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Ginny & Kim have a natural way with animals and my pet Parrot ‘Buddy’ took to them instantly. The first time I spoke to Ginny I could tell that she is passionate about what she does so I made a long journey to leave Buddy in their care during my wedding abroad.
Buddy had a great time during his stay and received care and attention beyond my expectation. Their knowledge and experience gives you piece of mind that your pet is in safe hands. If this was a Parrot hotel, it would be 5 star and I will be bringing him back for my next holiday.
Dear Ginny and Kim,
Thank you so much for taking great care of Molly, my african grey parrot last week. I know that she was very well looked after and fully enjoyed the experience of staying at your wonderful boarding lodge which, to her, was a 5 star hotel experience! I am pleased to report that she has settled into her home routine well since returning and she is very happy crunching on the Harrison's pellets which you patiently converted her to at my request. It made such a difference that you were confident and able to encourage her conversion from seed mix to pellets while I was away on holiday and I can already see a difference in her well being and appearance as a result of a better diet. Thank you also for sharing your knowledge about good indoor environments - I am already thinking of ways in which I can adapt her space and make it more stimulating. I will definitely be booking her in to stay with you again because I felt totally at peace leaving her in your care and appreciated that you also took the time to send updates about her behaviour and demeanour while I was away which ensured that I was able to enjoy my holiday without any worries at all. I am sorry we did not get to see Kim before we left to come back home but I have no doubt that Molly will be staying with you in the future as I cannot imagine leaving her in the care of anyone else now! Many many thanks from the both of us,
Kind regards, Liz and Molly Riley xxx
"Ginny and Kim have been amazing.
My partner and I were taking my mum on holiday this October but we were worried about who would look after our four cockatiels. We live close to central London so I did some research on many different boarding places close by, but none stuck out half as much as The Parrot Boarding Lodge in Cheltenham. After a visit to the boarding lodge to meet Ginny and Kim and their lovely pets, we were adamant that this was the place to bring them, therefore we didn't mind travelling the extra distance. The biggest advantage among many others that made us certain to choose Ginny and Kim's beautiful home, was the fact that they were the only boarding to ask us for veterinary tests to be carried out beforehand. This made me certain that they are serious about what they do and care dearly about all birds and other animals in their care. Having health tests done on your birds may be offputting as it can be expensive, but to us our birds health, safety and happiness comes first. Also it's great to know that they are safe and there are no risks to your birds catching any diseases or illnesses from others whilst boarding. Whilst away Ginny and Kim kept us updated with emails and pictures of our birds enjoying their daily routine of relaxation and adventure, which kept our minds at ease throughout the holiday. Before boarding, our cocktails were on an all seed diet and we were having no luck converting them on to a healthier pellet food... Now after boarding, they love the stuff and can't get enough of it. Ginny and Kim's home is loving and full of life, they are both down to earth, knowledgeable and friendly people and we will definitely be using them for future boarding. Highly recommended!!"
Libby & Ed
Thank you so much Ginny and Kim for looking after Mockie (our African grey parrot). You are both very knowledgeable and passionate about parrots and you made us feel at ease with leaving Mockie in your care for a few days. We could tell Mockie had been cared for very well and like one of your own, as he seemed to be at ease with you when we came to collect him.
The set up you have for parrot boarding is exceptional, the room is an adventure playground for parrots! There is so much for any feathered guests to do, giving them lots of stimulation and fun. It was great to receive the regular updates of Mockie's progress, along with some fantastic pictures of what he has been up to during his stay. We are very grateful to you both and would certainly recommend you to anyone. Mockie is very much looking forward to spending more time with you in a few months time.
Sarah & Paul
Thank u so much Ginny and Kim for taking in my Eclectus parrot Tukki and for keeping him in your safe hands while we were on holiday this year. It's the first time we have ever left him and truly wouldn't have thought about doing so until we found the both of you at The Parrot Lodge.
How amazing that in just a few days you knew exactly Tukki's likes and dislikes and all his cheeky ways! The updates of Tukki's progress and the pictures you sent were so wonderful to receive whilst away....it put a smile on my face. I have to say that you are fantastic at what you do.
You took great care and attention of our little boy and we are very grateful. Thank you so much
Love from Tukki and Melinda xx
Hello humans and parronts in particular
My flock lives in the deepest jungles of West Africa where we look after each other. We eat together, fly together and sleep together so when we join you humans in your world, we're sometimes unsure about how to behave. We love to chew stuff - any stuff - and we love to chatter, whistle and sing which can make us messy and noisy. My own parronts love me so it's okay at home to be a little crazy; they forgive me, but it's hard to find a birdie hotel where I can visit and where the slaves understand my needs and habits, but who still love me too.
Well, my parronts looked at a lot of places and finally found The Parrot Lodge where Ginny and Kim act as my surrogate parronts (AKA parrot slaves); although I am still training them up - they really do a fantastic job. I have my own huge suite, lots of time out to explore and they even come and chase my toys when I throw them for them to run after. I can't wait for my next trip. Whenever my parronts are on holiday (whatever that is) I am treated like the feathered Prince I am by my slaves at The Parrot Lodge.
Nibbles and chalkiness from
Mr Tickles the African Grey
We booked Storm, our African Grey, for the first time at The Parrot Lodge.
Ginny & Kim's knowledge and loving care are second to none. We came away from there, after after collecting her, with helpful tips on food health.
We now have our baby off of seed and enjoying a healthy mash veg and Nutri-berries diet. We were kept up to date with video clips and messages with how she was settling in, which was a comfort to us while we were away knowing she was a happy contented parrot.
