Woodlands reopens as event venue

Staff Report
Published Feb. 19, 2013

The former Woodlands Inn is reopening as a special events and wedding venue after being purchased by a local businessman.

The former Woodlands Inn in Summerville is reopening as a special events and wedding venue under new owner Tom Limehouse. (Photo/File)
The former Woodlands Inn in Summerville is reopening as a special events and wedding venue under new owner Tom Limehouse. (Photo/File)
Tom Limehouse, former state legislator and owner of Summerville Auto Auction, purchased the property in September 2012 from Salamander Hotels and Resorts.

The building is a 1906 Greek revival mansion on 11 acres of property in Summerville. Prior to this new use, it was an 18-room resort that had been awarded the Mobil Five Star and AAA Five Diamond awards.

“This rebirth will allow Woodlands to continue its long and storied history of romance, elegance and grand celebrations,” Limehouse said in a statement. “This property is too beautiful and special to be taken apart solely for economic convenience.”

Limehouse considered dividing the property for multiple uses and other ideas proposed by the community before deciding on opening the property for corporate events and weddings.

There are no plans to reopen the on-site restaurant, but Limehouse said the inn’s 18 bedrooms may reopen on a limited basis for corporate and wedding guests.

“With the Charleston area being the premier wedding destination in the country, the demand for luxury venues with lodging is increasing,” Limehouse said. “Our unique capability to allow the entire estate, including 18 bedrooms to be taken over for an entire week or weekend should make the mansion at Woodlands very attractive for both destination brides and corporate planners.”

Previous coverage

Woodlands Inn to be sold in Summerville
Foreclosure threat pushes Woodlands to former owner

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