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July 2016

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Welcome to The Pets Hotel Country Club! 

This is our first VIP Newsletter coming to you from our new trading name, The Pets Hotel Country Club! It may be cold and wet outside but that has not stopped us from being productive!

We are excited to unveil our new website! Please take a look around and let us know what you think.


The new website is just the first step in our transformation to The Pets Hotel Country Club. We are planning a number of changes; from a whole new operations and reception building to the improvements in accommodation and services provide.

One way we are improving our service and ensuring we are giving our clients and their V.I.Ps (Very Important Pets) the best option in pet boarding is our extended opening hours! The Pets Hotel Country Club office is open 7 days per week with generous reception hours making us one of the most accessible pet hotels in Geelong and the Bellarine.


The Pets Hotel Opening Hours

Monday – 8:30am to 5:45pm

Tuesday – 8:30am to 5:45pm

Wednesday - 8:30am to 10:30am

Thursday – 8:30am to 5:45pm

Friday - 8:30am to 5:45pm

Saturday - 8:30am to 12:45pm

Sunday - 11:00am to 5:00pm


Also this month, we are launching our exclusive Pets Hotel Shuttle Service between our Lara and Port Melbourne facilities.

For our Melbourne clients looking for an express way to check in their pets without the drive down to Geelong, the Pet Shuttle from our Port Melbourne facility may be the perfect solution. Read more below.

With the school holidays coming to a close and the days getting ever so slowly but surely longer; we are really looking forward to the upcoming renovations and official transfer over to The Pets Hotel Country Club name.

We hope everyone is keeping warm and staying well during this chilly winter weather! Remember, if you are coming home to a muddy, bored dog in the evenings after work, our Doggy Day Care Program is still in full swing and we can keep them happy and occupied while you’re away.

To book at The Pets Hotel Country Club call us on 5282 1286 or visit


A Day in the Life 


Doggy Day Care is always a blast! Just ask Day Care regular Diesel the Great Dane Mix puppy having a play with Sam the Groodle. Perfect for the winter months where daylight is scarce before and after work!

To see videos and photos of our Doggy Day Care dogs and the pets staying with us at Elcho Park, make sure you ‘Like’ our Facebook Page and ‘Follow’ us on Instagram!


Did you know?  


The “smell” centre of a dog’s brain is 40 times larger than a humans!

Dogs have a sense of smell thousands of times stronger that a humans.

A Dachshund’s nose has 125 million scent receptors, compared to an average human’s measly 5 million.






Doggy DIY - The Mud Puppy Mitten


Credit to ‘Oscar Ate My Muffin” for full instructions please visit:



Pet Shuttle: The Pets Hotel Country Club’s Exclusive Melbourne Shuttle



For our Melbourne clients busy with last minute preparations for a trip away, our exclusive Pets Hotel shuttle is the perfect solution!

This is also a great way to take advantage of the luxury of our Melbourne facility without battling Melbourne traffic. If your pooch is more accustom to apartment life and a climate-controlled existence, The Pets Hotel offers nothing less. Check out their website: 

Your pet can travel in luxury in our custom Mercedes-Benz van down to our Lara facility from our sister kennel, The Pets Hotel in Port Melbourne.

While we are still offering our super convenient valet service (to metro areas of Melbourne and Geelong) from your place to ours, the shuttle between our two facilities is an exclusive discounted price of only $35.00 each way.

If you wish to book our shuttle service please mention this at time of booking. 



Pet Quote  


“The road to my heart is paved with paw prints.”


GAR Fest - Geelong Animal Rescue 


The Pets Hotel Country Club is happy to support the Geelong Animal Rescue with its upcoming music festival, GARfest.

This event will be held at The Barwon Club this coming Saturday the 16th of July. GARfest aims to raise funds for the Geelong Animal Rescue so that they can continue their work with animals.

GARfest boasts an excellent line-up of eighteen of Geelong’s best bands and musicians, who will perform across two stages from 5pm to midnight.

There will be a prize for the best animal-themed costume on the night, so they are urging people to see this as an opportunity to dress up and have a lot of fun.  There will also be a raffle and silent auction to be held at the event. 

The Pets Hotel Country Club has made a donation of an accommodation package in your choice of our Patio Suites or Petzecutive Suites; so if you’re looking for some great prizes and to support a good cause head to the Barwon Club on Saturday night!

It is sure to be a fabulous evening supporting a local animal rescue doing wonderful things for the abandoned pets in our community!

For more information and to book tickets, click here:


Complimentary VIP (Very Important Pet) Offer 

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About Us

The Pets Hotel Country Club is situated at Elcho Park and boasts a history that dates back 150 years! The bluestone cottage was originally built in 1867 as the gatehouse to the Elcho Homestead located on the hill on Bacchus Marsh Road and was part of a 4,000 acre estate.

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  • Thank you so much to the staff at Elcho Park Pet Hotel! This was the first time leaving our Mac for more than a night and I was so worried as to how he'd go! Staff were very understanding with this worried mum ringing to check on her puppy! He's come home so relaxed and happy and just want some cuddle time! Highly recommend to anyone needing to leave their pets! Thank you all from the De Marchi's and Mac!

    Jessie Henley April 7th 2015 (Facebook)
  • (5 stars) We have 2 high maintenance rescue dogs that have been institutionalised to stay in our local kennels. Unfortunately they were closed over a period recently and we needed to look elsewhere. Elcho Park was recommended to us by our local kennels and we travelled down from Ballan to do a trial. Jocelyn was exceptional and talked us through a long list of obviously well established and used procedures they have in place for difficult to handle dogs. We then subsequently met Ellen and Marnie at check in and check out who were equally knowledgeable, relaxed with handling the boys and encouraging of us keeping in touch to see how the boys progressed. We rang every day!!! Our littlest initially refused to eat which meant he wasn't getting some medication. The girls were extremely creative about getting him comfortable with lots of different snacks, food choices, hiding v crushing up etc. They also went to great lengths to spend time at the pens so he would be more trusting and relaxed. Perseverance paid off and for that we are so grateful. They also came home relaxed, happy and very vocal ... sadly no bark issues here!!! I will agree with others that the pens were a little on the smelly side and the facility does look quite tired and in need of a little love. That said the pens we had the boys in were spotlessly clean and there was lots of clean fresh water when we arrived unannounced to pick them up just after 8:30am Tuesday. All I can say is the team there really is amazing, the efforts they went to working with us was beyond impressive and their commitment to the animals in their care unquestionable. 5 stars from us ☺

    Michelle Hocking (Google Reviews)
  • (5 stars) Rocky love there service he never says a bad word about them.

    Lara Wreckers (Google Reviews)
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Phone: (03) 5282 1286

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170 Elcho Road
Lara Vic. 3212