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Stay at a Working Water Buffalo Dairy Farm

February 12, 2015 by

Fairburn Farm

The Fairburn Farm Country Manor is not your stereotypical bed and breakfast. It’s a working water buffalo dairy farm. They close over the winter months, but will open again around Easter of 2015 for their fifth guest season

Fairburn Farm

Fairburn Farm Country Manor Accommodations

The farm offers an intimate stay with just five bedrooms, each decorated in homey vintage décor.

The Cowichan room is furnished with a queen size bed, a private en-suite bathroom, and features westward views overlooking the garden.

The Koksilah room is furnished with a queen sleigh bed, fire place, a love seat (opens into single bed), and also enjoys a private bath with a jetted tub. This room also features a westward view of the garden and mountains.

The Kinsol Room, also has a sleigh bed, and private bath with jetted tub, but offers an eastward view overlooking the fields.

The Orchard Room features extra sleeping with a queen sized bed, and bunk beds. It has a private bath with shower, as well as a bath shared with the Heritage Room which has two queen beds separated by a partial wall.

The house is also available for rent for families interested in renting all five bedroom and can accommodate up to 14 people.

Fairburn Farm

Farm Tours

The Fairburn Farm also schedules tours of the farm. Tours start at 10:30 and it is recommended guests show up a little early to be sure they start on time. These walking tours last for an hour and a half to two hours, and explain Fairburn’s history.

Along with history, guests learn water buffalo trivia like how buffalo milk has almost 60 percent more calcium and 40 percent more protein than cow’s milk as they witness Canada’s first water buffalo dairy in operation. Guests actually get to meet the buffalo.

Tours can be arranged for private groups with a minimum of 10 people. Call 250-746-4637 to schedule your own tour.

While one night stays are welcomed, in the past the farm has offered a discount on stays of more than three nights. Prices for 2015 have not yet been posted, but will vary depending on the dates of stay. Plan early, because weekend dates are often limited due to weddings.

Check the farm’s website to find the rates for the dates of your choice. A full breakfast is included, but costs $25 for each additional person. For kids 10 years or younger the fee is $10, with no charge for kids under 2 years of age.

For the 2015 season, they are putting together a package to include lunches for private groups of 15-25 people available on weekdays May- September 2015.

Photo credits: ShawTVSouthVI

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