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Centre Barks Activity Holidays
Snape Farm, Lowgate
Hexham, Northumberland NE46 2NW

Phone Kath Rowland
on 0770 304 8856
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Welcome to Centre Barks Activity Holidays
Snape Farm, Lowgate, Hexham, Northumberland NE46 2NW

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  • kennels staff
  • kennels building
  • kennels sleep
  • kennels exercise
  • dog exercise
  • dog walks
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  • dog welfare in kennels
  • dogs with special needs
  • boarding kennels fees

About Us

Boarding Kennels Location

Centre Barks provides luxury accommodation and lots of activities in beautiful Northumberland countryside to give your dog a great holiday while you are away.

With only 6 rooms, we offer a tailor made holiday, with individual attention for every guest.

Opening Hours & Visiting

Boarding Kennels Building

Our Opening Times for arrival and departure are:

Monday to Friday 10am - 3pm

Saturday 10am - 12

Sunday 5pm - 6pm

Please phone Kath on 0770 304 8856 to arrange a time to visit!

Staff & Knowledge

We have 2 full-time staff working in our kennels.

Our staff ratio is:      1 Staff : 3 Rooms

Boarding Kennels Staff/Owners

Centre Barks Activity Holidays Boarding Kennels in Northumberland

About our staff, knowledge and experience:

We are a family run business, John and Kath are farmers with a lifetime experience of animal care. Kath is qualified in Canine First Aid, and is a member of Kennel Design.

Our Rooms

We have 6 Rooms with Attached runs: Covered runs:

They were built in 2007 and are licensed for anything up to 24 dogs (maximum).

Less than 20 kennels per building
We're proudto say we have a maximum of 6 kennels in any one building
(The ideal is a maximum of 20 kennels in a building, as the less dogs, the calmer & quieter it is)

Less than 20 kennels per building
We're proud to say we have a maximum of 10 kennels in any section of any building.
(The ideal is a maximum of 10 kennels per section)

Boarding Kennels Sleep Accommodation

Boarding Kennels Exercise Run

All our rooms are over 9 sq metres, our garden rooms offer an additional 9 sq metres thorughout the day.

About our Rooms

Our 6 rooms are totally private, and offer security and privacy for our guests.  Decorated in warm colours with pictures, flowers and a ticking clock we have underfloor heating and Adaptil pheromone therapy too.

A fully glazed door into the garden room offers lots of light and a ready view even from inside, and our guests can be in or outside as they wish throughout the day.  Bedtime is around 10pm, when we snuggle inside with a biscuit and a cuddle.  

The garden rooms have victorian style railings (no mesh) and guests can meet and greet their neighbours if they wish, or can sit privately under the sun roof outside their door.

Dog Exercise & Play:

Dogs get out of their Rooms for exercise:

Dogs are taken out of KennelsWe're proud to say dogs DO get out of their kennels here.
We know how important it is (mentally and physically) for dogs to play, sniff, run around and stretch their legs.
In other words, for dogs to be dogs!

About dog exercise with our Dog Hotel:

Exercise & Play in Boarding Kennels

Luxury Holiday package offers 3 walks a day, across fields, and 2 'comfort breaks'.

Our Activity Package also includes a longer 'Explorer' walk across varied terrain, and a play session in our outdoor adventure playground (with a human to play with!)

Extra walks, treks and other activities are available as an add-on to either package.

Dog Walks/Exercise/Playtime with Staff:

Dogs exercised by staff:

60 minutes of walks/exercise with staff provided daily

Less than 20 kennels per buildingWe're proud to say we offer walks/ exercise/ playtime WITH staff.
We know how important it is for dogs to have our company one-to-one.
It's much more fun!

About dog walks/playtime with staff

Dog Walks at the Boarding Kennels

Our walks take the dogs out across fields or, in bad weather conditions, along our network of soft surfaced tracks to access drier land.

We have routes through open parkland, woodland, across streams and up and down hills.

Dogs will be walked on a variety of routes during their stay, according to their likes and dislikes and fitness level.

Explorer walks are extended walks through varied terrain. Longer treks are also available if requested.

Dogs will be walked on leash (off leash exercise is available in our adventure playground).

Other outdoor activities are also offered - for details see our website or come to visit.

Dog Care

Welfare & Settling In

Comfort items from home allowed:

DAP Therapy used: DAP Therapy (Dog Appeasing Pheromone) used in Kennels

Comfort items We're proud to say we DO allow & encourage comfort items for dogs. We understand how important it is to help your dog relax and feel settled quickly, more at home with us. This is such an easy way to comfort your dog. After all, we all love our home comforts don't we?!

