We enter the foyer to a warm staff greeting beside a cheerful Christmas tree. “Hospitality is personal here,” says Noreen Pailes, the assistant general manager of the small inn. She and her colleagues collaborate to anticipate our needs before we voice them. “We’re a family because we’re so small. It’s what makes Woodlands unique. We invite you into our home.”
The property is the ideal place to ease into the pace of coastal Carolina, where tall, straight pines; leather-leafed magnolias; and wide-armed live oaks dripping with Spanish moss surround the historic redbrick estate.
Eighteen elegantly appointed guest rooms and a guest cottage provide comfort and privacy. The decor--West Indies touches and English antiques--doesn’t feel at all stuffy. Chairs form cozy seating areas by working fireplaces across from four-poster king-size beds. Large baths include showers, soaking tubs, and heated towel racks. The staff spoils our pets as well by setting up a doggy bed and supplying fresh-baked goodies.