Purrfect Lettings

by Rachel Bell in Alston, England, United Kingdom

Purrfect Lettings
Not quite
Unfortunately this project was not successful.

To purchase and convert a cottage into a feline friendly holiday / residential let.

by Rachel Bell in Alston, England, United Kingdom

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.


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£5 or more


Aside of all donations being returned within a three year period, any one wishing to stay will naturally receive a discount and their cat or cats will be treated to luxurious comfort during their stay.