These Airbnb 'Farm Stays' Are the Perfect Escape Any Time of Year

If you've always dreamed of abandoning it all for a farm in the country, these will give you a proper taste of what it's all about.

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We’ve all dreamed of life on a farm. Even the biggest city slickers among us have had pastoral reveries of rolling hills, clean air, living off the land, cattle grazing in meadows, chickens laying fresh eggs, leisurely nights sitting around the get it. But, if we’re keeping it real, those greener pastures actually come with a ton of work and crazy hours (including waking up with the sun).

So, if 18-hour days, mucking stalls, and no vacation days sounds like a little more than you’re willing to take on, we highly recommend living out your farming fantasy by staying at one of these bucolic Airbnb farms instead. You’ll get all of the cute animals, idyllic scenery, and photo ops without any of the feeding, milking, or egg-collecting—unless you want to, of course.

Rustic cottage with mountain views on an organic farm

4 guests/$107 per night

Set on a grassy knoll out of sight of a 400-acre organic dairy and grass-fed beef farm, this cozy cottage is near ski resorts, breweries, distilleries, restaurants, and antique stores. During the summer, you can take a swim or go fishing for bass in the spring-fed pond, and any time of year, you can say hi to the animals, sit around the fire ring, or cook a meal made with the beef raised on the farm in the fully-equipped kitchen.

What guests say: “This cottage is what Airbnb is all about! How else would you get to stay somewhere so unique, beautiful, and comfortable? We had the best time watching the cows, pigs, donkeys, and dogs play, and the cottage had everything we needed for a memorable overnight stay. Melanie and Tyler were great, too - great communication and very informative about their farm. Don’t think twice about staying here, absolutely one of the highlights of our trip so far!”

A 1962 Airstream on a rural Southern California ranch

3 guests/$138 per night

This adorable Airstream with a private fenced yard has everything you could need for a comfortable stay, including indoor and outdoor hot showers, an outdoor grill, picnic table, fire pit, cornhole, and shared hot tub. The reason you’re staying there, though, is because of all of the animals. Specifically, Nigerian dwarf milking goats, miniature horses, llamas, and chickens—all of which you can play with. (You can even help milk the goats and watch the owner make cheese.)

What guests say: “The camper at Kim’s farm was so cozy, comfortable, and well-decorated. The animals, including a llama, goats, pigs, mini-horses, and chickens, were added delights to our stay. The baby goats and pigs were especially friendly and affectionate. We opted for the farm breakfast and tea lattes, which were delicious ways to start the morning. Kim and Kiva were hospitable and friendly hosts. We would love to come back to their beautiful farm.”

A ski lodge-turned-horse barn on a lavender farm

4 guests/$160 per night

This renovated barn with views of Mount Wachusett was once home to a hayloft, and before that was a ski lodge. Now it’s the perfect place to call home for a few days, assuming you enjoy things like being on a working lavender and horse farm, endless views of mountains and pastures, meditating while walking a Lavender Labyrinth, nature walks, proximity to skiing and golfing, and visiting/feeding goats, sheep, horses (mini and regular), chickens, and pigs. You can also add on a farm tour, wagon ride, and buy all of the farm’s products, including lavender lemonade, eggs, bacon, and more.

What guests say: “We cannot wait to come back and stay on the farm!! It was so beautiful and peaceful; the renovated barn is pristine and cozy, not to mention the amazing surroundings of lavender fields and well-kept farm animals. My mind went to total relaxation the minute I stepped out of my car. Highly recommend!”

A renovated grain bin-turned-home on a llama farm

4 guests/$205 per night

Sleeping inside of a former silo is Instagram-worthy on its own. Add a working farm with llamas (which you can feed), sheep, goats, and cows, a pond for fishing (and a brown goat named Lil D who will happily hang out with you while you do so), a private outdoor shower, and a porch with rocking chairs perfect for beer-drinking, sunset-watching, and star-gazing, and you’ve found yourself the perfect spot for a relaxing getaway. 

What guests say: “Spotless! Beautiful, colorful, cheery place. We were there 3 nights and were still discovering fun things about the artsy, tasteful, and playful decorations. And the llamas! Can't say enough about how much fun we had feeding the llamas. And did I mention the wonderful quietness of the country...and incredible sunset! Oh my goodness! What a magnificent place!”

A Virginia farmhouse with a furnished silo and Scottish Highland cattle

10 guests/$475 per night

This clean, modern home is completely sustainable, has a state-of-the-art kitchen, and is perfect for big groups, although you’ll have to figure out a fair way to figure out who gets to stay in the former silo. It sits on a 33-acre grass-fed cattle farm where you’ll see the world’s cutest cows—Scottish Highland cattle—grazing in the pastures. At night you can sit on the Blue Ridge balcony watching the sunset behind the Blue Ridge Mountains before moving inside to cook dinner (you can buy produce from local farms), followed by drinks around the fireplace.

