Fairville Inn Bed and Breakfast
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A Brandywine Valley Landmark
ELEGANT ACCOMMODATIONS IN CHADDS FORD, PENNSYLVANIA
Located between Longwood Gardens, Winterthur
and the Brandywine River "Wyeth" Museum
Voted MOST ROMANTIC INN in the Mid-Atlantic
Featured on the "Private Gems Garden Tour"
sponsored by the Delaware Center for Horticulture
The Fairville Inn Bed and Breakfast, with its elegantly appointed rooms and suites, is situated in the heart of the Brandywine Valley. The Inn is just minutes from Longwood Gardens, the Winterthur Museum and Country Estate, and the Brandywine River Museum. The Hagley Museum, the Brandywine Battlefield, and local wineries are close by. For the business traveler, the Inn is a short commute to the business district in Wilmington, Delaware and the rail line to Philadelphia.
The Inn is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, as part of the Fairville Historic District. Although the historical records are inconsistent, the Inn's Main House was most likely built between 1825 and 1837. The original summer kitchen with root cellar remains as well. The Inn has been home to members of many of southern Chester County's early families, including Mendenhall, Pyle, Trimble, Sharpless, and others. James Trimble was a relative of Daniel Defoe, author of Robinson Crusoe. His wife was sister to Ellwood Mendenhall, a prominent figure in the town that bears the family name.
Situated on over five acres (including the adjacent innkeepers' quarters) and surrounded by miles of back roads, the inn has 13 rooms and two suites, each individually decorated. All rooms feature king or queen beds.
The Main House (circa 1825-1837) has 5 guest rooms with private baths (one has a private deck), the living room with fireplace, the dining room where breakfast and tea are served, and the reception area. Adjacent to the Main House is a secluded shaded patio with tables and chairs, which is next to the original summer kitchen and root cellar. Enjoy the elegance!
The Carriage House has four rooms and two suites, each with a private deck overlooking the gardens. The two deluxe rooms have fireplaces and dramatic cathedral ceilings. Some of the rooms also feature architectural accents from the original barn. The spacious and invitingly appointed suites each have a fireplace and a second room with a twin sleep sofa. Enjoy the elegance!
The Springhouse sits on the foundation of the original estate barn. It has 4 rooms, each with architectural accents from the original barn, a fireplace (in season), and a deck with panoramic view down the meadow to the neighboring pond. Enjoy the elegance!
Throughout the Inn, fresh flowers, and elegant country décor create a warm and quiet atmosphere. Each guest room has a private en-suite bath, individually controlled heating and air conditioning, flat screen satellite TV, telephone with unlimited local and long-distance service, and high-speed wireless Internet access. Many rooms have a canopied bed and eight have fireplaces (in season).
The Inn has been featured in many publications, including the New York Times, Southern Living, and Philadelphia Magazine. In July 2009, the Inn was featured in Ralph Collier's syndicated column, Tours and Detours and on his radio show on the WRTI network.
The Inn serves a complimentary full breakfast with a choice of three hot entrees daily, together with a continental buffet of fresh fruit, yogurt, cereal, and Inn-baked breads and muffins. Afternoon tea is served daily, with a selection of cheeses and Inn-baked goods. There is a wide-ranging selection of fine restaurants for lunch and dinner, and the staff will be pleased to make recommendations and reservations.
The Fairville Inn serves delicious breakfasts and a tempting afternoon tea. We also offer a small but wonderful selection of after dinner desserts. For lunch and dinner, there are many fine restaurants within minutes of the Inn (please see the list of restaurants below).
Breakfast. The Fairville Inn takes great pride in its breakfasts. Every morning there is a changing selection of three hot entrees - an omelet; pancakes, waffles, French toast, or a fruit-stuffed French toast soufflé; and scrambled eggs that are among the finest you will ever have. Many of our omelets feature vegetables grown at the Inn. All hot entrees are accompanied by bacon or our inn-smoked sausage (we like to use apple wood and/or mesquite). Omelets are often punctuated by a smoked tomato sauce made from tomatoes grown in our gardens, while pancakes, waffles and French toast may be accompanied by our strawberry-marsala wine sauce or a wild raspberry sauce made from berries grown at the Inn. Breakfast also includes a continental buffet featuring fresh fruit (with Inn-grown melon during the season), inn-baked breads and pastries, yogurt, and our custom cereal blend.
