Q & A
What exactly is Middleton Place?
Middleton Place is a National Historic Landmark and home to America’s Oldest Landscaped Gardens, House Museum and Plantation Stableyards. The House Museum interprets four generations of Middleton Family, with extraordinary family furniture, silver, porcelain, rare books and portraits on display. Birthplace of a signer of the Declaration of Independence, Middleton Place and the Middleton’s have played an important role in American history.
In the newly rejuvenated 18th and 19th century Plantation Stableyards costumed interpreters demonstrate the skills once performed by enslaved Africans. The Stableyards bring to life the sights and sounds of a Low Country rice plantation.
How much is admission?
If you have booked a room with The Inn, that value is within your room rate! Admission to the Gardens, House Museum and Plantation Stableyards are included in every stay, an $86 value, per couple, per day. Reservations are recommended to tour the House Museum. Please call (843) 266-7484 to check tour time availability.
Where is the closest restaurant?
Middleton offers many locations for food options. Inn guests and visitors alike can partake in breakfast daily at The Inn’s Lake House. Grab a quick sandwich and drink during the day in The Lodge, or head over to Middleton Place for fine dining in the restaurant and grab and go options in the Garden Market.
What is the Middleton Place Restaurant dress?
Casual Sunday, no coat and tie required. Ladies, we’d skip the heels. They tend to be uncomfortable on the dirt and sand pathways.
Are your fireplaces open year round?
The wood burning fireplaces we offer in every room are open for the season until approximately the end of March. We provide the wood for guests as well as a fire starter for convenience.
When is the Outdoor Pool open?
The riverfront pool is open sunrise until dusk but is not heated.
What is included with the breakfast?
Included in your room rate are fresh House made granola and house made muffins. The breakfast served in The Lakehouse also includes oatmeal with optional toppings There is also a menu of cooked to order hot foods prepared daily by the Chef for a nominal charge. View the Breakfast Menu >>
What is included in the Evening Reception?
Between the hours of 5-7 pm daily we offer Inn guests a wine and beer reception,with appetizers provided by the Chef. The Lodge stays open through the evening hours offering guests a place to sit and relax and partake in one of the many localCharleston beverages we offer. This reception is not always available to large Groups that booked, such as wedding parties. Please check with the Inn Coordinator to confirm if your group is included.
When will the bridge over the Mill Pond be re-opened?
The azalea hillside and the new Mill Pond bridge will be completed towards the end of February. Please be aware that the path that leads across the Azalea hillside towards the Restaurant will be closed during the construction of a new bridge across the Mill Pond. Note also that the pathway that leads from the South Butterfly Lake to the Spring House and Chapel may also be blocked off from time to time. In that event, Inn guests may detour up the terraces to reach the Restaurant, House Museum and the Gardens.
When was the Inn built and who were The Inn's architects?
1987, and The Inn was designed and executed by W.G. Clark and Charles Menefee of Charleston. Lead architect W.G. Clark approached the design with a variety of factors in mind. First, he wanted the buildings to complement historic Charleston architecture; more specifically, the architectural ruins that seem to be emerging out of the earth and ancient forests and can still be found throughout the Low Country. In previous interviews, Clark pointed to the ruins of the Old Sheldon Church in Yemassee, S.C. as inspiration, saying if one were to come out of the woods on the back side of the Inn, the structures would appear to be unoccupied, as if they had always been there.
I’ve read reviews that refer to mold in the tubs, is that true?
Absolutely not. As a design feature each of the 150-gallon tub/shower combo’s were built using black grout in between the tiles. It had been mistakenly referred to mold by previous guests.
How many people will your tubs hold?
We have been asked this question so many times that it warrants being in this list. The Standard Riverview and Woodsview Rooms may only house three people, where a Grand room can accommodate up to four. We recommend only allowing those in your room, in your tub, at one time.
Do you have TV’s and cable in the rooms?
For now, yes. TV’s are a controversial issue here at the Inn. We feel guests should spend their time enjoying the views, property and Middleton Place. Unplug for a while, if you may. However we do recognize that there is a benefit to offering them, so we do currently have limited channels available. VCR/DVD player rentals are available from the registration building, as well as a assortment of movies.
Is there WIFI?
Yes. We offer complimentary wi-fi in all guest rooms, The Lakehouse, and The Lodge.
What animals can I expect to see?
Tons! Alligators, snakes, deer, bobcats, turtles, various water and land birds; Including Eagles that have made their nests along the Ashley River, otters, armadillos, raccoons, wild boars and squirrels. Tons of squirrels.
Are we in danger of any of the animals?
We ask that guest use their best judgment if encountering any of the native wildlife and not to approach, feed or harass them. They are all more afraid of us then we of them!
What are necessities to pack while visiting?
Bug spray of your choice, comfortable walking shoes (no heels ladies!), sunscreen, binoculars, a book or two, IPod to plug into the docking station provided, address book to send out postcards.
What is the landscaping of the Inn like?
Unlike its neighbor Middleton Place, the Inn is very much un-planned and natural. When you first pull off the main highway you follow a dusty, dirt road which leads you to the registration building. Once checked in you are directed to your room. Dirt pathways direct you between buildings and trees hang low around the rooms. When it rains, there will be mud. We are not apologizing for these things and hope that the jungle we offer here is more ascetically pleasing then the concrete one you face elsewhere.