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 were paying over $200 a night for the Inn. We had seen pictures before going so we knew what it looked like inside the rooms and knew it would be more rustic. However, when we arrived and walked in, the floors were dirty with grit and sand. We had to wipe our feet off before getting in bed or putting shoes on. The rooms have wood-burning fireplaces which is a nice feature, but the entire room smelled overwhelmingly like fireplace. It would be a cozy smell in the winter, but not in April. The internet was very weak and kept going out so we were unable to do any work. One of our lampshades also had brown stains all over the bottom of it. The lights in the bathroom over the vanity flickered and it was overall dark in the bathroom because there were only two lights above the sink and one above the toilet. Our toilet was also stained yellow on the inside. Finally, the grout in the shower/tub was black and the shower/tub changer did not work. If we wanted to take a bath (which we didn't because it felt dirty), we would have had to fill it up using the shower head. The pressure in the shower was very weak as well. Overall, it would have been fine if we weren't paying a luxury price a night for this hotel. But when we are paying over $200 a night and ended up spending roughly $460 for the weekend, we expected way better quality in stay.
We loved the architecture of the lodgings. Just spectacular! We were surprised to see that they had been constructed about 30 years ago, as they remain very stylish. Views wonderful. However, the room was tired. One of the louvered curtains did not work. There were not enough plugs for a laptop. There was no hand towel holder by the sink. Scratches on the door. With a little loving care, it could be perfect.
Although we live in the Charleston area, we have stayed at Middleton Place a number of times because it is a great opportunity to do a small staycation. Great facilities, wonderful food, and of course the beautiful setting!
Beautiful property, surrounded by nature. great for kayaking, bird watching or nature walks. Every room has a beautiful view of the woods and the Ashley River. Only ten minutes walk to Middleton Place restaurant and gardens
The inn is a charmed place. I loved the minimalism and the simplicity of the architecture despite the worn out look . It was pretty obvious they had a shortage of staff and a lack of organization . We had to wait 2 hours for our room to be ready with at least 20 more people . Lucy at the lodge and Amanda,the receptionist, that works there only a month did their best accommodating us during the wait .The cleaning personnel did not do a good job with replenishing our room with what it needed and left full trash bags outside our room that wind spread all over. The gardens were amazing. We spent the whole day roaming the grounds and taking the various tours .Everybody there was lovely and warm. We had a satisfactory lunch at the restaurant . Our stay included continental breakfast that could have used more of a variety and a better quality food as well as a toaster and a microwave.. The wait staff there were nice and efficient. All in all we enjoyed ourselves very much despite the flukes