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About Us

Having house bunnies ourselves we know how our pampered pets get used to the comforts of ‘indoor living’ - So when it comes to their holidays, they want the same luxuries they are used to at home.

We offer an alternative to traditional hutched boarding, providing our guests with indoor, 5 star, fully furnished 'bunny suites' so they can fulfil their need to hop, jump, explore and play in a home from home environment.

The Garden Lodge Bunny Retreat is in Altrincham, Cheshire, WA14.

Conveniently located 8 miles from Manchester Airport and 8.5 miles from Manchester City Centre.

Just off the A56 - not far from Altrincham Retail Park.

Specialised Rabbit Care

We offer 'fully inclusive’, luxury boarding and we only board rabbits! 

So you can be assured that your pets will have the very best specialist care available, whilst on their holiday... you can go away to enjoy yours!

*** The New Rabbit Virus : RHD2 ***


We have a large summerhouse where you will find our 3 bunny suites: the Bluebells, Honeysuckles and Blossoms suites.  Our suites are 6ft long x 3ft wide and 4ft high with a raised balcony area, so there is plenty of room to play or just chill out! and they are open topped so that our house bunny guests won't feel confined.

Each suite has it's own bed/litter box and jump stool, jungle balls and stacking cup toys to play with. Guests can have a tube hideout or a playsticks tunnel and everything is disinfected between bookings using a professional veterinary disinfectant or steam cleaner. Whichever suite your bunny stays in, they will have a colour co-ordinated box to keep their personal belongings in.

Your bunnies can chill out listening to the radio or totally relax to Zen music and the lodge is heated in winter to keep everybun comfortable.


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 all rabbits need to have 2 separate injections which are given around 2 weeks apart.

On your vaccination card you should have 2 different stickers with 2 different dates for:
1. Nobivac the vaccine for Myxomatosis & VHD1
2. Filavac  (or Eravacthe vaccines for the new rabbit virus RHD2 - depending on which one your vet stocks.

Please note that there are different immunity periods for the RHD2 Vaccines:

  • Filavac gives 12 months immunity.
  • Eravac only gives 9 months immunity!


Rabbits who are having their injections for the very first time or who are overdue with either vaccination, must have these injections at least 21 days before their arrival date so they can build up their full immunity and are out of the incubation periods for each virus.

Regardless of what your vets says, our policy is 21 days for first time and overdue injections! This is so we have a better guarantee that 'your pets', all our other guests and our own pets are as safe as they can be from these viruses.

Your vet will give the injections separately either 2 or 3 weeks apart. So please give enough time before making any last minute bookings for ‘unvaccinated or overdue‘ pets.

Annual boosters that are given before or on their due date are best given a few days before boarding, so your pet has forgiven you for taking them to the vets!

If your vet doesn't stock the vaccine for the new virus (called Filavac or the alternative one is called Eravac) then one of our vets VETS 4 PETS, on Altrincham Retail Park are happy to vaccinate your pet for you. This will need to be done at least 21 days before their arrival date.


We only board neutered male & spayed female rabbits. This is for the comfort of all our guests.  Little Boys should have been neutered at least 2 months before their holiday - this is so their hormones and issues around spraying have settled.


Any health issues your pet has, need to be discussed with us prior to making a booking so we know what sort of problems your pet has and how best we can help them during heir stay. We will gladly administer any medication they need at an additional charge of £1 per day.


We supply the most popular rabbit pellets which seem to be; Burgess (Adult) Mint; Science Selective (Adult) and Pets at Home (Adult) pellets. If your pet eats a different pellet food, please bring it with you to avoid upset tummies.

We provide oodles of lovely meadow hay, a single portion of greens, herbs or garden grown brambles & vines each day. However, If your rabbit has a hay/greens/vegis only diet then please bring some vegis/greens with you.

We also offer an exceptional quality, bright screen, stalky, Timothy Hay as an 'optional extra'.


Bunnies love their home comforts - so feel free to bring your rabbits own bed, cuddly blankets, chew toys and favourite things with them.

During cooler months, we can give guests a carpet tile to chill out on - and you can take this home with you at the end of their stay.


From September to April our lodge is heated to keep our house bunny guests as comfortable as they would be at home.

If your rabbit lives outdoors during the winter, please let us know and we can discuss what will be most suitable for them.


We have a large paved area where we can set up our play pen so guests can get out and stretch their legs (depending on the weather of course!) - whilst we watch over them with a cup of tea.


Head straight to our 'Contact' page and fill in the form or email us. 

We reply to all our enquiries each evening. However, if for some reason we have not got back to you within 24 hours, please call us on 07772655505 or email us a quick reminder at


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

...a receipt is sent directly to your email.

Please see our Terms and Conditions for more details
10th March 2016

Waitrose Magazine - March 2016 

Copyright Garden Lodge Bunny Retreat / Amanda J Window (C)2018


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