Timbers cattery in Tharston for sale as couple retire

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A couple selling one of Norfolk’s largest catteries say they will be missed by ‘every one’ of their furry guests.


The cattery that is for sale. Pic: Construction timber
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A couple selling one of Norfolk’s largest catteries say they will miss ‘each and’ one of their furry guests.

Wendy and Graham Jones have run Timbers in Tharston, near Long Stratton, for 16 years and now board the cats of adult children of former clients.

But they are now selling the individually heated cottage for the felines on vacation, as well as their own four bedroom home, as they plan to retire.

Ms Jones, a former teacher, and her husband, who ran his own consulting business, took over an existing cattery but expanded and improved it by creating individual units for cats.


The cattery that is for sale.  Photo: Everett, Masson and Furby

The cattery that is for sale. Photo: Everett, Masson and Furby
– Credit: Archant


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The cattery was completely redesigned in 2016 and because it is so large, accommodating up to 95 cats, it has five employees.

“There are a lot of cat hugs,” Ms. Jones said. “Each cat will be missed, they are all individuals and we know so many owners, we are like a big family. We have always loved animals and the business would suit a younger, vibrant cat loving family.

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Wendy Jones in a visor at the cattery.  Woodpeckers.

Wendy Jones in visor at the cattery. Woodpeckers.
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The cattery, which charges £ 10 per day for individual cats, has 35 chalets in the garden and the facilities have a five-star South Norfolk Council animal welfare rating. The cattery had to close during the coronavirus outbreak but reopened and is full this month.

Special safety measures have been introduced including the wearing of visors and increased cleaning to ensure the safety of animals.

The business is for sale next to the couple’s four-bedroom house.


The cattery that is for sale.  Photo: Everett, Masson and Furby

The cattery that is for sale. Photo: Everett, Masson and Furby
– Credit: Archant

Selling agents Everett, Masson & Furby said, “We are delighted to bring to market what is, in our opinion, one of the highest quality catteries that we have been pleased to be named for. to sell.”

Its name derives from a Swedish timber frame building that serves as a reception hall and office for the cattery, meaning the house is completely separate from the business.

A cat owner who left their pet at the cattery described the couple as “amazing people” in a previous review.

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