Opening in April 2018. The Olive Ranch is an ethical, family run petting farm with onsite accommodation, set in an area of outstanding natural beauty and only 25 minutes’ drive from Chania. At the Olive Ranch you can see, feed and touch an assortment of animals. We offer various provisions and packages including children’s play areas, bike hire, pony and donkey treks, horse loans, birthday parties, accommodation, venue hire and group bookings as well as wholesome and relaxing family days out!
A Day at The Olive Ranch
The Olive Ranch is open daily. Here you will meet goats, donkeys, ponies, rabbits, cats, peacocks, ducks and chickens. We offer a bounty of activities; Our heated Lotus Belle tent provides shade and plenty of play opportunities for your little ones. We have a designated space for our selection of bikes and trikes, a safe outside play area for babies and toddlers and another suitable for ages 4 and above. We also offer donkey and pony treks as well as bike hire at an extra cost.
3.50 euros per person admission (under 2’s free entry).
1.50 euros OAPs.
14.50 euros Family ticket (2 adults 4 children)
As featured on George Clarkes Amazing Spaces; The award winning Wild-de-go (land) boat is an Isles of Scilly ferry that once chugged around Cornish waters in the 1920s and has come to rest at the Olive Ranch. Thoughtfully restored she retains her rustic charm. Please follow the link to our facebook and Air B and B pages for more pictures and information.
Kri Kri cabin
Currently under construction. Designed by Apostolos Mousourakis it integrates wood and cob in order to create an ecologically sound, aesthetically pleasing and functional space.
We offer a scintillating party package for children aged 3-10! On arrival the party will meet the animals, feed them a delicious snack and cuddle the rabbits! Kids enjoy exclusive access to the activity tent where they can experience face painting, a party game and more! All of this fun works up an appetite; children can tuck into their delicious party picnic boxes before waving the birthday child off on a half hour donkey or pony trek. The remaining guests spend time playing, stroking the animals, feeding the ducks, and riding on the bikes and trikes. As the birthday child returns their friends warmly welcome them back and the cake is presented with candles!
Times available for booking
Weekends and holidays: 10am-1.30pm or 3pm-6.30pm.
Price: 8 euros per child (min 10/max 20 children).
We hope your group will have the best possible experience at The Olive Ranch. In order to achieve this we will ask you a little about your specific group’s requirements. We will then design an age and ability appropriate programme for your day. Activities may include animal interactions, nature walks, theatre participation, craft activities, games, sensory play and free play. Children will also receive a mid-morning healthy snack and a picnic lunch.
Max 30 children with appropriate supervision.
The Olive Ranch is located in an area of outstanding natural beauty. Cycling through the green valley of avocado, orange and olive groves is an experience to be savoured! The luscious orchards lead you to the River Kiliaris; a very important wetland for birds, turtles, amphibians, eels and crabs. You can follow the cool river through the rich vegetation to the vast and beautiful beaches of Kalyves. If this doesn’t appeal we have plenty of ideas to help you make the most of your hire time. Please book in advance to insure availability.
Optional extras at no extra charge: Helmets, toddler seat.
Bike trailer hire: 7 euros/half day. 10 euros/day.
Bicycle hire: 7 euros/half day. 10 euros/day.
The Olive Ranch currently has one happy horse for loan. Rubini is a gentle 14hh horse looking for a gentle friend. If you are experienced in horsemanship, are caring and love horses this is a unique and exciting opportunity for you to trial owning a horse without the long term commitment. We will ask you to tell us about your previous experiences, and you will need to take out your own public liability insurance. We will supply you with tack. Rubini will live on site and you will be able to come and go from the Olive Ranch as you please. There is plenty of surrounding local wildlife to explore with Rubini whilst enjoying your new found friendship.
80 euros per month minimum 6 months.
The Olive ranch offers a tranquil and breath taking space in the heart of nature from which to run your community group, club or one off special event. The views are quite simply sensational. You will have exclusive use of our heated Belle tent, the outside shade daisy, seating areas, toilet facilities and use of the barbeque area.
Available 7pm-9pm daily: 10 euros per hour.
10am: Children feed the animals
10.30am: Face painting
11am: Grooming a pony or donkey
11.30am: 30 minute donkey or pony trek (up to 2 infants or 52kg on one animal parents walk alongside)
12.30pm: Picnic box lunch
1.30pm: Craft activity
1.50pm: Pets corner cuddles
2.00pm: Free play
1 child: 25 euros
2 children: 35 euros
10am: Children feed the animals
10.45am: Bike hire
1pm: Picnic box lunch
2pm: Face painting
2.30pm: Grooming a donkey/pony
3.00pm: 30 minute donkey or pony trek (up to 2 infants or 52kg on one animal parents walk alongside)
3.45pm: Craft activity
4pm: Pets corner cuddles
1 child: 30 euros
2 children: 45 euros
Up to 2 accompanying adults will receive free bike hire
The Spiny Mouse option is essentially a bolt on to the tortoise and the hare packages. It offers flexibility and a cost effective approach for larger families. Adding the spiny mouse option allows you to split the pony and donkey ride time equally between several children. We will allow for mounting and dismounting so you won’t lose time. The Spiny Mouse option also covers food, bike hire and all other activates stated in the tortoise and the hare packages.
8 euros per extra child.
Whatever your specific requirements we’d love to hear from you. Please get in touch and we will get back to you as soon as possible. We apologise for our poor Greek language in advance we have been busy building The Olive Ranch but fully intend to learn!
Call: 0030 2821600413
How to find us
Directions from Neo Chorio
Opposite the petrol station there is a road leading into the Olive Groves. Turn down the road for a few minutes and you will find The Olive Ranch on your left.
The Olive Ranch
The Olive Groves of Neo Chorio