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The guests were smiling, the sun was shining and the pussycats were purring, for the grand opening of Romsey’s new Luxury Cat Hotel on Sunday 20th September 2020. Caroline Nokes MP was delighted to cut the ribbon at the official opening of the 23rd Longcroft Luxury Cat Hotel in the UK. Proud owners Georgie Taylor-Darke and her husband, small animal vet, Chris Darke, showed off the new state-of-the-art feline accommodation to customers and friends, whose attendance was staggered throughout the day to enable responsible social distancing. Guests, who enjoyed Longcroft cupcakes and Prosecco, commented on the idyllic setting on beautiful New Barn Farm, Lockerley – the purrrrfect location for cats to holiday while their owners are away!

Caroline Nokes MP said “I was very impressed with the Longcroft Cat Hotel in Lockerley, and have to say next time I go away I will definitely book Ollie in for a quick holiday! I do not think I have ever seen anywhere so luxurious and am sure the entire experience is a proper 5 Star stay in the individually designed suites.

“It is great to see local entrepreneurs having the courage to invest even during covid, and I am sure this new facility will be very popular with both cat owners and their pets.  It was a real privilege to get to cut the ribbon and declare the hotel officially open for business.”

Owner Georgie was delighted to welcome Caroline Nokes MP and other guests to her official opening: “A huge thank you to Caroline Nokes and all of our guests who attended the Grand Opening of our lovely new luxury cat hotel. This is such an exciting venture for me as an animal lover and my husband Chris, who is also a small animal vet. We love pussycats and are already thrilled to have a number of gorgeous feline guests who have settled in happily at Longcroft Romsey. We are living in uncertain times at the moment but are lucky enough to have received lots of bookings from cat owners looking for the highest quality of accommodation and care for their beloved pussy cats when they are away. And I just can’t wait to get to know them all!”

Longcroft founder, Abi Purser, was also pleased to attend the opening and was struck by the fantastic location for the latest addition to the UK’s only luxury hotel chain for cats: “Longcroft Romsey is really fabulous – the same high Longcroft standards as you’ll find at any of our hotels, but with the added benefit of a truly beautiful and restful setting for our feline guests. Pussycats can enjoy fresh air and country views while relaxing in the lap of luxury under the attentive care of the lovely Georgie and with the expertise of vet Chris.”

Orchid Suite Longcroft RomseyLongcroft Romsey is rated ‘5 star’ by Test Valley council and customers alike, and opened its doors mid August 2020. It includes seven luxury suites, each built to the same exacting standards as those of all Longcroft’s hotels.  Every suite has its own climate-controlled bedroom, leading to a private, safe, garden play area, complete with multi-storey viewing platforms for feline guests to play or relax. The unique and tranquil location of Longcroft Romsey at beautiful 10-acre New Barn Farm, affords feline guests views over a natural meadow and surrounding farmland. The farm is located close to the historic market town of Romsey, Hampshire, and is conveniently near to Southampton, Winchester and Salisbury. The hotel is accessed via a quiet country lane and with a peaceful backdrop of birdsong, making it ideal for a kitty pampering break.

The Longcroft ethos focusses on animal welfare, treating every guest as if they were Georgie and Chris’s own beloved pets. Georgie and Chris’s story began when they met in South Africa, where Chris was working as a small animal vet and Georgie worked in corporate marketing and customer service before running her own swim school franchise. The couple moved back to the UK together and brought with them their two beloved Burmese cats, Vida and Tito, who live with them at New Barn Farm, which is Georgie’s childhood home.

To make a booking or to view Longcroft Luxury Cat Hotel Romsey, please contact Georgie on 01794 341 782 or email 

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Read more about Longcroft Luxury Cat Hotel Romsey in The Daily Echo and The Romsey Advertiser.

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