My husband and I stayed here over Labor Day weekend. We were checking out the area for possible for retirement, and liked the looks of this place.
It turned out to be way more than I expected. First of all, the grounds are beautiful. It is very pastoral, and the landscaping and gardens are to die for. Everywhere we went, we saw butterflies around us. It was like being in a fairytale.
They have done a nice job of leaving lots of open space so that it does not have a commercial feel. There are really cute village shops around the in, 2 restaurants besides the inn restaurant which are more casual and less pricey, and then the village homes.
I was expecting a pretty standard room for what we paid (cheapest rate). We were both pleasantly surprised when we opened the door. Our room (#14) was off a little private courtyard (for guests only), upstairs with just one other. It had cathedral ceilings, a very large sitting area, nice bed, CD player, TV, and a huge bathroom. Best of all it was very light and area, with windows on both sides of the bed for a great cross-breeze at night.
Each night there was turndown service with fresh slippers, and port wine and chocolates. In the AM, we headed to the breakfast room at the inn and ate outside both days overlooking a beautiful garden and fountain. The food was amazing.
There was also a Garden Room and Sun Room available to guests. The Garden Room had early AM coffee, and was lined with books and had plenty of comfortable seating. The Sun Room was similar - a great place to hang out and read, and also had a huge outdoor patio overlooking a beautiful garden.
The first day we arrived early so headed to The Granary for lunch. I had crab cake and it was delicious. They also provided some of the best biscuits I have ever had with lunch. Very reasonable. Our only disappointment was that we couldn't sit outside, even though it looked like there were tables. In the evening, we went for walks along the trails and pond (there is a 17-acre park), saw deer (!! - a thrill for me!!), the goats (babies are adorable) and the cows. We'd wind down and have a glass of wine (or two) at the Belted Goat Cafe and either a sandwich or some of their delicious salads. Everything in the Cafe is made by the inn's chef, and brought over.
We did have time to tour the homes and living area - very impessive and well done. They way the homes are incorporated into the landscape is well thought out. We were given a tour by Keebe Fitch who is a sweetheart, and spent lots of time with us with little pressure. The craftmanship in the homes was really impressive.
This is a family operation, and I hope it stays so. They really take pride in everything they do. The bookstore in the village was a favorite haunt - very large with some great titles.
We found the staff all very well-trained, responsive, and excellent at their jobs. Always ready to please. The day we left I was looking at the postcards (which were for sale), and was told "oh, just take a few". They also gave us a Relaix and Chateau guide which I had been drooling over in the room. Everyone was so friendly! Even walking around at night, residents of the village would wave hello to us - such a strange concept to us cold New Englanders. I could get used to this!
I cannot say enough good things about this place. It truly has everything for a romantic, relaxing weekend. And as has been said, it is literally 8 miles from Chapel Hill - you have the best of both worlds here. I am trying to convince my husband to move here!
With all you get, at such reasonable prices, Fearrington House cannot be beat. We will definitely go back. Recommend it highly.
I hope they don't ever change a thing because it's perfection.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Fearrington House Inn is a Relais & Chateaux property located just south of Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Set amidst extensive gardens and rolling pastures, this 32 room inn features individually decorated rooms and suites as well as award-winning service. Guests also enjoy relaxing treatments at the Spa at Fearrington and browsing our stores including Dovecote and Haven, both home and gift shops, and McIntyre's Books, one of the South's most celebrated independent bookstores. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- The Fearrington House Hotel Pittsboro
- Fearrington Inn Pittsboro Nc
- Fearrington House Pittsboro