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Southern Comfort in Tennessee

Tennessee is the soundtrack of America. From Nashville to Memphis, Elvis to Tina Turner, it’s where countless musical legends were born. But its glorious landscapes and farming communities also sing of the soul of America.

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Deep in the serenity of the Smoky Mountains, in East Tennessee, Blackberry Farm combines an immersion into the natural environment with great music, great food, and all kinds of authentic experiences. An intimate, luxury retreat set on 4,200 acres of rolling hills, it’s a wellness getaway that comes with plenty of creature comforts. A magnet for high fliers in need of downtime, this working farm comes with a world-class kitchen serving hyper-local Southern cuisine.

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At Blackberry Farm, guests are encouraged to “make a great day”. This might involve a breakfast of poached farm eggs, hoe cakes and roasted greens, followed by trout fishing or paddle-boarding in a mountain stream, a barre or yoga class, winding down with a reiki session in the Wellhouse, a spa and health centre surrounded by calming views. With a tranquillity room, vitality bar, and personal trainers on staff, guests can create a truly personalised fitness and nutrition programme. Or you can cut loose with wine and whiskey tastings and toast marshmallows over the nightly bonfire.

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Sustainability is at the heart of the farm’s ethos. The gardeners preserve the traditional practices of the Cherokee and early Appalachians, who cultivated these foothills and foraged in the fields, forests and streams. Almost everything on the seasonal menu is reared, grown and harvested locally. This natural bounty is transformed into phenomenal dishes served at the Dogwood restaurant and The Barn, where celebrity chefs often take over the kitchen. As well as a cheesemaker, butcher, baker, beekeeper and brewer, there’s a full-time jam maker and chocolatier.

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