Day Care

The Barkley offers award-winning day care and home boarding services for a maximum of  3 exclusive VIP-canines in our home.  Nestled in rural Derbyshire, we have been awarded a 5* Day Care & Boarding Licence by NE Derbyshire District Council.  

We are a home family environment, with a young daughter, chickens, horses and 3 dogs of our own, neighbouring a cattle farm just outside the picturesque village of Ashover, on a quiet rural, residential lane.   We are therefore not suitable for all dogs, but those who can best enjoy a relaxed and calm environment with our family. 

Dogs in day care and staying over with us spend their time in our home, a detached barn conversion set in 4 acres of countryside, with our own animals, with our family.  Our canine clients go home happy, exercised and mentally stimulated.  
We began our journey in dog day care in Bedfordshire. In 2015 we were the recipient of eDogadvisor's award for Best Doggy Day Care. In 2018, we were rated 5 STARS under DEFRA's new licensing regulations.  We've since moved to rural Derbyshire and have a (human) family alongside our animals, and so decided that we would set up a smaller business offering a more exclusive experience here at Walnut Barn. In 2022, we were licensed by N.E Derbyshire District Council, and again awarded a 5* Licence due to our experience, rigorous risk assessments and protocols 
The Barkley has its own resident canine trainer and behaviourist, and we are trained in canine first aid.