Blackberry Farm resort opens new hotel in Great Smoky Mountains

In the Great Smoky Mountains of Eastern Tennessee, the owners of Blackberry Farm have opened Blackberry Mountain, a Relais & Châteaux-designated hotel. 

Crafted and curated by the Blackberry Farm design team, accommodations at Blackberry Mountain include 18 Stone Cottages, six Watchman Cabins, and multi-bedroom Azalea Gap and Mountain Homes.

The Stone Cottages have views of the Great Smoky Mountains and are crafted with materials from the mountain featuring stacked stone archways, iron windows, reclaimed oak floors, white rough-sawn walls and lime-washed oak ceilings. Each Stone Cottage has a private outdoor patio, a wood-burning fireplace and a soaking tub. The Watchman Cabins are located steps away from the Firetower. These secluded accommodations include walls of the historic Hitch Cabin, floor-to-ceiling windows, scenic outlook decks and wood-burning stoves. The Azalea Gap and Mountain Homes offer multiple bedrooms.

Amenities in the rooms include full-size kitchens, dining rooms, living rooms with wood-burning fireplaces and porches with fireplaces.

For dining, Blackberry Mountain has Three Sisters, located in the property's lodge and offers views of the Great Smoky Mountains. The 221-seat restaurant offers seasonal patio seating and Hestan commercial kitchen equipment. Another dining venue is the Firetower, located at the top of Blackberry Mountain and built around a historic restored fire tower (thus the name). It has a 72-seat dining room and 13-seat bar with 360-degree views of the Great Smoky Mountains.

The Hub is Blackberry Mountain's base camp for all of the property's activities, from the learning kitchen to a system of trails. There is also an arts and crafts space, a gym with a half basketball court, and indoor rock climbing wall.

Meanwhile, located on Blackberry Mountain is Nest, a spa and wellness retreat. Nest has eight treatment rooms, tranquility lounge, saunas, steam showers, salon and an outdoor, heated pool with a scenic infinity edge.

Blackberry Mountain is located in Walland, Tennessee, seven miles from the historic Blackberry Farm estate. It is one of 13 new properties joining Relais & Châteaux this 2019, and one of only four properties in the world to earn the designation before opening. The resort covers 5,200 acres, with 2,800 acres dedicated to land conservation.

Photo credit: Ingalls Photography/Blackberry Mountain