What a disappointment! This place does not give you a real farm experience -- it is a mere facade, and an overpriced facade at that. "Feeding the animals" was giving a few pieces of hay through the fences to the sheep and watching one of the workers feed the cows. "Milking the cows" meant that the children could give 2 or 3 squeezes of the cow. "Collecting chicken eggs" was gathering eggs that the workers had set out in the hen house as the hens were housed elsewhere. The food was ok; nothing special and not enough. Pancakes or french toast for breakfast, pasta for dinner. The lodgings were rundown; bathroom was unclean and had expired medicine from 2006 in the medicine cabinet. Farmer Frank and Sherry left us feeling like this was a farm show and they were doing it solely for the income and trying to squeeze as much money out of guests as possible. Oh yes, the 10% gratuity fee was the icing on the cake. It is basically a petting zoo (and a small one at that) with some rooms thrown in with it so they can charge more. Definitely not what was advertised and not worth the money. Skip this place and go somewhere else.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We share our family farm vacations and all-natural meats and produce with people from around the world who want to understand and experience a part of their history. By helping with farming tasks, you can watch your children or grandchildren milk a cow, feed pigs, or collect eggs for the first time. Learning about farm life in rural upstate New York, from a real farmer, is a unique educational experience that many claim to be "priceless!" ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Hull-o Farms, Family Farm Vacations Hotel Durham