“Home to incredible gardens, an inn, and restaurant”
Middleton Place is a National Historic Landmark and home to America’s Oldest Landscaped Gardens. The Garden Club of America has called the 65 acres “the most important and most interesting garden in America”. Centuries-old camellias bloom in the winter months and azaleas blaze on the hillside above the Rice Mill Pond in the spring. In summer, kalmia, magnolias, crepe myrtles and roses accent a landscape magnificent throughout the year. The Gardens have been planned so that there is something blooming at Middleton Place year-round.
Built in 1755, 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 Middletons have played an important role in American history. The property has miraculously remained under the same family stewardship for some 320 years, and today, successfully preserves history for visitors to enjoy.
In the newly rejuvenated 18th and 19th century Plantation Stableyards costumed interpreters demonstrate the skills once performed by enslaved people. The Stableyards bring to life the sights and sounds of a Low Country rice plantation. Craft artisans include a weaver, blacksmith, potter, and cooper/carpenter. Many heritage breeds are found in the living history Plantation Stableyards including Cashmere goats, Guinea Hogs, River Water Buffalo, Brown Swiss and Jersey cows, as well as Dominique and Rhode Island Red chickens.
The Middleton Place Restaurant offers visitors traditional Low Country fare. Okra soup, she-crab soup, shrimp and grits, collard greens and Huguenot torte are just a few of the tempting dishes served for lunch daily. In the evening, guests enjoy elegant dining overlooking the Mill Pond and Azalea Hillside while savoring a more formal menu featuring local seafood, organic chicken, and carefully selected cuts of meat, and seasonal vegetables.
The Inn at Middleton Place offers relaxing accommodations in an atmosphere of unsurpassed natural beauty for a quiet vacation, a weekend getaway, or a mid-week business conference. The Inn's 55 rooms are secluded among tall pines and live oaks - only a short stroll from Middleton Place, iconic feature of the South Carolina Low Country and home of America's oldest landscaped Gardens.
Among only two hotels chosen in South Carolina, the Inn at Middleton Place made National Geographic Traveler magazine’s first-ever, annual “Stay List." The April 2008 issue’s “Stay List” celebrates 150 hotels in the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean region that are among the best at blending location-inspired architecture, ambiance and amenities, Eco-stewardship and an ethic of giving back to the community. Dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows bring into every room all the rich tones of the outdoor woodland setting, with sweeping views over the winding Ashley River, where the rice plantation culture flourished more than 200 years ago.
Guests of The Inn have access to all the points of interest which make Middleton Place so fascinating. In addition to the Gardens, begun in 1741, the House Museum (1755) offers tours daily and the Stableyards bring to life the sights and sounds of an 18th and 19th-century plantation.
Highly recommend staying overnight here at the Middleton Inn! Best bang for your buck plus a really unique experience of staying on the grounds of an historical plantation. Rates are cheaper than many hotels in the city plus it include price of admission and tours for your family. Unique rooms with inclusive wine (and snacks for the kids) reception in the evening and breakfast. We enjoyed having a 'free pass' to walk around the gardens and plantation grounds before and after hours- so zero crowds early in the morning and in the evenings. Kids loved playing in the terraced garden and walking along the water looking for gators- plenty to see!
One of the most fantastic landscaped gardens in the US. If you're in the Charleston area, and into gardening, or just want a pastoral day away from it all, this should be your day right here.
This place is America's oldest landscaped garden dating all the way back to 1741. I'd skip the tour and meander around the grounds yourself.
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