Bocage Plantation
Bocage Plantation
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Built in 1801 and again in 1837 Bocage Plantation is a Grand Plantation Home.
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melony2830
New Orleans, LA3 contributions
May 2014 • Couples
I don't usually review someplace unless it's extremely good or extremely bad, however, I felt I had to share this with others. I planned a trip with my mother, who I see only twice a year. This was a special occassion for us and I wanted it to be perfect.

First, let me say, that I found Roberto very congenial but we experienced several problems at Bocage.

When we arrived at 3pm (check-in time. I wanted to be there exactly on time so we could get a tour in), there was only a woman there that was a friend of the manager. She told us he would be back shortly and left us on the porch at ground level. She did show us to our room so we could put our luggage in, then she retreated to the back yard to read. We sat and waited and waited and waited. While we sat downstairs outside, I couldn't help but notice the dirt and spider webs all over, from floor to ceiling. It was as if they had not cleaned the outside in months. I was a bit taken back by that because the inside of the house was fabulous! After an hour and a half, we left. I had no idea what was available to drink there so we drove to a mini-grocery and picked up a few things. When we returned, the manager was there and we asked to please take a tour. He said he was waiting on other guests and we could do it all together when they arrived. OK. We could do that. So, I sat outside upstairs to wait for everyone else to get there. Hoping the conditions were better upstairs outside, I found they were not. Really, really bad, almost to the point of saying 'filthy'. Roberto came outside and chatted with me for a while; gave me some history of the place. Seems he needed some time off and had left that day to go for a long drive. I told him it was OK but the more I thought about it, the more I thought NO, it's not ok. We could have gone on another tour somewhere else instead of spending our time just sitting there and waiting. We're supposed to be guests and should expect a certain level of service and respect. I travel all over the world and have stayed in many different types of hotels. I have never had this happen to me anywhere and I felt as though we were a bother.

Anyway, we sat outside again waiting for the other guests to arrive. Well, one couple showed up after 7pm and the other couple showed up after 10pm. No tour was given that night and we were leaving in the morning so I knew we wouldn't get a tour at all. My mother was very disappointed, the last thing I wanted her to be!

That evening, when we finally just went to our room, I go to the bathroom and the toilet paper roll is 3/4 gone so I looked for a full roll. There was none. There were 4 rolls under the sink but they were all 3/4 used. We managed without a full roll. I was getting ready to take a shower so I wasn't going to go find Roberto to get me a new roll. As I get into the shower, I notice a bar of opened soap on the seat and an opened bottle of shampoo. I just sighed and realized that someone hadn't cleaned the shower since the last guest was there. Not a good sign. I showered anyway and went to bed. I didn't notify Roberto so he doesn't know about this part. I didn't want to disturb him at that point and felt as though I would.

The ROOM - Exquisite as was the rest of the house! The collectibles alone are worth a visit. Truly remarkable, however again, we would have liked some info about everything we saw inside!

Breakfast - Unfortunately, for us, when we talked to Roberto the day before, we had asked about breakfast and Roberto said he had baked eggs. Mom and I weren't interested in baked eggs so I told him I didn't want anything and later I asked him if my mother could have some toast and coffee, which he agreed to. When we went down to breakfast, we met the other couples that had stayed overnight and had a lovely time talking with them. Then Roberto came in with bacon and a biscuit for one of the guests. Mom and I talked later and we both agreed that if we had known about the bacon and biscuits, we would eaten them too. But Roberto never mentioned that was available to us.

