Hullo-O Farms was amazing from start to finish and offers a great value. It's essentially an all inclusive vacation including food, activities, and a place to stay.
There are countless activities for the family to participate in. Our kids enjoyed playing with the cats, gathering the cows from pasture, milking the cows, swinging on the tire swings, fishing, eating smores by the campfire, hanging out with Jared and the rest of the farm family, running around and playing with the other kids. There are other typical farm activities just depending on the day. There was one sheep that need to be sheered, another day one of the baby calves had escaped. All experiences were genuine and 100% authentic.
In many ways, this was a step back in time to live like we all used to live. It's a lesson on where food comes from and what farming is genuinely like. That experience itself is incredible, but what really makes it tremendous are the hosts and the cooking.
Sherry, the host mother is a remarkable woman. For meals, she cooks breakfast and dinner. The home cooked, farm fresh meals were incredible. Pot roast from farm cow, home made breads, fresh eggs, multiple kinds of french toast and pancakes all made this experience unforgettable. The meals were included in the price, so you need to adjust your thinking on the total cost to account for this.
Jared, Sherry's son and fellow farmer was incredible with our kids. Our kids adored him and I'm sure if you read other reviews, you'll find this is consistently true. It doesn't take long to feel involved with this family.
The options for where to stay were very pleasant. Our kids loved our house. Plenty of space and on a stunning setting.
Wireless works around the main house, but you probably won't have a signal where you are sleeping. I like to be plugged in 24 hours a day, but it was no big deal to walk over to the house to get a signal and pump out a few work emails or make a phone call. Otherwise, I had downloaded some videos ahead of time. The homes have working TVs and ours had 2 bathrooms with one having been completely redone.
In all, for my family, this was an unforgettable experience and the others we met there are felt the same way. A must-do experience.
- 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