Aside from eating in an Amish home, people often want to know where they can find accommodation on actual Amish farms.
I’ve tried to answer this question over the years but never had a resource which gathered several such properties in one place. This site is the first I’ve seen to do that.
Below are the various properties and their locations in the Lancaster County settlement. The prices as of this post range from $90-100/night as a starting point.
- Pleasant View Farm Guesthouse (Intercourse)
- Beacon Hollow Amish Farm Bed and Breakfast
- Country Lane Amish Farm Stay (Leola)
- Sunset View Guesthouse
- Paradise Amish Bed and Breakfast (Paradise)
- Dutch Homestead Amish Guesthouse (Paradise)
Typically, the properties feature guest houses on the family’s land. So you’re not staying inside the home, but in a separate lodging.
They do not have public power, though they’ll use solar energy to power lights and in the standard Amish fashion, propane or natural gas-powered refrigerators.
Here’s a description from the listing of Beacon Hollow Farm:
Relax and refresh in our quiet cottage right here on our farm. This farm has been in our family for six generations. Meet our family while we are doing our daily chores in the barn.
The cottage has two bedrooms, a large kitchen and a full bath. A continental breakfast is served in the cottage every morning of your stay except Sundays. Stroll down the driveway. Have a picnic in our picnic area beside the creek. This is a rare opportunity to stay at one of the few Old Order Amish Bed and Breakfast farms in Lancaster PA. We offer an authentic taste of Amish life that most Lancaster County tourists never get to experience. Our rates are very reasonable. The cottage has electricity. We are open year round. We hope you will come and stay with us! – Ben and Anna Riehl and family.
So it’s not exactly the same as staying with an Amish family, but gets you fairly close to that. More details on each property can be found at the link.
The site is run by a man named Dave Hanson, who also has a site listing mainly Mennonite-owned properties. Here’s a promotional video for the guest houses, accompanied by Amish church singing:
The accompanying Trib Live article has some comments from one of the Amish proprietors:
Lena Stoltzfus said she loves providing her guests with a peaceful getaway, and she hopes they leave with a better understanding of her way of life.
“I like to sit and chat with everybody who comes, get to know them and let them get to know me,” she said. “I hope they see we have more in common than they might expect. The Amish choose to do things a certain way, but we share the same joy in sitting on a quiet porch and having a nice long talk.”
Especially in Lancaster County I can see this making a lot of sense. Amish here are entrepreneurially-minded and many tap into the tourist industry selling products like food, home decor and furniture.
There may have been a time when an Amish family might balk at advertising a property as “Amish”, but as you can see four of the six properties listed on the site use the word in their names. I think that principle in general has worn down a bit especially in the more business-minded areas.
Also key is that the site is run by a non-Amish person which typically is how Amish will advertise their goods and services as Amish without using the name themselves.
And that is the point after all – to have a lodging experience different from a standard bed and breakfast or guesthouse. I can’t vouch personally for the properties, but from descriptions these sound like nice options for those who want to get a bit closer experience of Amish life.