Nashville’s newest attraction, The Fontanel Mansion (http://www.fontanelmansion.com), a 27,000 square foot log home formerly owned by Country Music Hall of Fame® member Barbara Mandrell, is now open to the public, beginning June 7, 2010.
The Mansion is filled to the brim with photos, memorabilia and personal items from the period when the Mandrell family lived there.
Additionally, the personal collections of current owners Dale Morris and Marc Oswald are featured which include one of a kind items, personal photos, and keepsakes of the artists they currently manage, which include Alabama, Kenny Chesney, Big & Rich, Gretchen Wilson and others. At Fontanel, the tour is interactive and guests are welcome to touch, see, feel and relax in this magnificent home. (It’s not a museum.)
Located less than 15 minutes from downtown Nashville, The Fontanel Mansion boasts three stories, over 20 rooms, thirteen bathrooms, five fireplaces, two kitchens, indoor pool and even an indoor shooting range on 136 acres of land. An exclusive spot for the stars, the home and grounds have been the setting for numerous photo and video shoots, CMT’s top-rated “Gone Country” show and more. As Nashville’s only country music mansion tour, the Fontanel Mansion gives visitors a sneak peek into the lives of some of country music’s top artists.
A tour of the Mansion is guided in small groups room by room, with amazing sights and stories around every corner. Tour guides escort guests from the moment they walk into the front door through the entire 27,000 home starting in the Great Room and ending in the sunlit pool atrium.
In addition, there are many other features of the property for visitors to enjoy. Guests who want to take in the beauty of nature can hike or mountain bike The Trails at Fontanel. With over 136 acres of land that the mansion resides on, the Trails at Fontanel provide free trails for both locals and visitors. Guests can access over two miles of trails during daylight hours.
Also featured on the property is The Woods at Fontanel, which is an outdoor music venue, surrounded by the woods of the Fontanel property. This new venue showcases major artists in an intimate format that no one will have a chance to see anywhere else. The highly anticipated first show is slated for July 17. (More details on the upcoming concert schedule to be announced shortly.)
Guests can also dine at The Farm House Restaurant at Fontanel. With over 140 seats, the Farm House showcases a “farm to fork” menu items featuring local produce, dairy and meats delivered from area farms and sustainable sources. Offering southern-style comfort food with creative twist, the Farm House is installing an on-site organic teaching garden and house photos of the farmers and families that produce the food for the restaurant. The Farm House serves breakfast lunch and dinner seven days a week.
For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit http://www.fontanelmansion.com.