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
The drive out to this resort was lovely, but once there I was told that it was a private resort only available to those with reservations. There were no public facilities No coffee shop or gift shop. The man who spoke to me was an employee of the resort, he was not friendly and told us to leave the way we had come in.
Lucille M - St. Petersburg, United States
My wife and I spent two days here last week in the guest house. Our room was both large and comfortable. The views from our room (called Trillium)were incredible. Two takeaways:first,the staff is top notch. Everyone was helpful,friendly,and went out of their way to make us feel at home. Second,the food is wonderful. Fresh out of their garden delicious. Lovingly prepared,beautifully presented. There are many activities to pursue. We tried fly fishing for the first time. Our guide , Dusty, could not have been more patient or knowledgeable. We had a blast trying to learn, thanks to him. We will return soon. Most highly recommend
We have heard from several friends that enjoyed a stay at Blackberry Farms and just came back from a short stay there. It was an amazing stay, despite some dreary weather. I can't say enough about the staff, they really pamper the guests without being overbearing. In this day and age of efficiency, the staff take their time and are there to help with anything. Everyone was pleasant and accommodating. Probably the best service of any five star hotel I have been to. The rooms are not over the top fancy, but very nice and cozy. The beds are heavenly. The best first night sleep of any hotel bed I've been to. The food is wonderful. You have to eat at the Barn! Consistently great at every meal. We did some hikes on the property and the spa was excellent. Again, the service was the best I've had. It is a quiet resort and peaceful. It is not high paced so if you are looking for a peaceful getaway you have to come here. This place is really that good!
ChrisHC001 - Asheville, North Carolina
There are many, many charms and surprises awaiting you at Blackberry Farm. It is idyllic and quiet; the food in The Barn is exceptional; there are many places to curl up with a book and relax; the pool is refreshing; it is easy to meet and chat with others if one chooses to; the service is very good, a credit to the youngish staff; many, many nice touches, like s'mores under the moonlight, surrounded by fireflies; lots of optional activities; convenient transport about the grounds if you don't want to walk; nicely appointed rooms; and, an elegant estate to explore. Also, a working farm, a seed maven, truffle-sniffing dogs, and other treats, including a spa. But, it all comes with a price. A hefty one, with add-ons all over the place, including a 19% "service" charge on rooms, food, drinks, and just about every activity. Plus, no clue that little, if any, of the service charge goes to the staff directly. Tipping isn't mandatory (per another reviewer who spoke to a manager), but if it is true that a good chunk of the service charge isn't passed along to the staff, then some tipping may be in order. Tipping shouldn't be this confusing! (I think that they should get rid of the service charge - it seems to be the number one sore point among guests. Just increase the room charge or add a flat fee resort charge.) The room we had in the main house was very nice, although its layout was a bit quirky, with entry through the gift shop! The bathroom was exceptional, with a heated floor. We did archery, with two other very nice guests, which was great fun, but it involved a 35-minute drive each way. The instructor was terrific. Every activity is separately charged - plus a service charge. The only exception was the use of a complementary hybrid bike (and a Lexus test-drive car to get you across the highway for a less traffic-y bike ride). The ride was quite nice, and came with a decent biking map with lots of options. Dinner was very good and reasonably plentiful in The Barn. The Barn menu lacked some variety from one night to the next, but that may have been due to the desire to use the best ingredients that were in season. There is an up-charge for the tasting menu - but it was well worth it. The servers were generally young, but quite pleasant and helpful. We were given a short, private tour of a small part of the wine cellar and whiskey tasting room. Our other meals at the main house were also excellent. The Sunday brunch french toast was -- as they say -- to die for. A very pleasant Southern atmosphere and grace permeates the grounds, and it never felt stuffy. (However, sport coats for men are required in The Barn. I was the only guy wearing a shirt with any color in it: Come on guys!) The staff is formal and courteous, yet friendly, a nice mix. I've read some complaints about boorish guest behavior; we experienced none. If you go and can put the cost out of your mind, you're sure to have a grand time. But, if you start thinking in dollars and cents, it could ruin your visit. I think you need to decide which approach you're likely to take and, if it is the latter, you may be disappointed. If the former, you will surely have a luxurious and pleasant stay. 35-45 minutes from Knoxville, which has a great airport. And don't be afraid to spend a day exploring Knoxville - there is a lot to see there, and pleasant walking if the weather is nice. PS: The wifi in the Main House was erratic and weak. But, there are few better places than Blackberry farm to disconnect and take a digital sabbatical - so perhaps it was a blessing in disguise.
Wenwood - Midwest
Blackberry Farms is amazing. The attention to detail could not be beat. We stayed two nights and had a wonderful time enjoying the property. Rented a golf cart and drove the whole property. The mountains were beautiful. All the meals are included, however found the evening meal to be a bit over the top. It was very good, just a bit fancy for my taste. Stayed in the main house. Room was a bit small, but nice, clean and well done. The staff is amazing. They even pack you a lunch to take with you when you check out your last day. The spa could not be beat. Had a massage that was fantastic. A once in a life time experience.
Marita S - Detroit, Michigan