Verdant View Farm: Experience a Farm Stay on a 4th generation farm in Lancaster, PA

Enjoying a Working Farm Stay: Pennsylvania, Amish Country at Verdant View Farm Bed and Breakfast

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Enjoying a Working Farm Stay: Pennsylvania, Amish Country at Verdant View Farm Bed and Breakfast

Escape the city and experience what it is like to live on a working farm at Verdant View Farm Bed and Breakfast in Lancaster, PA. Stay on a farm and wake up to the morning chores of milking a cow, feeding the baby calves, looking for chicken eggs, visiting with the bunnies and feeding the goats. It’s a farm vacation that you will remember for years to come! 

Working Farm Stay- Pennsylvania, Amish Country at Verdant View Farm Bed and Breakfast​
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A Working Farm Stay at Verdant View Farm

Verdant View Farm is a 4th-generation dairy farm in the heart of Amish Country run by Patrick and Elisa. Elisa grew up on the farm and continues to share her passion of farming with her guests. The 115-acre farm has hosted guests for over 50 years, with her grandparents opening it’s doors in 1967 when the farm was called Sleep Haven Farm. 

The entire staff is welcoming and happy to share their farm with the many guests that pass through the doors. Located only minutes from Strasburg and the many area attractions, Verdant View Farm Bed and Breakfast is the perfect location for exploring Amish Country PA. 

My son and I spent three memorable nights at the farm enjoying all the activities, animals, and exploring the surrounding area. The farm was so enjoyable that I had to convince my son to depart each morning to visit other area attraction! He quickly made friends with the many other children staying on the farm and it was fun to see the kids playing with Scooby, taking turns on the swing and exploring. 

Verdant View Farm back play area.
Large tree with swing and grassy area to play with Scooby
Working Farm Stay- Pennsylvania, Amish Country at Verdant View Farm Bed and Breakfast​
Seating area just outside the entrance to the Farmhouse rooms

Rooms at the Bed and Breakfast 

Nine guest rooms in various sizes are located in two different houses, the white house and the farm house. The farmhouse features 4 rooms on the second floor, with a separate entrance in the back. There are two single rooms with a shared bathroom and two larger units with their own bathrooms. (There are renovation plans in the works for a suite and additional bathrooms.)

In the white house located near the street and a short walk to the farm has three units. They each feature a fully-equipped kitchen, private bath, and small living room. Families can enjoy a playground located behind the house. You also have the option to rent the entire house for larger groups. 

We made our reservations only a few days before our arrival, so the only rooms left were the single rooms with shared bathroom. Since it was just my son and I traveling together, it worked for our needs. The shared bathroom wasn’t ideal, but the other room didn’t have any guests, so we had it to ourselves and I peaked inside to snap a photo (see below). It might be a good option for friends who want to rent both rooms or budget travelers. The bathroom is older and the water pressure isn’t ideal, but it’s clean and doable. 

I look forward to when the renovation is complete and all the rooms have private bathrooms. I’d recommend making reservations far enough in advance to get a larger room with private bath, coffee maker and ample space for the whole family. The single rooms do not feature a coffee maker, which would have been a deal breaker if my husband had come along. There is a common use fridge outside in the shed for use during your stay. 

Lancaster bed and breakfast farm room.
Single Room with bunk bed and shared bath
Working Farm Stay- Pennsylvania, Amish Country at Verdant View Farm Bed and Breakfast​
Single room with shared bath

What’s included with overnight accommodations at the Lancaster farm stay? 

Morning chores at 7:30 am – feed the baby calves, milk a cow, grab some chicken feed and look for eggs, visit with the bunnies and hang out with the goats. Participate as much or as little as you’d like.

In additional to the farm animals, Scooby the dog is eager to play ball and there are plenty of cats to enjoy a nice snuggle. 

This is true highlight of vacation farm stays, getting to interact with the animals and experience what it would be like to work on a farm. We stayed three nights and took part in the farm chores each morning. We started off mixing formula for the three calves. Jonah was only 4 weeks old and such a sweetheart. The two older calves were four months old. You can see some adorable photos below mixing the milk and feeding the calves. 

Take part in a Lancaster farm stay by mixing bottles for the calves.
B&B farms feature baby calves to feed.

