Barnyard in the Bush


Tel: 07465414627

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About our Small Pet Boarding

We board: RabbitsGuinea PigsBirdsHamsters, Mice etc.

We have two resident rescue guinea pigs who are a big part of your family. I followed my lifelong dream of working solely with animals after the pandemic taught me that life is too short (although I have always been involved in animal rescue in some way or another for over 20 years). I have small animal qualifications, plenty of experience with my own and other animals and am fully insured. You are welcome to our home before deciding, as we know from personal experience, that finding someone to trust with your animals is paramount! I was extremely lucky to have met Jill, who runs the Porthcawl Piggie Hotel, as our girls have boarded there for their holidays. She has been a fantastic mentor and support in my business. I’m lucky to have learnt from the best!


I have an insulated and refurbished room that is cool in summer and warm in winter. They will be part of our family while they’re here!


All small animals have daily play/floor time with their environment changed regularly for stimulation. We ask that you help us to enjoy their time away by giving us as much information as possible on their behaviour and likes/dislikes, so we can truly give them a home from home experience! We have outdoor secure runs that are sheltered for regular fresh air.

Health & Hygiene:

Fresh veggies served daily with good quality Timothy hay. Clean bedding which is regularly spot checked, changed
and deep cleaned. You are welcome to provide your own dry food if they would prefer to be kept on a similar diet (I use selective pellets).

Small Pet Boarding Prices

Single Guinea pig per day - £6.00
Two guinea pigs sharing per day - £8.50
Hamsters - £3 per day (with own cage).

Please speak with me regarding multiple guinea pigs from the same household. I have adaptable enclosures and can accommodate most needs.

Other Services

Services: GroomingClaw Clipping

Bath & nail clip - £7.00

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Reviews from Our Guests

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I cannot recommend Mel at Barnyards in the Bush highly enough. Your animals will receive a home from home experience. When I collected Walter Bunny and saw the environment Mel had set up for him I felt like a) he'd had a better holiday than me and b) he looked happier with Mel than at home. Mel helped me out with a very last minute request to care for Walter when we were going away. Usually family members do it by calling in every day but unfortunately the day before we went away Walter had a sore eye (recurring problem with old age) and after a vet visit needed antibiotic drops 3 times a day. I needed someone who could keep a close watch over him and Mel jumped into action. She kept him cool in the hot weather with his own personal an which he loved (he now has his own at home as I could see how happy he was lying in the cool air). I would without a doubt send him to Mel for his next holiday and might even book him in if we are at home but have a busy weekend and haven't got time to give him. Thank you Mel, you are a saviour and Walter loves you!

5 From Laura Keighan on

Very happy with our guineas recent stay. Mel clearly loves the animals and cares well for them. We had regular updates and photos! Will certainly rebook another stay. Recommend to all local piggie owners.

5 From Carl on

We have three Guinea pig boars that needed boarding through the entire month of August 2023. Found Mel through a recommendation and went along to discuss arrangements. She was very enthusiastic and passionate about animals, and has pigs of her own. We were immediately put at ease and left our pets in her care. They were very well looked after, and we returned to find them in great condition after the extended stay. Would highly recommend Mel and her service and we will be delighted to have her look after our pets during our next holiday.

5 From Gary on

We were very impressed and happy with the care that Mel gave our guinea pig Pablo. From our first contact she was excellent, we were able to go around and meet Mel before hand, and she was extremely friendly and obviously loves looking after animals. The booking process was easy and we were very impressed that Pablo and his other guinea friends had plenty of exercise in the runs outside! She even sent us some pictures of him enjoying while we were away which the children loved!! We would highly recommend her and will certainly be using her again. Diolch Mel 👍

5 From Marie on

Mel has looked after "Sid" our Guinea pig for us twice now. We couldn't be happier. She provides top rate accommodation and care. I would highly recommend Barnyard in the bush. Sid will be a regular visitor whenever we go on holiday he will too 😊

5 From Ian on

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Bridgend - quiet residential area (in between Cardiff and Swansea). Easy access from M4.
Pick up and drop off available (contact for prices).
Welcome to visit our home beforehand.
Owner of two guinea pigs, Popcorn & Brownie.
Two resident rescue dogs who adore our guinea pigs (although always kept separated).
Supported animal rescue for 20 years and passionate about animal welfare (have fostered 11 dogs).

Open Hours

Available for holiday care and emergency bookings. Home most of the day. Flexible drop off and pick up times.
Custom made small animal boarding area within my home. Outdoor run for playtime (shaded and sheltered). All small animals will live in my home as part of our family.

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