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
This place was so unique and beautiful . I love that they didn't, cut down the trees for roads and parking. The rooms are much bigger than I was expecting , and the tub was so large I could float in it! They even had bath salts. The room included a refrigerator and had WiFi . The going is very walkable and beautiful . Breakfast was oatmeal , breads, fruit and yogurt . It was located in the Lakehouse that was set up with white linen tablecloths and silverware . If you want to order, there is a small menu.
We were a bit concerned that the inn was too far out, but it wasn't a problem. The drive to the Inn is beautiful and easy. Before you leave "town" there is a shopping mall area that has pretty much everything you might need. At the Inn it's a winding road up to the reception building. Everyone inside was friendly and patient with our questions. Then back into the car for another drive to our building. I loved that they didn't cut down trees to make the drive or parking lots. The sand like road meanders around trees to parking areas. At some places you'll know it a parking place because there is a wooden parking stop on the ground. I just loved it. We rented a Mustang, and it handled the rough ground with no problem at all. They didn't use clever angles to make the rooms look big, they are just big. The whole wall facing the river was shuttered windows. We could open them and enjoy the view or close them for privacy. The room was lacking plugs by the bed, but had options over by the desk. We did have wifi and it was fast enough that we watched a movie each night on our tablet. The floors are hardwood and beautiful. The closet was big and roomy. The bathroom was a thing of beauty, if you like to take long baths this will be your haven, they even provide bath salts. I think you could float in the tub! They have a small refrigerator in the room and a microwave and ice machine in the lodge house. It's a very short walk to Middleton Place. We will defiantly stay here again.
Enjoyed this Inn. Disappointed that River View room had no view of the river at all, but I would like to return at different and cooler time of the year. July was just way too hot but my choice of time was not something to fault the Inn. Did thoroughly enjoy admission and all the tours on the grounds of Middleton Place.
We did the whole trifecta: we stayed at the Inn, toured the plantation (afternoon, evening and morning) and ate dinner in the restaurant. The Inn is late 20th century modern, with large rooms and ample bathrooms and very long stairs to the second floor. It's a short walk to Middleton Place. Breakfast at the Lake House was unusually good.
Not a very good experience! No air conditioning on the first two nights. Continued to complain, and air was worked on but not fixed. When we asked to be moved we were told there were no rooms available. On third day the Inn agreed to move us to another room if air was not fixed. We were in downtown Charleston and received a call telling us the air was fixed or if we came back immediately and packed our belongings we could move to another room. Since we were told the air was fixed and we were an hour away, we decided to keep the room only to return to the room four hours later and the room was still 76. I again called the desk to advise that the room was not cool. I was told that the room was still cooling. When I said this was still an unsatisfactory situation I was told that it was 100 outside and it was hard on the AC and took a while to cool. My reply was that I reserved the room in February and I felt they had had plenty of time to cool the room since then because I reserved an air conditioned room.
Our room was down fourteen steep steps from parking (it was booked as a garden room which made us think it would be on parking level, my bad for not asking) but the sad thing was they had no elevator for two senior citizen ladies. After we carried all our luggage down we were told by the room attendant (not the front desk) that there were people available to assist us with our luggage.
The room was musky smelling, damp, and smelled like the fireplace.
Truly not a good experience and I would not recommend it.