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The Inn at Middleton Place 4.0

Charleston, Coastal South Carolina, South Carolina

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Pros

  • Gorgeous plantation setting by a river surrounded by woodlands
  • Beautiful rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows and wood-burning fireplaces
  • Restaurant serves tasty local fare
  • Outdoor pool
  • Kayaking and guided horse trail rides available
  • Breakfast included in room rate
  • Free admission to the Middleton Place Plantation
  • Free parking and Wi-Fi
  • Pet-friendly (for a fee)

Cons

  • Far from historic downtown Charleston
  • Restaurant is closed on Mondays
  • Rooms might have wood smoke smell
  • No fitness center

Bottom Line

The Inn at Middleton Place is an upscale hotel situated on the historic Middleton Place Plantation with beautiful gardens, landscaped lakes, and a scenic river. The hotel’s 55 rooms have rustic, cabin-like interiors with hardwood floors, wooden shutters framing floor-to-ceiling windows, and wood-burning fireplaces. There’s plenty to do on the property including free tours of the plantation's House Museum and stable yards, and the hotel has a restaurant with an outdoor deck for alfresco dining with a view. The property attracts many couples seeking a peaceful getaway immersed in nature, and the secluded location is about 40 minutes away from historic downtown Charleston. Guests looking for a more central location should consider the Ansonborough Inn, a rustic, mid-range hotel with a small English pub on-site.

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Scene

Modern inn set on a historic plantation with wooded paths and man-made ponds

Situated on a plantation that dates back to 1741 and is a National Historic Landmark, the Inn at Middleton Place blends history with modernity, housed in minimalist block-like buildings covered in huge windows and surrounded by gorgeous wooded grounds. The 65 acres feature 100-year-old oaks, blooming azaleas, beautiful magnolias, and a meandering river. There are plenty of places to enjoy the natural surroundings, whether it's taking a walk along the Ashley River or relaxing by one of the man-made ponds on the property, such as the lovely Butterfly Lakes shaped to look like butterfly wings. The beautiful natural surroundings make their way indoors as well by way of floor-to-ceiling windows that provide a green backdrop to the bright and airy spaces. Warm wooden panelling and floors lend interiors a rustic and cozy feel. The high-ceilinged lobby pairs the wooden furnishings with Oriental rugs and beige couches and armchairs for a sunlit and inviting atmosphere.

Location

Located on the historic Middleton Place Plantation on the banks of the Ashley River

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The inn is located on the grounds of the historic Middleton Place Plantation in a fairly secluded area on the banks of the Ashley River. The beautiful wooded area is a peaceful getaway about 40 minutes from historic downtown Charleston. There's not much within walking distance besides the grounds, which include the House Museum, gardens, and stables. There are other historic plantations nearby including Drayton Hall and Magnolia Plantation, which are both within a 10-minute drive. The Charleston International Airport is about a 30-minute drive.

Rooms

Spacious, rustic rooms with wood-burning fireplaces and floor-to-ceiling windows

Rooms at the hotel have a rustic, cabin-like appeal with hardwood floors, wood-burning fireplaces, and handcrafted wooden furniture. Shutters cover floor-to-ceiling windows which offer lovely views of the river, woods, or courtyard. Rooms have flat-screen TVs, coffee machines, mini-fridges, and free Wi-Fi, as well as thoughtful touches like small bags of trail mix, bottled water, and fresh flowers. Spacious bathrooms have custom-tiled shower/tub combos, large vanities, and natural Sprout Out bath products. A suite is available with a wraparound deck, living room area, and separate shower and tub. Guests should be aware that rooms might have a wood smoke smell due to the fireplaces, which might pose issues for some. 

Features

Free breakfast, restaurant with outdoor seating, and free plantation tours

The hotel provides a free breakfast including muffins, homemade granola, and fresh fruit. A hot breakfast is also available for an additional fee in the restaurant. Guests appreciate the evening reception with appetizers, wine, and beer, but recommend arriving early before refreshments run out. The restaurant serves traditional fare like okra soup and shrimp and grits for lunch, as well a more formal dinner menu including local seafood and organic chicken. The restaurant is closed on Mondays, but the inn offers a Monday night "dinner and a movie" special. 

The sprawling, nature-filled grounds are rich in wildlife and offer plenty of activities, including kayaking on the Ashley River and guided horse trail rides (with additional fee). Guests of the inn receive free admission to the House Museum and gardens as well as tours of the plantation, stable yards, and fields. There's also an outdoor pool on the grounds. Other amenities include a small game room with a TV, computer, printer, and various books and board games. Wi-Fi is free throughout, as is parking, and the hotel accommodates pets for a fee. 

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Address

4290 Ashley River Rd, Charleston 29414-7200, United States

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