MONADNOCK PASTURES

A cooperative residential horsekeeping 
and agricultural condominium community.

The planned condominium development of Peep-Willow Farm into Monadnock Pastures, a small cooperative residential horsekeeping community, is a lifestyle choice for its members that will have many long term advantages for the farm, the residents, their horses and the town.


There is really no such thing as “owning” land. We pay a fee, in one form or another, to lease it for a short period, which we refer to as a “lifetime.” The horsekeeping condominium development at Peep-Willow Farm addresses three important elements, which make up our obligation to assure the healthy future of the land and its inhabitants while we enjoy it during our own lives: environmentally sound stewardship, affinity group cooperation and sustainability of community and lifestyle.

    Environmentally sound stewardship keeps the physical and aesthetic appearance and rural nature of the property intact. 

It preserves open spaces and pastureland, stonewalls and woodlands, thereby insuring the retention of the rural nature of the property and the town. Good stewardship, afforded by clustering the houses on a small section of the property, further expands housing availability in town, while it maintains and increases recreational areas. It also helps to maintain the common trail ways, the fields, and dirt roads and keep them open while retaining the nature of the “farming” community and the attractiveness and character of the New England landscape—fields, stonewalls, mountain views, barns.

Affinity group cooperation creates a community where the residents share common goals and interests. 

Cooperation among horse enthusiasts promotes the concept of resource protection and land and green space preservation. It allows use of the property and the already existing facilities—barns, sheds, arenas, pastures, gardens fencing--by a larger population limiting the need to develop and maintain other properties while preserving as much of the open space as possible and living self-sufficiently. Residents will live in an “intentional community,” fashioning a lifestyle that reflects their common values and interest in horses. Sharing the building and maintenance costs enables easier physical and financial upkeep and retention of the property for everyone. The horses live “outdoors” like horses, decreasing physical and emotional stress and increasing health and soundness. It also significantly limits the work and time required to care for them. Cooperation allows all members—human and equine--to have access to assistance when necessary and makes all lives easier and stress free.


Finally sustainability; It should be possible for the people, the horses and the community itself to grow, change or ‘age in place,’ while retaining it’s beauty function and purpose. Residents lease the land but own their houses take care of each other, and if they desire, reach the end of their lives right here, in a familiar and comfortable setting. People will be more committed to living here for the long-term because they acquire equity. Sharing ownership has numerous benefits, particularly for people who want to own farm property but can't afford today’s ever-escalating market prices. The neighborliness and a shared commitment to helping each other, the common ethic around which the community is built, will benefit everyone including those who may want to stay in their own homes but can no longer manage the extreme physical demands. On the other hand, the community can easily accommodate change of membership as and when needed without destruction of the farm or dissolution of the community. It can also accommodate seasonal changes of operation and procedure as necessary for both the residents and their equine partners.

The dwellings will be clustered on a small portion of the 17 acres. Each resident will own his home all the pastureland and equestrian facilities will be kept in common under an easement, in perpetuity. Each home will be built in accordance with required exterior covenants and carefully sited in the development to look out on a horse pasture. Orientation will be southerly to capture the sun’s heat during the day. The use of environmentally friendly, “green” materials throughout will be emphasized and energy efficient appliances and recycling required. All homes will share common septic systems and drilled and surface wells. Alternative energy—wood, solar, wind—will be utilized wherever reasonable within the community. Consistent with the limitations set out in the documents regarding size, materials, and orientation, each resident may determine the interior layout of his home.

Horse ownership can be very demanding economically, environmentally, socially and psychologically. Yet like any intense interest, those factors do not stop horse lovers from wanting to participate fully in ownership. Sharing the chores tasks and expenses among community members allows everyone to engage more fully in the joys of owning and using horses, while sharing the burdens that ownership creates. By letting the horses live on the and help maintain the land the burden is further diminished and the pleasure increased.

Safe and fun places to ride, boarding and training facilities, businesses that serve, the equestrian community are all readily and immediately available in Marlborough. Miles of additional trails, dirt roads, fields and hills for riding surround the six buildable lots on this 17-acre site. The equestrian community is a horse-friendly environment where neighbors share similar interests.  

This farm setting will preserve and enhance the quality and character of the neighborhood, thereby helping to enhance everyone’s property values. It further insures that the horse culture, with its special and delightful lifestyle will not be "phased out" as new residents arrive.

Contact info:

Noel Aderer

603-876-3807

51 Bixby St.

Marlborough, NH 03455


living@monadnockpatures.com