We just got back from a 2 night stay at the Country Log House Farm and had a wonderful time. It was a great place to chill out and relax -- lots to keep the kids occupied at the farm, and also a great base to head out to other fun activities in the area.
The Room: We stayed in the Whispering Pines suite -- 2 connected rooms. My 3 elementary kids shared the two double beds while hubby and I got a little bit of separation with our own bedroom. There was also a private tiny bathroom w/shower. Our bed was a little soft, but overall everything was quiet and comfortable.
Worth noting: the tap water gets EXTREMELY hot, so those with kids should beware. The water is also very "soft", it was hard to rinse out the soap.
Each morning Mim cooked a delicious and huge spread of food: pancakes, egg+sausage casserole, fruit, potatoes, fruit crumble, and more. Everyone in my family enjoyed the food. I especially loved that the eggs were fresh picked from their own hens!
Worth noting: Jim & Mim are clearly people of faith, and Jim starts the meal by reading a few Bible verses and saying a blessing (less than 5 min). We thought it a lovely way to start the day, and can't imagine non-religious types finding anything overbearing or offensive.
The property: it is a beautiful property just outside of the town of Mount Joy. Cornfields for miles, and several barns on site. Animals included sheep, pygmy goats, chickens and cats/kitties galore. My kids were in heaven with the 3 baby kitties -- so cute.
Property also includes a swingset, trampoline, plenty of grass for running, shade for keeping cool and a front porch with rocking chairs for relaxing.
Worth noting: the fencing for the sheep and goats includes an electric fence, along with a warning to not touch. All kids respected this rule and did fine, the only one who got zapped was the hubby who decided to "test" it.
After breakfast, Farmer Jim took the kids (and adults) out for a wagon ride and farm chores. The kids had a blast feeding the sheep and goats and collecting eggs from the henhouse. For the wagon ride, Jim took us through his cornfields and over to his brother's poultry and dairy farm -- an extensive operation. The tour was quite informative and interesting to the adults (the kids got a little squirmy).
We found Mim & Jim to be gracious hosts and thoroughly enjoyed our stay.
We enjoyed the location as it was close to many popular Lancaster County activities: ~15 minutes to the "Turkey Hill Experience", ~35min to Hershey, ~25 min to Dutch Wonderland. The town of Mount Joy is also quite charming, we ate some delicious BBQ at Harvey's BBQ and had great coffee drinks at the Higher Grounds Cafe.
All in all, it was a wonderful stay -- we would definitely return and recommend it to others.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Featured in the New York Times, this lovely farm and quiet setting captures the essence and heart of Lancaster County. You will enjoy a homemade family-style breakfast followed by a hayride with Farmer Jim. Relax on the porch or play in the spacious yard. Your family can also experience the farm life by feeding the sheep and goats, playing with the cats and kittens, or gathering the eggs from the henhouse. Our bed and breakfast is conveniently located between Hershey and Amish country! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Country Log House And Farm Hotel Mount Joy