KENNELS & CATTERY SINCE 1982    01277 890231

About Animal
Country Club

About Us

The Animal Country Club is based at Wood Farm near Ongar in Essex and is a renowned centre of excellence for pet care.

The Animal Country Club is one of four pet related businesses now located at Wood Farm. The boarding kennels were established in 1982 and quickly followed by the cattery in 1984. All our facilities are of the highest standard and furnished to ensure a comfortable stay. Our onsite team ensure that our 5 star facilities are always maintained and suitable for all guests.

Wood Farm is the home to Andrew and Margaret Gemmill. Once known for arable farming its 70 acres of beautiful Essex countryside now provide the ideal setting for boarding your pet. Margaret Gemmill is a qualified veterinary nurse, our Manager Emma has achieved a C & G National Diploma in Animal Management, National Diploma in Animal Management and C & G Canine Studies. Jess is Assistant Manager and has a variety of pets at home and has grown up with dogs all her life. All staff are dedicated pet owners who care for your pet just as you would.

Being located near to major road and air links makes the Animal Country Club the perfect choice for clients from London and the surrounding areas. London Stansted Airport is only 20 minutes from The Animal Country Club making our boarding and cattery services the right choice when planning your holiday or short break.

Our trained team provide all the care and attention your pets require, ensuring that you have total peace of mind while you are away.

We look forward to welcoming you and your pet very soon.

Facebook Reviews
Big thank you to Animal Country Club for looking after our Bubble whilst we were in Dubai. As always their care is excellent I cannot fault them. Bubble is nearly 14 with a heart condition and I wouldn’t trust anybody else with her. Thank you for your care.
Deborah Hayes
Deborah Hayes
13:51 07 Jun 19
Amazing place! I board my 3 dogs here and they always come back happy! My eldest dog suffers from epilepsy but I never worry myself when the staff here care for him, I know he is being looked after so well.
Mia Payne
Mia Payne
17:27 28 Mar 19
I can't recommend this place enough. They are kind professional, skilled, very alert to any problems that may arise and I trust them 100%. I am a long term repeat customer, and several of my animals have health conditions that require a lot of care, and they treat them with love respect and total dedication.They are one in a million.
Susan Corlett
Susan Corlett
19:14 16 Oct 18
Reggie absolutely loves it in here! He gives it 5/5
Ester Capuz Duran
Ester Capuz Duran
15:44 29 Sep 18
I left my little Jasper with them for the first time recently. I was so worried how he would be as he was a rescue dog. He was so well looked after and and so happy and content when he came home. The staff are so lovely and caring. Wouldn’t leave him anywhere else now. My friend recommended me to them. Would definitely recommend to everyone.
Nadine Hickman
Nadine Hickman
17:17 12 Aug 18
Just picked Olly our Staffordshire Bull Terrier up from his second stay at the country club , he was very excited to stay with them when we dropped him off and didn’t want to leave!!We know that Olly can be a little pickle sometimes and would like to thank you again for looking after our boy. Olly is sound asleep now and will be looking forward to his yearly stay with you next year.Thank you so much!
Grace Ferridge
Grace Ferridge
12:38 23 Jun 18
Samson came home very happy and chilled .Thank you for keeping him chilled and stressed free.Staff ensured all his training needs were met.
Dawn Heaney
Dawn Heaney
11:24 04 Oct 17
A late review but I just wanted to say thank you so much to all the staff for taking great care of Molly and Kita for their VERY long stay! You were very professional and accommodated me numerous times with visits and stay extensions , it was much appreciated.For their very first stay in a cattery I think I found the perfect one �Many thanks , Gemma & family.
Gem Rodacan
Gem Rodacan
17:19 03 Aug 17
Love this place!! The staff are incredible, so friendly & helpful and take such wonderful care of my dogs, I will never send them anywhere else!!
Stacey Betts
Stacey Betts
10:19 15 Apr 17



Contact Us

Opening Hours


9AM – 10AM & 5PM – 6PM

10AM – 12PM ONLY




Wood Farm, Moreton Road, Moreton,
Near Ongar, Essex CM5 0EY

We are still open!!

With UK travel uncertain and international flights very much on hold, it is extremely quiet for the team here at the Animal Country Club! The Spring cleaning has been done – numerous times – and despite all deserving a little rest ourselves (after 35 years of non-stop guests!) this break has left us missing our daily fix of preparing meals, daily walks, play time in the field and cuddles with our furry friends.

We are of course still open and welcoming guests here at the Animal Country Club, and the booking office remains very much open for business and taking both confirmed & provisional reservations for this year through into 2021. Please contact us by email or leave us an answerphone message, both continue to be monitored and a member of our fabulous team will always get back to you with booking requests. Please call 01277 890231 or email us at [email protected]

For those guests that are chilling at home with the humans but would like to stay connected to the Animal Country Club during this time, we will be updating our Facebook page with stories, pictures from the past, and an insight into ‘Lockdown Life at Wood Farm’. Follow us at

On another note, the Grooming Parlour is also now accepting bookings for summer cuts and well deserved baths (I’m sure there are many of our canine friends that have been gallivanting on country walks!) – of course Steph will be following all of the Covid19 distancing guidelines when clients are arriving and collecting their pooches. Please contact us for an appointment.

Finally, we would like to send our very best wishes to you all to stay safe and we look forward to welcoming you to the Animal Country Club soon.