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Why a farm stay?

Farm Stay vacations give you and your family the opportunity to experience, learn, participate and enjoy all that small rural farming life has to offer.

The concept of a "farm stay" is relatively new in the United States, although it is well known throughout much of Europe, Australia and New Zealand. Essentially a farm stay provides travelers with the opportunity to immerse themselves in the day to day operations, sights and sounds of a farm. Guest of Toddy Pond Farm enjoy accommodations in a thoughtfully restored cottage overlooking the farm to the east and Toddy Pond to the south. Nestled in the center of 500 private acres, the cottage comfortably sleeps 7 with two full bathrooms and full kitchen. Pastures and woodlands surround the cottage and often during the summer months flocks of our sheep and the small herd of our dairy cows can be seen grazing from the cottage screen porch.

Our Farm Stay experience is a 7 night stay. While visiting farm stay guests may:

  • swim, kayak, canoe and relax on a private waterfront area of Toddy Pond

  • walk several miles of trails through the private woods

  • snowshoe or cross country ski on the farm trails

  • spend the day fishing on Toddy Pond

  • enjoy fresh farm made artisan dairy products ( yogurt, kefir and ice cream ) from our farm store - (ice cream available in summer)

  • enjoy pasture raised grass fed meats from our farm store

  • enjoy fresh produce from our farm gardens

  • BBQ on the back patio of the cottage

  • relax around the cottage fire pit

  • pick wild blueberries and wild strawberries (seasonally)

  • relax in the comfortable cottage overlooking pastures and Toddy Pond

  • see and hear all manners of wildlife - loons, deer, owls, songbirds, hawks, eagles, leaf peepers, etc.

  • watch for shooting stars from the cottage front lawn

  • connect with the land, the animals and the farmers here to gain an understanding and appreciation of where good food comes from

  • visit the dairy barn to see and learn about the cows and morning milking

  • visit the sheep and goats

  • feed apples and acorns to the pigs (seasonally)

  • gather fresh eggs from the chicken coop

  • chat with us to learn more about the following:

    • our bees and basic beekeeping

    • value added dairy processing - yogurts, kefir, and cheeses

    • why grass fed meat and dairy are the best for you and the planet

    • rotational grazing and basic permaculture practices

  • Our Peak Season Farm Stay guests may enjoy a farm tour and a morning of chores with Greg or Heide

We hope you and your family will consider a farm stay vacation at Toddy Pond Farm for your next Maine adventure.

 


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2019 Cottage Rates

Starting at $275/night * - 7 person occupancy

Sept. 8th to June 14th (off season) - 2 night minimum stay

June 15th to Sept 7th (peak season) - 7 night minimum farm stay **

*Includes the following:

~ private cottage w/ linens, cookware, etc.

~ access to our private waterfront on Toddy Pond

~ 4 kayaks and a canoe + life jackets

~ access to miles of trails through our woods

~ access to visit our farm and animals

**We welcome our Peak Season, week-long farm stay guests to join us for a tour of the farm and a morning of farm chores during their stay.


2019 RESERVATION CALENDAR

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a sample of our guest reviews


I could not have asked for a more magical or educational week for my whole family. My boys, 6 and 4 respectively, had their endless questions enthusiastically answered by everyone on the farm. They enjoyed picking blueberries and foraging for lemongrass, swimming, fishing, chasing butterflies, helping with farm chores, watching all of the animals (bees, cows, sheep, piggies and piglets!, baby ducks, goats, doggies...), collecting insects and wildflowers and researching them in the field guides from the cabin library, and frequently thanking the cows, which are always in view of the cabin, for their delicious milk. We all reset our sleep schedules with the sun, enjoyed the starry nights observable from the cabin, and had lazy meals with a spectacular view in the warm breezes of the screened in porch. Greg and Heidi and their wonderful boys foster a beautiful sense of community for everyone who steps foot on their property. The farm store is filled to the brim with farm fresh and delicious meat, dairy, and eggs and other locally made goodies (soaps, yarn, ceramics, etc). If you are considering staying here, all I can say is pack up you mud boots and go! It is impossible to leave Toddy Pond Farm without feeling welcomed, a little more connected to nature, and inspired by example to live more gently and productively.


