Campsites are on the edge of a large field, just a couple of minutes from the organic flower gardens and the house. You can cool off in a bamboo "room", always a hit with kids. Organic produce, eggs, honey and jam are all available. The hayfield is the site of Connecticut's first stupa, a Buddhist peace monument. There are sacred Native American sites on the edge of the field. The Hay House Farm is in the Great Cedars Nature Conservancy, which joins with the contiguous Preserve Nature Conservancy to form the largest coastal forest between New York and Boston. The trailhead is our driveway, and the trail heads into the woods just behind the barn. The trails continue for miles into the adjoining towns of Westbrook and Essex. There is a 22 acre spring-fed lake which is great for swimming during the summer. Expect a variety of wildlife. The farm is just about a mile from Long Island Sound (Old Saybrook, at the mouth of the Connecticut River, has 25 miles of shoreline and is great for kayaking and canoeing). There is also an apartment available that is attached to the barn, for those who want a bit more comfort.
- Check in: After 10AM
- Check out: Before 12PM
- Cancellation policy: Moderate
- On arrival: Meet and greet
- Minimum nights: 1 night
- Accepts bookings: 3 months out Weeknight discount: 50% off
The vibe at Hay House Farm
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the farmis a wonderful off the grid vegetable and flower farm tucked into a coastal forest. wake up to the sounds of chickens, explore the adjacent buddhist shrine, or get lost among the rows of flowers! david (the host) was wonderful and the property is beautiful. i would recommend this experience to anyone!
David was very helpful, and even offered raspberries and blackberries to pick and a stove to use. We were also looking for a bit of space to stretch out that he was happy to provide. Unfortunately an emergency cancelled the trip but can’t want to go!
This really is such a special spot, totally recommend! David is so welcoming (as were his adorable dogs!) and made sure to give us a full tour of the area and point out all of the awesome features there. The camp site is simple and clean and settled at the edge of the woods on a field, and the trail to the lake is super close by. Lots of wildflowers around, bunny sightings, and chickens! Lovely spot and host and we hope to come back here again. :)
This beautiful property is settled in the largest coastal forest between New York and Boston. Had to walk through rows and rows and beautiful flowers and raspberries (that David let us snack on) to get to the campsite, which was nice, flat and shaded. AMAZING bamboo grove with a little table that's perfect for breakfast. Nearby lake to kayak in, and hikes from the property that lead to neighboring towns. Super kind and informative host, and overall just beautiful property. Couldn't recommend it enough!
A beautiful spot to wake up. Great place to camp with little kids. David was friendly and very helpful. I would definitely recommend this site to anyone, although I might skip the trip to the nearby lake.
David is so kind and interesting! He told us a lot about the property and what to explore, and he made us feel welcome on all the grounds. He's very easy to talk to. His property was super charming. It's natural beauty is astounding.
Oh how I love the Hay House Farm! This place is magic. My partner and I camped here for two nights, which felt like a good amount of time to enjoy the site and see the surrounding area. We loved the views from our campsite – the open field with the Buddhist peace stupa was full of Monarch butterflies and dragonflies, which was beautiful to watch as we ate our breakfast. At night there were lots of constellations to look at, with the steady hum of cicadas and crickets (and I-95) in the background. David was an accommodating and lovely host, and such an interesting person to talk to. His winding flower and vegetable gardens are a delight to walk through – we even got to purchase some jams that he made on-site. He also provided us with a map so we could explore the surrounding hiking trails and find our way to the lake (which I highly recommend if you like to swim!). And it was a sweet touch to be greeted by a fresh flower bouquet in the outhouse! This would be a great place whether traveling solo, with a partner, or in a group. Very easy to find off the highway.
A few things that you should know if you go: there are ticks in this area, and there is poison ivy on the site. They keep it well-mowed, but it's still apparent in perimeter areas near the camp site. Also, bring bug spray! There were lots of mosquitoes at dusk. But don't let those things prevent you from going...still a totally worthwhile place to experience.
Dave was great and the stupa was beautiful. It was less private then I expected, you basically camp in the nature preserve next door that is publicly assessable, we had a couple people wander by us. I was also a little disappointed how far away the lake was and that you could hear 95 when it was quiet. Still had a great time! The woods directly behind the campsite were beautiful and easy to walk through with trails that connected to the next town. The bamboo room was super cool, an interesterestingnplave to visit for sure.