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Romance at Red Horse Inn

Spend the night at a South Carolina Inn where love is always in the air. 
by Erin Z. Bass

Mary and Roger Wolters began building Red Horse Inn in Landrum, South Carolina, in 1995. A labor of love for the couple, the inn has since expanded to include a main house and six private cottages. Romantics at heart and celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary next year, the Wolters run their business with couples in mind.

“Our whole premise is what we want when we get away,” says Mary. “Our cottages are built for optimum privacy.” When the couple started building a dining room in the Main Inn, Mary says guests weren’t happy about it. They told her they liked the privacy of sleeping in and having breakfast in their cottage, which Mary stocks with items like juice, muffins and croissants. So, when rooms were built in the Main Inn, “kitchen closets” were included for those who didn’t want to get out of their pajamas. (Rooms also sport whirlpool tubs, fireplaces and views.)

Victorian-style cottages dot the hillside around the Main Inn, each with a kitchen, bedroom, bath and living room with fireplace. Three have whirlpool tubs, while the remaining three have private, outdoor hot tubs. Cathedral ceilings and large windows frame views of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Romantic touches go way beyond breakfast in bed at Red Horse. Available packages like “The Sweetheart” include a dozen roses, chocolate-covered strawberries and chilled champagne, and guests will always find a welcome card on their door. A personalized note on the bed also marks a special occasion, and a rolled up “recipe for love” accompanies rose petals strewn over the bedspread.

Candlelit dinners can be delivered direct to a guest’s cottage as part of the Romance Package, or let the innkeepers take you on a romantic walk to a pair of Adirondack chairs and picnic basket with a mountain view. Signs printed with the names of love songs lead the way.

There are also packages for exploring the surrounding area. “‘The Bridges of Madison County’ already made the idea of covered bridges romantic,” says Mary, and she suggests checking out Campbell’s Covered Bridge on Pleasant Hill Road. Waterfalls, wineries and antiquing also make for perfect excursions, along with horseback riding, hiking and other outdoor activities.

Mary encourages couples who want to plan something special, like an engagement, or celebrate an anniversary to contact her in advance. “We had a young man last weekend who planned to propose on horseback,” she says. “It’s fun to be in on the surprise.”

Top two photos courtesy of Red Horse Inn.

Rooms at Red Horse Inn are still available for the weekend of February 14 and throughout the rest of the month. Rates start at $175 a night for rooms in the Main Inn and $210 for the cottages. Click here for more information about special packages.


Editor/publisher of Deep South Magazine, Erin Z. Bass is a native of Crowley, Louisiana. She has more than 10 years of writing experience and holds a BA in Journalism from Louisiana State University. Find out more about her here



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