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Happy New Year!

January 23, 2019
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2019 is here and fortunately January seems to be going quite quickly instead of dragging it’s heels! It is a cold but clear day here and we are hoping that there will be no snow for us this year.

We had such an incredibly busy and fun year in 2018, although the building works in the house were very trying, thank goodness they are now finished, never again!

2019 Looks like it is going to be our busiest year yet. We have shown so many new people around the Hotel since the start of the month and everyone is booking dates and they are very enthusiastic which is lovely. Fortunately most of our regular favourites have already secured their places and the diary is full in quite a few places.

My big news this month is that I have chosen the charity which I am going to raise money for by running the London Marathon in April. The charity is the Celia Hammond Animal Trust. I researched a number of charities as I wanted the majority of the money raised to go directly towards the animals and fell for this charity straight away. Please have a look at their website as they are passionate animal lovers who work tirelessly to help and support in everyway they can. I have set up a Just Giving page which is https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/jackieferrier  if you have a minute have a read of my story and I will update the page regularly.

The donkeys are all really well and spend the majority of the time in their barn next to the Cat Hotel eating and sleeping! The cats are fascinated by the donkeys and spend hours on their outside cat trees watching them. They are very fat, woolly coated and extremely cuddly and are so lovely to be with, both donkeys and cats are such peaceful animals and the calm effect they give is wonderful, I really don’t know how people cope with working in cities!

We have had a busy January filled with lovely guests who are all warm and snug in their spacious bedrooms. It is always lovely and toasty in the Hotel as the heating is left on 24 hrs a day and it is the perfect place to escape with my book leaving Tim in the house to answer the phone.

My Marathon training is going well and so far to plan. I am actually enjoying the training far more than I thought I would. I have a great friend coaching me and we are increasing mileage weekly. This week we have a 14 mile run on Sunday, last weeks was 12 miles which we did in 1hr 55 minutes. For those who also run we averaged 9.38 pace which I am thrilled with. At the moment I am hoping to complete the Marathon in under 4hrs 30mins, but obviously this is dependant on how training goes and what the weather is like on the day.

Right, I have my book and I’m back up to my gorgeous guests,

Jackie xx

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It’s Christmas!!!

December 20, 2018
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We are all so excited that it’s Christmas again. All the presents are wrapped and all the cats are having so much fun with the tree, some like climbing it, some like laying under it and some like knocking the baubles off and chasing them around the hall – it is definitely the best cat tree there is!

We have had a fabulous year with lots of regular guests and plenty of new faces too. We just love what we do and wouldn’t swap places with anyone. It’s so lovely to be around the cats and to get such love back from them all. We are busier than ever for next year, the diary has never been so full so early so if you do have a holiday planned please let us know as soon as possible.

The donkeys are now in their full hairy winter coats and spend most of their time in the barn. They do not like the cold and wet so prefer to be waited on hand and foot in their dry quarters, we don’t mind they bring us such joy and are such good company. I have started taking Percy for walks around the lanes, it’s a slow process as everyone wants to stop and talk to him! He loves all the attention and it’s great for his education, although standing still isn’t as much fun as running at the moment!

Talking of running my marathon training for London has started so Sunday mornings are spent doing my long run of the week. I’m up to twelve miles on my long run at the moment, goodness knows where I will find the energy to add another fourteen to that. It’s such a great opportunity though and if I can raise some money for charity then it will be worth it.

Time to go back and entertain my lovely guests. Wishing you all a wonderful Christmas and a very Happy New Year for 2019 and thank you all for your loyalty to Hotel Cat.

Jackie xx

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Long Summer Nights

July 9, 2017
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What a fantastic summer we are having, day after day of beautiful sunshine – we could get used to this!

June was another busy month and the cats love watching the young birds from their suites. It seems like a really good year for the young birds and all our bird boxes have had two lots of young already. It looks like it will be a bumper harvest on the hedgerows and fruit trees too. Our sloe bushes, blackberry bushes and elderflower trees are showing signs of plenty of berries. Our apple and damson trees have a huge crop of fruit and the hazel trees in the hedges have nuts in abundance.  All the birds, squirrels and mice will have plenty of supplies. We managed to get our hay cut and stored in the barn ready for winter, which is always a huge relief as we are so reliant on the British weather.

