Customer Testimonials

Hi this section has been set up for all the owners and doggies to write about their experience and holidays at Cottage Farm please be totally honest about how you feel about our services so that others can see how our kennels are run and so we can look at any problems brought to our attention and put them right thank you Joanne 

Joy and Barney said on Oct 16, 2016
I have a 16year old Bichon who had never been in kennels before. After looking at several kennels I still felt concerned about leaving him,until I met Jo. Immediately,I knew I had found the right place as Jo was warm and friendly and she is a genuine dog lover. She sent photos of our dog while on holiday so that we could see that he was fine.We wouldn't hesitate to send him to Jo again and would definitely recommend. Thank you Jo x

Mrs Linda Lewis said on Oct 14, 2016

Jo looked after shadow my black Labrador for 2 weeks . He came back happy . This is the third time he as stayed with Jo . And will be again next year . Thanks Jo for looking after him so well . Mrs Lewis and family x

Mrs Helen Lawson said on May 2, 2016

We have use Jo many times over the years our English bull terrier is only to happy to spend a weekend with Jo.We have recommended her to lots of our friends.

Jane and Tommy Fallon Said on Mar 7 2016

 My baby boy Bobby has just spent two weeks with Joanne for the first time. It was a very big decision to leave him as I love him with all my heart and he is very spoilt as does his dad. Bobby came back home on Sunday 06/03/2016 he was fit happy and healthy. Joanne from my heart Thank You I wouldn't hesitate to send Bobby back to you and I will recommend you to anyone I know that requires a little holiday for there pets. You love your job you are a special person and it shows Love Jane xxxxx

Vicky and Alan Said on Mar 7 2016

 This is the 2nd time We have left our 2 babies with Jo. She is wonderful and loves them as we do. They are looked after so well and with so much love. I have collected them today and they are are so chilled and relaxed its amazing. Thank you again so very much and we will see you next time xx

charlotte haynes said on feb 10 2016

I leave my German Shepherd Keira with Jo on a monthly basis whilst i am away and she couldn't be better looked after. She is always happy to come back and stay with Jo and I get regular  updates via text to reassure me that all is well. Jo feels like part of our family now and Keira agrees! Could not be more confident in Jo's standards and can highly recommend her facility to all dog lovers. Thanks for everything Jo xx
David & Julie walker said on feb 2 2016

Had to find emergency accommodation for my elderly Moms dog when she went into hospital.Jo was the only one we could find who would let us bring poppy to her out of hours. We had to take poppy to her again 2_weeks later. Poppy greated her like a loved friend all wagging tail and kisses, such a relief for us alll. Jo is a very special person and would recommend this holiday home for dogs to everyone. Thanks Jo x

stella tafft said on sept 1 2015

God bless Jo again, we went on holiday on 14th aug and kia was originally booked in for 10 days,(her 6th stay at Jo s. Unfortunately I was notified I had to go into hospital on 26th august for and operation so had to ask Jo if Kia could stay longer. I hated that I had to leave her longer but knew Kia would not mind at all, she loves being at Jos and would really love her extended holiday. Jo was so helpful and straight away agreed to keep her until I came out of hospital and fro as long as I needed her to even though her food ran out 3 days before I collected her. I went to get her today 1st September and she was so pleased to see me and so excited but still reluctant to leave Jo . I think it was only the chews that I took that won her over. She looked wonderful, clean healthy and full of life I am sure she must have worn poor Jo out but Jo insisted she had loved having her as SHE ALWAYS DOES. when we got home she was constantly around me wagging her tail and licking me but I know I missed my girl far more than she missed me,she is always so happy and active there. Well now I guess this must be the best recommendation you can get, after sleeping for a while Kia has just gone in the kitchen and brought in a holiday brochure and dumped it on my lap.(think she dropping hints already she was another holiday booked,lol poor jo needs a rest) Thank you so much Jo for your wonderful loving care of my precious girl, it so good not to have to worry about her when I am away and to know thanks to you she is happy well cared for and loved, Kia and I caN NEVER THANK YOU ENOUGH FOR THE PEACE OF MIND YOU GIVE US, kIA will be back for next holiday when I book one but maybe not as soon as she might like.

Helen and Trevor Parker said on aug 26 2015

Our 2 black labs Molly and Max have recently spent 16 nights with Jo. Although they were really pleased to see us on our return, they sulked a little and we think they were missing their fun times at the kennels. We also arranged with Jo to have them both groomed before leaving, an added bonus Jo washed their bed too. Everything came home smelling sweet! Wouldn't hesitate to book them both in for a return visit.

