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Barn at a working farm, one of the things you'll see on a farm stay in New England

Bed and Breakfast Farms: Top 13 Most Unique Spots

Sheep at a farm stay

Trying to think of a serene getaway that offers a blend of rustic charm and home comforts? A farm stay is without question one of the most unique ways to visit an area. After all, they provide an authentic slice of country life in cozy accommodations. As a guest, you can wake up to the sounds of farm life, enjoy fresh, home-cooked breakfasts, and join in daily farm activities. These retreats offer both a perfect escape from the hustle of modern city life, and an introduction to farm life.

 

Curious to see if a New England farm stay is the way to go for you? Let’s get into it:

 

Quick hits

  • The resurgence of bed and breakfast farms began in the 1990s. It was then that farmers opened their homes to supplement their income. It’s what started the current farm stay setup.

  • Farm stays offer guests unique hands-on experiences. You can witness anything from morning animal routines to family-style home-cooked meals. Guests can also take part in farm chores and support sustainable agricultural practices.

  • Farm stays are great options for weekend getaways close to nature. They blend rustic charm with modern amenities. Some offer pet-friendly policies, and a historic feel in a bed and breakfast farmhouse.

 

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A Brief History of the Bed and Breakfast Farm Stay

New England innkeeper preparing for a farm stay

Bed and breakfast farms trace their roots back to times when spare rooms meant open doors for travelers. In Europe, the trend caught on in the ’80s, especially with agriturismo in Italy. Now, these retreats have spread worldwide, including Australia, Asia, and North America. Farmers diversify their income, while guests get to reconnect with rural heritage and the origins of their food. These farm stays often feature private cottages on scenic working farms. Many have on-site stores where guests can buy fresh products and souvenirs. Still others can offer unique features like seminars and workshops.

 

Bed and breakfasts on farms across Connecticut

New England farm breakfast served family style in the dining area

For a truly unique stay, consider a farm stay somewhere in Connecticut. You can help with chores like milking cows and gathering eggs. Or enjoy a little country fun and relax amid soothing green acres. Whether you prefer a rustic farmhouse or one of the most polished B&Bs in Connecticut, our state offers the perfect country home for everyone.

 

Chatfield Hollow Inn at Chatfield Hollow Farm, Killingworth

Koi pond at a farm stay

Set beside a koi-filled pond, this log-cabin inn hosts black swans, hens, and peacocks on its 26 acres. The Inn at Chatfield Hollow boasts three woodsy-chic suites with spa-style bathrooms. The chief crop here is shiitake mushrooms, cultivated with traditional Japanese methods.

 

The lodge accommodates all, from single rooms to family suites of up to six people. Guests can enjoy mountain biking, hiking, or cross-country skiing across the expansive outdoor area. And the Inn at Chatfield Hollow is convenient to the coastline of New Haven county, as well as the Connecticut River Valley. And it certainly makes for one of the most unique small wedding venues in all Connecticut.

 

Winvian Farm

century old oak trees at a Connecticut farm stay

Winvian Farm sits in the Litchfield Hills of Connecticut. This resort boasts a historic 1775 manor, 18 unique cottages, and the elegant Hadley Suite among its guest rooms. A spa offers rejuvenation, while a 40-foot pool invites leisurely swims. Executive Chef Chris Eddy leads the culinary revolution at their restaurant. They practice a seed-to-table philosophy at this top pick among romantic restaurants in Connecticut. Fresh, non-GMO ingredients are harvested daily from the on-site farm, gracing plates with the farm’s bounty. Honey from the apiary, fresh fruit, and fresh vegetables from the gardens—it’s all part of the estate’s offerings. Keen to delve into this culinary ethos? Cooking classes are available on their 113-acre estate, one of the most romantic getaways in CT.

 

Woodstock Sustainable Farms

A farm stay can include the opportunity to collect eggs for breakfast from the chickens

Woodstock Sustainable Farms offers a unique bed & breakfast experience in rural New England. At this location, guests can explore two historic 18th-century structures:

 

  • The Manton-Greene House (circa 1710)

  • The Kingston Herb Barn (circa 1730)

 

Originally from Johnston, RI, the Manton-Greene House is one of the earliest American structures still existing in the US. To prevent its demolition, they moved it here. The relocation and restoration process was carried out with museum-quality attention to detail. The process even involved curators from Old Sturbridge Village. It now commands a spot atop a hill where it overlooks three New England states.

 

Meanwhile, the Kingston Barn arrived from Kingston, New York. It now offers accommodations, including a loft with:

  • A queen bed

  • A living room with a pull-out couch

  • A full kitchen

  • A bathroom

  • A washer & dryer

 

For breakfast, guests can savor a full meal. Regular features include pasture-raised eggs, bacon or sausage. And, of course, fresh homemade bread from the beehive oven.

