Considered the best and most original interpretation of American Greek Revival architecture in the nation, Bocage is a historic treasure not to be missed. Steeped in history with ties to Christopher Columbus and the early colonization of America, the magnificent mansion was designed by famous architect James Dakin and built in 1837. (The original 1801 Creole cottage on the site burned.)
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Bocage is well documented in many books and it has been used as a Hollywood movie set. It has long been considered one of the jewels of the River Road plantations between New Orleans and Baton Rouge.
Dr. Marion Rundell, a native of Louisiana and a well-respected pathologist has returned the mansion to its original splendor. “The plantation has never been open for public tours,” he said. “When I purchased Bocage in 2008 my goal was to open it for the public to enjoy. It is a unique property that maintains an important role in the history of the great plantation houses of the United States. Now you can visit it and see why it holds such an important historical role.”
Now an elegant bed and breakfast, the stately mansion is open for tours and group functions. No expense has been spared to furnish the mansion in fine antiques and accessories, from the great furniture makers such as Mallard, Belter, Roux, Lee, Meeks and others, to grand Baccarat and Waterford chandeliers. “We have paintings by famous artists such as Rembrandt Peale and Thomas Sully, and even a fine clock signed by Tiffany. We are also proud of our fine collection of Old Paris porcelain vases,” Dr. Rundell explained.
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.
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