What's more romantic than a rustic estate in Tuscany surrounded by rolling hills, olive, plum, and walnut trees, with vineyards producing award-winning wines, and century-old oak trees? Upon arrival, guests are greeted by the Martinelli family, Mama Ornella, Mario, and their son, Giacomo who leads tours of the working farm that's been in the family for many generations. Mama Ornella prepares homemade Tuscan meals. Offering guests breakfast served on the terrace, and dinner, featuring handmade pasta, local Chianina meat, and fresh vegetables from the garden. Take a cooking course with Mama so you can be transported back to your Italian getaway. Homemade jams and honey produced at the inn are available for purchase when you need a tasty souvenir. The wine produced on site is the award-winning Vino Nobile de Montepulciano DOCG. The farmhouse and its annexes have been restored and offer three individual rooms with private baths or two apartments suitable for small families. The rooms have traditional terracotta floors and original wooden beamed ceilings, adding to the Tuscan allure and enchantment. After exploring the farm, relax and soak up the Tuscan sun and pamper yourself at the nearby Chianciano Terme and Spa Wellness Centre or take day trips to Siena, Florence, or the medieval village of Cetona.
Working Farm B&Bs
Ever dream of the farm life? A farm-stay B&B is the solution to finding that idyllic surrounding. Where the air is cleaner, there are pastures for days, fresh vegetables from the garden, and the occasional cow, chicken, or sheep happens to meander by. From organically sustainable farms in New Hampshire to romantic and rustic estates in Tuscany, you'll find it all at these one of a kind inns.
Imagine waking up to a freshly-prepared breakfast of seasonal organic fruit, fresh home-baked pastries, homemade granola and eggs from pastured-raised hens. Apple Garden Cottage, an organic apple orchard and B&B, is located in West Marin, an hour outside of San Francisco. Tours of the vegetable and apple orchards are available; the hosts are always nearby to assist with needs and talk about the variety of apples used in their brand of hard cider. Apple Garden Cottage features a living room with fireplace and a complete kitchen with dining area. The separate bedroom has a king-size bed with pillow top, luxury linens, and plush robes. Take a picnic to nearby Dillon Beach, or bicycle through the Chileno Valley or just leisurely explore Tomales Bay, Pt. Reyes and the surrounding wine country.
Furniture designer and builder Robert Wilson added a B&B to his farm Willowdale so guests could linger for awhile, spend the night and appreciate an old-fashioned way of life. Here vegetables are organically grown and preserved, fresh eggs are gathered, hay is cut and baled, fruit trees take their time to bloom, and a few nubian goats lazily graze in the lower pastures. Wilson demonstrates a true passion for the farming ways of previous generations and began constructing the buildings and grounds on the 33-acre farm in 1992. The furniture at the Barn Loft B&B is also handmade by Wilson; more of his furniture is showcased in his design/build studio on the premises. Located less than 12 minutes from the historic and bustling town square of Oxford, Barn Loft at Willowdale Farm offers the ideal place to hide away from the world, slow down and enjoy all of life's details and splendour.
Take a dip in the refreshing river, then sip robust Okanagan wine under the breezeway and watch the osprey family in their nest and hear the ducks quacking in the nearby stream. All of these activities are encouraged at the Elmtree Farm B&B, a ten-acre working hay farm two miles north of Oliver, the wine capital of Canada. Located on a quiet creek and near the International Hike and Bike trail, activities like bird watching, hiking, canoeing and golf are available. If wine tasting is your idea of a relaxing activity then you will find an abundance of wineries in the Penticton area and Okanagan valley. The tasteful and simple bedrooms are with private bathrooms and the elegant suite has its own kitchen and living space. All of the rooms have access to a hot tub, barbeques and decks. At Elmtree Farm, drink in the simple, peaceful pleasures of the valley with just the sounds of nature as your backdrop.
In the Lehigh Valley, Glasbern Inn is a working farm dating back to 1787. It encompasses over 130 acres of secluded pastures and gardens with Scottish Highland cattle, Katahdin sheep, Berkshire hogs, turkeys, and chickens. Sustainable agriculture is taken very seriously at Glasbern; rotational grazing of the grass-fed animals is touted as are their healthy and happy state of being. So you’ll have peace-of-mind when dining at their farm-to-table onsite restaurant and pub. Visit and explore the farm's pastures, herb and vegetable gardens and greenhouses that provide fresh heirloom produce while observing first hand the labor of love that goes into the running of the farm. The inn, made up of historic buildings and a member of the Historic Hotels of America, boasts an outdoor pool, farm walking trails, spa and fitness center and is pet-friendly. Private cottages are available with cathedral ceilings, fireplaces and deck, as well as various cozy suite options and converted barn rooms dating back to 1700. In the morning, a full country style breakfast is served in the main barn and in the evening start at the pub for a cozy fireside drink pre-dinner then head to the more formal dining room with fieldstone walls and exposed original beams for an a la carte farm fresh dining.
