About Us


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Roy and Yvonne James

Royvon is a family business with over 50 years in petcare in the UK. Roy James, the founder of Royvon, owned & bred dogs from the age of 10. In 1958, Roy met his future wife and co-founder of Royvon, Yvonne. Yvonne also had an immense love for dogs and together they toured the United Kingdom visiting dog rallies and shows. Royvon Boarding Kennels was established in 1959 in their hometown of Merthyr Tydfil. The business continued to grow and provide excellent service and was expanded to include a purpose built dog training facility where dog owners could meet for various dog-related activities. After their parents had passed away son Darren and daughter Sarah, who had both grown up in the world of dogs, inherited the business and dedicated themselves to the pioneering work of creating what has become the UK’s leading residential dog training business. Darren had passed his first working trial qualification at the age of 13, and became a top-level dog handler and judge of German Shepherds in his teens, campaigning successfully throughout the UK. More recently Darren’s dog training skills led to a stream of accomplishments and awards including television appearances on Ant & Dec and “The Underdog Show”. Darren’s view on his dog customers are clear. “We are their companions. We believe our customers’ dogs are family members. Not in a ridiculous way, but in a caring human way – we view them as deserving of our respect and love. We have travelled the World looking at the best examples of dog boarding and training in action and have set out to create first class facilities and services here in the UK.”


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Sarah and Darren with the ‘Animal Boarding Establishment of the Year

Royvon operates at 3 centres in the UK – on the original site at Merthyr Tydfil, at its’ most prestigious site in Esher in Surrey and since mid 2012 at Coventry in the Midlands. Our boarding facility in Merthyr was named’ Animal Boarding Establishment of the Year’ in The Pet Industry Awards 2012. Of course it’s great to win awards but when you see in a customer’s eyes the look they get when they really understand that we care about their dogs just the way they do – when they really know that it’s true – well that’s a feeling that’s hard to describe. It’s the combination of immense trust and honourable service that makes us so proud of what we do. It drives us to constantly be looking for ways to be even better. And that’s why we do it – because we care.


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Darren James with some of the team at Royvon Surrey

Our Surrey team is led by Royvon’s Managing Director Darren James who lives with his family alongside the Royvon centre in Esher. Darren has a superb team of experienced trainers and carers – all of whom are genuine dog lovers. We run a high staff to guest ratio and all team members are trained according to Pet Care Services Association level 1 to 3. They are chosen because they show love and dedication to our dog guests and owners are assured that they will care for their dogs as if they were their own. Royvon Surrey offers a wide range of boarding and training choices to suit most owners’ needs and provide effective solutions to almost any dog obedience and behaviour management issues. Our 24-hour-a-day supervised site is family run – providing the highest standards of pet care. You are welcome to call or visit to discuss how we can best meet your needs.