Blackberry Farm in Walland, Tennessee
What began as a beloved family home in the Smoky Mountain Foothills of Tennessee is today one of America's most celebrated, intimate luxury hotels. The 4,200-acre, Relais & Chateaux-affiliated Blackberry Farm beckons discerning guests who aspire to escape the frenzy of modern life. Singular indulgences such as fine antiques and covered porches adorn estate rooms, suites and private homes. Enhancing the experience is an attention to detail that has helped this spectacular property earn its unrivaled pedigree.
Regardless of the season, you will find countless amenities and activities to fulfill your every desire. There is no better way to relax while aligning your mind, body and soul than by experiencing the Aveda Destination Farmhouse Spa. Or enjoy Orvis endorsed fly fishing along tranquil Hesse Creek. With its acclaimed Foothills Cuisine and food and wine events featuring a rare gathering of extraordinary chefs and vintners, the resort is also an enticing destination for bon vivants and epicurean enthusiasts.
Location of Blackberry Farm
Nearest Airport: TYS
Reviews for Blackberry Farm
My sisters and I visited Blackberry Farm the week of April 10th. It was a first-time visit for all of us and we enjoyed it so much that we are already planning a return trip. It was the perfect retreat for our small group. We chose to stay in a house so we could all be under one roof. The golf cart provided by BF made it easy to get around the property. The food and service were fabulous. We especially enjoyed the informal atmosphere of the Dogwood and enjoyed eating outdoors. We were very lucky that the weather was great all week. We signed up for many activities and all were wonderful: whiskey tasting, fishing, skeet shooting, spa,cooking demo and hiking. We loved the outdoor activities - the guides/instructors were patient and wonderful. Early mornings and evenings were cool and we sat out on our screened porch with a fire in the fireplace and were serenaded by a whippoorwill. Everyone we encountered was friendly and helpful. We stopped to look at the garden and the gardener gave us a tour. The concierge made sure we were able to make a schedule packed with all the things we wanted to do. Great fun and great memories.
Kathy M - Richmond, Virginia
Having heard wonderful things about Blackberry Farm, we were debsting planning a stay there. However, due to the expense, we wished to look it over before making a commitment. In the area, we decided to drive out to the farm and look around, but were not allowed on the property. And so we will plan our getaway elsewhere.
disheveledprofessor - Florida
A girlfriend and I decided to celebrate our 40th birthdays with a trip to Blackberry Farm. It was out first, but it will not be the last. We shared a Holly Glade cabin with a dog named Clyde and found it spacious and well-decorated. It provided a degree of luxury befitting a dog of Clyde's stature. We enjoyed the use of the wet bar and the snacks, and one night we had too much wine and enjoyed the heated floors of the bathroom. It was a good trip. Seriously, though, Blackberry Farm has managed to create an atmosphere of unpretentious luxury that is simply unparalleled. If we wanted for anything, it was provided -- even a campfire in the middle of the day. We found the staff and the other guests to be extraordinarily friendly -- emblematic of Tennessee hospitality. We enjoyed our gastronomic experiences even more than I expected, as I can be a bit hard to please in that department. We dined two nights in The Dogwood and one night in The Barn. The cuisine was exceptional at both locations, but we really enjoyed the laid-back atmosphere at The Dogwood and especially the kind ministrations of sommelier Meg and server Andrew. Both made our dinners memorable and warm and funny. We participated in three activities: a farmstead tasting tour w Alyssa, a cooking demonstration with Jeff Ross, and a Earthfit Endurance hike w Lachlan. We enjoyed our guides immensely, and I would highly recommend these activities. The demonstration kitchen at the Barn has no equal, and Jeff really makes farm-to-table cooking accessible to home cooks of all levels. The boozy wine lunch really was a lovely experience. I was concerned that we were going on an "off" weekend, with no special concerts or food events. Trust me, you'll never lack for activities or fail to have a wonderful time at Blackberry Farm. It is a splurge worth every penny. I'll be taking my husband for a visit again this June.
Sewaneegal - Indianapolis, Indiana
This could be ideal any time of year but after the holidays and new year festivities and preparing for the upcoming year, being plugged into the phone and computer non-stop for weeks, this was paradise. My husband surprised me with the Holly Glade Cottage Suite... there was a stocked pantry, a wood burning fireplace and a soaker tub. The staff treated us like family and it was an amazing retreat from reality.
Alexia D - Clichy, France
Overall, Blackberry Farm was wonderful with very well thought out details. Would we return? Most definitely. The property is stunning and the staff epitomize southern hospitality. I've included some more details below on our stay. This visit was a birthday gift from my daughter. There were so many aspects that we loved. First of all, the cottage we had came with a golf cart to use during our stay. It was so much fun to drive all around the property. We both love dogs so we spent a fair amount of time playing with them. Jim, who is their trainer, was funny, interesting and very kind. We booked fly fishing lessons, and Dusty was very patient and interesting. Also, we enjoyed our spa treatments and facilities. Relatedly, the room products were fantastic, and we even purchased some to be mailed home. The cottage was perfection. The decor was stunning, lighting excellent, bed was the most comfortable we have ever experienced in a hotel. It included a beautiful porch with stunning views and even a wood burning fireplace. My daughter was in heaven over the architectural details. There was one glitch that we were surprised wasn't handled better. The front door was a Dutch door where the top opened separate from the bottom. We couldn't get it to latch so the first time someone from the front desk was sent (not maintenance) to assist. After struggling, he was able to secure it. Right before we went to dinner it became unlatched so we called again and were told they would fix it while we were at dinner. When we returned, it was still not closed shut so we attempted to make it appear closed and went to bed. The next morning, when we woke up, the wind had obviously blown it open during the night. We called again and this time someone from maintenance was sent. The problem turned out to be a loose screw in the door frame. If someone from maintenance had been sent originally I am sure the problem would have been resolved the first time. One other issue and feedback we have is the 19 percent service charge. When we checked in and were told about it, I asked if this was the gratuity. I was told no, it is a service charge and if we wanted to tip it was up to us, but it was not expected. It is a confusing policy. I have stayed at two other hotels where a gratuity/service charge was built into the price of the room. One was the Waldorf Astoria in Chicago and the other was a hotel in Boston. In both of those establishments, if you offered a gratuity the employee refused to accept it. Additionally, this 19% service fee is applied against the entire room / lodging charge (not only dining, activities, etc.) which begins to feel a little like we're being "nickeled and dimed" which takes away from the experience.