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Fern Hollow Farm

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· Somerset, Ohio
10 acres
3 sites
3 Vehicle/Tent
Erik and Olivia were introduced to the little piece of family land that would become Fern Hollow Farm in June of 2014. What was an Alfalfa (medicago sativa) field lain fallow for seven years, would soon have bigger ambitions. After walking the meadow and feeling the magic of place, Olivia and Erik began the work of designing. Shortly thereafter, they set off across the US, staying at various permaculture oriented farms; with herbalists, seed savers and more, looking for inspiration and learning everything they could along the way. One seed saver, the awe-inspiring Sylvia Davatz of Solstice Seeds in Vermont, gifted them the two wild Kazak apple trees that are on either side of the entrance, and are featured in the logo as well. Begun officially in 2015, Fern Hollow Farm is an ever-evolving, community-based entity inspired by three simple ethics:                                 Earth Care     *    People Care     *      Fair Share
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Somerset, Ohio, United StatesTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
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Hosted by Olivia P.Joined in October 2018
Response rate: 60%Response time: Within 18 hours
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97 Ratings · 86 reviews
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Liv G.recommends
November 1, 2021
Permaculture Paradise
Amazing!
SO impressed with the site and the farm. We loved our stay here. Would definitely recommend. Awesome hosts and beautiful site. Hiking trail and farm to explore are absolutely worth visiting.
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Daniel W.recommends
October 11, 2021
Permaculture Paradise
Great place for families!
Permaculture Paradise was exactly what our family was looking for - it was gorgeous, quiet, and private, and yet had amenities that made it comfortable for us and our young children. The working farm was a real hit, and our kids got to feed the chickens. Eric was an amazing host, and showed us around and even gave us some fresh shitake mushrooms that we found. I couldn't recommend this place higher! One thing to note - there were quite a lot of flies around at meal times - so be prepared with some way to keep them away.
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Cara B.recommends
October 10, 2021
Permaculture Paradise
Wonderful getaway
We had an excellent stay at Olivia and Erik’s place and would highly recommend it to anyone! They were very hospitable and displayed such genuine passion for their farm and it’s goals. The farm is beautiful and thoughtfully designed. We will definitely go back!
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Carly R.recommends
October 3, 2021
Permaculture Paradise
It was amazing! It was so secluded and the whole ecosystem was great. We loved learning all about it and can’t wait to stay again!
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Cody B.recommends
October 1, 2021
Permaculture Paradise
We had a great time... my daughter loved the animals and we loved learning from them. The campsite was very private and peaceful
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Jon S.recommends
September 8, 2021
Permaculture Paradise
Perfect weekend getaway!
Amazing stay! Erik and Olivia were great hosts and the farm far exceeded all expectations. Can’t wait to revisit. Highly recommend!!!
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Abe Z.recommends
August 8, 2021
Permaculture Paradise
Paradise found
What a wonderful experience. Olivia and her husband are really doing something special out on their land. It’s a beautiful space, well taken care of, and full of love. They’re incredibly inviting and informative. We had so much fun there and look forward to coming back soon
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Claire W.recommends
July 25, 2021
Permaculture Paradise
What a beautiful, special place! The campsite was private, clean, and peaceful. Loved walking the trail on site and wandering the beautiful garden. We felt very comfortable and at ease. Wonderful hosts.
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Madison P.recommends
July 11, 2021
Permaculture Paradise
Had been wanting to come here for a while and managed to plan a night to come with some friends. Our stay was amazing, the property is truly gorgeous! We enjoyed exploring and relaxing by the fire. Our site was secluded and had a beautiful view. Definitely planning on another trip here soon!
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Paige B.recommends
June 27, 2021
Permaculture Paradise
A wonderful place to camp! I highly recommend taking them up on the in-depth tour: you can learn a lot about the plants, animals, buildings, and permaculture in general! Loved the outdoor shower and our shady camp site. Thanks Olivia, Erik, and Olive!
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Zack M.recommends
June 15, 2021
Permaculture Paradise
Come See Permaculture in Progress!
This was our first sustainable food destination on our move out west into this career path. Olivia greeted us, have us a tour of the grounds including their woody perennials and was very accommodating to find a good spot for us to camp. Their campground manager Jim quickly set us up with woods and water, and ensured the spot worked. And Erik took time later on to introduce us to their wonderful animal friends, including sheep, chickens and geese, plus a guinea fowl. It was a real treat for our youngest, as he loves animals and this was his first camping experience. We only had a brief opportunity to chat with Erik and Olivia, but it was informative and we hope to stay in touch to see the progress they make over time with their farm, first and trails - it is sure to be a impactful destination for permaculture!
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Garth H.recommends
June 9, 2021
Permaculture Paradise
Beautiful land and friendly, helpful hosts. It was pleasure to explore the farm and learn about the various projects they have going. I especially enjoyed the mile long trail through the woods that offered just enough direction to find my way, but still felt like I was exploring it for the first time.
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April B.recommends
June 7, 2021
Permaculture Paradise
Another trip at fern hollow farm did not disappoint. The kids loved “helping” at the farm. We loved the added trails which made for some fun exploring
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Kelly & Cheryl R.recommends
May 29, 2021
Permaculture Paradise
Will definitely be back!
We had been looking forward to snagging a spot at this place and it didn’t disappoint! Spent some time poking around nearby Somerset and generally being lazy. Olivia and Eric were so welcoming and provided us with everything we needed and more. No complaints at all! We’ll definitely be camping with them again.
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Sarah E.recommends
May 23, 2021
Permaculture Paradise
Loved the space and the mission!
