Fearrington Village

Fearrington Village

Fearrington House Inn in Pittsboro

Fearrington Village is not just a picture-perfect community with white pasture fences, but also an unexpectedly scintillating destination consisting of world-class dining, lodging, shopping, a soothing spa and more.

A cordial country village and residential community, Fearrington Village lies about eight miles south of Chapel Hill in Pittsboro. On approach, you’ll feel as if you’ve entered a stately family farm – and that’s exactly what Fearrington Village once was.

Fearrington Village began its long history as a 640-acre operative dairy farm purchased in 1786 by William Cole. The farm and estate passed from generation to generation for two centuries until it came into the hands of Cole’s great-great grandson, Jesse Fearrington. In 1974, Jesse sold the property to developer R.B. Fitch and his late wife, Jenny, who have since expanded the farm into a country village encompassing 1,400 serene acres.

The landscape is still dominated by the dairy barn and silo. Belted Galloways, a rare and ancient breed of cows characterized by completely black hide with a single white vertical stripe around the midsection, graze the meadows and greet you as the community’s unofficial mascots.

As you arrive in the Village Center, you’ll first see the Fearrington House Inn and adjacent Fearrington House Restaurant, placing you in the middle of this delightful European experience. The two-story Inn is centered on a beautifully landscaped courtyard and fronts the White Garden, a manicured garden in riotous, year-round bloom.

Each of the 32 rooms and suites at Fearrington House has a distinct character all its own, but all share a romantic country elegance. Inn rooms are accessed through courtyard gardens and offer serene views of the Village Center.

Rooms mix the old and the new – with antiques and original works of art matched with amenities like iPod docking stations, flat screen televisions and complimentary Wi-Fi. Rooms also include Kingsdown pillowtop featherbeds and plush 300 thread count sateen Egyptian cotton bed linens. Turndown serves brings handmade chocolate truffles. Fresh flowers, many cut from onsite gardens, and a bowl of fresh apples also await your arrival.

The 1927 Fearrington family homeplace houses the award-winning restaurant; it includes a collection of small rooms, including two glass-enclosed porches. Open to non-guests also, the restaurant serves contemporary American dinner in candlelit rooms overlooking the garden and grounds.

Inn guests enjoy complimentary a la carte breakfast in the Restaurant overlooking the gardens and afternoon tea served in low chairs in the former homestead’s front parlors.

Fearrington Village also features a collection of unique shops, many housed in original farm buildings. The granary now houses the Fearrington Granary Restaurant, a lively bar and grill fronting the Village Center. The former milking parlor is now Dovecote Home & Garden, which sells gifts, accessories, jewelry, furniture, and more. Adjacent to Dovecote is The Belted Goat, a charming deli and wine bar that serves casual fare, coffee, charcuterie and pastries. An outdoor beer garden called Roost, a former corncrib, also waits with local craft beers and live music on the front porch on warm days. Pop in McIntyre’s Books and you may arrive in time for an author reading – it hosts more than 150 of them annually. This handsome store has been a beacon for Southern authors for more than 20 years.

Next, the two-story Spa at Fearrington sits perched overlooking the Village Center. Enter through a gorgeous spa shop called Haven and present yourself to the receptionist. A full range of manicures, pedicures, facials and massages are available.

The Fearrington House Inn, shops, restaurants and spa of Fearrington Village are surrounded by stunning, meticulous gardens that are maintained by a dedicated full-time staff. You’re encouraged to relax and stroll the many gardens and ask questions or just say hello when encountering a Fearrington gardener. The garden beds here are unusual in that they use the full spectrum of plant materials – bulbs, annuals, perennials, shrubs and mature trees – for a sophisticated, dazzling look that creates artistic, colorful combinations year-round.

Freda Cameron and Lynn Seldon contributed to this story

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