Posted on September 27, 2016

The Historic Inn at Bingham School in Mebane

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The historic Inn at Bingham School in Mebane, North Carolina is nestled on ten acres of rolling farmland with 2.5 miles of walking trails surrounded by 180 acres of nature preserve.  Conveniently near the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, this award-winning inn is sophisticated yet relaxed.  The Inn at Bingham School has the charm of a historic bed and breakfast with the amenities of a larger property.

img_2217Inn at Bingham School Timeline:

    • 1790 Log Cabin
    • 1801 Federal Building
    • 1835 Greek-revival style home
    • 1845 Bingham School constructed 100 yards from home office
    • 1845-1865 Bingham School (which then moved to Asheville)
    • 1976 Listed in National Historic Registry
    • 1985 Received a preservation award
    • 1994 Current owners/innkeepers Christina & François Deprez moved in


Operating from 1845-1865, the Bingham School served as a preparatory school for young men seeking entrance to the University of North Carolina at nearby Chapel Hill. Although the school itself is no longer standing, the headmaster’s home, listed in the National Historic Registry, has received an award for it’s meticulous restoration.

In 2004, when the inn’s roof was ruined in a fire, the innkeepers received help to ensure that their new roof was constructed in keeping with the Historic Preservation covenant. In fact, the head engineer who moved the North Carolina Cape Hatteras Lighthouse was the one who oversaw this roof reconstruction project.


Your hosts, the Deprez family, invite you to step back in time. Furnished in period antiques, the Inn at Bingham School is nestled among pecan trees in the rolling farmland of central North Carolina. A combination of Greek and Federal styles, and 1790 Log Cabin the Inn offers five spacious guestrooms with modern private baths.

Francois and Christina Deprez have been happily entertaining guests at their bed and breakfast for over 23 years. The Inn at Bingham School is the oldest bed and breakfast in the Chapel Hill area and a AAA Three Diamond Bed and Breakfast.

They graciously appointed the four guest rooms at the inn abound with thoughtful touches. Free Wi-Fi allows you to check e-mail snuggled in your room or while lounging in an outdoor hammock. Complimentary wine and cheese is served in the evening. Linger by the fire with your wine or stroll outside for the French game of Petanque, they have two official courts.


Guest rooms are individually decorated with antiques, fine rugs and fabrics.  Some rooms feature air-jetted bathtubs and fireplaces. Throughout your Chapel Hill bed and breakfast experience guests will find plump pillows, comfortable reading chairs and fluffy towels inviting them to relax and unwind.

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Quiet elegance typifies the 1801 Room. Situated downstairs in the main house with a private entrance, details abound in this warm, cozy room. The calming grey tones highlight a four poster queen bed handcrafted of tiger maple.

Flip the switch on your gas logs and curl up in the large wing back chair or choose the rocker with the view onto our shaded Southern porch, replete with columns. Relax and enjoy all of the elegant details: heart pine floors, Belgian linen curtains, antique Persian rug, cotton bedding, fluffy duvet and Christina’s homemade cookies.

The ensuite bathroom boasts a walnut vanity crafted from a tree that fell on the property. One section of exposed wall allows you to view the original brick construction. Shower, air-jetted bathtub, robes and thick towels provide modern conveniences.

NCBBI Inn at Bingham School Milkhouse Cottage

The Milkhouse, a woodland cottage nestled under the trees, is a natural retreat with sweeping views of the grounds: stately trees, gardens, and a rustic barn to savor at your leisure. Enter into the cozy sitting room where the couch invites quiet conversation or reflecting.

The bedroom has three walls of windows offering gorgeous views of the wooded property. Just outside your door is a lovely hosta and fern filled garden, there’s even a hammock for daydreaming. A queen size bed with cotton sheets and colorful quilts entice you to sleep.

While the view takes center stage in the Milkhouse comfortably charming details abound: Victorian walnut dresser, Capel braided rugs, brick floors, rocking chair and local artwork. Christina’s love of fabrics can be enjoyed throughout the cottage from the crewel-embroidered curtains to the linen shades.

The newly renovated bathroom has a shower/ air-jetted bathtub, robes and thick towels. A quiet, natural retreat the Milkhouse Cottage is the perfect place to rest and reconnect.


The Inn at Bingham School offers a picturesque setting and personalized wedding experience. Francois and Christina have hosted countless weddings at their Chapel Hill bed and breakfast and are happy to assist couples.

The inn can accommodate up to 150 wedding guests and they provide couples with a list of tent companies and caterers to select from.  Majestic pecan trees, blooming dogwoods and a wisteria-laden pergola lend a rustic elegance to the grounds.  There are four guest rooms at the Inn that they ask you to rent the evenings prior and night of your event. Having out of town family and guests stay at the Inn is a convenient option.


Wake up to an elaborate breakfast served in their dining room or on the patio. Their menus are designed to make the most of seasonal specialties: pear-almond waffles, blueberry pancakes and corn fritters are just a few of the offerings. Fresh fruit, warm breads, gourmet coffee and teas always accompany our all homemade breakfasts. Breakfast begins with their own blend of locally roasted coffee.

Whenever possible their Chapel Hill bed and breakfast uses organic local ingredients. Christina bakes chocolate chip scones or hot biscuits with Lindley Mills organic flour. Their neighborhood hens at Cozi Farms are fed locally milled organic feed, the best eggs guests have ever tasted! In season fruits, homemade granola, German apple pancakes are a sampling of the delicious menu choices.

Ideally placed, their Chapel Hill bed and breakfast is your home base to visit the area. Nearby outings include the University of North Carolina campus, the UNC Basketball Museum, the Friday Center, and Franklin Street restaurants.

The historic mill town of Saxapahaw is just 4 miles down the road with a Saturday afternoon farmers market and music series in the warmer months. For shopping enthusiasts, the Tanger Outlets in Mebane is just 10 miles away, Duke University and Durham are an easy 30 minute drive, as well as Research Triangle Park.


Complimenting the inn is their park-like grounds which are the perfect place to unwind. Whether you rock on the porch, drift on a swing bench or read under the wisteria draped pergola you are sure to savor nature at your leisure. Elegant yet intimate, the Inn at Bingham School is a tranquil retreat where the pace of life slows.

Relax on one of their comfortable porches after roaming the surrounding acres of woodland. Join in a game of croquet or find peace gently swinging in one of our hammocks. Or spend your time indoors curling up with a good book, playing games in the parlor or watching a movie from our video collection.


Whatever the choice, welcome the evening over complimentary wine and cheese with your hosts. Experience more than just a room; surround yourself in the craftsmanship of a past era. With a unique blend of old and new comforts you can select rooms with different features. In every room you will be indulged with thick robes, luxurious soaps and homemade cookies.

All our North Carolina Bed and Breakfast Inns offer a scenic, peaceful retreat as well as relaxation from the stresses of everyday life.  Whether you are traveling solo, with a romantic partner, or with a group of friends, guests love visiting our elegant inns.