The World’s Largest Log Cabin

Barbara Mandrell was one of America’s most successful female vocalists during the 1970s and ‘80s, receiving many top awards for her country music. In 1987 her husband built the world’s largest log cabin for their family in Nashville Tennessee, using expensive larch logs that were each transported here 1800 miles (2900 km) from Montana at great expense.

The 3-story mansion is 27,000 square feet (2500 sq. m) with more than 20 rooms and 2 kitchens. The family lived here from 1988 to 2002, and in 2010 it was turned into a tourist attraction. Touring the homes of country music stars is a popular activity when you visit Nashville – it’s like touring Hollywood movie star homes in Beverly Hills.
A very small portion of the outside of the house.
Touring this house is an unusual experience because there are so few restrictions. Visitors can look almost everywhere, touch everything, and sit on all the furniture.
The Great Room has a 35 foot ceiling and library.
There are musical instruments throughout the house, and many historically significant guitars hang on the walls.

We were allowed to play the piano and take the guitars down to play them, which I did.
The indoor pool area is covered with Plexiglas so it can be used as a dance floor or as an indoor shooting range.
The house has 6 bedrooms and 13 bathrooms.
Half the master bathroom.

The half at the other end is similar.
The master bedroom.
The family made the guest bedrooms such as this one very small on purpose so their house guests wouldn’t stay for a long time.
The house has an informal dining room and kitchen that the family used, and a separate and much larger formal dining room and kitchen for entertaining.
The family’s casual dining room.
The informal kitchen and our singing tour guide.

Tour guides here are all required to have musical skills and perform their own music during their tours.