A retiring couple is selling their four-bedroom home for £850,000 and it comes complete with a cattery which has room for almost 100 cats.
Wendy and Graham Jones, who are both in their mid-70s, moved to the site of Timbers Cattery in Norwich, Norfolk, in 2004.
They said that 16 years ago, the almost half-acre of land was a small, run-down place with a few small wooden sheds out the back of their home.
Over the years, the couple have poured all their time and money into completely renovating and refitting the cattery – which is able to house 95 cats.
The cattery charges £10 a day for individual cats and has 35 chalets in the garden, and the facilities have a five-star animal welfare rating from South Norfolk Council.
It was completely refitted in 2016, meaning that a new owner will have the benefit of many more years – without the need for further significant investment into the business.
It has recently re-opened after closing due to the Covid-19 outbreak – and is full this month.
Former schoolteacher Wendy says she and her husband, who ran his own consultancy business before, will miss each and every one of their furry guests.
Wendy said: ‘It is quite emotional to be parting with it – if it wasn’t time for us to retire, I think we would stay here forever.
‘We’ve got to know our customers over the years, and many of them have become our friends.
‘We now see the children of some of our former customers coming in, all grown up, and looking to board their cats.
‘I think we would have started seeing some grandchildren soon, too.’
But Wendy said she and Graham are planning to stay in Norwich – and will continue to visit the cattery from time to time.
She said: ‘I hope whoever buys it will enjoy having us around to show them the ropes.’
She said the business would suit a dynamic, younger, cat-loving family.
Selling agents Everett, Masson & Furby said: ‘We are delighted to bring to the market what is, in our opinion, one of the highest quality boarding catteries that we have had the pleasure of being appointed to sell.
‘Both the lovely spacious family home and the bespoke high-quality cattery provide excellent first-class accommodation for both humans and cats alike.
‘If you are looking for a cattery business together with a property for yourself to settle in then look no further, as you will be hard-pressed to beat what is on offer here.’
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