The Gavotte’s farm
The Gavotte’s farm (ferme de la Gavotte in french) is located in the commune of Lancy near the city of Geneva. It is open every day of the year and allows small children to discover the farm animals up close and free of charge.
Free parking for 3 hours right next to the farm.
The purpose of the “association de la ferme de la Gavotte” (Gavotte’s farm association) is very respectable since it is to allow children to discover the farm’s animals. A project exists to renew the very old structures of the farm built more than 30 years ago in 1984. However, despite the dilapidated infrastructure, the animals and the space allocated to them are very well maintained.
In addition to the animals that can be observed and caressed free of charge, the Gavotte farm offers pony rides on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays during school holidays at the price of 12 francs per half-hour. Camps for children are also organized.
Many farm animals are visible at La Gavotte. Some in large enclosures or through the fence of their hutch, but it is especially those who can be stroked in their enclosure that will delight children from 0 to 6 years old. Below are the animals that can be seen at the Gavotte’s farm.
Large animals in closed enclosures:
Small animals in hutches:
Animals that can be stroked in their pens:
Spaces where children can directly caress animals are quite rare in French-speaking Switzerland and it should be noted that the Gavotte’s farm offers the largest space for this purpose. The petit oiseau snack bar (cabane du petit oiseau) in Châtel-Saint-Denis and the JuraParc zoo also offer pens where children can approach animals but in much smaller sizes.
The list of animals that can be stroked is as follows:
Some animals such as sheep are beautiful, however, the lack of information about them is regrettable.
A refreshment bar is open in summer and many tables are available for the picnic.