The mansion and the garden were beautiful and impressive. The mansion has a rich and fascinating history as the guide would tell you. However, the current owner who has packed the mansion with antiques he collected has really questionable taste and has turned this respectable place into some kind of joke. On a "religious table" in the living room, a bunch of statues were carelessly thrown together, which include that of Budda, Bodhisattva, other Hindu and Christian deities, and numerous religious symbols you can or cannot imagine. Some Chinese antiques of questionable vintage were displayed in the hallway. Heads of animals were hang together with 19th century American(European?) paintings on the walls of the stairway. Stools made from elephant feet (no kidding) were placed across the hallway on the second floor from a red sofa allegedly owned by a brother of Napoleon. The decor and antiques that filled the mansion were so loud that they made your head spin. There were clearly enough objects of interest to fill at least ten mansions of the same size.
While I admire the energy of the owner who has collected all the antiques and carried them over to the mansion, I feel the work simply does not sit well with the history and style of the mansion. They did not have anything to do with Charleston or the mansion and look like a brash display of wealth.