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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.
"What the Old South was all about"
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.
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!
Beautiful old mansion; good, hard-working and for the most part well-meaning people; good food; good old Southern hospitality and ambiance. These are the things we came away with and want to remember about our visit. Granted, it took 12 minutes for the water to get hot enough in our room to take a shower, but then there was not enough water pressure to take one. The old house has some issues, but was still charming. The only other down side was accidentally leaving a valuable piece of jewelry in the room and not even getting the courtesy of a response to the messages we left asking Angie and her staff to look for it and call us back.
"Food was great"
This place is an perfect Southern experience. The food was excellent. We started the night with wine and cheese, proceeded to the dinning room for dinner and was served a 4 course meal, after this superb meal we where invited in the parlour for a night cap. The room made you feel like you where taken back in time and made you feel like royalty. We where woken up by this great lady knocking on our door to serve us our morning coffee. What a special touch!!!! The breakfast was so good and relaxing. This is the full experience of living on a plantation.
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.
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