After feeding the calves, we headed over to a mama calf to try our hand at milking. It always seems to look easier than it really is, doesn’t it? After a few tries, we all managed to get a bit of milk out. The farm no longer is a dairy farm, but they want to offer the experience for their guests, full disclosure. 

Does the barn smell? It’s a barn with animals, so yes, but honestly you get used to the smell in about a minute or two. There is a hand washing station located inside the barn and also out between the goats and chickens for sanitary needs. 

Cows will greet you on your working farm stay.
Milking the cows at our farm stay at Verdant View Farm.

We headed upstairs into the barn to scoop feed for the chickens and headed into the two coops to search for eggs and make sure all the chickens had their breakfast. Feel free to pick up a chicken, feel their soft feathers and hear the rooster crow. 

Visit with the bunnies and pick a few four leaf clovers to give them a nice treat. The bunnies enjoy a bit of attention and are so soft!

Farm stay: Lancaster PA. Kids checking on the chickens.

End the farm chores by visiting the goats. Head into the pen and say hello to the mamma and baby goats. Want to do some goat yoga? Just bend over and make a nice flat back, they will hop right up!

Spending time with the baby goats at the farm stay Lancaster PA
Farm Stay Pennsylvania with the kids doing goat yoga!

Farm-to-Table Breakfast

Breakfast is at 8:30 am- Hear the bell ring and head into the large dining area for breakfast. Greetings are shared, hands are held as the Johnny Appleseed song is sang and then feast on farm-to-table breakfast served family style.

Start with a fruit, then enjoy a freshly baked bread/muffin, scrambled eggs, a meat option and then a warm pie straight from the oven. Complete breakfast with milk, tea and coffee. 

On Sunday you’ll be provided with a voucher to enjoy breakfast at a nearby restaurant. 

The breakfast is plentiful, home-cooked by Amish and non-Amish staff and delicious. There were plenty of options for vegetarians and they offer to help work around any dietary restrictions (within reason). We made quite a few friends during our visit and there is a little basket of toys for the children to play if needed. 

A highlight was actually seeing a cow escape from the barn and start munching on the grass in front of the house. The staff disappeared in seconds during breakfast to herd her back towards the barn. The true realities of living on the farm I guess! Experience so much fun on a farm stay in Lancaster, PA.

Farm Stay Pennsylvania breakfast options.
Farm Stay Pennsylvania breakfast options.

Verdant View Farm Tours: Lancaster, PA

If you aren’t able to stay on the farm, no fear, you can still sign up for a farm tour and experience the Farmer’s Apprentice Tour! In addition, you can add on ice cream making, cheese making and soap making. There is certainly something for everyone!

Working Farm Stay- Pennsylvania, Amish Country at Verdant View Farm Bed and Breakfast​
Enjoy a Lancaster Farm stay with it's beautiful views.

FAQ: Find the Answer to Your Questions!

  • Does Verdant View Farms offer an Amish Farm Stay?
      • The farm is not owned or operated by an Amish family. However, they are friends with the Amish farmers who live next door and employ some Amish families to work on the farm and help with the B&B.  We enjoyed watching the family next door harvest their corn in a traditional Amish manner. 
  • Why should I pick this Lancaster bed and breakfast farm?
      • Verdant View Farms has hosted guests in their guest rooms for over 50 years and they pride themselves on a welcoming family atmosphere. The farm chores are simpke, but fun and educational, the staff is friendly and the breakfast is delicious. Their location is ideal with multiple attractions minutes down the road to the left and right. The Strasburg railway runs behind the farm!
  • What should I bring for my farm stay: Lancaster, PA?
      • You don’t have to bring anything in particular. Closed toed shoes are ideal and rain boots are perfect if you have the space to pack them. We wore our everyday clothes and didn’t change before going out for the day. 
  • What do the Verdant View Farm Reviews say?
Farm stay: Lancaster PA. Scooby the resident farm dog.
Scooby the resident pup!
Amish farm and house Lancaster PA neighbor the Verdant View Farm.
Amish family that lives next door.

If you are looking for B&B Farms in Lancaster, PA….Look no further than Verdant View Farms and experience the joy of getting your hands a bit dirty and caring for the animals on the farm. I can promise that you’ll want to return again very soon in the future! My son is still talking about how much he wants to return. 

 Feel free to leave me a comment or message if you have any questions. 

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