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Falcon Rest Mansion
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Owner description: Falcon Rest is the Victorian mansion where history is fun. Built in 1896 by Gorilla Pants manufacturer Clay Faulkner, it's been called "Tennessee's Biltmore" by PBS. Some say it's presided over by a friendly ghost. Open daily year round for guided tours, tea room lunches, Victorian Gift Shop, and history-based entertainment and meals for group tours.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase
Reviewed July 14, 2010

We really enjoyed our stay at Falcon Rest. It is very comfortable and homey. My husband and daughter and son-in-law along with our 3 year and 5 month old grandchildren stayed in the 2room Suite for two nights and also had our sonand his new bride's wedding rehearsal dinner at Falcon Rest. Is was enjoyed by all and the food is delicious!

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Reviewed July 6, 2010

As a B&B it's not bad ,good service, average food. As far as the main attraction it seems overated. This place is no Biltmore, thats for sure! Besides needing $100,000 worth of repair work they won't even let you photgraph the inside of the 'MANSION" which it is not.They did'nt say why photography was disallowed inside so one can only surmise that they have something to hide. I doubt there are any state secrets hidden in there. All in all as a tour destination save your time and gas and $10.

3  Thank wwolfdog
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Falconfirstlady, Owner at Falcon Rest Mansion, responded to this reviewResponded July 13, 2010

Wow! I'm surprised at the vehemence of this review. As the reviewer stated, we went out of our way to accommodate his special dietary needs and late meals during his stay at the Falcon Manor B&B on the mansion's grounds. As always with our guests, we were happy to do so.

As he also indicated, he did not take the mansion tour. Therefore he has not really seen it or heard its story. Apparently an avid photographer, he got angry when he was told photos aren't allowed inside. This shouldn't have been a surprise. The majority of historic tourist attractions prohibit indoor photography. One of several reasons for this common policy is it's unfair to other tourists if one person slows down the tour to turn it into a photo shoot.

As to his criticisms of the mansion's exterior … It was PBS that compared Falcon Rest to the Biltmore, because it was built at the same time with all the modern systems the Biltmore had. We love the Biltmore and are honored by the comparison, but in no way do we suggest Falcon Rest is the scale of the Biltmore – which is actually more an American castle than a mansion.

Granted, there are some repairs needed to the exterior woodwork. They will be done as soon as a new roof is put on later this year. Repainting is already in progress. This would have been completed last year if the economy hadn't fallen apart. We chose to continue an extensive landscaping program in 2009 and defer the roof until this year. Falcon Rest Mansion is not funded by the government or private donations, but unlike many businesses it survived the economic downturn without a bailout and is getting better all the time.

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Reviewed April 3, 2010

Our tour of the house and grounds was very informative and enjoyable. With all the different uses and modifications this house has gone through the restoration work is amazing and very well done, especially considering this house is privately owned and not funded by the state or a non-profit historical committee. I only wish that we would have been allowed a few more minutes per room to take a good look at all the artifacts that were on display. We also had lunch in the Tea Room, chicken salad on a croissant,with a fruit salad,sweet potato fries, a fantastic brownie and drink of our choice.

1  Thank WanderingPalms
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Reviewed March 17, 2010

My wife and I stumbled on to Falcon Rest about 3 years ago. We had a most enjoyable visit and would like to go back at a time when we can see one of the shows. The owners ar knowledgeable, personable, and gave us a great visit even during the off season.

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Reviewed March 9, 2010

I recently visited this attraction. I can not say it was very good. The house in its day was very nice, I am sure, but now in pretty bad shape. It has been owned and remodeled so many times that there is very little the way it used to be. It really is in need of a lot of TLC. It really is a shame, the owners need to really work on it as it is falling apart. The wood is rotting, the paint is coming off. The tour guide is very knowledgeable but a lot of what she says is what they think and they do have a few pictures of the original family. Over all it think it is really a joke and they charge $10.00. The owner, Mr. and Mrs. and the tour guide are the only ones we saw on the place. It is just a real disappointment is all I can say about it. Not worth the time going and a lot out of the way. Nothing much there and nothing much in McMinnville, TN either.

2  Thank ramblinroze
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