When we left, without a tour!, I was a bit disappointed with the way our arrival was handled and that we never got a real tour. It was a birthday celebration for my mother and I felt let down at the outcome of our stay at Bocage.
Written July 19, 2014
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Bocage is situated along the Mississippi River...ground zero of the Mississippi River delta. Outside we have spiders, mosquitoes, Japanese lady bug invasion (in January and February). We have snakes, alligators, and all kinds of wildlife. Roberto does his best to keep the exterior clean...frequently powerwashing the porches. Literally, overnight spider webs and the like may appear. It is simply the way life is and used to be along the Mississippi River...we can't change the wildlife! 12 Years a Slave was filmed on the very porch that this reviewer complains about. It is unfortunate that Bocage received this review...but it proves the point "you can't please all the people, all the time". We simply can't please these folks and wish them well in other places. Please check out the true reviews for B and B stays for Bocage. This one is simply unfair to Bocage. Roberto is the best. Bocage is the best.
Written July 22, 2014
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Natchez6
Longview, TX56 contributions
For the past twelve years, I have visited every one of the plantations that are open to the public and several that are not. Tours of Bocage are available Wednesday through Sunday. The new owner, Dr. Marion Rundell, has created such a mind-blowing experience for every visitor; every tour patron will surely want to stay here, and whenever possible, I prefer to spend the night at these magnificent homes, and have stayed at all of the finest of them. On St. Patrick's Day, I realized that even the grandest and most luxurious stays I had previously been so delighted with had been eclipsed by such a great margin that would probably embarrass the owners and management of each of them.

Several things set Bocage apart from all the other plantations. First is the unbelievable collection of furniture that is beyond the scope of this review, but briefly stated, anyone would be astonished with each and every masterpiece by such makers as Mallard, Roux, Meeks and Belter and Antique lovers will have found paradise. Diamond dust mirrors sparkle in the guest rooms and the Baccarat and Waterford crystal chandeliers illuminate the grand spaces of both floors connected with a gorgeous winding staircase. The first floor is done in marble from the famous St. Charles Hotel in New Orleans. Every vantage point in the house greets the eye with one breathtaking delight after the other, and it seems to keep going on, and on.

Then we have the details of the recent and ongoing restoration which are done with such meticulous attention to old world methods and fabulous colors that exactly match the original tones when the house was built, from my understanding, in 1837. Lloyd Goyer, who has been undertaking this unbelievable dream was present when I was there, and this man is a very highly gifted genius of visual art. After visiting with him for some time, I recognized that I was in the presence of a genuine Living Master.

