Stankirk Boarding Kennels & Cattery


Stankirk Boarding Kennels & Cattery are ideally situated in beautiful Derbyshire countryside at Darley Dale. They are owned and run by Lesley and Adam Chappell with the help of our dedicated assistants.

The kennels and chalets are purpose built and each has a generous indoor sleeping area, with a raised bed, comfortable vet bedding and a pop hole leading to a fully covered outer run.  The kennels and chalets are heated (feline guests have their own thermostatically controlled heated bed and activity centre), extra direct heat is available upon request, and always have fresh water. Our outside exercise runs are fully secure.

We are able to accommodate up to three family dogs together in the same kennel and we also have large kennels for the giant dog breeds.

The Cattery
The Cattery
The Kennels
A view of the Kennels


In order to help pets settle more readily it is recommended that boarders bring in a home comforter. To maintain our high level of hygiene Vet Bed can be supplied to each boarder. All bedding is checked each morning and evening and where necessary it is laundered to ensure your pet always has dry bedding.

A selection of good quality diets are provided in order to maintain your pets normal menu but wherever pets are on a special or different diet these can be supplied by the customer and feeding instructions will be adhered to. Under normal circumstances boarders receive their main meal at lunchtime.

A bathing service is available. Prices include a specialist shampoo ensuring your pet returns home clean and sweet smelling. All details are available through reception. In our shop we have a range of diets and accessories available at competitive prices. We can usually obtain any item not in stock within a few days.

Personal care for your pet
Christina giving Gus and Bubbles "loves"
Daily exercise
Mary Alice playing with Bonnie


We realise that your pets health and security are of paramount importance and this is why we have quality insurance cover and that we ensure that a veterinary surgeon is on call at all times.

We pride ourselves on being loving pet owners who understand that animals are part of the family. We therefore endeavour to provide a first class quality service at a competitive price giving all boarders our caring attention in comfortable surroundings every time they stay with us.

Medical Requirements…

All animals staying with us must have a valid vaccination certificate including,
Annual Kennel Cough vaccination (dated at least two weeks prior to residency)
Annual Booster vaccination

Cats Annual Booster Vaccination including feline enteritis and cat flu.

Please respect our safety standards…

We restrict visitors to groups of two to minimize disruption to our residents.
Children under the age of 16 may not enter the Kennels for Health & Safety reasons.
Dogs must be kept on a lead at all times.
In the interests of hygiene, we provide all baskets, bowls etc.

Frequently Asked Questions…

Q. What is Kennel Cough and do I require a separate vaccination?

A. Kennel Cough is a highly contagious infection, although not usually fatal, it can be troublesome for all ages. This is why we insist that your dog has the annual Kennel Cough vaccination, which is dated at least two weeks prior to residency. Your vet will be able to give your dog this vaccination which is separate from your dog’s annual booster which we also require and again must be dated two weeks prior to visiting.
This is to ensure the health and well being of your pet.

Q. Do you groom the boarders?

A. We do have a large canine shower and an additional shampoo and brushing service is priced as follows:
Toy breed from £10.00
Small breed from £12.50
Medium breed from £15.00
Large breed from £17.50

Please ask us to quote for your dog and make an appointment when booking in your dog for his/her stay with us.

Q. What do you feed and how often?

A. We feed our dog boarders a Chicken and Rice complete food or a tinned meat and biscuit. They are either fed once, at mid-day, or twice a day, at 8.15 am and 4.15pm. Kindly confirm which when booking. Cats are supplied with a quality dried food all day and Felix wet twice daily.

Q. Do you give individual attention to all the boarders?

A. Yes. All our boarders receive lots of love and attention.  We have sufficient kennel staff to ensure that your dog or cat's stay with us is a happy one and that afford the time to give them the individual attention and plenty of love.

Q. Do you board cats as well as dogs?

A. Yes, we have a cattery to accommodate and care for your cat while you are away. Your cat will receive the same care and attention as our dog boarders. Each cat has its own heated bed and has full access through a cat flap to a large covered run.

