4.5
Very Good 615 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 615 Reviews
Made me fall in love with the flavors of TN
Reviewed 1 week ago

What a wonderful detail oriented resort. We go to food and wine events, and have also had a great time at the Beretta weekend. The rooms are lush, the food and wine top notch, and every building unique and loving cared for. You can tell that sustainability is important, and tradition.

Relais and Chateaux And more
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We just returned from a visit to Blackberry Farm,and it was all we had heard and then some.It’s located in a beautiful pastoral setting in the Smokey Mountains in eastern Tennessee.There is a Main House,which has some accommodations,then there are many cottages and cabins and houses which may be engaged as well.There are two dining venues,currently the Barn and Bramble Hall which normally functions as And event center with an amphitheater for concerts,But is one of the dining venues as the Main Hose is undergoing renovation.The cuisine is the star here and the chefs are magnificent in their use of the produce of the farm in season(including cattle,sheep,chickens and ducks) so the fare changes with the seasons.The staff are wonderful,so accommodative-I’ve heard it said that the answer so never ‘no’ to any guest request and we never heard a negative while there!There are also many activities-fly fishing,horse back riding,paintball! For the kids,food and whiskey and wine tasting and appreciation all in a gorgeous setting.Yes,it’s expensive,but in our opinion worth it.One if the premier relais and chateau properties in America!

Tough to Match
Reviewed 1 month ago

Ever since our visit to Blackberry Farm in October, my husband and I find our selves saying “well, it’s no Blackberry Farm”. This statement will be muttered at even the loveliest hotels and restaurants. In other words, after enjoying Blackberry Farm, we find it difficult to match the Blackberry Farm experience.

Blackberry Farm is a very special place. At times, it feels magical. Your car is swept away upon arrival, any small request is gracefully met, warm staff members are around every corner, and the food is beyond expectations.

Let’s start with the dining, as it is a driving factor in deciding to make a reservation. Every award and accolade is truly deserved. Every meal is an event and incredible.

Don’t miss a meal; it’s all worth trying. I would recommend doing as many dinners at The Barn as you can. It’s a truly luxurious experience in a beautiful setting. The only downside is the massive wine list and the difficulty in finding much under $150, although the sommelier was wonderful in assisting us.

We stayed in a cottage, which was cozy and lovely. The design and layout maximized space, comfort, and utility... the bed was incredibly comfortable, the bathroom was lovely, there is lots of closet space, and you’ll enjoy a pretty sitting area and a huge fireplace. Ask for a deck that faces the forest, not your neighbor.

Don’t miss the various gift shops and the spa. We enjoyed a wonderful 90-minute couples massage, after we reluctantly peeled ourselves away from the super comfortable lounge chairs with blankets and the mountain view in the lounge.

There are great free and fee-based activities on site. We enjoyed hiking around the property (you are provided with a clear map and excellent information), biking to every corner of the property (a wonderful wonder about) and a horse back ride. Even as beginners, the horse-back ride was a wonderful way to see the forest and cross the streams. Of f property don’t miss the Smoky Mountains National Park and the Foothills Parkway. And finally on your way to/from the Knoxville airport, stop at Full Service. BBQ. It’s an old gas station, but don’t be put off.

We look forward to a return to Blackberry Farm in the near future.

Stunningly beautiful
Reviewed 1 month ago

The food, wine and spirits, setting can not be better. And for sportsmen they even have an off site sporting clays range with barettas of your choice. And why off site? So as to not disturb the peaceful tranquility of this amazing retreat.

Anniversary Getaway
Reviewed 2 months ago

Delicious food and wine, fantastic staff, beautiful grounds. A must do with the one you love. We celebrated our 10 year anniversary and found Blackberry to be everything we needed for the ultimate relaxation and romantic getaway.