We stayed at Madewood our first night in Lousiana. The property and home are beautiful and feel like someone's private home and not like a hotel. Our rooms in the main house were spacious and charming, filled with antiques and comfortable beds. The bathroom in my room was small, but well-equipped, with two tall and inviting beds, and the Nursery where my friend stayed was filled with children's toys and had an attached, spacious bathroom. The nicest part of the stay was the convivial evening of having wine and cheese, followed by dinner, followed by brandy and coffee in the living room. We were an eclectic group, which made for varied and interesting conversation. The food was homemade and well-prepared, with a salad, soup, entree, and dessert course. The cornbread was light and sweet, with a cake-like texture, and the greens fresh and crisp. The main course of etoufee was creamy and served in puff pasty shells with sweet potatoes and asparagus as a side. Bread pudding provided a sweet end to the meal and the coffee was rich and mellow. Breakfast the next morning was also served and consisted of a fruit and bread course, followed by a frittata and grits course, as well as juice and coffee. The house is handsomely furnished with period antiques and the public spaces spacious and inviting. The manager and her staff run a smoothly-operating business and we enjoyed ourselves down to the last detail. The grounds are lovely for wandering in and include a shaded and gardened area between the main house and the annex in back. A very gracious experience we shall remember and a unique way to begin our trip along the Mississippi.
Extraordinary place. Too authentic to be called luxurious but really gives a sense of what living in a grand plantation house must have been like in the antebellum south.Excellent value, friendly service, quiet and comfy, Thumbs up!
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.
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.
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.
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!!
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!
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.
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.
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.
What a great getaway! My girlfriend and I spent the night at Madewood the day before Christmas Eve and it was one of the highlights of our holiday. The staff was friendly, the food was outstanding, and the room was gigantic. We also got to meet the owner Keith, who was generous with his time and shared some fascinating stories with us. I am doubly appreciative of the service we received: the staff had to really shift gears to accommodate us because of a huge filming event that took place at Madewood right before our arrival. We'll definitely be back!
We absolutely loved our stay. We were so lucky to be the only guests and have this amazing home all to ourselves. The home is beautiful, the staff friendly and welcoming, and our food was outstanding. I felt like Scarlett O'Hara for a night. It was such a treat, and a wonderful experience to have had. I can't recommend this enough. You will not be disappointed.
a very pleasant stay with good service and honored by the housekeeper. the house is splendid like the museum-plantation homes. it's very quiet and with many charms: furnitures, books, decoration and a marvellous plantation cat like in every good house. Sirot family from Chartres France
I cannot say enough about this magnificent mansion! it is absolutely gorgeous. The room we stayed in on the main floor was large and very beautiful. The service was outstanding and I literally felt like a queen! we were free to roam the house at will and take as many pictures as we liked. The meals were delicious and served so beautifully. Mr Marshall was a wealth of information and a very gracious host. we stayed four nights and hated to leave. while there we toured six other plantation homesand went to the French Quarter,but going back to Madewood every night felt like going home! if you want a truly southern experience stay at this plantation. my daughter and I cannot wait to go back! Christie and Adrianna
Many of the plantations along the River Road have become big business and have lost their charm (yes, Nottaway, I'm talking to you). Madewood takes you back in time. From the moment we arrived, we were made to feel most welcome. We had not had time for lunch, and it was a while before cocktail hour, so we asked if there was any way to get a little something from the kitchen to hold us over. The chef put together a small plate of cheese, crackers and grapes and sent it upstairs for us to enjoy on the back gallery with a glass of bourbon from the honor bar. Keith (and his trust sidekick, Miss Cleo) greeted us during the wine and cheese reception, and regaled us with stories and history of the old place. Angie then welcomed us into the dining room, where all the guests dined together. The table was set impeccably, the service was excellent and the food was outstanding. Probably the best chicken/sausage gumbo I've ever eaten - and I've eaten a lot of gumbo. Once could spend hours wandering the house, studying the antiques and artifacts that fill the place. Our room - Mrs. Marshall's - was spacious and so very comfortable. I've stayed in hotel rooms that were smaller than the bathroom attached to Mrs. Marshall's bedroom. We also had easy access to the rear gallery and made the most of it. The place could use a good cleaning, especially on the outside, but that was part of the charm. No pretense at Madewood. Just warmth, quiet and welcome.
This house is very homey and the staff are cordial and welcoming. Socializing with other guests was fun and the food was well prepared and presented beautifully. . The beds were comfortable and there were reading chairs with good lighting in the spacious room. However, the bathroom in our room was awkward because it was a step up to get in and there was very little space to put personal items
Une de nos plus belle soirée en Louisiane dans un cadre exceptionnel Tout est fait pour votre détente et votre bien être dans ce superbe batiment aux chambres typiques et pleines de cachet Une hotesse aux petits soins, un diner agréable, un petit déjeuner copieux et varié....
We felt like royalty when staying here. Angie was an incredible hostess and wonderful cook! We were the only ones staying there so we had the run of this lovely old Greek revival plantation home. Wine and cheese in the library, followed by a multiple course dinner in the formal dinning room with candlelight. Moved from there into the parlor for coffee and brandy. On retiring, our bed had been turned down while we were dining. The next morning, coffee was delivered to our room at 8 to get us started. Breakfast was served at 8:30 with southern style biscuits and homemade pear jam. We would stay here again in a heartbeat!
Although we got off to a slow start with Angie, things did improve drastically by dinner time. She took a lot of time to answer all of our questions, and she served a superb dinner and breakfast. We loved our first-floor bedroom; it was so comfortable and beautifully decorated.
We spent a week prior in New Orleans, and decided we'd like to wrap up our stay at Madewood Plantation House with a relaxing evening/morning. We enjoyed it! The wine and cheese reception was fun - we got to know the other guests fairly well. Then, the dinner we were served was fantastic! Coffee and/or brandy was served after dinner in the parlor where we continued our conversation(s). Breakfast was served in the morning and did not disappoint. We spent time that morning exploring the grounds and then travelled home. We'd highly recommend staying here!