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
We stayed two nights for a wedding which was held on the grounds. Please take serious note of the following:
the walkway to the wedding /garden area is dangerous. It runs through a woods and is very secluded. There is uneven forest floor, roots and old uneven brick stairs, it is dangerous in the daylight. I wish I had taken pictures as it was so ridiculous. The wedding was over at 11pm and the path lights which were very few and far between were off - zero light. If my husband hadn't had a light on his phone I don't know what we would have done. You couldn't see your hand in front of your face. We had seen an alligator along the path earlier in the day.
From a guest's perspective the contract entered into when paying to stay at a hotel is that the proprietor does their best to offer guests a safe and enjoyable environment. This was not our experience. I thank the man from Florida who warned me about the path so that I could wear my ugly flip flops with my formal dress. As well, the signage is very poor and guests were asking each other how to get to breakfast or to the gardens and passing the info along.
The other reviews criticizing the rooms lack of cleanliness and maintenance are accurate. The rooms are oppressive. The first room they tried to give us had twin beds. I don't know of any hotel that still offers tiny, child-like twin beds. We were happy to leave.
If the Management can only offer rude last words like the ones read in response to other reviews then please do not respond.
Love the minimalist style. Reminded me of Frank Loyd Wright. Warm, sunny, organic. The soaking tub has to be seen to be believed. I never sit in a tub but I did for this one. Having access to the gardens after hours is magical. We strolled together discovering all the twist and turns. Dinner at the restaurant was a treat. Duck confit pot pie......amazing. Walking back on the lit path with our flashlight and walking up to the sound of the rain all led to a wonderful experience
The Inn at Middleton Place is a nice hotel surrounded by the gardens of the plantation. It is bordered by the Ashley river to the rear of the property and a horse farm on the Ashley river road side. The room was a bit dated but was clean. I was there in August so it was warm. I look forward to coming back when the weather is cooler to be able to enjoy the property more.
After spending time in downtown Charleston/Mt. Pleasant and dealing with so many people and cars, it was a relief to get to the Inn. Nice views of the river, attached to the Middleton Plantation that allows guests at the hotel to tour and walk the paths - beautiful spot. They also have a very good restaurant. Breakfast included - but just adequate. You can order, and pay from a menu if you need/want more than the buffet offers. Everyone was very nice.
We had a wonderful stay here. The place is beautiful and so quiet and restful. Amazing soaking tub! The breakfast next morning was awesome! Wish we could have stayed another day! All of the staff were friendly and helpful!