The Inn At Middleton Place
What We Love
- The fresh breakfast served at the Lake House each morning, and nightly wine and beer reception in the lodge are included in the Jetsetter rate
- Expansive windows in the guestrooms provide grand vistas of the Ashley River, and when the shutters are pulled open it feels as though the tree-lined horizon is limitless
- Free access to the grounds of Middleton Place, America’s oldest landscaped gardens
- Explore the property’s 65 acres by kayak, bike or horse; several heritage breed horses live on the grounds
What To Know
- It’s a 30-minute drive to downtown Charleston
- Guestrooms have Shaker furniture and wood-paneled walls that give the space a distinctly cabinlike feel
- Pets are permitted for $75 per stay; there is a weight limit of 50 pounds
- An 8 percent service fee per night will be collected at the Jetsetter checkout
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Southern Modernist. When the inn’s architect, W.G. Clark, designed the contemporary buildings 25 years ago, he used open spaces and floor-to-ceiling windows to best complement the sweeping landscape. As you approach the four buildings today, you’ll notice nature has complied as well: Fig vines that began growing up the exterior walls then now almost completely obscure the inn.
Bed and Bath
Guestrooms have Shaker furniture, wood-paneled walls, working fireplaces and braided rugs that give the space a distinctly cabinlike feel. Expansive windows provide grand vistas of the Ashley River, and when the shutters are pulled open it feels as though the tree-lined horizon is limitless. The inn’s bathrooms have all-natural, biodegradable Sprout Out products nod to the hotel’s surroundings.
Just a five-minute walk from the inn, Middleton Place is a historic property first owned by Declaration of Independence signer Arthur Middleton. Today the place has a bit of a Colonial Williamsburg vibe; picture sheep grazing on the green, horse and buggy rides and on-site blacksmiths charged with crafting many of the gift shop’s goods. Tour the House Museum to get a sense of how life was lived as a prosperous rice farmer, or explore the gardens for a closer look at the sprawling swaths of rhododendron bushes, magnolia trees and one 900-year-old oak. The on-site restaurant serves traditional Low Country dishes, including locally produced she-crab soup, shrimp and grits, and collard greens.
In the Area
The 24-mile stretch that makes up the Ashley Scenic Byway is lined with plenty of other notable sights. Plan a visit to see Magnolia Plantation’s stunning collection of azaleas and camellias, and Drayton Hall’s marvelously maintained Georgian-Palladian buildings — the oldest preserved plantation open to the public in the country. Visit Charles Towne Landing to see where European settlers first landed in the Carolinas. Grab a bucket of steamed oysters at the Crab Shack, one of South Carolina’s must-try seafood stops.
How to Get There
Traveling solo and for a limited amount of time I stumbled upon the Inn at Middleton Place on Travelzoo, and I couldn't be more delighted that I did. The photos are beautiful and the experience is just as lovely. The very geometric and stoic buildings somehow manage to look like they are being enveloped by the nature around it. It being October the weather was perfect for walks on the grounds and taking advantage of the included passes to parts of Middleton Place. The room was simple, clean, and large! The bed was very comfortable. The wall of windows was the icing on on the cake, overlooking the green space toward the Ashely River it was relaxation incarnate. The room was well appointed with plenty of towels, pillows, coffee maker, bottled water, and toiletries. Although the stay was exactly what i was looking for in terms of serene surroundings there were a few things worth noting that I think could improve. The included breakfast was very sparse and pretty much the same thing everyday, I understand there was an al a carte menu (for an additional charge) and I know that they are going to be changing their breakfast options completely beginning 2020 I believe, however the breakfast buffet consisted of possibly 2 types of muffins, croissants, fruit salad, 3 cold cereal options, and oatmeal with a variety of toppers also included coffee and juice. As I said I know they will be changing the breakfast format very soon so I will figure the lack of options and abundance on the transition. Besides this detail I think the place was exactly as it was pitched. Pleasantly surprised to find several hammocks strung up around the property, perfect for a late afternoon break after exploring plantations and before happy hour/dinner.
I enjoyed my stay as usual. The Staff is very nice and helpful. I was hoping to see more alligators sunning (as you know, the Inn is in a very remote area) while I was there, but only saw one alligator. (saw a lot the last time I visited) I love the nature walk to the Middleton Place Restaurant. Dinner was Great. The room was nice and comfy. I have no problem with the room, considering they are on the river, you are going to have your occasional bug. I personally love the nice Tub and Shower. You can sit outside or lay in the Hammock and read, Nap. Even got to see a few Raccoons. The walk on the grounds was awesome, and the birds were beautiful. Thanks once more for a great time.
What a beautiful plantation! We loved staying here and away from the hustle and bustle. It was so relaxing and no feeling of being rushed. Our room overlooked the Ashley River and our room was nice and cozy. It was wonderful walking through the wooded area to the Lake House for their delicious breakfast buffet. Our first night we had appetizers at The Lodge while listening to the sounds of violin and guitar being played by two musicians. After a day in the historic section of Charleston, we came back for a tour of the house on the plantation and walked through the gorgeous sculpted gardens. It was so peaceful and beautiful. Unfortunately our time was limited but we would've loved to have stayed a little longer. We didn't want to leave but have precious memories of our time spent here.