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.
- 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