The Farmhouse by EDL | Lakbay Norte Series 3
The Farmhouse by EDL is one of the many wonderful reasons why Tarlac is now more than just a transit place to the north. With its refreshing holiday concept of tacking on farming with tourism, more travellers are now making this charming province a real destination.
Tarlac is largely an agricultural province carpeted by vast tracts of sugarcane & rice fields. But it is also a prosperous place peppered by modern hotels, restaurants & a variety of entertainment hubs similar to Manila.
But things are beginning to change in this side of the Central Plains. In the recent years we’ve seen unique attractions that make us get off that bus & explore the kind of Tarlac we hardly know.
The Farmhouse by EDL: Changing the way we travel in Tarlac
The Farmhouse by EDL is a 29-hectare farm that crouches the mountains of Capas. Here, they grow crops & raise animals all the natural way. They also have a pretty boutique resort that dishes out stellar farm-to-table food.
This kind of country retreat may not be new to the Philippines but definitely a wonderful addition to our organic ecological agritourism listings & the best, by far, in Tarlac.
Nothing was more magical than arriving at The Farmhouse by EDL on the night of the super blue blood moon. Some hid in the garden with their cameras, others wallowed on the gorgeous pool or laid on the grass moongazing over shots of barrel-aged rhum. Despite having a long day, we managed to squeeze in a short but fun full moon party before we snoozed off in its cutesy lodge tucked in the silence of deep countryside.
The resort has 16 rooms fitted in a single 2-storey farm villa. Originally built to accommodate the owner’s family & friends coming over for a weekend chill, it had eventually transformed into a full-service resort.
The rooms come in various sizes—standard, regular & family. Unlike other stuffy country-house hotels, everything here is kept simple but comfortable & tidy but playful. There are no fancy decors or what-have-yous but nonetheless it’s surely more than modest for a goodnight sleep.
Of Bacons, Sunshines & Carabao Rides
I was up early the next day in anticipation of a fun day at the farm. After a glass of warm fresh milk, I took a quick sunrise dip in the pool soaking in the gentle rays of Tarlac sun.
Breakfasts at The Farmhouse by EDL are prepped farm-to-table style. Here, they serve their farm’s produce—all organic, fresh & healthy. And for most of us who are used to eating instant meals, the catchet of farm-fresh food is surely a delightful break.
Sure, we’ve seen farms many times but probably, that’s all it—from our car’s window or from a distant hill watching its stillness. For many citysiders, feeling the green sprouting & touching the texture are simple pleasures often missed in modern day living.
At The Farmhouse by EDL, they take you to an experience of life’s slow rhythm in a true Tarlaceño style. It’s a working farm where guests get to see farmers do their thing, get a familiarity of how food are made & even get your hands a little dirty.
I’ve never rode a carabao or seen hens laying eggs. I always wonder how “balut” is made & how to distinguish it from “penoy”. Most of us haven’t milked a cow or fed rascal-looking native swines. All these wonderful firsts were truly a happy feeling.
They have fields of chili & vegetables, gardens of herbs & spices, tiny canopies of eggplants & ampalaya, vast orchards of fruit trees & a wide pasture for free-range animals.
The Farmhouse by EDL takes pride in their method of organic farming. Here they use vermicompost fertilizers & other natural ways of agriculture. And since it’s organic, they help the environment in cultivating rich biodiversity, cutting harmful emissions & providing nutritious food supply.
There’s so much to love about The Farmhouse by EDL. Come by to see the low-slung drones of bees among flowers, hear the chirruping crickets at night over a cup of tea, smell the crisp scent of herbs & feel the earth on barefoot luxury. Come by, linger on & experience Tarlac like no other.