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“Beautiful plantation with lots of gardens and animals”
Review of Middleton Place

Middleton Place
Ranked #8 of 244 things to do in Charleston
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Middleton Place is an 18th century rice plantation and National Historic Landmark comprising 65 acres of America's oldest landscaped Gardens, the Middleton Place House Museum and the Plantation Stableyards. The Gardens reflect the elegant symmetry of 17th century European design. Sculpted terraces, parterres, and reflection pools inhabited by swans are highlights of their intricate design. Rare camellias bloom in the winter, while vibrant azaleas blanket the hillside above the Mill Pond in the spring.
Reviewed October 1, 2013

We had a nice sunny warm day to explore the gardens and stables. It was relaxing to just walk around after we had taken the house museum tour which was quite interesting. The ancient live oaks with Spanish moss streaming from them were magnificent.

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Warren C, Public Relations Manager at Middleton Place, responded to this reviewResponded November 1, 2013

Middleton Place is best known for it's man-made beauty in the formal gardens and terraces, but it's also blessed with amazing natural beauty, including the Live Oaks, which have survived many challenges over the past 270 years. Thanks for your review!

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Reviewed September 25, 2013

My wife and I only toured the gardens. This was a 2+ hour self guided tour which also included a guided tour of the gardens and which included the opportunity to milk a cow. The gardens are absolutely beautiful. The guided tour was also very informative and was well presented. If you are expecting a plantation type experience, you may be somewhat disappointed. But if you are looking for a leisurely couple of hours in the midst of wonderful country gardens and a bit of history, then this is the place. The admission is somewhat pricey, but overall it is worth it.

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Reviewed September 25, 2013

I had a tough time choosing between Middleton or Magnolia, but Middleton won out. My husband and I arrived first thing in the morning and practically had the grounds to ourselves. The self-guided tour was a nice leisurely stroll, despite the oppresive humidity. It was nice to see the wildlife like peacocks, various cranes, turtles, swans, etc. The ruins of the old house were also nice, though I would have loved a more descriptive placard. The craft demonstrations and the animals were the highlight for us. It was really neat to walk around and just have a sheep walk by like it was no big deal. The staff were all super friendly and seemed very eager to talk about the plantation. Admission to the house is seperate, but we felt like we got enough so we skipped it.

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Reviewed September 25, 2013

I was reluctant to do this tour as the main house is no longer there and I tend to prefer architecture/design tours in historical homes. I was wrong. This started out as us wanting to spend a couple of hours at most and turned into a day long visit! We took the carriage ride and tour combo ($55/pp) and it was wonderful. The carriage ride was very informative and really gave you a great feel for the way the early colonists saught to find a way to sustain themselves through various agricultural trials. The sense of immense wilderness followed by the stunning gardens was an amazing contrast. After the carriage tour we went to the restaurant for lunch and it was easily one of the best meals we had on our trip. Gorgeous views out large windows and delicious food and cocktails. Do not miss the pimento cheese fritters! I'm still thinking about them!! They are trying to organically grow much of the produce on site which points to the care this property takes in detail. The house tour was informative and gave a good feel for the family's journey through history during both the revolutionary and civil war. The house is simple, but the art and artifacts inside are wonderful. Afterward we wandered the grounds through the stables, coopers shop (people there are dressed in the period and do demonstrations), pottery and blacksmith shop. Everyone was eager to explain what they were doing and what the roles were on a plantation of that size. The gardens are really beautiful and worth taking your time through. Before we knew it we had spent five hours there! This was a wonderful part of a romantic weekend.

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Reviewed September 23, 2013

The grounds and gardens are stunning. Although it was a sunny day, shaded areas are abundant. There is a self-guided tour and/or you can take a guided tour of the gardens. Be sure to take your camera as there are many beautiful photo ops. We also took the house tour which was lead by a guide and is an extra cost. No photography is allowed in the house. You see many of the furnishings and art pieces. We ate lunch in the restaurant and the food was delicious and service excellent. We spent about 4 1/2 hours there and it was very enjoyable.

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