What You'll Get
A soft hotel bed is incredibly comfortable to sleep in, eclipsed only by a hammock made of Muppet hands. Enjoy a home away from foam with this Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
- $89 for a one-night stay in the Margie Ruth room or Derby room for two (up to a $199 value)
- $119 for a one-night stay in the Wildwood Lodge suite for two (a $259 value)<p>
The Derby room overlooks the manor’s pond, and the Margie Ruth room looks out onto a horse pasture and sleeps guests in a poster bed. Adorned in a western motif, the Wildwood Lodge suite also furnishes guests with a poster bed and a second bedroom.
Wildwood Manor Bed and Breakfast
White picket fences crisscross over more than 30 acres of rolling pasture, where horses gallop and snort as they sniff out their favorite spots. Behind them lies a brick mansion, whose stately white columns stand out against the forested countryside and the protective moat. Known as Wildwood Manor Bed and Breakfast, this 8,000-square-foot, four-guest-room building surrounds up to 12 guests with hardwood floors, fireplaces, and ornate molding adorning rooms with 15-foot ceilings. Each morning, the aromas of an included country-style breakfast buffet and fresh-brewed Gevalia coffee waft from room to room. Later, chefs are also able to prepare lunch or dinner for guests who decide to stay in.
On-property adventures abound, including pony rides, trail rides, and mule-pulled wagon rides at the stables. Owners Michelle and John happily lend their fishing poles and dynamite so guests can fish in the pond—with help from the nearby bait shop—and in the evenings, guests may have a chance to roast s’mores. Near the property also lies an array of area attractions, such as Standing Stone State Park less than 2 miles away, as well as the Civil War Trail, Wine Trail, and the Upper Cumberland Quilt Trail.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Jan 1, 2013. Amount paid never expires. Must book by 1/1/13 or promotional value expires. Must complete travel by 1/31/13. Not valid 11/18/12-11/24/12 or 12/23/12-1/5/13. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as a gift. Valid only for option purchased. Reservation required; subject to availability. All cancellations subject to fee of 10% of Groupon price; 21-day notice required or fee up to Groupon price applies. Must be 18 or older to check in. Credit card required at check-in. Not valid with reward points. 9.75% tax not included. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About Wildwood Stables
The 96-foot-tall and 150-foot-wide sycamore tree that stands in a field outside Crossville has grown there since 1864. It's spent nearly 150 years steeped in local history, during which it drew in John and Michelle Cannon. After years spent as employees of the Federal Bureau of Prisons, they retired and built a horseback-trail-riding facility on the 300 acres of farmlands surrounding its roots. Their visitors have joined in picnics, Halloween celebrations, and marriages at the base of its 16 foot-wide trunk. Under the guidance of their niece—an equestrian-management major—and horseback-riding instructors, the Cannons conduct year-round trail rides, horse-care workshops, and wagon rides across these rolling fields and woodlands. They've seen riders return year after year, often bringing their children, where seasoned instructor and barn manager Judy Gibson matches each child with one of the facility's 22 gentle, patient horses based on the horse's temperament.
Guides lead rides along the property's trail, which meanders through four switchbacks, across streams, and past waterfalls. They also conduct hay-wagon rides, during which they take visitors out to the fields to feed the horses and ferry them back to the barn for a bonfire. On rides across the fields, guides may point out flower beds planted by local gnomes as well as two beehives maintained by local beekeepers and occupied only by union bees. In special workshops, staffers teach schoolchildren the basics of horse care, tacking, and environmental conservation and guide those with physical or mental disabilities in riding horses as a form of rehabilitation. As visitors ride or revel in one of Wildwood Stables' seasonal activities, they may walk the stone pathway to the barn, lounge on the stone patio next to the gazebo, and pass by the front entrance, where the sculpted head of a beloved horse looks out over the fields. Resident instructor and former stonemason Calvin Daniels sculpted each of these fixtures after harvesting their crab-orchard stone from the property.