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
I stayed at the inn recently as a weekend getaway, I’m from the area so I was familiar with the ammenities around me. I just wanted a nice quiet weekend with access to some exceptionally beautiful property and this certainly fit the bill. The room was cozy and beds were comfortable, staff was exceptional and catered to any need I had. I would recommend this place in a heartbeat. Hope you’ll check it out too!
Everyone was wonderful and the views amazing! Love that the admission into the plantation is included, it was such a beautiful place. Being able to see the sky at night without all of the city lights and being able to hear the nature all around you is a huge bonus! The room was unique and gave off a warm vibe. I can’t wait to come back again!
Completely rundown rooms for a premium price. I have to admit that it must have been nice when Mike Brady designed it in the 70's but, it was never maintained. Windows don't open, the phone was an antique, rotten wood trim everywhere all for only 250 a night. Inexplicable how this place gets any positive reviews. Staff was friendly - the only bright spot.
I just returned from The Inn at Middleton. I was so looking forward to this weekend away with my husband, and I am in complete shock at how completely gross this Inn is. My room was worse then staying at a Motel 6. I don’t even know how to begin! Just look at the pics of my room. At $200.00 at night, I feel sad and robbed. The Inn is Nothing like the Stunning Middleton Plantation!! Thank goodness the Plantation is so beautiful because you need it to recover from the ugliness of the Inn. Yes, there is a dirty, completely smelly fireplace in your room. Yes, breakfast is included, (oatmeal, fruit, cold cereal, cold tea water and weak coffee). Just look at my truly real pictures. If this is what you’re looking for enjoy. Otherwise, stay in Charleston and Drive out to the Plantation gardens for a truly tranquil and stunning walk.
We stayed 2 nights while visiting Friends and very much enjoyed the morning walks around the property and the included visit to the gardens of the plantation. The room was very spacious and fireplace was a benefit. The bathroom is a bit cold looking and the hot water took a long time to come on. We enjoyed the surroundings and restful nights. We stayed in another hotel when it came time to visit the Charleston downtown area and restaurants as we did not want to do the 40 mins drive back after dinner. The lodge area is very comfortable and pool looks really nice for hotter months. The breakfast was generic and more conference room atmosphere than cosy/romantic weekend but the staff was very friendly and accommodating.