Although Taiwan has a proud farming history, the attraction of an office job and city life meant that, in days gone by, many of the younger generation left the countryside for the city. However, with demand for traditional farm-like hotel accommodation at an all-time high, many of the lost generation have returned to their roots, opening farm stays and luxury farm resorts. So for those of you yearning for a few days in the fresh air, here are some of the best of Taiwan’s many farm stays.
We’ll start at the real luxury end of the scale with Fu Wan Leisure Farm. It’s an eco-friendly resort with accommodations that, while modern in appearance, fit perfectly within the beautifully landscaped surroundings. The owner’s son designed the entire resort, while another son, trained in hospitality, now runs the resort’s restaurant and kitchens.
Run by three sisters, Hua Lu Flower Home Leisure Farm specializes in growing flowers and plants that they then use to create essential oils. The rooms are very tastefully decorated with a certain fairytale feeling, while during the day you can check out the farm museum that houses some of the tools used for extracting and creating their oils many moons ago.
Ideally located right by one of Taiwan’s most beautiful national parks, Sheipa Leisure Farm is a firm favorite with city dwellers of northern and eastern Taiwan. At this farm, you can take hikes in the Shei-Pa National Park or pick some fresh blueberries and kiwis. Nestled in truly breathtaking surroundings, this is the perfect place for some serious downtime.
Nan Yuan Garden Leisure Farm is ideally set on the edge of a lake and is the perfect place for families with young kids. They have a small zoo and guests can feed the animals and even touch some at the petting area. This place has plenty of activities such as three-wheel motorbikes and water cannons for summertime family fun.
Dakeng Leisure Farm offers a true farm stay experience, as this working farm grows organic produce that they then use in the farm’s restaurant. They also raise their own animals, and you can see the pigs and chickens roaming the grounds. The three sisters that run this farm also cater to the more adventurous with a zip line and some good hikes on the property.
Qingjing Farm is far and away the most famous farm on the island. Located in lush green rolling hills, the area surrounding the farm is dotted with guest houses and hotels. However, the guesthouse within the farm itself is the most enjoyable especially for kids. Here you can wander the hills with the farm’s sheep, enjoy a horse riding show, or just sit back and breathe in the fresh mountain air.
Toucheng Leisure Farm Hotel is an easily accessible farm stay located just an hour’s drive from Taipei. Guests can enjoy farm games, tours, and even some DIY workshops. There’s also a lake right by the farm with some hammocks and outdoor seating for lounging around in the evening.