Barton announces sale of Tennessee’s largest home

Owner Dr. Eric W. Barton has announced the sale of Villa Collina, Tennessee’s largest residence, to an undisclosed buyer for $11 million.

The magnificent Grand Foyer is the hub of Villa Collina and features soaring ceilings and a show-stopping grand staircase.

Villa Collina is a 40,250-square-foot estate situated on more than eight acres with picturesque vistas of Fort Loudoun Lake and the Great Smoky Mountains. The luxurious residence, constructed between 1993 and 2000, contains extravagant spacious rooms, including a lavish grand foyer, expansive tri-level library, captivating wine cellar with numerous niches and alcoves, indoor and outdoor pools, fitness center, spa, sauna, elevator, entertainment center, and a motor court containing a climate controlled, six-car garage that includes adjoining guest suites and staff quarters.

“I’m honored to have been able to open the doors of Villa Collina for numerous fundraisers, celebrations and other events that benefited our community and local nonprofits,” Barton said. “Villa Collina provides the perfect location to entertain and impress guests while raising money in support of East Tennessee charities. In just a few years, we were able to raise millions of dollars to help many worthwhile organizations.”

Country music icon Lee Greenwood performed at a Tennessee Veterans Business Association VIP reception hosted at Villa Collina in 2019.

Barton has hosted several fundraising events for nonprofits at Villa Collina, including the “Bees Knees NYE: A 2020 Affair” New Year’s Eve celebration benefiting Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee; the 2019 “Talk Derby to Me” benefiting East Tennessee Children’s Hospital Pain & Palliative Care; 2017 and 2018 events in support of the Knoxville Opera Guild; three years of hosting the University of Tennessee School of Music Holiday Musicale; the 2017 Marine Corps Ball celebrating the birthday of the U.S. Marines; and many others.

Villa Collina hosted the U.S. Marine Corps Ball in 2017, celebrating the 1775 founding of the U.S. Marines. Photo by Steven Bridges.

Barton, a Marine Corps veteran and winner of the 2015 Knoxville Chamber Young Entrepreneur Award and 2014 Best of Blount Philanthropist of the Year Award from the Blount Partnership, founded Vanquish Worldwide in 2007. The company provides a complete range of services to commercial and government customers around the globe. It since has expanded into a nationwide maintenance, supply and transportation and logistics business with more than 750 employees. Headquartered in Maryville, Tennessee, Vanquish has offices worldwide and is one of many business ventures owned by Barton.


Villa Collina, the 40,250-square-foot Knoxville mansion, is on the banks of Fort Loudoun Lake.