Southall is the evolution of traditional Southern hospitality—a farm, inn, restaurant, and spa where we combine the age-old art of nurturing guests with innovations in sustainable practices that will carry us into the future.
The journey of a seed, supported and cared for until it is primed to achieve its purpose.
The journey of a visitor, offered the space and guidance necessary to explore and grow.
The journey of this land itself, as it transforms into a setting to discover, learn, and revel.
In late 2020, join us in Franklin, Tennessee, for a journey of your own making—one that will leave you nourished, inspired, perhaps even enlightened. And until our paths cross, you can follow the Southall journey right here.
The Farm at Southall is the culmination of a young chef’s quest to learn more about his ingredients, and the way everything works together to sustain the circle of life. What goes into the creation of a truly healthy farm? How do the choices you make, such as the cover crops planted in winter, impact the produce that emerges the following year? Is it possible to leverage the best of modern agricultural science to create a sustainable experience that is transcendent as well?
Chef Tyler Brown has earned acclaim throughout his career as both a chef and farmer, including a bevy of awards and James Beard nominations—and long ago, as he experienced the prelude to what happens in the kitchen, immersing himself in the process of growing and tending the land, the seeds of Southall were planted.
Perhaps the most sacred seed sown at Southall, however, is curiosity; from this curiosity comes learning, essential not only for growth but for joy.
That curiosity leads Brown and his team to blend traditional methods and advanced technology such as hydroponics and biodynamics—while getting their hands dirty with several acres of gardens, orchards, and 15,000 square feet of greenhouse space. What’s in the ground this morning can be on the plate by evening. And as the farm continues to evolve, acreage will be added for gardens, crops, edible landscapes, even animal grazing.
The Farm at Southall is the engine of our innovation—and the foundation for everything we do.
2.5 acres of hillside orchards with over 2,000 trees; 2-3 acres of row crops, such as soybean and corn; 5,000 square-foot propagation greenhouse; 10,000 square-foot hydroponic greenhouse; aquaculture program with four 500-gallon tanks and one 1,000-gallon purge tank filled with hybrid striped bass.
10 acres of silvapasture for rotational animal grazing; 2 additional acres of terraced hand-toiled kitchen gardens.
Those who visit The Inn at Southall will encounter nature in every layer of the experience, whether it’s a plate of freshly harvested micro-greens, a tincture custom-prepared with passionflower to improve sleep, or an afternoon of outdoor painting. However you choose to spend your stay, it will always be deeply connected to your surroundings.
The inn itself will evoke the feeling of old farmhouses across America while offering contemporary features and comforts—creating a refined, elegant setting where you’ll feel cared for and right at home.
Inspired by our own working farm, the design encourages guests to discover the land and return to its roots; connect to the local heritage, culture, and craftsmanship; and ultimately, embrace the luxury that comes with simplicity.
There will be much to do, but it starts in your guest room, your place of relaxation and rest. Spread out, get comfortable. Take in the bucolic views of over 260 rolling acres of farmland and Middle Tennessee countryside. Let your cares wash away with a soak in the oversized tub before or after a drink in front of the roaring lobby fire. Indulge in the wide array of amenities, activities, spa treatments and more—but take your time. There’s no rush when it comes to defining your Southall journey.
Our dining experience will feature breathtaking panoramic vistas with a unique twist: In many instances, you’ll be looking down at the land that produced the very ingredients on your plate. Meals here are a way to share what is happening throughout the property, something that goes deeper than dining—ultimately, these are opportunities to forge a connection with our surroundings and enhance our appreciation of nature’s bounty.
The wellbeing of our guests is our very reason for being—and like the farm that inspires it, the Spa at Southall brings innovative techniques to longstanding tradition, creating an immersive experience in nature. We view ourselves as stewards of the land and also as stewards of those who come here; our spa is an essential component of our endeavor to care for those who visit.
Rooted in a belief in the earth’s healing powers, the spa offers a full range of wellness practices that integrate what we have discovered here. Every element of the experience, from the spectrum of modalities available to the topicals and products we select, is intended to foster holistic health in a highly personalized way. Our team of experts works closely with each guest to discern the most effective course of action on any given day. This customized and highly immersive experience beautifully restores body, mind and soul.
Everything at Southall—every thoughtful touch in our rooms, every treatment and product in our spa, every dish on our menu—is intended to place you in harmony with your surroundings, and keep you in harmony with yourself.