by Taylor Shelby
Charleston, South Carolina
September 15, 2005
Now, as for ambience, this place just can’t be beat. It is located at the end of this little road, that becomes a dirt road right after the mill. At night, it is so silent and dark out there, that you feel like you are alone in the world. The stars were so clear that they seemed like they were five feet away from you.
Inside, you walk into the ground floor, where the bar, restaurant, and waiting area are. Everything is made out of wood and you can look out the windows and see the dam and the small mill-pond. They also have this big glass table that is built over the water, and you can see where the flumes of water drove the mill stones. It always gave me the heebies when I looked at it, but it was still cool. There is a big deck on the back where you can sit and listen to the waterfall.
Now once you get upstairs, it is a little disappointing. We stayed in the Cortner Apartment, which is like the suite. There was a living room, bedroom, and a kitchen. The sofa folds out into a bed, but it was so uncomfortable that I just slept on it like a couch. The décor is unusual to say the least. It is sort of like you 90-year-old grandmother tried to redo the place, but she wanted to do it in the '70s style. There is a weird mix of turn of the century meets linoleum and naugahyde. The bathroom has some of the most atrocious wall paper known to man.
There were a lot of problems with this room. The A/C in the bedroom is so loud that it shakes the walls, but it is too warm to sleep without it. The shower in the bathroom had terrible pressure. There were windows all over that looked out to the river and mill pond, but all but one of them were so fogged up that you couldn’t even see out of them. It was like the place had the potential to be great, but it just didn’t make it. You also had to drive over to Parish Patch for breakfast, which is only about 5 minutes away, but at 8 in the morning, it seems much farther. If you can’t get anything else, it was neat just for the location, the history (which is provided in-room) and the great view out of the one window. The suite was $152 per night but wasn’t quite worth it.
From journal Out of Our Element in Shelbyville