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Looks like it is high luxury Thursday here at HotelChatter. We reported recently on how the Hermitage Hotel in Nashville snagged a coveted Mobil 5-star rating--one of only 27 in the U.S. Tennessee has another hotel, however, that has shown up on best-of lists for years: Blackberry Farm in a little dot on the map called Walland.
It's not often that a rural hotel in the south can vault onto nearly every "best of" list and then stay there year after year, but Blackberry Farm has managed to pull it off. On an estate that once served as a getaway for the founder of Ruby Tuesday's restaurant chain, it has been expanded over the years to become a 4,200-acre estate in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. It was first built with six guest rooms for friends and family and now contains 51 rooms, suites, and cottages.
This is not cutesy country B&B full of cross-stitched hearts, wooden ducks, and gingham, however. Expect sumptuous linens, tasteful furniture, and lots of little extra touches that make each room special. Rates start at $745, with a two-night minimum most times of year, and can climb to $4,800 for a three-bedroom cottage. This includes all three meals, however, which are spectacular enough to get the place written up in most every food magazine and to get it accepted into the Relais & Chateaux organization.
This is mainly a place to relax in style, but with this much room to roam, there are plenty of opportunities to hike, ride horses, or go fly fishing. It's safe to say you'll be taken care of here as well as any place for hundreds of miles around: Blackberry Farm has been rated #1 in the world for service in Travel & Leisure, #1 in Service in the U.S by Condé Nast Traveler (with a perfect 100 score), and #1 in the U.S. by Andrew Harper's Hideaway Report.
[Photo: Magnolia Jazz]
· Blackberry Farm [TripAdvisor]
· Hotels in Tennessee [HotelChatter]