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No Overalls Required at These 6 Fantastic Farm Stays

by Daniel Schwartz

Fun in the field. Photo courtesy of Brown's Field. 

How perfect would it be to celebrate Earth Day on a working farm?

Maybe it's being on land that bears fruit. Or maybe it's being surrounded by happy animals. There's arguably no better way to connect with Mother Earth than by spending some time on a small working farm. Though our pastoral travel fantasies have us returning (again and again and again) to dreamy Babylonstoren in South Africa and Blackberry Farm in Tennessee, we found a few other farm hotels that will help you appreciate the environment no matter when you decide to visit. The best part is that you don't even need to get your hands dirty.

Bosjes Wine Estate, South Africa

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Bosjes Wine Estate

Where: Worcester, Western Cape, South Africa
What's to love: It's hard to pin down the highlight at this newly opened five-suite farm resort located an hour east of Cape Town. There's a strikingly angelic chapel, well-manicured gardens, two restaurants (one in an outdoor amphitheater), and unforgettable scenery. Just picture it: zebras ambling alongside vineyards with the Slanghoek and Waaihoek mountains as a backdrop.
Check in: Book a Room

Brae Luxury Suites, Australia

Photo by Colin Page.

Brae Luxury Suites

Where: Birregurra, Victoria, Australia
What's to love: Six 1970s-inspired luxury suites built into corrugated cow sheds sit next to Brae, ranked the world's 44th best restaurant, located on a 30-acre organic farm 90 minutes southwest of Melbourne. The zero-emission digs house diners looking to underscore chef Dan Hunter's rotating set menu with a morning-after stroll through the farm's orchards, olive groves, and vegetable plots.
Check in: Book a Room

Monochyle Mhor Hotel

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Monachyle Mhor Hotel

Where: Balquhidder, Perthshire, Scotland
What's to love: A family-owned, bubble-gum pink, 14-room farmhouse hotel on the banks of Lochs Voil and Doyne inside Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park. The on-site restaurant is superb, though there's plenty to do here besides eat. After all, there are lakes full of fish, distilleries full of whiskey, and a 2,000-acre sustainable farm full of animals to keep you occupied.
Check in: Book a Room

The Inn at Serenbe, Georgia

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The Inn at Serenbe

Where: Serenbe, Chattahoochee Hills, Georgia
What's to love: The six-building, 27-room hotel is situated on a 36-acre farm in Serenbe, a relatively new, progressive, sustainable community on the outskirts of Atlanta. Included with your stay is afternoon tea, evening sweets, a full country breakfast, and the chance to try out a new pace of living.
Check in: Book a Room

Podere La Casellina Figline, Tuscany, Italy

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Agriturismo Podere La Casellina Figline

Where: Valdarno, Tuscany, Italy
What's to love: Experience a day in the life of an Italian contadino at this family-run farm and vineyard just outside Florence. Wake up to impressive views of the Chianti hills, learn to prune vines and pick olives, and forage mushrooms before returning for dinner cooked by, you guessed it, nonna herself.
Check in: Book a Room

Brown's Field, Japan

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Brown's Field

Where: Isumi, Boso Peninsula, Japan
What's to love: American-born photojournalist Everett Kennedy Brown and chef and macrobiotic cookbook author Deco Nakajima left Tokyo two decades ago to farm this tranquil, two-acre plot. The family (goats, ducks, and dogs included) host guests looking to work the field (or just relax) in two cottages, four treehouses, and a comparatively upscale six-bedroom country inn.
Check in: Book a Room


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