Says proprietor R.B. Fitch: "About 10 years ago, we started thinking about opening a spa at Fearrington but the timing and the location never seemed to work out. Then about a year ago it meshed for us. We had a place in the Village we were excited about -- a place that gave us not only a great spa layout but also a nice boutique store." Guiding his vision was the desire to create "something charming and comfortable -- sort of human scale."
Overseeing the design of the space was merchandise manager Daneen Griffin and Fearrington Village's general manager, Theresa Chiettini. Says Theresa: "We've looked at spas all over the US and Europe and feel we've created something that's quite unique in our area -- a spa that offers tranquility, charm, a warm professional staff, all in a relaxing setting."
Daneen described the resulting look as Swedish Farmhouse -- "where interiors are full of light, rooms are characteristically gray-washed in soft color, furniture is simple, floors are bare and space is unfussy."
The nearly 4,000 square foot facility overlooks the Village Center and fronts a courtyard apothecary garden. Inside, the spa has a large studio for manicures and pedicures and four private treatment rooms for massage, facials and other treatments. The Spa also includes a boutique shop called Haven, which also serves as the Spa's reception area.
"The Spa is proving popular not only with day visitors and leisure travelers staying at the Inn, but also with corporate groups and wedding parties who want the complete retreat experience," said Theresa. "We're very excited to offer that now."
Treatments include massage, facials, manicures and pedicures. The Spa is open to Inn guests and the general public. A full list of spa services can be found on the Spa's webpage. Most skincare products used in the Spa are provided by Elemis, a leading British luxury spa and skincare brand. It is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10am to 7pm and Sunday from 10am to 4pm. Reservations can be made by calling 919-545-5723.
"The Spa rounds the Village Center out as a destination place. It's a place to go for exceptional dining and shopping, romantic lodging and beautiful gardens," says R.B., "and now a place to give yourself a treat."
About Fearrington Village
Located on farmland dating back to the 1700's, Fearrington Village is a 1,400 acre hamlet situated near Chapel Hill, in the heart of North Carolina. The Village is home to an inn, a spa, unique shops, restaurants and is surrounded by extensive gardens, pastures and a community numbering nearly 2,000 residents.
At the heart of the Village is The Fearrington House Country Inn and Restaurant, members of Relais & Chateaux, an association of the finest restaurants and hotels in the world. The restaurant is the only restaurant in the country that is both Green Certified™ and rated Five Diamonds by the American Automobile Association; it serves sophisticated contemporary American cuisine in a farmhouse setting. The inn is rated Five Diamonds by AAA and Five Stars by Forbes Travel Guide; it was also rated a top five small hotel in the 2010 annual readers polls of both Conde Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure.
About Relais & Chateaux
Established in France in 1954, this association is tasked with spreading its unique "art de vivre" across the globe by selecting outstanding properties with a truly unique character. It is a family of hoteliers and chefs from all over the world who share a passion for ensuring their guests are privy to moments of exceptional harmony, an unforgettable celebration of the senses. There are currently about 500 Relais & Châteaux properties in 55 countries, including 38 in the U.S