4.5
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What We Love

  • This Jetsetter rate includes daily breakfast, lunch and dinner (but not alcohol)
  • The ever-changing and locally driven menu at the acclaimed restaurant, The Barn
  • An array of seasonal, culinary-focused activities
  • Elegant interiors with modern tech amenities
  • Each cottage comes with a golf cart, useful for getting to the restaurant and spa
  • A cheesemaker, beekeeper and butcher on premises
  • Comfortable beds, bedding and big down pillows

What To Know

  • A 19% service charge per room, per night, will be collected upon checkout from Jetsetter
  • There's a two-night minimum stay
  • Culinary and adventure activities are each available for an extra fee
  • Rural setting, so after dinner the vibe is quiet
  • Men are required to wear jackets (ties optional) and women Southern belle-style clothing to dinner
  • WiFi is free
  • Pets are allowed for Cottage Suite guests only for $250

Amenities

  •  Restaurant
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Overview

The Review

The foothills of the Smoky Mountains, in eastern Tennessee, offer ridge after ridge of oak, hickory and dogwood, interrupted only by the occasional creek or pond or grazing horse. All are spectacularly on view from the Adirondack chairs and white wooden rockers thoughtfully arranged on the front porch of Blackberry Farm.

A slice of authentic America, the estate gracefully blends the experience of farmstead living with the elegance of a bygone era and very modern amenities. Originally opened as a six-room inn, the 9,200-acre property now has 62 units — all filled with antique furniture, fireplaces and feather beds — spread throughout the main house, three guesthouses and 20 cottages, tucked among gardens, meadows and walking paths.

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I was tempted to stay in the cottage, but this is a true farm-to-table culinary destination that demands exploration. It all culminates in the Barn restaurant, which has been praised in the pages of Bon Appetit, Gourmet and Food & Wine, and rightfully so. With an on-site creamery, butcher, beekeeper and organic garden, almost everything on the ever-changing seasonal menu — from the house-cured trout to the sheep’s milk cheese to the apple tart — comes from just a few yards away. Dishes are paired with vintages from the wine cellar, which houses more than 180,000 bottles, including an array of local Tennessee Valley bottles.

While the vibe here is utterly relaxed, guests can choose to take part, for an extra fee, in seasonal foodie activities such as foraging for chanterelle mushrooms, picking blueberries or hazelnuts in the orchard, and gathering ingredients from the garden. Meanwhile, cooking demonstrations teach guests how to make cheese or bread. There’s also an array of more adventurous pastimes such as hiking with a naturalist, horseback riding and fly fishing in a pristine nearby stream.

After a day spent out and about, I indulged in a blackberry and vanilla–scented massage in the Farmhouse Spa, and retreated to my cottage to snack on fresh-picked fruit and homemade chocolate chip cookies.

How to Get There

Blackberry Farm
1471 West Millers Cove
Walland, TN 37886 United States

Reviews

4.5 Very Good 634 Reviews
Hang on to your wallet!
jjerryk

Four of us came for the Emmylou Harris weekend. We occupied 2 Singing Brook cottages at $1895/night@ for 4 nights. At checkout we were shocked with an outrageous unexpected bill of $27,000. There was an unannounced “resort fee” of $300 per room, a 20% gratuity, and an 8% tax per day. Despite paying the resort fee, there was a charge for literally every activity ($250@ for kayaking, $200@ for 2 hours of on property fishing, $250@ for a lunch cooking lesson). We had to pay a mandatory charge of $600@ for the Emmylou Harris concert. Meals were good but made with inexpensive ingredients. Mediocre wine was expensive. The positives were an attentive staff, beautiful rooms and property, “free” golf carts, “free” use of Lexus automobiles. The $90 resort-provided ride to the airport was an old rundown van from a local taxi company.

The 4 day weekend cost us $1687 per person per day!

5 star prices for a 2 star experience
T2649XRmichaelk

We came during the Emmylou Harris weekend. We have stayed at some of the finest resorts in the world and are fine with paying high prices for a wonderful experience. However, the food was bland, limited choices, and inexpensive cuts. Expect breaded chicken thighs, fatty pork loin, and 4 ounces of under cooked hanger steak instead of lobster tail, and filet mignon. Tomatoes were tasteless, eggs tasted funky, and questionable breaded catfish. During the Group dinners on Friday and Saturday nights, there is a set menu, no choices. I asked for white meat chicken during lunch and got a leg. Thank God for salt and pepper.

Service is excellent. Plenty of staff. However there is a 19% service charged tacked onto the already high room rate and sales tax too. They have golf carts and an SUV to take you around on property, but for $250 a day service charge, it is ridiculous.

The concert was dull and they tacked on a service charge and tax on those tickets too, so it works out to about $400 a piece to sit on lawn chairs that hurt your back. Unless you pay about $900 a ticket, then you get a cheap chair.

If you are wine drinker, pony up big time as $150 a person is what you can expect for wine tasting with a 3 course meal. Liquor is not a generous pour either.

We left Sunday feeling disappointed and ripped off. A 3 night stay in their least expensive room $1,295 a night, 2 spa treatments and a few drinks - $7,695. Cha Ching.

Trip of a Lifetime!
870crisk

Everything about Blackberry Farm exceeded our expectations! It's hard to know where to start. EVERY meal was exceptional, including the group dinners for the concert event we attended. Their staff, to a person, treats you like an old friend they have been waiting to catch up with. The venue speaks for itself. Even our older room in the original Inn did not disappoint with its updated furnishings and bathroom, and you couldn't beat the view of the lawn with the iconic rocking chairs. (I do wish it had a mini-fridge like the other rooms.)

Yes, it is very pricey and they charge extra for almost every activity (including adding a 19% service charge for gift shop purchases), but we walked away with the experience of a lifetime. We can't wait to return and are eagerly anticipating the release of next year's event schedule!!