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Blackberry Farm, Smoky Mountains

Posted on January 24, 2011 | Hotels2 Comments


A vacation in the Smoky Mountains zone is always thrilling and amusing, but how about an accommodation here that makes you feel at home? Isn’t that exciting? Well, set in a pristine idyllic surrounding and revealing the home-comfort farm style, the Blackberry Farm is certainly one of the best man-made retreats amidst these natural giants. Stunning views, Sylvanian landscape, a hodgepodge of picket-fenced grounds, and a brand home-on-the-farm experience all together make up for a paradigmatic bucolic sanctuary. However, the Blackberry Farm, although rustic, takes luxury up by a level via its elegant modern decor, Lexus fleet, and try-your-best staff. In short, this refuge is the perfect blend of nature and bliss.

Rooms

There are a total of 59 rooms and the rates for the double ones start from USD 1,032. However, this does not include tax of 33.25%. But, the rates do include snacks from the pantry as well as the ‘Full American’ course of three meals a day. Among all the types, my favorites are the Singing Brook Cottages that are nicely isolated, marvelously spacious, and splendidly modern adding to the charm of chic rusticity. As compared to the Holly Glade Cottages, these are a bit pricier, but are surely more stylish. Milks & cider as well as East Friesian are ideal.

The uppermost tier in the Blackberry Farm hotel is adorned with the Hill Cottages featuring jaw-dropping bathrooms as well as the deck’s outdoor hearths. However, even meeker are the Singing Brooks. But, if more traditional Southern milieu is on your list, then try Magnolia featuring the double aspect mountain vistas. This is actually an Estate Room (standard) nestled in the principal house. There is also a guest house where the Yellow Mandarin as well as the Trillium is snugly nestled in the roof space of the edifice. The former offers the green forest views, while the latter offers mountain vistas.

No matter which room you choose, all of them are equipped with the basic amenities as well as CD players. In the Hill Cottages as well as Singing Brook suites, you can enjoy flat screen TVs along with the DVD players in the former.

Check-out:

1 pm; Check-in: 4 pm, but there is no such strict rule regarding the check in time.

Note:

A minimum stay of two nights is compulsory here, except for September as well as November during which it is three nights and four nights minimum during Thanksgiving.

Amenities
  • Fitness room
  • Spa
  • Library
  • Tennis courts
  • Croquet lawn
  • Hiking trails
  • DVD library
  • Free WiFi throughout
  • Small pool situated not far from the main house and atop the hill, which is flanked by flowers, loungers, and vistas of the Smoky Mountains extending into the horizon

In addition, you will be offered a personal golf buggy. However, if you wish to go ahead, there is a choice between a horse-drawn carriage and the Lexus fleet.

Restaurants

The Barn is the main restaurant in the Blackberry Farm featuring fine dining. This is the refurbished Amish edifice of the 18th century fixed on an open-air kitchen. Less formal and snugly is the Main House. The ‘Foothills Cuisine’ from the hotel’s own produce is more preferred rather than traditional Southern. There is a dress code here for those want to enjoy in the Barn: ladies – southern-belle style, gents: jackets. Want to know the top table? Well, in the Barn, all the seats are private as well as elegant. However, you are free to enjoy your meal anywhere on the property – try out the boathouse for a cozy lakeside lunch and the Yallarhammer pavilion along the pond of trout for early evening barbecues.

The Barn has dinner reservations, which is accepted only up to 9 pm. The same rule applies for the Main House. However, for throughout the night, pantries are packed with snack. There is a room service that brings to you the in-room dining items, which include all from the standard snacks like popcorn and cookies to full epicure dishes.

Children Policy

All children are welcome here at any point of time with some rule following. Those who are above 10, they can come here at any point of time. Under 10s are only allowed with their family from 15th June to Labor Day, Christmas, Easter, Memorial Day, and the Thanksgiving Holiday.

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