Zoe said on aug 21 2015

I have left both my babies Ronnie and Reggie, English Bulldogs with Jo on separate occasions over the past 2 years , more recently for a 3 week break. Both Ronnie and Reggie are very particular about being around people but have warmed to Jo on each occasion , I would go as far as saying as they are on a low when they come home as they miss Jo 's company , the love she provides and the warmth in her voice . They are exercised on numerous occasions throughout the day and love the walks in the tranquil setting . For those unsure of leaving their babies , Jo understands and updates you regularly of how they are and offers reassurance. Excellent service , no hesitation in recommending.

Sue green said on aug 20 2015

My cockerpoo Harvey has been going to Jo,s boarding kennels for nearly 4 years now and absolutley loves it!! Jo,s boarding kennels came recommended to me by my vets as I had never used kennels before. To say I was apprehensive is an understatement as Harvey was only 6 months old at the time of his 1st visit. Jo is lovely and clearly loves dogs & they love her! The kennels are well kept,clean and the surrounding area/ countryside is fantastic. Regular updates from Jo gave me great comfort while we were away. Although Harvey was pleased to see me when collecting him , he also went running back to Jo as well which speak,s volumes about the attention,love and care she gives to all who come to stay with her!!!! Me & Harvey would recommend Jo & her lovely kennels 110% See you at New Year

stella said on May 31, 2015 

Jo has been having my cross boxer now for just over 2 years and I know she is well cared for loved,(maybe even spoilt a little) My dog Kia cant wait to get to jos and even recognises now when we are nearly there and thumps her tail and barks in excitement. Once she arrives she runs straight to jo and then dashes around the grass like a lunatic her tail wagging like mad all the time Usually she will not even come back to me to say goodbye. She is very energetic and can be hard to handle but jo manages wonderfully and even remembers kias needs from one visit to the next so I don't need to keep reminding her. I only have to mention jos name and kia gets excited. The kennels are heated and very clean, so I never need to worry about kia, I know although she is pleased to see me when I return she hasn't really missed me at all as she thoroughly enjoys her holiday. She has just returned from a 9 day stay with jo and will be going back again in august. Thanks jo for loving my dog as much as I do and she certainly loves you. I can honestly recommend jos holiday home for dogs( ha ha, more like DOG HOTEL THAN BOARDING KENNEL) and rest assured anyone leaving their dog with jo will have one very happy well cared for dog on their return. so sorry jo about kia pinching one of your dog toys on her last visit and burying it under all her bedding but she is still playing with it so I will send it back with her in august

Michelle McEvoy said on Jan 13, 2015

I left my Bullmastiff Alfie who is 6 with Jo for nearly 10 days over the new year but he has also stayed previously with her. I was a bit nervous about putting Alfie into kennels to begin with as reviews on kennels are not always the best! But with Jo i can honestly say your dog will be well cared for and looked after. Alfie got plenty of exercise, walks and fuss. I would recommend Jo 110% to any dog owners contemplating placing their beloved pooches in kennels. Jo and her team work so hard with the dogs and it is a privilege to leave Alfie somewhere where i know he will be well cared for and loved. Thank you Jo from Michelle, Danny and not forgetting the most important one ALFIE himself x

Cindy Dean Ballard said on Jan 6, 2015 

Our two King Charles Cavaliers, Charlie and Oscar spent Christmas at Cottage Farm. This is the first time we have trusted anyone apart from family with looking after them. They obviously had a great time with Jo and co .We will not hesitate to use these Kennels from now on . Jo was highly recommended to us , quite rightly so. See you later in the year Jo !

Jon said on Oct 22, 2014 

My dog Bruce has been staying with Jo at Cottage Farm ever since he was a pup of 6 months old staying three times a year for the last two years. The kennels are first class and Jo is absolutely brilliant with Bruce so much so he turns traitor as soon as I open the car door and runs over to Jo!! This really is a place where dogs have a holiday when you have yours, Bruce is regularly walked and fussed over by Jo and she loves having him back there each time I take him. What more of a recommendation do you need!

tracy said on Aug 14, 2014 

I left my 2 half yr old pooch Bindi with Jo on the 28/7/13 for 2 weeks, I was a bit worried about leaving her for so long as she's never been away from home that long before!! But Jo was brilliant she kept me updated on how she was (think she had a better holiday than me!! Lol) she was so well looked after & I would have no qualms about leaving her there again & fully recommend it if you need somewhere to leave your precious pooch. Bindi had a great time & so did I. Thank you Jo.

