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Of course, the only way to really know what The Fearrington House Inn is all about is to experience it firsthand. That said, it helps to learn a few facts about a hotel before you book. Here are five things you should know about the North Carolina hotel:
1. It’s part of a cozy village. Though it’s a far cry from city life, the Inn anchors Fearrington Village, a small but bustling residential community. You'll experience plenty of things to do, from trying a local North Carolina brew at Roost or shopping for luxurious bath products and pajamas at Haven. Explore the village on foot or via the inn’s bikes.
2. The food is excellent. The Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star inn actually came into existence because proprietor R.B. Fitch and his wife Jenny had created a vibrant restaurant, and they wanted membership in Relais & Chateaux, the organization of luxury hotels and restaurants. The company told them that they would need an inn in addition to their restaurant, so they promptly built accommodations to match. The restaurant, though, is just as noteworthy as the hotel itself since you’ll encounter outstanding food throughout your stay, whether it’s the goat cheese and crab frittata made with farm-fresh eggs for breakfast, the selection of finger sandwiches and scones served during complimentary afternoon tea or a multi-course dinner at The Fearrington House Restaurant, where chef Colin Bedford’s menus delight all the senses and use a variety of exotic and local ingredients.
3. If you want high-tech, hotel may not be the best choice for you. While you will have free Wi-Fi access and a TV in your room with a fine lineup of cable channels, that’s about the extent of the available technology. It’s actually one of the reasons that we love The Fearrington House Inn: the peace and quiet is enough to make you quit that tech addiction for a while.
4. Kids are welcome, but they’ll be far outnumbered. With the exception of wedding parties and other celebrations, people tend to come to The Fearrington House Inn for its peaceful atmosphere. Only plan on taking your child to the stately The Fearrington House Restaurant if he’s over twelve years old and extremely well-behaved, as you’ll be surrounded by couples looking for a romantic meal. That said, that doesn’t mean children they aren’t spoiled when they stay the night. Kids will have fun playing on the croquet lawn and with the farm animals that roam the grounds. But the hotel really shows off its Southern hospitality at turndown service, when little ones get milk and cookies.
5. The pool and gym are a bit of a trek. The gym is located in the Duke Center for Living’s Health and Fitness Center, located a five minute drive away adjacent to an assisted living community within the Fearrington Village community (don’t worry, it still has a bounty of high-grade equipment, plus friendly trainers, and an indoor pool). The outdoor pool, meanwhile, is in the Fearrington Swim & Croquet club, and could definitely use some refurbishment. Both are about a five-minute drive or 20-minute walk from the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star inn, although the hotel staff will happily drive you there via golf cart and will provide you with day passes, bottled water and towels.
Here are the five things you should know about The Fearrington House Inn:
We are one of the longest-standing members of Relais & Chateaux in North America - since 1988.
The Fearrington House Inn is family owned and has been the past 30 years.
Although we are located in a country setting, we are within an easy driving distance to the major universities of UNC and Duke, the Research Triangle Park and the RDU International Airport.
We have a new spa that was added in 2010 and features Elemis signature facials, manicures, pedicures, wraps and massages.
Each of our 32 rooms and suites are individually decorated in the English country style with wonderful antiques and also modern amenities.