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Verdant View Farm Bed and Breakfast
Ranked #1 of 4 Strasburg B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed July 23, 2013

My teenage daughter, her friend and I stayed for only one night on our return trip from Maine to South Carolina. I am eagerly anticipating a return trip for a much longer stay. The teenagers were thrilled to bottle-feed young calves and thoroughly enjoyed their brief overnight stay on the farm. (Anything like this that can thrill teenagers gets a big thumbs up in my book!)

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 15, 2013

With the tough economy and seemingly bad news every time you switch on the TV, or radio, if you are looking for a relaxing vacation for the whole family, you have found the place! From the moment we drove up the driveway of Verdant View Farm we felt as if we were leaving the real world behind. The farmhouse is set in a beautiful, peaceful countryside. We stayed in both the Little White House, and the Farmhouse. Everything was VERY clean. Plenty of soap, towels, toilet paper, etc. The owners Don and Ginny were so kind and welcoming. There was never a moment during our one week stay that we ever felt uncomfortable asking Don or Ginny questions, or just talking to them. They never made you feel like you were bothering them, and that was a pleasure....after all...there are many families staying there each day and this is a working farm. Because of their great suggestions of places to visit on their web-page, we were able to plan our trip in advance.
The first night of our visit we had purchased tickets to see a play at the Rainbow Dinner Theatre. It was THE MARRIAGE-Go-Round. Having spent most of my life doing theatre, I wish to give this place a BIG thumbs up! The food, and service were excellent! The play was a cast of 4 who carried the weight of non-stop hilarious dialogue. This play was flawless! We were glad Don and Ginny had it as a suggestion. The next morning it was wonderful to have a cup of coffee and see the sun rise over the pond as the swans floated by. Ah! At breakfast all of the families are asked to tell their name, where they live and one thing they like. We all got to know each other. We sang Johnny Appleseed as our blessing, which made me feel just like a kid at camp! The breakfast was out-of-this-world. Real milk fresh from the cow, eggs, sausage, muffins, toast, fresh butter, jam, yogurt, and rhubarb sauce. Lydia, the Amish lady who works her magic in the kitchen made the most delicious sour cream cakes, blackberry cobblers and rhubarb pies. We thought they might be secret recipes, but found out they were all in the cookbook that the farm has on display, which we could purchase. After breakfast you can take a farm tour which we did. The staff were all friendly and skilled. They were able to answer everyone's questions and put everyone at ease. We were all lucky enough that we were at the farm the same time as Jake, Ginny and Don's nephew. Jake, still a boy himself took on the role of helper/tour guide with the children that were guests. He was outgoing, and VERY patient as he helped some of the shy children get over their fears of holding chickens and ducks. It was awesome to see this aspiring farmer. (I know his family is proud!) On Sunday we were given tickets to have breakfast at the Strasburg Railroad diner. It was a lot of fun and great for all ages. It is inside a "train". We decided to also take the real train ride. If you sit in the parlor cars, or the dining cars you can also have a glass of wine, or a snack as you tour the countryside in Victorian style. There is a train museum and a delightful gift shop. Once again using the suggestions on the Farm's web page we took Ed's Buggy ride. We had a fabulous tour guide and experienced horse-woman named Rachel. I suggest you ask for her if you can. She grew up with Amish friends and married into an Amish Family. We learned so much in that hour about all things Amish. There is a place called the Creamery which is about 5 minutes from the farm that is an old fashioned ice cream parlor with the best snicker's bar ice cream in the world! They make the waffle cones in the store. Across the street is a New York style pizza place that has killer Stromboli, loaded...and I mean LOADED with cheese. Our hosts helped us find covered bridges that date back to the 1800's. They were also helpful in their suggestions about antique shops. On the 4th of July we went into Lancaster and had another excellent meal at the Brewery. After dinner we bought tickets $12.00 to see the Lancaster Barnstormers Baseball team/ Firework show. The fireworks were well worth the tickets, added to the fact that they ran music in sync with the display ending with John Phillip Sousa for the Grand Finale. By the end of the week we felt such a kinship with all of this wonderful family it was hard to say goodbye. If your family is searching for a great place to have a family vacation that is relaxing and fun we highly recommend it. And although our children are all grown and we have grandchildren we came home feeling revitalized. It will definitely bring out the kid in you, just as it did us! Little did Don and Ginny know that when the sun went down and the millions of fireflies lit up the pasture, a 52 year old girl was cutting cartwheels across the yard (just like I use to back in the 60's.) On the way home we realized that we left behind an important day-planner. We called the farm. They took time out of their busy schedule to hunt for it. When they found it, they express mailed it to our house. This act of kindness was TOP-SHELF Customer service. We cannot wait to come back to Verdant View Farm again and next time bring the grandkids! A thanks to Ginny, Don, their Family and all of the staff! Kevin & Christine Power

Room Tip: The little White house would be great for Family reunions. Both the farmhouse rooms and the Little...
  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 2, 2013

