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Liberty Hill Farm Inn
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Reviewed 10 April 2013

One of my dreams has always been to live on a farm---specifically to milk a cow by hand, the old fashioned way. I have to say that Liberty Hill Farm (Beth and Bob) exceeded all my expectations!
I not only got to milk a cow on the eve of my 50th birthday, but I also got to bottle feed several newborn calves, and witness a birth as well! Bonus!

That aside, what was so heartwarming, was that the farmhouse hospitality (owners BETH and Bob). Beth is an amazing cook! The food she served was out of this world. Each and every meal was a FEAST! I felt like a queen, yet at the same time, I felt like I was back home at my mom's house in Michigan. The desserts were outrageous....and most of the food was local. We had engaging interesting fun conversations, and both my partner, Nancy and I felt completely comfortable and a "part of".

I celebrated my birthday on March 1, 2013. I have thought of Liberty Hill Farm every day since.
I miss my baby cows....Scout, Gracie, Butchie, and Curt (short for Courage). I definitely recommend Liberty Hill Farm, and I plan to go back again. It was an extraordinary adventure!

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 31 March 2013

It's in moments like these that I wish I had the words of a poet to accurately describe my Liberty Hill experience.

I am a South African au pair/nanny who has spent the last ten months in Connecticut. My host mom was kind enough to invite me on a farm getaway with the family for a weekend last summer. And so my Liberty Hill experience began.

Since then, we have made the 5 hour journey 5 times! And we're planning to spend yet another weekend there in May. We simply cannot get enough of Beth and her family...and her food! In the car on the way back home after each stay we have a debate on which dishes were the best. I have not met a better or friendlier cook. Dinners will include dishes such as chicken pot pie, carrot souffle, artichoke casserole, cheesy mashed potatoes....and I won't even start on the desserts. All the food is made from scratch and using only local ingredients. I've been lucky enough to watch Beth at work in the kitchen! I guess I could call myself somewhat of a 'foodie', and I can tell you, Beth's dining room table is my favourite eating spot.

We always visit the farm with the 8 year old girl I take care of. She is a real fan of the whole experience. We are all animal lovers, and we really enjoy watching Beth's husband and sons work with their cows. They have such a love and passion for their animals and always have time to answer any questions the guests come up with. Guests are also welcome to try their hand at milking the cows the old fashioned way. My host family and I really enjoy time in the barn where we get to know the cows or up in the hay loft with the kittens.

Another perk of Liberty Hill, is its location. During our many stays we have always found places and activities to keep us busy; from bookstores to local music jam sessions. We've visited cheese and ice cream stores and have gone skiing and sugaring.

Please note that this is the first review I have posted on the internet. I hope that proves how much I love this home and its family. When I head back to South Africa, it is going to be a hard goodbye.

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 25 February 2013

My husband and I choose Liberty Hill because we read an article in a The Yankee Magazine.( I guess it pays when you spend a lot to advertise). We were the only two guest at the Inn. Because of that we were put up in a room next to the owners office. We had no privacy what so ever. We were told by the owners that they were running short on wood. So they really didn't want to get the wood stove going for the guest side of the house, just for two people. We had no chairs or any seating area. We have stayed at many Bed and Breakfast's and Inns in the past, and have met some wonderful people.This place was different. Our host Beth was not your typical friendly hostest. She is truley a business woman and not what you would expect from the ads. I also felt sad because the cows are chained to their stantion and kept there 24-7. They aren't let out to get exercise.I would definetly not recomend this place. It was way too much money.

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Bobbethfarm, Owner at Liberty Hill Farm Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 30 May 2013

We always encourage our guests to come to us with any questions or concerns about the farm! Our top priority is to make sure that our cows are healthy and happy!

We actually rotate the "girls" to make sure that they do not spend the whole day in the milking barn. They spend part of the day in the adjacent barn where they have plenty of room to get some exercise and, when the weather is nice, they are free to explore outside! In the second barn, they have access to food and water, but some of the bigger "boss" cows don't always allow the smaller ones to get their fair share. That's why we give them their own space in the milking barn to ensure that each cow gets a nice, clean place to lay down and plenty of food and water.

