Great Warley: Home to the world's fanciest cat hotel?
PUBLISHED: 12:00 17 September 2018 | UPDATED: 12:10 17 September 2018
Picture this: A swanky, spacious bedroom, spa, a la carte menu at your fingertips, staff ready to fulfil your every whim.
Want to stay at this hotel? Well you can’t. Because it’s just for cats.
The Lawlor Cat Hotel, Great Warley Street, Great Warley, has been taking care of its furry feline guests since 2016 and continues to make all of their owners green with envy.
“This is an actual hotel, it’s not a cattery where they spend most of their time in cages, this is real hotel just for cats”, owner Jane Lawlor said.
“We get owners who drop off their pets here before they go on holiday and they ask if they can stay as well because it is so nice!
“It’s always a compliment for us whenever we hear that.”
Inspiration for the unusual business came a few years ago when Jane was preparing to go on holiday to Spain with her husband.
But after witnessing for herself the “dreadful” conditions of the cattery she had planned to take her four cats to, her husband was left abroad for the first couple of days of their mini break as she arranged for an alternative cat sitter.
Jane said: “I was shocked.
“I wouldn’t leave my kids there so why would I leave my cats there?
“They advertised the place as if it was a hotel but it was far from it, I didn’t feel like they were going to be treated right there.
“That’s when I realised there was a gap in the market and started working on ideas when I got back from holiday.”
Jane, who also works in property, bought the house and three acres of land with the boutique hotel in mind and converted the 100-year-old coach house into just that.
With a fish bar, lounge area, human-sized air conditioned rooms and a chauffeur available if needed to take guests directly to the establishment, this must be the most luxurious cat hotel around.
Owners can even check up on their pets to make sure they’re safe and happy from wherever they are and whenever they like, as 24/7 CCTV can be accessed on the go via a special app provided by Lawlor Cat Hotel.
Jane said: “I love working in property but I’ve always loved animals.
“I wanted to become a vet when I was growing up but was told that I wasn’t smart enough but I’m glad I didn’t because now I get to do this.
“I get to fall in love with cats everyday and find out about more about their different personalities – it’s like getting to know a new boyfriend!
“It’s sad to say goodbye when they have to go but I’m getting used to it more now and they usually come back to stay so it’s not like I’ll never see them again.”
As well as the eight original suites in the coach house, a purpose built block of another 20 “exceptional” suites new to the hotel has been built this year to accommodate even more guests.
She added: “This place is a dream come true.
“I didn’t get to work with animals when I was younger but now I can and I love it.
“The place speaks for itself – we have never had a viewing where it didn’t end in a booking.
“This is where cats can come to have their own holiday away from their owners.”
For more information, visit lawlorcathotel.co.uk