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
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 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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Exactly what we were looking for!
This is exactly what we were looking for in a camp site! Quiet, plenty of room, privacy, and David was very inviting and friendly!
David meets up with you when you arrive and gives you a quick tour around the gardens and grounds so you can find you way back to your car or to the outhouse when needed. You walk through the gardens to get to a field where you camp on the edge of the woods and you have this wide open space all to yourself (there is another site close but not as close as other campgrounds, but we were the only ones there at the time) there’s trails in the nature preserve and trails in the field as well as a Buddhist stupa. And a bamboo patch made into a little hide away with a sitting area inside! At night we heard owls and could see a frillion stars! Beautiful peaceful property! David informed us of a local farmers market that we went to the next day. Great weekend! Will definitely be returning when it warms up again!!
Beautiful garden and campsite
Beautiful spot and friendly host.
It's a short walk to the campsite from the parking area and David provided a garden cart upon arrival, which was very helpful.
It's ideal to arrive before sundown to navigate the path to the campsite.
Perfect family camping trip!
We just got home from our amazing late-summer camping adventure at Hay House Farm and can't say enough incredible things about our experience. As soon as we arrived, we were greeted warmly by David and his three awesome pups, Momo, Mack, and Tutti. Our 5- and 3-year old daughters were beside themselves and spent the entire trip enamored by those adorable, friendly, perfect dogs!
We loaded a wheelbarrow with our gear and made a short trek through David's stunning gardens to arrive at our gorgeous campsite. The site was set on the edge of a stunning hayfield and was surrounded by woods. There were buckets of rainwater, a couple of plastic chairs, and a fire bowl already at the site, available for us to use. The stars each evening were stunning; it was one of the most peaceful, gorgeous settings we've been to in a long while.
We made quick friends over the course of our 2-day stay with a couple camping on a second site close to ours in the field. We could see their site from where we were, and they were close enough so that we didn't feel alone.
There were a couple of tips from Hipcamp that helped make our stay comfortable. The first was to bring bug spray. There were quite a few mosquitos and bees, which, of course, is to be expected on a working farm! Occasionally we would get a waft of manure from the farm, as well, and the roosters crowed from early in the morning throughout the day. I sleep with earplugs, so it didn't bother any of us.
We stopped by the Chester Farmer's Market on the recommendation of David and had the perfect morning after our Sunday checkout because of this. We had an absolutely incredible stay at the magical Hay House Farm and cannot wait to book again!
Feeling recharged after our stay!
Had a lovely stay with my partner at David’s farm this week! We really enjoyed walking through the garden, spending time walking through the field full of butterflies and wild birds to find the Buddhist Stupa. David was very accommodating, showed us how to get to the lake, and had tons of cool stories about the farm and his own experiences. The three farm dogs were also such a treat! Ask David about the dog’s family history.
Loved this peaceful place
So beautiful and peaceful! My daughter (15 months) loved the gardens and big fields to roam in! We were enthusiastically greeted by some very sweet four legged friends which always makes our day! David is lovely and so knowledgeable and passionate about the land. Can't wait to return
Hayhouse farm rocks
Beautiful place and a gracious and accommodating host. Outhouse only and bring your own TP. Five stars ! PS the rooster starts crowing at 4:30 AM and doesnt stop. It's a farm ayuh. The real deal.
Beautiful site that was very convenient from I-95 yet felt very remote. It was a bit hot and muggy (as expected during the summer months) and there were a lot of buckets of standing water around full of mosquito larvae which probably didn't help this situation. The stupa and the bamboo grove were lovely and there was a grove of beautiful flowers. The campsite was wonderful and it was a great place to stay, my only complaints would be from the bugs from the standing water (maybe the watering buckets could be covered?) and the smell and noise from a nearby chicken coop. You can't smell the chicken coop from the campsite but it is very strong nearby.