DAP Therapy (Dog Appeasing Pheromone) used in KennelsWe're proud to say we DO offer D.A.P therapy here to calm and reassure dogs. We believe in doing as much as possible to help your dogs have a happy stay with us, especially when such great, positive benefits to dog welfare can be provided so easily and simply.

Our policy on comfort items:

Dog Welfare in Boarding Kennels

You are welcome to bring your dogs own bed and bedding, or a comfort item, from home. Toys can also be brought for indoor or outdoor play.

We offer a choice of beds and bedding, lots of toys, and even a settee to sleep on! Rooms are individually decorated, with clocks and pictures to feel like home.

Music, TV and DVD are avaiable in all rooms.

Our quietest room is especially cosy for toy dogs, puppies or nervous dogs.

We also have a shower room in case we get muddy on wet day walks.


Will you feed the same diet as at home:

Comfort items We're proud to say we DO offer to feed your dog the same diet as at home.
We understand how important it is to help your dog settle in quickly and easily without any digestive problems that would be caused with a change of diet.


Will you feed special/prescription diets:

Will feed natural/organic diets:

Caring for Dogs

Care of Easy-going & Steady Dogs

Level access throughout kennels with non slip flooring, rugs available in rooms.

Gentle walks along soft surfaced tracks.

Choice of bedding and comfort items.

Gentle indoor play sessions provided.

Other non-strenuous outdoor experiences available.

Care of Active Dogs

Large indoor and outdoor private areas with lots of room to play and run, non slip floors throughout.

Lots of time outside - 3 walks a day and 2 'comfort breaks' as standard, extra walks over varied terrain available.

Outdoor adventure playground with tunnel, banks, jumps. Indoor play sessions available.

Other outdoors activities available.

Care of Daycare/creche Dogs

Dogs with Special Needs

Separate, quiet section available:

About our care of special needs dogs:

Dog Welfare in Boarding Kennels

Detailed check in of all dogs, with specific care given as directed by owner.

Medication administered.

All dogs weight monitored on admission and through stay, behaviour and health observations recorded.

Level access rooms.

24 hour onsite supervision.

Insurance included for all dogs.

24 hour on call veterinary service incuding surgery.

Many branded dog foods provided, diet to match home diet.

Special home cooked menu and home baked treats available - including special diets, vegetarian.

Age considerations:


Senior Dogs

Elderly Dogs

We care for dogs with:

Allergies/ Allergenic

  Digestive Problems

Arthritis/ Arthritic



  Heart Disease

Convulsions/ Seizures/ Epilepsy

  Kidney Disease


  Nervous/ Sensitive/ Separation anxiety


  Skin Problems


If our guest is staying while you get married, we can arrange a guest appearance for photos...just discuss your requirements with us when you phone!

Services for Dogs: Other Services:
Collect and return service Collect & Return, or Dog Chauffeur Service Pet Supplies
Professional grooming service Grooming Service (professional option, full bath & cut) Cattery (Cat Boarding)
Hydrotherapy Hydrotherapy Small Animals Boarding
Webcam service Webcam Service Stables
Webcam service Send updates while you're away  

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4 News Articles

Latest News

2nd Feb 2010

Labrador Trevor Usher At Northumberland Wedding

From Sunday Sun, 21 JUNE 2009

IT’S USUALLY the vicar who wears the dog collar at weddings.

But Trevor the Labrador proved such an important part of Jo Swinney and Andy Crinson’s courtship, the bride and groom had to have him at their wedding.

And instead of just adding their pet pooch to the table plan, the dog-doting couple dressed him up in the same colours as the bridesmaids and gave him a formal role at the service at Langley Castle in Northumberland.

To make sure he felt like a “proper” guest Trevor was also presented with a “plus one”, by the loving couple, so kennels owner Kath Rowland could come along as his personal chaperone.

Their friends thought they were barking-mad, but the newlyweds too busy enjoying their big day to care.

Jo, 43, said: “I knew everyone would think we were crazy, but we just had to do it. I wanted a castle and we both wanted Trevor at the wedding.

“He’s a part of everything we do and it seemed such a shame to come to this gorgeous countryside without him, when he would appreciate it so much.

“We wanted him to be a part of everything so we made him a bandana in the same colours as the bridesmaid’s dress. And because we didn’t have any ushers, it was left to Trevor.

“The day was fantastic and having him there just capped it all off for us.”

Newcastle-born and Carlisle-raised groom Andy, 46, was always keen to keep his wedding day in the North.

So when fiancee Jo found fairytale Northumberland venue Langley with luxury kennels Centre Barks close by in Hexham, the sweethearts quickly settled on their venue.

Now they have received all the snaps from the big day the newlyweds have opened up their wedding album to the Sunday Sun.

Jo said: “We always joked about how important the dog was, so we couldn’t leave him out.

