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“Nice Farm destination - NOT disappointed!”
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Mountain Dale Farm
Newtown, Connecticut
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45 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Nice Farm destination - NOT disappointed!”
Reviewed 13 October 2011

After having read some of the reviews on this site, I was a bit nervous about having booked our stay at Mountain Dale. It was at least however, a reminder that we were visiting a farm and should expect it to be just that.

We never heard the dog barking, in fact Brittany the Shepherd was an absolute doll. She loves people and is super affectionate. Was there farm equipment and random "stuff" hanging around the grounds? Yes, but it didn't bother us at all - it's a working farm; the owners are very busy doing their daily chores, I'm sure landscaping and groundskeeping is not at the top of their priority list! I wouldn't have felt nervous letting our 2 & 3-year olds walk around with area with us.

I'm not going to lie about the mice - there was definitely a "pitter patter" going on in the attic of our cottage that brought about a couple, "did you hear that?" ...but even that was not as disturbing as one might think.

You have to put yourself in the context of your environment / surroundings. I would advise bringing a white noise machine if you don't want to wake up with the roosters, but that's just common sense, you're on a farm! Can't speak to the reviewer who found animals in the dresser drawers except again, you're on a farm and these are not hotel rooms--heck the buildings are probably not occupied full time and they don't have a full-time cleaning staff so I'm sure it's a struggle for the owners.

We and our friends enjoyed seeing all the animals, especially the baby ducks and chicks. We also saw a calf, goats, sheep, geese, goats, a peacock, a baby barn kitten, and all sorts of chickens wandering about. I tried scaring the fainting goats but he just kinda stumbled away - guess it takes a lot to spook them now!

We didn't get the opportunity to do any of the chores, our stay was brief. But the family was friendly and there certainly wasn't any sense of obligation that we needed to do any hard labor. If you want to have a quiet, lazy stay, I think the option is there to let it be what you want.

We stayed in the "Log house" which is just the right size for four people (2 full-size beds). Larger groups should be prepared to use the bunk beds, as that's what the remaining capacity listed on the site is. The furniture was dated and eclectic, but clean and certainly useable. The fridge looked new and super clean.

The TV looked like something my grandma had back in the day but as the folks there say, people don't come here to watch TV (bring a little DVD player though if you have kids looking for their favorite shows, you literally get 2 channels!).

The nearest restaurant (or anything) is 10-15 minutes away, so be prepared to either cook your own food or do a little driving.

I felt compelled to give some comments to counteract some of the foul reviews I read, and tell folks that if they're prepared to stay on a farm and accept what comes with that, you'll have a really nice time here. We look forward to bringing our boys next time to get familiar with the animals and learn how they are cared-for.

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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with friends
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Woonsocket, Rhode Island
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Reviewed 6 October 2010

We've stayed at farms before. So, we can compare. With livestock on the grounds, you shouldn't be surprised to hear some noise at night, but it shouldn't be the owners dog at 3 in the morning! Several times per night, the dog found something to bark at.
Also, the animals shouldn't reside in the dresser drawers. Upon opening the drawer, we were greeted with chewed newspaper and rodent droppings.
In the bathroom, a sign hung next to the toilet advising the patron to make sure the toilet didn't keep running. Gee, we're paying for this? We stayed 2 nights. We were not provided with fresh towels/washcloths the second night.
We couldn't wait to leave this place.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled as a couple
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Washington,DC
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Reviewed 15 August 2010

Not looking for a fancy hotel. Just wanted our granddaughter to learn about farm life, so spent a delightful weekend at Mountain Dale Farm. Had our own cottage with full kitchen and bath, and a front porch to sit on. As Sally explained, there aren't too many working farms these days with the variety of animals found at Mountain Dale. Chickens, geese, beef cattle, a horse, goats, sheep, a pig, a peacock, rabbits, pigeons, even a guinea pig. The sheep, goats, cows, and chickens all had babies. Best part for Sydney was helping feed the animals every day at 7 am and pm. She really learned a lot about the farm animals. This is not a B&B, so bring your own breakfast food. We did get to cook the fresh eggs Sydney gathered from the chicken coop. A rare experience for today's kids to get "up close and personal" with real farm animals.

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled with family
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New Jersey
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Reviewed 3 January 2010

I stayed with my wife and children ages 9, 7 and 4. This is a wonderful low key, non-commercial way to spend a vacation with your family.

Our kids enjoyed the farm immensely and couldn't wait to do the farm chores (feeding chickens, pigs, horses, cows, goats and turkeys) twice a day. The Hassinger family are exceptional hosts and make themselves available as needed to make your stay enjoyable. Beyond the farm there are other activities in the region including an amusement park (Knoebels), markets (including a cattle auction which my kids enjoyed), Penn's Cave, and depending on the time of the year, county fairs.

