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The Grove--The Inn on Harlee

Marion, South Carolina
If you can imagine the gates of a five acre, peaceful retreat opening for you a tranquil “island” in a beautiful Victorian town where the rich possibilities only begin with a fine room and a gourmet breakfast, then you have started to develop an idea of all that awaits you at “The Grove.” Whether you are searching for a location for a special getaway, a restful break from the rush of I-95 traffic, or a refreshing interlude while conducting business in the region, The Grove will meet your expectations.

The Grove is located on a ten acre green space in the heart of Marion, a remnant of a large farm which refused to yield to development. Half of the acreage is maintained as a park by the city and half is owned privately and contains the gardens and buildings which were once needed in operating the estate known as “The Grove.”

The Eastlake style manor house which was completed in 1895 is the centerpiece of the estate. The 7000 square foot mansion provides for spacious public areas and guest rooms. Each room makes a distinctive architectural and decorative statement. The three parlors and dining room on the first floor are set apart by wide intersecting halls which form an arch at the point of intersection.

The south hall is dedicated to the memory of four generations of the Montgomery family who lived in the house, and family photographs and memorabilia are concentrated there, although items belonging to the family are throughout the house. Miss Annie’s Room, Kate’s Room, The Senator’s Room, and The Brothers’ Room are located on the second floor. The house offers rooms and common areas which will satisfy a variety of tastes and preferences.

You may be drawn to the shrub garden and picture yourself at a leisurely lunch under the canopy of the patrician trees. The smell of a savory apple pie baking in a wood-burning stove in the summer kitchen may lure you to the functioning early 1900’s kitchen and gift shop which features South Carolina produced items and articles designed to evoke pleasant memories of your stay at The Grove. The soft sounds of ancient tools working wood invite you to the barn where you will find Denley at work producing a piece of furniture. On the path to the barn you can gather fresh eggs for your breakfast from the hens at work in the “fowl house.”
In 1895, W.J. Montgomery completed the Eastlake Victorian manor house in the oak grove to connect with his family and retreat from the legal, financial, and legislative worlds which demanded so much of his time. The Grove continues the tradition of offering a setting to rest the body, clear the mind, and rejuvenate the soul.

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Amenities on Site: refreshment center with cookies, soft drinks, water, coffee


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Innkeeper Contact Information
Denley and Ann Caughman
Inn Name: The Grove--The Inn on Harlee
Address: 408 Harlee Street, Marion South Carolina, 29571
Country: US
Phone: 843-423-5220

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Rooms & Rates

Bed Type: Queen
Price Range: $190 - $190
Named after Bell and Mabel Montgomery, the suite is located on the first floor and was a 1941 addition to the manor house. Many of their personal possessions are in the suite and are representative of their lives here. Painted in cake batter yellow with fabric accents of blue, green , and yellow, the suite offers a view of the gardens as well as a private brick patio complete with an iron table and chairs. A large oak and dogwoods can be seen from the windows as sunlight bathes the room mid morning. The den area of the suite features a sofa and chair as well as other furniture period to the 1940’s. Bookcases house the requisite books as well as personal items belonging to the sisters. A four poster canopied rice bed is the centerpiece of the bedroom as steps are provided for those who need them. Shutters provide privacy and security from the outside world.
Bed Type: Queen
Price Range: $150 - $150
The privacy and elegance of the Brothers’ room, named after the two Montgomery sons, make it a favorite for both weary travelers and getaway couples. A mahogany queen bed clothed in golds and wines creates a warm ambiance for those looking for a respite. Steps provide access to the high bed for those who need them. Two wing chairs flank the fireplace giving the guest a place to peruse a magazine or enjoy their favorite television show. Sit in the window seat overlooking the camellia garden and watch nature at play. A pleasant mix of antiques and fine reproduction furniture place this room in a class by itself. A beautiful mirror adds elegance over the mantle and reflects the richness of the gold walls and cream trim. A large double closet with extra hangars is also in this room.
Bed Type: Queen
Price Range: $125 - $125
Warm golds and rich indigo complement the gleaming woods of the Eastlake furniture in Senator Montgomery’s Room, so named after the master of The Grove who served as a South Carolina state senator and legislator. An antique cherry bed, queen sized for your comfort, is dressed in beautiful carving and a rich velvet and tapestry quilt. Large upholstered wing chairs provide comfortable seating for reading or watching TV. Two large pieces of art original to the house hang in the room and give an old world feel to the room. Marble topped wash stands flank the bed, and lamps provide light for the bedtime reader. A closet with extra hangars completes this room.
Room Name: KATE'S ROOM
Bed Type: Queen
Price Range: $110 - $110
Located on the second floor under the Eastlake square tower is a warm sunny room beckoning you to gaze out over the camellia garden. The Laura Ashley wallpaper is a garden itself as beautiful floral colors accent the crisp white woodwork and delicate white lace curtains. An embroidered quilt on the white iron and brass bed sits snugly under the tower. White wicker furniture adds a touch of days gone by as a Chinese tapestry over the fireplace denotes a touch of elegance. A closet with extra hangars completes this room. A single white iron bed can be easily set up in Kate’s room for another person without interfering with the flow of the room. A set up fee of $20,00 is charged.
Bed Type: Queen
Price Range: $95 - $95
Annie’s Room, located on the second floor and named after the first mistress of The Grove, exudes a peaceful serenity with its soft shades of pink and sea foam green. These colors contrast beautifully with the rich golden oak queen bed and matching dresser, complete with a large beveled mirror. Two comfortable wing chairs offer a place to read, relax or watch TV. Furniture and decorative items in Annie’s room come from both the Montgomery family and the innkeepers’ families and give this room a wonderful sense of home. A double closet with extra hangars completes this room.

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