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Fast Rabbit Farm Gardens

Strawberry Valley, Dartmouth, Devon, TQ6 0NB

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Strawberry Valley, Dartmouth, Devon, TQ6 0NB

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Three miles from Dartmouth, deep in the South Devon countryside, sits Fast Rabbit Farm Gardens. Back in 1989, the owners began to create a garden in a sheltered valley called Strawberry Valley and from those humble beginnings you will now find 42 acres of garden and nursery to explore in all seasons. The garden has been kept deliberately wild, allowing plants native to this part of the world room to blossom and you will find grassy banks a riot of wildflower colours. The river, stream, lake, ponds and waterfalls are the perfect place to take a stroll. The year starts in earnest in February where the snowdrops are in full flower and you can see the sea of yellow daffodil drifts and early flowering camellias. As May sets in, the garden’s rhododendrons are in full flower, with swathes and swathes of bluebells creating a gorgeous backdrop, and the summer’s blooms make taking a turn around this attraction on a sunny day a pure delight.

Information on Fast Rabbit Farm Gardens , Strawberry Valley , Dartmouth

Opening Times: All year, Daily 11:00-17:00 (inc BHs)
Admission: 2 Mar to 30 Sep Adults £3.50 , Child 50p. 1 Oct to 1 Mar, Adults £2, Child 50p
Child Friendly:  Children of all ages welcome
Dog Friendly: Dogs Permitted
Location: Travelling from TOTNES on the A381 follow signs to Woodland Leisure Park. At HALWELL turn left on to the A3122 and look for sign 'Fast Rabbit Farm' on your right at ASH turning one mile past Woodland Park. Travelling from DARTMOUTH follow signs to Totnes on the A3122. Pass the Park & Ride and turn left at Rose Cottage signposted 'Fast Rabbit Farm'.
Facilities: Fast Rabbit Farm Garden welcomes disabled and elderly visitors and seeks to enable a good experience for those with limited mobility or other needs. We have a separate drop-off point for easier access to the strawberry valley area (see map) and a gentle slope leads along the River Black to the Rose arbour and Kingfisher Lake, Guided tours, Parking, Plant sales, The garden enjoys a secluded location and is accessed by a country lane. Direct access is available but not for vehicles larger than a minibus or a small coach, however we are still able to cater for parties of up to 60
Garden Acreage: 42

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Review of Fast Rabbit Farm Gardens

Posted on by Anita CCustomer visited Jun 2018

The day was one of the hottest of the year so far but my mum (78 yrs) had been wanting to go for several years . My husband and I with our teenage daughter had a day off work and decided to take her. We were greeted by Alan who took us to the start of walk and gave us a well designed map . We thoroughly enjoyed walking around the ponds and the lake and seeing all the beautiful butterflies and huge dragonflies. There were plenty of shaded areas and luckily a lovely breeze to cool us down. A highlight for us was seeing so many little frogs and toads in the grass whilst walking near the lake -so cute ! The water Lilly's were looking great too and this is where we had our picnic. On the return we looked in the poly tunnel nursery at all the so reasonably priced plants and flowers and Alan was so friendly and helpful with all our questions . There was even free tea and coffee for the taking. The toilets were very clean in the portacabin near the car park and even had hand lotion -a nice touch ! All in all we had a very pleasant family outing and will be recommending this place to other friends and family .


Review of Fast Rabbit Farm Gardens

Posted on by Paul WCustomer visited Jun 2018

Had a lovely day here on the 23rd June. A clothing optional day with the emphasis on optional. The plant centre was selling healthy vigorous plants cheaply. Do not expect an intensely cultivated garden it is 43 acres of woodland and valley sides with ponds and lakes teeming with wildlife. The staff and other visitors are very friendly. Do visit!


Review of Fast Rabbit Farm Gardens

Posted on by Ian ACustomer visited Jun 2018

What a lovely peaceful place to visit full of wild life and a great place for a picnic not to mention the excellent plants you can purchase.


