About Us

The Golden Retriever Experience


The Golden Retriever Experience (The GRE) is a family-run attraction in West Somerset that gives the unique opportunity for you and your family/friends to have a personal encounter with a pack of trained Golden Retrievers.

The GRE has been built on the life-long love and dedication we've felt, and continue to feel, for the countless Golden Retrievers that have graced our lives. It is this love that we want to share with the world, especially those who aren't fortunate enough to own a dog themselves, by inviting people to join our incredible pack of goldies for some much-needed doggy cuddles.

Founded over 10 years ago by the UK's own Dog Whisperer, Nicolas Grant-St James, our dogs are impeccably trained and endlessly affectionate, and we are positive that you will walk away having had one of the best experiences of your life - and wishing you were taking your favourite one home with you.

NB: We accommodate for those challenged by Autism, Aspergers and any other social, behavioural or learning difficulties. We can also help blind and deaf clients, elderly patients, and patients recovering from brain injury (ABI). Just ask us how our miraculous healing Goldies can help you.

Our History


The GRE is owned by Nicolas and Lauren - a father and daughter team - who bought their first Golden Retriever, Bella, in 2006. In 2008, they decided to have their first litter of puppies with Bella and consequently became accredited breeders with The Kennel Club. 

Together, they formed the registered kennel name Bellauranah Golden Retrievers (Bella + Lauren and Alanah - Nick's two daughters). Through this, they sell their pedigree Golden retriever puppies if ever they have a litter.

Having learnt so much about Golden Retrievers and Dog Behaviour through the process of raising Bella, they also decided to form The Dog Whisperer UK to teach dog owners how to use dog psychology to understand their dogs and how to train them.

As their lives became more and more dog-related, their pack grew with them and they ended up with a Golden Retriever's paradise in Exmoor National Park.

Following countless suggestions that they should open their "Disneyland for Dogs" to others, The GRE was finally formed in May 2017, enabling dog-lovers to share in their 'puppy love'.