The Tennessee tourism industry is no stranger to country star homes. Loretta Lynn's Hurricane Mills ranch near Nashville has been a top destination for years. Dolly Parton's Dollywood, featuring a replica of her childhood home, is a must-see for any country fan. But the newest home on the classic country block is Barbara Mandrell's Fontanel Mansion and Farm.
Originally built in 1987, the sprawling, three-story, 27,000 square feet mansion isn't exactly new. But the home's reputation as a premier Nashville attraction began in 2010. Investors Dale Morris and Marc Oswald purchased the property when the Mandrell family moved out in 2002. Eight years later, Morris and Oswald transformed the property into a gorgeous Tennessee retreat.
The Soft Spot
Located in Whites Creek, Tenn., the property encompasses an inn, the Natchez Hill Winery, Fontanel Records, a massive music venue and much more.
The Natchez Hills Winery hosts Fontanel Friday, a weekly live music program broadcast on Nashville's WSM 650 AM.
Mandrell chose the name "fontanel," the name for the soft spot on top of a baby's head, because she considered the home to be her family's "soft spot." Today, the mansion's formal dining room provides a serene environment for all families.
Fittingly, Mandrell's daughter Jamie is the director of hospitality for the property.
The mansion has over 20 rooms (13 are bathrooms!), five fireplaces, an indoor pool and indoor shooting range. At the time it was built, the Fontanel mansion was the largest log cabin in the United States.
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The property also serves as a charming wedding venue.
Fontanel's Stone House Shoppe sells handmade soaps, jewelry, artisan products, clothing and trinkets galore.
The mansion is surrounded by three miles of serene hiking trails for you and your furry friends.
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But the massive concerts held on the grounds are the biggest draw to Fontanel. The Carl Black Chevy Woods Amphitheater is a 4,500-seat natural outdoor music venue. The VIP seats are even carved out of the Tennessee hillside. Everyone from Willie Nelson to Bob Dylan has performed in the stunning and unique amphitheater.
The beautiful property also has a "murder mystery" dinner theater and a zipline forest. The Inn allows visitors from across the globe to enjoy the property, which also boasts a distillery and the Cafe Fontanella, which features Italian and southern cuisine.
In addition to food, fun and relaxation, the farm and mansion provide a serious slice of country music history. Visiting the resort is like being invited to have dinner with a country legend. During the mansion tour, you can see Mandrell family memorabilia and photos of family friends, which just happens to include artists such as the Eagles, Buck Owens, and Alabama, line the walls.
The Fontanel is the perfect getaway for Nashville locals and Music City visitors. You can find out more about the property here.