Such a lovely, quiet space with very hospitable hosts. So inspiring to spend time in a space dedicated to sustainability. Solar shower was very refreshing after a day of kayaking on Buckeye Lake.
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Bryce C.recommends
October 25, 2020
Permaculture Paradise
AMAZING!
Fern Hollow exceeded all of my expectations! The pictures I saw were beautiful, but it was so gorgeous in person. Olivia maintains an amazing property, and was so welcoming. This is a hidden gem, and if you’re looking for a place to stay you should definitely come to Fern Hollow Farm.
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Seth H.recommends
October 18, 2020
Permaculture Paradise
The setting for this camp site is as good as it gets. Beautiful rolling hills and peaceful farms dot the countryside. Easy to access and with all the advertised amenities. Olivia was very nice and full of local recommendations. I would definitely stay again!
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April B.recommends
October 11, 2020
Permaculture Paradise
Getaway in our own back yard.
The site, and farm went above and beyond our expectations. The whole farm is beautiful and fun to roam. My kids would get up everyone morning and greet the animals and ask to walk the farm. Olivia was friendly and helpful. We will be back again.
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Michael H.recommends
October 11, 2020
Permaculture Paradise
It was so quiet and welcoming! The camping space was VERY well kept and private. Such a thoughtful and considerate, beautiful place!
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Chris F.recommends
October 5, 2020
Permaculture Paradise
It was a great weekend
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Jake B.recommends
October 4, 2020
Permaculture Paradise
Really cool spot to stay
Eric and Olivia have a really awesome thing going on here.. The Shady Grove site was nice and hidden and well kept. We wish we had more time to explore the farm and check out all of the projects they have going on. We will definitely return if we end up in that part of Ohio again.
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Alex H.recommends
September 28, 2020
Permaculture Paradise
My girlfriend and I stayed here as the last stop on our ten day road trip, and it was definitely one of our favorite spots. The location is beautiful, and our campsite, located in the back of the property felt very private even with other hipcampers nearby. It was beautifully set up, with a bed of straw for our tent right next to a little creek bed. Olivia greeted us when we arrived, and she and the dogs were very welcoming. The solar shower was a great element to have, and was comfortably big and private.
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Lisa W.recommends
September 27, 2020
Permaculture Paradise
we had a wonderful weekend at Olivia and Erik’s farm — their property is beautiful and they were very welcoming upon our arrival. our little ones (5 and 2) had a great time exploring and learning.. they especially loved the new baby chicks and the forest classroom and our family enjoyed the trillium trail. we are already thinking about our next visit! highly recommend!
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Chelsea W.recommends
September 27, 2020
Permaculture Paradise
The site itself was beautiful, way better than expected! They had two beautiful dogs to great us and we got a tour of the place within 5 minutes of arriving! They property itself is beautiful and they have way more cool and exciting things than listed! I would 100000% go back here it was totally worth it.
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Nicole G.recommends
September 22, 2020
Permaculture Paradise
Magical retreat
Fern Hollow Farm is a magical place and I will definitely be staying again! Olivia accommodated my request for a secluded camping spot by placing us in The Ravine (camp site), tucked away in the woods. In addition, we were allowed to use this amazing outdoor kitchen/camp area, The Cove. The Cove completely exceeded our camping expectations! We were provided with water and fire wood-- generous and thoughtful!! There was a large stove and propane. Plenty of room to spread out as we were social distance hanging out. The night time lighting across the entire farm was tasteful, non-intrusive and helpful for walking the grounds in the dark. Not to mention the view of the STARS! Wow! The porta potty was clean and smelled fresh. You must love animals to stay here: as the farm's profile says, there are plenty of free roaming fowl and doggos and there were lots of dog sounds. We enjoyed hanging out with all of the animals, especially the chickens, when they visited us. I recommend this lovely farm highly. My friends are already talking about making the drive again, all the way from Chicago! Can't wait to return!
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Megan T.recommends
September 21, 2020
Permaculture Paradise
Perfect weekend
Olivia and Erik were great hosts! The group site was perfect for our group of friends. The hiking and scenery was perfect! Highly recommend staying a weekend at their farm! We will be back!
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Ben G.recommends
September 20, 2020
Permaculture Paradise
Fun spot for kids to explore
Loved this place. Within an hour’s drive of Columbus but feels remote. The hosts are super friendly, they invited my 3 young kids to help feed the chickens and explore all over the property. Their two adorable dogs are so welcoming as they roam free - one of them even joined us at our campsite for dinner! The kitchen/dining area they call “the Cove” is what really sets this place apart. It’s a fantastic gathering area with a cool ambiance stocked with some equipment to make meal times much easier. The site “the Ravine” is where we stayed and it was so nice to be in the trees at the back/top of the property. Keep in mind with this site though that the tent pad areas are medium in size - our tent was a little bit too large but we shoehorned it in there. Everything was clean, well-managed, and enjoyable. We’ll definitely come back to stay and explore more!
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Lawrence C.recommends
September 13, 2020
Permaculture Paradise
Great spot! Olivia was very welcoming despite my late arrival. Wish I could have stayed longer!
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Christine H.recommends
September 13, 2020
Permaculture Paradise
Fern hallow farm was wonderful! A very nice and secluded campsite. It was very clean and well kept. It was perfect for a quiet night in the woods.
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Tammy B.recommends
September 9, 2020
Permaculture Paradise
Erik and Olivia were kind. Erik spent a lot of time showing us around, sharing what they have done and plan to do, and expanding our knowledge of permaculture (and mushrooms 🍄). Loved hanging out with the chickens and using the outdoor shower (not at the same time!)
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