After months of anticipation and preparation, Nashville’s The Fontanel Mansion and Farm is open to the public, just in time for CMA Music Festival this week. Open 7 days a week, the mansion will celebrate its opening all week long with live bluegrass music and country stars John Rich and Gretchen Wilson signing autographs at The Fontanel Stone House Gift Shop for CMA Music Fest. Rich will be greeting fans on Friday, June 11 from 1:00–4:00 PM, and Gretchen will be signing autographs on Saturday, June 12 from noon–1:00 PM. In addition, while on site guests can dine at the Farmhouse Restaurant at Fontanel (open 7:00 AM–9:00 PM), take a two-mile hike through the free trails at Fontanel (open from 7:00 AM until dark) and of course take advantage of Nashville’s only country music mansion tour (open 10:00 AM–3 PM).
CMA Fest ticket holders will receive a $5 discount on admission to the Mansion at Fontanel. Guests may purchase in advance online at www.fontanelmansion.com using promo code CMA104 (CMA ticket stubs must be presented for entry). Tickets are $19 for adults, $16 for seniors, $9 for youths and kids 6 and under are free. In addition, Fontanel will provide free daily shuttle service from the Bridgestone Arena on Broadway and 5th from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM. There will be shuttle service every half hour on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The shuttles will return guests downtown until 5:00 PM. Tickets do not need to be purchased before boarding the shuttle.
Only minutes from downtown, The Mansion at Fontanel boasts three stories, over 20 rooms, thirteen bathrooms, five fireplaces, two kitchens, indoor pool and even an indoor shooting range on almost 140 acres of pristine land. The home has been 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, including Alabama, Kenny Chesney, Big & Rich, Gretchen Wilson and many others. But make no mistake, this is not a museum. At Fontanel, visitors get to do more than just look; guests can touch, see, feel and relax in this magnificent home.
A tour of the Mansion is guided in small groups room by room, with amazing sights, special stories and maybe even some music around every corner. Tour guides escort guests from the moment they walk into the front door through the entire home starting in the Great Room and ending in the glorious sunlit pool atrium. There, guests can grab refreshments and relax as long as they wish, discussing the experience of Fontanel with experts and fellow visitors. Tours are available 7 days a week from 10:00 AM until 3:00 PM.
For more information visit www.fontanelmansion.com.