I know a number of cats who come to stay have been rehomed into their now very loving homes and I must share our story of rehoming with you. We always try and offer a home to as many animals as we reasonably can and in the winter of 2009 we were asked to rehome a pair of donkeys which had travelled over from Portugal. They had both had very tough lives and suffered terrible abuse. Basil was the oldest, estimated by our vets to be between 30 and 35 years old and Cookie the younger of the two at a mere 20-25 years. Basil was a cantankerous old man and we believe his tough character kept him going so long, he had a loving retirement with us and passed away in Dec 2015. Cookie has always been a complex donkey, never wanting any affection and being terribly head shy. He has never wanted anything to do with us, but is inseparable from Holly our original donkey. We would catch him whenever he needed to see the farrier or vet and that could be a real work up, other than that we left him to choose to do whatever he wanted. Numerous times I have faced his teeth or back legs if he felt that I was invading his space. Unbelievably, this spring after over eight years of being with us he has learnt to trust, I cannot tell you how much this means. After not wanting to ever be groomed he now loves it and will push in to be done over again. He has had three showers and shampoos to keep him cool and will stand patiently waiting for his massage. I can after eight years walk into the field and catch him straight away, in fact he is normally waiting for me at the gate when he sees me. Best of all he loves his nose kissed and will leave the others for extra fuss. It just goes to show that some animals take more time than others to let go of ‘baggage’ from their past, but the rewards when they do are worth more than all the money in the world.

Right, I must go and entertain my lovely guests. I have three gorgeous Bengals who do love a good game and Florence and Ravello will be expecting their cuddles, Ali will want to try and climb in my skin and then fall asleep in my lap and Colin (17) and Minky (18) will want gentle fuss and just to be with us.

Have a wonderful month and lets hope this sunshine continues :-).

Jackie x

 

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Happy Halloween!

October 28, 2016
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I cannot believe that we are just about to start November, the weather here has been fabulous and I am currently sat writing with the back door wide open as it’s so mild. We have had such a busy month and have been flat out with so much to do, having said that, Tim did manage to sneak across to Portugal for a weeks golf! We have had beautiful guests staying again this month, mostly regular guests, but also a few new faces. We have two brothers staying called Salt and Pepper who are the sweetest chaps and so very handsome! We had our little family of four who have been in many times and who stayed for a fortnight, they are all young and were so much fun. There is never a day when I don’t pinch myself about how lucky I am to spend my life with animals.

We have almost finished the inside of the house and it looks far better now than it did on the tv show! It has been hard to live in it whilst all the building works have been going on around us, but the end is now in sight. Next week we are decorating the cat hotel as it has worked so hard for the last two years and deserves some love back!

The donkeys are all really well and adore this weather, they are regularly found basking in the autumn sunshine. They also thoroughly approve of their new barn and it is far easier to keep them clean and dry with the concrete floor. Our little deer family are in the fields every evening and we can walk within 200ft of them whilst they just stand and watch us. I cannot express how that makes you feel, to know that a wild animal trusts you enough to let you get that close is an amazing feeling.

We have a quieter month coming up, then we are flat out again for Christmas. We have four families of cats staying for nearly two months, which means that January is half full already. If anyone has January dates please let us know soon to avoid disappointment. We are taking bookings for 2017 most days now and the bank holidays are now fully booked. We have even started our 2018 diary as we have bookings coming in that far in advance!

Right, back up to entertain and lavish love on my lovely guests,

Jackie x

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September over – Autumn arrives

September 30, 2016
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Well, it would appear today that Autumn has arrived. The shorts have been packed away until next year and the jumpers are making an appearance. It has been a fantastic summer at Hotel Cat and we are busy tidying up the outside buildings ready for the winter. The hedges are being cut next week and we are planting new trees around the gardens.

We have had a very busy September with lots of familiar faces coming to stay. It’s funny how the cats know which suite is theirs and how they settle straight back in. We now have the heating back on and the suites are toasty warm in the mornings. We have Enzo and Aston the British Blues staying with us at the moment and Enzo loves to snuggle up under his duvet, you would think he would be too hot, but he loves to snuggle. We also have Ronnie and Reggie the Silver Tabbies, Poppy and Tabitha the Bengals and Florence and Ravello the Silver Tabbies have just gone home. I love the imaginative names, we have always been hopeless at trying to think of a name which is different. We had two cats called Neko in last week in opposite suites, apparently Neko means cat in Japanese, you learn something new everyday!

The donkeys are all really well and just adorable. Their newly refurbished winter accommodation, which is right outside the cats suites, is finished. They now have a concrete base, which will be far easier to keep clean and will help their feet. They are desperate to break into the barn with their winter hay and try daily to find a new way in! They are frequently found now in the paddock by the drive, patiently waiting for someone to give them the fallen apples off the trees.

