In early April, my boyfriend and I made a reservation at the Red Horse Inn for a much-needed long Memorial Day weekend getaway. We booked our stay at the Stables Cottage, as we were planning on taking our dog with us. Mary called shortly after we made the reservation to get the name of our dog so that she would be able to give her a proper welcome when we arrived.
Three weeks later, my boyfriend and I decided that we wanted to get married at the Red Horse Inn during our stay. I called Mary and asked if we would be able to change our reservation to the elopement package, even with the short notice considering the holiday weekend. Mary gladly changed our reservation for us, including changing our cottage to the Grainary Cottage. Mary was most helpful in providing recommendations for wedding officiants and hairstylists, as well.
Upon our arrival, we were greeted by a cheerful Mary. We discussed details of the property, our cottage, the wedding, and our wedding-night dinner, as well as information about Landrum and the surrounding area. Mary also gave us our Waterfalls and Winery Tour package information.
We drove to our cottage, and were immediately astounded by the beauty and serenity of the property. Each cottage sits by itself and has so much privacy that you would never even know that other cottages were on the property. At our cottage, we were greeted by a welcome card on the front door, which was such a nice touch. The cottage was just beautiful, and it was quite amazing the amount of detail that had been put into decorating it for that perfect romantic feel. The refrigerator was stocked with a variety of wonderful breakfast items, including parfaits, breakfast burritos, quiches, muffins, and fruits, all of which were delicious. We also had added the Champagne and Chocolate Strawberries, both of which were awaiting us and were fantastic. The strawberries lasted us a few days, as they were huge...and quite tasty.
The next day we got up and began getting ready for our wedding. Per Mary's recommendation, I had my hair put into an updo by Kelly at Kapell's. Kelly did an amazing job! We then went to the main house, where we were greeted by Mary, Roger, and Danielle Baker, our wedding officiant whom Mary had recommended. It was a beautiful sunny day in the low 70s, so we had our ceremony outside, overlooking the mountains. The ceremony was very intimate and romantic...simply perfect. Danielle was absolute fantastic, and we would highly recommend her!!! Roger took amazing photographs before, during, and after the ceremony that captured everything from us signing our marriage certificates, to the wedding ceremony. Of course there were many post-ceremony photographs as well, and he even took some fun photos of us by our car with an iPhone that we later used to tell our families and friends our great news. We did elope, after all :)
Later that evening, we were served an amazing meal in our cottage. We had the filet mignon, which, like all of the other food, was fantastic. We got a bottle of pinot noir with dinner, and cheesecake and the flourless chocolate cake for desert. It was the perfect end to the pefect day!
The rest of our stay, we relaxed, drove to various antique shops, and did our waterfalls and winery tour, although we could have easily just stayed in the cottage and enjoyed the peacefulness of it. We began every day with coffee on the back porch, and ended every night by relaxing in the hot tub.
This bed and breakfast is not like any other bed and breakfast we have ever been to. It is so unique and wonderful. We cannot recommend it highly enough!!! It is evident in every detail that Mary and Roger absolutely love what they do and put tremendous effort into making their guests feel happy, comfortable, and welcome. We will definitely be back at least once a year to celebrate our anniversary!!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sweeping mountain views, pastoral vistas and endless sky create the perfect setting for six charming cottages and six luxurious rooms in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains of South Carolina. Whirlpools, fireplaces and outdoor spas are just a few of the amenities guests can enjoy in the serene setting of The red Horse Inn. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Red Horse Hotel Landrum