Zahra - August 2019


We think Greg and Heidi are doing something very special at Toddy Pond Farm. We totally enjoyed this unique opportunity to stay on a working farm. We especially liked the cows and piglets, the fresh treats at the farm store, the Friday night "grill and chill," swimming in the pond, and all the terrific personal touches in our cabin's decor. The messages on the walls from past guests were great, and Greg and Heidi are inspirational. We definitely hope to return some day.

Maureen - July 2019


Spent a perfect week here with my two boys (ages 12 and 14). This place is about as idyllic as you could ever imagine. A perfect guest house with amazing views and gracious hosts (Heidi and Greg) welcomed us on the first day. Then... Swimming and kayaking in Toddy pond, personal farm tour by Greg, feeding the chickens and pigs, watching the newborn piglets, getting up close to the dairy cows, day trips to Acadia national park and Camden Hills state park, best ice cream sandwiches, exploring the farm, seeing happy cows grazing right outside our window! The kids were thrilled. We were in the pond every day! What a pleasure to reconnect with nature. Simply terrific.

Michael - July 2019


We just spent 4 nights at Toddy Pond Farm and could not have had a nicer stay. The farm cottage had a lot of room with everything that we needed. The screened porch is peaceful and the perfect place for a meal or to read. Greg and Heide were wonderful hosts. Heide was so accommodating and gave us a thorough tour of the farm and animals and was so nice to our 2.5 year old son. Gilley, the dog, was a hit! We tried several delicious food items from the store including bacon, steak, lamb and pork chops and farm fresh eggs. This was a much needed getaway and we can't wait to return.

Gitanjali - June 2019


We had the best weekend celebrating my husband’s 60th birthday with our children and first grandchild. Toddy Pond Farm is a magical place, nature walks, hanging out with the farm animals, fresh delicacies from the farm store, and beautiful fall foliage. The only thing I would have done differently is planned for a longer stay, we all can’t wait to come back in the spring and make this a family vacation tradition! Thank you Greg and Heide!!!

Patricia - October 2018


We look forward to our now annual visit to Toddy Pond Farm all year long!

Amanda - September 2017, 2018, 2019


Our grandchildren loved helping with farm chores of gathering eggs, feeding chickens and goats and observing milking. The fresh dairy, meat, bread, produce and ice cream sandwiches available at the farm store richly enhanced our stay. The availability of kayaks and the swimming dock made for fun afternoons on warm days. The living area was spacious and the screened porch, outdoor grill and fire pit expanded our play and dining options. Nearby Swan Lake State Park provides additional swimming and kayaking fun. We made some wonderful memories and thank Heidi and Greg and their farm intern for giving us a deeper appreciation of sustainable family farming!

Susan - July 2018


Toddy Pond Farm is beautiful and the hosts, Greg and Heide, were so friendly. They showed us the farm and allowed our daughter to collect eggs, feed the cows, the pigs, the sheep, and the chickens. We saw lambs. Once we knew where everything was, we were invited to come back whenever was convenient so we returned the next day and my daughter collected eggs again in the basket Heide had left with us. We walked down to the pond, which is stunning and would be particularly amazing in summer. The wood burning stove was lovely too. We went in April and it was a great place to unplug and unwind. We hope to return again, next time stay longer and probably come in later spring or summer so we can do more around the pond.

Georgina - April 2018


This spot delivered as advertised. Prompt responses to all communication and questions. Felt right at home in this completely peaceful and classic Maine setting. Super generous hosts both in making us feel welcome, comfortable, and sharing their wonderful farm life. Only short coming was our stay was too short! I will definitely revisit another time some day. 5 star spot in my view.

