The Garden House Marple
Social Farm and Community Garden

Welcome to The Garden House

‘Enhancing the wellbeing and empowerment of individuals and the wider community through heritage and the natural environment’

The Garden House is a registered charity and community farm in Marple, Stockport providing a calm place of wellbeing for families, individuals, groups and organisations.

We’re home to a variety of animals including; Pigs, Alpacas, Rabbits, Goats, Shetland Ponies, Donkeys and Guinea Pigs. Our sensory garden and riverside walk offer a tranquil space to enjoy nature.

Public entry is by a recommended minimum donation of £5 per person. You can make a donation on entry by cash or on your phone. Under 3s go free. Booking is required for any visiting group of 6 or more. Please enquire here

We’re open 10-4 Tuesday to Sunday and CLOSED every Monday, including Bank Holiday Mondays, for essential maintenance.

The day to day running of the farm and the  Riverside Cafe and Icy Bar is led by a dedicated team of volunteers. 

We welcome organisations and groups who support children and young adults with a range of physical and mental health challenges and we can provide opportunity for a low cost one-off group visit or regular placements.

We promote sustainability, active lives through nature, and raise awareness of mental health and animal welfare.

Rich Kenyon
Rich Kenyon
15:04 29 Jun 24
Quite a good place for young children, with a small collection of animals to see and some swings etc. Café is OK but very basic & pretty useless on a cold wet day. Service is very, very slow because of 1 member of staff who moves slower than a snail. He needed a calculator to work out the change from a £10 note for an £8.50 bill. BTW - tried to charge me £10.50 at first. Next customer was overcharged too, so be warned. Far too many signs begging for donations too.
Rick Davey
Rick Davey
17:23 22 Jun 24
Lovely for the kids ????
Leanne L
Leanne L
13:44 17 Jun 24
Lovely placeLovely staff
abigail elvin
abigail elvin
12:48 11 Jun 24
Chenoor Abdulla
Chenoor Abdulla
23:34 05 Jun 24
Jordan Marshall
Jordan Marshall
21:28 25 May 24
Fantastic Charity run farm to visit, staff very friendly and helpful, play area for children, with an oniste cafe.
mol
mol
15:14 21 May 24
So disappointed by our visit. i previously emailed to confirm if the site had guinea pigs that we were able to hold, we were told yes which was the reason for our visit. when we arrived the site was so underwhelming and several animals seemed to be in a bad condition, particularly the donkeys.we went over to the guinea pig area where the guinea pigs were labelled as being anxious, and to not attempt to hold them. we respected this of course, but were obviously frustrated to have been told otherwise before visiting. the guinea pigs were also left with no water in any of the 4 bottles they had. i went and told a member of staff about this as they were attempting to drink but couldn’t, and was told they’d sort it. the staff member did not sort it whilst we were there and did not seem bothered by this.in the duck and chicken enclosure there was a hen that was in a very small hutch who seemed completely distressed. there were also baby ducks and chickens roaming in this section, with signs saying “give us space, we’re new”. we watched people holding and following the animals, with no staff to enforce giving them space, or ensuring their wellbeing.our visit lasted for 20 minutes, and we left feeling disappointed that we supported a place that did not seem to care enough about the wellbeing of their animals.
Homa Salehi
Homa Salehi
12:51 19 May 24
Holliewilman
Holliewilman
11:04 12 May 24
Wouldn’t recommend at all , all the animals had skin issues , there were chickens with sores on the backend which looked infected and every enclosure had dirty green water with very little food (the ponies were desperate to have some grass as their enclosure had none ) . All the play areas for children were dirty and didn’t seem safe .Also there were donation posters everywhere ! It didn’t seem necessary as we already donated at the gate.
Alex Norman
Alex Norman
10:39 12 May 24
Let me start by saying the only reason this review is getting one star is due to sizeable enclosure/s the animals were in. Aside from that fact, there is very little that is appealing about this place.Many of the animals were in a less than acceptable condition, particularly the chickens. The water in their troughs was almost entirely green and completely stagnant. The donkeys looked as though they had a skin condition that was causing their hair to fall out. There was very little food for the donkeys and horses.The play area for children was also less than satisfactory, it looked barely able to take the weight of my 2 year old son, never mind that of an older child.To top it all off, every other sign around the park was telling you to "please donate", as though it was voluntary. I say that as before we even walked through the gate, an older gentleman was stood there telling us it is entry by donation, but last time I checked a donation is voluntary by definition, but for the sake of my son I paid the £5, albeit it regretfully by the end of our visit which lasted all of about 25 minutes.Overall, I would really not recommend this place for a a visit of any kind.
Fi Dennett
Fi Dennett
07:54 02 May 24
Elaine Thompson
Elaine Thompson
09:15 28 Apr 24
Great place for kids
Simon David
Simon David
19:52 08 Apr 24
