Middleton Place Est. Prior to 1930

4300 Ashley River Road, Charleston, SC, United States

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Welcome to Middleton Place, a carefully preserved 18th-century plantation, National Historic Landmark.
In addition to a breathtaking ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception locations at the National Historic Landmark, your guests may also enjoy relaxing accommodations at the adjacent 54 room Inn at Middleton Place.
The Lowdown
Type
Banquet Hall / Event Facility
Bed & Breakfast / Inn
Estate / House / Mansion / Villa
Plantation
Private Dining / Restaurant
Views
Farm View
Forest
Garden
Lagoon/Pond
Landscaped Grounds
River
Style
Elegant
Garden Party
Romantic
Sophisticated
Traditional
BEST type of CELEBRATIONS
Anniversary / Engagement Party
Bachelor / Bachelorette Party
Bridal Shower
Corporate Event
Product Launch
Elopement / Vow Renewal
Family Reunion
Group Getaway
Holiday Party
LGBT Weddings
Rehearsal Dinner / Welcome Reception
Retreats: Corporate, Spa, Wellness, Etc.
Reunion
Wedding Ceremony
Wedding Reception
Workshops: Creative, Photo, Etc.

Venue Setting

Welcome to Middleton Place, a carefully preserved 18th-century plantation, National Historic Landmark, and America’s oldest formal landscaped gardens. Live oaks draped in swags of Spanish moss, the house museum built in 1755 and a beautiful landscape with sculpted terraces and blooming color, combine to provide a setting of unmatched elegance and charm. Enhanced by the French-inspired formal surroundings, your wedding at Middleton Place will be enriched with warmth, elegance, and attention to every detail. 

Stunning outdoor venues overlooking the Ashley River and rice fields provide ideal ceremony locations. Whether you are planning an intimate, gathering or grand affair, our staff will assist you in selecting a location tailored to your specific needs. 

The Middleton Place Restaurant takes great pride in creating delicious menus that utilize the freshest local ingredients while staying true to the Southern roots of Charleston and the Lowcountry. Two-time Platinum Partners in the Sustainable Seafood Initiative, the Middleton Place Chefs also enjoy preparing produce from the on-site Middleton Place Organic Farm. In addition, the Group Services Department partners with two highly celebrated Charleston caterers, Cru Catering, and Duvall Catering and Event Design. Whether you are planning a wedding weekend filled with a rehearsal dinner Oyster Roast in the plantation Stableyards, a bridal luncheon under a marquee in the gardens, a family dinner in the Cypress Room, or an elegant wedding reception in the Pavilion, Middleton Place can provide a memorable plantation experience.

Fees
(Prices listed here are estimates only & are subject to change)
Price Range

Does this include catering fees?

No

Additional Charges

20% Service Charge added to all catering items.

The couples, who choose Middleton Place for their special day, contribute to the foundation, as part of their wedding fees. Contributions are directed towards the preservation and interpretation of its Gardens, House Museum, and Plantation Stableyards. A Special Group Services Manager can provide you with more details. 

Insurance

Additional Insurance May Be Required Depending On The Event

Capacity

Seated
200
Buffet
200
Standing
300
Celebrations Hosted Here Since
Prior to 1930
Curfew
11 PM
Venue Spaces
Indoor & Outdoor Venue Spaces Available
Catering
Client Must Select A Caterer From The List Provided By The Venue
Alcohol
Provided By Venue For Fee – You Must Use The Venue For All Alcohol Services
Music
Indoors & Outdoors
Smoking
Non-smoking Venue
Accommodations
In addition to a breathtaking ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception locations at the National Historic Landmark, your guests may also enjoy relaxing accommodations at the adjacent 54 room Inn at Middleton Place. Plan the perfect Wedding Weekend: from a welcoming picnic to a rehearsal dinner at the Lake House, horseback riding along the abandoned rice fields, kayaking the Ashley River, your guests have access to all the points of interest that make Middleton Place so fascinating. The Inn is also available for wedding ceremonies and receptions at a reduced rate. The Ashley River Suite is a perfect space for getting ready.
Eco/Green Events
Yes
Pet-Friendly Events
Yes
Kid Friendly Events
Yes
Handicap Accessible
Yes
Other
Yes
Inside Scoop

Middleton Place has it’s very own certified Organic Farm to provide the freshest farm-to-table ingredients.

Amenities
  • A/V Equipment
  • Bridal Suite/Changing Rooms Onsite
  • Ample Parking Onsite
  • Dining Chairs
  • Dining Tables
  • Onsite Restrooms
  • Other
Venue Features
The Scene:

The Gardens, which Henry Middleton envisioned and began to create in 1741, reflect the grand classic style that remained in vogue in Europe and England into the early part of the 18th century. The principles of André Le Nôtre, the master of classical garden design who laid out the gardens at Vaux-le-Vicomte and the Palace of Versailles were followed. Rational order, geometry and balance; vistas, focal points and surprises were all part of the garden design.

