A few weeks ago I was invited to Monaghan Farm, not far from Lanseria Airport, for a Saturday afternoon concert. There would be food, wine, Vusi Mahlasela playing and beautiful surrounds (according to the images on the website), so I packed my sunnies, sunscreen and son, and headed to Monaghan.
Aside from Monaghan being a venue for small concerts, adult and kids’ parties, and meals and drinks at the restaurant, The Other Side, I later learnt that there’s a bigger picture at Monaghan.
Firstly, it’s set on 1260 acres and while it’s a farm, people can build houses there, and it essentially runs as an “estate” – there’s security, a 40km/h speed limit, and two schools – there’s currently a Montessori school for kids up to nine, and a Curro nursery school is set to open in January.
There’s also a green factor too – at Monaghan they harvest rainwater, recycle and grow fruit, veg and herbs that can be delivered to residents. There’s also a gym, plus horse stables (with horses, obviously, which people can walk, ride or jump).
They are calling it “modern farm living”, but even if you don’t want to live there, it’s wonderful for outings. There is lots of space (as you’d expect), plus a jumping castle, and great jungle gyms and swing sets. It also begs for exploration and walks, and it’s a wonderful – and literal – breath of fresh air from cramped kids’ facilities and even shopping centres.
For more information, check out their website.