Planning for a farmstay

Planning for a Farmstay

A farmstay can be an enjoyable experience for kids and adults alike. Depending on the nature of farms, some specialize in rearing sheep and chickens, while others have cattle, horses, calves and goats. A farmstay provides an abundance of learning activities and memorable hands-on opportunities.

Things to Do at the Farm

You stay can include :

1. Feeding and caring for animals

2. Learning about breeding horses

3. Planting and harvesting organic vegetables

4. Gathering the horses

5. Milking the cows and collecting eggs

6. Feeding out the hay

7. Riding on a tractor

8. Shifting stock

9. Watching sheep dogs at work

10. Learning about haymaking and sheep shearing

11. Making country wines and jam from wild berries

12. Making wild craft from berries, teas, mushrooms, dyes

Other Activities at the Farm

Besides enjoying activities at the farm, your hosts may offer a drive around the farm with a visit to view the animals reared. Your host may also bring you for a farm walk. Some hosts are likely to organize sidetrips for you, guided tours or other fun activities such as scuba diving, trekking, forest walks etc. There are also hosts who are keen to conduct workshops on fun with wool or other simple crafts with materials gathered around the farm.

Accommodation

Depending on the farm, you may be entitled to fully self-contained cottages where you can cook your own meals, while others include a hearty farm breakfast for you. Some farmstays allow you pitch your own tents and have a camping experience. You may wish to find out the facilities and amenities available at the farm. Different rooms may have different bed configurations. Not all rooms come with ensuite facilities; you may have to share the bathroom with other guests. Usually, your hosts will have a check-in time. They may not be able to accommodate early arrivals as they may have to spend the day preparing for your stay. Farmstays do have their own cancellation policy; some require 14 days notice.

Things to Bring

You should pack your shoes and clothes according to the activities of the farm such as bushwalking, horse riding. You may wish to bring along your sunblock, insect repellent, camera, hat and sunglasses.

Things to Note

1. As many of the farms are located in the mountain regions away from the city, it is best to find out how you can get there. Find out from the hosts if they can offer you a pick up or drop off service.

2. You may wish to note if there are any restrictions on pets.

3. Not all farmstays are suitable for children. Do find out their child policy.

4. Take note of the types of animals reared at the farm if your kids are likely to be sensitive to some animals.

5. Find out if there are special activities for the kids.

6. Some farmstays do offer long stay or child discounts.

7. Don’t forget to bring a little gift to thank your hosts for their warm and kind hospitality.

Have a blessed and wonderful vacation.

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