Eco Farm-Stay

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A cute little B & B in the country somewhere, with facilities for perhaps 5 rooms (maximum). Possibly little detached cottages (like in SA), or converted house-stables, or…

Integrate with the local community! If there’s a sweet-shop, put a bag of their sweets in the “welcome basket”…

Services

bike hire (with helmets)
picnic hampers
washing
“taxi” to local attractions, booking
champagne bucket on arrival (with strawberries)

Facilities

“Free” with room booking:
DVDs/movies
board games
wifi
books
advice about the local area (including maps)
Extra beds (trundle) and cots

Breakfast

Served in a breakfast room. (Breakfast only — no lunch or dinner.)

Ideas for breakfast:
Scrambled eggs
Mexican, etc.
Pancakes with fruit or bacon
Fried, poached or boiled eggs
Extras:
Savoury grilled tomatoes
sausages
garlic mushrooms
bacon
hash-browns
toast (of course!)
tea (in olde Englishe pots)
coffee (plunger)
on the table:
jam
maple syrup
butter
peanut butter
salt, pepper
buffet table with “continental breakfast”:
cereal
fruit
juice
milk
yoghurt pots

Rooms

Rooms should be wooden floors, rugs, exposed brick- or timber-work; colonial/cottage-like, with period(-looking) furniture and a little gas fireplace. A romantic getaway for 30-something professionals.

Fresh-cut flowers in rooms.

“Arrival basket” with:
chocolates, cake, biscuits
crackers, cheese
grapes, fresh fruit
olives
carafe of port
hot-chocolate, coffee-beans

Also in the rooms:
bottle of wine with prices

In the bathrooms:
soap
bath-salts
hair-dryers

Old-style display of menu in rooms: colonial, aged look. Sepia-tone photos with “false colour” for the foods.

Books in rooms! “Guide book” about the B&B. Use an old photo-album.

Lunch hampers available — picnic you take away with you!

Daily room service checklist:
empty bins
make beds
replace towels
toilet paper
clean floors
vacuum
dust
wipe down bathroom surfaces

Garden

We <italic>really</italic> have to do the garden well — pick a place that’s really quiet of an evening, then lay out the garden aesthetically. Need paths for people to wander along, seats to sit under the shade of a tree or in the “dying sun” (sunset).
Strawberry patch
lemon, lime and apple trees
herb-garden (for cooking)
chickens (for eggs)
olive tree
koi pond
trees which attract local birds
tomatoes
chillies
let us have lettuce
carrots, potatoes, pumpkin
rhubarb

Other Stuff

sewing machine
industrial washing machine OR a good washing service?
crockery, cutlery: mismatched between different tables, antique(-looking)
dishwasher
chest freezer

First Steps From Here To There?

Five years time?
stay in different country locations
can go camping for family holidays
go to furniture auctions, to get comfortable with them
Internet research e.g. tourism statistics
where do people stay?
what facilities are available?
how much do people pay? competition?
what is in the locale? e.g. waterfalls

And Then?

Can you do a good breakfast? For five families at once? Prove it! 🙂
business plan:
budget
advertising (e.g. website)
business loan
renovation quotes

What types of hobby farms are there?

The short answer is; how many hobbies can you name? Perhaps you love wines and want to buy a small vineyard, or maybe you’re mechanically minded and want space for workshops and garages for your fleet of collectible cars?

Other common hobby farm possibilities and features to look for include:

  • Pastures full of free-range poultry
  • Expanses of bushland for rough riding horses
  • Swathes of flat fertile land for growing fruit trees
  • Rolling hills and plains for a menagerie of livestock and other animals
  • Creeks for fishing and water sports

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