Experience a gentler way of life in a place that describes porch-sitting as an activity. At Hollister Hill Farm, guests can participate in as much or as little farm life as they want. Watch the farm activity from a distance or help at chore time with cleaning and bedding the pens. From “back-to-the-landers” in the early 70s to dairy farmers, the innkeepers Bob and Lee Light are happy to share their passion for the land and love of Vermont with guests. Located on 205 acres, this 1825 farmhouse is a federal-style brick house with cozy quaint rooms and iron-wrought beds, as well as a separate house that sleeps up to four people. Breakfast is served family-style each morning in the large country kitchen or on the back deck. Nearby attractions include Cabot Creamery, Ben & Jerry's factory tours, and the Shelburne Museum.
At Inn at Valley Farms B&B, visit heritage pigs, baby chicks and calves or receive a kiss from Miss May, the cashmere goat! Here, travelers learn about sustainable farming practices while collecting still-warm fresh eggs. This 105 acre organically managed farm is located in the Monadnock Region of southwest New Hampshire and is nestled amongst some of the greenest, most tranquil rolling hills of the Connecticut River Valley. The Caserta family purchased this former dairy farm in 1998 and three generations have participated in the restoration of the property. On the farm tour, see egg-laying chickens, sheep, grass-fed cattle, pastured chickens and turkeys and the rare heritage pigs. Through the woods, a neighboring orchard has pickable fruit in season, so stock up on the produce, fruits and meat at their on-site store. Accommodations include rooms at the inn with period antique furnishings, full amenity cottages and a New England farm house with porch and rocking chairs.
With a wonderful fragrance, medicinal and culinary value, and prominence as a good luck charm, lavender has held a place of importance throughout history. At Los Poblanos, lavender has a starring role on this lush 25-acre historic property where guests can participate in lectures on growing, cooking and decorating with lavender. Even the onsite spa boasts lavender treatments. Besides the fragrant lavender fields, Los Poblanos enchants with enormous cottonwood trees, formal gardens and a working organic farm. Designed in 1932 by the region's foremost architect, the 20 guest rooms and suites exhibit classic New Mexican style with wood-burning fireplaces, original artwork, carved ceiling beams, hardwood floors and antique Southwest furnishings. An organic gourmet breakfast is available in the morning featuring, of course, lavender honey. A full menu also highlights foods indigenous to New Mexico's Rio Grande River Valley. Los Poblanos is a full aromatherapy experience truly conducive to relaxation and rejuvenation.
From the covered porch of Mango Sunset Bnb, take in the five miles of pristine coastline and smell the aroma of the prefect cup of coffee from Kona Coffee Farms. Located at 2,100 feet on slope of the Hualalai Volcano in the Kona Coffee Belt, Mango Sunset offers a comprehensive Lyman Organic Kona Coffee Tour. See the Wet Mill, Drying Deck, Roaster, and Coffee Finish Dryer and enjoy complimentary coffee. Learn about the history of coffee farming and al the different varieties in Hawaii. Guest rooms are simple but cozy and bright with some en suite bathrooms. A breakfast of fresh fruit and juice (and coffee!) is included. When not drinking coffee or admiring the coastline views, go scuba diving and snorkeling, deep sea fishing or visit the Volcanoes National Park.
Dream of counting sheep at the Paua Bay, the perfect destination for a pastoral getaway. This farmstay inn is located on a private bay thirty minutes from Akaroa, the South Island of New Zealand nestled in the heart of an ancient volcano. There are cattle and deer, as well as sheep. If you’re looking for a hands-on experience, guests have a chance to “muster” or roundup the sheep as well as other farm activities. For a more relaxed experience, rest in the garden with a 600-year old Kahikatea tree, or swim in the pool and take in stunning views over the Pacific. Be on the lookout for seals or penguins frolicking on the private beach. After dinner, on the rose-covered verandah, take a hot bath under the stars. Hosts Sue and Murray Johns provide a cheerful and sunny guest room with en suite bathroom decorated in modern country tones. Wake up in the morning to one of the first sunrises of the Southern Hemisphere.