This is a wonderful experience for kids/families. My children are 3, 6 and 9 years old. It was perfect for them. We stayed in the white house. The white house is very clean, modern and has everything you need. Bring your fishing rods to fish in the pond. Watch out for the swans. They will peck at your feet. That was half the fun:) The breakfast was delicious. We had milk from the cow that morning. The owners, family members and employees are very kind, welcoming and informative. The kids had a great time caring for the animals. They especially loved the cats and Scooby. Everyone wanted to take Scooby home. I was a little nervous about others commenting on the locks at the white house. So, I brought a door alarm and a video monitor just in case. There was no need for either. The door locks were very secure. Pack old shoes for the barn area. They will get filthy and you won't want to bring them home. There is so much to do in the surrounding area. If you are going in the summer and want to cool off, we found a terrific lake, Mt. Gretna. It is about 30 minutes away but well worth it. We also went to Indian Echo Caverns. It was 52 degrees and very informative. My kids loved it. There are coupons for both of these places on their websites. There are tons of places to eat lunch and dinner. We will definitely go back to Verdant View Farms again next summer (or maybe before this summer ends:)

Room Tip: Pack fishing rods and old shoes. Get friends to stay in the white house with you. However, it was al...
  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 26, 2013

I stayed with my husband and four children ages 2, 4, 9 and 10. We had such a great time and booked another night later in the summer already! The view was beautiful; you could see the farm/animals, amish buggies riding by and the Strassburg Railroad. The farm was so charming and the hosts offered warm welcomes and set us up with activities (milking cows, tractor wagon ride, farm tour) almost immediately upon our arrival. We were able to relax and recharge after a very busy school year. The farm house we stayed in was immaculate and had some old-fashioned games, etc. for the kids to enjoy. The kids LOVED their room with bunk beds - adorable. They also had a lovely view from their window. There were more than enough towels for our large family vs. always having to call for more in a hotel. An awesome play area in the backyard made it even more fun for the kids and enjoyable for us, too, as we could all be together, relax and enjoy the scenery and peacefulness of the area. We could take walks around the pond and farm and truly take in Mother Nature's finest. Highly recommend over any hotel! Thank you, Verdant View Farm!! We will see you soon!

Room Tip: (no pool or fitness center but then I would have had to give it a "terrible" rating in tho...
  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with family
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1  Thank MichelleG2013
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Reviewed June 22, 2013

Great experience for the kids. As soon as we arrived we were greates by one of the young ladies who lives at the farm. I believe she said it was her great grandfather who built the farm. Was given a fantastic tour which included history of the farm. Kids were able to feed cows and hold baby chicks. We just missed a baby calf being born. Stayed in the white house. Very clean but as other reviews state, a bit like staying at your grandmas. Beds not so comfy. But room equipped w private bath, games for the family to play and some childrens toys, which was nice because it rained the evening we arrived. Once the rain broke it was nice to head out to the backyard area of the white house. Nice little pond w swans and a nice swingset for the kids. Beautiful peaceful view for me! Morning breakfast was great and got to finish the farm tour with a nice wagon ride which included Scooby the farm dog which the kids LOVED!! All in all it was a great experience. Friendly family and farm workers, amazing experience for kids. Only downside was hard beds so not such a good nights sleep for me, but worth it for everything else we got to experience!

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Reviewed June 20, 2013

Was part or the group of '14' mentioned in a earlier review. I can only add to the praise of the Farm, truly a wonderful place to be,old fashioned maybe but i prefer ''quaint and twee'. Could have been 'Grandmas place' . Sitting on the patio area in the evenings with the barn cats for company listening to the train going up/down the line, bell clanging to let you know it was approaching was fantastic! Feeding the calves,holding baby goats,baby kittens and throwing stones/ball for'Scooby Doo' the farm dog all added to the enjoyment of our stay.Fantastic selection of breakfast foods meant you didn't need to eat until later in the evening because we were full to the brim with great food including fresh milk/yogurt and a different 'dessert'every day!! We had a cheesemaking lesson one moring and in the afternoon we made 'Bumbleberry Pies' for the next days breakfast. Would like to go back again when the modern extension is complete as i think we would see a vast difference,especially as they are ladscaping the garden/patio area as well. I live in hope that this will occur.....please! Many thanks to the family/staff for a great vacation and to Lydia for her lovely meals/cooking lessons. Don and Ginny......here's to you both, may you continue to play host for many more years.xx

Room Tip: Rooms over the front of house give a good view of the land in general, with excellent view of the tr...
  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with friends
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1  Thank Pam c
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Reviewed June 18, 2013 via mobile

Stayed for 2 nights in June. We wanted our kids to have an authentic farm experience and they got it! As soon as we got out of the car they milked a cow and fed a baby calf. They spent the rest of the trip holding baby rabbits, kittens and playing with baby goats. The homemade breakfast each morning was delicious, complete with fresh milk and eggs. Great value for the money! Don't expect the Hilton because you will be disappointed...the accomadations are similar to grandma's extra bedroom, but that just adds to the experience! :) Thanks to the Randks for a great stay!

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1  Thank Tarheelsmom
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Address: 429 Strasburg Rd, Strasburg, PA 17562-9705
Location: United States > Pennsylvania > Lancaster County > Strasburg
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Suites
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Ranked #1 of 4 B&Bs / Inns in Strasburg
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Authentic, working farm with scenic views of the Strasburg Rail Road. Accommodations in farmhouse or Little White House. Family-style farm breakfast (M-Sat). Milk a cow, feed a calf, venture inside a chicken coop, and interact with farm animals. Guided farm tours, wagon rides, and classes offered seasonally. AC and Wi-Fi. ... more   less 
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