For a truly unique and unforgettable experience, consider lodging at one of the charming Lancaster farms during your stay in Pennsylvania Dutch Country.
In planning your visit, have you thought about lodging at one of the many Lancaster farms that provide guest accommodations for visitors? If not, maybe you should.
One of the most exciting things about visiting Lancaster County is to step back in time and experience a more simple and charming time. What better way to do that than to lodge at an authentic Amish farm or Pennsylvania Dutch farmhouse.
While the region offers plenty of 4-star resorts, first-rate hotels and budget motels, sometimes it is refreshing to do something that you just can't do anywhere else.
In addition to the region's many quaint
Bed and Breakfasts
and country inns, lodging at one of the Lancaster farms and guest houses provides an intimate glimpse into the region's culture and lifestyle.
Strike up a friendship with one of the friendly proprietors and you are likely to be rewarded with colorful family stories. It is often very common that these locals provide you with tips and recommendations for your visit that are unavailable in any guide book or travel site such as this.
One of the pluses about staying at a Lancaster farm guest house is the fun it will provide for your children. Oftentimes, the children are invited to help feed the farm animals or to milk the cows. Sometimes, pony cart and hay wagon rides are available as well.
At any rate, it will a one-of-a-kind Lancaster experience.
The farm lodging facilities tend to be very clean but simple. You may not want to stay in one of these guest quarters if you require the luxuries that are associated with large hotels such as exercise room, swimming pool, or internet access. Most but not all offer breakfast for the guests.
Each farm only offers about 3-6 rooms to the public. So, be sure to make your reservations months in advance. Also, since prices vary from season to season, please call ahead for the nightly rate.
If you are considering lodging at one of the Lancaster farms, please keep in mind that most do not permit smoking or alcoholic beverages inside the premises.
494 Compass Road, Gap, PA 17527
Located on a quiet road, Clearwood Farm is a working Amish farm in Lancaster, PA owned by Jonathan and Lydia Lantz. Accommodations at this dairy farm include four comfortable, furnished rooms which share a bath. Each morning there is a continental breakfast with cereal, juice and homemade bread.
Children are welcome but they must be supervised. The children are invited to the evening cow milking in the stable.
Smoking and alcoholic beverages are not permitted.
Groff Farm Home
766 Blackbill Road, Kinzer, PA 17535
The Groff Farm Home was built in 1857 and is surrounded by beautiful Amish farmland. Owned and run by Harold and Mary Ellen Groff, this Lancaster farm offers rooms of various sizes. Some of the rooms are large enough for a family with several children.
Baths are shared among the guests. There is a large living room and porch where guests are invited to relax and soak up their surroundings.
Your family can visit the farm animals which include calves, goats, sheep, and a donkey.
At the time of this writing, breakfast is not served.
Landis Farm Guest Home
2048 Gochlan Road, Manheim, PA 17545
The Landis Farm Guest Home is a working dairy farm owned and operated by the Landis family.
The farm offers a single guest cottage which contains a full kitchen, walk-in fireplace, and polished plank floors in the living room. There are two bedrooms with two double beds in each. There is also a full bath in the cottage.
There is also a guest room in the Landis family home that is available for visitors. Breakfast is served for those staying in the home.
Children are invited to feed the animals and milk the cows. There is also swings for your children to play on.
Stone Haus Farm Bed and Breakfast
360 South Esbenshade Road, Manheim, PA 17545
Owned by Merv & Angie Shenk, this 200 year old stone farmhouse on a 100-acre working family farm offers six spacious guest rooms. Each room has enough beds to accommodate 4 or more people. with beds for four people. Private and semi-private baths are available.
Your family will enjoy a delicious farmer’s breakfast served family style daily at 8:00 a.m. in the dining room. A sample menu may include cheesy scrambled eggs, sausage, toast with apple butter, shoofly cake, fresh fruit, coffee, tea, orange juice, milk and cereal. Or it might be blueberry pancakes, ham, and baked oatmeal or pumpkin muffins or rhubarb bread pudding.
