A true Southern welcome was extended to us by Kathryn Green, the innkeeper, when we arrived.
She gave us a comprehensive overview of the history of the place and what life would have been like in the days when it was a rice growing plantation.
We stayedin the Rutledge room in the old school house which was where the owner's children were taught.
The scene driving down the long drive passing through the old slave village set either side of the avenue of Live Oaks with Spanish Moss hanging from their branches was much more than we could have imagined such a scene to be. It was captivating.
Looking around the grounds in the evening and following morning we were awestruck at the enormous amount of human labour that went into creating this place from clearing the forest, to laying out the grounds, constructing the buildings and digging the dykes enclosing the rice paddy fields.
Kathryn served breakfast in the dining room of the main house which had all the original furniture and artefacts. We enjoyed the interesting combination of sweet bread pudding with savoury bacon and turkey sausage preceded by a warm pear compote.
This b&b is great value in all senses of the word.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Mansfield Plantation (ca. 1718) is a well-preserved, antebellum rice plantation on the banks of the Black River in Georgetown, South Carolina. Today, Mansfield still retains the old world charm and elegance of a bygone era. With over 1,000 acres of property, Mansfield Plantation offers guests the unique opportunity to step back in time and experience life on a Southern Plantation.A gourmet breakfast buffet is served each morning in the main house, with offerings such as stuffed French toast, poached pears, and Kathryn's always-changing egg bake. Mansfield is sensitive to guests food allergies and preferences, so just ask!The plantation has three surrounding properties with unique guests suites in each. The North Guest House has four private suites, while the School House has two guest rooms. The Old Kitchen House has two lower-level suites and one upstairs suite. All nine guests suites have a private entrance, private bathroom, as well as many amenities from a modern hotel (satellite TV, coffee maker, mini fridge, etc.)Rent a room and stay for the weekend, or rent the entire plantation grounds! And look for Mansfield in "The Patriot", which was filmed on-location at Mansfield.As seen in Garden & Gun, Charleston Magazine, South Carolina Homes & Gardens, on CNN, and more! ... more less