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“Worth every penny” 5 of 5 stars
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1471 West Millers Cove Road, Walland, TN 37886   |  
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Walland
Durham, North Carolina
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49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
“Worth every penny”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2013

This may be the nicest place we have ever stayed with a very high service person to guest ratio. Beautiful setting. If you get a chance to fly in a hot air balloon, do it!

Walk around, go fishing, take a boat around. It's all good. Oh and the food is fantastic

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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brianlee95, Guest Relations Manager at Blackberry Farm, responded to this review, December 5, 2013
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Hendersonville, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

I can't even begin to describe this beautiful East Tennessee venue. The weather was perfect. The staff was phenomenal. The food was heavenly. The price is outrageous for us common folk. I am so thankful I was able to experience it. Wonder of they would hire me?!

Room Tip: I stayed in the main house and was very happy there for the proximity to everything.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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brianlee95, Guest Relations Manager at Blackberry Farm, responded to this review, December 5, 2013
Thank you for sharing your experience. I am glad you enjoyed your visit to this special part of the world.
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Greenwich, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2013

“I got the relaxing weekend I was hoping for, my husband got to enjoy a ton of outdoor activities and even got me out on a trail for an afternoon of geocaching, which was much like going on a classic, beautiful treasure-hunt. The Smoky Mountains setting was stunning, and it set the perfect tone for a spellbinding getaway. Blackberry Farm is known for gourmet food, which did not disappoint!
Every meal was spectacular, and it was particularly nice to know that they source so many ingredients from the property itself, turning run-of-the-mill dishes (chicken? grits?) into home-grown culinary masterpieces served in a grand, rustic “barn.” Our room was small but impeccably decorated, with luscious linens that would’ve made getting out of bed hard to do if there weren’t so many reasons to be up and about. I was surprised to see that there were entire families visiting, and at dinner one evening three teenage brothers told us about their paintballing experience. If you go with your family, consider booking one of the cottages which looked incredible! Everything about the atmosphere is conducive to unique relaxation; the fact that even my husband was able to tear himself away from his laptop just to relax in rocking chairs overlooking The Smokies is proof that this place is something special!"

Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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brianlee95, Guest Relations Manager at Blackberry Farm, responded to this review, December 5, 2013
How wonderful to hear you both were able to unplug and relax. That is just what we had intended for our guests to do. Thank you for sharing your experience.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013 via mobile

I just returned from a fabulous girls trip... Celebrating our 50th birthdays! It was truly just perfect! Even though we arrived in a downpour to discover there was no electricity, the staff didn't even flinch. They told us to just park at the entrance of the dining room and leave keys in the car. The kitchen was running on a generator and we were served a delicious brunch.

We left satisfied and found our car had been completely unloaded into our room...3 women have Lots of luggage! While still powerless, we followed a friends suggestion to get a puzzle. It was Incredible! There were shapes within shapes - and no picture to follow!

Eventually power was restored and we were treated to gourmet food, beautiful scenery, and complete customer service. Definitely 5 stars!

Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
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brianlee95, Guest Relations Manager at Blackberry Farm, responded to this review, December 5, 2013
Delighted to hear you enjoyed your birthday celebrations with us. It was great having you as our guests. We look forward to welcoming you back again.
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San Diego, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

We return to this amazing property every year or so. It is in the middle of "nowhere" but has views that are breathtaking. The Farm is over 4,000 acres of rolling hills with various animals scattered about (horses, llamas, sheep, etc.) & an amazing garden which sustains the delicious
meals which are included in the room price. The garden is "tended" by John Coykendall, master gardener, who has a wealth of knowledge & one of the most interesting people to talk with about fruits, vegetables, etc. Taking his tutorial on beans is worth it.
The dinners are delicious and served in a barn that has been assembled from various old barns in the east. The setting is delightful and the service provided by Guido & Timothy was first rate! All of the dishes we tried were perfectly prepared using veggies, etc. from John's garden & the fish, meat, chicken was good to perfection. It is one of those places you walk away from & think about it until next time!
Our problem is with the breakfast (food is very good) and lunch (food is average) & wait staffs in both which are sometimes painfully slow and seemed perplexed by simple questions about the menu. We think their demeanor sometimes distracts from the food which may be the reason we are complaining & have only given the property 4 stars. It really is the best "hotel" food in the country and with a couple of tweaks, we're sure it will be perfect!
Cell phone service on the property is spotty at best which causes problems when trying to conduct a bit of business with fun. They are adding a new spa facility and other improvements so we are hoping by our next visit in a year or two, someone will have figures out their communications system & bring it up to date.

