Madewood Plantation House

4250 Highway 308 , Napoleonville, LA 70390 USA (Show map)


Madewood Plantation House, 75 miles northwest of New Orleans' French Quarter (65 miles from N.O. airport), is a gracious retreat where life slows down. This National Historic Landmark Greek Revival mansion, called the "temple in the sugar cane fields,," sits on 20 acres, with sprawling oaks. Its eight large bedrooms have canopied beds and antiques, but the atmosphere is more homey than formal. Choose an all-inclusive evening or visit local restaurants for a varied experience. Guests choosing the all-inclusive package gather for wine and cheese before sitting down together for a candlelight dinner of Southern Louisiana specialties. Afterwards, coffee is served in the parlor. Madewood has been featured in Travel and Leisure and Conde Nast Traveler. Tours,overnight accommodations & events are availalble with reservations only.



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  • Guest room4.3
  • Service4.6
  • Value4.2
  • Cleanliness4.3
  • Onsite Dining4.5

Living in a plantation house

4.8 on October 17, 2016

A former plantation house as a bed and breakfast. We stayed one night. After a cheese and wine reception with the owner followed a 3 course meal. Because of no other guest we had the house for us during the night. It was a great experience to live like a plantation house owner for one night.

Unforgettable experience

5 on August 21, 2016

We happened to be the only guests during our night at Madewood (august is the hot period), and we had a great time enjoying the house for ourselves! Food was delicious, people very kind and helpful.

30th Anniversary

4.8 on August 12, 2016

Our anniversary weekend was incredible! We really enjoyed the quite, relaxed atmosphere. Actually staying in the home was quite an experience. The staff was very pleasant. The food was possibly the best we have ever had.


5 on June 03, 2016

My daughter and I stayed here last year for four days and came back this year for an entire week! Our room was gorgeous, we slept in a half tester antique bed. The service there is excellent and whatever they are paying Angie isn't enough because she goes way above and beyond! We went this year to celebrate my daughters high school graduation and she had the choice to choose anywhere and she chose Madewood because of our previous wonderful visit last year. Angie not only made a cake for my daughter but she actually called the school (in Missouri) so she could decorate it with her school colors, all a wonderful surprise for us! She also took her personal time to show us a very secret spot :) Our room was extremely spacious, the food was absolutely delicious and you honestly feel as comfortable as home. Any visit to Louisiana will always have Madewood as our home base!!

A Step Back in Time

3.4 on June 01, 2016

This place has the potential to be one of the best B & B's in the south. Some upgrades are definitely needed and it could smell a lot better but it was a great experience. I would love to have a home like this. I felt as if I literally stepped back in time. A porch swing and some sweet tea would have made my visit ideal. The dining experience was very authentic. Angie did a fabulous job. Eating by candlelight is something that everyone should do, even if it's in their own home. There was a southern ease about it that made me not want to get up from the table. The only critics I have are that it could have smelled better and it could have been cleaner. The bed skirts and carpets were rather dirty and I understand that the place is quite old, but there's no reason for the smell. The air conditioner was not sufficient and made this Yankee Gal quite uncomfortable. The outside of the house was riddled with cobwebs and mud-wasp nests... not exactly ideal for visitors. Like I said, the place has all the potential to be spectacular and I hope they're able to accomplish that because it truly is a gem!

Innkeeper Response
We are delighted that this writer had such a lovely visit to Madewood and wish she’d requested some sweet tea, as we would have been delighted to provide it. Because of the historic character of the mansion, we can’t offer porch swings; but we do have two swings -- one used by singer Beyonce in a recent filming -- hanging from oak trees on the property. Guests love to have their picture taken on that one! We actually feel that for 33 years Madewood has been one of the best B&Bs in the South. We’ve certainly learned a lot over three decades and have tried to incorporate guests’ suggestions to make the Madewood experience even better. We’re not sure exactly how a 170-year-old National Historic Landmark should smell; but when the writer mentioned this, we immediately switched her to another room and heard no further comments. Nothing was said about the air conditioning. Sometimes guests inadvertently select energy saving mode when they really want full speed ahead; but we must be advised of any problem in order to correct it. We checked the dust ruffle in the bedroom and discovered a small coffee stain that had gone unnoticed. Unfortunately, in spring and summer, it’s almost impossible to keep up with mud-dauber nests, which seem to pop up outside overnight. Despite our best efforts, spiders may choose to spin their webs on porches; Madewood is in the countryside, and they just sneak up on you. Part of the difficulty in maintaining everything in tip-top-shape is keeping up with damage caused by guests. In this party of three couples, one gentleman could not take the time to call the three cell-phone numbers listed when they returned after dark and found the rear door locked. One of the original glass sidelights at the rear entrance was shattered by heavy blows that alarmed guests in a nearby ground-floor bedroom. Just knocking on the wooden door or frame to alert someone inside would have sufficed. We hope to replace it with original wavy glass to protect Madewood’s reputation as one of the best, and most historically-significant B&Bs in the South. Respectfully submitted, Keith Marshall Proprietor

Nice, good value

3.4 on May 08, 2016

Overtall a good experience. Great house, beautiful furniture, excellent dinner. However the cleanliness of the room is questionable, especially around the toilet, dust on the shades, etc. The electrical installation is outdated: impossible to put the light on (string broken), safety is questionable. Breakfast is too heavy for European stomaches. Excellent welcome and service quality.

