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The Hay House Farm

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· Old Saybrook, Connecticut
13 acres
3 sites
3 Tent
The Hay House Farm, in the middle of more than a thousand acres of Nature Conservancy, has been inhabited for thousands of years.  On the edge of the hay field (which is listed in the 1640 land records as "the Indian cornfield") are rock formations erected by the Native Americans to register the summer solstice. The Chalker family was given title to the land in the early 1600's and finally sold the land as a Nature Conservancy in 1999. In the middle of the hay field is a Buddhist stupa, a peace monument that was erected with the help of the town's Tibetan residents.  The farm is the site of the trailhead for miles of well marked hiking trails that explore a variety of terrain, and there is a range of wildlife to be seen and heard.  The farm is the last working farm in Old Saybrook.  We grow mostly flowers and visitors are welcome to enjoy the gardens.  Organic produce, eggs, honey and jam are available for campers.  
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Old Saybrook, Connecticut, United StatesTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
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Hosted by David B.Joined in March 2018
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184 ratings · 139 reviews
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Jackson D.recommends
November 22, 2022
Hay House Farm
David was an excellent host and the property was incredible. Very nice place to stay during the Fall and not to far out of the way from New Haven. Would love to come again!
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Natasha R.recommends
October 24, 2022
Hay House Farm
We absolutely loved our time here. We have a 3 and 1 year old and it was perfect. The gardens, David’s calm spirit, the massive field to play in, the sweet dogs, the gorgeous night sky…everything was wonderful. Such a great place for kids!
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Timothy W.recommends
October 18, 2022
Campsite in the garden
wonderful ambience and environment, my second of hopefully many more return trips
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James S.recommends
October 2, 2022
Hay House Farm
A very unique and rustic property. David has a beautiful demeanor and a wealth of knowledge about the land and living simple.
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Erin A.recommends
September 18, 2022
Campsite in the garden
Peace and tranquillity
This was a great spot to put up a tent and enjoy a beautiful scene away from the crowds at the state campgrounds. David was a wonderful host, we enjoyed his hospitality and his friendly little dogs and even bought one of his books. Enjoyed the recommendation to go to the Chester market where we purchased lots of good local food.
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Liz Z.recommends
September 5, 2022
Hay House Farm
Beautiful peaceful spot. David was a warm, welcoming and communicative host. We left inspired and recharged.
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Claire S.recommends
September 4, 2022
Hay House Farm
We enjoyed our stay here! The property is beautiful and we were happy to be greeted by multiple dogs. Dave was there to meet us when we arrived, gave us a quick tour, and provided a cart to bring our gear to our campsite. Our site was next to another group but we didn’t feel too close. Bring your own tp for the outhouse!
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Gia N.doesn't recommend
August 31, 2022
Campsite in the garden
Wonderful time! Unfortunately we did not prepare for rain, we will definitely be back! Ty
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Molly H.recommends
August 29, 2022
Campsite in the garden
We had a lovely time with David and the flower farm! He was incredibly welcoming and sold us fresh eggs for breakfast the next morning. The property was magical to walk around, and the bamboo room was a relief on a 90 degree day to cool off. We also enjoyed hiking the trails attached to the property and found a lake to jump into to cool off. Highly recommend for a small group!
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Joey C.recommends
August 20, 2022
Hay House Farm
Loved it here. very Unique.
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Carrie W.recommends
August 14, 2022
Campsite in the garden
The setting is beautiful, and the sites in the field feel very private. Only a short walk to get between the parking area, the campsites, and the outhouse. Lots to do and see on the property, including hiking trails and the hidden bamboo room!
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Alexander G.recommends
July 30, 2022
Hay House Farm
David was a very kind host. The camp spot is in a beautiful area on their property.
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Colleen S.recommends
July 21, 2022
Campsite in the garden
We loved the site! It was really quiet and peaceful; it felt nice and secluded. David also provided top notch firewood. We camped in a few other spots in the area the same week and no place had wood as dry as that! Makes great campfires.
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Duke T.
July 12, 2022
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David is a great host, but for what felt to be on the more expensive side for camping it didn’t feel like it was a worthwhile experience. Nice views but nothing spectacular
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Edgar S.
July 10, 2022
Hay House Farm
Quiet, shady, and in a great location. Those are its best assets. The bugs may be an issue for some people as it was for my wife.
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Jennifer N.recommends
June 26, 2022
Hay House Farm
Hay house is a beautiful place to camp. The site I had was at the far end of the field with the stupa in front and backed to the woods. Very quiet & peaceful.
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Davis D.recommends
June 14, 2022
Hay House Farm
This land is beautiful with a bamboo forest, organic farm and more. The host is friendly and fascinating.
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Mel C.recommends
June 6, 2022
Hay House Farm
A perfect peaceful off the grid tre
The facility was beautiful, peaceful and far enough away from civilization to feel "in the middle of nowhere" but close enough to run to town if you forgot something. David knew the history of the area extremely well and clearly loves his home. We left feeling refreshed, restored and at peace.
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Charles W.recommends
June 6, 2022
Hay House Farm
Beautiful Farm
This was our second stay at David’s farm, and we’ll definitely be coming back again. The farm’s a wonderful place to stay, David’s a great host, and the surrounding area in CT has plenty to do.
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Erin M.recommends
June 4, 2022
Campsite in the garden
Gorgeous land
We really enjoyed camping here. The kids loved running between the gardens and exploring the bamboo room. David is an artist and his gardens are a gift to visit. We were especially lucky to meet the puppies! David was great about communication and our site was lovely! I would definitely recommend.
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Lindsey H.recommends
December 3, 2021
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David’s property is beautiful and very unique. We enjoyed the stars, campfire and gardens. I would recommend, especially if you can take a day to explore the grounds.
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Eric G.recommends
October 17, 2021
Hay House Farm
Dave is super nice and the site is also amazing!
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Meredith R.recommends
October 5, 2021
Hay House Farm
It was amazing. So peaceful, falling asleep to an owl. Bamboo hut, way cool.
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Holly M.recommends
October 4, 2021
Hay House Farm
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!!
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Steven S.recommends
October 2, 2021
Hay House Farm
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.
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Shannon K.recommends
September 28, 2021
Campsite in the garden
Whimsical Garden Stay!
The location has much to recommend it: the gardens are wild and whimsical and enchanting. There are so many sections to wander. The field is huge and offers shade if needed. Our first hipcamp experience, and we were big fans!
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Robert T.recommends
September 17, 2021
Hay House Farm
David is always a great host! Only good things to say about him. We enjoy our experience every time.
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Melissa G.recommends
September 6, 2021
Hay House Farm
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!
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Sarah P.recommends
August 30, 2021
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Lovely
This is an awesome stay, with a Stupa right next to you, a beautiful garden and farm to stroll through, and a bamboo room to chill in. Unique and fun. David the host was a kind and accommodating host.
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Alick F.recommends
August 9, 2021
Campsite in the garden
I was nervous using this site for the 1st time, but David may sure my stat was perfect. David communicated with me before and during my stay. All provisions were available upon arrival. David never intruded on my stay & I felt like I was all alone.
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