I would have given this place a 5 but that means absolutely perfect. I cannot say that but let me tell you what I loved! This place is SO CLEAN! The rooms are great....you are definitely taken care of. It is an awesome place to meet other families as everyone hangs outside and sits around while the kids play in the adorable playhouse or with the cutest kittens you have ever seen! They play on bikes, with the basket ball! You can take a ride on the golf cart! You can hang out with the baby goats, pet the horse, collect eggs from the chicken coop, play in the playground, go on the tire swing or go on a kyack! They really give you so much to do, there is nobody around either, it's just do whatever you want. Everyone seems to know just what to do! The front porch is adorable with rocking chairs, beautiful flowers. There is even a fire pit down by the tire swing/water....even that is super clean and well kept. In the morning the owner really goes out of his way to entertain the kids with a pony ride, a hay ride, a tractor ride! It's so cute!! I enjoyed the hay ride too!!! Oh, I didn't mention how delicious the breakfast was, It was enormous and very generous. You don't go away hungry!
The few negative things are since it is a dairy farm the strong smell of cows is always upon you!! Someone who had asthma had to keep going inside and used all of his inhalers here. If you have high allergies between the cats and the cows, you may want to pass. Also, being the animal lover that I am, I found it VERY sad to see that they believe you cannot let you cows graze in the grass because they won't produce "good" milk!! REALLY?? I've never seen a cow do jumping jacks in the grass. To keep them locked up in the dingy dark muddy barn and to just walk them over to be milked twice a day is just cruel. I'm not sure why it is allowed...although the whole factory farm thing is cruel. They had a baby cow be born the day before I was there and it was pulled from it's mother immediately to be put into a barn alone for 2 months. I tried to feed it and it refused. I love animals so I got up for the 6:00 feeding and fed a bunch of babies and then helped the farmhand with other things like changing all of babies water. I actually cried. They loved the attention when petting them. Even the large cows in the barn seemed to love the attention I gave and wanted me to pet them. This family is sooo nice, I'm surprised that they allow this to happen.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Bring your family to experience the dairy farm. Milk the cows, feed the calves, gather eggs, pony ride, tractor rides and more. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Rocky Acre Farm Hotel Mount Joy
- Rocky Acre Farm B&B Mount Joy, Pennsylvania