Wheek Away (Winner of Lux Magazine 2020 Best Herbivore Boarding in the East Midlands & featured in Guinea Pig Magazine!)


Tel: 07557656569
Email: wheekaway@gmail.com
Web: http://www.wheekaway.co.uk
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About our Small Pet Boarding

We board: RabbitsGuinea PigsHamsters, Mice etc.

WHEEK AWAY is an award winning boarding facility run by Dr Stephanie Hammond. Along with being a guinea pig enthusiast, Stephanie is also a qualified Rodent Health Advisor (RHA) with the British Association of Rodentologists, has a PhD in Biomedical Sciences, and a Distinction in Level 3 Exotic Animal Care.

Our aim is to provide indoor holiday boarding which gives pet owners complete peace of mind. To do this, many of our indoor guinea pig cages have been fitted with a web camera to allow owners to see their pet any time of the day or night.
We also take other small pets and rabbits.
Please see our website for more details.

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Issue 27 of Guinea Pig Magazine

Please note: we do not board Rats, Ferrets, Carnivorous Reptiles or Cats and Dogs.


Most of our guinea pig cages are fitted with a webcam to allow you log in and see what your piggies up to, whenever you want, 24 hours a day!

We have two Bunny Arks and two Omlet Eglus. Each of these sit in its own secure enclosed area of our garden which allows your rabbit to safely explore during the day. We are able to alter each free range area to suit the needs of each rabbit.

Health & Hygiene:

We provide a guinea pig health check service by a qualified Rodent Health Advisor for both boarders and non-boarders. Please see our website for more details.

Small Pet Boarding Prices

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Other Services

Services: GroomingClaw Clipping

We offer boarding for other small pets such as chinchillas, hamsters, gerbils and mice. They must be provided with their own secure cage and bedding. .

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Reviews from Our Guests

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"The Dorchester" of the guinea pig world! Our adopted piggies, Veyron & Rosie, have always happily stayed here with excellent care and confidence. Love the webcam, where their true owners, currently living in China, can watch them. Stephanie is dedicated to giving attention to detail to make for a happy holiday.

5 From Caroline Hewett on

Our two piggies Frankie and Coco stayed for a couple of days with Stephanie and I can honestly say they had the best time! The webcams were a lovely touch and helped us when we were missing them!

5 From Jess on

We are very protective over our piggies so was so worried about finding the right place for them to stay while we were getting married. We had other things going on and didn't want to have to worry about them also, so when I saw online a place that looked after piggies inside, with 24 hour webcam access and a trained rodentologist I was so happy. During the piggies stay they were really well looked after, their were forms to fill in beforehand that put my mind at ease so all information was shared and I knew they would be happy and cared for if poorly, they even came back with even softer fur after their health check and I was happy to hear how they were :). She also helped us feel at ease allowing us to ask questions and communicate when we wanted and she kept us updated, and it was amazing to see the piggies on webcam whenever we wanted while away! Definitely recommend to anyone!

5 From Samantha Evans on

We have boarded our piggies twice now with Stephanie and wouldn't use anyone else. Stephanie and her husband offer an outstanding service and really look after the animals in their care exceptionally well. Stephanie is very knowledgeable and we felt able to go away and relax knowing that our piggies were in good hands. An added bonus is being able to watch your pets on webcam 24 hours a day. The premises are exceptionally clean and I would definitely recommend Wheek Away. I have seen some terrible boarding services when I was looking for somewhere to board my pets and would encourage anyone to check out a boarding service before use. With Stephanie you have no worries at all. Thank you Stephanie and Tim.

5 From Marie and Simon on

I had never left my guinea pig Joe with pet boarding before and so was nervous about leaving him for the first time, but I found Stephanie very helpful, caring and knowledgeable. Joe was recovering from cystitis and needed daily care and medication. Stephanie really looked after him, gave him medication and weighed him daily. As we were abroad, she sent me a text to tell me he had settled in, had enjoyed a cucumber tea and was now sprawled out resting, which put my mind at rest. I was so grateful in finding a caring and very capable boarding for Joe and would not hesitate to recommend Stephanie and Wheekaway or leave Joe again, as I know he would be looked after very well.

5 From Diane Bennett on

Fantastic holiday home for your pets. Great service and facilities. My piggies (Moomin and Edward) were looked after very well. Stephanie is a very knowledgable rodent Health Advisor; my boys had a health check, grooming and their photo taken during their stay at Wheekaway, which was a nice touch. Wheekaway is now the boys holiday home!

5 From samantha on

Rolo, Buddie, Sampson, Bertie, Elliott and Teddie had a fantastic holiday at Wheek Away. Steph and Tims care was first class and we would not hesitate to recommend them to anyone. Our Piggies will be having another holiday there later in the year. Fabulous set up with lovely knowledgable friendly people. xx

5 From Jo & Chris on

Our 4 guineas stayed at Wheek Away over Easter. All 4 were looked after really well by Stephanie and Tim and the webcams are an added bonus. Will definitely use Wheek Away again. Thank you both.

5 From Catherine Johnson on

What a wonderful holiday our little guinea pig gizmo had here. She was truly spoilt, we'll looked after by a very caring and knowledgeable young couple. We had a health check and grooming service and she looked a million dollars and very happy. They spent a lot of time with us giving us advice on guinea pig care which we found very useful. We also found the 24 hr video cam brilliant. We would definitely recommend wheeks away for your pets. A big thank you to Stephanie and husband for a great service.

5 From Cindy stone on

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We are based in a quiet location in Ripley, Derbyshire easily accessible via the A38, A610 or J28 M1 motorway

Open Hours

We can be contacted be phone 7 days a week 9am-8pm, alternatively you can drop us an email, Facebook message or WhatsApp. If you wish to visit us please contact us to arrange a suitable time.

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