Henry Middleton's original gardens contained walkways or allées, which were planted with trees and shrubs, trimmed to appear as green walls that partitioned off small galleries, green arbors and bowling greens. A sculpture was placed at the end of long vistas and ornamental canals designed with mathematical precision. Changes in elevation and new surprises were created at every turn.

Design:

Unique Garden rooms provide the perfect backdrop for any event you can dream up.

Scenic views of the Ashley River, multiple ponds and pools, as well as centuries-old trees and buildings.

Standout Venue Features:

Pavilion with panoramic views of the Greensward.

Adjacent 55-room Inn available for guests and additional space for events and wedding day prep.

Restaurant on-site with event space for a small dinner and adjoining courtyard.

Horse-drawn carriage to transport guests to your on-site reception.

Extra Perks:
• Ceremony venue in one of the Middleton Place Garden Rooms (Butterfly Lakes $1,500 extra may apply).

• Up to 150 white padded chairs for the ceremony.

• Cocktail hour in a Garden Room (Butterfly Lakes $1,500 extra may apply).

• 3-hour reception in the Pavilion.

• On-site Middleton Place representative for all events.

• Current inventory of natural wood Chiavari chairs and tables (indoors only).

• Wrought iron torches (60 max).

• Standard china, glassware, and flatware provided for events catered by Middleton Place.

• Fireplace in Pavilion and fire-pit, seasonally.

• Use of people mover for transporting physically challenged individuals to ceremony and reception sites.

• Welcoming attendant/traffic director and on-site security.

• Horse-drawn Carriage for one hour up until dusk.
Awards & Notables
  • Martha Stewart Magazine
    People Mag
    Brides Mag
    Southern Weddings Mag
    Charleston Weddings Mag
    Architectural Digest
Celebration Locations
Parterre & Butterfly Lakes:
At the Parterre’s end, sculpted terraces lead down to the Butterfly Lakes, which look like butterfly wings which extend to the Ashley River beyond.
- View: Gardens, House Museum, Butterfly Lakes and Ashley River
- Max Capacity: 400+
Secret Gardens:
Two separate gardens. The smaller garden is ringed by formal landscaped hedges. The larger, with four marble statues representing the four seasons, is an equally intimate alfresco room decorated with green foliage.
- View: Gardens and statues
- Max Capacity: 200
Middleton Oak/Sundial Garden:
Believed to be more than 900 years old, the Middleton Oak is nestled along the banks of the Ashley River and overlooks a flooded rice field, river and marsh. The adjacent Sundial and Rose Garden completes the romantic setting.
- View: Ashley River, Flooded Rice Field, Live Oaks and Landscaped Gardens
- Max Capacity: 175
Octagonal Garden:
With the Ashley River and flooded rice field as backdrop, this garden boasts pansies and camellias in winter and vibrant azaleas and mixed annuals in spring and summer. Manicured Boxwoods adorn the pathways and live oaks dripping with Spanish moss are visible from every vantage point.
- View: Landscaped Gardens and Live Oaks
- Max Capacity: 400
Crane Pool:
Overlooks the Mill Pond and the spectacular azalea hillside. Live oak trees draped with Spanish moss provide shade.
- View: Mill Pond and Bridge, Azalea Hillside, and Chapel/Spring House
- Max Capacity: 200
The Stableyards:
Heritage breed animal lovers and craft enthusiasts will revel in the natural beauty of the Stableyards. Artisans practice centuries-old crafts in the company of heritage breeds.
- View: Stable Buildings, Animals, Artisans
- Max Capacity: 200
The Pavilion:
With views of Eliza’s House, the Greensward and The House Museum, The Pavilion is versatile enough for cocktail receptions or formal dinners and can be expanded with tents.
- View: Panoramic Views of the Greensward and Stableyards
- Max Capacity: 200+
The Greensward:
A tent erected on the 11-acre Greensward in front of the ruins of the Main House makes for a spectacular setting for a gala reception.
- View: House Museum, Landscaped Gardens, Stableyards
- Max Capacity: 500+
Cypress Room and Courtyard:
A warm and welcoming space for more intimate gatherings. The adjoining courtyard is perfect for cocktails.
- View: Greensward and House Museum
- Max Capacity: 32
The Inn at Middleton Place:
The 55 room Inn at Middleton Place, adjacent to the Middleton Place Gardens, is available for you and your guests to enjoy relaxing accommodations hidden among the trees with wooded views or river views in every room. Unique event spaces and outdoor activities are perfect for a family reunion, business meeting, or corporate event.
- View: Ashley River
Eats & Drinks
Food, Restaurants, Cafes, Bars & Lounges
Food, Restaurants, Cafes:
The Middleton Place Restaurant offers traditional Low Country favorites made from fresh, local, seasonal, and organic ingredients, harvested fresh from the on-site organic farm and gardens. The on-site organic farm and gardens provide a substantial amount of the produce served. In addition to delicious food and drink, guests have a beautiful view of the Mill Pond and Azalea Hillside. The Restaurant was recently named by OpenTable as one of the "Most Scenic Restaurants in America."

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