 

Flamig Farm

Since 1907, Flamig Farm has been a family-owned business experiencing numerous transitions. This farm in the town of Simsbury, CT, has evolved from a dairy to organic vegetable farming. The farms embraces the view that problems area opportunities to educate people in living harmoniously with nature. Their vision encompasses:

 

  • Local food production

  • Energy production

  • Health and wellness

  • Community well-being

 

Guests at a Flamig Farm Stay enjoy such amenities as:

  • A second-story balcony with picturesque views

  • Queen-sized beds

  • Climate control for personalized comfort

  • Solar-powered water heating system

  • A fully equipped kitchen with modern amenities

 

The farm also features tranquil meadows and inviting walking trails.

 

The Farm at Carter Hill

Horses at a farm stay

The Farm at Carter Hill in Marlborough, Connecticut, is a unique destination. It features a barnyard with animals, an outdoor eatery, and a general store. There’s also a tavern, an ice cream stand, a carriage barn, and a bed and breakfast. Guests can enjoy a true country vibe, meet a herd of goats, and purchase fresh produce, homemade jams, jellies, and farm eggs. The general store is filled with local products, perfect for finding unique gifts. The farm’s eatery, Goats N’ Roses, offers farm-to-table meals. For a refreshing treat, the ice cream stand is ideal. Adults can unwind at the tavern, which serves local craft beer and wine. The farm provides several rooms in a comfortably updated 1887 farmhouse for an extended stay.

 

Six Paca Farm

Alpaca looking through a wooden fence

Six Paca Farm is a working alpaca farm with over 50 alpacas. It offers demonstrations on knitting, weaving, spinning, and dyeing with natural plants. The farm promotes low-impact “green” farming methods, highlighting their environmental benefits. It also runs a fiber processing mill in Bozrah, where they process alpaca fiber into roving or yarn. The farm provides a “work and stay” experience, in which guests to care for the alpacas and visit the mill. Accommodations here include a 200-year-old farmhouse available for short-term rentals.

 

Inn at White Hollow Farm

Reopened in May 2019, the Inn at White Hollow Farm in Salisbury, CT, welcomes guests to four newly appointed rooms, each with a private bath. Visitors can enjoy shared spaces in:

 

  • the dining room

  • a fully appointed kitchen

  • a cozy living room

 

The Housatonic & Salmon Kill rivers flank this historic farm property. It’s a perfect spot for kayaking or fly fishing enthusiasts. A complimentary continental breakfast is provided, and guests can indulge in a little smart TV while they’re here. Additional comforts include:

  • a 24-hour Nespresso machine

  • Harney teas

  • complimentary water bottles

  • homemade pastries

  • organic fruit

  • yogurt

  • gluten-free options

 

The air-conditioned accommodations feature sumptuous, absorbent, resort-style towels for a touch of luxury.

 

Fox Hill Farm

Farm fresh vegetables

The Inn at Fox Hill Farm of Pomfret, Connecticut, is a family homestead in operation since 1713. The farm is on 75 acres alongside Route 169, one of only 13 National Scenic By-ways in the United States. It’s also one of the best fall foliage driving routes in CT, in this writer’s opinion. The estate offers two homes: the main house and the cottage. Renovations are underway on the country farmhouse, which will provide the main lodging of a proper inn. The cottage serves as a private retreat during your visit to Pomfret and Woodstock, CT.

 

The innkeepers recommend that a day at Fox Hill Farm include:

  • Waking up in a warm king size iron bed

  • Enjoying a private dining/kitchen area

  • Enjoying a lake view

  • Enjoying breakfast

 

After lunch, relax on the private patio, enjoy a long lunch at The Vanilla Bean Cafe, swing in a hammock. Finally, enjoy an intimate gourmet dinner at the award-winning Sharpe Hill Vineyard.

 

Farm stays at Husky Meadows Farm

Fresh fruits at breakfast

Husky Meadows Farm is an organic working farm in the town of Norfolk, CT. A farm stay here provides accommodations, meals, and an intimate rural setting. The farm features three guest suites and a two-bedroom apartment. Guests can choose the standard farm stay package, which includes:

 

  • A two-night stay

  • All meals with beverages

  • Guided farm activities with the farmer

  • Hands-on cooking experiences

  • Seasonal workshops

 

The farm’s 300-acre property offers gardens, hiking trails, and a pond for ample relaxation and leisure time.

 

The Meet the Farmer Dinner Series is a community dinner here. Here, local farmers get to share their experiences and savor the produce they’ve cultivated. Visitors can also score private cooking classes here.

