A wonderful farm retreat Bed and Breakfast in San Antonio
"The gate swings open, and you are instantly transported to a serene place looking as if it belongs in a travel brochure. The scene, so unexpected, takes your breath away. Could it be that mere moments ago you were in the thick of traffic? The peaceful haven on Jackson Keller is the homestead and garden of Anne and Joe Barfield."|
Cheryl Van Tuyl Jividen, Home and Garden
for the San Antonio Express News (2002)
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In December, 2009, the San Antonio Express News ran an article about Chicken Paradise just after it opened as a Bed & Breakfast. You can read that article here.
Anne and Joe Barfield have lived on this property since 1980, and have always found it to be a refuge from the nearby city. With Joe's retirement, they had the opportunity to share their oasis with others, and Chicken Paradise was born.
Chicken Paradise is a small, exclusive B&B. There is one suite, and its guests have private run of the property and all that it offers. Those guests also receive the undivided attention of their hosts.
It's like you rented a little cottage in the countryside for your holiday. Indeed, this is exactly the kind of trip that Anne and Joe love to take in France or Italy. They make daily trips, visit the local markets, see the sights and then go "home" to their little place in the evening. They would like to give you the same experience.
Your own "home away from home" accommodation will be the Paradise Suite- a detached guest suite with private entrance. It is available exclusively to you for as long as you care to stay and relax, vacation or conduct business in San Antonio. You can take advantage of the large swimming pool, wander the grounds and, of course, enjoy a full gourmet breakfast each day. Chicken Paradise is more, much more than just a place to stay. It is a place to vacation. It is a place to relax. It is a place to recharge. It is home.
The fact that there is only one suite is not the only unusual thing about Chicken Paradise.
The breakfasts served at Chicken Paradise are gluten-free and, in fact, Chicken Paradise is the only bed and breakfast with a gluten-free kitchen in San Antonio, and is the only bed and breakfast that is a participant in the Gluten-Free Restaurant Awareness Program, administered by the Gluten Intolerance Group of North America.
Anne Barfield was diagnosed with celiac disease in 1998, and found that it necessitated many changes in the way she ate and in how and where she traveled. She and Joe have learned a great deal about food preparation not just for those with celiac disease, but also for those who have other dietary restrictions. Anne and Joe prepare a gluten free breakfast. If your diet has other restrictions, these can be accommodated. Even if you don't have a particular restriction, what Anne and Joe have learned over the years about fresh ingredients and healthy preparation will result in some of the best breakfasts you've ever had. Tiffany Janes, a contributor to the Celiac Disease Community page on Wellsphere.com, posted a blog entry in 2009 talking about her stay at Chicken Paradise. You can read that blog posting here.
So come and stay with them.
Enjoy the attention and pampering you'll receive.
Peacocks and chickens roam the premises and are curious to meet you. There is a big organic garden where you are welcome to forage and sample the herbs. After breakfast, consult the information Anne and Joe can provide that lists places for you to dine safely or buy gluten free groceries and snacks. Look through their extensive information about the sights to see in San Antonio or just ask Anne and Joe for recommendations. Enjoy your days. And return to your private bed and breakfast paradise each evening.
Chicken Paradise is unique among bed and breakfast accommodations in San Antonio. It offers luxurious accommodations and award-winning cuisine to be sure, but it is the only B&B in San Antonio situated on grounds that have been designated a national and state wildlife habitat. We invite you to explore them.
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We at Chicken Paradise have made it a priority to help preserve our natural resources in an effort to protect our environment. We use very few pesticides here, and those that we use are organic. Over the last 25 years we have learned to keep our garden and grounds healthy organically, and we welcome any discussion on this subject. We grow most of our own herbs and produce in our gardens year round and our hens donate their eggs. Those items we don't grow we buy from local sources whenever possible. These practices have resulted in Chicken Paradise being "Go Texan!" certified, meaning it is committed to using locally-produced food and produce. We hope that while you are here, you will assist us in keeping our environment safe. There are recycle bins and a compost pile for your use.