David - November 2017


Toddy Pond Farm is like no place in the world. You can read reviews and get a small feel of what each person experienced, but till you experience it for yourself will you not truly understand. Beauty beyond words, hospitality like non other, and a truly unforgettable time to be had by anyone lucky enough to experience Toddy Farm first hand. Just read the walls where visitor have etched their experiences before the time of social media and the one consistent is the love for this magical place. With our last minutes there we decided to not say goodbye but we shall see you again. Thanks so much Heide, Greg, Guthrie, Oliver, Shep, and the rest of the support cast of pets and farm animals!!!!! We will see you again!!!!

Tristan - Sept. 2017


We were looking for a beautiful place to celebrate our daughter's second birthday where we could just walk outside and ski or snowshoe. Toddy Pond Farm was the perfect spot. Greg and Heide were warm and generous hosts, taking time to talk to us about their farm and animals. The cottage is beautiful with plenty of room for our party of 5 adults and two toddlers to spread out. The view is stunning and we are already planning a trip to return in the summer for kayaking and swimming.

Abigail - February 2017


Great week! We toured the farm and learned about their farming techniques, swam, kayaked and ate the best ice cream I've ever had. Heide and Greg were wonderful hosts and generous with their time and knowledge. My eleven year old was captivated by the farm, especially the pigs, and Greg and Heide took time with her and answered all her questions. The house was light-filled and clean. We ate all our meals on the porch looking out over fields and cows. At night, the only sound was an occasional loon and a cow bell worn by a calf. I miss the peacefulness and would go back in a second.

Kristi - July 2016


We stayed at Toddy Pond Farm in August when the weather in that part of Maine is fantastic but not too hot. We loved the short walk to the pond every morning for kayaking and discovering the small islands on the pond, one of which was perfect to dock the kayaks and go for a swim. The kids loved swimming during the day or walking around the farm, seeing the animals or just exploring. It was so peaceful and such a different experience from going to a more touristy area.

The kids also loved playing with Shep, the resident border collie, who is always up for a game of catch. And in the afternoons we would walk to the farm store and get some yogurt made from the farm or ice cream sandwiches. It's a pretty relaxing way to spend a week and by the end, the kids were asking more and more questions about how farms work and where food comes from, which is also great.

We did go into Belfast a bit and found some nice restaurants there, and went to Moose Point State Park and Sears island, all very short drives. We will absolutely come back next year, and may be more interested in day trips at that time. For this first visit, we were perfectly comfortable just hanging out on the porch and spending as much time as possible being active on the water. Everything we needed to relax and have fun was right on the farm.  

Michelle - August 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018


Awesome awesome time. Went with friends enjoyed the land, the farm, the animals, the pond. Greg and Heide are great. They make great milk, yogurt and other awesome goodies from the farm. Great property. Great people. Would have loved to stay longer! Hope to go back one day.

Josh - October 2014


Look no further,,,,book your stay now!!!!

We spent four wonderful nights here. The cottage truly exceeded our expectations. Perfectly appointed with beautiful views ...our family of 4 (with children 14 & 12) made memories to last a lifetime!!! We enjoyed exploring many acres of Toddy Pond Farm, GREAT fishing, hiking, kayaking, canoeing, seeing the wildlife, meeting all of the sweet farm animals...and we especially enjoyed the screened porch or the comfy corner couch nook relaxing, reading and taking in the picture perfect scenery of the pond.

We explored Belfast, Camden, Bar Harbor, Acadia, Cadillac Mtn., but our favorite memories are of Belfast and time spent at Toddy Pond Farm. Some farm highlights were joining the morning milking, enjoying fresh eggs, all of the animals & playing with the dogs!

Greg & Heide- we can not thank you enough for everything!!! You have something VERY special here and we feel lucky to have spent a little time at your cottage....4 nights was not quite enough! We look forward to when we can stay again!!

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Beautiful setting with a wonderfully cozy/comfortable cottage! Greg and Heide were awesome hosts--very friendly, courteous and helpful. Great farm store on the property that provided us with some outstanding dairy products and an amazing network of trails for endless snowshoeing and skiing adventures. Excellent location near Belfast and a private setting make this place a winner all around--we'll be back in the summer for sure!

Justin - January 2014