What guests say: “We had the best time at this house! We saw INCREDIBLE sunrises and sunsets, enjoyed relaxing and reading on the porch, and took the time to slow down and cook meals in their wonderful kitchen. Beautiful space and place.”

A spacious modern farmhouse on a goat and sheep dairy

10 guests/$1,400 per night

This 4,000 square foot modern farmhouse has plenty of room for a big group of cheese and animal lovers. It sits on a 160-acre organic goat and sheep-filled farm, and you’ll have the opportunity to observe milking, cheese making, and assist in herding the animals. When you’re not working and observing, you can kick back on the downstairs porch or upstairs deck and take it all in, soak in the hot tub, make pizzas in the outdoor pizza oven (or hire a chef to make ‘em for you), harvest veggies and herbs from the gardens, hike around the property, or borrow the kayaks to cruise around Tomales Bay. 

What guests say: “I can't imagine a more beautiful spot! The scenery is spectacular, the house is perfectly appointed, and the kitchen has everything a chef or professional baker would need. If you are an animal lover, there are not only goats but dogs, cats, chickens, sheep, and horses across the way. You are also only 2 miles away from the spectacular Dillon Beach. We had the absolute best time!”

A restored New England milk barn with a pool and hot tub

2 guests/$174 per night

If you’re going to sleep in a former milk barn, let’s be real: you want that former milk barn to look like a classic milk barn. In other words, it needs to be the perfect cherry red. Which, as luck and paint would have it, is exactly what this restored New England milk barn is. The barn sits on four acres of Connecticut countryside with gardens, a seasonal swimming pool, and a year-round hot tub. Obviously, the time to go is in the autumn when the fall foliage is living/dying its best life, but it’s a gorgeous spot any time of year, especially if you enjoy Colonial history, which you’ll find plenty of in the surrounding towns.

What guests say: “Beautiful cottage and grounds. A really relaxing and peaceful experience, just what we were looking for. A picture-perfect small Connecticut town made even better during peak fall foliage season. The space was very well-kept, and we felt comfortable the second we got there. Really fast communication with the Host. A perfect place to escape for quiet and beautiful surroundings.”

A cozy cottage on a working horse farm with a petting zoo

4 guests/$93 per night

Being able to spend just 30 minutes at a petting zoo is a guaranteed delight, so this cozy cottage—which literally sits on a working horse farm with a petting zoo—is a must for anyone who loves farms and cute animals. .The petting zoo is technically open 24 hours a day/7 days a week for you to hand-feed goats, alpaca, and sheep. (Maybe don’t wake up the animals at 3am though, as it’s sort of sad to think of sheep having to count sheep to fall baaaaa-ck asleep). The cottage is right in the middle of all of the farm action, which means you’ll get to enjoy (or, at the very least, take in) all of the sounds and smells. 

What guests say: “Perfect little spot for my family and me to unwind, unplug, and just chill for a long weekend. The cottage was beautifully decorated and maintained, so comfortable and clean. All the animals were so cute, fun, and well cared for…you could just see and feel the love in all their faces and personalities. I was in awe of how everything was so well maintained - from the animals to the land to the buildings to the plants. Shannon was an excellent host, available for any questions, and so generous with the animal feed and information about the farm. Endless fun on the farm and highly recommend.”

A rustic cabin on an Oklahoma horse ranch

6 guests/$175 per night

You don’t have to wear a cowboy hat and boots to fit in on this working ranch, which is home to over 100 horses, cattle, elk, lemur monkeys, deer, and more, but it probably wouldn’t hurt. Also, they really just sneaked “lemur monkeys” into the middle of that list like having a bushy-tailed primate in the mix isn’t a huge selling point. The property has several cabins, all of which have everything you need for sleeping and meal-making, but you’ll be spending most of your days canoeing, paddle boating, and fishing (there’s a 15-acre lake and six ponds), swimming (in the swimming pool, if you prefer), riding horses, grilling your dinner, and sitting around the campfire at night.

What guests say: “We really enjoyed our stay at Rebel Hill. The cabin was fantastic, such cute country/Horse ranch decor and a great outdoor area to BBQ and enjoy meals. It was so fun to walk around the property and see all the animals. We loved swimming in the pool and being out on the lake on the paddle boat. We didn’t ride horses on this visit and still had so many things to do - but we look forward to coming back and doing a ride when our son is a bit older. Even though there are various cabins on the property, they are all spread out making it very easy to stay isolated from others and a great social distancing safe getaway. We highly recommend a visit to Rebel Hill!!”

