Private Farm Tour
About The Farm Tour and Frequently Asked Questions:
What is the Cost of the Farm Tour?
For 1-3 people the fee is $50. For 4 people and up, the fee is $15 per person. Children ages 2 and under are free as long as they are in the arms of a paying adult. Book a tour --> https://square.site/book/AHY637SZJ61SD/double-8-alpaca-ranch-lovettsville-va
Can we just show up?
No, All tours must be booked 18 hours in advance due to our farm being family operated. Sorry, we DO NOT accept WALK-IN appointments. To book your tour click on the "Book An Alpaca Farm Tour" button on the home page or the link above.
What Do We Get for Our Tour?
During your hour-long tour, we will educate you on the different types of alpacas and differences between alpacas and llamas. We discuss how we harvest and process the alpaca and llama fiber here at our farm. We provide healthy treats for you to feed the alpacas while on your tour. You can take photos and selfies of our friendly alpacas and llamas. You will leave with a smile on your face after spending time with our gentle farm animals. Tag us on Instagram @Double8alpaca
Is there a Public Restroom on the Farm?
There is a Johnny Blue Porta Potty onsite and a hand washing station.
What Should we Wear?
For your safety, please wear closed-toe shoes. If muddy or wet, you might want to bring a change of shoes (boots). In the summer months, wear protective clothing such as hats to shade your eyes, or warm clothes during colder months.
What Covid Precautions Should We Take?
Masks are optional outdoors on the farm as long as we are maintaining 6 feet social distancing. There is also a hand-washing station. If you or anyone in your group is experiencing Covid or Flu-like symptoms, please reach out to us to reschedule or cancel your tour.
Are There Other Things to See or Do on the Farm?
We have 2 gentle horses, chickens, farm dogs, and many alpacas and llamas on our 32 acre farm in Hillsboro, Virginia for you to meet while here for your tour.
Can We Bring our Dog?
NO OUTSIDE DOGS ARE PERMITTED. We want the animals to feel safe and comfortable around our visitors. We have livestock guardian dogs who will jump on your car if you bring your dog(s) and leave them in your car. It's best to leave your dogs at home.
How Do We Book Our Private Tour?
Click on the "Book an Alpaca Farm Tour" button on the Home page. It will direct you to a calendar of available dates and times. Our farm is family run and currently only the owners Bonnie and Doug are operating the farm. Should you need to call or email us to help you with booking your tour, we will respond as soon as we are available but it may take a few days.
Is There a Cancellation or Rescheduling Policy?
We will work with you to reschedule your tour should there be inclement weather or other reasons (emergency, sick) for rescheduling or cancelling. We will retain 25% to cover the loss of service if there is a cancellation. At times of inclement weather, we may close the farm and will need to reschedule your tour. In the event that we have to cancel your reservation, we will provide a full refund.
Can We Have a Picnic at the Farm After our Tour?
Paying Farm Tour Guests may have a picnic 45 minutes prior to a scheduled farm tour or after your farm tour. Fee: $25 per 45 minutes. There are 2 picnic tables on the farm, one under the shade of an old cherry tree and the other in a sunny spot next the alpaca field. Please call to reserve your picnic table once you have booked your tour. Please clean up your picnic area and put all trash in provided trash cans or take your trash with you.
Is There Anything Else We Should Know?
At times it can get buggy (gnats), so you may want to apply bug spray before your tour. Bring your own, or purchase bug spray in our farm store.
You may get thirsty, so bring a water bottle or purchase a bottle of water in our farm store.
What is The Most Respectful Way to Approach an Animal on Your Farm?
1. Ask the owner first.
2. Approach slowly and use a soft voice.
3. Stay away from its' backend (for your safety).
4. Pet the neck and withers (shoulders) gently with the backside of your hand.
5. Keep hands away from the animals face (nose and eyes).
Are there any Rules?
Outside food is not permitted to be fed to any of the animals on our farm.
No chasing of any animals, including the chickens on the farm. Chasing causes stress and stress can causes illness.
Close-Toed Shoes must be worn to enter any of the animal enclosures.
Pick up ALL trash and dispose of it in the proper trash receptacles or take it home with you.
HAVE FUN and ENJOY our peaceful and beautiful animals and farm!!