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 and lunch daily at The Inn’s Lake House. Guests can also request to take their lunch to go, and sit riverside while they dine on one of the Inn picnic tables or take it over to The Lodge. At Middleton Place, fine dining is available in the restaurant, and there are also grab and go options in the Garden Market. Room service from The Restaurant at Middleton Place has also recently been added for a "dine in" option.
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 first 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 is fresh house made muffins, cereal, yogurt, oatmeal, juices and coffee. There is also a menu of cooked to order hot foods prepared daily by the Chef for a nominal charge.
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.