Hilton Smythe welcomes to the market Longford Chase Specialist Kennels & Cattery, For Sale due to our clients wish to take a well earnt retirement after many years of success.
Although in essence a highly successful kennels and cattery business, this is equally a substantial, much improved, and delightful 4-bedroom cottage property and residence with circa 1.8 acres of land.
Approached via a gravelled driveway across a babbling brook, the grounds are immaculately presented with plenty of parking and turning space for patrons. The kennels and cattery itself is divided into two dedicated and separate blocks on either side of beautifully manicured gardens and lawns, each with their own hardstanding, and sheltered by mature trees, foliage and grassy embankment to the boundary.
The kennel block is licensed for 35 dogs, extremely well presented, and surpasses all the relevant standards and legislation in regards health and welfare. Attached to a secure compound with mix of grass, gravel, and wood chippings, the dogs are able to exercise individually 5 times a day, and no expense has been spared across the business making it truly specialist for both canine and feline.
With a small detached outdoor reception and office space which serves the entire business, the Cattery itself offers a modern facility registered for 35 cats. Our clients are very proud of their luxury cattery, which again meets the highest of standards with all relevant authorities. Felines from very young kittens to the more elderly are catered for and individually monitored within spacious thermostatically heated chalets, with 2ft sneeze barriers, plenty of space, and panoramic views.
The entire grounds extend to around 1.8 acres in all, and are well maintained throughout both the commercial and residential areas.
Successfully trading in this sector since 1997, the business benefits a superb regular and repeat client base. Locally and widely renowned for its excellence, and recommended by vets there is also a large trade from holiday makers wishing to access their pets whilst on vacation. Plenty of online presence is evident on social media, and there is a vibrant and engaging website
Well-being, hygiene, and security, are at the centre of the businesses core, which is evident across the entire site.
Run at a pace and lifestyle to suit our clients there is always room for organic growth. However, the business generally runs at a busy full occupancy level, and is very profitable with excellent historic financials and accounts. Furthering the associated services such as pet grooming would be an advantage. Although currently a Kennels & Cattery, there is a large element of alternate use for the property subject to the relevant planning or change of use permissions, or to be used just as a lovely residence with land.
Longford Chase Kennels & Cattery nestles in a stunning rural location, within a small hamlet close to the town of Tavistock, in the beautiful county of Devon.
The business sits within its own protected and sheltered bowl, in a lovely rural idyll, close to other businesses, including holiday cottages, and camping and caravan sites in the hamlet of Higher Longford. Easily located from the main B3357, within the Dartmoor National Park and at the foot of Pork Hill, this is nothing short of a stunning, attractive, and near perfect location. Within easy reach of Tavistock, all major and local amenities can be readily accessed nearby.
Nature lovers would appreciate the abundance of wildlife with deers, owls and various birds.
Aside the national park with in excess of 150,000 visitors per year, the main nearby town of Tavistock itself is an ancient market town in West Devon with a population circa 15,000 people and sits on the River Tavy. A popular location, famous for Sir Francis Drake, the history can be traced back to ad 961.
There is good public transport and an excellent local road network giving access to nearby Plymouth (15) and Exeter (40). Tavistock Abbey is one of many local attractions, and the town sits equidistant of two coastlines circa 35 miles.
A former quarryman cottage largely improved and extended over time, to become the substantial and beautiful 4 bedroom home it is today. Making use of the surrounding land, there are plenty of outside seating areas, patios, and gardens to make use of, plus a raised secret garden, plenty of out sheds and storage space. Nicely presented and maintained externally, with replacement soffits, guttering, downspouts and modern external rendering.
Inside the property is immaculately presented to an extremely high standard throughout. Tastefully presented, beautifully appointed, with lovely presentation to each room, the cottage deserves internal inspection to be fully appreciated, and briefly comprises,
Entrance vestibule and reception hall, with occasional lounge & snug area, and staircase to first floor. Middle galley area/boot room with downstairs WC. Substantial kitchen with no expense spared, immaculate presentation being fully fitted and equipped with granite work tops, central island, cooking range and extraction, and all mod cons. As an extension of the kitchen area, is a lovely sitting room and entertaining space come dining area with French doors.
There is a separate dining room with feature fireplace, incorporating a wood burning stove, to one side of the house, which could easily be returned to a formal lounge. To the rear and original lounge area, are two home office spaces, one with small dog grooming salon.
To the first floor are 4 good sized nicely presented and well-appointed bedrooms one with Jack & Jill shower room/wet suite, and a separate family bathroom. The property is light and airy and double glazed, with quality fixtures and fittings, including bespoke oak panelled doors to each room.
There is much character throughout the property, although the décor, look, feel and ambience is very contemporary modern. Truly versatile in its layout, the rooms can be set out in lots of different ways to fit differing requirements.
Highly recommending for early inspection.Tenure
We are advised the business is being sold as a Freehold business opportunity.Hours
The business is open all year round, and to suit clientele demand and bookings.Staff
The business is run by a hands-on husband wife team, with the help of 1 other key full time member of staff.Financial Profile
The accounting information for the year ending 2017 showed a turnover of £81,447 with a gross profit of 90%.