wendy and roy said on Aug 14, 2014 

Hi jo Just to say thank you for the way you have looked after our Barney. He has had a bath and his coat looks so nice can tell you ave been looking after him well. Also he eats !, he is cleaning his bowl we are totally amazed , don't know how you have one it but we haven't seen that in weeks. Thank you again and see you in November Wendy and Roy

James and Sean said on Nov 12, 2014 

We always use this kennels for our two boxer dogs Lucy and Chance and we would not take them anywhere else. They are always pleased to see Jo and when we collect them they are always very tired from the large amount of walks and play time they get when staying with jo. Thanks again 

Kay Downes said on Dec 4, 2015 

I left my 3yr old border collie in the hands of Joe a few years back. I was very happy with the standard of care and the kennels are 5* quality. Would definitely recommend.

Jo & Andy Gough said on Apr 28, 2014 

We searched for sometime to find the right Boarding Kennels for our boy Rocky, he was booked in for the week of our holidays but we were still unsure about leaving him, until we found Jo at Cottage Farm who put our mind at rest, needless to say we cancelled our stay at the other kennels and booked him straight in with Jo, he went for a day visit prior to our holiday which he enjoyed. We have just collected Rocky after a weeks stay, Jo kept us updated via phone/Text on his progress, he came to greet us with his tail wagging he had a great time with plenty of exercise, we will not hesitate to leave him with Jo on our next holiday, Thanks Jo A Big Kiss from Rocky xx

Lorna Hobbs said on May 23, 2014 

Hi Jo. Just want to thank you for looking after Dylan & Thomas for 16 days. 1st time with you but definitely not the last. My boys have come home looking fab. Obviously didn't miss us. My Boys both have different feeding requirements and Tom on medication which Jo dealt with. Would recommend this home from home to anyone. Thank you again Jo.

Rebecca said on Jan 13, 2015 

I placed my dog cullen with jo AGAIN over christmas for 2 weeks I had a great holiday because I knew cullen would be happy with his abundance of physical excercise and attention from jo and her kids when I dropped him off and picked him up the kennels were nice and warm Cullen got to pick his own room :),, I had constant texts from jo letting me know he was ok for my piece of mind which I already had as I have left him with her before and is the only place I would ever board him,, 110 % recommend see you soon x

Judith Weir said on Oct 21, 2014 

Jacey, who is now 4 months old and one of Jo's own reared Shih Tzu puppies spent her first time in the kennel last weekend. She was so relexed when I picked her up she had obviously loved it. Thanks Jo you know how I love Jacey and what a great job you do with all the dogs.

vera spratt said on Sep 25, 2014

we have today collected our jack russel alfie from cottage farm boarding kennels where he stayed for 2 weeks for his holidays i can honestly say it was home from home for him we were delighted a first class kennel that we will reccomend to all our friends and alfie will certainly being going back for his next holiday. many thanks joanne

John, Irene & Bruno said on Sep 19, 2o14

We went on holiday in June and needed to put our boxer Bruno in a kennel. Bruno is my little ray of sunshine so no kennel could get my approval to leave Bruno there, until we met Joanne. She is great with Bruno and from the moment you walk through the gate you sense that she will look after the dogs like it is one of her own. When we pick up Bruno and take him back home we hardly see Bruno about, but we do hear him - snoring away on his bed :). We have already booked Bruno in for a few more trips and he will also defenitely go back for next year & the years after that during our holidays. Thank you Jo for having Bruno and looking after him, it has been absolutely great! Big hugs John, Irene & Bruno

Sean and James said on Sep 15, 2014 

This kennels is fantastic Jo really looks after our two boxers really well and they always come back exhausted due to the amount of exercise Jo gives them. It's a really long drive for us to get to the kennels but well worth it and we would never take our dogs any where else. Can't rate this and Jo highly enough

Karen & Ian said on Sep 9, 2014 

Hi Jo, sorry for the delay in posting this message but can we both thank you for the very good service you provided in looking after our dogs, Jack & Snoopy. We spent a some time choosing your kennels and fell fully satisfied with both you and the faculties you run. We would recommend your boarding kennels to anyone wishing to house their dogs in a high spec facility with a personal touch, again many thanks