 

The farm’s accommodations are designed with unique signature touches. Guests can enjoy organic bed linens, towels, Malin and Goetz bath amenities, and a hair dryer. Each room is equipped with:

  • a Nespresso maker with organic coffees

  • a tea kettle

  • a Smeg mini-fridge stocked with selected beverages and wines

  • welcome snacks

  • Wi-Fi

 

In keeping with the tranquil farm setting, there are no screens or TVs. Instead, guests have access to books and magazines from the library. Use the provided notebooks for jotting down recipes, gardening tips, journaling, or composing poetic odes to the pastoral landscape.

 

100 Acre Wood

Owl’s House on 100 Acre Wood offers an elegant retreat with rustic charm in the town of Stonington, Connecticut. The tree-top retreat features luxurious beds, a fully stocked kitchen, living room, and bar area. Head outside to enjoy the private deck, BBQ grill, fire pit, and forest trails. The 60 acres of private forest offer a glimpse of life on the farm and in the woods. The ranch bonfire offers spectacular views and cozy blankets for family gatherings. En Plein Air painting sessions are available for up to two people per session.

 

Discover New England’s Farm Stay Gems

New England cows with newborn calves

With its rustic charm and rich culture, New England is home to some of the best farm stays in the US. These farm stays offer a classic red barn charm and a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in rural New England culture.

 

Lavender Waves Farm | South Kingstown, Rhode Island

Picture yourself in the company of alpacas, white peacocks, and babydoll sheep. This is the reality at Lavender Waves Farm, a secluded farm with a suite that accommodates four guests. The room features reclaimed wood walls, beamed ceilings, and furnishings crafted from the earth. Amethyst geode sinks and picture windows offer a unique charm. Outside, 4,000 lavender plants encircle a gazebo, creating a stunning sunburst pattern.

 

Starlight Llama Bed & Breakfast | Northampton, Massachusetts

Llama watching the drama

This 120-acre sanctuary, surrounded by mountains, includes a replica of Thoreau’s Walden cabin. The Starlight Llama Bed & Breakfast farm has been passed down through six generations. Its solar-powered B&B, with three guestrooms, points the way to a sustainable future. Grab your morning meal and choose where to dine in the open. Later, join in feeding the llamas, tending to the gardens, assisting with haying, or exploring the trails. At night, the dark sky over Northampton, MA, offers spectacular stargazing.

 

Toddy Pond Farm | Monroe, Maine

Sprawling over 500 acres, your weeklong stay in the cottage with a view of the pond at Toddy Pond Farm will drop you smack in the middle of cows and sheep. It’s a place that shows you the ropes of Maine’s sustainable farming—hands-on. You’ll join in the morning tasks, use what you gather from the land to cook your meals, and pick wild blueberries until your hands are stained with summer. The screened porch is a fine spot to while away an afternoon. And come dusk, the fire pit will be where you’ll unwind completely, feeling a part of the quiet earth at Toddy Pond Farm.

 

Fat Sheep Farm | Windsor, Vermont

Goats at a fence of a working farm like Fat Sheep Farm

Fat Sheep Farm, located in Vermont, offers a unique rural escape with five sun-filled cabins with fully outfitted kitchens. Owned by Todd Heyman and Suzy Kaplan, Fat Sheep Farm is a working farm situated on 60 acres. The farm is a unique stay that supports an independent farming family and has won accolades for being the best farm stay. The cabins, each with its own unique features, come with WiFi, air conditioning. They are even pet-friendly. Guests can participate in morning animal chores, take a forest or field walk, and enjoy stargazing and fireflies at night. Cabins at Fat Sheep Farm start at around $200 per night. Guests can take part in the morning animal chores, immerse in the rhythm of farm life, and experience a unique blend of relaxation and learning.

 

Hollister Hill Farm | Marshfield, Vermont

Hollister Hill Farm in Vermont offers a variety of activities. Guests can meet farm animals, learn about maple syrup production, and explore walking trails. The farm provides authentic farm-to-table dining with fresh, sustainable produce. Whether watching farm activities from a distance or helping with chores, you can choose your level of participation here. Innkeepers Bob and Lee Light share their passion for Vermont and the land with guests. Hollister Hill Farm features a federal-style brick house with cozy rooms and iron-wrought beds, as well as a separate house that sleeps up to four people. Family-style breakfasts are served each morning in the large country kitchen or on the back deck.

 

Inn at Valley Farms B&B, Cottages and Farmhouse | Walpole, New Hampshire

Basket to collect eggs

At Inn at Valley Farms B&B, travelers encounter heritage pigs, baby chicks, and calves. And if you play your cards right, you might even score a kiss from Miss May, the cashmere goat. This 105-acre farm is in southwest New Hampshire’s Monadnock Region. It’s part of the tranquil Connecticut River Valley, a hub of sustainable farming practices. The Caserta family, who took stewardship of this former dairy farm in 1998, has since involved three generations in its revival. Guests on the farm tour encounter a variety of animals, including:

 

  • Egg-laying chickens

  • Sheep

  • Grass-fed cattle

  • Pastured chickens and turkeys

  • And rare heritage pigs

 

A neighboring orchard through the woods offers pickable fruit in season. Visitors can also buy produce, fruits, and meats at the on-site store. The Inn at Valley Farms provides a range of accommodations. Options go from rooms at the inn adorned with period antiques to full-amenity cottages. There’s even a classic New England farmhouse complete with a porch and rocking chairs.

