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Over Madewood Plantation
Ruim 100 kilometer van New Orleans vindt u deze historische plantage. De sfeer van weleer is goed bewaard gebleven, het gebouw bezit dan ook die typische rijke grandeur van de gouden tijden van de plantages in het zuiden. De kamers stralen romantiek uit, hebben geen televisie, noch telefoon, ter verhoging van de authenticiteit, maar zijn wel voorzien van de hier noodzakelijke airconditioning. Een verblijf in dit plantagehuis is inclusief een 'wine & cheese'-receptie, een 'southern style' diner en een uitgebreid ontbijt. Madewood Plantation biedt u als geen ander de mogelijkheid om 'The Deep South' aan den lijve te ervaren!
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Madewood Plantation ligt vlakbij de plaats Napoleonville, op ruim 1 uur rijden vanaf New Orleans.
Het kleine dorpje Napoleonville (700 inwoners) bevindt zich tussen New Orleans en Lafayette. Het is gelegen in een traditioneel plantagegebied, en in de buurt van het dorp kunt u in een dergelijke ‘grande dame’ overnachten.
"Sadly a bit of a let down"
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.
"Staff on site great.. but"
Food good, yet, stringent on times to appear for it.. for example, no sleeping I , or you'd miss breakfast or dinner (if running late) staff full of hospitality, beautiful yet decayed.. however, was promised refund by Angie? For leaving early due to my family not comfortable there as rooms too hot and and was not given one.
"Southern Grand Living"
They don't have televisions...and that's a compliment. The only modern touch is they have running hot water, air conditioning, and internet....and that's a compliment. If you want modern day comforts, stay elsewhere, but if you want old Southern charm, feel like a big baller plantation owner, and soak up the history, stay here. I chose to stay here and loved it.
Stayed 2 nights. Firstly, what a magnificent mansion and property it is and must have been in its heyday. It's quite tired now and must take a huge amount of upkeep. Lots of genuine antebellum style furniture maintain its character and our upstairs bed was very comfortable. Sitting in the dining room at the large table, was a great experience, as was sipping a drink on the upstairs balcony. We also had free access to the entire house, which was nice. On a different note, whilst the breakfast and dinner were plentiful in size, the quality was only average. It was a nice experience. I suppose that expectations of a privately owned antebellum mansion around 170 years of age, need to be tempered.
"A Magical Experience"
We stayed two nights at the Madewood in mid-April and it far exceeded our expectations. I had done plenty of research ahead of time and compared Madewood to other plantation B&Bs. I knew that I wanted the authentic experience that others described and I was not let down. From the minute we drove up to the house, we were treated like family. Alice was waiting for us outside and greeted us warmly. A printed, framed welcome sheet was displayed on the inside table with all the names of the guests which made me feel very special. The cheese and wine reception was wonderful, followed by dining at a beautifully set table. The food was delicious and plentiful. After just a few hours at Madewood, my husband was giving me a thumbs-up and telling me I made a fantastic choice. I could go on forever about all the good things here, but I will just focus on a few: Miss Angie is the consummate hostess and cook. She answered many questions about the property and Louisiana for us. The Marshall family should be commended and always remembered for saving this historic property and offering the public a chance to step back in time and live for a day or a week in the Louisiana of 1840. The trust and faith they place in the guests is truly remarkable. My husband and I were stunned at the free access we had to the house. We basically could go anywhere we liked, read books on the veranda and enjoy the house as if it were our own. We made a lifetime memory at Madewood. I only wish I lived closer so I could visit more often. Thank you to Alice, Lisa, Angie, Mr. and Mrs. Marshall and the entire staff for an unforgettable experience.
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