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 here for one night, and definitely will come back again. If this is Southern hospitality, count me in anytime!
By staying in this place, there are historical sights that you can visit right within the inn vicinity (for free). The breakfast was great in a nice dining area.
The grounds extensive, with lovely views. Nice to take a walk (bring bug spray though, if you are prone to be bitten, which I am). You can easily spend at least 4 hours exploring the place, and even more. Attached to this place are a garden and a historic manor that you can sign up for free as a guest to tour (there is a schedule when the tours are ran). We attended the manor tour, and was worth it! It is maintained by volunteers and the history about it is worth the time. There was a museum store, place to eat or buy sandwiches. This place reminds me of a wee bit of England so it is a great place to visit and stay.
The hotel or place you will sleep in was designed by an architect who did it in a certain style. So the room we stayed in is very interesting. Comfortable beds! So just want to let you know since it's a different feel. The bathroom has a big sunken tub/bath pool big enough for two people. Also at around 5 or so, there was music in the Lodge where drinks can be bought with free cheese and crackers. Nice place to lounge around, listen to music, read a book, and play chess.
Definitely a great place to stay and even a place to visit!
We booked two rooms, one for my husband and I, the other for his parents. Our rooms were pretty and cozy, and located on the first floor of the Middleton building. Check-in went smoothly, although it’s best to wait until the 4p check-in time to arrive.
I wouldn’t recommend this place for children tethered to the internet and gaming consoles. The TV in the room is quite small, and electrical outlets in the bedroom area are limited. Take advantage of the beautiful property and unplug!
The only qualm we had with our room is that the weatherstripping under the door needed replacing. We had to send several little crawly critters back outside. The uninvited guests were most likely due to poor weatherstripping and the room being on the ground floor, accessed through the outdoors.
The continental breakfast is quite simple. Oatmeal, cereal, scones, yogurt, fruit, juice, coffee, tea. Hot meals cost extra and must be ordered.
We took advantage of the opportunity to kayak from the hotels backyard. It’s not included in room cost, but two tandem kayaks ran us about $110 for a 2.5 hour self-guided trip. Well worth it for the scenery. Afterwards, we hopped in the pool!
For dinner one night, we all ate at the Middleton Place restaurant...all I can say is wow! Make a reservation before you go. The service and food are excellent! 4/5 of us opted for the fried chicken and it was absolutely wonderful. The place is a little pricey, but you feel better about the cost when you get delicious, fresh-cooked, flavorful, southern food in return.
Several tours of the property/plantation are included with your room, but we didn’t go on any of them.
Overall, this was a remarkable stay. This was my first time visiting South Carolina and this first time in Charleston. The peaceful property was so refreshing and much needed.
This was a last minute decision to stay at Inn at Middleton because of additional meetings added in Charleston. I arrived after 9 pm thinking this was going to be another cookie cutter hotel room. Boy was I wrong! There was no carpet and when you walked on the hardwood floors you could tell they were clean. It even had a fireplace and
a bathroom with a beyond large tiled bathtub. The room was extremely quiet and the bed was very comfortable. I will be back!!!