 

Inn at East Hill Farm | Troy, New Hampshire

This farm offers resort-style amenities such as indoor and outdoor pools. And yet, kids here willingly swap their gadgets for the simple pleasures of the farm. They immerse themselves in authentic farm activities, from milking cows to horseback riding. What kid of any age could resist searching for the chickens’ elusive blue eggs? And each weekend at Inn at East Hill Farm brings new seasonal or themed activities. You may discover a new passion for hobbies like cross-stitch or square dancing. As evening sets in, the scent of warm fritters fills the air, and a welcoming atmosphere envelops guests, making everyone feel right at home.

 

More Weekend Getaway Ideas

B. F. Clyde's Cider Mill, another bucolic spot to explore on a rural trip through New England

Farm stays offer a unique opportunity for weekend getaways close to nature. The countryside charm, the fresh air, and the proximity to nature make farm stays the perfect destination for a refreshing escape.

 

Feed Your Adventurous Spirit

Farm stays are not just about relaxation; they’re also about adventure. From hiking and swimming to horseback riding and fishing, farm stays offer a range of outdoor activities for the adventurous at heart. Some great outdoor activities across Connecticut you can enjoy during a farm stay include:

Farm stays like Fat Sheep Farm in Vermont, with acres of forested land, are perfect for hiking enthusiasts. Plus, the farm store provides a convenient way to access local products during your stay.

 

Horseback riding is another popular activity at farm stays. It’s an adventure that feeds your adventurous spirit.

 

Historic Grounds and Modern Explorations

Many farm stays, set on historic properties, provide a special mix of past and present. These sites have been updated with contemporary comforts while retaining their old-world allure. From here, you can immerse yourself in the local landscape and delve into regional history. These historic bed and breakfasts also often offer:

 

  • Educational tours

  • Interactive farm tasks

  • Peaceful accommodations with stunning views

 

They seamlessly fuse the quaintness of historical settings with the ease of modern living.

 

Pet-Friendly Stays for the Whole Family

Families looking for the ideal weekend getaway will find many farm stays to be pet-friendly. So everyone, including your furry companions, can enjoy a countryside retreat. These accommodations cater to your pets’ needs with amenities such as bowls, food mats, drying towels, and poop bags. Your pets can even join in on farm activities, including mingling with farm animals, horseback riding, petting farms, or lawn games. Head over to our guide to pet friendly getaways near me for even more spots.

 

Tl;dr

Tranquil mornings with farm animals, hearty family-style breakfasts, and the joy of farm chores define the immersive experience of bed and breakfast farms. These getaways offer a unique stay, blending the rustic charm of New England with modern comforts. From unwinding in a hot tub beneath a starlit sky to savoring a farm-to-table meal, farm stays offer more than just accommodation—they provide enriching experiences. They cater to adventure seekers, history buffs, food enthusiasts, and families looking for pet-friendly retreats. Each farm stay is uniquely crafted to satisfy diverse preferences. Leave the cityscape behind for the idyllic charm of the countryside and embark on a memorable weekend getaway at a bed and breakfast farm.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

What is the difference between a hotel and a bed and breakfast?

The key distinction between a hotel and a bed and breakfast is the uniqueness of accommodations. Hotels typically offer uniform rooms, while each room at a bed and breakfast boasts its own distinctive character and decor, thereby enriching the guest experience with variety.

 

What is the origin of bed and breakfast?

The concept of bed and breakfast has ancient roots, with monasteries and private homes historically offering travelers a bed for the night and breakfast. This enduring tradition continued well into the 20th Century.

 

What is the description of a bed and breakfast?

A bed and breakfast, often known as a B&B, provides a cozy and personal lodging option. Characterized by distinctive charm and hospitality, these establishments typically include overnight accommodations and a morning meal in a friendly, home-like setting.

 

What does bed and breakfast include?

A bed and breakfast offers overnight accommodations and serves a morning meal, often set within private homes that feature a few uniquely decorated guest rooms.

 

What are the main activities that guests can participate in at a bed and breakfast farm?

Guests at the bed and breakfast farm can engage in various activities. They can tend to animals, gather fresh eggs, hike scenic trails, ride horses, and fish. This array of farm tasks and outdoor adventures provides an enriching experience.

 

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