We're an American family but my husband has dual citizenship (American/Irish). We're in the process of working on our EEA Family permits and plan on relocating to Colchester (for schooling) in August.
We have found a rental home; unfortunately they don't accept pets. As everything else about the rental is ideal, and we can leave our cats back at our home (which we'll be renting out to good friends) we'll just worry about getting ourselves over to Colchester and settling in.
However, assuming we settle in and like being there, we'll want to eventually bring our cats. So, we'll need to find a pet-friendly home to rent (easier to do when we're there versus here). The more difficult part is that we have five cats. We may opt to not bring them all, but would probably like to bring at least three. From the limited research we've done, it seems like if we go with a pet courier service, it can be extremely expensive. I would like to find out from others what options we might have.