Last Updated on November 20, 2023

An unknown author once wrote, “While we try to teach our children about life, the farm teaches us what life’s all about.”

Mention a stay at a farm and it will excite most kids (big and little) sometimes even more than a Disney vacation!

Big Picture Farm in Townshend, VT offers guests “a great place to unplug and rewind, to reconnect with the natural world.” It’s also the ideal place to experience the wilderness and tranquility of southern Vermont this winter or any season you choose to visit.

Started in 2010 by Louisa Conrad and Lucas Farrell (and now joined by daughters, Maisie and Minna), Big Picture Farm is a small hillside goat dairy and farmstead confectionery and creamery.

Big Picture Farm’s award-winning goat milk caramels and farmstead cheeses are made with fresh, raw, creamy goat’s milk from their herd of 40 healthy and happy, free-ranging companions. The farm store also carries chocolates, gift collections, apparel and more.

The health and happiness of their animals is the main focus of this Animal Welfare Approved farm with a mission to integrate agriculture and narrative in a fresh way that properly evokes the place, animals, and work in order to bring to life the exciting and unpredictable evolution of our products, farm and lives.  

Staying at Big Picture Farm

If you’re into farm stays or looking for a unique experience, you’ll find three amazing choices of farm stay accommodations ranging from a one-bedroom solar cabin to a nine-bedroom farmhouse. This makes for a lovely honeymoon destination or family or friend getaway.

The Solar Cabin

The Solar Cabin at Big Picture Farm in Vermont
The Solar Cabin at Big Picture Farm in Vermont. Courtesy Big Picture Farm.

Tucked into the hillside of the 100-acre farm, the Solar Cabin at Big Picture Farm is a private contemporary country oasis. Featuring a light, airy and modern feel, the cabin is the perfect spot for one or two people to unwind.

Guests can welcome a good night’s sleep in the soft king-size platform bed with luxury Matouk linens. The large window overlooking the meadow and grove of maples makes it feel like you are in the fanciest treehouse ever.

You can lounge on the sofa by the new Scandinavian Rais gas fireplace or spend time on the expansive deck offering picturesque meadow views.

If you’re into cooking your own meals, you can do this in the cabin’s elegant kitchen.  

The Colt Barn

This beautiful rustic-meets-contemporary barn-meets-gallery gem is located near the historic barn and farmstead cheese/caramel operation.

The barn features two upstairs bedrooms that can accommodate up to four guests, each with a luxurious king bed and fancy white Matouk Linens, down pillows and comforters.

The downstairs kitchen is bright, airy and well-appointed. The first floor features an expansive chef’s kitchen, dining table, and built-in seating area, as well as a living room with a Scandinavian gas fireplace, a sitting lounge, an outdoor deck, and a newly renovated bathroom that includes a tiled walk-in shower with a rain shower system.

The Farmhouse

Big Picture Farm's goats.
Big Picture Farm’s goats. Photo courtesy of Team Chic Execs.

The Farmhouse at Big Picture Farm is a lovely on-farm boutique country manor. Impressive and expansive with 9,000-square-feet of usable space, its nine bedrooms can sleep up to 16 people offering a perfect four-season setting to enjoy the Vermont countryside.

The light-infused airy accommodations include three en-suite kings, one en-suite queen, three queens, one king and queen bedroom combination and a king, queen, twin and trundle offering.

The house also includes a state-of-the-art farmhouse kitchen with a six-burner Viking range, a reading solarium, two fireplaces, a yoga room, media room, a children’s play space, expansive outdoor patio, fire pit, and shared use of a 70-foot lap pool with lounge chairs, umbrellas and an outdoor shower.

Whether you’re considering a unique destination for a multiple-family vacation, wedding, reunion, conference, corporate retreat, workshop, elopement, fundraiser, or some other special event, the Farmhouse’s beauty and distinction will ensure a magical experience for all.

Outdoor Spaces

A peaceful, spring-fed pond is a popular spot for finding frogs in the spring and turtles in the fall. But come winter, the pond becomes an amazing frozen paradise for ice skating. Sledding and snowshoeing are also fun winter activities that can be experienced on-site.

Stratton is this area’s go-to mountain for winter skiing, but the farm is only 30 to 40 minutes to other alpine ski destinations, including Mt. Snow, Bromley, Magic Mountain, and Okemo. Then, of course, there are the animals. Big Picture Farm can schedule a “private goat hangout” session for you and your family or friends with these affectionate, funny sweet creatures.

Author

  • Noreen Kompanik

    Noreen Kompanik is a retired registered nurse, legal nurse consultant, and military spouse turned travel writer. She launched her travel writing career in 2014 and has over 600 articles in both digital and print publications.

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