Afternoon Tea. The Fairville Inn serves afternoon tea daily, featuring inn-baked breads, cookies, pastries, and sweets, accompanied by a selection of cheeses and crackers. There is a variety of traditional and herbal teas. Iced tea is also served except during the colder months.
Dessert, Etc. The Inn also offers a small but delicious selection of after-dinner desserts that can be enjoyed in our dining room or in your room (think in front of your fireplace in the cooler months). Guest favorites include our chocolate truffle torte accompanied by a Key Lime caramel sauce and our fruit-stuffed crepes flambéed in dark rum (sorry, but we don't do in-room flambés!). If there is something else we can do for you (perhaps chocolate covered strawberries, a cheese and fruit platter, or wine or champagne), just let us know and we will work with you to make it happen.
Although the Fairville does not serve lunch or dinner, there are many fine restaurants within a few minutes of the Inn. The Inn maintains a book of menus from many area restaurants. Advance reservations are highly recommended, particularly on weekend and holiday evenings. We would be pleased to discuss your dining needs and to assist you with reservations.
What Our Guests Are Saying....
"After staying at the Fairville Inn, I really regret all the times I visited Chadds Ford and stayed at a traditional hotel instead of a B&B. From now on, I'm coming here instead. The room and private porch, breakfast,antique shop upstairs -- I love this Inn!! Very relaxing, private. Don't change a thing!" S.V.
"We want to thank you for such a warm welcome and enjoyable stay. We have stayed at many B&Bs/Inns and by far this is the best experience we have had. One cannot stay for just a night to to appreciate everything the Inn offers, trustus --you want to stay longer. The grounds are beautiful, the rooms are extremely comfortable and the hosts are gracious. We will definitely be back." J & G VanR
"You two have made the Fairville Inn so special! It is welcoming, beautiful, cheerful and so peaceful. We have stayed at the Inn quite a few times, and it just keeps getting better!" MB& SB
"Overall, yours is one of the loveliest inns we've ever stayed in! You're the perfect hosts -- friendlywithout being overbearing. We loved the room [Carriage House #3]." MM
"We found the accommodations spotless and the service exceptional. [Our room] was by far the most spacious and comfortable B&B room we have ever stayed in. The décor was serene and inviting, nicely set for conversation as well as a good night's sleep. All personnel were hospitable and genuinely considerate of our comfort." S.P.
"Your magic hospitality and continued hard work make the Fairville Inn a restful delight! Our stay has been wonderful, and we have noticed all the plantings, lights, and happy additions since last year." S.K.
"May your business always flourish; you have created a special place." R.B.
"We stayed here on our wedding night and it was great. Thanks for making it special and we look forward to returning." L.P.
"Thanks for everything. Beautiful setting, great company, and wonderful food. We enjoyed every moment." B.J.
"This has to be the best B&B I have ever experienced. Rick and Laura are so warm and welcoming and went out of their way to make our stay memorable. The rooms are homey and comfortable and beautifully decorated and furnished. Breakfast is fantastic and Rick was only too happy to accommodate my egg allergy. The gardens are well kept and a delight to experience. I give you both 11 marks out of 10. Thanks for a great stay." Stuartsmom
"This was my second stay at the Fairville Inn and it was absolutely wonderful. 2 years ago my fiance and I stayed here for an early anniversary trip and we had a great time so I decided to book a trip here for my Mother's birthday present. I would have to say that the new owners have done a wonderful job and everything was perfect for our stay. I loved how they gave you a choice of three entrees each morning- especially since my Mother hates eggs and it's pretty impossible to stay at a B&B for more than one day and not get eggs. She was easily accommodated each morning with their delicious breakfasts. The room was extremely spacious and beautiful and we had a lovely view. The afternoon teas are great too. This is the perfect hotel if you're looking for a peaceful, quiet getaway. It's extremely close to Winterthur and a quick drive to Longwood Gardens and many local vineyards." gracie2762
"For anyone who may be apprehensive or had a previous experience that was not up to par; your confidence in B&Bs will be restored when you visit this enchanting Inn. Rick Carro, Innkeeper @ The Fairville Inn is the master of his trade; and was obviously thrilled in being our host on our special occasion. The setting is elegant in all respects. There was not a detail lacking in our trip that I wanted to be perfect. The service from Rick, Laura and their staff was never ending yet unobtrusive. Rick personally prepares the sumptious breakfast (a choice of 3 entrees) plus a buffet of fresh fruit, cereal etc; an bottomless coffee pot and Ricks baked goods of the day. Rick and staff gave us countless tips on restaurants in the area as well as driving directions in the area. Upon departure we were given a directory of B&B's around the country; but one would be hard pressed to find a better one than the Fairville Inn." MAURYT1
Brandywine Valley Attractions
Longwood Gardens: 5 minutes
Longwood Gardens, created by Pierre S. du Pont, offers horticulture displays on 1,050 acres. Don't miss the beautiful conservatory and fountains.
