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jjaonhen Jan 20th, 2008 05:13 PM

Fearrington Inn NC
I am in need of advice as to what type of room to ask for at the Fearrington Inn. I have read reports (trip advisor) of the different accomodations of this wonderful Inn, most rooms must be exceptional but several rooms have poor ratings. Also, any other helpful hints to make our stay rewarding would be appreciated. thanks Jane

Cassandra Jan 21st, 2008 07:28 AM

Out of curiosity, I checked the "poor" ratings on tripadvisor because a Relais et Chateau inn has to meet very, very high standards.

Frankly, I would discount the one or two comments (out of otherwise many raves) about the rooms' age or whatever, because I'm guessing they came from somewhat inexperienced travelers who use a somewhat unsophisticated measure about such places. Example: one complained because the TV in a room was an old Zenith. If you care about what television you get, you probably aren't appreciating what an inn like that actually is all about.

And I doubt if "several" rooms have poor ratings -- just that two visitors were expecting upscale chain-type accommodations and don't understand the country-inn thing, particularly not a Relais et Chateau inn, whose reputation rests equally on the food quality.

This is one of the few five-star restaurants in all of NC and to be annoyed that the Inn expected that you were there to dine in their dining room is clear evidence they didn't know what Fearrington is all about.

It's true that the village around it is small, but it is picture-perfect and the bookstore is outstanding (how many times do you get to stay in a country inn and walk across the green to a fine bookstore?).

Go and enjoy it, notice the gardens, the belted cows, and do eat at least one dinner there.

It's all very expensive, but if you're going to drive all the way out there just to stay there, you should understand and get the full experience.

And don't worry about your room -- you can even talk it over with the reservations person to make clear what you want.

This is a lovely, lovely place.

jjaonhen Jan 21st, 2008 05:23 PM

Thanks for the reassurance, I was looking forward to our stay at the beautiful Inn. Several of the TA remarks set me back. thanks again JJ

Birdie Jan 21st, 2008 05:29 PM

We were there in November and had a wonderful stay. Service in the restaurant was a little pretentious but the food was very good. Make sure you don't miss breakfast.

Cassandra Jan 21st, 2008 05:36 PM

Didn't say it wasn't pretentious ;-)! They practically genuflect over the food, but that's another discussion. It'll be a nice visit, and, jjaonhen, please DO report back on your OWN take on the place.

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