The accommodations were clean, comfortable and homey, but not fancy. Our cabin (The Richards) had a fully functional kitchen where we were able to cook eggs fresh from the farm for breakfast.

On the whole I would recommend this strongly for a family vacation.

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled with family
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Gulf Breeze, Florida
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Reviewed 25 October 2009

I stayed here with my two children, 9 and 6, who had never experienced farm or mountain life, as they grew up in FL. It was very remote and quiet, and the cabins were comfortable, clean, and stocked, but not luxurious, which was fine. Considering the price, it was a very fair value. The pedal boats were somewhat decrepit, but it added a bit of adventure to the pond. Luckily, the pond is very shallow and my kids were wearing crocs!

The kids LOVED doing chores in the morning and evening and made sure to save lots of leftovers and peelings from dinner for the chickens. I enjoyed the freedom of letting my kids run somewhat free on the farm to play and explore. A real treat for them to have some freedom. We hiked in the mountains, and caught lightning bugs at night.

Sally, the owner, was wonderful with the children and went out of our way to help us find local produce for cooking and interesting activities in the area.

My kids want to do this every year. It was a very low-key and peaceful type of vacation and allowed us to connect in a very different way than other vacations have.

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled with family
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Virginia
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Reviewed 7 July 2009

I stayed at this farm in July 2009 and it was horrible. I was very disappointed. The furniture in the cabin was mis-matched. None of the chairs matched. All of them had significant stains - very bad. Everything looked like it was very old and came from the thrift shop. Some upholstery was so worn that the padding was showing through. The front porch had a rocking chair with one arm that was coming off and the seat was also coming loose. Many of the dishes and pots were old and stained. Beds were old and very uncomfortable. I even found a baited mouse trap in my room. I grew up in a rural area and I so I was not looking for the Taj Mahal but I was very disappointed.
Don't even get me started on the farm. It looked like a junk yard - old cars and trucks sitting everywhere, most of the out buildings were filled with lumber, all types of metal, old toliets, old bathtubs, refrigerators, and an old trailer, uninhabited, sitting out beyond one building. The paddle boat and canoe looked very, very old. If I had children I would have felt unsafe letting them roam around the property because of the junk and general state of disrepair. There are very few animals on the place and I fee sorry for them. Spend a little more money and stay somewhere you will really enjoy.

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled with friends
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Franklin Square, New York
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Reviewed 24 April 2009

This was a very unique and fun trip, especially if you have young kids as we did 8, 6 and 5. The place is actually a farm with cattle, goats, sheep, chickens, turkeys, rabbits and a horse. Every morning 7am and evening 7pm, the children were able to feed all animals and hold some of the smaller ones and gather eggs. The children loved this and didn't want to miss a day. In April mid week we were the only ones staying there which was good for the farm chores as we got to do everything everyday. We stayed three nights. There are individual cabins (houses) setup on the property kind of in a circle where you can stay as well as a few rooms in the main house and some called forest cabins. We stayed in Richards Cabin which had a kitchen, Bathroom, and two bedrooms upstairs that slept 6. (There was also a bunk bed in a main room 2 more to sleep and you had a table to eat etc.).
The place was very clean, but it is a Farm so you may see a mouse and it's not a motel with maid service but it is a big step up from camping. The other houses looked very similar and I'm sure were just as clean. There was some Forest cabin up a road that only had bunk beds, no restrooms, no linens or tables. I would not recommend these unless you’re a Boy Scout troop looking to do some camping. I was told the place caters a lot to church retreats and group outings. I would agree it's probably a great place to go as a group with friends. They had two small ponds, one with a few boats you could paddle around on and fish, a recreation room with a pool table and ping pong. I forgot to mention the cabins had no phones but everyone has cell phones now anyway and the TV did get CBS, NBC and ABC channels only. There is a lot of piece and quiet here and in the surrounding neighborhood. Everything is about 30 - 45 minutes away including a mall in Nitteny, Penn's Cave (which I recommend), a bunch of state parks, and fishing spots. No great restaurants or shopping.
But if you’re looking for something a little different and want to give yourself a view off what it's like to be on a farm this is a good spot. But plan on entertaining yourself, maybe in summer there is a few more places around to visit but all are a good ride away.

  • Stayed April 2009, travelled with family
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Property: Mountain Dale Farm
Address: 330 Hassinger Way, McClure, PA 17841-8147
Region: United States > Pennsylvania > McClure
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Ranked #1 of 1 Speciality Lodging in McClure
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our 175 acre farm is remote yet very accessible. Open year round. Eight cottages are available. Home to a variety of domesticated and wild animals. Guests are invited to help with barn chores twice a day or just relax by the pond or on the cottage porch. ... more   less 

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