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There’s lots to love about the picturesque The Fearrington House Inn, from the striped cows that graze in the pastures to the delicious tea time treats. The five things we love most about the North Carolina hotel are:
1. It’s refined country-chic. You won’t be surprised to find fresh bouquets on nearly every table and luxurious Frette linens on the beds, plus little extras like a complimentary decanter of port placed beside your bed each evening. But the black-and-white Belted Galloway cows lazing in the meadow and the lawn’s whirligigs made by local folk artists will catch your eye and set the scene. The balance between the refined luxury and country-chic touches is what makes it a unique Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star hotel.
2. A moonlit stroll through the garden. At the risk of sounding cliché, a moonlit ramble through the romantic garden is a must-do. As crickets chirp, step under towering magnolias and oaks, wind through the White Garden, past fountains, and the herb garden and crab apple trees. Orbs of bundled grapevines strewn with lights hang from branches and illuminate the garden and set the mood. (Tip: Don’t forget the bug spray — especially in the evening.)
3. The ultimate relaxation retreat. Opened in fall 2010, the 4,000-square-foot spa has a Swedish farmhouse feel with eye-catching artwork and silver-gray tones that evoke a winter sky. Elegant linen-upholstered wing back chairs and sofas keep you comfortable while you wait for a couples massage or steamless facial in one of the private rooms bearing names like “Sage & Thyme.”
4. A former dairy farm. The vast grounds formally belonged to a family for two centuries before being converted to a country village, anchored by the inn and restaurant. Take a trip back in time as you stroll by the old silo, attend a special event in the dairy barn, admire the Tennessee fainting goats grazing among the pine trees (who were chosen because their black-and-white skin matches the appearance of the Belted Galloway cows), and dine in the 1927 Colonial revival farmhouse, which is now the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Fearrington House Restaurant serving outstanding, innovative seasonal cuisine.
5. Afternoon tea. A stay at this country inn includes afternoon tea service in The Fearrington House Restaurant. You won’t want to miss the tasty lineup, which includes traditional and inventive finger sandwiches such crab salad on biscuits or roast beef and cornichons, scones with housemade jam and clotted cream, and treats like zucchini cupcakes, nutty macaroons and chocolate-covered cookies. If the weather's a bit chilly, snag a sofa by the fireplace.
Here’s our list of the five things we love about The Fearrington House Inn:
Gardens. There are extensive English gardens surround the property.
The cuisine. From fine dining at The Fearrington House Restaurant to casual grill fare at the Fearrington Granary to fresh chopped salads at the Belted Goat, there are several options.
The cows. The curious Belted Galloway cows look like Oreo cows roaming the pastures surrounding the Inn.
All of the little extras that are included in the rooms - like a fresh bowl of apples, wireless Internet, snacks, bottled water, port at turndown, handmade truffles at turndown - all for no extra cost.
The beds. Plush pillow-top mattresses from a local mattress company, featherbeds and 300-thread-count sateen sheets all make for an unbelievable night’s sleep.