Fontanel Resort In Works

Barbara Mandrell’s former Nashville property, Fontanel, will soon have some company thanks to a planned $75 million resort complex in development by industry vets Dale Morris and Marc Oswald.

The Woods amphitheatre at Fontanel

The project will feature a 140-room Holiday Inn resort adjacent to Fontanel with additional lodges wrapped around the mansion, the Tennessean reported.

Fontanel includes Mandrell’s mansion, which is open to the public for tours, as well as 4,500-seat The Woods at Fontanel amphitheater, 500-capacity Pepsi Studio Gallery, shops, restaurants, hiking trails and zip lines.

A distillery is also in the works on the property, and a bed-and-breakfast.

Morris, who bought Mandrell’s mansion at auction in 2001, told the paper he originally had no plans to develop the property but changed his mind in 2008 and gradually began adding attractions.

“We were running blind spending $400,000 per year trying to keep it going, and one day we woke up and said, ‘We better do something with this! Something’s gotta happen,’ ” he said. “When it’s finished, there won’t be anything like this in Nashville.”

The project requires approval by the city council, the Tennessean noted, but has already been approved unanimously by a planning commission. It was scheduled for a public hearing at press time.