Mountain Hollow Farm

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Carina E.

48 Reviews
24 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within 35 minutes
  • Cancellation Policy:

Pet Requirements

  • 1-20 lbs
  • 20-40 lbs
  • 40-80 lbs
  • 80+ lbs
All Ages OK

Carina's Resident Pets

Border Terrier
9 yr 9 mo old
Labrador Retriever
4 yr 9 mo old
Border Collie
2 yr 9 mo old
Border Terrier
1 yr 9 mo old
Other Pets & Animals: Cats, Horses or other large farm animals

Carina's House

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Children at home (13-18 years old)
Large Yard
100% fenced & locked
Smoke-free home
Pets allowed on furniture
Air-conditioned inside
Great for senior pets

About Carina

30 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
While you're away, let your dog have some supervised fun, staying with an experienced, dog-loving family on a 75- acre certified organic farm near beautiful Middleburg, VA.

This former dairy farm, turned beef and horse farm, has been in the family since the late 1780's, and is a doggy paradise! We have several safe fenced in areas, a pool that the dogs can enjoy in season, and miles of happy healthy leashed walks across hay fields and dirt roads, just west of the Bull Run Mountain. Walks can be included but most of the dogs enjoy playing in our large fenced in yard.

We have been puppy and dog-sitting for friends and neighbors for years, and have been working with Dogvacay for four years. We have really enjoyed welcoming dogs into our family, and have many repeat visitors. We look forward to making you and your dog happy! We will consider special pricing for multiple dogs.

We are very experienced dog owners, having owned many breeds and best friends over our lifetimes. Currently the old farm house is home to four dogs, including a service dog from Canine Companions for Independence, who knows over 50 commands, from turn off the lights to open the door.

Dad has trained several border collies to be working cow dogs, though they now hang out waiting for him to get home from selling John Deere tractors.

Mom and the girls have been very active in a local dog 4-H club, training in agility, rally and obedience, as well as participating in CCI service dog training classes.

Mostly, we have fun and love our dogs, but we are experienced and educated enough to make sure everyone behaves and is safe. We are very sensitive to your dog's unique needs, and will make sure the experience is right for him/her. Some of our guests bring their own crates and/or beds, if that's where they like to sleep. We also let dogs sleep in our bed with us, if thats what they are used to! We follow your rules when it comes to getting on beds or sofas, but we do have dog friendly couches in the family room so we can snuggle and watch TV together.

Mom works from home, so the dogs are well-supervised, though if your dog likes to ride in the car, they can go along to do errands.

High-schooler Christina tends to be the primary "dog-sitter" when she is home from school, throwing the ball, taking the walk, or snuggling on the couch.

Daughter Caroline, who has Cerebral Palsy and uses a power chair is a huge dog fan, and has recently started a small business selling dog collars from Kenya, as well as her own art work (she attends the Art Institute, studying graphic and web design). Her business is called Labradorable Designs, in tribute to her first CCI service dog, Sajen, and her new best friend, Shelly.

Please set up a "meet and greet", so we can show you and your dog(s) around!

Middleburg is easy to reach from Northern Virginia: about 30 minutes west of Dulles Airport on Route 50; about one hour from DC.

Like us on Facebook! Mountain Hollow Farm Dog Boarding

We now offer full-service grooming through The Studio Grooming Salon of Middleburg . Ask to have your dog clean and fluffy before you pick him up, and we will take them to The Studio for professional bathing and grooming, and you pay them directly.
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Can administer oral medicine
Special Needs Accommodated
  • Leash Pulling
  • Not yet house-trained
  • Advanced senior issues

Carina E.

48 Reviews
24 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within 35 minutes
  • Cancellation Policy:


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  • 1 Spot Left
  • Booked
  • Last updated February 21, 2017