We have a busy month coming up in October, but we ease down in November, our first month when we have not been fully booked weeks in advance! Bookings are flying in for 2017 and we even have a couple in for 2018 – it also looks like Christmas 2017/2018 is already full…….!

Must go, I have a hotel full of gorgeous guests to entertain, it’s a tough job, but someone has to do it!

Jackie xx

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Happy New Year!

January 12, 2016
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Happy New Year to one and all, lets hope it’s a happy and healthy one. We had such a fun Christmas and all the cats enjoyed their presents, especially the cat nip!

I don’t know how many of you saw the TV show we were featured on last year, but those who did know what a bad state our house was in. The good news is that we now have a new bathroom and are in the middle of having our kitchen fitted, we are currently living in chaos, but know if will be worth it eventually.

One bit of sad news is that we lost our old donkey Basil just after Christmas. He hadn’t been ill and the day before was his usual happy self. Tim went to give him his usual digestive biscuit for breakfast and found him dead in the barn. We made him a promise when he arrived that he would never leave us and he is now buried by the hedge in the field where he was so happy. It really hurts when they go, but I know that after such a long hard life he finally relaxed and trusted us and knew what it was to be loved. The other donkeys are looking forward to spring as they don’t enjoy the rain at all and give me their best sad faces to encourage me to bring them more food in their barn so that they don’t have to go outside!

We have had so many bookings come in since the beginning of the month and are already full for Christmas. February and May bookings are the busiest so far, followed by April and the summer months. If you do have any future dates you would like held please let us know as soon as possible to secure your place.

We have had three delightful kittens staying over the last couple of weeks and have all become very broody. We have now decided to rehome a kitten in spring and will be contacting the local rehoming centres soon.

Must go, lots of cats to entertain 🙂

Jackie x

Elvis chatting to Sebastian

Elvis chatting to Sebastian

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Merry Christmas from Hotel Cat

December 15, 2015
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We would like to start by wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a very Happy and Healthy New Year. We have had a fabulous year in the company of the greatest cats and have loved every minute of it. We have lots of ideas for 2016 and I know the cats will all approve!

Our first Christmas guests are here and more arrive over the next few days. Our guests this month have loved the Christmas tree and the favourite game is to hide underneath it and pounce on the first thing they see (usually the broom!). Every guest has a present already wrapped for them and we can’t wait to play with their new toys with them. We have a 6 month old Abyssinian kitten who is having  her first stay with us, I can imagine she is going to be swamped with cuddles if I know my family! We also have our first Elvis, what a great name!

We decided to stop sending Christmas cards last year and donate to charity instead. This year we have donated to the local hospice and an animal charity in Ireland. We do however hope that everyone has a fantastic Christmas and that all the cats have hours of fun playing in the empty boxes and wrapping paper, whilst ignoring their new purpose made cat toys :-).

This will be the first Christmas with our new boys Percy and Stan. They are both so lovely and bring such joy to everyone who meets them. Percy will be spreading joy in 2016 by showing up in care homes, we are also hoping that we will be allowed to take him to local hospitals and hospices. He is such a clever boy and has mastered ‘high five’ – front leg up and ‘who do you do’ – he shakes hoofs. He also knows ‘cuddles’ and ‘kisses’ and ‘sit’, where he will sit down on my lap and believe me he weighs a lot! Stan enjoys watching Percy, but is not interested in tricks and is wary of strangers (whereas Percy walks straight between their legs whether they are expecting it or not!). Stan will stay with the big donkeys and we also have another mini donkey joining us in February – all will be revealed soon :-).

Many thanks for reading and have a wonderful rest of the year.

Jackie x

Sweep helping sort the decorations!

Sweep helping sort the decorations!

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Welcome to the Malibu Suite

July 8, 2014
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Malibu Suite

Our Luxury Malibu Suite

Our second largest suite, the Malibu is decorated in a laid back sea view style. The single bed has a soft duvet and pillow to snuggle up on, plus plenty of other sleeping spots. This suite is suitable for both large family groups or individual guests.

The garden room is filled with trees, climbing frames, seats and a sun lounger. The window looks out on to the trees and barn, where the chickens love to sunbathe.

Television, radio and many stimulating cat toys are provided in each suite.

Pricing

The suite is priced at £31 per day and additional guests from the same family can be accommodated for an additional £8.00 each per day. Pricing is inclusive of heating, insurance, dry food, treats, love and cuddles.

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