Louisiana Bed & Breakfast
Bocage Plantation Opens For Tours and Bed & Breakfast Guests
Always a private home, Bocage Plantation, located on the east bank of the Mississippi River 47 miles west from New Orleans, will open to the public for the first time for tours and as a gracious bed and breakfast on December 30, 2008.
The unique historic mansion on 110 acres features a grand mansion that was built in 1837. The mansion has been completely restored to its past grandeur with four rooms available for overnight guests. Here you will sleep in a grand antique bed, with a modern private bathroom, and enjoy a walk back in time when plantation life was in full bloom.
“We have spared no expense in restoring every detail of Bocage to its original glory,” explained Dr. Marion Rundell, a native of Louisiana and a Houston pathologist, who purchased the property in 2008 with a dream of creating a grand bed and breakfast along the east bank of the historic River Road between New Orleans and Baton Rouge.
“I have been collecting fine antiques for the past 20 years with plans of someday owning a Louisiana Plantation house,” he said. “Bocage takes its place alongside eight other grand plantations on both the East and West bank of the Mississippi River between New Orleans and Baton Rouge which are open to the public.”
The home is furnished with many pieces created by the great furniture makers of the period such as Mallard, Belter, Roux, Meeks and Lee. “Bocage will always be a work in progress because I will never stop searching for great antiques to use in the home,” Dr. Rundell continued.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and considered the best and most original interpretation of American Greek Revival architecture in the nation, Bocage will be available for weddings, meetings, luncheons, teas and dinners.
Bed and breakfast guests are treated to a grand breakfast served on Limoges china with sterling silver flatware and crystal glassware to add to their pleasure.
- Full breakfast made to order
- Glass of wine on arrival
- Evening snacks
- Lord & Mayfair bath amenities
- Hair dryer
- Complimentary high-speed Internet
- Iron and ironing board
- Steam showers
- Double shower heads
- Terry Bathrobes
BOCAGE – BATHROOMS WITH STEAMSHOWERS
Bathrooms were designed to be up to date; with Rohl satin nickel fixtures acceptable in a 19th Century plantation. The lighting is always adjustable to add ambiance. Some bathrooms have crystal chandeliers. Countertops are granite. Floors are marble.
All bathrooms have state-of-the-art steam showers usually associated with a workout area or spa use. By having a steam unit in the shower, you are able to take a steam shower every day, and having two temperatures of water coming from a shower head and hand held unit allows you to cool certain parts of your body (like your head) while the rest of your body is warm. The steam surrounds you evenly so that when you turn it off, you still feel nice and warm. Your back doesn’t get that drafty cold feeling you usually get in a regular shower.
When you use the bathrooms at Bocage, you feel you are in a clean and luxurious environment – fitting a plantation as grand as Bocage.
BOCAGE – BEDS
The mattresses were made specifically for Bocage Plantation. They are custom made to be extra firm with a pillow top. In addition, a small amount of memory foam was used on top – about 1-2-inches. Then a hypo-allergenic mattress pad was added on the top of the memory foam. Any pure foam mattress sleeps hot. The hypo-allergenic topper adds a layer of air between you and the foam, making it cooler. At Bocage, because of the possible allergy to down, we use a hypo-allergenic mattress topper and then cover over everything to protect and keep it all clean. This makes the mattresses firm but it gives a few inches. Generally, the foam mattresses everyone sells today are encompassing – you sink deeper, and sleep hotter. The systems we use at Bocage are firm, yet soft enough for you to feel comfortable, and to sleep cooler.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and considered the best and most original interpretation of American Greek Revival architecture in the nation, Bocage will be available for weddings, meetings, luncheons, teas and dinners. Guests can enjoy tea or wine and hors d’oeurves on the same gallery where a scene from 12 Years a Slave was filmed.
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