Fontanel Mansion Guided Tour in Nashville

Fontanel Mansion Guided Tour in Nashville

You are invited to join the Fontanel Mansion Guided Tour in Nashville.

Visit one of the most beautiful log homes in the world. While touring this log masterpiece, you will be entertained by personal stories of the Mandrell family along with incredible stories of other artists that only music insiders have heard. Barbara Mandrell and husband Ken Dudney had family and entertaining for all ages in mind when they built this magnificent home.

Though the family only lived here for 14 years, you can still feel the presence of Ms. Mandrell and the love that her family shared at Fontanel. If those logs could talk, they would tell the tale of guests who once stayed here. Dick Clark, Minnie Pearl, Eunice and Sargent Shriver, Bob Hope and Oprah Winfrey just name a few of the people that passed through this beautiful home. Fontanel encourages you to strum Buck Owens' guitar, try on Kenny Chesney’s tour jacket, and eat crackers in Barbara Mandrell’s bed. Touch memorabilia from artists like Alabama, Gretchen Wilson, The Eagles, and DeFord Bailey.

Throughout this tour, guests will be led by storytellers and musicians. Visiting Fontanel is a rare experience that only a few chosen people were invited to do, up until now. Fontanel is a home, not a museum. When your visit is over, you will leave as a friend.

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Tour/Activity Details


75 minutes


Multiple Daily Tours, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm daily

Please Note: Tours depart every hour during hours of operation. See Special Schedule Notes.

48 Hours Minimum Advance Booking Required. This tour does not include hotel pick-up. Please order online or call to order or for more information.


Special Schedule Notes

This tour will not operate on the following days

  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day

Frequently Asked Questions

Who owns Fontanel? -- Dale Morris and Marc Oswald.

What does Fontanel mean? -- Fontanel is the soft spot on a baby’s head.

When was Fontanel built? -- Barbara Mandrell and her husband, Ken Dudney, built Fontanel is 1987.

What is the scope of the property at Fontanel? --- The grounds are 136 acres. The mansion itself is 27,000 square feet. For another perspective, the home has 13 bathrooms!

Where do the logs of Fontanel come from? -- The logs come from Montana. They are called Larch Pine.

Do the bears at Fontanel represent anything? -- Yes. The three bears you see at Fontanel represent the Dudney children, Matthew, Jaime and Nathaniel.

How long did the Dudneys live at Fontanel? -- From 1988 to 2002.

What is the Stone House on the property? Is the Stone house gift shop new to the property? -- The Stone House is the original home on the property. The Dudneys lived there while the "big" house was being built.

What is special about the dairy barn? -- The dairy barn, known now as the Silo Gift Shop and Box Office is original to the property. It was the first barn in the Southeast to allow cows to walk up a ramp for milking, thus enabling the farmer to milk the cows while standing up.

What's The Woods at Fontanel? -- The Woods at Fontanel is a 4,500 seat outdoor amphitheater.

What's The Trails at Fontanel? -- The Trails at Fontanel are walking/hiking paths free to everyone. The trail is about 2 and a half miles long. Dogs are welcome when leashed.

Is there anything else to see or do at Fontanel? -- Yes. Fontanel has a full Disc Golf Course, art gallery in the farm house, Cafe Fontenlla Restaurant, and the above mentioned hiking trails and gift shop.

48 Hours Minimum Advance Booking Required. This tour does not include hotel pick-up. Please order online or call to order or for more information.

Cancellation Policy

There are no refunds. All sales are final.

Change policy

If changes are allowed on a tour or activity, a $20.00 per reservation change fee will be applied for any change to a reservation. Please note that some tours and activities do not allow any changes. Date changes can only be made only if we can confirm availability on the new date. While we cannot guarantee any changes can be made, all change requests must be submitted a minimum of 24 hours prior to the tour departure and must be handled on an individual basis through our Reservations Center.

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