Boarding Kennels Cattery Canterbury

Julie Collett & Richard White - A Country Home

Julie Collett & Richard White - A Country Home

Welcome to A Country Home boarding kennels and cattery, where you can be assured your pet will have a comfortable, enjoyable stay whilst receiving the best of care in every aspect.

The facilities and management practices at A Country Home are of the highest standard and we are dedicated to providing your cherished four-legged friends the very best professional and compassionate care from our rural location at Amberley.

Both dogs and cats have plenty of space to relax, play and socialise in, and will be provided with lots of love and individual attention while away from home.

Boarding Kennels - A Country Home

Great mates, Bree and Sparky our resident pets


Mikosz and Bree always playing in the trough

Why Us?

At A Country Home, the welfare of our boarders is paramount. We pride ourselves in the cleanliness and personal interaction with all our guests.

We (Richard and Julie) both come from rural backgrounds and we have vast experience dealing with animals, including experience in dog handling, obedience and training.

Both of us share a passion for animals and the country lifestyle, and our lifestyle block is the perfect place for your pet to stay, either short or long term.

  • A safe rural setting
  • Personal care including grooming and shampooing, on request, for dogs
  • High-quality foods
  • Top facilities including heating, comfortable beds and toys
  • Space, space and more space!
  • A sunny warm environment
  • A commitment to the health and welfare of animals in our care
  • Plenty of room to run and play
  • Remedial care
  • Training and obedience
  • Advice
  • Looking after medication and dietary requirements at no extra cost

A Country Home is in a perfect location for those heading north and wishing to ensure their pets are well looked after. Your companion deserves the best fun filled vacation as well.

Pick-up/drop-off hours are 8am to 9.30am and also 4pm to 6pm or by arrangement. Viewing is also welcome in the above hours or by prior arrangement.


“Our two dogs (Keisha & Bailey) love ‘A Country Home’ so they're really excited when they realise they're at the "retreat", and are always happy (and wonderfully worn out) when we pick them up - whether its from just a day-stay while we spend some time in Christchurch or if they're staying overnight while we're away somewhere. We really like that each ‘kennel’ has both a warm, dry indoor area as well as an secure outdoor run, and are provided access to well-fenced areas for roaming and playing during the day. Richard and Julie are wonderfully friendly and helpful, and clearly know how to manage the animals and run a top notch operation. After considering several kennels, ‘A Country Home’ was head and shoulders above the others - we recommend it to anyone who is looking for a great place for their pets…”

Phil & Gaye
Hanmer Springs

“We breed German Short-haired Pointers, great home-loving dogs. We have used several boarding kennels in Canterbury and Marlborough, but have found A Country Home is by far the best. Excellent runs, fully insulated sleeping quarters (underfloor heating is great!), plenty of open spaces, fresh air, good food and very well fenced. Our dogs always come home in superb condition, and return very happily to the kennels. We wouldn't put our dogs anywhere else: we fully recommend them.”

Peter & Margaret