Nestled at the intersection of Davidson, Wilson, and Rutherford County, you’ll find the perfect getaway spot and event venue, but it didn’t start out that way. Back in 2012, Dan Liles attended a farm equipment auction but ended up buying 120 acres instead. He shares, “I bid one time and bought the farm.” He swears it’s not a Cinderella story but it sure sounds like one.
Staying true to their roots, Dan and his wife, Lisa, began farming pumpkins, melons, and corn. The property was originally a horse farm and came equipped with a hay loft, stables, and cabins. The Liles began to explore agrotourism, where land can be used for both educational and recreational purposes. This unique blend of agriculture and tourism became an apparent way for them to support their farming efforts. This niche includes hospitality and farm stays, so they converted the hay loft to a bunkhouse and updated the cabins. Recognizing the opportunity to incorporate events, the stables were converted into a versatile event center.
Rural Hill Farm quickly grew to become one of the best hidden gems in Middle Tennessee and is a popular destination for weddings and other large events. Couples have come from as far as California to spend a weekend of bliss with their family and friends on this peaceful estate. Wedding packages include three full days to allow guests to settle in and enjoy the festivities. One bride said, “Rural Hill Farm was the absolute best location to throw our wedding weekend. The surrounding property is lush and serene. It feels like there is no one nearby but yourself.” The owners truly want your event to be as stress-free as possible. They welcome guests to bring their own vendors or can provide a list of tried-and-true local businesses to help with everything from set up, décor, catering, and more!
Between the cabins and bunkhouse, Rural Hill Farm offers accommodations for up to 50 and parking for 500. They have two pavilions for events as well as “The Woods” venue which offers a whimsical feel with natural elements in addition to modern amenities including electricity. The farm averages 25-30 wedding weekends per year but has also hosted a wide variety of activities including corporate retreats/picnics, family reunions, and cultural celebrations. Along with the relaxing atmosphere, guests are likely to experience wildlife such as deer, geese, and turkey while being in close proximity to both shopping and restaurants in Mount Juliet or the excitement of downtown Nashville. Being a quick Uber or Lyft ride from the airport is also a convenient perk.
This past year Rural Hill Farm expanded to include 17 full hookup RV sites with a bathhouse and laundry facilities as well as an ADA-accessible cabin. These can be reserved year-round with or without an event. These sites overlook the two-acre pond with iconic sunset views. Events Manager, Emily Kimball, says they have hosted several repeat campers. Louie and Kelly said, “This is such a beautiful and serene place. The pond was such a pleasant place to walk around and take in all the peace that nature affords.” In the winter months, they have families who choose to spend the holidays away from the hustle and bustle and celebrate together gathered around the long farmhouse table in the bunkhouse which can seat up to 25 for meals, puzzles, and board games.
While hospitality and events are what most people have come to expect from Rural Hill Farm, Liles says they are still an operational commercial farm and a family business. They live on the property, so you’ll definitely see them and their adult son working as they rotate between corn and soybeans. The Liles family also loves supporting other local businesses and organizations. One of their most meaningful events was the annual Wilson Rides fundraiser. They were host to several local songwriters and some of Wilson County’s most notable citizens and key figures including the mayor.
If you want an exclusive and spectacular venue for your next event, or simply need a tranquil getaway, be sure to check out RuralHillFarm.com.
This is such a beautiful and serene place. The pond was such a pleasant place to walk around and take in all the peace that nature affords.