a little touch of home

Pittsburgh Magazine | July 1997

As reported by Michelle Pilecki in Pittsburgh Magazine, July 1997:

” Drawing its name from the setting of Thomas Hardy’s Far From the Madding Crowd, Weatherbury Farm is as much a vacation destination as a B&B, filled with literary whimsy as well as the aspects of a working farm. The Hereford cattle are named for Shakespearean characters, the Bantam chickens for denizens of Alice’s Wonderland and the Southdown sheep for Dickensian folks. Visitors can pet and help feed the animals –the long-haired Scottish Highland cattle favor carrots and apples. Pippin, though is more of a pet than a farm sheep, and sleeps in a doghouse. The 104-acre 1870s-era farm, owned and operated by Dale and Marcy Tudor(16-year-old son Nigel is resident blacksmith and farm guide) is very much a family affair. Children are encouraged with ‘chores’ that will earn them an ‘official Weatherbury Farm Kid’ badge and with toys in several rooms. Adults can just relax, swim or explore nearby covered bridges. After a wake-up tray of juice and coffee, enjoy a farm breakfast of egg dishes, baked goods, fruit, etc.
Close to: A short drive to Meadowcroft Village, Breezy Heights Golf Driving Range and restaurant, Quicksilver Golf Club, horseback riding in Cecil or Cross Creek Park. But many visitors just stay on the farm.
Rooms: All four, named for former residents, have private baths; $65/night. More rooms will be added in the old summer kitchen and In a 19th century barn the Tudors are rebuilding. No phones or TVs in the rooms–that would defeat the purpose –but they are available. Smoking outside only.
Special amenities: A free booklet lists basic info and activity suggestions. There’s also a stock of brochures on local attractions, farm toys, puzzles, an in-ground swimming pool, croquet, badminton and a player piano.
Reservations: First night’s fee need for deposit, refundable on cancellations more than a week in advance; short-notice cancellations can be applied to future stays. All major credit cards. ”