The owners of country music legend Barbara Mandrell's former estate in Whites Creek have paid $2.5 million for 31 adjacent acres where they plan a major expansion.
The land Dale Morris and Marc Oswald bought runs along Whites Creek Pike up to Knight Road, immediately north of the existing Fontanel campus. Closing of the purchase comes two weeks after the Metro Council narrowly voted to amend the Whites Creek community plan to accommodate the project.
"We're excited about working with the community in Whites Creek with the goal of designing a beautiful, rural and historically relevant resort," Oswald said.
Oswald said design is being fine-tuned for the expansion, which is expected to include adding 136 rooms to the Inn at Fontanel bed and breakfast-style luxury boutique hotel. Plans also call for a 300-seat banquet and meeting hall, a resort-style pool and spa and artisan-style retail.
In one part of the 31-acre transaction, Fontanel Properties LLC paid husband-and-wife Melvin Brown and Alta Denise Brown $1 million for 5.5 acres at 4241 Whites Creek Pike, which includes where a single-family home sits. A separate entity Morris and Oswald formed paid Linda T. Jarrett $1.5 million for 25.77 acres.
Separately Morris sold 47.34 acres that he personally had owned as part of the overall Fontanel property for $2.25 million to Fontanel Properties LLC, which owns Mandrell's former mansion and other properties at the estate.