Accommodations cover everything from where peoole will stay on your farm, be it in the farm house with you, a separate cottage, a re-appointed chicken coop, a yurt, a campsite or any of a myriad other shelter options, to what people sleep on.
To see more about accommodation types, look at pages 25-32 in the Feasibility Worksheet. This will show you examples different building types, tents, yurts, tipis, etc with some resources included. Lodging can be creative. You simply need to think about amenities (e.g. bathrooms, running water, electricity) and what your guests are likely to enjoy...or put up with. Just because something is rustic does not necessarily mean it is inexpensive if you do it well.
When it comes to the amenities you offer inside your lodging, there are certain areas to consider: bedroom, bathroom, kitchen (if you offer one), food (if you offer it). Here a few tips from our experience.
- It is generally held that if a person sleeps well because he or she is comfortable, you will have a happy guest. The bedding we provide for our farm stay is nicer than what we have for ourselves. 55-100% cotton sheets, a good mattress, newer pillows, fresh towels, warm blankets, a tasteful bed spread, go a long way to a good night's sleep regardless of how early the rooster crows.
- Provide recognized natural brands of shampoo, conditioner, hand soap, shower gel ...or your own if you have it. Guests love to think they are getting something regional/local/that no one else has access to. Towels, not just in white, are a good idea since it seems many guests are concerned about towels showing dirt. Soft and thick are nice.
- Think about the kinds of items the medicine cabinet should hold: extra razors, sewing kit, band-aids, antibiotic ointment, children's antihistamine, children's non-aspirin. And in a vanity drawer, maybe some extra diapers and wipes.
- In the kitchen, you need good knives, good pots and pans, a coffee maker, a tea pot, coffee filters, cutting board, and maybe a crock pot. Guests also like to see waffle makers, blenders, toasters, wine glasses, cork screw, zip lock bags and tin foil.
- Food varies by season and kitchen access. Some farms have what they call and 'honor store' where guests pick out what they want and keep a tally that they pay on departure. Other farms allow guests to collect from the farm garden and the chicken coop. You need to make sure your guests know what they are doing before allowing them to harvest and this is also the time for a lesson about eggs (wash/don't wash/refrigerate/don't refrigerate/what it takes for a chick to hatch). If you don't deal with food at all for your guests, offering some basic items like salt and pepper, sugar, oil, a few herbs, is always a good idea.