Review of Fast Rabbit Farm Gardens

Posted on by Dawn CCustomer visited Jun 2018

I have never been anywhere like Fast Rabbit Farm before - its a unique massive garden with a huge range of plants and trees Mediterranean in part then woody in others. Up and down but good paths and fantastic views.Had a lovely time exploring and we could take our dogs ( need to be on leads) who loved it too - well worth a visit we'll be back again - nursery was brimming with unusual and very healthy looking plants too


Review of Fast Rabbit Farm Gardens

Posted on by Roy WCustomer visited Jun 2018

If you want a NT garden with beautiful planting, box hedges etc etc then it’s not for you. The owner is a Rhododendron lover and expert and he has created a superb wild life garden, with open meadows, lovely tree lined walks through the wooded area that is teaming with wildlife, butterflies, birds etc and a quietness devoid of man made sounds. It’s divine. In its season it will have wondrous Rhodi’ blooms. Roses in bloom and wild meadow flowers, out of its main colour season it is a garden of quiet reflection of English countryside and planted in areas with the owner’s wishes. He is serious ,but proud , about his mission with this garden and expresses his vision clearly. The plants on sale are numerous, varied and well priced.
The narrow lane to the garden should not put you off, but be aware of the non flat nature of the garden and the occasional insect attack, but it’s wonderful for a plantsperson to visit


Review of Fast Rabbit Farm Gardens

Posted on by R CCustomer visited Jun 2018

This is a really enchanting peaceful and relaxed garden.
It has beautiful ponds full of waterlillies, blue dragon flies and fish. The landscaped gardens have lots of large blossoms and amazing dramatic foliage in Scrubbs and trees. Curvy grass paths leading allover the gardens. Lots of nice rustic wooden seating places to sit allover the gardens.
Shady woodland area and an open terraced section.
The nursery is also great with lotd of unusual healthy plants at very reasonable prices grown in house.
(no entry cost if you are just visiting the nursery).
The staff are really friendly and helpful.
It's dog friendly (just keep your dog on a lead.)


Review of Fast Rabbit Farm Gardens

Posted on by Janie DCustomer visited May 2018

The owner has created an extraordinary series of gardens along and above the River Black. We went in May and the rhododendrons, azaleas, magnolias and camellias were in full flower. The newer area on the hillsides above the river are still reach maturity, but the older walks through huge blossom covered shrubs alongside the river and lakes are quite lovely, and very peaceful. Plenty of quiet benches to eat a picnic and listen to birdsong. Wear trainers or flat shoes.
Healthy not expensive plants for sale in the poly tunnel, and with luck, a chance to talk to the owner about his amazing creation.


Review of Fast Rabbit Farm Gardens

Posted on by Nettle .Customer visited May 2018

Enjoy a peaceful walk around this lovely garden and woodland the flowers this May are beautiful and the bluebells in the wood
It’s a bit hilly as the path winds down to a pond where you might see a heron or two and buzzards soaring above
We had a picnic by the pond and followed the path which leads to the woodland - on a lovely day you wouldn’t ask for more
Afterwards you can purchase some very reasonably priced plants which all look well cared for


Review of Fast Rabbit Farm Gardens

Posted on by Jem CCustomer visited May 2018

I visited this garden in May to see the azaleas and rhododendrons. They were truly spectacular. This is a very special garden with lots of hidden paths and secret dells. The river Black runs through the valley and the owner has cleverly built his garden around this, with different water features, ponds and waterfalls surrounded by an array of different plants and mature trees and shrubs. But there is more: it is a work in progress as there is another valley to fill with plants, trees and shrubs, where some mature plants are already in place. A further plus, dogs are allowed on leads - ours was looking for the Fast Rabbit but in vain. Finally, don't miss the poly-tunnels where an amazing stock of plants are for sale at very reasonable prices. A must see if you are in the area


Review of Fast Rabbit Farm Gardens

Posted on by John YCustomer visited Apr 2018

We visited this wonderful place, hidden away in South Devon, in April. It is nature in all its beauty - peaceful and without the fussy formalisation you often get in other gardens/farms open to the public. We spent two
glorious hours walking around this terraced valley with its flowers, plants, woodlands, lakes, ponds and river.

