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Zeus the Great Dane on a grassy field
6 dogs sitting patiently in a line
Closeup of two snuggling cats

Welcome to Hilltop!

Here at Hilltop Boarding Kennels and Cat Hotel, we are proud to deliver an unrivalled experience for your pet, whether it's to treat your four-legged family member to dog daycare/Kitty-Creche or a longer holiday. Hilltop Boarding Kennels and Cat Hotel has been providing quality pet boarding services for over 25 years.


We are a fully licensed, family owned and operated boarding kennels and cattery conveniently situated in a quiet rural Essex location, 10 minutes from the thriving town of Colchester and within 10 minutes of the coast at Brightlingsea and Clacton.


Our modern, purpose-built facilities are renovated to the highest standard, comprising spacious, heated accommodation located on secure, private grounds of over 7 acres.


Hilltop's reputation as Essex's leading provider of premier animal boarding services is thanks to the high standards of our experienced and dedicated team. Everything we do is underpinned by our principles of trust, transparency and fairness with the welfare of the animals entrusted to our care at the heart of our operation.


Although we provide boarding kennels, cattery, rabbit, guinea pig and small animal boarding and grooming services to Colchester, Wivenhoe, Brightlingsea, Clacton and surrounding Essex areas, we also have customers who travel from much further afield as they prefer the high standard of care we provide.


We recognise that choosing the right kennels or cattery for your pet's stay is an important decision so we actively encourage you to come down for a no obligation visit to help you decide. No appointment is necessary, however we do ask that you avoid our busy times and visit between 11:00-13:00 and 14:00-16:00, Monday to Saturday (excluding Bank Holidays).


Bring the WOW back to mealtimes and get ready for shiny bowls, every time.

Check out our all natural, hypoallergenic and grain free pet food.

Great food, low prices and free delivery UK wide.

Photograph of one of our happy rabbit boarders eating breakfast
Photograph of Poirot the Parakeet in his cage
View of Hilltop reception building from across the car park
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