Winterthur: 5 minutes
Henry Francis du Pont assembled a collection of early American antiques (1640-1860), which are displayed in 175 rooms of his country home.
Brandywine River Museum: 10 minutes
Houses the premier collection of Wyeth family and Howard Pyle (School of Pyle) paintings..
Brandywine Battlefield: 10 minutes
See artifacts that bring life to the Battle of Brandywine, times in which it was fought, people, Washington's Headquarters, and Lafayette's Quarters. Also do the Driving Tour.
Chaddsford Winery: 10 minutes
The Winery produces and sells to selected restaurants nationwide. As you tour the site, you can envision a charming country atmosphere, and explore the wonderful world of wine.
Nemours Mansion & Gardens: 15 minutes
Nemours, a 300-acre country estate, was built by A. I. du Pont between 1909-1910, contains 102 rooms, and is a fine example of a modified Louis XVI French chateau.
Hagley Museum: 15 minutes
Hagley is the site of the birthplace of the du Pont company and the first du Pont home in the new world.
Chadds Ford Historical Society: 10 minutes
Located on Rt. 100, the Chadds Ford Historical Society is a private nonprofit organization. It owns, operates, and maintains two 18th century restorations and hosts many events.
Chester County Historical Society: 25 minutes
225 N. High Street, West Chester, PA 19380-2691 Phone: 610. 692.4800. See website for directions, hours, exhibits, etc.
Chanticleer Garden: 40 minutes
The beautiful estate of Christine and Adolph Rosengarten was originally known for its majestic trees and verdant lawns. Today, the trees and lawns remain, but the focus is on plant combinations, containers, textures, and colors, often relying on foliage more than flowers.
Sanderson Museum: 7 minutes
The Sanderson Museum has a rich collection of objects relating to life in Chadds Ford beginning in colonial times, and an extensive collection of memorabilia representing the American experience. A hidden gem.
Mt. Cuba Center: 20 minutes
The Mt. Cuba Center is a non-profit horticultural institution in northern Delaware. Its nearly 600 acres are dedicated to the study, conservation, and appreciation of plants native to the Appalachian Piedmont Region. The woodland wildflower gardens are among the finest anywhere.
Delaware Art Museum: 15 minutes
2301 Kentmere Parkway, Wilmington, DE
The heart of the Delaware Art Museum remains its outstanding collections of American art and illustration. The Museum's permanent collection is focused in four areas; Howard Pyle & American Illustration, British Pre-Raphaelite Art, John Sloan, and American Art, 1757 - Present.
Delaware Museum of Natural History: 5 minutes
Exhibit Highlights include: A visit to an African Waterhole, a Walk over the Great Barrier Reef; the Largest Bird Egg in the World, Extinct and Vanishing Birds.
The Barnes Foundation: 1 hour
The Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA, established 1922 by Dr. Albert C. Barnes, to promote advancement of education and the appreciation of the fine arts. 215.278.7000.
Historic Houses of Odessa: 40 minutes
Winterthur's village of 18th & 19th century houses, 23 miles south of Wilmington on Rt. 1, exit 136. 302-378-4069. Tues-Sun 1-4 pm. Closed Mon. $8 Accessed thru Winterthur link.
Air Ventures Hot Air Balloon Flights: 25 minutes
Experience new heights with Air Ventures experienced pilots, professional crew and state of the art balloons! Individual, couple and group rates are available on one hour flights daily. If viewing the Brandywine Valley by balloon excites you, check out our special package with Air Ventures.
Read House and Gardens: 40 minutes
42 The Strand in New Castle, DE. Built in 1801 by the son of one of Delaware's signers of the Declaration of Independence, the Read House exhibits the height of Federal grandeur.