Tracy & Molly Dog said on Aug 2, 2014 

Molly has stayed 4 times with Jo 4 her doggie holidays since April this year. Molly is 4 and has never stayed at a kennels before and so I was very nervous and worried with how she would cope (and me leaving her!). I really needn't have worried - Jo put me instantly at ease and Molly really took to Jo, so i think you should trust your dog's instinct! We decided that a couple one night 'sleepover's were probably a good idea so that I could see how Molly's behaviour was when I collected her, and then go from there and if I wasn't happy I could find an alternative for our main 2 wk holiday. All went well, and she stayed for her 2 wk holiday in June and has since been for a long wknd stay in July. Each time, she returns home as if she has never left and is still the happy doggie we left. It gives you such great peace of mind to know that your dog is being looked after and is not affected by you not being able to take them with you, after all to most of us our pets are like our children so its nice to know they are looked after and happy. Thanks Jo, big hugs & kisses from molly

Sheila & Rob Perry said on Aug 24, 2014 

Poppy stayed with you in May/June she had a wonderful time - we would be very happy to bring her to your care again - in fact we have booked her to come again in September - Thank you so much for looking after her so well Sheila & Rob Perry - and not forgetting Poppy xxx

Ailsa Keogh said on Jul 30, 2014 

I booked my dogs in for a weekend in June for the first time and have rebooked for August already. Jo clearly has a talent and manages to to gain the confidence of even the most nervous of dogs. I have three very individual dogs each with their own personality quirks. The most noticeable difference I saw was with my Lurcher, who always came back from other kennels with cuts on her gums and nose from chewing the bars in distress. When I returned to collect her from Jo's kennels she happily trotted over to see me and there was not a mark on her face. I am quiet sure the dogs will be much more relaxed again after a second stay. I recommend these kennels to all my friends and family without a shadow of doubt.

Kevin & Maddie said on Jul 30, 2014 

I`ve left my 10 month old Beagle at Cottage Farm on a few occassions. I love the warm welcome I always recieve from Johigh standard that is provided here. Kevin & Maddie x

Clare and Jim said on May 29, 2014

Our two greyhounds Ellie and Josie have just returned from a week long holiday with Jo. We would not hesitate to recommend Jo and cottage farm kennels to 
, and Maddie ( The Beagle ) always seems happy during her stay. Compared with other Kennels I have used this is without doubt my first call. I would highly recommend this business to anyone. It`s such ashame that other Kennels don`t have the same great value, and 
anyone.  We phoned Jo after visiting several kennels and straight away it had a different feel to any other we had been to, after a visit so that the girls could meet Jo and we could have a look around we booked them in.  Josie had an accident the day before we went. This meant she had to have a follow up appointment at the vets while we were away and also be on medication. Jo very kindly took her to the vets in our absence and also ensured she had her medication every day. Jo texted us while we were away and kept us updated which was brilliant.  We returned to find both Ellie and Josie in perfect health and high spirits. We were also encouraged to see that Ellie and Josie had developed an obvious affection for Jo, which Jo clearly reciprocated. As a result of this we have already booked them in for our next two trips away.  Having the confidence in someone like Jo and the kennels that she runs makes leaving the girls when we go away easier, as it is clear that they enjoy being there.  Thank you again Jo. From Clare, Jim, Ellie and Josie. 

emma and mike said on May 31, 2014

Hi Joanne, would just like to say thank u so much for having our cavalier king charles Dizzie,and at such short notice after been messed about by other kennels.I will be recommending you to others as Dizzie had such a great time and you obviously have such a great passion for dogs!!! we will be dropping Dizzie again in december or maybe sooner if another holiday pops up,im sure he will have lots of fun again,and hopefully the grooming will be up and running by then so i know he will be a proper pampered pooch!!!! It was also very kind of u to text us while we was away to let us know how Dizzie was getting on.It was a great reassurance knowing he was fine during our week away from him.When we picked him up he looked and seemed so happy and well and so lively to see us and especially the kids.I bet he can't wait till he comes again.thanks once again love from Emma,Mike,kids and of course Dizzie.xx

Nikki said on Jul 20, 2014 

Hi jo, Thank you for looking after our japanese akita 'dolly'. I was really upset when leaving her for the first time but you put my mind at ease, thank you for that. The text messages throughout 'dollys' stay made my day! When collecting her I noticed how beautiful her coat was You told me you had brushed her daily, I really appreciated that. Thank you so much and Im sure you will see me and Dolly again soon. Nikki Graham