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Well respected cattery business licenced for 56 cats
Three bedroom detached bungalow set within large gardens
Semi rural location/loyal customer base. Good transport links including Stansted Airport and 6 miles from direct rail link to Kings Cross.
Limited competition locally/retirement sale
Reference - 48085
Description Well known and extremely well respected cattery business situated in Cambridgeshire approx. 40 miles north of Stansted Airport and c. 11 miles north east of Cambridge. The semi rural village location is within easy reach of the A11, A10 and A14 plus 6miles from Ely Station with direct link to Kings Cross making it an ideal setting to run a successful business from.
The business was established by our client in 2010 as a lifestyle change, having sold their larger cattery in 2004 and was opened after many months of searching for a cattery business to purchase. The owners decided that the best option would be to design and build their own, which was done so at considerable expense. The cattery blocks have been well designed and provide a pleasant outlook for the cats within the private gardens.
The owner’s accommodation is a deceptively spacious, three bedroom detached bungalow which is presented in excellent condition throughout and benefits from a fully fitted kitchen that was installed in recent years. The property sits within large gardens making it ideal for those seeking tranquility or for those with young children.
Under the current ownership, the business has built up a very loyal and regular client base with customers coming from not just the local area, but those further afield such is the reputation for the quality of care, the cattery facilities and convenient location for those using Stansted airport.
We have been advised that there are approx.125 new homes being built by Bloor Homes on the outskirts of the village c. 1.5 miles from the cattery along with approx. 500 new homes being built in the village of Kentford which is only c. 8 miles away.
In our opinion therefore, this is an ideal business opportunity for any family looking for a lifestyle change within easy reach of London as there is genuine potential for any new owner to grow the business by building upon the excellent reputation gained over recent years.
Registered Numbers Licenced for a maximum of 56 cats within a mix of chalets that consist of singles and family chalets which can accommodate between 3 – 4 cats.
Fees Single £12 per day Double £17 per day Triple £23 per day Family £29 per day
Accounts Current records and accounts can be inspected after viewing by genuinely interested parties.
Trading Hours Monday to Saturday 10:00 - 12:00 and 14:00 – 18:00 Sundays and Bank Holidays 11:00 - 15:00
Staff Run and managed by the current owners on a daily basis along with ad hoc staff in peak periods.
Building External Three bedroom, deceptively spacious detached bungalow set within large gardens in a semi rural location. Good roadside signage and off road parking for both owners and customers.
Cattery Sixteen chalets, all of which are well maintained, are of traditional timber and mesh construction, were installed at considerable cost when the cattery was first opened by the current owners in 2010 and were built to Feline Advisory Bureau Standards. The chalets consist of single and family chalets that can accommodate up to 4 cats from the same household giving a maximum of 56 cats at any time.
Chalets are full height with adjoining covered runs and tinted roofs are used to protect cats from harmful uv rays. Chalets have full height sneeze barriers so cats can see each other but are unable to make contact. There are also gaps between each pair of chalets to ensure plenty of air circulation and minimise risk of infection. All chalets are heated and overlook the garden. There are also removable, purpose built weather screens for protection against the elements.
All chalets have thermostatically controlled heating and were thoughtfully designed to not only maximize the number of chalets but also with the cats in mind. The suites are spacious and consists of sleeping quarters to the rear which can be closed off completely to keep guests snug in bad weather or reduce stress for a nervous visitor. Each sleeping area opens out into its own exercise run.
In total there are four cattery blocks with the main two facing each other on opposite side of the garden thus giving a pleasant outlook for the cats.
Customer reception/cattery office which is accessed via a side gate from the front of the property.
Dedicated cat kitchen within a timber building to the rear of the garden.
The cattery provides a tranquil atmosphere during the day and whilst situated within the large private garden, in our opinion it does not impact on the garden space so still making it ideal for families with young children.
Tenure We are advised that the property is freehold. We have been unable to check this information and advise prospective purchasers to consult their own solicitor for verification.
Summary A superb opportunity to acquire a well respected cattery business that in our opinion still offers genuine growth potential for any new owner.
A viewing is highly recommended to fully appreciate the family accommodation and gardens along with the semi rural location that is within easy reach of London and Stansted Airport.
For more information about this property, please contact Redwoods Dowling Kerr, PR2 on +44 1772 913296 * (local rate)
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