transported back to another place and time. The personal touches in the home like photos and news clipping of family members and the opportunity to have a nice conversation with Kieth (the owner) and other guests made for a warm and enjoyable personal experience. The price seemed high originally but once I factored in the wine and cheese, a three course dinner and breakfast into the equation, the price seemed reasonable.

  • Stayed: April 2016, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 21 March 2016

While travelling through the south, we decided to spend the night at/on a plantation. The pictures and write up for Madewood, seemed enticing so decided to try here. Madewood has seen better days - a long time ago. Granted up keep on a house of this size and age must be expensive, but it is in need of much restoration or renovation. They have a problem with ladybugs (everywhere), so you are told to live with it. Bathrooms didn't exist at the time of the original construction so when they were put in it must have been great, but they are deeply in need of modernization now. The housekeeper who greets you could be friendlier - if you wanted a tour of the house you had to book in advance (I thought that's what I did when I booked a room). Instead you are told you can read the booklet in the lounge "that will explain the rooms and the house" (sorry, but I've stayed at/on other plantations where a tour of the house was free, for guests staying, just come to the entrance at a set time). Dinner was good. It's served in the style of a dinner of the time period when the house was a working plantation - wine and cheese in the library before dinner, dinner served around a large table with all the other guests (set menu) and brandy and coffee/tea in the parlour after dinner. Breakfast again is served with all the other guests the next morning (this part of the stay was great - nice company to share/talk with). An honour cash bar is available in the library also. If you stay, make sure to book a room in the main building. There is another 'chalet' building in the rear that is even more worn (unfortunately, we stayed there). One room was used by Brad Pitt at the time of Interview with a Vampire - he must have been very poor in those days, I'm sure he wouldn't be back now. All in all, interesting, but overly priced for what you get.

Room Tip: Pick a room in the main building - the chalet is too old and worn.
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  • Stayed: February 2016, travelled as a couple
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JR1819, Owner at Madewood Plantation House, responded to this reviewResponded 25 March 2016

Madewood has never been grander in its 170 years than it is today, with Waterford chandeliers and furniture by noted 19th-century craftsmen such as Meeks and Lee. Please view the beautiful photos of the Main House and Charlet House that these guests posted here.

I would like to clarify several misconceptions:

1. In the spring, we welcome the arrival of ladybugs; and, as they are harmless, we feel that it is environmentally healthy not to kill them. In addition, to do so, we would have to use aerosol sprays, which we are reluctant to do in guest bedrooms. If a bedroom has a few ladybugs on the ceiling, we are happy to move guests to another room. We do not tell guests that they just have to live with it.

2. In 2009, we stopped offering drop-in tours for the public so that our overnight guests would have more privacy. We offer tours by appointment for a fee, but overnight guests are never charged for a tour if they request one. This is clearly stated at the bottom of the self-guided tour that is provided.

We haven’t had a return visit from Brad (and Angelina); but Beyonce filmed at Madewood several months ago. She loved the beauty of Madewood, and the crew left her swing (from a tree) that guests can use and photograph.

If I had not moved the 1822 Charlet House, a historic riverboat captain’s house, eight miles through the cane fields in 1972, it would have been demolished for its beautiful doors and cypress construction. It requires constant upkeep, but we perform regular maintenance.

Grandeur, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder; and we feel that our package price, which includes a wine-and-cheese reception, candlelight dinner followed by coffee and brandy in the parlor and a full plantation breakfast the next morning, is fair and reasonable.

Respectfully submitted,
Keith C. Marshall
Proprietor

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Address: 4250 Highway 308, Napoleonville, LA 70390-8737
Region: United States > Louisiana > Napoleonville
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Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Napoleonville
Price Range: $346 - $392 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Madewood Plantation House 3.5*
Number of rooms: 8
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