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Come Hug a Cow and Cuddle a Turkey TN

Rated 4.91 out of 5 from 11 reviews.Christiana, United StatesPart of the Airbnb Animals collection

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Animal experience hosted by Ellie Laks & Jay Weiner

2 hours
Up to 10 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

You will get to hug and brush the cows, feed the carrots to the horses, give the pig's tummy rubs, cuddle with a turkey, hold a chicken and hear the animals stories of resilience and so much more. Enjoy a beautiful day during The Gentle Barn's open to the public hours Sunday's between 11am-1pm.

There is a gift shop with Gentle Barn merchandise like logo'd t-shirts, mugs, hats, plush animals etc. There is a snack shop that offers delicious plant based snacks and drinks and food for lunch, like Beyond Meat burgers and sausages. There is a wonderful presentation about how Ellie (Founder) started The Gentle Barn in the picnic area but most important is lots of time with the animals.

The Gentle Barn is an experience that you won't soon forget!
You will get to hug and brush the cows, feed the carrots to the horses, give the pig's tummy rubs, cuddle with a turkey, hold a chicken and hear the animals stories of resilience and so much more. Enjoy a beautiful day during The Gentle Barn's open to the public hours Sunday's between 11am-1pm.

There is a gift shop with Gentle Barn merchandise like logo'd t-shirts, mugs, hats, plush animals etc. There is a snack shop that offers delic…

Ellie Laks & Jay Weiner's commitment to safety

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Meet your host, Ellie Laks & Jay Weiner

Host on Airbnb since 2019
  • 11 Reviews
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Ellie and Jay are the Founders of The Gentle Barn founded in 1999, a national organization that is home to hundreds of animals and has hosted over 500,000 visitors. Ellie and Jay both struggled as children and were strengthened and inspired by the love of animals. With their first hand knowledge of the healing power of animals, Ellie and Jay wanted to dedicate the rest of their lives by paying it forward, saving animals and healing people. They love animals so much that they've been vegan for 20yrs and work hard everyday to instill that same passion for nature and animals and the hearts of the people that visit. Ellie and Jay would love to invite you to come experience the healing energy and wonderful animals of The Gentle Barn.
Ellie and Jay are the Founders of The Gentle Barn founded in 1999, a national organization that is home to hundreds of animals and has hosted over 500,000 visitors. Ellie and Jay both struggled as children and were strengthened and inspired by the love of animals. With their first hand knowledge of the healing power of animals, Ellie and Jay wanted to dedicate the rest of their lives by paying it forward, saving animals and healing people. They love animals so much that they've been vegan for 20…
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About the organisation: The Gentle Barn



The Gentle Barn rescues animals from severe abuse and neglect who are too old, sick and/or scared to be adopted into homes. Gentle Barn's mission is "Teaching People kindness and compassion to animals, each other and our planet". It is open to the public on Sundays for guests to hug the cows, give pigs tummy rubs, cuddle turkeys, feed carrots to the horses, hold a chickens and learn their stories.

This is a social impact experience where 100% of what you pay for this experience goes to The Gentle Barn.
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Where you'll be

The Gentle Barn is located on a beautiful property near Nashville in Christiana, TN. It is an outdoor ranch style location, so dress accordingly, with pants, closed toe shoes and a hat if you choose. There is a picnic area with lots of tables and shade for you to eat lunch and take a rest. There are several animal areas to visit and lots of staff and volunteers to help you enjoy your time and learn all about the animals.

Rated 4.91 out of 5 from 11 reviews.

Devon
March 2020
A great experience to connect with animals and nature. You get up close an personal with sweet farm animals that have been rescued from difficult situations. Cows, chickens, turkeys, 800 lb. pigs, and much more. A short drive outside of Nashville. I felt like I did a good thing for the world by coming here.
A great experience to connect with animals and nature. You get up close an personal with sweet farm animals that have been rescued from difficult situations. Cows, chickens, turkey…
Jeremy
February 2020
As volunteers knowing none of them have to be there yet choose to on there own time is special on it’s own. The animals are well taken care of and loved by everyone there. It was an awesome experience and definitely recommend!
Juliana
January 2020
I loved that during this experience you were free to walk around and spend as much time with the animals as you liked. All of the animals were well cared for and the volunteers had specific knowledge about each animal's unique personality. I loved that all of the animals were rescued and that The Gentle Barn focused on drawing connections between people and animals.
I loved that during this experience you were free to walk around and spend as much time with the animals as you liked. All of the animals were well cared for and the volunteers had…
Brittany
December 2019
The Gentle Barn is truly a unique experience. You get close interactions with a variety of animals which provides a new perspective of compassion and life. It’s great for all ages. I recommend everyone visit at least once in their lifetime.
Thomas
October 2019
Several weeks ago I saw a video online starring one of the animals at The Gentle Farm and thought to myself “wow.” I happen to be in Murfreesboro, TN this weekend to visit family and my relative came across The Gentle Barn as something to do when in town. I thought “it’s kismet, I have to go.” This experience did not disappoint. I absolutely love animals and I have wanted to be able to interact with them in a positive and healthy space instead of some type of petting zoo where they exist as slaves. I am so glad The Gentle Barn exists to give a safe haven to these rescued animals. I think everyone should visit The Gentle Barn at least once.
Several weeks ago I saw a video online starring one of the animals at The Gentle Farm and thought to myself “wow.” I happen to be in Murfreesboro, TN this weekend to visit family a…
Nicolette
February 2020
Really cute place, the story behind it is even more magical!

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 10 guests of all ages can attend.

More tips

Out of respect for the animals, we kindly ask that you do not bring any dairy, egg, meat, poultry, or seafood onto the property. The Gentle Barn is an outdoor farm environment, therefore we strongly recommend all visiting guests wear long pants, closed-toe shoes, a hat, and plenty of sunscreen.