My wife and I stumbled upon a terrific B&B in Latta, SC, about 5 miles off I-95 just south of the North Carolina, South Carolina border. We were looking for a highway stopover on our way from Baltimore to Hilton Head, SC, saw a listing for the Abington Manor in the AAA guide and thought we would try something other than an economy motel on the highway.
The Inn is located in a grand Greek Revival mansion with generous and well planted grounds. The room in which we stayed (one of seven) was large, very well decorated and came with a king bed and working fireplace and oversized bath. The innkeepers were very accommodating, particularly since we made a last minute, one night reservation from the highway about 90 minutes before we arrived.
Dinner is served at 7:30, with cocktails at 7 in the public rooms, and it was superb. We happened to be there Valentines weekend 2013 with a dinner featuring filet and lobster tail. Breakfast was also excellent with lots of local ingredients and food prepared fresh on site. While more expensive than a roadside motel, the price for the room and dinner seemed very reasonable to us based on the quality provided and relative to big city standards.
We would recommend this in for anyway traveling on I-95 in the Carolinas looking for an oasis of civility and southern charm and it also appears to be a very attractive venue for a wedding or other special event. For the traveler, the charm and grace of Abingdon Manor is further enhanced in contrast to the gaudy South of the Border, which lies right on the highway about 10 miles north of Latta is a good way to acquaint you with the location of Abingdon Manor if you are familiar with that portion of I-95
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Abingdon Manor provides the only luxury accommodations in the Carolinas or Georgia close to interstate 95. The Inn is listed by AAA as a “Classic Country Inn” and had received the prestigious Four Diamond rating for fifteen consecutive years. The property, on the National Register of Historic Places, was built at the beginning of the 20th century as an opulent private home and, while now an Inn, retains the feel of an opulent private residence. A member of Select Registry, Distinguished Inns of North American, Abingdon Manor is ranked among the best Inns in the country. Located in a residential section of the historic district in the charming village of Latta it is just 25 miles north of Florence. The Inn is halfway between New York City and Palm Beach as well as Washington DC and Jacksonville, Florida and it is just 5 miles east of 95. Purchased by Michael and Patty Griffey from Miami, Florida in 1995 to operate as a luxury Inn, extensive renovations, decorating and landscaping have turned this magnificent building into a refined, elegant setting for travelers. The seven guest rooms in the 10,000 square foot building insures privacy, peace and tranquility. The award winning restaurant, The Dining Room at Abingdon Manor, also rated Four Diamonds by AAA, provides fine dining nightly, with full liquor and wine listing. At a fraction of the cost of comparable properties, the Inn offers the discriminating traveler looking for upscale accommodations a particular value. ... more less
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