We discovered Blackberry Farm about 10 years ago, and have returned between 1 - 3x per year. Coming from Phoenix, AZ, that is not easy, but with a bit of work, we can fly into TYS (Knoxville Airport, about 15 miles away).
We have only stayed in the Singing Brook Cottages, starting the first year that they were opened. At first, we were not quite sure what to expect. Their long-time chef had just left, and no one had reviews on the new replacement. While they have a lovely Web site, being an advertising photographer, I know what can be done to make things look a bit better, than they are.
Well, we were in for a very pleasant surprise - at every level. Our last dozen stays have revolved around culinary and/or wine events, the most recent being their Hospice du Rhône, May, 2013. The event was, as all have been, great, but what makes it all so very special is Blackberry Farm itself, and the fantastic staff. From the moment that we see the white fence on W. Miller's Cove Road, all of the troubles of our world start to dissolve. We spend a great deal of time in Hawai`i, and the term "Island time" is used a lot. Well, we find that there is "Blackberry Farm time." Everything slows down (except for the pace of the service staff, who are always busy, making our stay perfect), or even seems to stand still. Nothing is rushed, from the three meals a day, to the wine service. Ultimate quality is their goal, and they accomplish that everywhere. Just relaxing in a rocking chair on the patio outside of the Dogwood Bar (Main House), is an anticipated endeavor for us.
I cannot comment on any of the other accommodations, besides the Singing Brook Cottages, as we have never stayed elsewhere on the property. There are "lodge rooms," plus other cottage arrangements, and maybe some day we will try one of those. The Singing Brook Cottages are very spacious, extremely quiet, well-appointed and, most of all, comfortable. They feel like home to us.
The breakfasts are served in the Main House Dining Room, and lunch is often there, or on the patio outside too. Dinners are served in The Barn (with the exception of some event meals, which are in the Main House). Chef Joseph Lenn focuses on fresh ingredients, with many coming from the property - Blackberry Farm IS a working farm, and one really MUST tour it with John Coykendall, Master Gardner. Chef Lenn, a recent James Beard award winner, blends Southern & Foothills Cuisine with many modern techniques. Most of what isn't sourced from the property, comes from near-by.
Blackberry Farm's wine program is truly outstanding, with a cadre of sommeliers, and an astounding cellar.
The culinary and wine services would garner 3 Michelin stars in Europe or the UK.
We travel to luxury resorts around the world, and Blackberry Farm is still our paradigm.
- 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