First off, don't be thrown by the name - the owners surname is "Fogie," so their choice of name for the B&B is a good introduction to their lovely sense of humor.
Secondly, I hope you can see by the many 5/5 ratings that have been posted since that one poor rating that you will have a great time at the Fogie's IF you've done your homework and read the website (e.g., some rooms come with breakfast, some don't). My daughter and I have been annual visitors to the Fogie's for 10 (yes!) years and even tho she's 12 now, she can't wait for our annual spring weekend with the folks she considers to be her 3rd set of grandparents.
Now, full disclosure: there is no room service or maid service here - please stay elsewhere if that's what you like. What IS here is a wonderful chance for kids to see farm animals on a FARM. Contrary to that one review, my daughter was never denied the chance to try whatever she wanted to try, even when she was very young: collect the eggs, feed the chickens & the calf, milk the goat, brush the potbelly pig, etc. On the other hand, she is a well-mannered child & I kept an eye on her when she was little - unlike some of the kids I've seen at the farm, whose parents make cell phone calls while their offspring are tossing eggs, pulling the goat's ears, throwing sticks at the llamas & poking the pig in the nose. If the Fogies ever restrict a child's activities, my guess is it's in the interest of keeping their animals safe from that particular child (& BTW, the animals always look well-cared for to me).
My grandparents had a farm when I was little (it's a housing development now), and the Fogie Farm gives my daughter a chance to experience something that is disappearing in our country: an un-homogenized, all-natural view of farm life, complete with noisy roosters and barnyard smells, but also complete with born-yesterday lambs, robins hatching within view of our window, an adorable playhouse,a "swimming hole," and a big, warm farm kitchen.
We were afraid the Fogies were going to retire a few years back - thank goodness they didn't. God bless 'em for continuing to put up with the general public!
P.S. Having tried every room in the place, our favorite is the Hayloft. Be warned, it's up 3 flights of outdoor stairs, but has a porch and a lovely view of the farm. Also has a fully-equipped ktichen & a big clawfoot tub in the bath (no shower). The Chicken Coop is much more compact but adorable & has a shower (no tub).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A bed and breakfast inn located in Lancaster County Pennsylvania. This working farm has a little bit of everything that will delight both couples and families with children of all ages. You can choose between traditional B&B guest rooms with private bath and hearty breakfast or family suites with a kitchen. Seasonal rates are: $110.00 a couple per night. $15.00 per child, children under 1 year old are free. ... more less