The Charm of a Farmstay
From herbs to heirloom tomatoes to grazing animals right outside your door, a farmstay is a multi-sensory experience for the soulful traveler. On fertile land, what ideas will you seed?
"Absolute paradise" is how a recent guest described this California ranch house, brimming with a host of furry, feathered and four-legged friends. Surrounded by a state park with views toward Malibu and the Pacific Ocean, it's a great place to explore the bucolic side of Los Angeles.
Surrounded by forest, fruit orchards and vegetable plantations and situated in a mountain village, this farmstay is an extraordinary getaway that combines three wooden cottages, a serene setting and showstopping views of the Himalayas.
Ancient olive groves envelop this modern country property; its eco cottages are a triumph of earthen Greek farmhouse design and sustainability. Come learn to press your own olive oil and wines, feed the animals and pick your lunch from the organic gardens.
Wake up to a selection of fresh eggs from the happy hens at this sweet farm villa in the Sicilian sunshine. Resident cows, horses, donkeys and pigs also roam nearby; glorious sea views add to the loveliness of the landscape.
This 19th-century farmhouse is an ideal home base for wandering and exploring the countryside, replete with fruit orchards and a vegetable garden. Alternatively, lounge on the large terrace with views toward the fields and the sea.
Harvesting the bounty of the thriving vegetable garden is a key experience at this small manor property or borgo that includes four recently built stone cottages constructed in the ages-old style of the island. Bon appétit!
Located at the end of a vineyard road, this vacation home transports you to simpler times. Olive groves and fruit tree orchards invite you to pluck ingredients for inspired meals, while al-fresco dining areas await feasts that go into the Puglian nights.
It's not every day that you get to stay in a polished rural farmhouse that overlooks the same views depicted in the Mona Lisa. The grounds include a herb and vegetable garden, an orchard of multiple nut and fruit trees, and even a small chicken pen for fresh eggs.
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