Q. When and how often do you exercise the dogs?

A. The boarding dogs are exercised twice daily. In the morning in an enclosed all weather surface compound whilst their kennel, run and bedding is checked and cleaned. After lunch in our paddock. Either free running with several other dogs, individually free or on a Flexilead. This is playtime too with footballs, Kongs, Frisbee's etc. The type of exercise depends upon the dogs sociability and obedience in returning to one of the staff. All exercise is of course supervised by one or two of our excellent staff.

Q. Can we bring toys for our cats and dogs?

A. Yes, you may bring your pets favourite toys and any special bedding as long as it able to be laundered in a conventional washing machine. However, we can provide fresh bedding for all our boarders.

Q. My cat/dog is on a special diet/medication, can I bring their food/medicines in for you to feed/administer?

A. We have over 30 years experience campaigning Championship show dogs and in dog handling, having successfully run our own private kennels for many years. During this time we have fed our own dogs special diets when required and fully understand the need for this. You are welcome to bring with you any special diet that is required. Please ensure you bring enough for us to feed during their residency. We are also used to administering medicines and will be happy to do so for your dog or cat. Again please ensure you bring enough with you to last during their stay in the container supplied by your vet.

Q. Do you board bitches/queens when they are in heat?

A. Yes, we are fully equipped to look after bitches and queens whilst they are in heat. Please let us know when booking if they are in heat or are about to come into heat. 


Our Opening Hours

Our opening times are:

Monday – Friday 09.00 – 11.00am and 15.00 – 17.30pm

Saturday – Sunday 10.00 – 11.00am and 15.30 – 16.30pm



We consider that our opening times are very extensive, therefore, pets may only be collected and delivered within these hours. Please ensure that you know our hours when booking your pets stay with us.

Charges & Bookings - A full day will be charged for the day or any part of the day on which your pet is booked to arrive. If your pet is booked out and collected before on the day of departure there will be no charge for that day.

Charges for Kennel Occupancy from January 1st 2017

Single Occupancy - £15.00
Double Occupancy - £24.00
Triple Occupancy - £35.00

Charges for Cat Cabin Occupancy

Single Occupancy - £9.50
Double Occupancy - £14.00
Triple Occupancy - £16.00

There is a surcharge of £15.00 per animal over the Christmas and New Year period

There is a minimum two day charge.

All days booked must be paid for so please ensure you book ONLY the days you require.

Guest "Douglas" enjoying his stay at Stankirk


Finally please go on holiday without any worries about the welfare of your pet who will receive caring attention from us and our dedicated staff. Thank you for choosing to board your pet at Stankirk Boarding Kennels & Cattery.

Conditions of Boarding

Vaccinations - All pets must have annual booster vaccinations before entering the kennels and cattery.

Canines - Distemper, Hepatitis, Leptospirosis and Parvovirus. Also Intrac for Canine Bronchitis is strongly recommended.

Felines - Infectious Enteritis and Cat Flu.

Proof of vaccinations must be produced on delivery of your pet. If this proof is unavailable or we are unable to contact your Veterinary Surgeon for confirmation, we reserve the right to isolate your pet from other boarders or to refuse entry if isolation facilities are not available.

Pet Health - Any pet, which in the opinion of the management is suffering from any communicable health problem, will be refused admittance. Pets which have non- communicable disorders requiring treatment (drops, pills, creams etc.) will be accepted and medications will be administered as prescribed by your Veterinary Surgeon. We have 24 hour veterinary cover. Whilst your pet is boarded with us they are covered by insurance, which includes cover for veterinary fees up to £1.500 with no excess. This insurance is for new conditions, which arise whilst your pet is boarded with us. In the unlikely event that your pet is unwell when they return home, please visit your vet within 72 hours of leaving our premises to ensure any possible claim can be made for fees incurred.