Va La Vineyards: 30 minutes
Va La is one family devoted to the creation of wines from a tiny piece of land.
West Chester University: 20 minutes
The university offers degrees in the arts and sciences, teacher training and certification, advanced study in medicine and law, and continuing education.
Wilmington Blue Rocks: 15 minutes
Minor League Baseball in Frawley Stadium on the Riverfront.
- Longwood Gardens: 5 minutes
In Spring 2008, the Inn opened the Fairville Inn "Pitch But No Putt" four-flag golf course in the meadow. So, feel free to bring your 7-iron, 8-iron, 9-iron and/or wedge (there are no greens, so you can leave your putter at home). Flag distances range from about 50 to 90 yards, and provide a good opportunity for golfers and duffers alike to practice their approach game from fairway and low rough (depending on when the meadow is mowed). There are no green fees (because there are no greens), but please bring your own balls (we will have some on hand for those who forget). Contrary to the above picture, we do not have any sand traps - just a groundhog hole or two!
For true golfers who also want to play the real game, there are a number of fine golf courses in the area. We have listed some below which you will find challenging. They are located in Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Maryland and most are less than 35 minutes away.
Loch Nairn Golf Course
Rt. 1 & Bypass
The Golf Course at Glen Mills
221 Glen Mills Road
Glen Mills, PA
Broad Run Golfer's Club
1520 Tattersal Way
West Chester, PA
Wyncote Golf Club
50 Wyncote Drive
Chisel Creek Golf Club
13 Chisel Creek Drive
Pilgrim's Oak Golf Course
1107 Pilgrims Pathway
Peach Bottom, PA
Three Little Bakers Country Club
3540 Foxcroft Drive
White Clay Creek
at Delaware Park
777 Delaware Park Blvd
3302-994-2521 ext 7436/7437
Frog Hollow Golf Course
Cedar Lane Road
Town & Country Golf Links
197 East Ave. (rt.40)
Woodstown NJ 08098
300 Patriots Way
Elkton, Maryland 21921
How To Find Us
From BWI Airport:
Approximately 1 hour 45 minutes
Take Rte. 195 West to I-95 North to Downtown Wilmington, DE. In Wilmington, take Exit 7, which will be Rte. 52 (also known as Pennsylvania Avenue). Follow Rte. 52 North through Greenville and Centreville. Cross the Delaware/Pennsylvania state line into Fairville. The Inn is on the right just past the Fairville antique shops. The mileage from Exit 7 is about 8 miles.
From New York and Northern New Jersey:
Approximately 2 hours 30 minutes.
Take the N. J. Turnpike South to Exit 2 (Swedesboro). From there, take Rte. 322 West across the Commodore Barry Bridge to I-95 South. Continue south on 95 until you get into downtown Wilmington, DE. In Wilmington, take Exit 7-B, which will be Rte. 52. At light, turn right. Follow Rte. 52 North through Greenville and Centreville. Cross the Delaware/Pennsylvania state line and proceed into Fairville. The Inn is on the right just past the Fairville antique shops. The mileage from Exit 7 is about 8 miles.
Continue on Rte. 322 West across the Commodore Barry Bridge to I-95 South. Rte. 322 will put you on I-95 South for a short distance before exiting off to the right. Look for a sign for Route 322 West towards West Chester. Continue on Rte. 322 until you get to Rte. 1. Take Rte. 1 South about 6 miles and start looking for a sign for Rte. 52 South. It will be a left turn. Take Rte. 52 South 2 miles to Inn.
From Pennsylvania Turnpike:
From the West, take Downingtown Exit. Take Rte. 100 South to Rte. 202 South to Rte. 1 South. Take Rte. 1 South about 5 miles, look for sign for Rte. 52 South. Go left for about 1-1/2 miles and the Inn will be on your left.
From the East, take the Valley Forge exit to Rte. 202 South to Rte. 1 South. Take Rte. 1 South about 5 miles, look for sign for Rte. 52 South. Go left for about 1-1/2 miles, and the Inn will be on your left.
From Philadelphia Airport:
Take I-95 South to Wilmington, DE. In Wilmington, take Exit 7-B, turn right onto Route 52, stay left and follow Rte. 52 North through Greenville and Centreville across the Delaware/Pennsylvania state line (approx. 8 miles from Exit 7). The Inn will be approximately 1/2 mile further on the right-hand side.