Hilton Smythe are delighted to present to the market a highly regarded and well-respected family run cattery based at Upper Ruxley. Owned by our clients since 2000, they have totally transformed the accommodation for both their family and the hundreds of cats that stay each year. The business is offered to market reluctantly due to our clients deciding to take a well-deserved retirement.
The cattery was first established in 1988. A total redevelopment of the site now offers 26 comfortable cat chalets with many available to combine for larger cat families wishing to stay. The cattery is licenced for up to 40 cats.
Run solely by our clients, they have to turn cats away in the high season and try to accommodate 35-37 when busy which is usually through school holidays throughout the year.
Our clients have ensured the cattery is run separately from the family home with beautiful gardens to both sides; this will allow any new buyer to also enjoy the residential side whilst knowing the cattery is secure on the same plot of land. There are 4 distinctive cattery blocks, capacity could easily be increased if the new owner wanted to increase to around 50 cats or more.
This is an ideal lifestyle opportunity. Our clients are willing to offer a full handover to any new buyer, to allow for continued success of the business.
Upper Ruxley Cattery is located at Upper Ruxley, off Maidstone Road, Sidcup. Upper Ruxley is midway between Sidcup and Swanley.
A location unknown by many due to its semi-rural position with scenic views over London and Sidcup yet excellent road and rail links to both London and the south east.
Sidcup is a thriving commuter area central to both London and Kent, with direct access into central London 13 miles away by the A20 west and the A20 east connecting to both the busy M25 and M20 motorways. Croydon is approximately 12 miles away, Dover 64 miles, Heathrow 55 miles and Gatwick 33 miles.
There is private customer parking to the front of the property for approximately 6 vehicles.
Reception and office (located in extension to main house).
Cat kitchen (rear extension to main house) includes sink, storage units and windows to 3 x sides.
Large storage garage which is fully shelved with cat bedding storage and laundry facilities.
Rear holding area incorporates 8 cat chalets (used for cat’s ready for collection if cat owners are delayed or if any cats need medical attention).
Lower block (new roof and re-modernised throughout) includes 1 x multi, 5 x single, 1 x family cat chalets (able to house 4-5 cats).
Middle block - 5 x single cat chalets, 2 x double chalets.
Upper block - includes 5 x singles, 2 x double chalets.
All cat chalets are fully heated and there is a new covered walkway linking all 3 blocks.
The final block is reached by walking down the side lower garden and includes the isolation block which includes 2 x family cat chalets (able to house 3 cats).
Owner's house –
The original part of the house was built over 200 years ago and was the main farm owners home.
Entrance hall- with wooden flooring, store cupboard, doors off to lounge, shower room and kitchen.
Lounge - wooden flooring, windows to 2 sides and feature brick fireplace.
Shower room - modern bathroom with fully tiled floor, WC, walk in shower, towel rails, hand basin with vanity unit.
Kitchen/Dining area - fully fitted bespoke kitchen to the left side with view to the rear garden, light and bright dining area with French doors opening to the raised side terrace.
Utility room/cattery- kitchen to rear with 3 x large windows to 3 sides and exit to the garden.
Hallway- airing cupboard, loft access (development potential).
Bedroom 1 - master bedroom with 2 x large windows overlooking the rear and side of the property with built in wardrobes.
Bedroom 2 - double bedroom with large windows to front of property with built in wardrobes.
Bedroom 3 - smaller double / single bedroom with views to the front of the property.
Large family bathroom - recently added with high quality fixtures and fitting with shower over bath, towel rail, WC, vanity unit with window to side of the property.
Cellar - accessed from the external front side of the property and includes new boiler, electricity panel, oil tank, tool storage, water softener and 2nd storeroom.
Please note the house is powered by oil and electric; however, due to its position, ideal opportunity to install solar panels to generate own electricity.
External - customer car park for 6 cars, double gates lead onto private driveway with beautiful flower beds, side garden is well manicured with trees and shrubs, a large chicken coup.
Closer to the house is a raised patio with breath-taking views of the countryside in front.
To the rear is a stand-alone garage and office - this building offered endless option for uses, currently our client’s office to the first floor however it could be additional family accommodation for parents or elder teenagers or cattery staff if any new owner wishes to expand and employ staff. The space could also be let out as an office or introduce a grooming aspect to the business.
The first floor currently includes - kitchen/ sitting area with shower room, clear views to the front and rear of the property.
Rear room or bedroom which includes our client’s office area and CCTV point which includes 4 x cameras.
Behind this building and the main house is a private terrace with al fresco dining area and flower beds, access to the lawned garden, more flower beds and mature trees.
To the rear of this is a vegetable garden and a potting shed.
The rear garden also links round to the cattery area and back down to the front side garden.Tenure
The property and business is being sold as a Freehold opportunity.Hours
The business is run all year round.Staff
Owner and wife only.Financial Profile
2016 accounts show a turnover of £56,380 with a gross profit of circa 75%.