Enjoy a country vacation amid the green, rolling hills of our sustainable livestock farm in the Susquehanna River Valley. With hundreds of sheep, pigs and piglets, chickens, turkeys, working border collies, horses, and honeybees, there is always something interesting going on. You'll stay in The Loft, a cozy guesthouse with 4 beds on the second floor: these are bunk beds with double below and twin above. Your visit is very private and personal, because we host only one group at a time. Enjoy cooking in your own guest kitchen, supplementing with seasonal fruits and vegetables (we are rural, but the grocery store is just 10 minutes down the road). Explore our woods and fields, curl up with a good book by the pond, watch the antics of the flock. Take a sunset walk up Turkey Hill, a favorite spot for deer and yes, turkeys. We'll let you know what farm activities are planned during your stay, and you are welcome to observe or participate as you wish. Families welcome: for safety's sake, children must be supervised at all times. There are many other guest attractions in the region, such as Knoebel's Amusement Park, Clyde Peelings Reptile Museum, and Tobias Wild Animal Park. Dave and I are your hosts: we live steps away from the guesthouse. Note: when we say Sleeps 6, we feel the space is best suited when the 6 includes kids. 6 adults will seem a bit crowded.
112-acre sustainable animal farm with guesthouse
Caroline and David Owens
- Calendar last updated:
- Oct 26, 2018
About Caroline and David Owens
We are David and Caroline Owens, the family behind Owens Farm. We have three children, recently 'grown and flown'. Our farm boasts 112 acres of rolling pasture, with lovely views in all directions. A traditional red Pennsylvania Bank barn, pond, and classic white farmhouse complete the picture. We started farming on 13 acres in New Hampshire. We raised livestock for our own needs, tending our animals in a natural setting and avoiding chemicals and growth stimulants. It was only a matter of time before neighbors approached us, asking if we could raise and sell some extra animals. People were learning about the pitfalls of industrial agriculture, and seeking pasture-raised meat for their families. A business was born. By 2007, we were ready for a larger farm. A two-year search led to the state of Pennsylvania and the town of Sunbury. OUR BACKGROUNDS: Caroline is a former Vocational Agriculture teacher who worked in marketing communications and the equestrian travel business before starting her family. She holds a B.S. in Animal Science/Agricultural Education from Cornell University and an M.B.A. from Boston University. David is an engineer now running his own database and software consulting business. He earned his B.S. in Engineering from the University of Lowell and a M.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Boston University.
Caroline and David Owens purchased this Guest House in 2008
Why Caroline and David Owens chose Sunbury
We knew this was our farm the minute we drove in the driveway. We were looking for a farm with we were raising grass-fed livestock. The more we saw, the better it looked: there were existing fencelines, a pond, interesting conservation areas to attract wildlife, space for an orchard and bees, barn space for our children's programs (we are locally famous for Sheep Camp!), and welcoming neighbors who were also farmers. Equally important, the folks around here appreciate a source of humanely raised, healthy meats.
What makes this Guest House unique
You will not feel like a number here (well, ok, maybe Number 1!). We have one rental space, and accommodate a single group at a time. We honor your privacy, but welcome you to join in the farm activities as time and interest allows. We will let you know what we plan on doing during your stay. But there is absolutely no pressure to '"get your hands dirty". This is not just a working farm, but also a lovely, peaceful place to unwind and watch the world go by. Roaming piglets, baahhing sheep, and crowing roosters will be your soundtrack.
Pool / Spa
Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
Unique place to stay while visiting Knoebels
The farm is beautiful. There is a lovely view of the sunrise from the loft bedroom. The bunk beds are clean and comfortable and although there is a rooster on the property, we couldn't hear a thing up there. It's cool to see all of the animals and we had fun feeding cucumbers to the pigs. Definitely more interesting than staying at a hotel.
Sample of farm life, great family getaway.
Our family enjoyed the stay on the farm. We booked 2 nights which is a recommended minimum. The accommodations were just as described on the website. Simple kitchen and dining room downstairs and very large bedroom/ living room area upstairs. Caroline and Dave were very welcoming and gave us a tour of the farm in the morning. This included meeting the sheep, pigs, horses, and chickens. Our trip to Knoebels was cancelled due to rain, which was disappointing. It did give us more time to spend on the farm and we were invited to watch the sheep move from one area to another with the use of their sheep dog. Caroline and Dave were very mindful of our children and keeping them safe while enjoying what the farm had to offer. There was some walking through tall grass and we were glad we brought rain boots and long pants for the kids. Hiking boots were a plus for the parents. I would recommend this to a family for a weekend getaway. Thank you Caroline and Dave.
Great for a farm experience
Owners are friendly and great with kids. Great for families. Loved being around variety of farm animals. Kitchen/dining area could have been cleaner. Kitchen/dining area & bath are on lower floor. Must use steps to "loft" for sleeping.
We had a wonderful visit! Our children loved seeing the animals and helping to move the sheep and feed the pigs! Caroline and David were great hosts and the accommodations were perfect for our family.
Perfect weekend & sneak Preview of Life on a Sheep Farm!
Chose Owen's Family farm for our weekend (2 nights) trip to Knoebel's Amusement Park based upon affordability and location. Took my daughter and 3 grandchildren ages 6, 4, and 1. We could not be more pleased with our choice. Caroline and Dave were super hospitable even thought they were busy putting up hay before storms set in and tending to their animals and farm. The loft apartment was clean and well appointed. We had all of the cooking utensils and supplies we needed. The upstairs loft where the beds and sofas were located was so comfy for sleeping and stocked with books and toys for the kids, although we brought our own as well.
Caroline took time on the first morning to take us around the farm on her morning "chore run" and showed us how "Hannah", the farm dog helps herd the sheep. We visited and fed the pigs and also were able to feed the gold fish, learn about irrigation of the farm and even some interesting facts about Bee Keeping - yes -"Dave" is a B keeper. The kids got to meet one of the horses, Tiara, when we arrived as well.
This is a perfect location for a weekend in the beautiful PA farm country, especially if you are visiting Knoebels and/or other local attractions. The loft is stocked with plenty of information if you don't have your weekend planned out, though we did. We would definitely recommend Owen's Farm Loft. We enjoyed our stay!
Friendly farm lodging
If you are looking for an out of the ordinary stay, this is it. We had a short but pleasant stay. We interacted with the animals and wished we would have had more time to share in the chores which are optional. Our schedule had us moving too quickly. If we could make a recommendation, we would say to give the guesthouse a bit of tlc. Curtains or something else to hide the freezers on the first floor would enhance the first impression view. Otherwise all else was wonderful
Our farm is in a lovely rural setting, but close to university towns like Lewisburg (Bucknell) and Selinsgrove (Susquehanna University). Two nationally acclaimed family destinations nearby are Knoeble's Grove Amusement Park and Clyde Peeling's Reptile Museum. Knoeble's claim to fame is that it is free to get in: you just pay for the rides as you go.
Rates & Availability
Cancellations 7 or fewer days in advance not eligible for a refund. Cancellations 8 or more days in advance will be refunded. Check in time 3:00 pm, check out 11:00 am. Children must be supervised at all times: there is no way to fully "childproof" a working farm. Hazards exist including open water, machinery, animals, electricity, and vehicular traffic. There is a 9% county and state hotel tax which is not included in the base rate.