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Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Carina's Home
$65 /night
  • Watches up to 5+ dogs/night
  • Dogs may be unsupervised for 1 - 2 hours/day
  • Dogs will have full access outside for potty breaks
  • 0 walk/day
  • Pets can sleep wherever they want
Daycare At Carina's Home
$35 /day
  • Watches up to 4 dogs/day
$50 /min
$125 /max
$30 /bath
$25 each way
  • Willing to travel 25 miles
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48 Reviews
Carina saved the day for me. My dog sitter cancelled at the last minute. I did not want to separate my dogs or leave them with a kennel. I contacted Carina through doggievacay. She got back to me right away and despite the last minute notice and the fact that she was already watching several other dogs, agreed to watch mine. I felt good leaving them because I knew they would be well cared for and in a home environment.
Cooper had a wonderful stay with Carina and all of her pets. She sent us pictures and as nervous pet parents responded quickly when I texted her to check on our boy. We will be calling on her again! Thanks Carina! Ed and Tammy
We had to board our 1 yr old husky/australian shepard mix, that we rescued about 2.5 months prior, so I was nervous about boarding him so soon. It turns out Carina's home was THE perfect place for Tucker! He had lots of dog friends to keep him busy and exercised in her great fenced in yard on a beautiful farm. I received photos and texts from Carina throughout the weekend and I could tell she and her family loved him like he was theirs. He's a rambunctious puppy with LOTS of energy, but they embraced it (wish I could say the same :)). He was there for 2 nights and when we picked him up and brought him home, he fell asleep on the couch at about 7pm and didn't wake up again until 7am the next morning (we tried to wake him up to come to bed with us but he ignored us). I will definitely be calling on Carina again the next time we need to go away.
This was my dog's third stay with Carina. They treat her like family. I won't take her anywhere else!
Tucker loves his time with Carina and comes home happy and healthy.
My very active dog was well-loved and had a great time with new doggie pals at Mountain Hollow. Carina sent me pictures and updates almost daily. She is a true dog person and understands how to introduce dogs to each other safely, reading body language and giving them time. We will be back!
Carina and her family were amazing. I had never taken our dogs for an overnight vacation that wasn't with a family member, but Carina made us feel like family! She kept us updated and sent pictures. I was scared our dogs wouldn't want to come back home with us! We will definitely be going again.
absolutely incredible. the dogs frolicked, were happy and monitored carefully. Thank you! We'll be back.
My buddy had a much better experience than being at the Kennel. He had his own person and got to play with other dogs. I will be bringing him for another visit. I think he got along well with everyone and was not so stressed when we picked him up.
Our two dogs had a great time with Carina and her family (human and pets). It was great to see them well taken care of and the ability for them to socialize with different types of dogs. Will definitely be using her again.
Carina was so great with our dog! We rarely leave Dakota and Carina made the whole process stress-free with updates and pictures of Dakota while we were gone. Dakota loved running around and playing with all the other dogs and she didn't seem to be distressed about us leaving her at all. She seemed to have a blast! Huge thank you to Carina for taking such good care of our little lady!
Carina and her family have done a fabulous job pet-sitting for us. Our pup now strolls into their place like it's a home away from home. As a veterinarian, I have high standards for my pet, and I fully trust Carina to take care of him.
Carina and family are exceptional hosts. It was Lucy's first trip away from home and we were nervous until we met carina and family. Photos of him romping around the farm reassured my daughters while we were away. Highly recommend carina. We will be repeat visitors
Charlie had a ball and we will definitely go back!
Carina is awesome!!!
Carina was such a pleasure to meet! She took great care of our girl, Camden. Camden had a large fenced in area to play with the resident and guest dogs, and she slept in one of her daughter's rooms. Carina sent us pics and updates during the stay. They had quite a bit of rain (mud) during the few days she was there--Carina even washed her very large dog bed! We will be back.
My pointer-person Raina just stayed 2 weeks with Carina and Family, and of course received Triple AAA puppy-person care and love.

Every visit Raina is well cared for, gets lots of attention and most importantly...a lot of outside play time.

Raina is horribly spoiled - and Carina and family just add to that issue.

I have no idea what I would do without this loving family for Miss Raina.

xoxo Jean and Raina Hancock
Carina and her family are wonderful! Our two pups always have a great time there. Carina has been really accommodating with our crazy schedules too and that is so appreciated. We're "regulars" now! :)
Carina and her family welcomed our pup with open arms. The photos Carina texted helped us feel totally comfortable with leaving our furbaby at their lovely farm. Our dog especially loved swimming in their pool! A great doggie vacation for sure.
Excellent stay, as always. Kind and compassionate care. Your dog will love Mountain Hollow Farm and Carina/family...
My two guys had a blast, Carina sent many photos and they were treated like family. I actually think they are mad that I am home!
Carina is AMAZING!! Our boy had the time of his life! She contacted us back immediately; she was welcoming and best of all she took GREAT care of our dog. She sent photos via text of playful fun, napping and a morning walk with Peonies. The down side was our dog was a bit sad he had to leave his new buddies. I have found a forever vacation home for our sweet boy ( there is a lot of comfort following that thought).
I HIGHLY recommend Carina and her family!!
Jack's favorite vacation! :) I honestly cannot say enough good things about Carina and her entire family. They accept and love Jack as if he is one of their own. He sleeps with the family. He's loved as much as when he's at home. He comes home exhausted and so unbelievably happy! And let me say this is no small feat! Jack is an exceptionally high energy puppy who suffers from separation anxiety. It's just me and Jack so when we are apart things are very difficult for him. Jack controls his anxiety by stopping eating. Even when he's hungry he won't eat. Carina understands this and rather than seeing it as a hurdle or problem (or simply ignoring it as any boarding kennel would do and this has happened more than once) works with Jack to make him comfortable and to ensure that his happiness is of the utmost importance. This trip Jack didn't eat to begin with and Carina went completely above and beyond to ensure that she found a solution that worked for Jack. Most significantly for me, is that she kept me up to date via text as to how he was doing and sent regular photos. Knowing that my puppy was happy and healthy is the best feeling. The result is a very happy and healthy puppy came home entirely unstressed and therefore requiring no transition to being back into his routine.
I will never use anywhere else for Jack. This is his second home, his extended family, and he loves it as much as I do! He'll be back again this summer :)
Another excellent stay for our puppy. Carina is the greatest!
Carina was absolutely wonderful with my dogs...even though they stole food off of her counter:) She sent updates with photos and kept in touch the entire time I was gone! The dogs played inside and out all weekend! I would definitely recommend this Dog Vacay!!
Carina and her family were amazing with our two dogs. (even though they are a handful) Over the weekend, I probably received over 8 picture of the dogs enjoy treats, snuggling on the bed and hanging out with the family watching TV. I can tell they enjoyed themselves because they have been sleeping all day…exhausted from playing on the farm. BTW the drive there is gorgeous.
Carina and her family seemed to really enjoy taking care of Sam, but more importantly, it looked like Sam enjoyed it too!
Absolutely amazing! Jack has found his second home with Carina and her family! I honestly couldn't ask for anything more. They treated him like one of their own. Jack suffers with separation anxiety and excessive amounts of energy but yet Carina and her entire family gave him 2 weeks of pure happiness! It couldn't be happier. I couldn't be happier and he's going back in 2 weeks for more. I will never use anyone else or anywhere else again! :) Thank you so much and I cannot recommend this family enough!
If Bear could talk, I'm sure he would say he had a Pawsome time! He made a lot of new friends and had lots of fun. We picked him up on Sunday and he was a couch potato until Thursday.
From start to finish, our experience with Carina and Mountain Hollow Farm was superb. Our black lab pup fit in quickly and clearly felt at home. The family interaction, open spaces, and constant canine companionship put Mountain Hollow far above other options we considered. In the future, this will be THE option.

