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Goatland

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· Freeport, Illinois
15 acres
4 sites
4 Tent
This fifteen acre livestock farm in NW IL was my dream when I rode a cubicle, and had to go to the fair to pet a critter. Now I just walk outside and pet them as I unstick their slow learning heads from the fence.
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Freeport, Illinois, United StatesTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
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Hosted by Naimhe Jeanne R.Joined in July 2018
Response rate: 100%
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71 Ratings · 56 reviews
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Tim S.recommends
October 10, 2022
Pond
Tent Camping on the Pond Site!
My boyfriend and I set up camp on the “Pond Site” for two nights. It was so nice, we could hear the stream of water and looked at the Milky Way by the fire at night. The Landowners were very friendly and gave us a little tour of their land and the animals when we got there. The Goats and the Donkey were very lovely and friendly. There is a bathroom/shower with full plumbing we were able to use in one of the buildings on the property. Would definitely return again!
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Dennis C.recommends
September 4, 2022
Pond
Camping at Goatlend
Camping was easy at Naimhe Jeanne s farm. A bit of a walk to our site; but we wanted peace and quiet, so our choice. Goats were a hoot; farm is easy to get to and nearby bike trials made it even better.
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Leslie D.recommends
July 29, 2022
Tree
Camping on the Farm
If you want to experience farm life and be among the animals this is the place for you. Know this is not a Disney farm park. This is a working farm with busy people running it. You need to manage to cart-in your gear to your site while securing the livestock gates so the animals don't get out. The animals are a very curious bunch! A few come a-running when they hear the gate chains jingle (Ahem, Gretchen, the goat, with her two kids in tow.) Loved Grace, the guard donkey, and the family dog, Libby. Tom was kind enough to let me watch the baby goats being fed and showed me a trout feeding at the pond. It was a more challenging solo camping experience than I'm used to. I chalk that up to age. But I no longer enjoy the party campgrounds. I want peace and goat noises in the distance instead of blaring music and drunkards. (Did I tell you that I'm old?) If you want rustic and solitude, Goatland is the perfect place. Thanks Jeanne & Tom.
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Zachary Z.recommends
July 25, 2022
Tree
Goat Land is the G.O.A.T (by Alec)
I can’t overstate how amazing our hosts were at Goat Land! Jeanne took me and my nephew around a tour of the entire farm and answered every little silly question I had! She also gave my nephew free peacock feathers that he already hung up in his room. And our other host, Tom, was great as well! He let us feed the fish and gave us all the firewood, kindling, and fire starter we could need to get going. And even though it started storming in the middle of the night, we were able to stay in their very accommodating garage loft. My nephew had such a great time that he was begging me for the photos so he could show his friends. Haha thanks again Goat Land!!
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Erin E.recommends
July 4, 2022
Tree
Such an easy, laid-back, peaceful camping experience!! Jeanne’s land is beautiful, the animals are friendly and chill, and the amenities are perfect. Hope to come back soon :)
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Liz D.recommends
June 13, 2022
Pond
Camping on a Goat Farm!
Such a great spot - peaceful and quiet, Jeanne was kind and friendly. We will definitely return.
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Rachel B.recommends
May 30, 2022
Tree
Goatland is PARADISE
Our stay at Jeanne’s farm was better than we could have ever hoped for! She keeps a huge variety of animals including a donkey, cow, sheep, goats, Guinea fowl, peacocks, chicken, and you might get to meet her dog Libby! The farm is lush and the different campsites are very spaced out across her 15 acres. She offers access to an indoor bathroom that even has a shower. Jeanne is such a cool host, and extremely welcoming. She’s also incredibly knowledgeable about her animals. I definitely plan to return and I highly recommend it!
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Blake B.recommends
April 13, 2022
Tree
Goatland!!!
Goatland is AMAZING. You can tell how much they truly care about their animals. Nicest hosts I've ever had :).
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Penny W.recommends
August 25, 2021
Family site
Great Place for a Peaceful Visit
Wonderful place! You have the run of the farm but you need to operate with courtesy and respect (for both the owners and the animals). Don't bring kids who will run wild and harass the animals- this is a unique, beautiful place that really allows you access to the farm, so don't take advantage. That being said, come if you're ready to relax and learn more about some animals and interact with them in a lovely setting. The shower and bathroom are a huge plus, and everything is super well kept up.
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Penny W.recommends
July 24, 2021
Pasture
Would Highly Recommend!
Amazing place! Great hosts. If you love animals and peace and quiet this is the place for you. We had a great stay; the variety of gentle animals and shower both made this rank as a five star place for us. We will be back!
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Richard L.recommends
June 28, 2021
Tree
Goat-tastic
Perfect weekend of camping despite the heat. The views from our site were gorgeous, animals were fun to have hanging around, and location was great for us (close to hiking and breweries). Having a clean bathroom with shower was a definite plus. Read the description - you’ll likely set up camp a ways from your vehicle so consider packing light. From my wife: “I saw a goat be born and it was the greatest most amazing experience in my recent memory. I can’t imagine another camp-on-a-farm adventure even comparing.”
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Evgeny K.recommends
June 23, 2021
Family site
Amazing well maintained farm. Host was amazing, showed us the property and introduced to many animals living there. All of them are super friendly and my 3.5 year son was super excited to pet them.
