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. 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 … Read More

Villa Collina bash benefits Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee

Barton Racing and Villa Collina owner Dr. Eric W. Barton hosted a New Year’s Eve bash to benefit Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee, resulting in a donation that will provide 30,000 meals to people in East Tennessee. Following “Bee’s Knees NYE: A 2020 Affair” at Villa Collina on Dec. 31, Barton presented a check for $10,000 to the … Read More


The homeowner and staff at Villa Collina are excitedly anticipating the next big fundraiser at Tennessee’s largest home on New Year’s Eve. Plans are finalized, and tickets are available for Bee’s Knees NYE: A 2020 AFFAIR to be held Tuesday, Dec. 31, from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Guests will welcome 2020 in Roaring Twenties style. The immersive, all-inclusive experience … Read More

What would Villa Collina owner Eric Barton tell those considering making their home more energy efficient?

Knoxville News Sentinel — Villa Collina owner Eric Barton explains what he’d tell homeowners considering making their home more energy efficient. For the video and more information, visit:

Derby Day at a grand mansion – Villa Collina to host hospital fundraiser

The Race of Roses, also called the Run for the Roses, is Saturday evening. You can watch it live on WBIR. WBIR — KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — One of the biggest and most expensive houses in East Tennessee plays host this Saturday to a Kentucky Derby party that will raise money for East Tennessee Children’s Hospital. “Talk Derby to Me” will … Read More

Derby menu with Holly’s Gourmets Market & Eventful Dining

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – Holly’s Gourmets Market & Eventful Dining stopped by to share some of the menu items they will prepare for the “Talk Derby to Me” fundraiser to support East Tennessee Children’s Hospital. For more information, please visit:

East Tennessee Children’s Hospital hosts “Talk Derby to Me” fundraiser for pain & palliative care

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – East Tennessee Children’s Hospital is kicking off its inaugural fundraiser for Pain & Palliative Care services for hospital patients who need to relieve stress. These services benefit children with chronic illnesses and severe pain levels by exposing them to art, music, massage and acupuncture. The inaugural “Talk Derby to Me” event will take place on Saturday, … Read More

May 4th Derby Event to Benefit Children’s Hospital Patients

Editor’s Note: Posted by East Tennessee Children’s Hospital The public is invited to experience Knoxville’s most unique derby party at Villa Collina, Tennessee’s largest home, on Saturday, May 4 from 3 p.m. until 8 p.m. Talk Derby to Me is a fundraising event for East Tennessee Children’s Hospital. Villa Collina, owned by businessman and philanthropist Eric Barton, is a 40,000-square-foot … Read More

Villa Collina Renewed: A study in luxury, a labor of love

Editor’s Note: “Villa Collina Renewed” is a 15-part blog series detailing owner Dr. Eric W. Barton’s work to restore the largest home in Tennessee to its original Italianate beauty. Each week we discussed renovation projects across the 40,250-square-foot waterfront mansion, from geothermal upgrades and energy efficiency to state-of-the-art lighting, marble renovations and fountain upgrades. We hope you enjoyed this detailed … Read More