Elisabeth’s Farm

Barn Dated 1746

We were looking for somewhere to stay for a couple of days in the Bremen area and Tony came across this entry on the iOverlander app. We used this app regularly, among other things to find wild camping spots in quieter locations.

House Dated 1721

So we telephoned Elisabeth and the following afternoon we found ourselves near the town of Verden being warmly greeted by Elisabeth and her father. We bought steak for our supper from their farm shop and were given the choice of staying in a cow field or the chicken field. We chose the chickens as we guessed it would be cleaner under foot. We were soon settled on a pleasant, grassy field close to the hen house. It was a warm, sunny afternoon and all we could hear were hens clucking and the sound of a distant tractor.

The farm was set in 240 acres where Elisabeth reared Limousin beef cattle. Some of the farm buildings dated back to the 1700s although the current farmhouse was quite modern. Elisabeth explained that at the end of World War II the British had been trying to destroy a nearby bridge over the river Aller, unfortunately the bomb missed the bridge and landed on their farmhouse. She told us that the British troops stayed on in Verden until 1993 so I suppose the townsfolk were quite accustomed to us British.

Alone With the Chickens
Tony and our Host Elisabeth