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Sep. 26, 2013

Fontanel Grows With IHG Partnership

By Eliza Theiss, Associate Editor

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has announced plans to develop two new properties under the Holiday Inn Resort brand: the Deadwood Mountain Grand, in Deadwood, SD and the Fontanel, in Nashville.

Fontanel, a Holiday Inn Resort, is set to open by mid-2015 at the Fontanel Mansion site at 4225 Whites Creek Pike, 15 minutes from downtown Nashville. The 140-key hotel will offer amenities such as 20,000 square feet of meeting space, pool and spa and will make use of various other on-site amenities and attractions. Fontanel Mansion sits on a 136-acre property, which also holds the Woods Amphitheatre, the Pepsi Studio Gallery, the Goo Goo Outpost retail and candy store, Café Fontanella Italian kitchen and wine bar, Prodigy Signature Disc Golf Course, AdventureWorks Ziplines, The Trails hiking and walking trails that connect to Nashville Metro Parks Greenway system. It’s also home to Southern Living Magazine’s 2013 Idea House, open until December, after which the Nashville farmhouse-inspired creation will be converted into a luxury boutique hotel. Named The Inn at Fontanel, the five-structure hotel will be connected by 2,700 square feet of deck outfitted with porch furniture overlooking a landscaped courtyard. It will feature six unique suites, a great room serving as meeting and lounge space complete with an honor system wet bar, dining room and kitchen. Fontanel is also set to open a new distillery operated by hand-crafted spirits maker Prichard’s Distillery by the end of the year

Fontanel Mansion, a 27,000-square-foot log home, was formerly owned by Country Music Hall of Fame member Barbra Mandrell. It comprises 20 rooms, 13 bathrooms, five fireplaces, two kitchens, and a pool atrium as well as an indoor shooting range. It has been the location for numerous photo and video shoots as well as television shows and movies. It’s Nashville’s only country music mansion tour. The asset is owned by Dale Morris and Marc Oswald through Morris Oswald Resorts and Entertainment Enterprises (MORE), which also owns The Deadwood Mountain Grand casino resort. Both properties will be franchised by an IHG affiliate.

The project is set to kick off in 2014 and will include a renovation of the mansion as well, according to The Tennessean. The development might go north of the $75 million mark and will feature eight structures surrounding the mansion. The project has been approved by the Planning Commission and is headed for a Metro Council evaluation.

Photo courtesy of The Mansion at Fontanel via Facebook 

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