In 1995, Mary and Roger found a sprawling piece of land that would fulfill their dream of building a secluded retreat where guests could rest and recharge their passions for their own creativity, individuality, and relationships. The Wolters purchased roughly 200 acres and cleared 34 of those to construct that very retreat which would become known as The Red Horse Inn. As the Wolters began clearing the land, they discovered just how magnificent the views actually were; providing sweeping views of Blue Ridge Mountains’ foothills. With the help of their two sons, Christian and Ben, the Wolters started their project by first constructing the cottages. With six cottages total, five have full kitchens and three also enjoy a hot tub on private decks. One of the cottages, The Stables, is a loft with a partial kitchen over the barn where Mary’s horse, Secret, is kept. All 12 accommodations have gas fireplaces, perfect to enjoy during the colder months. Want to bring Fido along with you? No problem! Both, The Stables and The Huntbox cottages are pet-friendly.
Welcoming their first guests in the spring of 1996, two cottages were opened. The Wolters implemented feedback and continued to meticulously design and construct the Inn. Next, they built the main residence of the Inn followed by the 6 guest rooms at the main quarters. Each room has a private bathroom and a “kitchen in the closet,” with two of the rooms enjoying a private balcony and one having its own terrace.
Over the 21 years that Mary and Roger have spent listening to, and implementing their guests' feedback, The Red Horse Inn has earned many awards and recognitions, including Travel & Leisure, "One of America's Most Romantic Inns," Yahoo.com, "2015 Most Romantic Getaway in SC," Inn Traveler Magazine, "Best Honeymoon or Anniversary Getaway," BedAndBreakfast.com, "Top 25 Undiscovered Incredibly Romantic Inns," WhereToElope.com, "Best Of," American Historic Inns and iLoveInns.com, "Top 10 Romantic Inns," Trip Advisor’s Certificate of Excellence Award for 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016, as well as the recipient of the AAA Four Diamond Award every year since 2006.
Mary and Roger have obviously placed their signature on bringing tourism to South Carolina’s upstate region and in particular, to the Landrum, SC and Tryon, NC areas. The Inn is located 45 minutes to downtown Greenville, SC, and 1 hour to downtown Asheville, NC. It’s also located about 30 minutes from the Tryon International Equestrian Center, where the World Equestrian Games will be hosted in September 2018.
After over two decades, Mary and Roger have decided to embark on their next adventure in retirement. They are so pleased that their son, Christian, has decided to take over the family’s business. Christian graduated from the College of Charleston with a degree in psychology and he received his master's degree in human resources development and management. After college, he worked at SC’s renowned Wild Dunes Resort in Isle of Palms, SC, as well as at the world-class, Stowe Mountain Lodge in Stowe, VT. He returned to Landrum, SC to work at his family's inn.
The history of The Red Horse Inn took an enchanting turn when, in the year 2018, Christian, a member of the inn's founding family, became its owner, carrying forward the legacy of warmth and hospitality that had made the inn a treasured part of the community.
In 2020, as the world grappled with the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, The Red Horse Inn remained a sanctuary for those seeking solace from the turmoil outside. During this time, a new chapter in the inn's history began to unfold. Allison, a lover of music, ventured into The Red Horse Inn's Wine Bar one summer evening.
As time unfolded, Christian and Allison found themselves meeting frequently at different wine bar gatherings. Eventually, Christian took the next step and invited Allison on a date, solidifying their connection.
Their first date unfolded under the sun-filled sky, with a blind wine tasting on the inn's terrace, where they could bask in the serenity of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the backdrop. The experience was marked by shared laughter and the promise of a meaningful friendship...and more!
Their love story continued to unfold, marked by milestones that deepened their connection. In May of 2021, Christian and Allison joyfully announced their engagement, setting the stage for a beautiful wedding on The Red Horse Inn's terrace on April 16th, 2022. The ceremony was a breathtaking event, with the mountains bearing witness to their commitment to a life together.
Their love story reached a new pinnacle when, on September 13th, 2023, their first child, Griffin, was born. As a new chapter of their life as a family began, The Red Horse Inn remained a constant, a symbol of their enduring love and the place where their journey together had first begun. The inn became not only a part of their history but also an integral part of their family's story.
Come and discover, or rediscover The Red Horse Inn. You’ll find an incredibly quaint but grand Inn that encourages serenity, wellness, spirituality, and romance. Take advantage of being disconnected from daily life, walk the trails, enjoy the wine, and reconnect with yourself or a loved one.
Yahoo.com's Most Romantic Weekend Getaway in South Carolina
Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence - 2013 - 2019
AAA Four Diamond Award
Travel & Leisure’s “One of America’s Most Romantic Inns”
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