4.5
Very Good 621 Reviews
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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 621 Reviews
Exceeded my high expectations
Reviewed 3 days ago

I had a fantastic 3-day weekend stay. This place is special and has the feel of a high end B&B or Inn. It was my first time, although it has been a place we had long talked about visiting and finally did. The grounds are beautiful and bucolic as it can be, You could spend an afternoon on the porch just gazing off into the hills and mountains nearby. The rooms are very cozy and well furnished - we stayed in a room in the guest house. The proximity to the main house restaurant, the front desk, and the clubhouse was very convenient. Please explore the grounds and the activities they offer such as fly fishing, hiking, or borrowing one of their Lexus cars for a test drive. The star of this place is the food. Every meal was top notch, Michelin star type of food, delivered in a relaxed welcoming environment. The dinner at the barn was the main event each evening - at least 4 courses regular menu or 7 course tasting menu options. Everything here smells so good, feels so fresh, everything slows down it seems. One of the top places I've ever visited for pure relaxing.

40 th Wedding Anniversary
Reviewed 1 week ago

Worth the wait!
From the minute we arrived, there was not one second of disappointment. The property is well kept and the hospitality is beyond what we expected. The rooms are beautifully decorated. The beds are luxurious and comfortable, the food... oh my goodness... I can’t even describe how every meal was professionally plated and every bite was delicious. The staff is very friendly and well trained and we cannot wait to go back. This anniversary trip has turned into an obsession to return!

Wonderful place to relax
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was our first visit to Blackberry Farm. We attended one of their food and wine events. The entire stay from the moment we arrived to departing was wonderful. Obviously, this is a high end resort but well worth the cost. The staff always had smiles and were extremely polite. Our cottage was comfortable and well appointed. The resort is on a large tract of land without the feeling of being crowded. There is an emphasis on farm to table. Most food is locally produced, raised or grown.
I always review negative comments on tripadvisor about places I may visit to see if they have a similar theme. Blackberry Farm is not open to day visitors which is common at many resorts. The costs include lodging and food but not alcohol. Events have an additional charge. While this resort is at the high end, similar resorts or hotels in NYC, San Francisco, London or Paris are even higher. The food is delicious but not the big steak and potatoes type place. I really cannot think of a negative issue during my stay for three nights.
I look forward to returning to Blackberry Farm at some point and have recommended the resort to friends.

Brené Brown & Shauna Niequist Event
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There are not enough words to describe our experience at Blackberry Mountain. From the reservation team who asked all the right questions to make certain we had the perfect accommodations to the (what seemed to be) invisible service team who anticipated our every need. (Each time we returned to our golf cart it had been backed into the parking space for easy departure). From the many fire places where all you needed to do is light a match to the secret attraction at the end of our hike the staff went above & beyond to deliver ultimate experiences. Oh, and the views!!! And maybe I should have started this review with the magnificent food & drinks we shared. Can’t wait to return!!!!

Expensive but great service, location and food
Reviewed 1 month ago

We stayed here for a wedding. Might not have come except for that but overall glad we did have the Blackberry Farms experience. This is a place you go to to enjoy the scenery, quite and isolation - and eat. The cottages are perfect with a great bed and heated bathroom floors. The food is innovative tending toward Southern roots. Service is outstanding. There is nothing they will not help you do. There are excellent hiking trails but you can also sit out looking over the scenery and be happy as well.