Don't miss Bocage. For anyone who treasures all that this region means from every vantage point of true mastery, this is now at the very top of your list.
Written April 27, 2010
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donnad8
Knoxville, TN11 contributions
May 2013 • Friends
The furniture was outstanding, but there was a lot of it, and it would have been nice for the inn keepers to have a tour and explain some of the history. They are new to the business though and have never even stayed at a Bed and Breakfast themselves, so they are still learning. The house has been restored at great cost and care I think, but there are still needed updates to the porches and grounds. That will come with time I believe because the owner does seem to be interested in doing this. We enjoyed a wonderful breakfast and had a leisurely stay which was worth the stop. You might think it still a little pricy compared to what one can expect from other BnB experiences. Just need to go by there and see for yourself. I would be interested in returning in about 3 years to see how they are progressing.
Written June 2, 2013
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We are glad you had the opportunity to visit what we consider our home. We take great pride in the furniture collection we have here and feel we have a good amount to provide a pleasurable and accurate experience. We do provide tours and a history of the house to all guests who wish to have partake in one (as was provided you). The evening you and your friends stayed we enjoyed wine while discussing the restoration effort and the history of the house in a relaxed setting. We are a newly renovated Bed and Breakfast and work on updating the grounds every week. Many plantations have older trees and plantings. One thing most of our guests understand is that when the plantations were young...in the case of Bocage in 1837, the trees were very small...in fact, seedlings. The landscaping you see at Bocage better emulates the true historic nature of the plantation at such a young age. We do have the best landscape architect in the South...Dr. Neil Odenwald (as judged by his vast experience as professor and director of the department of Landscape Architecture at LSU for 38 years and author of several books!) He helps us to be as accurate as we can be! Unfortunately we will never be able to show the present day living people (even you, with your 60+ years youth) the 200 year old developed landscape you might see at some other plantations. We wish this were possible...it simply is not. You indicated in your review that the porches needed updating. We are NOT revisionists...we would not ever think of changing our gallery or rear in antis porch as they are the architectural gems created by James Dakin in 1837! We will do nothing to Bocage that would not emulate the way she would have been originally other than update the things that had already been changed when we purchased Bocage in 2008. Certainly paint might age in the Louisiana weather but the gallery and the front porch are impeccably restored back to an original state not seen in a Century! We do take exception to criticisms that are simply inaccurate and downright lies. Our prices are considered inexpensive for practically all of our guests, save you. When one takes out the costs of the quality items we provide for food...wine, hors d'oeuvres, and the tour price, you could perhaps beat our price at a local Motel 6...but that would be impossible considering the benefits you received at Bocage. Again we are sorry you did not notice the $100 savings we gave you and your friends by accommodating you with a second full size bedroom and its private bathroom...instead of the smaller two room suite. We thought you would be more comfortable sharing a bathroom with one other person instead of having four women sharing one bathroom. We provided wine and hors d'oeuvres in the evening, a tour of the plantation for anyone who is willing and able to listen, as well as a full breakfast and we typically do not sit with our guest but found that your company was great so we sat with you all to enjoy the same breakfast. You are absolutely right we (manager and assistant manager...but NOT the owner) have never stayed at a bed and breakfast but we try our best not to give you or anyone an exceptional stay found nowhere and certainly not for the price you paid. As the owner, I have stayed at a myriad of B and Bs and have NEVER experienced any as nice as Bocage. Please email me at mmr@mailmmr.com with your personal selections. I will try to stay at them. We want you to feel at home and based on our outstanding reviews we strongly believe we have accomplish that goal. We take great pride in having the natural ability to provide the best hospitality to our guests. At Bocage, you get the opportunity to sleep in a bed from the 1800s as well as enjoy the comfort of all our furniture. Nothing is roped off and we welcome everyone to enjoy the antique collection. We provide an intimate and personal experience...we don't put you in an outbuilding...cabin (with road noise or train noise) or wing addition. The manager and assistant manager remember you and your friends fondly. You indicate in your review that you might return in future years. We truly hope you don't. We obviously can't please you so please stay at the Motel 6 instead. Perhaps, at Motel 6, you might "get what you pay for"...not the elegance and beauty of a wonderful B&B...Bocage Plantation to be...simply the best!
Written June 6, 2013
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Matt A
Foley, AL29 contributions
Sep 2014 • Couples
We went to visit and tour the plantation on Friday September 26, 2014. We checked the web site the night before leaving New Orleans to ensure their operating days and hours.

We arrived after they were scheduled to be opened only to find the gate locked. Using our smart phones we doubled checked the operating hours and ensured they were supposed to be open.

We called the phone number listed and was told they decided to close for maintenance.

We understand repairs but how hard is it to post the information on their web site to avoid an unnecessary drive.

