The Horse Shoe Farm
The first time I saw The Horse Shoe Farm property was actually from the back - paddling by on the French Broad River, only about mile or so downstream from Lazy Otter Outfitters. You definitely notice it from the water because it’s got a nice white split rail fence near the water and beyond that, you can see just acres of gently rolling grounds with horse corrals, barns, and other buildings that you know have got to be gorgeous just from the setting.
“...the 'Silo Cookhouse' where meals are served in front of a cozy fireplace, as well as a truly grand multi-room apartment situated above the spa, which is located in what used to be a large horse barn.”
Indeed, they are! The property now known as The Horse Shoe Farm was a working cattle farm for decades and later a private hobby farm. It’s now owned by the Turchin family, who have turned it into a unique retreat that provides lodging for anywhere from two to 50 guests, staying in a variety of luxuriously renovated former farm buildings spread across 80 acres.
Since the Farm is about two minutes from Lazy Otter it’d be a little tough for us to justify an
overnight stay, but I wrangled an invitation over to check the place out and peek into some
of the rooms and facilities, including the “Silo Cookhouse” where meals are served in front of a cozy fireplace, as well as a truly grand multi-room apartment situated above the spa, which is located in what used to be a large horse barn.
Even if you aren’t staying overnight, it’d be worth keeping an eye out for events at the Farm that are open to the public that would give you a chance to come for a visit. For instance, they’ll be hosting the opening gala of Henderson County’s “Cider, Wine & Dine” weekend in April of 2019, which is a ticketed event open to anyone. The spa is also available to the public, and they’re looking for a partner to operate that facility full time too.
How to Find It
The Horse Shoe Farm is located between Rugby Road and the French Broad River in the town of Horse Shoe, about 12 minutes from downtown Hendersonville.
Google Map: https://goo.gl/maps/dWqgAo8vBMJ2
Web site: https://www.thehorseshoefarm.com/