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    Charmingfare Farm was on my bucket list of things to do Summer of 2014 and I did it. It was easy to find and such a beautiful day for horseback riding. Our 2 guides were both friendly and knowledgable about all the questions I had. The ride took us through the woods, past ponds and through the beautiful fields. I really enjoyed it. Can’t say enough about the goats and the petting zoo. It was worth the trip.The owner contacted me and I share some photo’s that I’d taken that day. He appreciate it and I appreciate talking to him about his beautiful land

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    I work with adults with disabilities and a staff member and I decided to take 2 clients to Charmingfare farm to do something new. They were rude when I asked if they followed the Americans with disabilities act which allows staff to accompany the said adult with out a fee or a discounted fee. They told us if we wanted that then we should have asked in advance on their website. I asked where on the website that was done and he stated under the donations tab. Well I am sorry but when I see a tab for “donations” I think this is where they want us to “donate” to them….. Also we were told that the farm is handicap accessible … Yeah right. For $17 a person we could not bring our clients into any of the indoor areas due to a big curb at all the entrances and exits for a basic wheel chair we can kind of lift it but for an electric wheel chair you can not. One of my clients couldn’t even get up to the fences to actually see or reach out and touch the pet-able animals. And to push a wheel chair through their gravel roads and on the grass to some of the exhibits was very hard or impossible at some points. Now for the animals…. Those poor Lamas, Alpacas, and Goats their hoofs were so very overgrown it was horrible, the enclosures for the wild life were awful and so tiny. Our experience was awful I will never take anyone there again!

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    We had purchased tickets from travelzoo so we got a great deal from there. Upon our arrival, the farm looked utterly amazing, beautiful, and looked liked we were going to have a great time. When we stopped in at the ticket office, the girl behind the counter took our tickets from travelzoo and stated we did not have a reservation for the day, we had booked the zoo and the horseback riding trail ride. Luckily I had all the paperwork, just in case as I always do. We proved to her that we had a reservation NOT only from travelzoo but ALSO a confirmed email from Charmingfare Farm!!! for 1130am (trail ride). We arrived at 930 so that we could visit the zoo first and then go on to the trail ride. The zoo was nice, and the area was clean as a whistle. We began to ask some questions to the workers, but they were not very friendly, except for one young man. They have no postings about the animals and some (a cow from Asia, a ZuZu) but they want and push you to buy seed (at 4.00 per 5oz) to feed them. I was taken back that noone wanted to be bothered to answer any questions – especially about the camel and lynx.There are no signs as to tell you where to continue to go for the zoo, only “do not enter” signs are posted along the way so you have to double back on a couple of sections.All in all the zoo was okay – clean which to me is importantIn regards to the trail ride – we were booked for 1130 and were to meet at the paddock by 1115am. To which we did, but no one was there to greet us. We stood around for about 20 minutes (5 minutes past our reservation time) when we went to ask the girl at the counter (yes same one) if we were at the right location – she said “ya but we sent the first group out really late so you’ll have to wait” When asked how long as we had reservations, she was quite rude and said “when they get back”. Well, (1) we paid for reservations (2) we were confirmed for the reservation (3) it states on the receipt if your late we do not wait for you….when I brought up these points she said “well cant tell ya anything have no idea when they left or when they will return just wait till to see the horses coming back”. Are you kidding me? What about my time? What ever happened to someone talking back to you in a polite way?’The party that was before us was about 1/2 to 40 minutes late returning. We were then at that point just sitting on the ground, as there are NO benches or places to sit and wait at this location, there are no drinks to purchase so we waited for all to leave. The two guides came over and said to grab helmets, no help in making sure they fit us correctly and then we were on our merry way 40 minutes late and the two guides talking about the last bunch who had no idea how to ride and caused them to be late. We were told to stay in a single line and we were going to only walk at a slow speed (and I mean slow) as these horses had to work all day!!! Seriously? So during our guided tour, to which the guides did not talk, unless we spoke to them and it was not about the area. We asked to stop to take some photos and we could not (although we were told to bring our camera and yes, a $5.00 tip for each guide was MANDATORY! we were told we could not stop for photos but…..we had to stop when each horse took a dump. We did not trot we only walked at a slllllooooowww pace. We did not see what the website had to offer we did see some green land but we were guided into the woods for the remainder of the ride.Had I paid full price for this (77.00 per person) It would have been a total waste of money. Overall, I give it a two as the one guide was nice and the one gentleman (young man) was nice other then that I really would not recommend to my friends

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    This place is terrible…for the amount of money you pay for a ticket, they should be ashamed of their appearance…cages falling apart, animals look ratty, the port-a-potties look/smell like they haven’t been emptied in years. Office staff is aloof, NEVER return phone calls, seem to have NO computer/billing support, turn you away for event even if you are holding proof of purchase in hand (yup, not in their “system”) …DO NOT sign up for their “membership”…to cancel after a year, you have to write a letter…that they conveniently “lose” and continue to charge your card on file…I will NEVER return to this dump.

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    Eh, it’s just okay. I thought it was overpriced. (Consider that an annual family membership to the Philadelphia Zoo costs $150 for two adults and up to six children with no $39 “Enfollment fee.”) It’s charming, but not THAT charming.