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“A Bit of a Disappointment” 3 of 5 stars
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Blackberry Farm
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Walland
Certificate of Excellence
Cincinnati, Ohio
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“A Bit of a Disappointment”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013

I visited Blackberry Farm a couple of weeks ago I must say that the staff is among the most accommodating that I have ever seen, they truly cannot do enough for you. The Barn where dinner is served is beautiful and the food is very good. We did a Skeet Shooting lesson that was great fun and the instructors were top notch.
However, the rooms were another story. We stayed in the Guest House, and the room was on the small side. Was very disappointed to experience at night that we could hear the television and guest's conversation from the room above us, could hear the person above us walk to the bathroom in the middle of the night, flush the toilet, and walk back to bed. Also was disappointing to hear other guests opening and closing their room doors all night.
My advice is to go to the Greenbriar, more activities and nicer rooms.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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9 Thank Lucy W
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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145 reviews
44 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

Lets get the only unfortunate truth out of the way first. This place is expensive. I figured we spent $ 104 an hour for the 4h hours we were there. If money is of concern, think long and hard before you visit. And even if money is a concern, if you are celebrating your 24th wedding anniversary, I'd be hard pressed to think of a better place. The food is fabulous. The setting is enchanting. To be able to go clay shooting, fly fishing, hear a talk on heirloom tomatoes and have every meal so delicious you are in utter disbelief, how do you put a price on that? The staff is very helpful the weather was gorgeous so if you want a fabulous getaway, Blackberry is the place. By March, 2014 they will have a new spa and wellness center so the place will be next to perfect.

Room Tip: We stayed in the Honey Glade cottages in the Hummingbird suite. Great choice.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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1 Thank JamesMaxx
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brianlee95, Guest Relations Manager at Blackberry Farm, responded to this review, December 5, 2013
Thank you for your comments. It sounds like you had a great anniversary trip. I am glad you experienced all things "Blackberry". Our new wellness center is due to open May 2014! It is well under way and coming together nicely. It will be a great addition.
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Durham, North Carolina
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122 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
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
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1 Thank lukejames52
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brianlee95, Guest Relations Manager at Blackberry Farm, responded to this review, December 5, 2013
We are glad you enjoyed your visit. Thank you for your comments.
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Hendersonville, Tennessee
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22 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
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
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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1 Thank ShariKC
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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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131 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 150 helpful votes
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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Thank Consigliera-S
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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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Jackson, Mississippi, United States
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5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
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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3 Thank Cynthia C
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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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40 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
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
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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3 Thank RSFLucy
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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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Property: Blackberry Farm
Address: 1471 W Millers Cove Rd, Walland, TN 37886-2649
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 
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