Cerridwen Ford
Cerridwen Ford
07:21 07 Apr 24
Lovely little farm with fantastic play area. The river that runs along side is great for walks and playing around. Nice picnic spots as well.
Alex H
Alex H
16:29 30 Mar 24
Grim. Outdated and tired/filthy play equipment, not many animals, “cafe” was terrible. A real shame as lots could be done quite quickly and cheaply to improve the set up, but it just feels totally unloved and messy.
David Gunther
David Gunther
13:46 28 Mar 24
Good place to look at some animals and go for a walk. Please donate and help support the care of the animals.
Olivia
Olivia
14:21 10 Feb 24
One of my favourite places in the world. Love to see how happy and well looked after the animals are! Everyone is friendly and the walk through the woods into Marple is very nice too. Thank you!
C H
C H
06:07 03 Jan 24
Awful. Nothing really there. Everything is dirty and make sure you take hand sanitizer and wipes
Steve Hatton
Steve Hatton
15:45 22 Nov 23
Thanks for everything you do and what you have all created - it gives us all hope for humanity!
Stephen Park
Stephen Park
11:48 20 Nov 23
Lovely People, a must for ALL the Family.
Tracy Wilding
Tracy Wilding
23:21 19 Nov 23
Fantastic experience for kids many animals, lovely walk by river, play area good with a few facilities to buy drinks,ice creams, also toilet facilities well worth going .
Moo
Moo
16:36 18 Nov 23
Great charity run farm . Good parking
Liz Saville
Liz Saville
13:57 18 Nov 23
Good selection of animals and cafe nice and reasonably priced. Put your wellies on if damp. Donation entry so easy.
Piers Kelly
Piers Kelly
10:20 10 Nov 23
Margaret Clegg
Margaret Clegg
21:32 15 Oct 23
Geoff Adshead
Geoff Adshead
15:09 09 Sep 23
Lorraine Rodgers
Lorraine Rodgers
23:45 08 Sep 23
Al Naeem Rasul
Al Naeem Rasul
13:59 28 Aug 23
I just need time step it one 2 where are you your still in my heartttt
Joanne
Joanne
13:28 26 Aug 23
A pleasant enough wander round for an hour. Decent playground for kids and plenty to keep them busy. Lots of chairs around to sit on.The river walk is really lovely and would be great to paddle in during hot weather.Greatly advise parking somewhere else and walking down if you can, the road to the actual car park is abysmal.
Colette Boswell
Colette Boswell
07:43 26 Aug 23
What a fantastic place. My 5 year old niece loves it here. Not only animals but play areas for the children and a lovely little cafe. This place is a gem of a find and being a charity too. I'd rather give my money to visit here
Kat
Kat
14:00 25 Aug 23
Fantastic spot with a very decent coffee and healthy looking animals
L Jammy
L Jammy
18:31 22 Aug 23
All good the nipper loves it. Well worth a visit or 10.
Michael
Michael
10:04 20 Aug 23
Closed without any notice
James Elliott
James Elliott
19:35 18 Aug 23
Carly Jane
Carly Jane
18:59 18 Aug 23
Peter McMurray
Peter McMurray
14:41 18 Aug 23
Just posted one star by mistake, should have been FIVE stars love this place with our grand daughter, great day out .
Chris Barnard
Chris Barnard
08:09 14 Aug 23
Lots of animals. Alpacas, donkeys, rabbit, Shetland ponies, goats,pigs and chickens..
Sofie Lou
Sofie Lou
06:19 04 Jun 23
Lovely hidden gem ran by volunteers. Variety of animals, food available and ice cream at reasonable prices. My 18month old had a brilliant time. They ask for a donation. Large car park but can also park in the car park near the midland pub and walk down the trail where you will find the secret tunnel!
Aaron Michael
Aaron Michael
17:14 28 May 23
Great place to visit, lots of animals cared for by voluntary staff, all very friendly people, animals are well looked after, wide variety, where else would you get to meet an alpaca? Great day out and for and goes towards a worthy cause.
Emmer Winder
Emmer Winder
06:15 09 May 23
Not a huge farm but you can spent 2 hours wondering round and have a coffee in the cafe. Beautiful little garden too. Quails are the best birds to visit!
Jimi Cooper
Jimi Cooper
20:10 07 Apr 23
Really nice day out as a family here. My daughter loved the animals. There is also a play area and cafe. For the price of the donation to the charity which we were more than happy to pay
Jack Jarvis
Jack Jarvis
11:51 01 Apr 23
Amazing morning spent here in the Easter holidays. Well worth the entry donation fee (£5). Cafe was good too, prices have gone up recently but that’s to be expected! Very good value and will be returning soon! Donkeys and chickens were the highlight!
Lisa Hillman
Lisa Hillman
19:51 17 Sep 22
Definitely a highly recommended from us. Great family trip out. Play area is great. Animals are friendly and well looked after.Great ice cream. Definitely recommend
Jana S
Jana S
21:10 08 Aug 22
Love it there, visited 2nd time, very peaceful place surrounded by trees, my children 3, 6 and 9 had a great time, spent there 3-4 hours. Few small play areas, sand pit tennis table, slides and swings. Not a petting farm so visitors cannot feed the animals but you can touch the run away pigs or friendly lamas. Shallow river on site where children can soak their feet and throw some rocks.Free entry with voluntary donation is a bonus.Ice cream, food and drinks can be purchased from from little buffet, toilets and washing facilities on site.
Keith Edleston
Keith Edleston
05:49 27 Jun 22
Great place to visit with the kids, such a heart warming place to go. All volunteers who work hard to make sure the animals are looked after and plenty for visitors to see/do. Definitely go again
Basheer Khan
