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Blackberry Bramble Cottage

1580 Blackburn Fork Road, Cookeville, Tennessee 38501
Innkeeper(s): Fred & Cindy Bellis
  • Introduction

    Blackberry Bramble Cottage side view of inn


    The Blackberry Bramble Cottage was built in Cookeville, Tennessee around 1920 and was once owned by the Whitson family. It was part of a 600 acre working farm. After the Whitson family moved, it became a rental and was seriously neglected. Another family bought the home 15 years ago and restored the outside of the home and remodeled the inside. When it was put up for sale in 2007, my husband and I fell in love with the home and saw its potential.

    It has now been completely restored with fireplaces in each bedroom, beautiful new kitchen and baths, headboards, raised ceilings, detailed woodworking and molding, period wallpaper, 7 crystal chandeliers (including a vintage one from Italy) and hardwood floors. The beds have pillow top mattresses and plush Cashmina sheets. Every room is filled with vintage furniture, antiques and shabby chic decor. There is a LCD flat screen TV and DVD with movies in each bedroom.

    Blackberry Bramble Cottage Living room with piano

    The cottage sits on five manicured acres that have been beautifully landscaped complete with a white picket fence. Mature trees tower over the home. The border on all the gardens came from a 100 year old building that was torn down in Cookeville. Spring through summer is a special time as the gardens are filled with beautiful flowering plants and ferns.

    Perfect for small weddings and baby showers, wedding nights, romantic getaways, business travel, antiquers, adult birthday parties, adult pajama party-movie nights or just to get away. This private cottage is ideal for a few couples who want to take a break and relax together.

    Excellent prices given for weekly or monthly rentals. Book early for our elaborate Fall and Christmas decorations.

  • Insider's Info

    Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Cindy and Fred Bellis for sharing their secrets with!
    Why do most travelers stay at your inn?

    You have total privacy! You get the entire house to yourselves for less than it cost to stay in most bed and breakfast inns for one night! It is decorated in antiques and shabby chic, there are fireplaces in each bedroom and it is very romantic.

    What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?

    My guests love my homemade banana nut bread and the cashmina sheets in the winter. My guests also love how the house is furnished. I too love how it is decorated and I LOVE old houses!

    If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?

    We have great antique stores, unique restaurants and fantastic lakes and state parks with waterfalls nearby.

    What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?

    One couple wished that they could have stayed there forever.  They come back each year for a week.

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    The beauty of the Upper Cumberland area. Cookeville is a great town and great place to live.

    If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?

    I would go to visit Burgess Falls state park. You can either go the hiking path or, if not able to, go by way of road.  Then there is the new Cummins Mill state park. You can walk down to the bottom of the water fall and take a dip. I would also hit all the antiques stores. They range from high end furniture at Vintage Rose, to big bargains and shabby chic at Cottage Antiques and West End Antiques. Then I would have Dinner at Mauricio’s Italian Restaurant or the men might like a steak at Chars on the Square.  For Mexican, it is El Tapitia (El Tap)!

    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?

    The winery is a few miles away. The Square in Cookeville with antique stores and other goodies are about a 7 minute drive.

    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?

    I love Italian. Cookeville has all of the chain restaurants and unique eateries too.

    Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?

    I have guide books and maps at the cottage for my guests. It's easy to go online and put in things to do in Cookeville, Tennessee or Upper Cumberland Tennessee area.

    How many rooms does your inn have?

    It has three bedrooms. Two downstairs, and one upstairs. There are pillow top mattresses and gas fireplaces in each bedroom. The house has 10 foot ceilings and has been completely restored.

    Do you accept pets?

    I am sorry, but I cannot accommodate pets.

  • Area Information

    Blackberry Bramble Cottage two chairs on a porchCookeville Tennessee has countless attractions and activities to offer.

    Historic Sites

    Our many historic attractions include the Cookeville Railroad Museum, the American Museum of Science & Energy, and sites of the Manhattan project of WWII.

    State Parks

    State parks abound nearby, including Burgess Falls State Natural Area, Cumberland Caverns, Cordell Hull Lakes, and Cummins Mill State Park. Center Hill Lake, Dale Hollow Lake Fall Creek Falls, and State Resort Park are also nearby.

    Vineyards and Wineries

    Experience the vineyards of Middle Tennessee at Stonehaus Winery, Chestnut Hill Winery, and Delmonaco Winery (only 2 miles from the inn!)


    Relax on the golf course at Cookeville Golf Club, Ironwood Golf Course, and Belle Acres Golf Course. Cookeville has wonderful antique shopping and many unique and fabulous restaurants.

    Blackberry Bramble Cottage View of the property and sky

    Attractions in Middle Tennessee

    Middle Tennessee hits thrill seekers with Tennessee Titans football games and a gallery of golfing greens. Equestrian admirers can horseplay along the Tennessee Walking Horse Trail. Journey to the center of Tennessee's heritage at the state capital in Nashville (one hour away) or antebellum trails and historical battlefields in this region.

    Knoxville, Tennessee is only a two hour drive. Make a toast to two of America's most famous whiskey distilleries, Jack Daniel and Gerorge Dickel. Join musical legends in Nashville at the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Grand Ole Opry. Or take a ride down the Cumberland River on the General Jackson Showboat. Situate yourself in Middle Tennessee for central Tennessee comfort.

  • Weddings

    Blackberry Bramble Cottage Wedding gazebo and chairsWe have complete and affordable packages starting at $500 for both large outdoor and small indoor weddings. Celebrate in one of our two wedding locations, the Blackberry Bramble Cottage or the Southern Comfort Farm.

    What we can provide

    • Wedding cake or cupcakes
    • Wedding photos
    • Music
    • Generators
    • Parking for guests
    • And much more

    We can also have the groom or the bride pull up in a 1959 Austin Healy Bug Eyed Sprite, a bright red 1936 Chevy Pickup, one of two Corvette convertibles or a Kubota tractor.

    *Please call us for more details*