Even though Alan, the owner, said they have suffered from a very bad winter the camellias, magnolia, rhododendron, primroses and bluebells were a wonderful spectacle. Around every corner there was some new thing to discover. We ended our visit with a picnic sitting on seats made from old timber and taking in the wonderful vista across the valley. For £5 each for entry it must be the biggest bargain attraction in the whole of Devon. We hope we will be able to come back with our grandchildren who, we know, will love the sense of freedom and raw beauty of nature.


Review of Fast Rabbit Farm Gardens

Posted on by Anne MCustomer visited Apr 2017

There are beautiful plants for sale in the Nursery,the Garden is beautiful and the people working there could also be described as beautiful. I am a member of the Royal Society of Botanical Artists and I only wish I were the artist in residence.


Review of Fast Rabbit Farm Gardens

Posted on by Louise MCustomer visited Jun 2016

We had a wonderful time visiting your Garden. Thank you for such a warm welcome. I purchased a rhododendron which smelt so beautiful. We hope to visit again soon.


Review of Fast Rabbit Farm Gardens

Posted on by Denise and mike CCustomer visited Jun 2016

A stunning and peaceful haven. Well worth an hour or more of your time meandering along the many pathways and pausing to admire the views. The rhododendrons and azaleas were in full bloom and were amazing. Thank you for a peaceful morning.


Review of Fast Rabbit Farm Gardens

Posted on by Sarah,chris and james CCustomer visited Jun 2016

Very inspiring place,tranquil and lots of bird song. We enjoyed our visit very much and will return again in the future. Well worth the entrance fee!


Review of Fast Rabbit Farm Gardens

Posted on by Jane Customer visited Jun 2016

Beautiful setting,relaxing and therapeutic. Fantastic rhododendrons,cornus and azaleas. Well worth a visit and dog friendly!


Review of Fast Rabbit Farm Gardens

Posted on by Theodore LCustomer visited Jun 2016

It was a wonderful walk,so many flowers and the water lilies were magnificent. My best bit was the bird life. I saw green woodpecker, jays, songthrush, lesser spotted woodpecker and best of all kingfisher by the big lake.


Review of Fast Rabbit Farm Gardens

Posted on by Chris & barbara WCustomer visited Jun 2016

What a joy! A lovely valley with fab rhododendrons. Saw a jay by the lake, raptors overhead and so many butterflies. Wonderful walk, great for a picnic and for children to run.


Review of Fast Rabbit Farm Gardens

Posted on by Chris & barbara WCustomer visited Jun 2016

What a joy! A lovely valley and fab rhododendrons.Saw a jay around the lake,raptors overhead,and endless butterflies.A good walk.Great place for a picnic and for children to let off steam.


Review of Fast Rabbit Farm Gardens

Posted on by Bev CCustomer visited May 2016

We enjoyed our walk around the Garden. There are lovely plants and trees. A hidden gem. Good to be able to buy special plants.


Review of Fast Rabbit Farm Gardens

Posted on by Pam LCustomer visited May 2016

Something really special and different. Wonderful walks through acres of meadow, hillside and woodland. Plant centre full of unusual plants and old friends. Knowledgeable owner and gardeners offering lots of help and advice.


Review of Fast Rabbit Farm Gardens

Posted on by Katie HCustomer visited May 2016

We were stunned by the view as you walk into the valley. The planting and landscape are truly beautiful. We'll definitely return to see the magnolias in bloom.A must for all to see.


Review of Fast Rabbit Farm Gardens

Posted on by Sheena MCustomer visited May 2016

Absolutely gorgeous bluebells. Loved the tranquil feel of this beautiful Garden. Look forward to coming back on a sunny day.


Review of Fast Rabbit Farm Gardens

Posted on by Thurlstone hotel KCustomer visited May 2016

Thank you for your hospitality and hard work welcoming our guests, they had a lovely time and Fast Rabbit Gardens were a particular favourite.


Review of Fast Rabbit Farm Gardens

Posted on by Sally DCustomer visited May 2016

Thank you for hosting such a marvellous visit.It was thoroughly enjoyed and we shall be watching developments with awe.


