How often do you get to admire pigs, sheep, and cows from your front porch? If the answer is "not often enough," consider your next vacation planned.
Farm Sanctuary, a non-profit animal rescue organization with locations in California and New York, is home to 600-pound pigs who flop over in anticipation of belly rubs, turkeys who follow people around like puppies, and sheep who love being petted so much that they'll paw at you like a dog would to ask for more.
And now, at the sanctuary's Watkins Glen, New York, location, three tiny houses dot the landscape. They're new for the 2017 visitor season, allowing guests the full-immersion experience of living among the cuddly creatures.
"It's something that, living in cities, we've lost and I think people long for," president and co-founder Gene Baur tells CountryLiving.com. "Here, people are able to reconnect with the earth and interact with animals in a positive, friendly way where they're our friends, not our food."
Located in upstate New York's picturesque Finger Lakes region, the tiny houses were named after different residents — Marjorie the goat, Amy the sheep, and Turpentine the turkey — as a way of acknowledging the animals' individuality.
"We wanted to recognize that, like all of us, these animals have feelings, they experience their own lives, they develop relationships with other animals, they have memories," Baur says. "They want to enjoy life and not be treated badly."
Each unit was decorated by animal activist and New York Times bestselling author Tracey Stewart with special touches like portraits of the animals they're named after. Kitchenettes and bathrooms make the houses extra-convenient, and large glass doors and front porches let guests, as Baur says, "breathe in and experience the peace of" the sanctuary.
The approximately 384-square-foot buildings can accommodate either three adults or two adults plus two children. The 2017 visitor season begins in May and runs through October, and rates start at $275 per night.
The sanctuary plans to open a satellite location next year at Jon and Tracey Stewart's farm in Colts Neck, New Jersey, which will offer easier accessibility for residents of New York City and Philadelphia.