Dudley & Jen
Leaving Mr Mango, my Blue and Gold Macaw with Ginny and Kim was one of the best decisions ever, they have always been amazing with him.I had numerous discussions with Ginny and Kim over the telephone, them telling me about their facility, sending me photos and emails, and me advising them about Mr Mango and his personality, energy and antics. My initial reaction was that they were so helpful, asked a lot about Mango and advised what they could offer us and, most importantly him, in respect of boarding. None of the other options available stood out like The Parrot Lodge.
The boarding facilities are second to non, they are excellent – the birds have their own room, with a wide selection of toys, ropes, swings, perches. When Mr Mango stayed last he was even purchased his own toy which he brought home with him. Besides the birds having their own room, which is fully enriching, they also spend time with Ginny and Kim in the other parts of their home.
We live in South London and it usually takes us, on a good run, 6-7 hour round trip, to drop Mr Mango off and collect again; however, this is ultimately acceptable and something that we do willingly knowing that he will be well cared for.
Ginny and Kim's home is loving and full of life, they are both down to earth, knowledgeable and friendly people. I would highly recommend this boarding facility and would be more than happy to talk or communicate with anyone who was thinking of boarding their parrot here. Please have a look on their facebook page, you can see for yourself the photos and videos of all of the parrots they care for and you can witness yourself the care that they provide.
Becky, Christine and Mr Mango
We've just picked Marlowe up from another stay at The Parrot Lodge and we think he had as lovely a holiday as we had!
Ginny and Kim really are Parrot Whisperers. They made sure he had the same boarding cage as before so it was all familiar to him and it was all spotless. We brought toys with us, but there were penty of lovely new ones for him to play with. He had plenty of outside time- when I arrived to pick him up he was sitting on Ginnys shoulder in the office! He'd really become part of the family. We were updated with his antics on Facebook which was lovely to see. He came back relaxed, confident and very happy.
We would unreservedly recommend this fabulous place for any feathered friend.
Claire, Peter & Marlowe
We took our green cheek conure Aizen to The Parrot Lodge when we went away for a couple of weeks. The questions asked, and required health certification gave us the confidence that care was taken seriously.
After arrival, it was clear that we'd made the right choice. Ginny and Kim have a lovely setup and are clearly passionate about their work. I left knowing that he'd be well looked after, and probably reluctant to leave. I would use them again as my first choice.
Our African Grey stayed at The Parrot Lodge for almost three weeks.
Our parrot was very nervous and not hand tame so we were so pleased when we found such a warm, caring place for her to stay.
We had regular updates on how she was getting on including lovely pictures which included one of her being hand tamed which was absolutely wonderful to see whilst we were away.
We feel blessed that we found a safe, loving environment and highly recommend. We can't thank Kim and Ginny enought for all they have done.
Ginny and Kim are fantastic, Malibu had a wonderful holiday and didn't want to come back.
We had regular feedback and videos of Malibu whilst we were away. Malibu will definitely be going on another holiday at The Parrot Lodge. One very happy parrot and owners.
We boarded our African Grey, Coco, for 2 weeks with Ginny & Kim. On collection, I wasn't sure she wanted to come home!
Having spoken to Ginny (at length) there was no hesitation whatsoever in making the decision to board our precious baby girl here. She was looked after like a princess!
We had regular updates/photos/videos which made me feel a lot better for leaving her. Ginny & Kim's knowledge and care for our wonderful feathered babies is second to none. Highly recommend and, in my opinion, lots more than a 5 star rating ... lots, lots more!
From the bottom of our hearts, Dave & I thank you so very, very much. Coco says thank you too!
Maggie & Dave Ikin
Leaving Inca with Ginny and Kim was a great decision. We researched a few places beforehand and initially I only contacted The Parrot Lodge for general advice on boarding as they were so far away from us. But after speaking to them via email and over the phone we felt it was worth the 3+ hour drive to get Inca there. They surpassed our expectations.
Inca was set up in a cage and we headed back home. It was such a relief during the long drive to receive a text from them saying Inca had already come out of her cage and done a 'step up' and a kiss for each of them. Obviously we were worried Inca might be distressed and get 'the rage' (as she had done before when my Mum parrot sat). But Ginny and Kim are so experienced and calm and that seems to give their lodgers confidence too.
Ginny and Kim genuinely cared about Inca and got a good measure of her character. I had told them how I blew little raspberries on Inca's belly and when we picked her up Ginny said she had noticed that Inca would imitate the raspberry noise (just before you blow the raspberry). This is true! Inca does do that, but the behaviour was so new and subtle that I wasn't sure she was really doing it and I hadn't even mentioned it to my partner! But Ginny and Kim had noticed.
I think whether your parrot is the type to come out of their cage straight away, or the type that would rather stay in it a few days, boarding them with Ginny and Kim is a sound decision and they will sensitively cater to the needs of the individual bird.
Katherine & Gavin
Our sun conure Mango went to stay with Ginny & Kim for 5 days. She went being a bit of a junk food addict and just in this short time they transformed her diet and got her trying a far more varied range than we had managed. She learned so much during her stay and is a calmer, happier bird for it.
The care they have given to her and the knowledge they have passed to us is invaluable. The best thing is she loved staying with them.
Looking forward to our holiday next year when we know how safe and cared for she will be with them. Thank you.
We have now housed our spoilt, wilful, Black Headed Caique 'Jaffa', twice with Ginny and Kim, once for a few days as a tester and once for 10 days.
They have looked after him magnificently, putting up with his typical Caique ways and getting him to forage more whilst also reducing his rather portly figure. We have also received good advice and ideas to keep him healthy and happy. I recommend them highly.