Hipcamp host David B.
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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

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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.

Campsite area
Bring your own tents
2 sites
Up to 6 guests per site
Short walk
No ADA access
Essentials
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Amenities
No potable water
No showers
No picnic table
No wifi
Pack it out
Have a question? Send David a message!
  • Check in: After 12PM
  • Check out: Before 10AM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 3 months out

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Activities

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Fishing
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Swimming
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Terrain

Natural features you'll find at Hay House Farm in Connecticut.

Coastal
Forest
Lake
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Hipcamper Andrew
Andrew S.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
June 9th, 2018

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!

Hipcamper Mackenzie
Mackenzie E.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
July 15th, 2018

Truly a magical experience. We would definitely come here again. :)

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Hipcamper Blake
Blake R.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
July 26th, 2018

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!

Stupa further along the field you camp in.Bamboo grove was a perfect place for breakfast and to escape from the July sun. Probably 10 degrees cooler inside than out!Quiet spot, with a fire pit.You'd think I'd know how to roll the doors on my own tent, but I literally learned the right way when this picture was being taken.
Hipcamper Robert

Serene beauty and a gracious host

Robert G.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
September 23rd, 2019

A simple, enjoyable, and easy experience from arrival to departure. David's place includes wonderfully natural gardens that strike just the right balance between structured and unstructured, and the campsites are on the edge a massive clearing with a striking, impressive Buddhist stupa that greets you in the morning when you peer out your tent, and sends you off at night as it vanishes in the mist across the clearing.

While the woods near the campsite are unblemished and notably old (the trees are huge and noble), and you generally feel you are quite removed from civilization, you are nonetheless < 1 mile from the highway and an area with bars, and for a few hours after sundown we could hear music from a bar or party somewhere in the distance.

It is also worth noting that immediately from the campsite you can set off on foot into hundreds and hundreds of acres and miles of hiking paths in a nature preserve.

Overall we would 100% recommend this place to friends, and there is a high likelihood that we come back within the next 12 months!

Hipcamper Ryan

The hay house farm father&son trip

Ryan F.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
May 24th, 2020

My son and I had a wonderful time at The Hay House Farm. David was a great host and his dogs and cats were the highlight of my sons stay as he loves all animals. Hiking, fishing and campfires every night and a short day trip to Harvey's Beach were just a few of the things we did. Locations is also super convenient to the store & highway, just in case you forgot something and need to quickly go get it.

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Hipcamper Sarah
Sarah W.
recommends this listing.
May 26th, 2020

Thank you so much for hosting my family's campout. The permaculture gardens filled with perennial cut flowers and fruits is spectacular. I can imagine each day has new delights as the seasons cycle. Your location is the best! Set along the coast, it has plenty of water sports activity. Hay House Farm is at the trailhead for a tremendous coastal forest. The campsite was the best I’ve ever slept on. Set in a beautiful meadow; Not a rock, stick, root only soft earth and short grass. The animals on the farm include the stars of their very own children’s story dogs and a cat with a very special story. There are also a bunch of hens and a rooster. Bring cash to buy Hay House Jam.

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Hipcamper Jessie
Jessie L.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
July 7th, 2018

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!

Hipcamper Erin
Erin M.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
July 22nd, 2018

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. :)

Hay House Farmbamboo room— very cool spot!flowers in the bamboo room courtesy of the host!great fire pit set up from previous campers
Hipcamper Phil
Phil S.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
August 20th, 2018

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.

Hay House Farm

Awards

Best of 2019 Connecticut
6th place
Property
The Hay House Farm
State
Connecticut
Country
United States
$50/night
2 Sites
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