Turtle Brook Farm is home to some half dozen Morgan horses and offers visitors equestrian opportunities, but its accommodations are equally suitable for hikers, fishermen, birders, mountain bikers or anyone else looking to getaway to the heart of Bath County's unspoiled mountain splendor. An expert fly fishing guide/instructor on both public and private waters is available by request.
Each of our two single bedroom cabins can comfortably accommodate a family of four or two couples. Each has a fully equipped kitchen, grilling facilities, pleasant living areas and porches and decks to take in wonderful farm views. Both are very comfortably and tastefully furnished.
All bedding, towels, linens, kitchenware are provided. The Goldfinch cabin has a large campfire pit for cool summer evenings while the Corn Flower cabin offers a cheerful chiminea experience.
Should you want to bring your own horses, our facilities include two 12 by 24 run in sheds with paddocks, a working ring, pasturage and close proximity to several thousand acres of U.S. Forest land across Cobbler Mountain into Hidden Valley. We offer riding lessons as well as meaningful equine interaction for young children who may be up close to these beautiful animals for the first time. It is amazing what close contact with a horse can do for a child's self-confidence.
Our private 127 acre environment is a wonderful blend of meadows, pasture land and mountain trail access all of which is open to our guests. Across the fields from our 1840's farm house is a small pond with a picnic area ideal for youngsters' fishing fun. A second stream fed pond below the house provides another peaceful setting and fishing opportunity. Adults will enjoy the hammock and deck overlooking the bull frog laden pond and watching the colorful dragon flies that lend their name to the site. There are multiple lovely walks throughout the farm and serious hiking on Cobbler Mountain and throughout the county.
The bird and game populations on the farm are profuse and greatly varied ranging from Baltimore Orioles to Red Tail Hawks and from deer to black bear and foxes. Night skies are dark and filled with a brilliant display of stars above and, in summer, filled all around you with thousands and thousands of industrious fireflies.
If you read Turtle Brook Farm's reviews you will find that most guests come here to escape the rigors of their crowded urban or suburban lives. Their are plenty of good books to read and games to play and sights to see, but cell phone service is sketchy except at the farm house. And the Warm Springs library is set up for any and all computer needs as well as the Hot Springs Starbucks coffee shop.
Your hosts, Lea and Claudia Campbell are always ready to answer questions, offer advice or resupply your cabin, but we know you have not come here to visit us and that you relish your privacy. Once on the farm, you are in your own world.
Turtle Brook is conveniently located on U.S. 220, just two and a half miles north of the county seat of Warm Springs and eight miles north of The Homestead Resort. Lake Moomaw and Douthat State Park are within a 45 minute drive and many other natural attractions of the Allegheny Highlands are within easy reach.