Besides the care and love we bought for our our pup, we also bought peace of mind for ourselves while we were on vacation. It was worth every penny.
Wish I could give more than a 5 star rating as Carina and her family are truly amazing! We had the unfortunate situation of sending our 1 year old golden retriever from Australia to the US before our family arrived. Carina and her family helped to relieve us of any of our stresses as they picked up Aussie from the airport, got him settled into his new surroundings with lots of love and care and treated him to a 3 week doggie vacation!! We were updated regularly about our pup, his new doggie friends he met during his stay and fantastic pictures to show just how happy he was in their home. Our stressful move was less stressful knowing that our dog was happy and having a wonderful time. We will definitely be reaching out to Carina in the future for any of our dogvacay needs!
We left our Labrador Sophie for 2 weeks at the "farm" during our vacation. She was active with the daughters and other dogs. She loved the swimming pool and trimmed down a bit in the tummy. In fact, she was a bit depressed and moped around the house when she got home. We sent her to day care 2 days to snap her back to her reality last week. She is back to normal now.

We will be sending her back for R&R again!
Another great stay for our puppy Merlin. He really loves heading out to Mountain Hollow farm and all his human (and furry) friends.
Dogs could not have been in a more loving open and friendly environment. Thanks to all the Elgin family!
Tessa loves staying at Carina E's house. She plays all day with their dogs and gets lots of love from her daughters. We feel so lucky to know Tessa is so well taken care of at Carina's house. Carina sends us photos and updates so we always know all the fun she is having--from swimming in the pool to romping in the snow with the other dogs. She has stayed there three times and we wouldn't have Tessa stay anywhere else!
This was the first time I have left for the weekend in four years. My lab was fine and I had a great time. Thanks so much for making it possible. :-) He was really good friends with your black lab and seemed very at home when I came to pick him up. I will definitely come back.
We are hooked! Not going anywhere else unless these folks are booked!
Back again to our home away from home! Love this place!
Simply Dog Heaven! Great family, great digs! Wonderful time!
Second visit back with Carina and just as great as last time. Our dog Merlin loves his visits out to the country and to his new friends---both human and canine.
Apollo had a blast, we received photos and email updates over the holidays. He is home and happy! We are Happy and would do this again most certainly
Our dogs Trooper and Lexi had a wonderful vacation at Mountain Hollow Farm. Carina kept us updated throughout our trip on how the dogs were doing, even sending us pictures of the two swimming and playing. She was always very responsive and a pleasure to work with.

Overall it was a wonderful experience, and we couldn't be happier with the care that our dogs received. We are happy to have found such a wonderful home away from home for our dogs.
Excellent experience! My German Shore-Haired Pointer [Raina] was with Carina and her family for 11 days and she came home happy and well cared for.

She swam, played outside, helped search for missing turtles and slept in late each day - which is perfect from her pointer-point-of-view!

I was so relieved to find a home-based vacation spot for Raina - really was perfect.
Great experience with Carina and her family. Took care of our puppy, Merlin, like one of their own. Only problem was we're not sure our dog wanted to come home after living the country life at Mountain Hollow Farm... Would definitely recommend to other dog owners looking for a place to board their dog.

Paul & Joan & the Boys
Boys just had their second vacation at Mountain Hollow and had a blast!
This is dog heaven! I will never go anywhere else!
We were absolutely thrilled to have Carina and her family take in our two dogs while we were abroad. We got lots of photo updates showing our pups keeping busy and staying happy and making new friendships with their host family (both human and canine). Our dogs are very social and very energetic, so this was the perfect environment for them. I would highly recommend Carina and her family at Mountain Hollow Farm to others.
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