I used Mansfield Plantation as home base for my travels last weekend. It was the third time I have stayed there. It is perfectly situated and absolutely gorgeous. Once one of the largest rice plantations in South Carolina, for years it fell out of the hands of the original owners. Now it is owned by a descendant of the original family owners, John Parker, and his wife, Sallie Middleton, both of whom have made it their life's work to restore the property to its original condition.