The only plantation where you can sleep and have dinner inside the main house

5 on May 07, 2016

Angie is a very nice house keeper. The house is like a museum-plantation. It's very quiet and with many charms: decoration, furniture. The dinner and the breakfast at the large table shared by all the guests wee really nice. A little bit pricey. The only problem has been the difficulty to find the house since there are two parallel roads along the river. The house is on road 308, not on road 1. This is correctly indicated on the map.

Magnificent Stay

5 on April 04, 2016

Everything was perfect, and Angie was the perfect hostess and Alice the perfect chef when my girlfriend and I were there. I love Madewood and the whole experience of staying there. Angie went out of her way to make a very special treat for me that my fiancé arranged with her from afar. Can't wait to go back.

Fun place to spend a night

3.2 on March 24, 2016

Beautiful house, good food and service. Room could have used a good airing out, sink drained poorly, a.c. not working well.

Romantic getaway.

4.6 on February 19, 2016

Friendly owners, guests, and staff. A return to the gracious past.

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Rooms & Rates


Upstairs in mansion. King canopied bed with inviting sitting area. The step-up bathroom is en-suite with shower small shower. French window opens to gallery. Connecting room has two twin beds from the Ursuline Convent in New Orleans.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen , 2 Twin


Upstairs with queen poster bed with private connected full bath. The nursery theme is continued in the decor of this vibrant spacious room. French window opens to front gallery.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Mrs. Marshall

Upstairs in mansion with a king poster bed and private connected full bath (tub and shower). Feminine bedroom with Meisen mirror and Louisiana plantation desk. Near rear balcony that overlooks garden patio.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King , 1 Twin

Mystery Lady/Girls

Upstairs in mansion with two queen canopied beds to accommodate two or four persons. Has small en suite step-up bath with shower. Spacious, cozy, comfortable room. Near rear balcony overlooking garden patio.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 2 Queen


Spacious bedroom located on first floor with 1840's Charles Lee Steamboat furniture including a queen half tester bed. A full bath is en suite with whirlpool tub.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Brad Pitt, Ch. I

Suite in our Charlet House across the gardens from the mansion has connecting bedrooms with antique tester double beds, refrigerator, private bath with claw-foot tub and shower. Yes, Brad Pitt slept here.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Double , 2 Twin

Porteous, Ch. II

Suite in Charlet House across the gardens from the mansion with antique tester double beds sitting room with double canopied bed, refrigerator, private bath with antique tub and shower.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 2 Double

Honeymoon, Ch III

Great for two night stays; honeymoons or getaways. Located across the garden from the mansion with a queen canopied bed, working fireplace, and private screened porch. Also has refrigerator and private bath with whirlpool tub and shower.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

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Location Type

Bayou Country, Countryside, Small town


New Orleans, LA (MSY)

Directions to property:

Follow Interstate 10 West from New Orleans, take exit 182 for the Sunshine Bridge. Follow LA 70 to Spur 70. Then south six miles on LA Hwy 308.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Aquarium, Beach, Casino, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, Nature area, Jean Lafitte National Park Museum and Bayou Tour, Attakapas Adventures Ecological Swamp Tour, Laura Plantation, Oak Alley Plantation, Nottoway Plantation, New Orleans/ French Quarter, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Zoo

Inn Details

Establishment type

Bed and Breakfast, Country Inn, Historic Inn

On-site amenities

Conference Rooms, Copier, Fax Machine, Piano, Telephone, Washer/dryer, Wedding Facilities, Wi-Fi , Limited accommodations travelers w/pets.

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Bath robes, CD player, Ceiling fans, Fireplace, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Ironing Board, Radio, Turndown Service

On-site activities

Bird watching, Boating, Fishing, Golfing, Debbies Antiques and Demitasse Coffee Shop, Board games on site, Jean Lafitte Cultural Center, Attakapas Adventures Swamp Tours, Plantation Home Tours, Shopping, Sight-seeing

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  • Check In:: 3:00 pm
  • Check Out:: 10:00 am
  • Open All Year Round: No
  • Smoking Allowed: Yes On porches
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided Yes
  • Suitable For Children: Limited Reccommended for children over 10
  • Childcare Provided: Limited
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Prior approval required Additional fee of $35 required.
  • Disabled Access Limited

Terms and Conditions

  • Accepted payments VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: Credit card guarantee
  • Cancellations: Seven days. We charge full rate 7 days before arrival. Will offer gift certificate for future use on some occasions.



Keith Marshall

Languages spoken

English, French, Spanish

Resident Pets

Cats , Dogs

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  • Time Served: 8:30 am
  • Serving Location: Dining Room

Special meal options

Restrictive , Vegetarian South LA regional

Signature Dish

Pumpkin Lafourche
Casserole of pumpkin and sweet potato combined with apples, raisins, nutmeg, butter, vanilla, sugar. Served as a vegetable with the main course.