Birkin Boarders

16 Birkin Court
(Off Broadwater Road)
Welwyn Garden City

Tel: 07904952366

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About our Small Pet Boarding

We board: RabbitsGuinea PigsHamsters, Mice etc.

I have owned guinea pigs since I was a child (and still have three!) and now I have my own home, I have two house rabbits. I know the amount of love that people have for their animals, no matter their size and I share that passion. While your rabbit(s) or guinea pig(s) stay with me, they will be treated as one of the family and given a lot of care and attention.

Please check out my website for further information and booking forms (link above).


Birkin Boarders strives to provide a luxury holiday for your furry friends. I have a purpose built outbuilding with the largest single height hutches on the market. These quality, solid wood hutches are 6ft x 2ft and provide all the space your little one(s) will need to relax in and run or hop around. There will be clean hutches, fresh vegetables and unlimited hay.

They will also have daily access to a large indoor or outdoor play space, depending on the weather. Animals can have grass access or can be on a paved area/indoors if they are not used to grass.

Additionally, I have accommodation inside my home, which allows me to fulfil as many enquiries as I can during busy periods of the year. This is to avoid disappointment as much as possible. This is exclusively for guinea pigs and I have large (5ft and 6ft) ferplast bottom cages available. Piggies housed indoors will get the same amount of love, attention and access to outdoor/indoor play space as those in the boarding shed i.e. lots!

Hamsters stay inside my home in their own cage. They will get plenty of play time outside their set up.

Health & Hygiene:

Regular supervision means behaviour can be observed, so any changes will be picked up and action taken. I am fully covered by PetPlan insurance, so should anything happen while you are away, please be assured your little one is protected. I am also a member of the Rabbit Welfare Association.

​All rabbits must be vaccinated against myxomatosis, RHD and RHD2.

Small Pet Boarding Prices

A minimum stay is 3 days and the price is charged per day (or part day), with the animals sharing one 6ft hutch. Mixed meadow hay and vegetables are included, but please bring along enough dry food for the length of their stay. If your pet will only eat certain brands/types of hay, you will need to provide this also.

From January 2022:

Single rabbit
Pair of bonded rabbits
Trio of bonded rabbits
Single guinea pig
Pair of piggies
Trio of piggies
Four piggies

Hamster in own cage

For busier periods of the year, I am kindly requesting a non-refundable deposit of £20.00 per hutch to secure your booking.

All payment is via bank transfer.

Other Services

Claw clipping is also available for £5.00 per bunny and £2.50 per guinea pig.

I am confident and able to administer different types of medication (topical creams, eye drops, oral and injectable medications). An additional fee of £1.00 per medication session for bunnies and £0.50 per medication session for guinea pigs will be added to your invoice. Please discuss any requirements at the time of booking.

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Reviews from Our Guests

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Really excellent service! My bunnies were well looked after and I even had some wonderful picture updates. Birkin Boarders will be my go to now! Highly recommended.

5 From Alice Atay on

Isobel looked after our two rabbits over our honeymoon, and can honestly say they couldn't be in better hands. When we picked them up they were very happy and looked after, plus the reinsurance Isobel gave whilst we were away was so reassuring! We've booked them in again for the bank holiday and for the summer, so our bunnies get as much as a holiday as we do!

5 From George C on

My two teddy guinea pigs Toffee and Squeak spent 10 days at Birkin Boarders in October 2021 and I can wholeheartedly recommend Isobel and her dedicated care. They came home in excellent condition and I was kept informed with updates and photos during their stay. I will be booking them in again this year with full confidence in their care. Thank you Isobel.

5 From Kathleen Boyle on

Oreo & Cookie stayed with Isobel at ‘Birkin Boarders' a few weeks ago. Previous to me going away, I went to go and have a look at where they would be staying and to meet Isobel. She responded to all of my messages quickly and gave me all the information I asked for. Isobel has lovely environment for all of her little guests to stay inside and has made it look and feel really inviting and cosy. She also has outside space for them to explore (although it rained the whole time I was away so my 2 didn't get it experience that this time) but I've seen videos/photos on social media of other furry friends making the most of it! It was the 1st time they had both stayed with her and Isobel put my mind at ease that they would both be in safe hands as it came across that she has a real love and passion for what she does. She is extremely knowledgeable and rabbit savvy which made me feel confident that Oreo & Cookie were going to be well looked after. Oreo is prone to G I stasis (tummy problems) so before I went away, I explained this all to her and had to fill in a detailed form with everything written down with what to look out for in his behaviour etc. I had daily contact updates and photo's about how they were, it was so nice to see them both happy and relaxed it really did put my mind at ease. They are both booked in to go back in October again when we go away, it's so nice to know they will be in such great hands when I'm not here. Thank you Isobel everything you did 🐰🐰x

5 From Kellie on

My two rabbits and guinea pig stayed at Birkin Boarders recently for a week. They were exceptionally well cared for and I would be happy to leave them with Isobel any time. The updates and photos I received were lovely. Isobel is very well organised and very knowledgeable about small animal care. The facilities are spacious and spotlessly clean. I was very confident to leave them, knowing that they were in very safe hands.

