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The Fearrington House Inn, Restaurant and Spa in a Nutshell
The Fearrington House Inn, Restaurant and Spa

Pretty-as-a-picture pathway in Fearrington Village.

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A manmade haven in the North Carolina hills, Fearrington Village has everything a couple in love might want on a short romantic getaway.

Arrive at night, and moonlight illuminates a tall silvery silo and white picket fence that leads to the reception area of this long-standing Relais & Chateaux member. 

Once a farm, 1500-acre Fearrington Village is the life's work of R.B. Fitch, his family and his loyal team, who have been carefully building this planned community for 40 years. Eight miles south of Chapel Hill, it retains a bucolic nature thanks to pastures of distinctive belted galloway cattle and matching Tennessee fainting goats.

Stroll, kick back, eat well, and revel in togetherness in these scenic surroundings. 

Red-brick paths lead to the 32 guest accommodations, to the Five Star, Five-Diamond Fearrington Restaurant, to casual eateries, to a fine boutique and an exceptional independent bookstore. Mature shade trees and lush shrubs, multiple flowering gardens and sweeping vistas inspire painters and amblers alike.  

Should you decide that you love the place too much to leave after a few days, well, you won't be alone: Fearrington also includes some 1,200 homes tucked into the adjacent woods and maintains a real-estate office on site. 

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