Pursell Farms is a resort on 3,200 acres located outside of Birmingham, Alabama. Founded in 1904 as Sylacauga Fertilizer Company, the family-run company went on to become Pursell Technologies, which worked with the agriculture business. The family farm opened the golf course in 2002 and later welcomed corporate retreats. The Inn opened in 2018 near the site of Historic Talladega Springs Resort, which operated from 1830 to 1921 and laid the groundwork for what the farm would become. Pursell also gives 10% of its profits to charity.
The Inn at Pursell Farms has 40 rooms with decor modeled after an English country home. Rooms come with coffee makers and bathrobes, while some have bathtubs and balconies overlooking the golf course. The hallways around the inn have historic photos of the area including a resort that once sat nearby. There are also four-bedroom cottages and cabins on the property, with four bedrooms, as well as the Orvis FarmHouse and the Parker Lodge.
Pursell Farms has an incredible culinary staff across two restaurants. Arrington is the property’s upscale dining establishment, open for breakfast and dinner. Old Tom’s Pub is a casual gastropub, open for lunch and dinner. Both have a full bar with craft beer and wine. The latter has a pool table that belonged to Jim Nabors, a family friend that was known for his role on the Andy Griffith Show and Gomer Pyle USMC. The golf clubhouse also has a cafe with sandwiches and other light bites.
The activities and amenities make Pursell Farms such a popular destination. The Resort has one of three Orvis shooting grounds in the nation with a store selling everything you need as well as offering lessons. There is the world’s only research and demonstration golf course. Pursell also has the Spring House Spa. The UTV Experience is the most popular excursion, bringing guests throughout the hills of the property. Otherwise, guests can roam the grounds by foot, bicycle, or by golf cart or relax by the pool.
Pursell also has frequent events including weekly mountaintop yoga, chef demonstrations, and holiday celebrations. The Barn hosts meetings while Hamilton Place is a historic space used for weddings.
If You Go
Pursell Farms is located at 386 Talladega Springs Road, Sylacauga, Alabama 35151, accessible from the Montgomery and Birmingham airports by car. Rates start at around $239 per night. Valet parking is included in room rates. Book your stay by visiting their website or by calling (877) 292-3276.
My stay was hosted by Pursell Farms. I would like to note that the staff is the friendliest I’ve ever met.