About Us

Our History

Centre Barks is a family business, our guests are cared for by Kath & John Rowland - our aim is to get to know your dog well, and for them to get to know us!

We have a lifetime’s experience of animal care, the farm has been home to a Border Terrier since 1928.  The farm has rare breeds of cattle & sheep, as well as more modern breeds, Toffee the horse, geese & hens, Rita the Tamworth pig as well as our family pets......

We offer individualised care, so our activities are tailored to suit each guests needs; giving medication is no problem, nor is catering for our less active guests.  We are fully insured for veterinary fees and should we need the attention of a vet the team at Orchard House Veterinary Centre provide excellent care 24 hours a day.

We love to meet our prospective guests - and it is great for them to come to see if we pass muster - but visits are by appointment only - so we can fit in around our walks & activities each day.

Our Services

 Our six large rooms are light & spacious with pictures, ticking clocks and TV or radio if you wish. Rooms have tiled floors with underfloor heating and cooler lying areas too.  A fully glazed door gives access to the private garden area and views to the gardens and wood beyond, a private covered area or a lower wall with railings for chatting with the neighbours! 

All our guests go out for walks or play at least 3 times each day, and have the chance to make new friends too.  We offer extra activities and comfort items which you can choose, or our Activity Package for the most energetic dogs.  We are happy to keep in touch while you are away for your peace of mind.

Our guests  need to arrive with proof of vaccinations and Kennel Cough immunisation (all given at least 10 days before check in), a collar and any medication or supplements they are taking.  It's also nice for them to bring a blanket or bed which smells familiar - they are welcome to bring their bed/crate/toys if they wish (but we don't need leads, bowls or towels).

 The Great Outdoors

Set in the beautiful countryside of Tynedale, our walks are taken on our working farm with 200 acres of arable, grass and wild flower meadows to roam in.  Always a changing landscape, we have rugged, hilly, challenging walks as well as flat wide tracks to choose from.

Our enclosed outdoor playground has tunnels, trunks and jumps as well as lots of toys and a human to play with!  We also have a large stone barn with a low level agility challenge which we use during long dark winter evenings or during really really bad weather (although nothing usually stops us from venturing out!)

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