The property was quite impressive. My site was very private - even though I could see there were campers at the adjacent site as I walked to mine I wasn't able to hear them. I'll need to make a return visit to explore more of the property. Also, if you're a fan of sour pickles make sure to buy a quart on your way out.
There is a new footbridge over the brook making it easy to get to and from the latrine which I must say was most excellent. I've stayed at a few places with latrines and they all assume you have remembered your headlamp. On a nearly full-moon night it's easy to make your way there, but once you close the door... this host has thoughtfully included a light! Not to mention hand sanitizer and it generally being spotless.
The hosts have provided a hammock which is pretty cool, but between 6 and 8pm the mosquitos figure that's where you'll be hanging out. I happened to have a bug net which took care of that issue. Deep Woods Off is also a good idea when campimg in the deep woods.
The site is very level and the ground has that soft duff feel. The firepit is large enough for a roaring fire but with the recent drought weather I opted to skip the S'mores this time.
The hosts, as always, are very accomodating and available if you should need anything. I'm looking forward to a third trip so I can check out the Bear's Den site.
Elsewhere Homestead was everything I was looking for in an overnight stay. Pulling up I was greeted by the hosts who were friendly and very helpful. There are three camping sites on the property and the signage was excellent leading you to each one. You'll pass the outhouse with composting toilet as you walk to the sites which was clean and convenient.
Coyote Ridge is the farthest site and the most private. The view was spectacular and the sounds of the brook below were meditative. The fire pit perched at the edge of the ridge was a creative and appealing feature. Walking a little past the site you come to a place where the brook gently falls down the rocky slope. All in all it was the perfect site to spend a night camping.
Unless like me you forgot your 2-3 person tent and had to use your 6 person tent (thankfully stored in the back of your car) which was slightly too large for the level portion of the site. But the host was super accommodating and let me switch to the Owl Grove site which thankfully hadn't been booked and possessed a larger level area. (True to its name, I heard the call of barred owls in the distance.)
I didn't know what to expect when I arrived but I was not expecting this spot to instantly become one of my favorite places to camp. I am definitely planning on returning to Elsewhere Homestead with a more appropriate tent for Coyote Ridge and trying out the third site, Bear's Den (which, if I had completely forgotten to bring a tent, would have been a great backup option).
I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at Hay House Farm. The farm itself has an incredible variety of plants growing, including brambles and flowering vines and somewhat hidden away I spied a patch of milkweed (but alas no Monarchs during my visit).
Situated just outside of the farm gates at the edge of a field and next to protected woods, the site offered coziness as well as an open view of the meadow and the Buddhist Stupa in the center. I was somewhat concerned about privacy from visitors to the stupa, but when I went to check it out myself I couldn't even see my tent.
What I was able to see were the fireflies at night, in the trees and across the fields. The cloud cover foreclosed on any hopes for stargazing so these substitute stars we most welcome. The field itself was also lovely in its own right. A combination of grasses and clover and other wild flowers, it imparted a serenity when walking to the monument. I could also see that had I visited earlier in the Spring I would have likely seen daffodils as well. I plan on returning here again someday.
Booked the site for the animals and was not disappointed. Pulling into the site you go down a driveway with a barn and fowl (including a very friendly white turkey) and miniature horses on the left. Due to COVID-19 I couldn't tour the barn to meet the pigs - perhaps on a trip in the future. There are additional animals including what looked like a Morgan horse and a Belgian draught (just a guess - did not confirm with the hosts). On the right the camp site is just beyond the sheep and goat enclosure. There is a level platform to pitch your tent but I chose to pitch under the fruit trees where bumblebees were busy polinating the flowers (late May was a good time for this spot). The hot water (!) shower setup was a rare offering. Firewood was delivered to the site but it was so hot (crazy heat wave) so I didn't end up using it.
This is the secomd time I've visited the site and it was even better than the first time. Part of the joy of camping is sitting around a fire, and this one did not disappoint. The firepit had thoughtful details like a poker and a new tripod stand with grill for cooking dogs or reheating a pizza. Chairs were available for sitting around the fire and firewood, including kindling and a lighter, was ready next to the pit.
The tent site is level and well maintained. On cloudless nights the small clearing is perfect for stargazing.
While camping is very very low risk, it was still comforting to know everything was sanitized and ready for my stay.
This is such a gem of a site I'm sure I'll be back for another visit.