Cottontail Hotel

Hillside View
Old Watling Street
Flamstead, St Albans

Tel: 07538007794
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About our Small Pet Boarding

We board: RabbitsGuinea PigsBirdsHamsters, Mice etc.

I am a devoted and loving owner to two house rabbits. I have many years experience in looking after small animals and have always wanted to work with them, that's why I decided to start Cottontail Hotel.

I have also done a course in rabbit care and welfare.


Here at Cottontail Hotel, we have a outdoor cabin that is insulated and weatherproof. The cabin will be cool in the summer and warm in the winter. .

We have 6ft x 2ft hutches which are perfect for rabbits.

We also hutches for guinea pigs measuring at 5ft x 2ft, which are perfect for guinea pigs and smaller rabbits.

We currently have three hamster cages measuring at 26cm x 50cm x 37cm. (You are more than welcome to bring them in their own cage if you'd prefer).

We currently have 1 rats cage measuring at 131cm x 43cm x 64cm.

Mice and gerbils are to come in their own cages.

We advise that you bring your own nuggets/ dry food as changing their diet can cause stomach problems. Please make sure you bring enough for the duration of their stay. We offer fresh greens and good quality hay.


We offer exercise daily for our guests indoors. We will let them out of their cages several times a day in our pens in order for them to get a great deal of exercise.

Health & Hygiene:

All cages are cleaned daily, with fresh bedding and replenished with fresh food and clean water. We disinfect and deep clean our cages in between guests. We have lined our cages with vinyl tiles so they are wipe clean, this way they can be cleaned thoroughly.

Rabbits must be up to date with their vaccinations (Myxomatosis RVHD1 & RVHD2), and you must have a valid vaccination card to prove this. We do not board rabbits that are not vaccinated.

Small Pet Boarding Prices

Single rabbit - £9.00 per night
Bonded pair of rabbits - £13.00 per night
Trio of rabbits - £16.00 per night
Large breeds - please enquire about prices

Single guinea pig - £7.50 per night
Pair of guinea pigs - £10.50 per night
Group of guinea pigs - £12.50 per night

Hamsters (in own cage) - £5.00 per night

Gerbils (in own cage)- £5.00 per night

Mice (in own cage) - £5.00 per night

Single rat- £5.00 per night
Pair of rats- £6.50 per night

Single degus (in own cage) - £5.00 per night
Pair of degus- £6.50 per night
Group of degus- £8.00 per night

We will charge double the nightly rate on Christmas Day and Boxing Day. We charge and extra £4 a night for Christmas Eve, New Year's Eve, New Year's Day, Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday.
We do not charge extra for Bank Holidays.

A £20 non refundable deposit is needed to secure your dates.

Other Services

We offer nail clipping for an additional £3 per pet.

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Reviews from Our Guests

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Our rabbit Peter had such a wonderful stay at Cotton tail hotel, the owner Jess was very helpful and even sent a picture and text to reassure us he was doing well. This was lovely to receive whilst on holiday. Will definitely be using the service again. Be sure to book up in advance!

5 From Jemma on

Our bunnies Coco and Pops loves their stay at the Cottontail Hotel for 2 weeks. Jess cared for them as we would and sent regular updates and photos. They will definitely be back xx

5 From Victoria on

Our 2 guinea pigs have now had 3 holidays being looked after by Jess and I have every confidence in her taking good care of them. Very efficient booking procedure. Extremely considerate to each pet's needs and very caring. Excellent processes in place to adhere to additional health & safety requirements since Covid. Fully recommend using Cottontail!!!

5 From Tracey King on

Our two guinea pigs stayed with Jess for a week and were so well cared for. They had to visit the vet whilst we were away (for a pre-existing condition) and Jess arranged the whole thing brilliantly. We couldn't have asked for better care and will definitely be back!

5 From Elizabeth on

Our pair of Guinea Pigs spent 3 nights at Cottontail Hotel last weekend & seem to have been very well looked after. Jess was extremely professional & meticulous in the planning of their visit and instilled confidence in me. She appears to care very much for the animals & we have already booked our beloved pets in for a couple more visits!!!

5 From T King on

Jess looked after our 2 guinea pigs for 2 weeks. They'd never stayed in a hotel before 😄 but clearly settled in very well. It was a huge bonus to get updates and photos. We were very impressed with the cleanliness too. They were certainly very well looked after. Nice to go away knowing your pets are safe and well cared for. Thank you

5 From Laurence Clark on

Ash (our dwarf rabbit) spent 2 weeks with Jess whilst we were away on holiday. Jess sent us photos and messages whilst we were away keeping us updated on how Ash was settling in and keeping which we appreciated (especially my youngest daughter who missed Ash terribly). Ash seemed very happy when we collected him and had quite clearly adapted well to the new environment. Thank you once again Jess for having Ash to stay!

5 From Jenny on

I have just picked up my rabbit, Parsley, from his first stay at Cottontail hotel. Jess was very quick to respond to my initial enquiry and has done a wonderful job of looking after Parsley. Jess offers extra services, so I paid a little extra for Parsley to have his nails clipped while we were away. Jess was also very accommodating when we had to arrange for Parsley to stay an extra night at the last minute. Parsley is already booked in for his next stays at Cottontail hotel.

5 From Katie on

Dylan and Zeva stayed for 4 nights. Jess looked after them brilliantly. She even clipped their nails. I was happy that she groomed them daily. The facilities are very clean! Would highly recommend.

5 From Penny King on

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Open Hours

Drop-off and pick up times are between 3pm-5pm on weekdays and between 11am-1pm on weekends.

We do not do pick up and drop off on Bank Holiday Monday's, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year's Eve, New Year's Day, Good Friday, Easter Sunday or Easter Monday

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