Romantic Guest Rooms in Historical Countryside Estate
Elements of the former Brandywine Valley estate—constructed between 1825 and 1837—appear throughout the Fairville Inn Bed & Breakfast. In the Carriage House, original wooden beams repurposed from a 19th-century barn support cathedral ceilings. A summer kitchen with a root cellar stands as a testament the estate's earliest days and as a contrast to the modern amenities sprinkled throughout the antique-accented B & B.
The Fairville Inn comprises a Federal-style Main House, whitewashed Carriage House, and the Springhouse, built atop the foundation of the original estate barn. In Carriage House Room 3, a fireplace pops and crackles below a portrait of an aristocratic woman, who casts her gaze just beyond the four-post canopy bed. Accessed by a private entrance on the first floor of the clapboard Springhouse, Room 1 showcases a classic interior of stuffed armchairs and a mahogany armoire, mixed with contemporary features such as a bathroom with rainforest shower.
Nestled among a grove of towering trees, the butter-cream-yellow Main House stands as the property's focal point. Individually appointed guest rooms favor rich floral patterns. The innkeepers host a complimentary hot breakfast every morning in the Main House dining room with warm platefuls of homemade french toast, frittatas, and scrambled eggs. During afternoon tea socials, cheese, fresh baked goods, and back issues of the Social Register are served to guests in the living room amid the glow of a gas fireplace.
Brandywine Valley: Countryside with Cultural and Historical Attractions
The rolling hills of Brandywine Valley are dotted with centuries-old stone houses, crisscrossed by streams and horseback trails, and accentuated with covered bridges. Longwood Gardens, situated 3 miles north of the Fairville Inn, showcases 1,077 acres of exotic flowers, majestic trees, and sparkling fountains. The estate includes a palatial conservatory with an acacia passageway, 30-foot plantains, and a rent-controlled Orchid House. Andrew Wyeth's landscape paintings of the area are on display at the Brandywine River Museum as are the works of his father and son.