At the beginning of August we enjoyed an exceptional visit to Blackberry Farm with our children and grandchildren. Although we were there for business, we never felt like we worked at all. We were all made to feel like we were coming home to Tennessee! Everything and everyone could not have been nicer or more accommodating.
Our rooms were all beautiful and very relaxing. Our children and grandchildren stayed in the Holly Glade Cottages where rollaways were brought in for the little ones. There was plenty of room to maneuver and the bathrooms were beautiful and perfect for the young people. They were close enough to the wonderful breakfasts in the main house, but found that ordering room service was just as tasty on those lazy mornings. We old grandparents stayed in a Hill Cottage which included its own golf cart for getting around the beautiful property. It was a very large "room" which included a very roomy living area, a huge bathroom with double sinks, a large shower for 2 (or more), a dressing room/closet and a screened porch with a rock fireplace. We would love to experience the porch in the fall or winter where we could start a roaring fire while sipping hot chocolate or brandy.
There are so many ways to enjoy a stay at BF! While there, the little people loved learning how to groom a pony and then took their first rides on a horse. Everyone knew how to make them feel comfortable with their new experience. Several of us took our fly rods to the creek which runs through the property while the grandchildren enjoyed their time playing in the creek (when they were not in the pool) There is a wonderful swing just outside the main house which overlooks some of the property and the Smokeys. Young and old loved it. It was soooo relaxing and the view amazing. In a few years the farm will be producing truffles and we got a kick out of meeting their "truffle dogs" they are breeding. What wonderful little dogs! The 5 grandchildren took advantage of Camp Blackberry. They absolutely loved it. They range in ages 3-7 and were excited about going each day. One said that it was the best camp she'd ever been too.
One of the most special people at Blackberry is Joseph, the chef at the Barn. He works his magic and creativity each night in the beautiful dining room. We were "blown away" with his delicious creations and looked forward to each evening. Go ahead and indulge. The meals (minus the alcohol) are included in your stay. They will gladly work with you if you have dietary requests and will remember these throughout your stay.
One day we decided to leave the property and go exploring and we did it in style. They gave us a Lexus convertible to drive...how fun was that! We took box lunches to the river about 30 minutes away and the kids had a great time! We, then, took a ride to Cades Cove, an 11 mile circle where you can see old homesteads, churches and cemetaries, and, if lucky, a few black bear.
After a full day, we loved going back to our cottages and raid the refrigerator or the box of goodies that were always replenished. There is no charge except for the alcohol.
I could go on and on, but, believe me, we are saving our pennies (dollars) and look forward to our next visit to this special Farm.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.