We checked the web site when we got back to the hotel and it was still not posted they had closed on a day they had listed as being open.
Written September 26, 2014
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It actually is very difficult to change the website as to hours open for tours or not. We do decide to do maintenance on an as needed basis, and sometimes this cannot be predicted. Since the webmaster and the manager are in different states it is simply impossible to notify the webmaster and have him post that we are closed for renovation and maintenance. We sincerely apologize for not being able to comply with proper etiquette. This review is the second 1 star review we have received in several months for "locked gate" or "did not actually tour". As a result, we will be closing our doors for impromptu tours for the foreseeable future. We will be changing the website as quickly as possible...which may take several days to accomplish. We will, as of today, only provide tours on a "reservation basis" only. We really believed that we were providing the public an opportunity not previously afforded. We will NOT operate tours unless we can provide the public the the finest of experiences. We truly regret that we have to make this change in tours. The Bed and Breakfast will remain open as in the past. Marion Rundell, Owner, Bocage Plantation
Written September 28, 2014
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Professor_9
Pine Mountain, Ga.12 contributions
Bocage is an experience rather than a tour destination. We stayed there for my 60th birthday, the official entry into old age. What a wonderful celebration and antidote! Bocage is a very special place and all the descriptions still don't quite touch what you experience there, a very special Presence. Bocage is deeply reassuring, comfortable, delightful. I know of no other historic home so beautifully restored and furnished with meticulous attention to every detail which welcomes guests to stay in the house, not in a cottage on the grounds. The experience includes watching the morning light play with the crystal chandeliers and other crystal throughout the house, savoring the quality of furnishings, artwork, decorative objects, enjoying the steam shower and custom mattress and large screen TVs all couched tastefully amid the antiques, being greeted with wine and scrumptious hors d'oeuvres, given a wonderful tour by delightful, interesting guides, being served coffee in the upstairs parlor or upstairs gallery, then being served a delicious breakfast made-to-order in the dining room. The resident chef could not have done a better job or been nicer. We knew we were in a world we thought no longer existed, a gracious, beautiful, pleasing world. From the first phone call to confirming e-mails and phone calls to follow up on the visit, everyone we spoke with was competent, courteous, and a pleasure to speak with. We received a handwritten thank you note from our guides along with souvenir photographs and a follow up letter from Bocage public relations. The only way I could tear myself away was to promise myself to come back before the end of the year. Bocage is so much more than the sum of its parts, as impressive and delightful as those parts are. I read that Dr. Marion Rundell, who restored Bocage and opened it to the public for the first time in its history, said that he felt that it was God's will that he buy Bocage. I know it is God's work which he is now doing with Bocage. We came away changed for the better, inspired, reassured that the world can be so much better than the harried existence we seem to have now. I am so thankful to have had this very special 60th birthday experience. And the Bocage experience stays with me. Watching sunset at the beach, I thought: "That coral is just the color of morning sun striking the Baccarat crystal chandelier in the upstairs parlor." At home, I began changing things around, seeking some measure of that proportion, order, beauty which pervades every detail at Bocage. I am re-reading Kane's book, Plantation Parade, and its stories of Bocage people. The history and the restoration itself are remarkable stories which are now a very personal part of my life. All is not lost, Bocage tells me. "There is the dearest freshness deep down things" (Hopkins), and we do find that Source at Bocage, the "shady rest."
Written August 13, 2010
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Taylor B
Chicago, IL8,751 contributions
Jun 2017
When you travel the Great River Road from Baton Rouge to New Orleans, you are awed by the number of magnificent antebellum plantation houses located on both sides of the Mississippi River. One of the most impressive is Bocage, which rests on 100 acres in Darrow, about 25 miles southeast of Baton Rouge, just a short distance off I-10 at Highway 22, across the river from Donaldsonville. The original house was built in 1801 but destroyed by fire. The current house was constructed in 1837 in Greek Revival style with Creole influences, especially in the floorplan. It is a raised Creole house with brick on the first floor supporting a heavy-timber frame above. Distinctive features of the facade include the massive entablature with pediment design on the parapet and denticulated cornice supported across the entire front by square, giant order columns forming a double gallery. Inside, the home has a Creole floor plan whose primary living space is located on the second floor. Interior rooms opening into each other without hallways make up the plan. The grander rooms across the front open onto the upper gallery that overlooks the Mississippi River levee and provides a panoramic view of the 100-acre plantation. The upper gallery was used to film a scene in the movie "Twelve Years a Slave." The roof once served as a rainwater catch basin with the fresh water shunted through pipes to a cistern in back of the house. After many years of neglect, the house was salvaged and restored in 1941. In 2008, it was further restored by its new owner, Dr. Marion Rundell, who turned the house into a Bed & Breakfast which also offers public tours. The property was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1991.
Written August 10, 2017
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Joanna R
Tullahoma, TN4 contributions
May 2013 • Couples
A very different kind of plantation tour. The focus of the home was on the restoration and what the plantation now offers in the way of period pieces and the bed & breakfast. We enjoyed the humorous, upbeat tour and the uniqueness of the tours focus on the restoration of the plantation to what it is now.
Written June 3, 2013
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bethanynm
Dublin, Ireland20 contributions
Dec 2011 • Couples
We did not stay at the plantation (we live nearby) but stopped in to take the tour. I went with my mother and sister, and all three of us have taken plantation tours along River Road (Nottoway, Houmas House, etc.) and thoroughly enjoyed them. Bocage was by far the worst plantation tour, and one of the worst tours in general that I have ever taken.