Basheer Khan
17:11 15 May 22
The farm is nice for kids to visit and see the various animals but there is also a fabulous place to walk along the river which is really peaceful and calming, snuggled under loads of trees. There is also a little spot at the farm where you can get close to the water and dip your feet in when it gets hotter. Will definitely be going there again!
Lenka Treskova
Lenka Treskova
07:11 01 Apr 22
Lovely place for children! My little one loved it. There is cafe so you can get some refreshments. It's also dog friendly (on lead at all times) which is great
Leona Kenyon
Leona Kenyon
10:20 28 Mar 22
A cute little community farm, perfect for a lovely afternoon out. Free but a donation is grateful so we paid the suggested £3 each which was worth it. My daughter loved it. Although you can’t actually feed the animals anymore, we were lucky enough to be around when the staff were so they let my daughter join in. The lovely lady volunteer answered lots of her questions & was happy to teach her a few things about the animals and you could tell she enjoyed working there and passing on her knowledge.There are a few free roaming animals and animals behind the wired fence, but you still get a good interaction with them.Cute little cafe under a shelter, that sold lovely chocolate cake at a fair price.The river side walk is lovely and peaceful, especially on a sunny day. With different birds to spot in the trees.There is a little play area and wishing well & great hand washing facilities.If your looking for a pleasant morning or afternoon out then here is perfect. Not sure you could do a full day there as it is just a small place. However perfect way to support local farm/community & entertainment the kids without the massive expense!
Emma Fenlon
Emma Fenlon
00:16 26 Mar 22
Absolutely lovely day out - has a bit of everything! What was meant to be a couple of hours turned into a whole day of fun and exploration! Thank you! Much more than worth the suggested donation.
Human McBeing
Human McBeing
16:30 16 Sep 21
Absolutely loved our visit here. Animals are well looked after and a few are wandering about freely,friendly too. Free entry but donations welcome. Helpful staff and a great walk by the river too.Definitely worth a visit for animal lovers and nature fanatics.
Robyn Mckay
Robyn Mckay
14:14 14 Sep 21
Fantastic local community farm, all staff are volunteers and are super friendly. Great place for kids and family. There’s a lovely little cafe on site too, there’s many activities you can do from petting the animals, walking along the river bank, little sand pits for the children, a zip wire. I would highly recommend visiting. The Garden House rely solely on donations to keep the place running.
colin mills
colin mills
07:29 13 Sep 21
The Garden House is a great day out for all the family. The staff are friendly and helpful and the animals look healthy. It also provides volunteer work and work placements for people with special needs, which is extremely beneficial for them. I'm very impressed by the care and attention for all concerned on the farm. The owner is also very friendly and kind.Nicola Mills.
Peter Bushell
Peter Bushell
12:03 01 Sep 21
Great day out for the family FREE entrance only donations which is good but if recommend a minimum of £5 as I've seen people put about 80p in from such and amazing place for the kidsKids get to play see animals and have a walk around a river what more could you ask for fit FREE? owners was nice and friendly greeted us as we entered and told us about the area and what's going on today which was goodHIGHLY RECOMMENDED5 ⭐
Christine Boden
Christine Boden
13:12 31 Aug 21
Lovely little place with some animals and a play area, beautiful little river surrounded by forest to the side. Ice cream and food/coffee available (nice bacon barm).Be warned, the road to get there is very bumpy/holey!Just up the road is the ruins of an old mill and more views to explore
Cath Hand
Cath Hand
22:54 24 Aug 21
Lovely place, friendly staff. Good selection of animals. Great children's play areas. Lovely river walk.Unfortunately the road down to it could wreck your tyres as it had very deep potholes.
Zappy Lynn
Zappy Lynn
23:41 22 Aug 21
Rustic, natural, a great story to its history, beside the River Goyt too. We'll kept animals, allowed to roam freely when it's their turn.. Funny alpacas & pot bellied pigs, not forgetting lots of goats Plenty other animals too. Fab play areas. Yes several!Lovely staff. Very reasonably priced all round, incl the fab ice cream from the kiosk.Low key, family half a day out.Basic but sufficient choice from the cafe. Good coffee too.
Katrin Randles
Katrin Randles
17:28 12 Aug 21
Brilliant place to visit. Really well organized. Big thank you so all the staff who were very friendly and helpful. Definitely will visit again.
Stuart Montgomery
Stuart Montgomery
06:50 25 May 21
We had a lovely walk along the river to here from Marple Bridge. Never knew this place existed until a month ago. A lovely set up with pigs, goats, ponies and alpacas and a children's play area. Lots of seating. Unfortunately the 'cafe' let this place down. We were going to have coffee and cake but the queue was so long and slow, we left. They are missing a big opportunity here to make money for the farm. I'm really not sure why they were spending ages making bacon butties!!!?? Simple, quick food is all that is need in my opinion.
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