Writer’s Farm Cabin
Taos, New Mexico

4 guests/$150 per night

Don't be fooled by its name: you certainly don't have to be a writer—or even a wannabe writer—to appreciate this quaint cabin. Set on a lovely piece of property alongside other cabins, and awash in views of an apple orchard and a small fish pond, it's the prefect sort of retreat for a quick getaway. It's fairly small at just 500 square feet, but it's also equipped with everything you need to unplug and relax (or, ya know, write) including a queen bed, dining table/chairs, wood fire stove, and a kitchen.
What guests say: “This place is a true oasis. We stayed here to unwind from the big city and have more space to breathe and focus on our creative projects. There is truly no better place to do so—from the saunas, to farm fresh eggs, friendly staff, amazing views, and walks around the property. We will absolutely be back."

Flag Stop Acres
Franklin, Tennessee

7 guests/$349 per night
For a more family-focused affair, Flag Stop Acres is where it's at. The barn-like space is big enough to accommodate a medium sized group, and particularly suited for kids thanks to a private four-acre yard, a bevy of cozy nooks, bedrooms, and games (including table tennis).
What guests say: “Flag Stop Acres was a TERRIFIC place to stay while we were visiting Nashville. It’s far enough away from the city that it’s quiet and relaxing, but still close enough to take the backroads and easily reach the city. The place is clean and comfy and the land is charming and private. The hosts and their kids are so kind and fun :) We will definitely be back!”

The Farm House at Tres Melinos

4 guests/$221 per night

This large Hill Country ranch with sweeping views is a great fit if you're looking for a bit more outdoor action during your getaway. You'll stay in one of three modern suites on the premises, which is home to a variety of wildlife and ranch animals like horses, goats, chickens, and pony. Plus, there's plenty to do during the day should you choose, whether it's ATV riding, horseback riding, fishing, or simply hanging around in the hot tub.
What guests say: “Absolutely AMAZING!!! The location is great not too far from Fredericksburg and the ranch is beautiful! Definitely recommend especially going more than once to see all three different styles! We had a blast renting the UTV and visiting with the animals, having bonfires and hot tubbing a must go!”

Taplin Hill Farm
Corinth, Vermont

2 guests/$195 per night

Live out your Vermont farm fantasy in this one-room cabin nestled on a 180-acre farm with breathtaking vistas of the Green Mountains and beyond. And while it's modest, it's got a kitchenette, grill, and plenty of other amenities to enjoy whenever you're not staring longingly out the window/out on a hike on any of the endless trails nearby. Plus, for those of you looking to truly unplug, you'll be happy to know there is no TV and no WiFi so you'll have no choice but to disconnect.
What guests say: “Had the BEST week off the grid! The farm is beautiful and the cabin is so cute. Loved every minute and would highly recommend to anyone looking to truly relax and unplug.

Historic Farmhouse for Hikers

6 guests/$299 per night

Looking for a luxe little farmhouse nestled between a couple rivers and a huge national park? Consider this recently renovated charming abode, which was built in 1850 and is a designated New York state historical landmark. It's also well appointed with modern homemade furniture, French linens, an oversized bathtub, a vinyl collection, and original artwork throughout. 
What guests say: “Stop looking and stay here. It is such a glorious, relaxing property. Every detail is thought of and the house is a perfect home. Make sure you take time to explore the property. We are already planning a return trip!”

Modern Cabin on an Old Tobacco Farm

2 guests/$275 per night

While the tobacco farm it sits on is no longer in operation, this cabin still provides plenty of farm vibes. It's equipped with a great gourmet kitchen, lounge areas, and a fire pit out back and sits on a sprawling 215 acres that you're free to roam and hike at your leisure. Plus, you'll also get up-close views of the animals that live on the property including "furry" cows, donkeys, and more.
What guests say: “After a crazy year, this spot was the perfect place to reflect and prepare for the year to come. The hospitality was on point and the cabin was so clean and stylish. I definitely took photos of pretty much every fixture, the floor, cabinets and countertops for my own future renovations. But more importantly for our family, it was the literal breath of fresh air.”

Urban Rustic Treehouse
Morganton, North Carolina

4 guests/$107 per night

Part treehouse, part cabin, and fully relaxing, this private suite at Blue Ridge View Farm has everything you'll need to soak up the fresh country air and decompress. It's awash in wood finishes and decor, boasts a mezzanine loft, and has a sliding glass door that leads out onto an elevated deck surrounded by trees.
What guests say: “We absolutely loved staying at this home. You have to try the farm tour if you get the opportunity and purchase their cheese. One of our favorite Airbnb’s we have been to and will definitely be back!”

Daisy Barringer is a Thrillist contributor.
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