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Farm Retreat with Calf Cuddling

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· Wildomar, Riverside, California
4 acres hosted by Spencer H.
3 RV/tent sites
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Creature comforts
Enjoy the comforts of home—including flush toilets, showers, and a kitchen.
Off-leash friendly
Pets can be off-leash at this Hipcamp.
Spencer is a Star Host
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Family-friendly
Recent Hipcampers say this Hipcamp is great for families and kids.
At Howe Ranch, we provide more than just a farm stay; we offer a healing, transformative experience that teaches relaxation and rejuvenation through profound connections with our gentle, trained farm animals. Baby animal alert! Our precious little Scottish Highland calf Petunia is two months old and loves cow cuddles and bottle feeding from visitors. She has already learned to give cow kisses! Buttercup, our Scottish long-haired mini cow, along with his calf friend Flint, is known to provide comfort to visitors dealing with anxiety and stress. Whether it’s hugging or grooming them, meditating with our mini goats or flock, every interaction is designed to soothe and inspire. Proceeds from HipCamp directly support the feed and care for our farm animals, of which many are rescues (501c and private). INCLUDED IN YOUR FARM STAY: 1. A personalized farm animal encounter after your arrival and participation in the morning animal care routine 2. Unique learning experiences and opportunities to relax with the gentle barn animals 3. Organic chicken and duck eggs for breakfast 4. Clean restroom with dish washing capabilities 5. Opportunity to add a 2-hour pool Access Pass (Extra): Pool venue with 40 ft. pool, cabanas, hot shower and panoramic views, can be used when not rented for an event 6. Free use of the outdoor camp kitchen with 2 propane stoves 7. Free use of the BBQ with utensils (BYO charcoal) 8. Free optional use of camping equipment (chairs, canopy, mats) 9. A large safe space for children to play in with toys and games in the 80 ft. x 40 ft. sand camp 10. Access to "Extras" such as electric and water hookups, pool and hot tub, and extra parking The overnight farm stay experience is generally only available from 2:00 p.m. until Saturday 1:00 p.m. on limited Fridays of the year. Upcoming longer camp opportunities: - Friday, June 21 and Saturday, June 22 - Fourth of July Week: We offer overnight camp from July 1 until July 5 in observance of Independence Day! - Friday, July 19 and Saturday, July 20 If you would like to visit with us for longer or during the week other times, please inquire first if we have the capacity to accommodate (no instant booking, please). ABOUT THE AREA: Nestled on just under 4 foothill acres backing against the wilderness of the Santa Rosa Plateau, but only 2 minutes from shopping, coffee, and dining, our small, veteran owned ranch with a private petting zoo opportunity provides a charming and picturesque setting that encompasses the essence of rustic hospitality. There are lots of fun things to do in the area. Please reference our VISITOR GUIDE on thehoweranch.com and linked to in the photo section here.🌟 Farmer for a Day Retreat with Private Petting Zoo🌟 By requesting a booking, you confirm having read and understood the following details fully. CAMP FOCUS: HANDS ON ANIMAL ENCOUNTERS As a visitor to Howe Ranch, you'll have the opportunity for hands-on interactions with our lovely barn and pasture residents and experience the daily care routine, as well as relaxation. Many of them are rescues, ranging from mini cows to white donkeys, mini goats, ducks, chickens, lop bunnies, and even a barn tomcat. CAMP CULTURE: The site is for social campers, not travelers who seek a private spot in nature. Vehicles/RVs are parked in the small central parking area between the animal barn by the pavilion. The sand camp offers a vibrant space for tent campers, complete with a communal fireplace, various games/toys, and shaded picnic tables. The provided photos offer a clear preview of our setup. Here, the shared passion is a love for animals and a commitment to sustainable farming, rather than partying. Please note, alcohol and drugs are strictly prohibited to ensure safety and manage liability. CAMP AVAILABILITY: Overnight farm stay camp bookings can be made for Friday afternoon, 2 p.m., until Saturday 1 p.m. on certain weekends of the year, and on occasion on days, as posted here. Upcoming longer camp opportunities: - Friday, June 21 and Saturday, June 22 - Fourth of July Week: We offer overnight camp from July 1 until July 5 in observance of Independence Day! - Friday, July 19 and Saturday, July 20. If you are seeking a serene escape from the spotlight during the week, please inquire prior to booking if this can be accommodated. When possible, we offer exclusive weekday stays tailored for those in the public eye. Enjoy our private, secure environment where you can unwind in peace, away from the cameras and crowds. Please understand, our team can only respond to inquiries from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. due to our daily workload. We encourage reviewing our listing, FAQs, rules, and photos thoroughly before reaching out. CAMP FAQs: Question: Can we use the pool area? • Enjoy exclusive pool access with a 2-hour pass between 9:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m., or during very hot weather we offer a full day pass. Our pool venue includes a large pool, hot shower, TV, cabanas, shaded seating, panoramic views. The hot tub requires a separate $20 propane heating fee and is available until 9:00 