Having been in the awful position of being told to dispose of my cats or lose my home, I realised that I am unlikely to be the only cat lover to face such a problem. I have found a cottage that presents an opportunity to be converted into a holiday let (during peak season) and / or a residential let for people in a similar situation to that which I faced.
Many cat owners choose not to go holiday because they don't want to leave their furry friend/s behind, or they go to the hefty expense of placing them in a cattery for the duration. Similarly, some people are faced with the awful decision of rehoming their cats if their landlords choose to dismiss the animals as viable tenants.
I want to purchase the property and not only allow feline visitors but also make to feline friendly so that the cats have a safe outside space, windows can be fitted with a mechanism that allows the fresh air in but prevents the cat from roaming, welcome baskets, litter and food provided, nooks and crannies created for the cat to rest et cetera.
I am not looking for handouts but due to a poor credit rating (a messy divorce caused financial issues), I am looking for an unconventional loan to see this project through. Having researched the going rate for holiday lets / residential lets in the area, and run a straw poll for possible interest, it is highly probable that every penny borrowed could be returned within three years. Indeed, I have already had people ask for bookings based upon my idea alone. There is only one other such property in Cumbria and it is booked a year in advance by cat families.
I have managed to raise £5000 through my own business (by day, I am a copy editor and publisher) but I require a further £35000 in order to purchase the cottage.
I am a single mother of two young children (4 and 7) and have my own business as a copy editor and book publisher. Any monies raised through letting the property will be paid back until all is repaid. Going forward, my intention is then to build up a portfolio of similar lets for people in the same position as I found myself (and who are not prepared to rehome their friend) or for those who want a break but don't want to leave their cat in the company of strangers.
Sadly my idea will remain as just that unless someone is prepared to take a chance that my idea actually 'has legs'.
If anyone is prepared to invest in my idea, I will of course share as much information as necessary to back up my intention.
Thank you very much for taking the time to read this.