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About Us

We understand that finding suitable boarding for house rabbits and rabbits who are used to having lots of room can be a concern.

So we offer an alternative to traditional hutched boarding, providing our guests with an indoor, luxury, fully furnished, 6' x 3' 'bunny suite' complete with a balcony, so your pets can fulfill their need to hop, jump, explore and play in a safe environment, whatever the weather.

Specialised Rabbit Care

We only board rabbits, so you can be assured that your bunnies will have the very best specialist care available, whilst on holiday with us... you can go away to enjoy yours!

Garden Lodge Bunny Retreat is located in Altrincham, Cheshire.  8 Miles from Manchester Airport and just off the A56 Manchester Road - Not far from Altrincham Retail Park.


We have 3 bunny suites. The Blossom, the Blubell Suite and the Honeysuckle suite. We feel that by only having a few rabbits in residence at any one time, that we can give each guest the pampering and attention they need during their luxury holiday.

Our suites are 6ft long x 3ft wide with a balcony area permanently fixed at the end. The balcony is 12" high so there's plenty of room underneath too.  The suites are open topped so this gives house bunnies that 'open feeling' that they are used to - so they don't feel confined.

Each suite has a plastic pet bed filled with lashings of straw (or you can bring a big fluffy fleece blanket), a play stool to jump on, a litter box, toys and a plastic tunnel or a wooden playsticks bridge. Bunnies have the choice of having their water from a glass bottle or a ceramic bowl. All food bowls are provided.

Whichever suite your rabbit stays in, they will have a colour co-ordinated box to keep their personal belongings in.

All the suites, toys and litter boxes, including the 'Vanilla Villa', are steam cleaned/disinfected thoroughly before new guests check in. We use a professional veterinary disinfectant called Anigene (or Virkon when we do a deep clean).  Bottles and bowls are all sterilised in a steam steriliser.


Like catteries or kennels, rabbit boarders also insist that rabbits are fully vaccinated before they go into boarding.  Each establishment will have their own policy on this.

To board with us - rabbits need to be vaccinated for Myxomatosis/VHD and the new strain of RVHD2.
The vaccination for Myxomatosis/VHD1 is Nobivac and Filavac is for the new (RVHD2) virus.
When you make your booking, please check your vaccination certificates to make sure your rabbits will be up to date during their holiday dates.

RVHD2 is a new strain of the VHD1 virus, which is now spreading throughout the UK.  Both un-vaccinated domestic rabbits and wild rabbits are dying every day, without showing any symptoms. If your rabbit has not already had the new RVHD2 Vaccination - we advise that you get this done as soon as possible after you make your booking and keep boosters up to date.
Please note: The vaccination for RVHD2 is 6 monthly for boarding rabbits or a booster is required if it is 6 months since their last one.

Rabbits being vaccinated for the first time or are overdue with either of the vaccinations, must be immunised at least 21 days for Nobivac and 14 days for *Filavac (*or equivalent vaccine)  - before checking in.  This is so your pet/s have built up their full immunity and are out of the incubation periods for each virus.

Because the two vaccines work in different ways they are given separately - with a minimum of 2-3 weeks between each injection. So please give enough time for the complete vaccination process before making any last minute bookings for ‘unvaccinated or overdue‘ pets. (This works out to be a maximum of 35 days if it is your vets policy to vaccinate 3 weeks apart).

We can not compromise on any of these timescales - as this is for the protection of all our guests!


For the comfort of all our guests we only board neutered male & spayed female rabbits (if they are old enough to have had these procedures). This makes sure that our suites can be cleaned properly after each pet leaves - ready for new guests.


Please let us know of any health issues that you pet has or medication that they take regularly - prior to making a booking.  Although we do look after disabled (limb/blind/deaf) and elderly/arthritic bunnies, we haven't the facilities to care for rabbits with head tilt.


We ask that you bring your pets in a fully working pet carrier.  This is for their own safety in case we need to use it while they stay with us.  We only provide furnishings and toys that can be disinfected/steam cleaned between guests, so please feel free to bring your rabbits chew toys, clean blankets and favourite things with them - as this also helps them to settle in.

Sometimes it helps if you bring a little 'used' litter from your bunnies litter box at home, so their litter box here will smell familiar to them.

Please don't bring indoor cages as we may not be able to accommodate them or store them until you return.


During the winter months our lodge is heated to keep our house bunny guests comfortable. If your rabbit lives outdoors in winter, we can discuss what will be most suitable for them.


It is impossible to disinfect a grassy area, so we don't let boarding bunnies play on our lawn. We find that guests are quite happy to chill out in their spacious holiday suites, without the need to go outside.


You can pay the remaining balance of your pets holiday
on a card when you check in...

...a receipt will be sent directly to your email.

Please see our Terms and Conditions for more details
Drop off & Collection Service

We are fully insured to collect and drop your pets back home
(Within the Borough of Trafford).
Please enquire for further details.
Terms and conditions apply.
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