Room Tip: We stay in the hill cottages which are expensive but we love the privacy and large facilities. Lucy...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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brianlee95, Guest Relations Manager at Blackberry Farm, responded to this review, December 5, 2013
Thank you for your comments. We always enjoy hearing from guests who return year after year. I appreciate your suggestions on how to make Blackberry even better! We continue to strive to improve year after year.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013

There's just nothing like it. The rolling hills, the southern charm, the luxurious rooms, the breathtaking wine program, the stellar food... Blackberry Farm is the epitome of excellence.

From the moment the concierge contacts you to help guide you through the choices for your visit to the subtle surprises you encounter in everything from your bedroom to your car as you leave, the team at Blackberry Farm has thought of everything.

The staff is incredibly professional while exuding hospitality. The activities suggested around the Smoky Mountains are innovative and different. Blackberry Farm will actually recalibrate how you think about a vacation.

Unfortunately, it will also skew your ability to find another property like it. Well done!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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brianlee95, Guest Relations Manager at Blackberry Farm, responded to this review, December 5, 2013
I am so glad to hear you enjoyed all things Blackberry! We are most proud of our team and the genuine southern hospitality they provide. Thank you for your response.
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Franklin
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2013

My wife and I spent a few days (June 30-July 2, 2013) at Blackberry Farm. I've read comments that it may have feel pretty slow but I think they missed the point as I did at check in. When you arrive you will notice that your cell phone is pretty useless and I originally thought why wouldn't they have addressed that especially with who must visit. However, by the end of the day I realized that spending a few days without the phone with your spouse is exactly what every couple needs. There is ample WIFI in every building but spending quiet time and just talking to each other without interruptions reminded me why we got married 11 years ago. The setting is truly enjoyable to just "be together."

The food was as I expected fantastic. We did "A Dinner Afield" and they set up the most spectacular setting for us. I'll post a picture. We ate a great dinner and had a server dedicated just to us who went back and forth for every course so it would be freshly made. The whole time we never saw a soul while eating. Dinners can take awhile so just relax and enjoy the pace. This is not a place to rush.

The grounds are fantastic for walking and hiking as we found out, but most grab a golf cart to get around. Just ask and they will have one waiting. There are a lot of activities but you do have to pay for most of them so be prepared not to think about a budget vacation because this isn't.

We stayed in a cottage and it was very nicely decorated. We did a rose petal turn down service and guys if you want to score points definitely do this for your wife. I won't tell too much because it is a great surprise to see.

If you couldn't tell, this can definitely be an over the top trip if you let it be. I am tough on resorts usually in reviewing them but this one deserves a great review. My wife and I definitely will go again.

(By the way, the wine list book is something to see. It probably is 500 pages long.)

Room Tip: The cottages are very nice and roomy.
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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brianlee95, Guest Relations Manager at Blackberry Farm, responded to this review, December 5, 2013
There is something to be said about "being together" and I am so glad you had the opportunity to reconnect here at Blackberry.
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Address: 1471 West Millers Cove Road, Walland, TN 37886
Location: United States > Tennessee > Walland
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Walland
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Number of rooms: 60
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
One of America's most celebrated intimate luxury hotels beckons discerning guests who aspire to escape modern-day frenzy and slip into a Blackberry state of mind. Situated on a pastoral 4,200-acre estate in the Great Smoky Mountains, Blackberry will show you the many reasons why it is one of the top rated properties in the world ... more   less 
Also Known As:
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Blackberry Farm Hotel Walland
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Blackberry Farm Walland
Blackberry Farm Inn

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