The Friends Cottage is located on our sustainable farm, ~750 sq ft, open living space concept: 4 twin beds, full kitchen, 1 bathroom, & living room area w/sofa & chair. Full sized air mattress may be available on request for additional guests. You are welcome to request an additional full sized blow up mattress. There is a washer and dryer in the dairy $2/load, ask for the location.
For an additional fee you can:
- bring a horse
- have a guided tour on foot
- have a horse drawn wagon ride
- engage in a private farm consultation for your farm or aquaponics project
- learn to milk a cow
- have a farm breakfast with the family
- learn to can chicken, carrots, green beans, tomato products
- let us know if there is something else you want to learn, if we know how to do it, we will teach you.
This space is located on a farm. Horses, dogs, aquaponics, organic field produce, pastures and more. We are isolated and quite. Chickens, hogs and cow milking are seasonal. There is no wi-fi, no cable, no dishwasher (hands work great), no clothes washer in the cottage, and some cell phones don't work. If you need to wash clothes, ask, there is a washer and dryer in the dairy that you are welcome to use for a $2 per load donation (meaning both wash & dry for $2, just leave the money on the table in your cottage). Many people come here to rest and relax, others to see a farm, some because their cell phone won't work, and others to just enjoy walking in nature and seeing the wildlife. Clean open spaces, fresh air, quite - enjoy the farm. You are welcome to wander the farm, self explore. Our 170 acres is wrapped by the neighbors 2500 acres so it is very peaceful. Out the front window you will face a 900+ acre exotic farm; we can't promise you will see animals but you might. There are 2 other exotic farms on CR 267 and we do see exotics more often than not. Self tour the aquaponic facilities, feel free to call in advance to set up farm consultation, or request to milk the cows for an additional fee. The farm is for sale if you are looking for an amazing place in Central Texas. Hogs and chickens are seasonal on the farm and pastured, you may or may not see them. We are available prior to dark if you need help with check in, if we are on the farm. Please do not choose to check in after dark and then call us; we own a farm, that means we get up prior to sun up and we go to sleep when the sun goes down. There are 4 cottages on the farm, if you have an issue with one, come to the main home on the farm and request help. This cottage is situated on the far side of the farm, you will have to backtrack to the main entrance and come into the center of the farm to find the main farmhouse. Please open and close the bar over the cattle guard both coming and going to keep the livestock on the farm. This cottage has a very strict cancellation policy b/c if you decide at the last minute it is too far out, we have no ability to rent it on short notice. If you are afraid of the dark, you might not like it here. There are no curbs, no streetlights, no front porch lights ... this is a country, 1000's of acres will surround you - in fact I can only count 5 neighbors in 1.5 miles from the farm in any direction. There are no refunds. A key will be on the table when you arrive, please leave it there when you depart and leave the cottage UNLOCKED. The building settle from time to time on the loamy sand soil of the farm, sometimes the deadbolt does not fit in the hole (we try to adjust it when this happens but then sometimes it settle back with the next earth shift). The lock on the door handle works all the time.
When you come to the farm, PASS the front entrance do NOT enter the main farm drive), pass the front drive and go to the first corner (CR 270) and turn right. Go down just a bit and take the first right up a steep drive. Park at the top. Your cottage is the 2nd cottage.
Guest may access the entire farm as long as they respect the rules:
1) open and close gates EXACTLY as you find them, EVERY TIME you walk through one. Do NOT leave one open thinking "I will be just a minute" as an animal can leave the farm and present a liability on the road.
2) DON'T feed the animals.
3) DO pick up any trash, plastic or string you see lying around - it is dangerous for the animals to eat.
4) Fish any of the ponds - bring your own gear.
5) Hike the ~mile to the back (pass the greenhouses on your right and just keep going).
6) Clean up after yourselves, separating your washed recyclables from the burnable garbage, put your linens in a pile by the front door prior to departure, wash your dishes and leave them on the dry pad/rack. The cottages are low priced so that you have the opportunity to enjoy the farm and our teenage girls have the opportunity to earn your cleaning fee and learn responsibly, hard work, accountability, and more.
7) Clean up after yourselves, the cottages are low priced so that you have the opportunity to enjoy the farm and our teenage girls have the opportunity to earn your cleaning fee and learn responsibly, hard work, accountability, and more.
8) You are welcome to wild harvest if you like. Please be good to our farm so that we choose to keep it open to the public :)>.
Interakcija s gostima
You may not see us. We work all week and lay low on the weekends most of the time. However, if you want a custom tour, farm consultation, aquaponics training, cow milking, or anything else available at the farm, please email in advance of your stay to make arrangements.. Feel free to wander the farm and self tour. There is not a General Store any more - it is an office. However, if you want a little food from the farm, drop us an email in advance of the stay and we will let you know what is available, there is usually some extra grass fed beef, local raw honey, gourmet himalayan salt, organic maple, organic loose leaf assam tea, homemade vanilla extract made with organic vodka, organic popcorn and organic jams. If you see any plastic or string lying around, please pick it up, as it is dangerous for the livestock. Please, no smoking. Separate out and wash your plastic and glass for recycle. Enjoy your stay on our farm.
If you lock yourself out, call the main farm or owner, Ben Godfrey directly.. NO SMOKING - at all, no exception! Not in the bungalow, not on the farm. If you smoke, we will insist you leave immediately without a refund. Smoking is a danger to our livelihood, our animals and our farm. Fire is real out here and uncontrollable. Ours and our neighbor's lives depend on the production from the farm, we cannot afford to jeopardize it. Our 8-18 year old daughters clean your room, your cleaning fee and any tips you leave go to them. This arrangement is a great way to encourage them to be entrepreneurial at a young age feel free to leave them a note of advice of how to make your stay better or tell them what they did well :)>.
You are welcome to have an event on the farm, just not a wild party. Please close the bar over the cattle guard both coming and going EVERY TIME. Do not feed the animals. Please pick up any garbage and leave your cabin nice and neat just like you found it. Open, close and latch all gates on the farm just the way you found them. Feel free to roam and self tour. We do not allow smoking as fire of any kind is dangerous on a farm; if you smoke on the farm or in the cottage(s) you will be asked to leave the farm immediately without refund. Ask about a pet, those that stay in crates and are flea/tick dipped prior to arrival are fine. Or we have a horse trailer that you can leave a larger animal in if you clean up after it. No refund if cancel reservation within 7 days of arrival or after arrival as the farm does not have the opportunity to rent the cottage to another on such short notice.
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Ben & Alysha Godfrey are organic vegetable farmers located in Central Texas that specialize in helping other set up organic and GAP certified farms. They own both Sand Creek Farm, the physical organic farm; and Sustainable Farm Supply, an online small farming equipment business. Ben Godfrey combines years of experience with his knowledge of farming equipment to provide consultation and equipment to help other farmers mechanize their farms for both productivity and profitability.