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Blackberry Farm
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Walland
Certificate of Excellence
Cincinnati, Ohio
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Simply the best”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 1, 2013

I sent this note after returning home. While it refers to a single incident during our stay, it symbolizes the excellence of the staff from top to bottom.

Tommy,

After several stays at Blackberry, my wife I were pretty well accustomed to the superb service and extra mile care that you are so well known for. Nothing though prepared us for the response of your team when Marg had her back troubles part way through an evening meal. Not only was a potentially awkward incident handled with seemingly effortless ease, but it was all accomplished with a cheerfulness and kindness that soared well above and beyond anything we could have hoped. The young man (we did not get his name) who assisted Marg back to the cottage deserves special praise. He very gently eased her into the cottage and then did everything he could to ensure she was as comfortable as possible (water?, TV? anything?).

From beginning to end, Tommy, every member of your team who was called upon responded with warmth, genuine solicitude, and flawless competence. Please express out thanks to everyone involved and accept our very deep gratitude.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank GBA79
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
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Hunt Valley, Maryland
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33 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2013

Hello,
Last week my husband and I were lucky enough to be invited to a family wedding at Blackberry Farm for the entire weekend. I appreciated the short mini van ride from the airport to the farm. We drove past the white board fenced property of Blackberry glancing at the horses, sheep and llamas grazing in the pasture. We noticed the new spa being built then the tennis courts and pool. We drove to the main reception house. Our accommodations were superior. A semi detached home nestled in the woods with it's own covered porch plus two rocking chairs. The first nights picnic by the pond exceeded my expectations. When the Chateauneuf du Pape bottles arrived on the table it set my expectations high for the rest of the meal. They did not disappoint. The smoked flavors of the salmon, chicken and pork were above the top. Fireworks, bluegrass band, smores on an open fire all added to a great experience. The next day wine tasting during the wedding reception was informative. The wedding reception food was a foodie's dream meal. I would love to fox hunt with the Tenn. Valley Hunt and experience the November opening day. The only drawback, it took us two flights to finally arrive at the Knoxville airport. I can only imagine Thanksgiving with the family at Blackberry........

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank equestrian_12
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Birmingham
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2013 via mobile

My husband and I had heard from several friends and acquaintances how wonderful Blackberry Farm is. We decided to try it for our anniversary. We stayed on a Sunday evening. We had booked our reservations by phone. We understood our fee included room, dinner, breakfast and a lunch before we left or box lunch. We were totally surprised at check-in that a 19 percent gratuity would be added to our bill. We were taken aback by this but were still thinking if everything was wonderful, we were OK with that. The staff was prompt and courteous in getting us to our room in the main house. Again, we were shocked at the size of the room. It was very small and not at all impressive. We had no view except of a little wooded path. We then decided to go for a walk before dining at 7:15 pm. We did have a nice walk and walked to the barn where the dinner would be served. After our walk, we came back to the room. We had read the information given to us at check-in and read that each house had a pantry with a few snacks and colas. We were starving and knew it would be a while before dinner. My husband went to find the pantry and the staff downstairs did not know what he was talking about. My husband came back to the room, called the front desk and they did tell him where to go get a bag of chips. But the most disappointing part was our meal that evening. Our sommelier recommended the house Chardonnay since we just wanted a half bottle with dinner. If you get the wine pairings with the meal, you will have an additional charge of $125/person. When our wine arrived, that particular bottle was undrinkable and the sommelier agreed it was oxidized and quickly got another one. The dinner was as follows: great on the salad, OK on the scallops, terrible on the entrees and great on the dessert. Our server was great and asked why we didn't eat much of our entrees. We did tell him the halibut had been way overcookked and the beef loin was tasteless. He said he would mention it to the chef. My husband and I went back to the room, went to bed only to be waked up early with a knock at the door for room service which they discovered was for the wrong room. We did have a good breakfast and left with an OK box lunch. We were stunned on the trip driving back home to read reviews posted previously very similar to our experience. We just wish we had read these before booking our reservation. We had had several friends who were interested in how our trip there went so they would know if they wanted to go. I have to say they probably won't be going now. I think we won't get any real response from Guest Relations since every one we read to complaints similar to ours was answered with the same canned response such as "We appreciate your feedback blah, blah,blah.

  • Stayed September 2013
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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20 Thank BirminghamChickadee
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Raleigh
Level Contributor
56 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2013 via mobile

Blackberry Farms lived up to all the hype and more. The food was amazing, the service was stellar, and you couldn't paint a more beautiful setting. My only complaint was the room was incredibly small for the money. However, overall experience was one of the best. I can't wait to go back!

  • Stayed September 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank cfarrar
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Franklin, Tennessee
Level Contributor
39 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2013

The perfect place to relax or take on most outdoor sports. Their spa is fabulous. One of the best massages I've ever had and the food, out of this world. It's expensive but in my opinion well worth it.

  • Stayed September 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Lucia H
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Hattiesburg, Mississippi
Level Contributor
111 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 19, 2013

Beautiful property, attentive and friendly staff, incredible farm-to-table food. It's not cheap, but you won't regret the splurge. Go in fall, if you can, to enjoy the crisp air and leaves changing, and if you can force yourself to leave the property--hard to do--drive the few miles to Allen Benton's modest bacon house.

Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank daisygirl2013
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Knoxville, TN
Level Contributor
20 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2013 via mobile

The answer is always yes, that's the motto at Blackberry Farm. The grounds were surreal and breathtaking. The dining room was magnificent and Chef Lenn served the most delicious quail leg. Although the price is steep, we would return again in the future.

  • Stayed September 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank GoBigOrangeT
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Additional Information about Blackberry Farm

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
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Walland
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Blackberry Farm 4*
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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