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 585 Reviews
Unjustified cost
Reviewed 3 days ago

This is the most expensive place in the country. Just know that going in.

Blackberry Farm is THE most expensive place I've ever been anywhere in the world for what I would call - pretty ok.

First, the good. The food. The food is very very good - amazing in some respects. Well done on the quality there. It's included in the exorbitant prices. And the room was nice and comfortable. And the staff is very nice as well.

Next, the bad. (1) It's boring. Outside of tennis, non-guided hiking and sitting by the pool, you have to pay for everything else. Spa treatments at prices higher than city spas and fly fishing are on site. Lakes, golf, skeet/clays shooting, paint balling, etc are all pricey and off site - as far away at 45 minutes. Website makes you think it's all there. It's not. You'd think that with 4200 acres, they could have something on site, (2) Very few rooms have a view. We stayed in a villa that was down the hill from the Main House. We stared at another villa, also down the hill from the Main House. In the woods. Could have been anywhere. (3) Transportation. Airport transport from Knoxville? Not complementary - it's $200. Once you're there, it's amazing that a place this expensive wouldn't be crawling all over themselves to transport you around the property in their fleet of Lexuses. But we were given a 10 minute wait time, one time, for a car to come 200 feet (and I'm not kidding) from the front desk building to the Main House to take us to the spa. So we walked past 3 empty Lexuses to the spa instead - a 5-minute walk. At least it was complementary, but apparently you get what you pay for. In lieu of waiting on Lexuses, you have the luxury of RENTING a golf cart for $80/day. Yes, you pay $1,600/night, and you have to RENT an $80 golf cart to get around on your own schedule. I'm not making this up. (4) Cost. Our villa was $1,600/night and for that, we got room and food (and the free items mentioned above). Oh, and free snacks and cokes. ALL alcohol is an add on and most activities. And if you want the tasting menu at night, that's not included either - surcharged. If you order wine at the Barn during dinner, the 225 page wine menu is chocked full of expensive wines - I'd estimate about 8 are less than $100/bottle. Most are $300-600. They are fine wines for sure though.

So, once you've digested all of that, you realize that there is a 19% service charge that covers your entire bill.

Our 3-night stay quickly totaled over $10,000. I'm all in on going to nice places and paying for what you get, but I've never ever felt so violated - even in some of the finest places in France and Italy (notorious for high prices). Blackberry Farm is ok, but it definitely does NOT justify its prices.

Go if you want to, but for that sum, there are a whole lot of other places to go.

A magical place
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We returned to Blackberry Farm to celebrate our 44th anniversary and once again found the property, service, activities, and food to be outstanding. Everyone treats you like family and the overall experience is magical. We loved the Chris Thiele concert and learning about the work of the Blackberry foundation.

Very good, but lacking in value proposition.
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There is no question that Blackberry Farm is a fine hotel, with fine staff, and fine dining. I would even call it a great escape from the city or daily grind of anywhere. But paying the bill was far too painful an experience for me to justify coming again. It just isn't THAT good. But hey this is America, and if they can fill rooms at $1,000 a night for a view of the woods and a menu consisting of salty and caloric fried southern food that's great. I'm going to the Greenbrier next time.

A Bespoke Experience
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Blackberry Farm is one of those places where every now and then, you just have to pinch yourself. But I can assure you, it's real, and it's spectacular!

Set in the rolling hills of Tennessee, the property works with nature, rather than try to overcome it. With parking lots, cottages and trails set in well treed areas, the sense of privacy is tremendous. Several informal gathering places around the property make great focal points to meet friends or connect before dinner. The pool facility is excellent with plenty of sun or shade, depending on what you are looking for.

The meals at Blackberry Farm are nothing short of amazing, with the service second to none.

Blackberry Farm is one of those places where families can create memories that last a lifetime, year after year. Both the facility and the staff make it a very special place that will leave you wishing your time there wasn't coming to an end.

Like Bryan concert
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This truly was an amazing place. The service is very good and the food is special. I was blown away by how nice the Barn was and took a tour of quite an amazing wine cellar. If you get the chance you have to go to a concert there. We saw Luke Bryan in a small venue that felt like a wedding size crowd so was amazing with a full bar. What was also cool was you see these performers around the resort and at lunch etc which is pretty cool. The Brothers Osborne were there after Luke and saw them as well. The weather was great and not so sure I would have enjoyed it as much as it didn’t appear to be an indoor activity type of place. We were disappointed there were no golf carts available to tour but a staffer graciously drove us around. This was awesome but my wife and I really wanted to tour solo. For the price you pay which is pricey I would expect to have all amenities available. I don’t mind paying for a great place but for the price tag all should be available. I really hate the fact that a service fee was added to everything. Again I don’t mind paying but just make it all inclusive and charge us a flat rate for everything and just include the fee in the rate so just tell me it is 120 and not tell me it is 100 and then tack on the fee. Overall a great time especially when the weather is nice.