My husband and I spent two early October nights at BF. What an exquisite place from beginning to end!! When we arrived our car was whisked away and after a quick checkin, we were taken in one of the signature Lexuses to our Singing Brook Cottage. Entering through a covered porch with wicker chairs and ottomans we entered a large high ceilinged room with a king-size bed covered in beautiful linens at one end and a sofa, coffee table, and comfortable chairs facing a large fireplace at the other. The television is discretely hidden behind a panel of what looks like multiple botanical prints.
The bathroom also has a high ceiling with a long (at least 8 foot) marble counter with two sinks, a large soaking tub, and a spacious shower. A flat screen tv is set into the wall to wall mirror. Lovely framed black and white photos of two of BF's lambs hang on the wall and one end of the tub.
A small bar area has a marble counter with a lovely lamp and black and white photo. Below it is a refrigerator full of complimentary Haagen Daas ice cream bars, soft drinks, and juices. Drawers hold complimentary cookies, chips and M&Ms. A cabinet holds starter fire logs and newspaper.
The dry wood on the porch is replenished daily, and the housekeeping staff lays a neat fire ready for lighting. The room was unbelievably beautiful and quiet. The one complaint, and it is hard to find a complaint about this place, is that the towels were not fluffy, but rather thin and scratchy. I almost hesitate to mention this, because BF is so wonderful, but I really think this is something that could be remedied.
A golf cart comes with the cottage with the name of the cottage on the side, so when we drove it to another location and parked it alongside others, there was no way to confuse it with others. As the weather was drizzly much of the time, we used the golf cart often to drive around the pristine acres of meadows, woods, and paths. If the weather had been less wet, we would have hiked the trails and walked the paths instead of riding, but the cart was handy after a late dinner when the long walk from barn (restaurant) to cottage would have been dark and long.
Dinner is served in a very very large barn with a roaring fire in a huge stone fireplace. The four-course meal is faultless. Each course was beautifully presented, the servers were knowledgeable and attentive, and the food was delicious. Only one dessert did I not complete. The bananas Foster had a dry cake under the banana slices. Breakfast is served in the main house near the checkin facility. Again the service was top-knotch and the food was delicious. The breads are made on the premises, the cheeses and yogurt are made on the premises. It seems as if everything is either grown or baked or raised on the property, which translates into very fresh ingredients. And the chefs are the best, so what ends up on the plate is again perfect. What pushes this place over the edge and makes it stand out, however, is the staff. They enjoy their jobs. They go out of their way to make each guest feel important and pampered. They are helpful and gracious.
When we left, our car was brought to us. Two boxed lunches had already been placed in the back seat, along with chilled bottles of water in the front. Despite the not-so-good weather, our stay was so good, that I hope I can come back many times. It is definitely pricy; there is no question that this place is expensive. But I didn't drive away thinking that I had wasted time and money. No wonder Blackberry Farm is rated highly by so many experts. Go...and ENJOY!
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- 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
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- Also Known As:
- Blackberry Farm Tennessee
- Blackberry Farm Hotel Walland
- Blackberry Farm Tn
- Blackberry Farm Walland
- Blackberry Farm Inn