My wife and I stayed at Elkmont at Blackberry Farm for a long weekend. We are frequent travelers, and are admittedly a bit jaded when it comes to luxury properties. Often, we find the hype does not match the experience. This was one of the rare cases where the experience trumped the hype.
The house itself is absolutely impeccable. It has a open plan first floor with beautiful furnishings. The jewel of the house is the huge screened-in porch. It has an immense fireplace and an amazing "couch swing" that is long and deep enough to nap on. It's incredible to sit out there and listen to the sounds of nature at night. The bedrooms are all large and well appointed, and the master bath is as luxurious as it is cavernous.
The house sits among the forest, only a 2-minute ride by golf cart to the main house, the well house and the barn at Blackberry. There is an endless array of things to do at Blackberry. We went hiking, horseback riding, trail running, swimming and fishing - all in one day! The Blackberry property is gorgeous, the food is amazing, and the wine list at the Barn has to be seen to believed. Be sure to ask for a tour of the wine cellar when dining at the Barn - you will be amazed at their collection.
If the house and Blackberry Farm are not enough, the property is less than 20 miles from Smoky Mountain National Park. We made the trek up to Cades Cove in the park by bike, and saw deer, hawks, wild boar and even a young bear cub playing in the meadows.
All in all, Elkmont at Blackberry Farm is among the most relaxing and luxurious places my wife and I have ever had the pleasure to visit. We will definitely be going back, and recommend it without reservation.