Ancient Lore Village Opens a New Category in Luxury Hospitality

Ancient Lore Village
A view of the village dwellings at Ancient Lore Village in East Tennessee - a new experience in hospitality set in a fantasy world.


Knoxville, TN, April 14, 2021

Destined to be one of North America’s most sought-after travel experiences for creating lifelong memories, Ancient Lore Village has opened for reservations.  The uniquely themed village is nestled on a hidden 67-acre swath of rolling hills that offers panoramic views of the Smoky Mountains.  This one-of-a-kind experience features a 40-foot waterfall, luxuriously appointed underground homes, world-class cuisine, customized group packages, and exclusive privacy.  When guests rent the village for business retreats, weddings, family gatherings, or special occasions, they have exclusive use of the entire property, overnight accommodations for 22 guests, and a team of villagers ready to deliver outstanding guest service.


Developed by Knoxville businessman Tom Boyd, Ancient Lore Village was inspired by his book, Bokee‘s Trek, in which he created a world where characters from different backgrounds set aside their prejudices and hatred for one another and instead, chose to celebrate their differences and live together in a place where only genuine goodness exists; a place called Ancient Lore Village.


“Our intimate, one-of-a-kind experience is designed entirely around focusing on gathering together and communicating in an environment free from all the distractions of today’s world,” commented Boyd. “Our goal is to immerse our guests in the splendor of a simpler time while enjoying all the luxuries of a five-star resort.”

Unique Experiences

Ancient Lore Village has been designed with a creative eye for imaginative luxury, joyful communion, and memory-rich experiences.  Each of the eight themed guest homes is individually decorated to capture the essence of the character it was built for.  One of the hardest choices that guests will have is choosing whether they want to stay in the Fairy Cottage with its glittering fireplace and whimsical décor or the Gremlin Den with its mystical moose mural and adjoining rooms or the Waterfall Villa with its birch forest and separate living room.  Rest assured, all of the village homes boast a cozy wood-burning fireplace, the signature sleep experience, and a fully provisioned wet bar with refreshments and gourmet snacks, so whatever your choice, your experience will be amazing.


Village activities offer guests a choice of relaxation or activity.  Hike the trails to Pinnacle Point, enjoy the sunset and refreshments at The Boulders on top of Boyd Hollow Falls, indulge in gourmet dinners with your own personal chef at the Tree Elf Nest Patio, unwind at the Yeti Cave with a favorite beverage, and gather around the Village Firepit to share stories of the day’s adventures.


To offer complete privacy, the village is rented to only one group at a time.  But, if you don’t have a large group, you can still come and experience it.  Ancient Lore Village offers Signature Events ranging from a wine tasting weekend to a night with Knoxville Opera or even a family-friendly cookout and tour.  For more information, visit our events page.

Outstanding Service

To deliver a truly five-star experience, Ancient Lore Village has assembled a highly experienced management team with an impressive history of delivering world-class operations and culinary service.  Melissa Blettner is Ancient Lore Village’s CEO and general manager.  A former senior vice president of Great Wolf Resorts, Inc., Blettner’s experience in helping to build Great Wolf from one location and 100 employees to a company with 15 locations and 8,000 employees, made her a perfect fit for Ancient Lore Village.


Heading the culinary staff and operations as Director of Food and Beverage is private executive chef Simon Hall.  Chef Hall’s extensive experience includes serving as a private chef to Sir Richard Branson, contributing writer to the Whole 30 Cookbook, and being the owner of an upscale Knoxville catering service.


Olivia McGhee serves as the Operations Manager.  She brings 25 plus years of experience in budgeting and finance along with an enthusiastic approach regarding day-to-day operations, human resources, and guest services.

Economic Impact

The already realized and projected economic impact of Ancient Lore Village is substantial.  To date, over $12 million has been invested in the design, development, and construction of the village.  The goal to utilize local businesses for the building of the village was achieved.  Knoxville-based companies included D.K. Levy Architecture, Jenkins and Stiles General Contractors, Z-Creative Interior Design, Total Property Management, Perfect Grounds, A New Hue, Wade Richardson, Land Maintenance Development, Grayson Concrete, and Shoffner Electric.