It was a pleasure to answer such an interesting question. I was very
excited to answer this question because I myself worked in the travel
industry. First of all, I will like to provide a list of best travel
ranches (as evaluated) in France, United States and Germany. The lists
are just the opinions of its authors and not in any way confirms the
rankings of the Farms/Ranches. There might be more great farms. I will
also provide you my list of best ranches in the United States that
meet your criteria. Some of these Resorts/Ranches were hand picked by
me from the list that I researched and some of them are the ranches
that I know to be one of the greatest in United States.
Also, I will provide you resources country by country.
Please note that I consider South Africa to be one of the best places
to experience farm life because it is 'two in one shot', Farm & Safari.
I have also provided a website that will provide you information on
endless number of famrs in South Africa so you may choose yourself.
Here is the first list for top Ranches in France, US and Germany
France's top six farmstays
Top German Ranches
America's Top Guest Ranches
17 entries (4 cateories)
Here are my favourites in USA
Hacienda del sol Guest Ranch Resort
Tanque Verda Ranch, Arizona, USA
Rancho de los Caballeros, Arizona, USA
9 Quarter Circle Ranch, Montana, USA
Allisal Guest Ranch & Resort
Averills Flathead Lake Lodge, Montana, USA
Mountain Sky Guest Ranch, Montana, USA
Sorrel River Ranch Resort & Spa, Utha, USA
Here are the websites by individual country where you will find extensive
information on farmstays. I call these 'offcial websites' because they have
such an extensive information about their country.
Australlia Farm Stays
United Kingdom / Ireland
** One of the most extensive list that I have ever seen. Refer to the database.
Farm House Accomodation UK
France/Netherland/Luxemburg and Belgium
------Luxury or Resort ranches
Dude Ranhers Association
------Search for a Ranch
Here is the list by most fammous US Ranch States
Colorado Ranch Association
Search a ranch
Arizona Dude Ranch Association
Montana Dude Ranch Association
Side by Side Comparison
OR YOU MAY CHOOSE BY STYLE (RESORT-WORKING-DUDE)
Wyoming Dude Ranch Association
Other useful websites
Best Ranch Vacations for women
BC Guest Ranch Association
America's best Dude Ranches (Just an Article)
America's Best Ranches
Ranches around the world
Useful Search Criteria
'farmstays country name'
'best dude ranches'
'top guest ranches'
I hope this helps. Please clarify, if you are not satisfied. I wish you a very
good luck on your search for the ultimate resort of your dreams.