Tel: 01787 223445 / 07714 501542 call Kate
Email: happybunniesholidays@uwclub.net

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About our Small Pet Boarding


Hello and welcome to Happy Bunnies Holidays. We are a friendly, caring and professional family-run business offering high quality boarding accommodation for rabbits, guinea-pigs and other small pets.

We are members of the Rabbit Welfare Association and are fully insured.

My name is Kate and I grew up on a dairy farm surrounded by animals large and small including bovines and bunnies, horses and hamsters, pigs and guinea-pigs, dogs and ducks! I qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in 1997 and for many years taught Animal Care and Animal Nursing Assistants at Writtle College. I currently work part time as nurse in a small animal practice in Colchester, running rabbit clinics for owners wanting advice on all aspects of rabbit care.

I am here to take the best possible care of your pet whilst you are on holiday or away from home for any other reason.

I understand that all animals and their needs are different. I try to cater for each individual pets requirements and will discuss this with you prior to and on your pets arrival.

We have eight hutches available and these become full very quickly particularly during school holidays. We like to try and get to know our guests as individuals and give them the attention they deserve.

You will be able to relax knowing that your pet will be well cared for by an animal lover with a lifetimes experience looking after animals.

Other small pets such as hamsters and gerbils are welcome but we ask that you provide their own cages, food and bedding materials.


Obviously, the more space a bunny can have the better. I provide spacious hutches which are kept inside the 'Bunny House'. This is safe & secure, locked at night and being a brick building is cool during the summer and draught free and dry during the winter months.

We have six hutches that are 6' x 2' x 2' and these are our 'standard' rabbit hutches.

Guinea-pigs and small rabbits such as Netherland dwarfs will be quite happy in our 4' x 2' hutches but of course can have the larger hutch if you wish.

Hutches are lined with wood-shavings and have copious quantities of good quality meadow hay. Contact me should you wish your pet to be on another substrate. Bottles and bowls are provided. Toys and tunnels are provided but please feel free to bring your pets own litter tray and litter (if different to shavings) and their favourite belongings.

Weather permitting your pet is able to spend the day in our spacious outdoor runs.

We now offer a 'Bunny Room' for HOUSE RABBITS, giants, larger groups or spoilt bunnies! It is a space (8ft x 6 1/2 ft) filled with toys, tunnels, baskets of hay and anything else your bunny wishes to bring! The room can be heated in colder conditions.

Rabbits using the Bunny Room should ideally be in pairs/groups and litter trained.

Opened December 2012 is the 'Penthouse Shed'! (A 7ft x 5ft garen shed adapted for bunny use). This is ideal for pairs/groups of outdoor rabbits and guinea-pigs. There is a wire mesh door to allow fresh air in during the day, and a solid lockable door closed at night or during bad weather. A window allows natural daylight into the shed if the door is closed. The floor has been covered with vinyl for easy disinfecting between boarders and can be lined with shavings/straw (or other substrate of your choice) and filled with tunnels, toys, boxes and hay ready for your pets holiday.


Rabbits and guinea-pigs enjoy the chance to exercise outdoors, either on our lawn or patio if you prefer. Large, secure, outdoor runs are available for all boarders. I prefer all our guests to be outside during the day. They are provided with shade during hot weather and cover on showery days. During very wet and/or cold weather bunnies can exercise within the bunny house.

Health & Hygiene:

The health and welfare of all pets is paramount to us. Each guest will be given a daily health check which doubles up as a cuddle session!

Rabbits must have up to date vaccinations against Myxomatosis and Viral Haemorrhagic Disease (VHD) - at least three weeks prior to arrival (NB: individual vaccinations are usually given two weeks apart; since March 2012 a combined Myxo/VHD vaccination became available that is given annually). **Please bring certificate as proof of vaccination** We recommend that treatment for internal and external parasites is given prior to arrival.

Should your pet be on any medication, I am able to administer it - please contact me with the details prior to booking.

Hutches will be cleaned daily and disinfected using a veterinary approved disinfectant between boarders. Fresh water (in bottles/bowls or both), vegetables, delicious meadow hay and shavings are given daily.

We ask owners to bring your pet's own dried food to help avoid any tummy upsets that could occur with a change in diet.

Small Pet Boarding Prices

Daily Price List (from May 2013):

6ft x 2ft x 2ft hutches:

1 rabbit: £5.50
2nd rabbit (sharing): £2.00

4ft x 2ft hutches

1 guinea-pig / small rabbit: £5.00
2nd guinea-pig / small rabbit (sharing): £1.50

'Bunny Room' and 'Penthouse Shed' £10.00 per day (for one or two rabbits)

For each additional rabbit or guinea pig (sharing) please add £1.00

A £1.00 per day charge is added should heating be required in the 'bunny room'.

Prices include good quality meadow hay, fresh fruit and vegetables, water, shavings, daily health checks, cuddles, cleaning and pet insurance.

We require a deposit upon booking with the BALANCE PAID ON ARRIVAL by cash or cheque. For one hutch the deposit is £10.00 per week. For each pet sharing, an additional £5.00 per week is required.

The boarding charge includes the day your pet is brought to us and the day he/she leaves regardless of the time of day.

(Prices for other small pets start at £3.00 per day).

We are unable to take bookings from end of September 2015 until further notice due to a house move.

Other Services

Services: GroomingClaw Clipping

I am able to cut nails and groom your rabbit or guinea-pig should you require it at a small additional charge.

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Reviews from Our Guests

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The most fantastic holiday destination for a rabbit. Our very spoilt house rabbit, Cookie, was so well looked after whilst we were away. She stayed in the bunny room which was very clean and had plenty of room for her and all of her toys. Cookie seemed very relaxed and happy when we picked her up and had clearly had plenty of attention.

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Happy Bunnies Holidays in North Essex is located in the village of Earls Colne, which is within approximately 4 miles of Halstead, Coggeshall, Chappel, Bures and 10 miles of Colchester, Sudbury (Suffolk) Braintree, Witham and Tiptree.
Many of our boarders come from the Chelmsford, Ipswich and Clacton areas - these are approximately 40 minute drives.

Open Hours

Our opening times are by appointment only. We try and be as flexible as possible and we kindly ask customers to arrange a time for dropping off and collecting pets.

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