Fearrington Village, the destination retreat anchored by The Fearrington House Inn and Restaurant, could easily sit back on its laurels and do what it has done since opening as a B&B back in the winter of 1987 – provide superior accommodations, service and food to its patrons, for which it has earned the highest of hotelier awards.
The Fearrington House Inn has received the AAA (American Automobile Association) Five Diamond Award every year since 1995 and is one of only two Forbes Five Star (formerly Mobil) properties in North Carolina. The Inn has achieved this annual.
Likewise, Fearrington House Restaurant at has received the AAA Five Diamond Award each year since 1996, and the Forbes Four Star Award every year since 2000. Equally impressive is that the property has been a member of Relais & Chateaux (an association of exceptional inns and restaurants worldwide) since 1988.
Yet sitting back and resting is not the style of owners R.B. Fitch and his wife Jenny. From the very beginning, they have done what it takes to remain at the top, and to do that, they knew they had to add yet one more component to their creation: a place for their guests to truly sit back and relax. Thus the Fitch’s added the Spa at Fearrington, which opened in 2010.
The spa came after much thought, specifically centered on making it, as R.B. Fitch envisioned, “something charming and comfortable" So the facility was created by converting a complex of guest rooms into a deceptively spacious 4,000-square-feet with only four treatment rooms. It might be among the smallest destination resort spa in North Carolina, but the spa is full to the brim with generous use of space, talent and amenities.
The facility overlooks the Village Center. A picket fenced fronts the courtyard apothecary garden where herbs and flowers grow. The entrance to the Spa’s reception and greeting area is through a store called Haven — how appropriate. This boutique shop sells apothecary products, simple chic apparel, luxury home goods, and skin care and beauty products featuring Elemis, the brand most used by the spa. Retail merchandise is beautifully arranged, as well.
From Haven, a hallway leads to a large, multi-function room, with mani-pedic stations on the sides; its middle area is partitioned by two plush, high-backed couches and two matching chairs with a table in the center. The furniture is obviously comfortable — as we fill out our info forms for our couple’s massage, we notice a man sitting in one of chairs, awaiting his wife getting her nails done, has dozed off.
The aestheticians are talking to their customers at their stations, but the area remains serene with soft, soothing music throughout. The room has high ceilings; decorative screen panels are positioned in between some of the stations. The placement of equipment and furniture knock down and absorb noise, and two fountains maintain a steady stream of relaxing water sounds.
And about those info forms: this spa has one of the most straight-forward questionnaires of any spa we’ve encountered, keeping what is asked to minimum, real need-to-know matter as opposed to some spas’ forms that verge on invasion of privacy.
Our relaxation is soon enhanced with the appearance of our massage team: DeDe (for Kathy) and Cindy (for Fletcher). We’ve chosen the hour-long couples’ massage, and after introductions and a climb up the stairs to the second floor (an elevator is not available), we went into yet again another room with generous use of space. In some spas, the therapists barely have room to walk by the sides of the massage tables, but here, open space is abundant, which definitely helps to let your mind and body go.
The four treatment rooms are upstairs, each occupying what was once a guest room. Plus there’s an airy sitting area fronted with windows, which would be great for a group to sit, chat, or have a glass of wine and a snack delivered from the Granary Restaurant or The Belted Goat.
Our treatment room has matching massage tables plus a complete restroom with shower facilities. The gray, tranquil walls of the room again add to the peaceful ambience.
DeDe and Cindy are professional and go over our needs and wants, and each also exemplifies the overall atmosphere sought by the Fitches: “something charming and comfortable" These two women put us at ease and focus on what we request in terms of addressing our individual problem areas in delivering side-by-side massages.
Each delivered a superior treatment, which was open-ended as to the actual type, more of a personalized approach. And each had a special riff on some classic massage moves: Fletcher noted that Cindy was very organic, following the body’s curves rather than using a traditional linear motion; Kathy said afterward, “DeDe’s approach was precise. Her very slow, smooth and specific strokes were perfect for what I needed. Also she told me she sensed that I needed today was relaxation verses deep therapeutic work, and she was right”.
This spa is definitely right for visitors to Fearrington Village or to the area. You are going to find a great selection of treatment to choose from, (click here for a full list of spa services), professional, courteous, comforting staff, a sense of personalization that sets this spa apart from others, and an impressive use of space. The combination will help you melt into that soothing place a massage (or other spa treatment) should take you.
If You’re Going: The Spa at Fearrington is located at Fearrington Village, 2000 Fearrington Village Center, Pittsboro, NC, 27312 and is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is closed Mondays.