Hidden on the outskirts of Monifieth is one of our most favourite places; Balhungie Farm. As well as being busy running their working soft fruits farm, Michelle and David have also found the time to open up the grounds at the back of their farmhouse to the public, creating the most quaint setting for old and young alike to enjoy an afternoon tea and berries surrounded by hens, ducks, hand reared sheep and rescue ponies.
If you visit at the start of the season between May and June you might even get a chance to feed some new lambs.
The farm opens in May through the Summer season and the setting is the perfect place to spend an afternoon soaking up the sunshine while the children play. The garden has been developed over the last couple of years to now include swings, small ride on’s and other small play equipment as well as a delightful caravan, the perfect den for little people to play in.
However, the Scottish sunshine is never guaranteed so they have
recently installed a poly-tunnel with seating and tables made from hay bales so you can make the most of your countryside visit even if it is raining.
The teas and coffees are self service and a range of milkshakes and juices are also on offer. Each day a variety of cakes and home baking are available. Ice cream is also available if you’re fortunate enough to catch the Scottish sunshine.
Pop inside and you’ll find a host of locally produced goodies; honey from the smallholding up the hill, jams and chutneys made in house, hen and duck eggs, part baked loafs, fresh cordials, potatoes, freshly prepared pies, giant meringues and, of course, strawberries and raspberries grown on the farm.
As well as food products there are a selection of bedding plants and, depending on when you arrive, cacti and other decorative goods.
If you’re a fan of organic body lotions, hand creams and bath salts made with natural products Michelle recently launched her own range of beauty and cosmetic
products with lavender grown at Balhungie Farm and these are also available to purchase.
In addition to growing and producing these products right here in Angus, Michelle also contributes a percentage of all sales towards the charity ABC in Africa supporting feeding programmes for children in the most disadvantaged areas of Sub Saharan Africa.
Balhungie Farm is easily accessed via the A92 Arbroath Road or if you’re local it’s a twenty minute walk from Monifieth.