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The Mansion at Fontanel

The Fontanel is a 33,000 square foot log mansion located on 186 acres of property just north of Nashville, Tennessee, and it is one of the most impressive mansion tours in all of the United States. Designed by Tuck-Hinton, the architectural firm that designed the Country Music Hall of Fame, it was built in 1988 by country singer and actress Barbara Mandrell to serve as a primary residence for her family.

In 2002, two investors bought the property and used it for staging television and video productions, including the movie Country Strong, which starred Gwyneth Paltrow and Tim McGraw, the television show Gone Country, and various country music video shoots. The Fontanel was converted into a tourist attraction in 2010. At one time, it was the largest log construction home in the entire country.

The Great Room

The Great Room

Outside view of the Mansion

Outside view of the Mansion

One of several bedrooms

One of several bedrooms

The Great Room The Great Room
Outside view of the Mansion Outside view of the Mansion
One of several bedrooms One of several bedrooms

The Fontanel Mansion Tour Experience

During your tour, your guide will take you through this rustic and warm three-story mansion that contains 18 rooms, seven bathrooms, and two full kitchens. The mansion includes a variety of rooms designed solely for entertainment, including a media room, indoor shooting range, indoor pool, and spa. The Great Room has 35-foot ceilings as well as a library, fireplace, and game tables. The rooms of the mansion are packed with various music memorabilia and mementos, and you can even touch many of the items. You will get to see up close the personal keepsakes and items of artists like Jewel, Alabama, Big & Rich, Old Dominion, Kenny Chesney, and more. Your guide will discuss the history and architecture of the mansion, the guests who have stayed there over the decades, and much more.

Many rooms remain as they would have looked when the Mandrell family lived in the mansion. There is still clothing hanging in closets and family photos on dressers in bedrooms. The tour is designed for all ages, and taking pictures and video as well as sitting on furniture is permitted. Because you can touch items in the mansion, it is sometimes referred to as a living museum.

Travel Tips

- Tours last approximately one hour and 15 minutes.

- The tour is wheelchair accessible as the mansion is ADA equipped with ramps and elevators for those who require assistance.