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Reviewed 23 February 2013

After a road rage experience had left me shell shocked in PA, my husband took me to a book store to calm me down- we needed a vacation from the chaos of life! On the way to the coffee section we gabbed a Vermont Life and low and behold Rochester VT was it's feature of the month and LIBERTY HILL FARM was THE place to stay according to the article. That was in 1998, I believe...We have returned to this home away from home and practically raised our kids here year after year, ever since!

This Farm doesn't just offer that oh so cool "real farm" experience, it offers long lingering conversations at the dinner table, warm embraces when you walk through the front door, the smell of fresh baked muffins, hand delivered, from the barn, creamy milk with dessert, and so much love you kinda have trouble leaving. When you return, somehow Beth still knows all your names and all your family details! You matter. You become part of the fold, and you want to be!

KID FACTS: upon our first visit we told the kids all devices go into parental possession until we leave. They were NOT pleased. Next visit our kids just handed over their gadgets when we pulled up to the farm and ran to get their hugs from Beth and Farmer Bob! This farm is transforming...

Nancy Haas
Main Line of PHiladelphia

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 10 October 2012

Wonder what it is like to live and work on a dairy farm? Liberty Hill Farm can give you the ultimate taste of family dairy farm life--as it was and should be able to continue to be. In case the rest of the nation didn't know, this is a very threatened life style in the USA. While you have the chance, this is a wonderful experience for your entire family to have and enjoy.
We loved our stay at Liberty Hill farm with Beth and Bob and their sons. Beth's cooking is wonderful. She served a multiple-course dinner and breakfast for twenty people--there were so many dishes served that I couldn't begin to list them all-- every dish a scrumptious, home-grown, home-made delight.

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 8 October 2012

I honestly haven't read any of the other reviews, so I don't know if I am repeating things, but here is my take on Liberty Hill Farm: it is authentic, and it is fantastic!

Eleven of us (6 adults, 5 kids) just returned from spending a weekend here, celebrating a family birthday. To a person, we all had a great time. The kids (ages 2-9) were never bored, despite a near complete lack of TV, internet service, or other electronic gizmos. They loved exploring the farm, collecting eggs, feeding the calves, talking to the cows, playing in the cornfield, chasing the chickens, and playing by the stream.

Every morning and every evening, we were treated to amazing meals that featured an incredible variety of home-cooked, made from scratch choices that even the pickiest eaters in our group enjoyed. The kids loved playing "hide and seek" throughout the house, and we found ourselves convened in the living room on multiple occasions for "family game time".

If you're looking for super-deluxe accommodations - satin sheets, 4-poster beds, private whirlpool tubs, and a romanticized, out-of-a-magazine "farm experience", this isn't for you. Everything about this weekend made us fell like we were in our own home (well, except for the quality of the food...this was way better!)...the wallpaper might be peeling in a couple of places, the bed might be a little squeaky, and so on...but if you want just the smallest taste of what life is like for modern dairy farmers...to see how hard they work, what sort of insane hours they put in, and also how much love they have for what they do...then this is the place for you!

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 24 September 2012

Families return here year after year, and now generation after generation. The feeling of welcome is pervasive. Learn about farming with hands on experience and tales at the common table. find where the new kittens are hiding, feed the chickens and calves and watch a new calf being born. The air is fresh the vista bucolic and the food delicious. You feel like you've made new friends not just been at a place stay.

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Liberty Hill Farm Inn

Address: 511 Liberty Hill, Rochester, VT 05767-9540
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Region: United States > Vermont > Rochester
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
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Ranked #1 of 1 Speciality Lodging in Rochester
Price Range: £86 - £172 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Farmstay on Vermont working dairy farm features fresh local foods served family style dinner and breakfast. Rate includes dinner, lodging, full breakfast, plus plenty of farm activities. Year round accommodations for families, friends, small groups. ... more   less 

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