The Fontanel Mansion, originally built for Miss Barbara Mandrell in 1988, is scheduled for a six-parcel auction sale in late October.
The stunning 30,000 square foot home is a log structure, but the farthest thing from the log cabins of yore. Sitting on over 200 acres of land in Whites Creek, Tennessee, the former Mandrell property includes 6 bedrooms and 13 bathrooms… and that’s just the main home structure.
The property also includes a private gated drive, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a helipad, an outdoor amphitheater, and a regulation volleyball court!
If that’s not enough to strike your fancy, other areas of the property include barns, a six-room inn, a distillery, a winery, and a restaurant.
The lavish property was named “Fontanel,” also known as the soft spot on an infant’s head, by Barbara because she wanted the location to be the “soft spot” or landing where her family would come to be together.
In 2002, the family sold the property, and it was then used for television and film productions. It can be seen in the television series Gone Country and the film Country Strong.
In 2010 the property was re-vamped as a tourist attraction with several outbuildings added, as well as a gift shop and many outdoor trails and greenways. The Mandrell family continued to be involved with the property’s new owners, and the walls of the main cabin continued to include items and music memorabilia from their collection – even the likes of The Eagles and Alabama.
During its tourism days, it would take property guides over two hours to provide tours of this entire estate, leaving it to imagination the true expansiveness of Fontanel.
According to Fox 17, Bob Parks Auction has announced that ‘The Fontanel’ is currently looking for new ownership, and since it’s divided into six parcels of land, potential buyers could buy one, multiple, or all six. Bidding will open on October 14 and end on October 22.
But lucky for us, the upcoming auction includes released photos of the mansion and property, and they are truly incredible, to say the absolute least.