Review of Fast Rabbit Farm Gardens

Posted on by Pamela KCustomer visited Apr 2016

All of our group had such an interesting day and we did appreciate your lovely Garden and hard work. We will make a point of coming again to enjoy the peace and quiet amongst the flowers and water.


Review of Fast Rabbit Farm Gardens

Posted on by Katie HCustomer visited Oct 2015

We were stunned by the view as you walk into the valley.The planning and landscape are truly beautiful.We will definately return to see the magnolias in bloom.A must for all to see.


Review of Fast Rabbit Farm Gardens

Posted on by Helen ACustomer visited Oct 2015

Absolutely stunning gardens beautifully managed.Well maintained walkways,car park and toilet.Very peaceful spot,full of wildlife.Mature trees alongside new plantings.All in all a great design and I will return


Review of Fast Rabbit Farm Gardens

Posted on by Barbara SCustomer visited Oct 2015

People and dog friendly.A magnificent plant nursery(you'll need a truck)and beautiful gardens to wander in.Some parts still in the making with planting to die for.A very special place


Review of Fast Rabbit Farm Gardens

Posted on by Nigel WCustomer visited Aug 2015

We have enjoyed several visits to your delightful Garden. Seeing the valley smothered in primroses and the magnolias in full bloom was a joy and privilege. Each visit has been lovely,stress free and a peaceful time.It is lovely to walk through a garden where dogs are welcomed. Thank you again for opening such a glorious and tranquil garden.It's worth every penny of the admission price.


Review of Fast Rabbit Farm Gardens

Posted on by Jenny WCustomer visited Jun 2015

Thank you so much for your interesting and informative tour of the Garden. You have a wonderful and personal collection of trees and shrubs. I hope we can all visit again soon.


Review of Fast Rabbit Farm Gardens

Posted on by Carole HCustomer visited Apr 2014

A truly beautiful but natural and unspoilt area featuring rhododendrons and azaleas, with wide grassy walk ways leading around a small lake and wooded area. Two poly tunnels offer super plants for sale. A lovely place for a walk or picnic at any time of the year, and inexpensive. What a joy!


Review of Fast Rabbit Farm Gardens

Posted on by Kate BCustomer visited Apr 2014

Lovely woodland garden with camellias, azaleas, rhododendrons and primroses and bluebells galore!, and a well stocked plant centre with very friendly service.


Review of Fast Rabbit Farm Gardens

Posted on by Carol PCustomer visited Apr 2014

The Camellias & Azaleas are quite spectacular at this time of year. Our group had a warm welcome with delicious cake and coffee. After our exploration of the gardens - a huge pond with many different fish to see. So many bluebells on the woodside walks - quite lovely; we were offered soup or sandwiches for lunch and then explored the polytunnels full of many different plants. We shall definitely be back again!


Review of Fast Rabbit Farm Gardens

Posted on by Alexis MCustomer visited Mar 2014

A secret paradise, a Garden of Eden, blooming with spring flowers, primroses, daffodils, camelia's, rhododendrons and magnificent magnolia's. Nature at its best and all for £3.50!!


Review of Fast Rabbit Farm Gardens

Posted on by Freya WCustomer visited Mar 2014

Lovely walk in all/any weather, vast scenery and beautiful landscape. Dogs very happy! Would definitely recommend and will vist again.


Review of Fast Rabbit Farm Gardens

Posted on by Simon SCustomer visited Aug 2013

Simon S

Lovely set of landscaped gardens, flowers, views etc. Also a whole host of insects (some huge dragonflies) to hunt.

A friendly welcome from the owners for whom this place is obviously a labour of love!

We probably only scratched the surface of the place, because we were already tired from walking there in the first place.

Not expensive to get in, so worth even the short time we spent there (about an hour and a half), but I'm sure you could easily while away a whole morning or afternoon.

Tea and cake available, nice, and again cheap, but that's all.

Perhaps more of an adult's place, but our children (9 and 12) were interested enough for the time we were there.


Review of Fast Rabbit Farm Gardens

Posted on by Brian TCustomer visited Aug 2013

Beautiful scenery, very tranquil, wildlife in abundance. Many interesting shrubs and trees around lakes and ponds. Lovely at present, future potential phenomenal. A totally relaxing experience!

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