Our tour guide knew next to nothing about the history of the plantation, the area, the antiques, or the restoration process. He was knowledgeable about the steam showers and 42 inch TVs, but that is NOT why people go to tour a plantation house. He couldn't answer even very basic questions about paintings, whether architecture was original, etc. He was not engaging or charismatic, although he claimed to have been working there a year. The "tour" was more like a 30 minute infomercial about the B&B and half of his sentences started with "If you stay here..." and he pointed out things like terry cloth robes and air conditioning rather than tell us origin of the chandelier or any sort of history about the mansion. He seemed impatient and uncomfortable giving the tour. We had a Groupon voucher for 2 admissions and needed to pay for one extra person. He asked for $20 cash and put it in his front shirt pocket - unprofessional and it made us uncomfortable. There were no signs pointing to the start of the tour, nor was there a visible cash register, restrooms for tour guests, etc.

The house itself is lovely, but is clearly set up as a bed and breakfast first and a historical tour second. In one room we were shown there were half open suitcases. In another, prescription pill bottles casually lay on a chaise. In another, a hand vacuum cleaner lay on the four poster bed. I understand that the house is a working B&B, but if you also want to show the house in tours and charge $20/person, I expect better attention to detail.

The grounds leave something to be desired - there are no gardens and only a few trees and randomly placed fountains.

The owners would do well to train their staff as actual tour guides if they would like to have ANY sort of tour business, like the one enjoyed down the road at Houmas. I can't speak to the B&B experiences, but we will be sharing our experience with friends and family to stay away from the tour. If you are visiting the area to take a tour, visit one of the other plantations.
Written December 30, 2011
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Mark2Tex
Willis, TX50 contributions
We spent two nights in Bocage Plantation and enjoyed every moment. It is not often that you get the opportunity to live among antiques and actually utilize them. The plantation home sits elegantly along River Road and when you drive in you notice the stately columns and the large staircase leading to the second floor living quarters. Bocage has five bedrooms each uniquely decorated in its own color scheme and style. We stayed in the red room with the elegant and unusual canopy bed, antique wardrobe, HD TV, beautiful chandelier, and modern steam shower. It is a little like heaven lying on the custom made mattress and gazing up a the ivory colored padded canopy.
The home is decoratred with lovely antiques the owner, Dr. Marion Rundell, has collected from around the world for the past twenty years. Not to be missed is the ivory inlaid desk featuring Napoleon. Where else can you actually sit on antique couches and chairs while enjoying the wine and hors d'oeuvres served by the friendly and efficient Peter who manages the house.. The main living rooms are illuminated by elegant Waterford and Bacccarat chandeliers and are decorated with various works of art including a lovely Tiffany clock and a portrait of Napolean. Or sit outside on the massive veranda across the front and imagine the true "Old South" while sipping a glass of wine.
In the morning you rise to a sumptous breakfast fixed to order selecting from eggs or French toast or omelets with sausage and bacon and biscuits and fruits. Peter will gladly accompany you on a tour of the house and explain the history and furnishings. And Bocage is just a 30 minute drive down to New Orleans for a day trip or to visit the other plantations along River Road. Some plantation homes may be larger than Boacage, but none are more elegantly restored nor furnished. And no where else do you actually get to live in history!
Written August 29, 2010
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swissmiss20122017
Dallas, TX1 contribution
Feb 2016 • Couples
I stayed here and although the beauty of the home was magnificent, the owner and crew were very unwelcoming. The vibe was "hurry up" and we could tell. It is my opinion that they were new and not used to a first class experience that people come to expect as with other plantations in the area. Perhaps they are working on this.
Written January 3, 2017
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We have been closed for B and B for two years! This is a bogus review!
Written January 6, 2017
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