5 From Rosie Hergenhan on

Thanks Isobel for looking after our guinea pigs, Pumpkin & Pepsi again with your usual fantastic care and attention. They always enjoy a luxury stay at Birkin Boarders. Highly recommend ***

5 From Gemma on

Isobel has been terrific! I left her my bunny for a month last December while I was abroad and she has been treated as a queen. She has been spoiled as if she was Isobel's bunny with pets and treats. Also, communications have been really smooth, Isobel has kindly provided updates, pics and video so I have felt sure my baby was in good hands. I would definitely recommend and will be back should the need arise!

5 From Jessica on

Excellent service from Isobel, our 2 bunnies have stayed with Isobel on two different occasions and we cant fault the service we have received. Isobel is very caring, helpful and considerate, she sent my daughter a number of updates over the time of the bunnies stayed to say how the bunnies were doing. We also loved seeing their photos on social media as this shown how happy and well looked after they were. We couldn't have asked for a better holiday home for our bunnies. Definitely would recommend it to all small animal owners and will be using Isobel again in the future.

5 From Keeley Nevill on

Judging by my guinea pigs' reactions (the two younger ones raced around the hutch in excited circles and Alaska, aged 8, settled down to munch hay!) they were all very pleased to be back in their lovely, big hutch at Birkin Boarders for their second visit this year. All the bunnies and piggies are clearly given the very best love and attention by Isobel. She gets to know all her guests so well and provides for all their individual needs. On top of all that, booking is both friendly and efficient. I would recommend Birkin Boarders without hesitation.

5 From Judith Moore on

A very professionally run boarding service for small animals. All the facilities are first class and beautifully kept ... from the indoor hutches to the wind protected outdoor runs (they have special covers that Isobel uses if it's blowy) in the specifically secured garden. Isobel gives such great care and attention to her guests it clearly is a labour of love! Our 2 rabbits visited for 10 days and we loved the regular updates on Instagram. Birkin Boarders is the real deal! Thank you very much Isobel

5 From Fiona Brookes on

I have never used boarders before so I was a little anxious but as soon as I made contact with Birkin Boarders I was instantly put at ease. My two guinea pigs are quite timid and scared of strangers so I am so happy that I chose someone who was completely understanding of that. Isobel was helpful and professional right from the start. I was able to see updates throughout the stay which put my mind at ease. When the boys returned they actually were a lot more confident so the extra attention and care obviously worked wonders for bringing them out of their shell. I will use Isobel again and would highly recommend her. Thank you so much! :)

5 From Claire Marron on

My piggies spent a very well cared for week at Birkin Boarders. Their accommodation was huge and spotlessly clean, sheltered and would be warm in winter too. Isobel gave them lots of attention and cuddles and they were calm and happy when they came home. Very pleased to have found such a lovely 'home from home' for my girls for the next time we go away.

5 From Anna on

I had to leave my two guinea pigs at Birkin Boarders for few days and I could not be happier with the service provided. Guinea pigs were well looked after and received lots of attention. Definitely will be using Birkin Boarders in the future and would recommend to anyone who is looking to leave their pets in good hands :)

5 From Simona on

Isobel looked after our bunny Snowball when we went on holiday and it was like home to him. He was so relaxed and happy. I am so glad to have found Birkin Boarders and will definitely leave Snowball there whenever we go on holiday. Thank you so much Isobel!!!!

5 From Monica Merrill on

Really lovely stay for our rabbit. It was clear from the very start that Isobel shows nothing but love towards the rabbits and guinea pigs in her care. She treated him as one of her own which made us completely at ease leaving him. We will definitely be calling upon Birkin Boarders again when we go away. Ruaridh (aged 5) the ‘real' owner of George says: ‘George really loved it, thanks!'

5 From Kerry Garner on

I was so worried cause this was the first time ive been away from my two bunnies but birkinborders took such great care of my two!!! The constant pictures and updates were so appreciated and Isobel gave them the best care making them so comfortable 10/10!! Will definitely be boarding with them again!

5 From Grace on

5* Hotel for your little fur babies.. I just want to say a big thank you to Isobel for looking after my 2 guinea pigs Poppy & Daisy..excellent service from booking them in, to their dietary needs and accommodation.. the place is immaculate the cages spotless and outside the runs are large secure and an abundance of lush girls are booked in again for another short trip this year, and hopefully Isobel will have them next year for a 2 week stay in July..

5 From Donna Newing on

We were so pleased with the care our bunnies Cookie and Marmite received with Isobel. Excellent communication throughout, and we could go and view the accommodation before we first booked them in. We follow Birkin Boarders on Instagram too and it gave us peace of mind seeing pictures of our bunnies having a lovely time whilst we were away. We loved it, felt very homely. Lovely accommodation and outside space to run around as well. Really happy. We have already booked them in for their next stay!

5 From Lisa on

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Birkin Boarders is situated in the centre of Welwyn Garden City, with easy access from the A1M and surrounding towns and villages.

We are on a new build road, so may not appear on older SatNavs, but will appear on GoogleMaps or similar.

We are off Broadwater Road, almost opposite the Penn Way turning. Please use Penn Way or AL7 3BZ in SatNavs to find us!

Open Hours

Normal opening hours for drop off & pick up:

Monday-Friday  | 10am - 12pm and 5pm - 7pm
Weekend   | 10am - 12pm

Additionally, you are very welcome to come and take a look around before agreeing to board your pet. Please contact us to let us know!

If you really struggle with these timings, alternative arrangements may be possible with prior agreement.

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