p.m. Please note that pool availability may vary due to event rentals. Check with your host regarding temporary closures. Remember, alcohol and drugs are strictly prohibited to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all farm guests. Question: So, the pool area is available all day long only during heat waves? The primary focus of the HipCamp farm stay is an immersive "Farmer for a Day" experience centered around our animals and farm activities. The pool is an additional amenity offered for a refreshing break during hot days, but it has other uses, including special event rentals and farmhouse resident use. To ensure all guests have fair access while accommodating these events, we limit pool access to scheduled 2-hour blocks, except for when temperatures are very high. This setup helps us manage the space effectively and maintain a high-quality experience for everyone. Question: How far in advance can I book? • If you plan to visit on a holiday/school break weekend or if your trip is over 3 weeks out, please do not instant book but inquire ahead of time about availability. We have a lot of activities on our little farm. Question: Can we interact with the animals? • Yes! Guests can interact with our rescue animals during scheduled care times for a safe, hands-on experience. You will also have the opportunity to relax with some of our barn animals on your own time, and you can observe all animals throughout the day! Question: Is firewood included? • The stack of firewood is communal, "you take some, you leave some." Using and not replacing is considered discourteous and goes against our community values. Question: Can we bring extra cars and tents for our site? • Your tent site is planned for one tent and one car because our exclusive retreat offers only three sites and three parking spots total, each for single family use. If you bring more than one tent for your children for example, inquire with your host first regarding existing reservations and logistics, and if there is space, add the additional tents via "Extra." If you have two cars in your family, please inquire first if there is room, and all vehicles have to be registered prior to arrival. Generally, we ask that you rent two separate sites if you have two cars. Question: Is late check-out available? • Operational activities and liability coverage require guest-free times before check-in (2:00 p.m.) and after check-out (1:00 p.m.). It is important that you do not check out after 1:00 p.m. Early check-in may on occasion be available for a fee ($25) upon request at booking. Question: Can we have exclusive use of the property for a large group? • No. Howe Ranch has regular activities outside of the camp opportunity onsite. HipCamp is for single-family stays (up to 5 guests). For gatherings/events, you may make a booking request through our site directly or Peerspace/Swimply, with optional overnight camping as an Add-On. Question: Can we bring our dog? • Some small, friendly, leashed dogs are welcome, except for certain breeds (Pitbull terriers, Dobermans, Rottweilers, Huskies, etc.) due to stress to farm animals. Gated, off-leash area available if other guests agree (the sand pit). Dog booking approval required before booking. Dogs cannot be near the animal pens. Question: Suggestions for local activities? • Our Visitor Guide covers guest favorites: Tenaja Falls Hike, lunch in Old Town Temecula, wine country, and more. See our Visitor Guide online or the QR code in our photo section. Question: Can we walk to attractions from Howe Ranch? • Howe Ranch is close to the Santa Rosa Plateau Wilderness Preserve and a 17-minute drive to Tenaja Falls trailhead. It’s near I-15, with easy access to shops, dining, and Temecula Valley attractions. No direct trail access from the property. ----------------------------------------------- 🏕️ Your Accommodations: Pitch your tent by your car or in the “sand pit,” or bring your RV with hookup option (this is an Extra; there is only one spot with full H/U- first come first serve; inquire about availability!). 🚽 Animal Barn with Restroom: Our animal barn offers toys, camping chairs, games, etc. to check out, and a restroom that is close to all camp spots. The sink area features a Brita filter pitcher so you can quickly make potable water. You can clean your camping food prep supplies and utensils here, but make sure to not clog the sink. Food goes in the trash can. 🔥Fire Pit: The adjacent, communal fire pit offers hours of cozy relaxation. The stack of firewood is communal, "you take some, you leave some." Roast marshmallows, share a song, or simply enjoy the tranquility of the night under a sky full of stars. Open unless there is a Fire Ban is in effect. 🌄 Panoramic Views: Enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding wilderness and rural landscape, the perfect backdrop for your unforgettable adventure and family photos. 🍔 Outdoor Cooking: Grill up your favorites under the pavilion with our outdoor kitchen and/or the BBQ, complete with a propane stove top, pan, pot, and cooking and grilling utensils. You clean whatever you use into the trash, ground, and barn sink. If you want to BBQ, remember to bring charcoal. 