Our family of four, including 2 young children, visited in September. We arrived at around 8pm since all the roads getting to the farm were closed from hurricane flooding (it would have been nice to have been told of the closings when we called at 3pm). I had called at 3 to say that we would arrive after dark. I was told that someone would be there, or at least a note would be left. Well, neither of those things happened. We had to go into the main farmhouse, search for someone, and wound up being told by someone (not the innkeeper), how to get to the 'Guesthouse' which is a separate building which is down the street and up a hill from the farm. We had to drive back twice because we were not sure we found it. Well, that was because it is not a guesthouse at all: your quarters are the rooms above a 2-car garage in a 1980's McMansion. Not the best way to start out.
The guesthouse has been furnished in mix-n-match 1985 furniture and decor. Spacious but odd layout. The ample beds are comfortable, but I smelled cigarette smoke in the rooms the entire stay (there has probably been cigarette smoking in those rooms for 20 years, I guess).
The Inn keepers did not make any announcements before or after breakfast as to what was offered (barn tours? any information at all?), but they were sure to include a long and Jesus-y grace before the meal. The food is plentiful and delicious, served family style at communal tables. After breakfast we assumed we would be told where we could go or what we could do on the farm, but that never happened. Some previous guests seem to know what was up, so they informed us that there would be a ‘train ride’ soon. It was all quite weird.
The farm sits up on a hill, so the only place to play for the kids is on steeply sloped and blacktopped driveway (we have more greenery on which to play in our NJ backyard). The bicycles and scooters available were mostly old and broken or not riding correctly. An older gentleman did take the kids out on a train made of old steel drums. But that was it. We heard from other guests that the hurricane blew away the chicken coop, so there was no visiting there (which we were looking forward to and a main reason for our stay). There are tons of cats, but the room the kittens were in was a filthy backroom (much of the farm is dirty or rundown). Most of the other buildings on the property seemed to be in disrepair. It almost looks like buildings are abandoned. Add to all of this the fact that the hosts were not all that friendly, and I am still wondering why people rave so much about Rocky Acre! I understand there are many return guests who have been coming for years. But when we return to PA Dutch area, we will not be staying here.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Bring your family to experience the dairy farm. Milk the cows, feed the calves, gather eggs, pony ride, tractor rides and more. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Rocky Acre Farm Hotel Mount Joy