Activities include a family playground with swing set, climbing rocks and a tube slide. Croquette, volleyball and tennis sets are available. There is a rope swing in the straw barn and a large paved driveway for pedal tractors and bikes.
Also, your children are invited to help feed the goats and chickens and gather some fresh brown eggs.
A special treat is a hay ride around this Lancaster farm's celery field where you will learn all about the work involved in growing and producing Lancaster County celery hearts: Everything from seeding beds in April, transplanting in June & July and harvesting and trenching the crop September through January.
Olde Fogie Farm
106 Stackstown Road, Marietta, PA 17547
This is an organic Lancaster farm run by Tom and Biz Fogie. This is a family-oriented farm where your children will enjoy assisting with the evening farm chores such as feeding the calves, milking the goats, and gathering eggs from the hen house. Your kids will also have the chance to go on some pony rides.
Accommodations include two small guest rooms. Although both rooms have a double bed, only one has a private bath. The other room shares a bath with the proprietors.
There is also a separate guest house which offers two suites with bathrooms, kitchens, queen or double beds and televisions.
Breakfast is available for visitors staying in the main farm house. There is a minimum of a two-night stay.
Morning Meadows Farm
103 Fuhrman Road, Marietta, PA 17547
The Morning Meadows Farm is an uncharacteristically elaborate 1840 brick plantation farmhouse located on a 240-acre working farm. There is a large veranda, a balcony overlooking the beautiful Pennsylvania Dutch landscape, and rooms with French country furnishings.
There are four rooms available. Each offers private baths, a fireplace, and a television.
This is a great farmhouse to bring the children. Your kids will be invited to go on a donkey ride, help gather eggs, milk the cows, and feed the sheep, goats, calves, and pigs.
Each morning, the owners, Barbara and Harold Frey, offer a delicious farm breakfast.
1382 Pinkerton Road, Mount Joy, PA 17552
Green Acres is a very pretty family-oriented Lancaster farm with seven guest rooms. Each guest room has a private bath and extra beds for the children.
Hay wagon and pony cart rides are offered for small children. Older children can play with the numerous pygmy goats, sheep, and kittens. There is even a large playhouse available for your children to play in.
The Green Acres farmhouse is run by Wayne and Yvonne Miller who are more than happy to recommend ways to make your visit unforgettable. In fact, they can even arrange for you to have dinner with a local Amish family.
Olde Country Log House Farm
1175 Flory Road, Mount Joy, PA 17552
Owned by the Lancaster Brubaker family, the farm obtained its name from the fact that the original part of the house is made of logs.
There are five rooms available for guests. Only one a queen-sized bed. The others have full-sized beds. Only one of the rooms has a private bath.
There are plenty of farm animals around and the kids can take a hayride to a neighboring farm.
A continental breakfast is available to all guests.
Rocky Acre Farm
1020 Pinkerton Road, Mount Joy, PA 17552
Owned by the Benner family, the Rocky Acre Farm has been open to guests for nearly 40 years. Part of the house was built in the 1700s. It is widely believed that the farm was a stop in the underground railroad of the 19th century.
The farm offers eight guest rooms with different size beds available. Each room has a private bath along with country antiques for atmosphere.
Also available is a two-bedroom apartment with kitchen.
Activities include fishing in the nearby Little Chickies Creek. Your children are invited to watch the cows being milked. a playhouse is also on the premises.
A full country breakfast is served for all the guests.
Maple Lane Farm Guest House
505 Paradise Lane, Paradise PA 17562
This working Lancaster farm offers four guest rooms. Two rooms share a bath. All the beds are double.
Owned by Edwin and Marion Rohrer, the farmhouse is situated on a scenic hill in southern Paradise. Spend a relaxing evening on the porch watching the horses graze in the meadow below.
Neffdale Farm of Paradise
610 Strasburg Road, (Route 741), Paradise PA 17562
Owned by Ellen and Roy Neff, this contemporary Lancaster farmhouse accommodates three good-sized rooms with television sets. Choose between private or semi-private baths.
Breakfast is not available.
If you would like to learn about other Lancaster accommodation opportunities other than lodging at one of the Lancaster farms, please see:
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