The farm began when the original owners retired down to Devon and cleared what was once wasteland between the railway tracks to create the little piece of paradise you see today. What began as a small collection of rescue animals soon grew, until they opened to the public in 2002 and the Totnes Rare Breeds Farm was born.
Samantha (Sam) Adams began working here in 2012, before becoming the new owner in January 2015. With the invaluable help of her family, staff and a team of volunteers, she is working hard to continue to provide a wonderful place for families to visit; where animals are there to be loved and interacted with, not just viewed from behind a barrier.
One of our main aims at the farm is to help in the conservation of rare breeds. From chickens and ducks to Welsh Mountain sheep and Golden Guernsey Goats, we are trying to do our bit to aid in their survival.
We believe that interaction with animals is important, whether you are 1 years old or 101! Don't miss out on our adorable baby Pygmy Goats when they are born in the summer...we find that the public make the best climbing frames! Purchase a bag of animal feed on entry and you will soon be everyone's best friend...just watch out for the greedy goats!
Our friendly team of staff and volunteers are always on hand to help you make the most of your experience and answer any questions you may have.
**Facemasks must be worn inside (unless exempt). We are currently not doing any animal handling until restrictions lift further and are sorry for any disappointment caused.**
Come into our newly refurbished Pets’ Corner to meet some of our smaller residents. Step in quietly to see our newly-hatched chicks and ducklings snuggling under the heat lamps and meet a few more of our fluffy animals.
If you are feeling brave, why not ask to meet our friendly Corn Snake and feel her smooth skin? Or do your best to spot one of our snoozing Chinchillas and be entranced by the tiny Harvest Mice in their straw burrows.
The Garden Café
**Currently only limited outside seating is available due to restrictions set during the Coronavirus pandemic. We ask that picnics are not eaten on site, unless also ordering from the café, as the limited seating must be reserved for café customers only. You must have a table before ordering food, unless it is to take away. Thank you.**
Our lovely café is a wonderful place to visit in its own right. Relax in its peaceful setting beside the Steam Railway and enjoy a tasty panini or a slice of homemade cake? For those with a slightly larger appetite, our famous cream teas are not to be missed!
The café is open to all members of the public, without the need to visit the farm!
If you have any allergies or dietary requirements, please ensure that you speak with the café staff who will do all they can to help you. We cannot guarantee that we will have what you are looking for, so if in doubt please phone ahead to ask what we can offer.