“He is such a good boy, we knew we could trust him to behave. We didn’t tell all of the other guests so it was a real surprise for them. Everyone thought it was fabulous he was there.”

15th Sep 2011

Hotel For Hounds!

A recent article appeared in the Newcastle Journal newspaper - click on the link below to read it


22nd Nov 2008

Award-Winning Dog Hotel says BoardingKennels.org

We have won the prestigious crown award from Boardingkennels.org for dog boarding excellence!

See all 4 news articles

24 Customer Testimonials

Customer Testimonials

Some of the things our customers love us for...

19th Oct 2015
Happy Dog
by Wendy Harvey, Northumberland

Happy Dog

I am so glad that I live in the area so that I can use Centre Barks - I can now go on holiday with complete peace of mind knowing that my dog will be happy and well looked after whilst I'm away. My 4-year-old Border Terrier has just spent 11 days with Kath and has returned home very contented (and probably fitter). Apparently she has been trying to keep up with some of the bigger dogs that were also staying this time round - hence she has had lots of exercise in beautiful surroundings. The facilities are excellent and the dog units are such that it's very much a home away from home for my dog. I highly recommend Centre Barks - I think my dog would too if she could speak!

19th Oct 2015
Best Holidays Ever
by Nikki Renton, Northumberland

Best Holidays Ever

We contemplated for ages before putting our dogs into kennels. We found Kath and haven't looked back. Kath loves her dogs and our dogs love Kath. 

When one of our dogs became poorly, Kath had no hesitation in ringing us to let us know and going out of her way to take Jack to his own vets. This was a round journey of at least 70 miles. Kath kept us updated throughout his stay and gave him extra checks to make sure he was okay. Nothing was too much trouble.

Unfortunately Jack is no longer with us but our other dog stayed recently. This was her first time without Jack. She got extra cuddles of Kath and got taken into the house as she was missing Jack. When I went to pick her up you could see she had had a great time and we got a lovely photo of Terri enjoying herself.

Kath will ensure your dog is well looked after and enjoys their stay. Couldn't think of anybody better to do that.



9th Jul 2013
Happy Holidays For All.
by Helen Hellyn, Northumberland

Happy Holidays For All.

Its always hard to leave a much loved pet and it has taken us years to take the plunge to finally choose a boarding kennel for our dog. I then stumbled across Centre Parks website & after communicating with Kath I soon felt a lot happier about booking our dog a holiday on Snape Farm.

Kath was great with us as anxious parents & brilliant with our dog. Ethel our Lab had a wonderful stay and came back fitter,happy & tired after all her lovely walks and she made lots of new friends. kath kept in touch with us via text so we had daily updates so we knew how our dog was doing, this is a lovely touch & put our minds at ease.

When we went to fetch Ethel she went back to Kath & nuzzled into her Lap , I think thats the best testimony she could give to say what a wonderful person Kath is & what a great time she had. We are already planning more breaks for us knowing Ethel is happy & content with Kath & her Husband John. They are very hard working people who's care and attention shows in the many happy dogs who return time & time again.

See all 24 Testimonials


Fees are per dog, per day (includes any tax)

Boarding Kennels Fees

25.00 for a Small Dog

25.00 for a Medium Dog

25.00 for a Large Dog

25.00 for a Giant Dog

Further Information

Luxury Holiday Package £25 per day, for two dogs sharing £43 per day.

Activity Package (incuding Explorer walk, Activity Session and Photo Souvenir of your dogs holiday) £34 per day, for two dogs sharing £62 per day.

Extra activities or luxury services can be ordered individually, from TV and sofas to Agility and Interactive puzzle play....please see our Website for a full details.

Comfort Package offers and extra comfort room with sofa, TV, snuggle time with Kath and home cooked meals, especially for our smaller, pampered guests!

Sunday Special offers cooked breakfast, morning football or gardening with an afternoon snuggled on the sofa for TV.

Keep in touch with our Communication Package, daily email/text updates with photos.

Map, Directions, and Driving Distance & Time

Centre Barks Activity Holidays Boarding Kennels,
Snape Farm, Lowgate, Hexham, Northumberland NE46 2NW

Helpful pointer Click for map, directions and driving distance/time from you


From Hexham, take the Allendale Road to Lowgate.  

Turn left in Lowgate village, you will find Centre Barks 0..7 miles along this road on the left.

Please note that visits are by appointment only!  

Phone 0770 3048856 for a time.


Bookings, Queries & Appointments

Kath will be happy to discuss your queries about Centre Barks Activity Holidays Dog Hotel including bookings, availability, and making an appointment to visit.

Visit our website:


phonePhone Kath Rowland
on 0770 304 8856

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