Fast Rabbit Farm Gardens

Dog/Pet friendly
Parking Available
Disabled Access
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Overview

The Gardens have been developed since 1987 in two adjoining secluded valleys,one contains the River Black and the other a stream. A lake and ponds and wide walks access these and the valley sides. There is extensive planting of rhododendron,camellia,pieris,magnolia and many trees and shrubs. The 43 acres have year round attraction with wonderful wild flowers and fauna.

Where is Fast Rabbit Farm Gardens located?

The Garden is located two miles from Dartmouth,Devon. Although close to the main Dartmouth A3122 road,short secluded lanes create a peaceful away from it all atmosphere. Norton Holiday Park is close by.

What style of garden is Fast Rabbit Farm Gardens?

The Garden uses two valleys joined at right angles,one with the River Black running to the nearby Blackpool Sands and the other with a stream tributary. A lake and ponds have been constructed with wide grassed paths contouring the valley sides.An extensive planting includes rhododendron,camellia,pieris,magnolia and a wide range of trees and shrubs. The ground is covered in wild flowers,bluebells,primrose,celandine,snowdrops and many daffodils. There is a two acre wild flower meadow and similar Mediterranean garden with palm trees and exotic plants. Roses climb high into the trees and and have a dedicated two acre garden. The whole Garden covers 43 acres and is a haven for wild life.

What can guests enjoy at Fast Rabbit Farm Gardens?

The Garden is large and with wide mown grass paths easy to explore.There is an extensive plant centre of mostly home produced plants which we try to sell at modest prices. The car park and toilets are free. Free tea and coffee is available. Visitors are given a free personal introduction to the Garden and given leaflets and maps.

Reviews

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 .

AnitaC

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

RoyW

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.)

RC

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.

JanieD

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

Nettle.

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

DawnC

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!

PaulW

Thank you so much for the time you gave us today to make our trip so enjoyable. I inevitably weakened and am trying again to raise rhododendron King George,purchased from you,as well as the seeds.

WendyB

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.

IanA
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Summary

Child friendly

Dog/Pet friendly

Facilities

Disabled Access

Guided Tours

Parking Available

Shop

Extra info

Garden Acreage: 43
Closed Times: Christmas Day
Nearest Airport: Exeter
Nearest Airport Distance (in miles): 40
Nearest Train Station: Totnes
Nearest Railway Distance: 12
Open Times: All year, Daily 11:00-17:00 (inc BHs)
Price Details: £7.00 per adult ,£1.00 per child and annual £21.00 single and £35.00 family.
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Arrival information & directions

Address: Strawberry Valley, Dartmouth, Devon, DartmouthTQ6 0NB, United Kingdom

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 after Rose Cottage signposted 'Fast Rabbit Farm'.

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