The Fairville Inn, a Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania bed and breakfast, offers elegant country accommodations in the heart of the Brandywine Valley, and is just minutes away from wonderful world-class venues. While you could easily spend a week, a two- or three-day stay will give you the time you need to savor the best the Brandywine Valley has to offer.
World-famous Longwood Gardens comprises over 1100 acres with mammoth indoor conservatories. Garden and conservatory displays change seasonally, from spectacular spring blooms, brilliant Autumn Colors, an enchanting array of Christmas lights beginning in late November, to the Orchid Extravaganza from late January thru March. During the summer months Longwood presents Concerts Under the Stars and the Festival of Fountains, which combines fireworks and fountain displays set to music of well-known artists from every genre (recent displays featured the Beatles and Gershwin).
The Brandywine River Museum is home to the art work of three generations of Wyeths, including N.C., Andrew, and Jaimie. A few minutes from the museum is the historic Brandywine Battlefield, where Generals Washington and Lafayette fought the British before retreating to Valley Forge for the winter.
Winterthur is the 1000 acre Estate and Gardens of Henry Francis du Pont. The exhibition galleries and 175 period rooms in the mansion showcase a world-renowned collection of furniture and decorative arts. Winterthur offers mansion and garden tours, and hosts a series of events during the year including the annual Point-to-Point steeplechase race in early May, and a step-back-in-time Yuletide tour of the mansion bedecked in period holiday finery.
The Hagley Museum, located on 235 acres along the banks of the Brandywine River, is the site of the gunpowder works founded by E.I. du Pont in 1802. Visitors can tour the du Pont ancestral home, which is filled with antiques, memorabilia, and artwork; stroll through magnificent gardens; and view the workings of the gunpowder factory. A short drive from the Inn is the Delaware Art Museum, which features an extensive collection of American art from the 19th century and the largest collection of 19th century British Pre-Raphaelite art in the United States.
The Nemours Mansion and Gardens, also a du Pont estate, was completed in 1910. It remains today the grandest residence in Delaware and its formal French Garden is considered the finest example in North America. The 47,000 square foot mansion is furnished with an eclectic collection of rare furniture and great works of art.
If this is not enough, the Brandywine Valley is also home to wineries that offer tastings throughout the year, scenic back roads for driving adventures, an array of first-class golf courses, and -- of course -- a diverse selection of fine dining. If your getaway brings you to the Brandywine Valley on the weekend after Labor Day, consider stopping by the annual Mushroom Festival in nearby Kennett Square (the "Mushroom Capital of the World").
Inn Amenities: Free Onsite Parking, Gardens on Property, LGBT Friendly, Green Environmentally Friendly, National Historic Registry, Tesla/Electric Vehicle Charging Station, Wine/Spirits Available,
Food & Wine
The Fairville Inn offers its guests a complimentary full gourmet breakfast every morning at private tables. In addition to a continental buffet that includes our house special cereal blend, Inn-baked goods, fresh fruit and yogurt, guests may choose from three hot entrees that change daily. Typically, the Inn offers an omelet-of-the day; pancakes, french toast, or waffles; and among the finest scrambled eggs you will find anywhere. Many of the vegetables and herbs in our omelets are grown at the Inn and breakfast dishes are often punctuated by Inn-made special accents, including wild raspberry, marsala-strawberry, and smoked tomato sauces, and Rick's bourbon onions (which have been featured in a cookbook). We are pleased to accommodate special diets with advance notice.
The Inn also offers guests a complimentary afternoon tea, which includes a selection of fine cheeses, crackers, and Inn-baked goods.
Although the Inn does not serve lunch or dinner, there is a diverse selection of fine restaurants in the area.
Meals Offered: Breakfast
Special Diets Accommodated: Yes
Breakfast Service: Continental
Breakfast Seating: Individual Tables
Rooms & Suites
The Fairville Inn offers its guests elegant country accommodations in three buildings. Each room is individually decorated, has a private bath, individually controlled heating and air-conditioning, flat-screen TV, telephone with voice mail, and high-speed wireless Internet access. Enjoy the elegance! The Main House (circa 1827) has 5 guest rooms (one with 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. The Springhouse is situated on the foundation of the original estate barn. It has 4 rooms, each with architectural accents from the original barn, a fireplace, and a deck with panoramic view down the meadow to the neighboring pond. 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 an adjoining room with a twin sleep sofa.
Accommodations: Efficiency, Suites
# of Rooms: 15
Beds: Twin, Queen, King
Safes: In-Room, Front Desk
Handicap Accessible: Limited
Room Amenities: Air Conditioning, Alarm Clocks, Antique Furnishing, Bathrobes, Fireplace, Hair Dryer, Ironing Boards, Private Deck, Rollaway Available, Telephones
Internet Service: Wireless, Complimentary
Front Desk/Security: OnSite
Corporate Rates: Yes
Inn Amenities: Free Onsite Parking, Gardens on Property, LGBT Friendly, Green Environmentally Friendly, National Historic Registry, Tesla/Electric Vehicle Charging Station, Wine/Spirits Available
Innkeeper's Pets: Inside
Smoking Policy: Outside Only
Weddings & Events
Events Supported: Private Parties, Ceremony, Receptions, Rehearsal Dinner, Bridal Luncheon, Elopment
Wedding Services & Amenities: Caterer
Wedding/Reception/Event Facilities: Indoor, Outdoor
Business Travel & Events
Meeting Types: Business Meeting, Retreats, Social
Meeting Amenities: Onsite Catering
Meeting Facilities: Indoor