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Woodlands Inn hires Bob Seidler as General Manager

Experienced luxury operator begins work September 2

SUMMERVILLE, SC – Woodlands Inn, the only property in South Carolina to hold the Mobil Five Star and AAA Five Diamond ratings for its accommodations and dining room, has appointed Bob Seidler as its new general manager.

A 30-year seasoned hospitality professional, Seidler is a graduate of the internationally recognized School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University. He joins Woodlands from Wentworth Mansion in Charleston, where he was instrumental in helping the property continuously earn the AAA Five Diamond rating since 2003.

“I’m extremely excited about continuing Woodlands’ tradition of excellence, and also elevating its profile within the Charleston and hospitality communities,” says Seidler.

Seidler is a past chairman of the Charleston Area Convention & Visitors Bureau Travel Council, a former member of the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and currently sits on the City of Charleston’s Tourism Commission.

“I’m delighted that Bob is joining our team,” says Prem Devadas, president of Salamander Hospitality, the Virginia-based company that owns and operates Woodlands. “He brings a wealth of experience to the position, and I look forward to him leading our outstanding staff which has been the foundation of Woodlands’ success for many years.”

Seidler starts his new position on September 2. He replaces Marty Wall who departed in August to take a position with the Inn at Palmetto Bluff in Bluffton, SC.

About Woodlands Inn

Located in the charming village of Summerville and just a short drive from historic Charleston, SC, Woodlands Inn is an immaculately restored 1906 classic revival mansion set amidst 42 acres of parkland grounds. It is one of only three properties in North America to hold the Mobil Five Star and AAA Five Diamond ratings for both its accommodations and dining room. In 2008, it was also ranked by readers of Travel + Leisure magazine as number one in the US and Canada for service, and number three worldwide. The Inn features 18 guest rooms and suites, a country guest cottage, a day spa, croquet lawn, red-clay tennis courts, a temperature-controlled swimming pool, unique meeting facilities, and golf privileges at nearby area courses. The Dining Room at Woodlands is widely known for its innovative and sophisticated version of New American Cuisine and the use of fresh local foods to create a nightly menu with a Lowcountry influence. Woodlands is a member of the prestigious global organization, Relais & Chateaux, and maintains the organization’s culinary distinction, Grand Chefs. For more information call (800) 774-9999 or visit

About Salamander Hospitality

Woodlands Inn is owned and managed by Salamander Hospitality, a privately owned and operated company based in Middleburg, VA, just outside Washington, D.C. Founded by entrepreneur Sheila C. Johnson in 2005, the company owns, manages and develops hotels, resorts and inns that reflect the authenticity and character of their surrounding environment. The portfolio includes Innisbrook Golf Resort and Club near Tampa, Fla., host to a PGA TOUR stop every March, and the luxurious Salamander Resort & Spa, located in Middleburg and scheduled to open in spring 2010. The company also owns and operates a division of gourmet prepared food markets called Market Salamander with locations in Middleburg and Palm Beach, FL, and Salamander Touch, a fine goods and linen store in Middleburg for the luxury resort lifestyle. For additional information, call (540) 687-3710 or visit

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