The Olive Ranch is an ethical, family run children’s 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 hot and cold beverages, picnic areas, children’s play spaces, face painting, birthday parties, bike hire, pony and donkey treks, workshops, horse loans, 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 Tuesday to Friday 10am-5pm (+ Monday 28th May Holy Spirit Monday) Also Saturdays and Sundays 10am – 3pm & 6pm-9pm . Here you will meet donkeys, ponies, rabbits, guinea pigs, cats, ducks, chickens, goats and a sheep! We offer hot and cold drinks and you are also welcome to bring a picnic. We offer a bounty of activities; Our 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 3 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 senior citizens
15.00 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
We have a five year plan, this includes the construction of a small holiday Cabin. Kri Kri cabin has been designed by Apostolos Mousourakis and will integrate wood and cob in order to create an ecologically sound, aesthetically pleasing and functional space.
The Olive Ranch Villa
Available soon A two bedroom property located at The Ranch. Please inquire for further information
We offer a scintillating party package for children aged 2-13! Each party will be individually planned to the requirements of your group. On arrival the party will meet the animals, feed them a delicious snack and cuddle the rabbit and the guinea pig. Children can experience theater participation, party games, parachute games and more! Each child can also enjoy a short donkey ride. All of this fun works up an appetite; Parties are welcome to bring their own food and drinks to The Ranch. We can recommend a local caterer if you wish and we will assist you with setting up and presenting the cake with candles when it is time. Children will have plenty of time to play, stroke the animals, feed the ducks, ride on the bikes and trikes, and play in the play tent.
Times available for booking
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. The entire place will be exclusively yours for the time you are here. Activities may include animal interactions including a donkey ride, nature walks, theater participation, parachute games, craft activities, games, sensory and free play. Children will also receive a mid-morning healthy snack. Groups are also welcome to bring their own food to eat at the Ranch.
Max 30 children with appropriate supervision.
Price: 4:00 per person.
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. 14 euros/day.
Bicycle hire: 7 euros/half day. 14 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.
50 euros per month minimum 3 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 Belle tent, the outside shade daisy, seating areas, toilet facilities and use of the barbeque area.
Available 5pm-9pm daily
all day Mondays 10 euros per hour.
We have future plans to rent weekend craft stalls to local arts and craft producers. We wish to support small businesses who produce their goods locally, by hand or practice other ethical design, manufacturing and trade principles. We also hope our visitors can enjoy a fabulous array of stalls showcasing the work of local creatives from around Apokoronas. If you are a local arts and crafts practitioner and would like find out more, please get in touch.
10am: Children feed the animals
10.30am: Face painting
11am: Grooming a pony or donkey
11.30am: A donkey and a pony trek (up to 2 infants or 52kg on one animal parents walk alongside)
12.30pm: Free time
1.30pm: Craft activity
1.50pm: Pets corner cuddles
2.00pm: Free play
1 child: 20 euros
2 children: 30 euros
10am: Children feed the animals
10.45am: Bike hire
1pm: Free time
2pm: Face painting
2.30pm: Grooming a donkey/pony
3.00pm: A donkey and a 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: 40 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.
5 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