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 hadn’t stayed at Middleton Place since 2009, so we were delighted to find it just as peaceful, well-maintained and welcoming as on our previous trip. We stayed in a Grand King room with a sweeping view of the Ashley River. We had booked the Adventure Package, and our generous chacuterie plate and six craft beers were waiting in the fridge upon our arrival. The package included a guided kayak tour and bike rentals, both of which were easy to set up and most enjoyable. In fact, our favorite part of staying at the inn is the easy access any time during daylight hours to the beautiful grounds of Middleton Place itself. Fueled by our in-room coffee, we would be over in the gardens around 7 so we could watch the birds feeding and wander the camelia groves in the early morning light. Our room was kept spotless all four days we were there, and the open fireplace in front of the couch provided a cozy place to relax at the end of the day. We thoroughly enjoyed our meals at the on-site restaurant, and breakfast was satisfying - though I do miss the hard boiled eggs that used to be on offer. All in all, we thoroughly enjoyed our four days and nights in such a peaceful, natural setting. The modern architecture of the inn blends with the surroundings well, and the floor to ceiling wooden shutters allow for spacious views.
My husband and I stayed here for one night and were happy that is all we stayed for. The room we were first assigned smelled so strongly of smoke, we asked for another room. The staff was accommodating and very friendly. Neither of the bedside lamps were functioning, the bathroom floor was soaking wet, the pillows and bedding had all seen “better days.” A very outdated and dark room. Breakfast was yogurt, cereals and breads. At this point, we checked out. At one time, I am sure this was a beautiful inn and with some work, it could be again, but we would not recommend it at this time.
The setting is gorgeous and peaceful, the room was clean bed comfortable I love the wall of windows, wood for the fireplace is supplied. Bathroom is fine although tub/shower area is very dated. Entrance to the plantation and gardens are a real plus.
Only problem we're having is a charge to the credit card 2 days after we left, they say they don't show it but it cleared our account and was posted so I'm having to dispute it with the cc company. After several calls to Middleton Inn and assurances of a return call when they figure it out I never here from them, I don't feel management is very good.
Be sure to check your cc account for charges you didn't make.
Two night stay the Sunday and Monday before Thanksgiving. Found the staff to be courteous and efficient, but then again we had no questions or issues. The accommodations were adequate, but no wow factor present, even given the location. Everything worked with the exception of the WiFi. Continental breakfast included, no better or worse than what you can get most other places. Eggs and bacon or omelettes available for a charge. There is a pool, kayaking and equestrian features available. If it's all about location, this place is wonderful, otherwise, it's just OK.
Not sure how anyone could give this place more than 1 star
The place is old, run down, and not kept up, it needed major renovations not just a make over
The staff is friendly but they never and I mean never follow through on anything they commit to do
I hope you do not want to shower, there is no water pressure - not even enough water pressure to flush the dirty toilet and sometimes there is hot water
I hope you like mold, black mold all over the bath/shower, which they committed to clean and did not, and green mold all over the buildings
Buildings are circa 1970's, all concrete and really needing updating
Room had a window that would not close and it had no screen
Many shutters were inoperative
No idea where the decent pictures came from, that is not what I saw
I have stayed in a significant number of inns, hotels, motels, b&bs, resorts all over the world and this is #WorstInnEver
Generally you get what you pay for, but not here