Romantic Guest Rooms and Afternoon Teas at Historical Countryside Estate
In 2010, Fairville Inn Bed & Breakfast was named the mid-Atlantic’s most romantic inn in by readers of Karen Brown's travel guides. Based on appearance alone, it's easy to see why. The postcolonial estate—originally built between 1825 and 1837—is situated on 5 acres in the Brandywine Valley, a region famous for its mansions and idyllic countryside. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the inn transports guests back to a quaint, peaceful time via antique furnishings and country decor.
The innkeepers take extra steps to maintain an elegant atmosphere. Every day, they host an afternoon tea where you can sample treats baked by innkeeper Rick Carro. For an additional charge, grab a chocolate-truffle torte with key-lime caramel sauce or another after-dinner dessert, and then take it back to your room.
Every morning, Rick prepares three gourmet breakfast options. Omelets are made with vegetables from the estate gardens, and sausages are smoked in-house with applewood or mesquite. Rick takes special pride in his scrambled eggs, which the inn's website describes as "among the finest you will ever have."
The rooms available with this deal can be found in the whitewashed Carriage House, the charming yellow Main House or the Springhouse, which was built atop the foundation of the original estate’s barn. Each house and room has its own ambiance. Carriage House room 3 features a four-poster canopy bed and a shaded deck overlooking the meadows. Springhouse room 1 boasts a private entrance and architectural elements from the original building.
The Brandywine Valley: Cultural and Historical Countryside in Pennsylvania
Located in Pennsylvania’s southeast corner, the Brandywine Valley is covered with hills, valleys, and historic landmarks. During the early 20th century, wealthy families began building extravagant estates here, many of which have been converted into modern-day museums. One such property—the Longwood Gardens—is located 3 miles from the inn. This 1,077-acre estate, once owned by the illustrious DuPont family, features 20 indoor and outdoor gardens, an extensive fountain system, and the Orchid House. The DuPont’s legacy also extends to the Hagley Museum and Library, the Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library, and the Nemours Mansion & Gardens—all located minutes from the Inn.
Five miles from the Fairville Inn Bed & Breakfast, the Brandywine River Museum showcases the legacy of the Wyeths. N. C., Andrew, and Jamie Wyeth were all influential visual artists in their time, and you can admire the work of all three generations in this restored mill-house museum.