🐾Wildlife Activity and Sounds: Spot the wild animals on the property: We have a pair of barn owls and their young on the property. On occasion we see a bobcat, and mountain lions around. Around the little duck pond live two pairs of California toads, and a pair of Pacific tree frogs. You might hear coyotes howling and livestock guard dogs (LGDs) in the neighborhood responding to a threat of a predator. You might also hear a rooster in the neighborhood early in the morning. GOOD THINGS TO KNOW AND CAMP RULES Is the camp quiet? Guests cherish the serenity here, enveloped in tranquility unique to our camp adjacent to wilderness and nestled in a rural area. Nights may serenade you with coyotes' calls, met by the vigilant replies of neighborhood livestock guard dogs (LGDs) warding off predators. Come dawn, the distant crow of a rooster might greet you. These sounds are the essence of a stay by the wilderness, adding to the rustic charm of your experience. Bathroom Use: Guests can use the restroom in the barn and are asked to keep it clean. The ranch is on a septic system. Don’t flush: ANY Moist type towelettes, hygiene products, Baby wipes, bunches of toilet paper. Damage to the system caused by the guest will result in a restoration bill to the guest. Quiet Hours: The Barn Site is a quiet site after 9 p.m. on weeknights and after 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights. Please do not blast music at any time. Interaction with Hosts/Staff: We love to say hello and offer animal interactions at 9:30 a.m. and sunset., with limited availability otherwise, because we work 7 days/week. Please submit inquiries via the HipCamp app, and forgive a delay in response. Rest Time for the hosts and staff is from 9:00 p.m. - 8:00 a.m. Message only with emergency. Dog Policy: Many dogs are welcome leashed (at all time) in the sand camp area, and if the other guests are comfortable, the fenced in sand camp can be closed off for off leash dog socialization. Due to the proximity to farm animals and to ensure their safety, we unfortunately cannot accommodate certain breeds known for their strong prey drives and guarding instincts. Restricted breeds include, but are not limited to, Pitbull terriers, Dobermans, German Shepherds, Rottweilers, Belgian Malinois, Akitas, Mastiffs, Huskies, and other large breeds. Dogs must not get near the fences of the animal pens, as it will create stress. We can also not accommodate dogs who bark regularly, because Livestock Guard Dogs (LGDs) in the rural area will react and it will create an environment that is not suitable for an overnight camp due to noise pollution. Prior to making a booking you must share your intent to bring a dog to the site for the safety all. Guests who violate this policy will be reported and evicted because safety of our guests and residents is our highest priority. Don't miss out on this unique experience that's perfect for families, friends, or couples seeking to escape the city and connect with the farm life. Book your spot at the Howe Ranch Petting Zoo Camp today and make memories that will last a lifetime!
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Jennifer M.recommends
June 8, 2024
Barn Site
Wonderful Hands On Experience
We had an amazing time! The hosts were extremely accomodating. It was fun getting to know the other campers, learning about the animals, and utilizing all the amenities. The interactions were truly very special and made for an experience we will never forget. Our family thoroughly enjoyed our stay and can't wait to return!! Description of the site and offerings are all very accurate.
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Allison L.recommends
June 2, 2024
Barn Site
Happy & beautiful ranch. So restful
Our trip started off a little stressful (we got in later than planned & we forgot our tent!) BUT Barn Site Howe Ranch is truly a magical place! Bixi & Spencer are warm, welcoming & wonderful people they made it stress-free with a renting a room last minute (bed was like sleeping on a cloud). Jacuzzi was awesome, the scenery & gardens are incredible. Our breakfast were eggs that were from their chickens! Spending time with the animals & being educated about the life on the farm was so refreshing. It is truly is a gem & offers many types of experiences all the way from camping to events like weddings. Hope to go back soon to visit with Bixi & Spencer and the farm yard gang!
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Maurice N.recommends
May 29, 2024
Barn Site
My family and I had a great time at the farm. Finally got to get up close and personal with farm animals. The highlight for sure was being able to bottle feed the baby highland Petunia. The available campfire at night, making smores with my kid was fun as well.
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Joshua B.recommends
May 29, 2024
Barn Site
Camping + cute animals!
amazing animals! a must-see adventure. The hosts were amazing and very helpful and informative.
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Kathy K.recommends
May 27, 2024
Barn Site
Spencer and Birgit were both such welcoming hosts. We had a wonderful time meeting the animals and swimming in the pool.
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Samie B.recommends
May 7, 2024
Barn Site
Our 3 night stay was great. Parking was level with electrical hookups. We fell asleep to the sound of toads from the pond and in the AM got to bottle feed the baby goat, itty bitty. The fenced in sand area was great for our daughter to play with all of the provided toys. The hosts were friendly and happy to show us around to the animals. Less than 10 minutes to the grocery store and 20 minutes to hiking trails. This property has great areas for tent or RV camping.
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Wildomar, Riverside, California, United StatesTraditional, ancestral territory of Acjachemen (Juaneño) and Payómkawichum (Luiseño) First Nations according to To respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
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Hosted by Spencer H.Joined in July 2023
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