THIS FARM!! My kids can’t stop talking about it!
“A stress-free place for people and animals”
This farm is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to providing a beautiful, loving environment that encourages relationships between the sanctuary animals and the people who visit them.
Location: 10445 Manley Road, Nokesville, Virginia 20181 (~1 hr. from Fredericksburg)
Hours: Visiting hours are by appointment only -Tuesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday -11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Cost: $30 donation per family
Website: Hope & Serenity Farm Sanctuary
Things to Know:
- You must complete a waiver prior to your arrival
- Closed-toed shoes required
- Bring food to feed the animals: Carrots, apples, bananas, watermelon rinds, other fruit, as well as stale cereal, chips, crackers, or bread
- You may bring your own snacks to enjoy on the farm
- Schedule appointment online — Email the owner a couple of dates in which you are interested– She will respond with available dates
Our time at Hope & Serenity:
We have been waiting 2 1/2 months to visit this farm. Our schedule didn’t work out until Saturday, June 19th, 2021.
We really didn’t know what to expect. The drive to the Nokesville area was beautiful. The farm is at the end of a private road. You just park along the grass. Then walk to the gate and let yourself in.
The volunteers were very friendly and welcoming. We immediately felt at home. The volunteers were getting our buckets of food ready for the animals. We were all asked to bring food to donate to the animals. That was added to our buckets.
There were three families there for tours. We each had our own tour guide and went to separate areas of the farm. We did not feel rushed at all and were able to revisit some of the animals.
We loved how up close and personal we were able to get with most of the animals. The farm has alpacas, cats, dogs, a cow, a calf, a turkey, ducks, geese, donkeys, goats, guinea pigs, rabbits, pigs, roosters, chickens, horses, and sheep.
The kids loved going into the pen to feed the rabbits and guinea pigs. Their favorite part, though, was spending time with the pigs especially the baby ones. The babies were born sometime in April. There are about 200 pigs on this farm. Most are potbellied pigs.
They also offer horseback riding lessons, birthday parties, and a preschool program.
Sanctuary’s Nature Program for preschoolers -Ages 3-5 -M,W & F -9am – noon -$35/day with parent, $45/day drop off
✅There will be a homeschool program on Tuesdays in April, 10 am-1 pm. After completing the waiver and making a weekly $30 donation, please Facebook message your email and children’s names and ages to confirm attendance.
✅ Afterschool programs will be held on Fridays, 4:30-7 pm.
Volunteers -Volunteers are accepted every day of the week. -10:00 AM to 1:30 PM -Must be 13 years old.
On our way home we also stopped by Messick’s Farm Market in Bealton. After having an up close and personal visit with farm animals, the kids were not interested in Messick’s petting zoo.
Hope & Serenity Farm is also near the Seven Oaks Lavender Farm, so you could tie in a visit to the lavender farm.
WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO ANOTHER VISIT IN THE FUTURE!!
(Updated: March 2022)