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David N.recommends
June 18, 2021
Pasture
Great Experience
Staying at Goatland was a fantastic experience! The host, Naimhe is a funny and kind person. Great place to enjoy the beauty of nature and get place to escape the city. My Boyfriend and I truly felt comfortable with the whole experience and hope to go back for another family get-away.
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Colin R.recommends
June 3, 2021
Tree
Great Stay
We had a great night at Goal Land! Naimhe was very welcoming and the site is well kept.
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Rachel C.recommends
May 12, 2021
Pasture
Definitely go
This is a great weekend getaway for young couples or families with older (respectful) kids. The hosts were amazing, Naimhe showed us her property when we got there and then let us do our own thing. We stayed in the Goatland 2 enclosure by the creek and it was beautiful but extremely windy. Make sure you read the full description and are prepared to walk a long distance with gates to the car and bathroom. We had to put our tent down during the day when we left and cooking on an open flame was difficult. The goats stay in their own enclosure and are extremely excited to see you, they will jump so be careful. The sheep roam free during the day and are mostly skiddish but Dolly and Clyde were always ready for pets. There are a few cows, Grace the donkey, and some peafowl. You do need to remember you're on a farm where animals eat and poop so bring hiking shoes- flip flops are ok by the tent but no where else. There are a few things to do within 30 minutes and Pancho & Lefty's Outlaw Grill was delicious. Overall a great and relaxing experience.
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Sonja P.recommends
May 12, 2021
Tree
goatland was so fun! the host is super nice and the animals were all very friendly! would definitely recommend this to a friend.
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Catherine E.recommends
April 4, 2021
Pasture
The property is gorgeous ! And the hosts are so kind!
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Noah F.recommends
April 2, 2021
Tree
10/10
Naimhe has got a beautiful piece of land and is a gracious host. My stay was very enjoyable and I look forward to staying here again in the future!
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Linda K.recommends
November 9, 2020
Tree
Little tent on the prairie!
Best of both worlds— a rustic camp site by a pasture brook, tucked into a little hollow under a willow tree PLUS access to a spotless full bathroom with hot water shower. And then the adorable animals— goats, mop-topped cows, chickens and peacocks plus a donkey— all friendly and safely sequestered in their own pastures. Bright star sky and a fire ring for a campfire. No picnic table. Suggestions: arrive before dark if you want to use my spot as it’s a bit of a walk over a somewhat bumpy pasture— I had my gear in a wheeled duffel which made all the difference. Or a folding wheeled cart could help too. Not a problem if your site is closer to house/vehicle. Also somewhat hard to see Jeanne’s direction landmarks after dark. Great choice if nearby state parks are filled— good pivot spot for Galena and Monroe.
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Kimberly P.recommends
October 18, 2020
Family site
Great stay at a great farm!
Everything was as stated in the listing! Bathroom and shower were a welcome amenity for our camping trip! We were given a tour and allowed to set up where ever we wanted. Fire wood was provided, along with use of a wheel barrow for hauling it!
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Ella R.recommends
October 17, 2020
Tree
Enjoyed my stay! Beautifully quiet and a lovely view. I loved being able to walk around and see animals too!
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Jennifer Z.recommends
October 11, 2020
Family site
Animals were awesome.
Our host was so helpful. When we got there she showed us around and gave us some history of farm. She walked us around and let us pick the site we wanted to camp on. There was a super clean bathroom with a tub and shower, a full size fridge we could use and a sink for dishes with clean water. This was the first time I had camped on a farm and I loved it. In the morning, I had my coffee with chickens, peacocks, rams and goats. They also had a sweet cat that would come and visit you from time to time. The location was great. Close to some great breweries, a vegan restaurant and horse back riding. I would definitely return.
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Nik P.
October 10, 2020
Tree
Fine if you’re traveling light and don’t mind a more basic site (no fire pit, no table). Lugging my yeti cooler and other camping gear in a wheelbarrow a couple hundred yards through a livestock pen with two gates I had to unchain and re-chain behind me three times to get all my stuff in was a real hassle and left me pretty sweaty. The bathroom and free firewood was nice though.
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Eden A.recommends
October 3, 2020
Tree
We had such a lovely time staying here! The stars were beautiful and the animals were incredible - highly recommend :)
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Jonathan M.recommends
September 29, 2020
Tree
We had a great stay. The campsite was secluded and peaceful. The animals were all very friendly. I highly recommend camping here.
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Jonathan G.recommends
September 27, 2020
Family site
The property was outstanding. The hosts were polite and welcoming. Very much recommend
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Emily D.recommends
September 27, 2020
Family site
Would come again!
The animals were so fun! Firewood was complimentary, and we even got farm fresh eggs! A very nice stay, and would highly recommend!
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Ashley C.recommends
September 8, 2020
Tree
Great for families!
Fun place to stay, especially for kids and animal lovers. Site was as expected and the hosts were helpful, but left us to do our thing. We have three kids - 8.5, 6, and 3 - and all had a great time meeting the animals and want to come back soon! Would definitely recommend.
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Rabiah D.recommends
September 6, 2020
Family site
Our family and friends had a great time and Jeanne and Tom were amazing we look forward to visiting again!
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Alcy S.recommends
August 30, 2020
Family site
Beautiful land and adorable goats!
Staying at Goatland has been one of my favorite private camping experiences to date. Niamhe extremely welcoming and accommodating. The property was GORGEOUS and the bathroom was very clean and well kept.
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