In 1985, Vivian and Bob Abel, two teachers with a penchant for old houses and antiques, purchased a stone farmhouse built in 1842. Surrounded by 48-acres of pristine farmland, meadows and woods, the Abels renovated the house one room at a time, adding gardens and restoring the outbuildings and then preserving the 1809 stone bank barn. Today the property remains a working farm with 26 acres of corn and alfalfa crops, quaint bridges, treehouses, horses in their paddocks and impeccable landscaping. The well-appointed, comfortable rooms are tasteful and furnished with tall poster beds, antique highboys and wingback chairs. Many have gas fireplaces and the original exposed stone walls. Balconies lead to private sitting areas overlooking the gardens.
At Rainbow Ridge Farms, help dry and feed a baby goat after witnessing its birth. This authentic traditional B&B experience is located in beautiful serene country with a menagerie of animals to tend and learn about. Cindy and Donna, the hostesses, will gladly give tours around their beloved hobby farm, where rare breeds of fainting goats and Olde English Babydoll Southdown sheep roam. Help feed the animals, milk a goat, give bottles to the kids, or even collect eggs for the morning breakfast. The B&B comes with four guest rooms with pond views, folk art, antique cast iron tubs, and beds covered in hand crafted quilts. Another big draw at Rainbow Ridge is the huge country breakfast served family style on the Amish-made oak table. Breakfast includes freshly baked muffins, an assortment of breads, and fresh fruits and on weekends eggs or pancakes, and bacon or sausage. Home baked treats are available in the evenings.
If you want a real sanctuary with majestic mountain views then you will probably relish a stay at Sakura Ridge Farm and Lodge. Imagine sitting on a rocker on the wooden deck of the elegant lodge with the valley, the farm and gardens laid out and in the distance resplendent Mount Hood. This organic working farm, owned by innkeepers John and Deanna Joyer, is perched on 72 acres and boasts thousands of pear, cherry and apple trees as well as gardens filled with vegetables, herbs and berries. Fresh eggs are gathered daily for the copious breakfast which include Farmer John's specialty, flaky homemade biscuits topped with honey from the Sakura hives. Hike among the sheep, goats and geese or explore the nearby town of Hood River only five minutes away. Relax in rustic, simple, cheerful rooms with handcrafted hickory and cherry wood furniture, mountain views and private baths. If you seek wide open spaces and breathtaking views then Sakura will transport you there.
When guests arrive at the Social Goat, they are greeted by Daisy and Olive, the newest members of the animal menagerie. This charming Queen Anne Victorian B&B is located in the center of downtown Atlanta next to Grant Park. This city farm has a miniature barnyard that includes two Nigerian dwarf goats, three cats, three black Spanish turkeys named The Three Tenors, chickens, roosters, rabbits, and honey bees as well as goldfish and koi who inhabit the pond. Located on ¾ of an acre, the inn was originally built in 1900 and part of a working farm and homestead. Take advantage of all of the sights and sounds of Atlanta at your doorstep and then escape the city and relax and lounge outside with the friendly goats. Continental breakfast with eggs from the family chickens is served in the morning in the dining room. Sleep in a king-size sleigh bed in the sunny master suite with Brazilian cherry wood floors, or arrange to have a private apartment with kitchen and dining area.
Country chic and Connecticuts inns are synonymous, and Spirit Horse Farm is no exception. This small family farm in the Litchfield Hills on the Housatonic River offers a fully converted historic and authentic post and beam barn with all of the modern conveniences like a stainless steel gourmet kitchen equipped with a large fireplace, music room, exercise room, and pool table. Outside, guests can find outdoor fireplaces and showers, vegetable and herb gardens, dove houses and a pool and patio area. The Barn easily sleeps six people or more, with three private rooms, a sleeping loft for two, and a queen and full sleeper on the first floor. In this beautifully landscaped setting, free-range chickens roam and guests are encouraged to feed the horses on property. The innkeepers win over guests with their attention to details like providing homemade bread, jams and fresh eggs upon arrival. The farm sits across from the Sloane Stanley Antique Machinery Museum and the area is known for its art galleries and antiquing.
Look no further than Tierra Soul for an urban, hipster farm setting within walking distance to coffee shops, boutiques and restaurants. Located in the Mississippi Avenue Historic District of Portland, this inn shuns air conditioning, doilies and “syrup-y sweet hospitality.” The large house and urban farm founded by Mama and Papa Arias prefers to be thought of as a creative and healing community for urban farming pioneers. The connected-to-one's food philosophy prevails on the Arias' farm as guests will find dairy and fiber goats, ducks, honey bees and various gardens. Visitors enjoy sitting on the front porch, or in front of an outdoor fire pit and playing the house piano in the communal room. Bedrooms have different themes like the Barn Dance room with a farm/self-sufficiency library or the Gypsy Blue Room complete with accordion and named for their first guest – La Magdalena, a Flamenco Dancer. For an even more unique experience, stay in the silver 1960 Barth Caravan located in the farm lot.
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