4.0
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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

Beyond Amazing, Truly a World Class Resort in Every Single Aspect!
aberriz

The service is beyond impecable, the staff is so positive and friendly, and the view is to die for. What an amazing setting, great for hiking and walking, and the food, cocktails and wine are truly world class. We loved everything about Blackberry Farm, it’s truly a world class resort in every way, 5 Stars and 5 Diamonds! PS: Don’t miss the spa and the Lexus Chauffuer service around the resort is special.

Very nice, but is it worth the money?
Bhankin

Beautiful grounds and accommodations. And the food quality is everything it is supposed to be. We also went skeet shooting, hiking, in a carriage ride, and ate very well. My bottom line is that it is worth doing once, if you have the money. And if money is no object, then maybe worth repeating. But for most people, you will find it overpriced. We paid about $1,700 per person, per day. A couple of annoying things are that lunch is served until 2:30pm. We returned from a hike at 2:50pm and had to buy lunch separately. Call me crazy, but for $1,700 per day, maybe they should truly be “all inclusive”. Also, we ordered a $250 bottle of wine that retails for $50-60. That’s a big mark up, but not uncommon for nice restaurants. The issue is that they charged a $50 service fee on top of that!

I think the normal clientele is not at all concerned with earthly financial matters, so Blackberry can and does charge excessive prices.

If you’re in that stratosphere, then I highly recommend it. If not, and want 80% of the experience at 20% of the cost, go and enjoy Barnsley Gardens or something similar.

Blackberry deserves its accolades
tzutziq

We stayed at Blackberry Farm with another couple celebrating our 50th wedding anniversaries. We all agreed that Blackberry certainly deserves all the accolades it had received. It is definitely a Five Star resort.

The level of service far exceeded our expectations. There is no waiting or standing in line at checkin. We were greeted by our personal concierge who seated us for check in during which he made our dining reservations, scheduled activities and arranged for our onsite transportation.

Our meals were excellent - great variety on the menu, delicious dishes at both the Barn and the Dogwood, unobtrusive service.

Rooms were lovely and extremely comfortable - no detail overlooked.

The only thing we disliked was leaving.