In 1939, Mrs. Florida Lasier of Chicago snagged her silk stockings on a wild blackberry bramble while exploring the idyllic Smoky Mountain foothills, and the name Blackberry Farm was born. Forty years later, the Beall family invested their hearts and souls in the same romantic site that has become their family home and lifelong passion. Today, 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.
On The Farm
For centuries the land upon which Blackberry Farm is situated has provided for its inhabitants. The Cherokee and early Appalachians learned how to cultivate these foothill soils and how to forage what was already abundant in the field, forest and stream. Today, we cherish this understanding and continue to preserve these traditional land use practices. Since its inception, the Farmstead has been a favorite gathering place for guests, chefs, and artisans alike. With a vast number of vegetables from their gardens and foraged goods from the surroundings, chefs and artisans have the “raw materials” to provide an array of culinary creations. Their gardeners grow vegetables that offer endless colors, textures and tastes. Their forager, livestock team and local agricultural community provide milk for their cheese maker, meat for their butcher, as well as wild mushrooms, blackberries and ramps for their preservationist. Items harvested around the gardens like sour cherries, sumac and persimmons are offered to the brewery and transformed into award winning spirits. Sustainably harvested ingredients are the essence of celebrated Foothills CuisineWhether you select the intimate charm of a Historic or Estate Room, the legendary elegance of a spacious Singing Brook, Farmstead Cottage, or Holly Glade Suite, the luxurious comforts of a Hill Cottage, the sweeping views of a Carriage House Suite, or the privacy of a Home, Blackberry Farm’s accommodations offer a haven of carefree comfort. From heavenly beds adorned with sumptuous linens to plush robes and luxurious amenities, your accommodations reflect a meticulous attention to detail.
While you are here, we encourage you to take part in the farm activities that we have to learn about the land and the food it provides us. You are encouraged to join Master Gardener John Coykendall in one of his talks about the old days of farming or the art of saving seeds. Take a Farmstead tasting tour and get a good overview of the farm and the opportunity to try some of their farmstead products. They also offer activities with their garden manager and farmstead educator to learn about their gardening techniques and philosophy. Make sure to sign up for a cooking demonstration with one of the artisans to learn their techniques of transforming local bounty into culinary delight.
As was the ways of their ancestors, they use what the local environment has to offer. They grow, harvest and eat according to the seasons. They embrace the culture that makes their area unique and seek to preserve the culinary folk customs of this region. They provide for the artisans and kitchens what the land will allow in a manner that is respectful to the environment and its inhabitants. To put it in artistic terms, the farm is where the colors are ground, the canvas is stretched and all preparations are made for the artist’s masterpiece.
The Historic Rooms at Blackberry Farm are the original rooms dating back to the beginning. These small, intimate rooms are individually decorated with period antiques and represent the true essence of a country-house style. Historic rooms offer either a king, queen or twin-sized bed option. The rooms vary in architectural layout and size. Giving a sense of “coming home” to Blackberry Farm, guests enjoy the convenience of staying in the Main House. Expect a feeling of warmth and coziness as if enjoying a private bedroom at a great country estate.
Each of the nine Estate Rooms in the Guest House offer either a king or twin-sized bed. Recently renovated in 2016, the Estate Rooms feature expanded bathrooms, rooms, and outdoor space. The Guest House living room offers overstuffed sofas and chairs, two cozy fireplaces and a stone veranda with Blackberry’s signature rocking chairs and a spectacular mountain view.
Indulge yourself in one of the luxurious Cottage Suites for the ultimate experience in privacy and comfort. Enjoy your morning coffee on your own covered porch with rocking chairs and relax in your spacious suite by the wood-burning fireplace or on your fluffy, king-size bed. Blackberry’s most exclusive accommodations offer large bathrooms with double vanities and whirlpool tub, walk-in closet and a stocked pantry with complimentary snacks and non-alcoholic beverages.
Warm and welcoming, the Hill Cottages are a fashionable approach to ultimate luxury and comfort. Shaped by regional influence and modern American design, the cottages provide an authentic contemporary experience with the lasting elegance of old world antiques and classic purpose. The cottages are designed to offer guests indulging choices and unexpected nuances. Curl up by the fireplace, enjoyed from both the living room as well as the outdoor screened porch, escape in the oversized soaking tub, and enjoy a bite of Foothills Cuisine® in the dining nook or a glass of world-class wine while slowly swaying in the rockers on the front porch. The cottages come with state-of-the-art technology, including high-speed internet, flat screen televisions and integrated sound systems throughout, including the bath suite, with theatre surround-sound in the living room. Patterned for the quintessential luxury experience, the Cottages present an unmatchable getaway. Also included is your own golf cart.
Located among the Singing Brook Cottages on a wooded hillside, the Farmstead Cottage offers a sophisticated escape in a truly secluded setting. Appointed with elegant furnishings and accessories, the Farmstead Cottage is the ultimate hideaway. The comfortable living room is filled with hand-crafted upholstery, antiques and discreetly integrated audio-visual technology. The cottage features a glass-enclosed living porch with wooden swing and fireplace for enjoying the serene environment surrounding it as well as a screened side porch and stone back patio. The expansive bathroom and dressing suite feature a whirlpool tub and double vanities. The master bedroom includes a king-size plush bed and another wood burning fireplace. This cottage also includes a golf cart for exploring the property.
Wine & Food
Blackberry Farm’s renowned cuisine is definitely rooted in what comes from the farm as well as the region. Often described as Foothills Cuisine®, it wanders the line between refined and rugged, borrowing from both haute cuisine and the foods indigenous to Blackberry’s Smoky Mountain heritage. Guests have the delightful adventure of fulfilling their gourmet desires in three warmly inviting and wondrously inventive restaurants. Blackberry Farm brings together a rare collection of artisans—the chef, the master gardener, the baker, the cheesemaker, the forager, the butcher, the preservationist, the restaurant manager, the sommelier—who blend their unique talents to create what the guests know as Blackberry Farm.
Activities & Adventure
Regardless of the season, Blackberry Farm offers countless activities and adventures to fulfill your every desire. Pamper your mind and body at our Wellhouse. Enjoy their Orvis-endorsed fly fishing while surrounded by the pristine tranquillity of Hesse Creek. Find yourself on a relaxing nature hike. Freewheel down mountain byways and down country roads on a custom mountain bike. Be as active as your heart desires.
Activities being offered:
Culinary & Tastings
Family & Children
Farmstead Field School
Deep Healing Woods
Mindfulness & Meditation
Shampoo / Blow dry
Strength and Fitness
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