August 2023 sees the addition of a relaxing new retreat to the Longcroft Luxury Cat Hotel family, Longcroft Crowthorne, run by qualified veterinary nurse, Felicia. The eight-suite boutique hotel is nestled in Felicia’s leafy garden in the picturesque village of Crowthorne in South-East Berkshire. The large village sits in beautiful countryside but is within easy commuting distance of London. It provides a convenient country haven for feline guests just 30 minutes from Heathrow and an hour from Gatwick airport, and is also close to Sandhurst, Bracknell, Farnborough, Woodley, Reading, Woking and Windsor.
Felicia’s hotel of course offers Longcroft’s usual impeccable standard of feline care. Each of the luxury suites has its own climate-controlled bedroom, as well as a safe, private garden area complete with multi-storey viewing platforms from which to look out onto the large, landscaped garden. The garden receives frequent visits from wildlife form the neighbouring Wildmoor Heath and surrounding woodland, including a multitude of birds, squirrels and even muntjac deer.
Felicia is a huge animal lover, whose family includes her husband, three children, English Pointer and their beloved pussycats, Jess and Moon, who are both 12 years old. Felicia has loved cats all her life and has always lived with at least one since she was a baby. She says, “Cats have provided a wonderful constant in my life and I would never be without them”.
Felicia is a qualified equine veterinary nurse, who formerly worked at the University of Cambridge School of Veterinary Medicine. She has experienced taking care of all sorts of animals in the past, from domestic cats to big cats, including prepping a tiger for surgery! More recently she was working as a Data Manager at a local school, but then relished the chance to spend more time with her cats when working from home during lockdown. This inspired her to make a change of career. After a dissapointing personal experience using catteries for her own cats in the past, and then a friend’s positive experience with Longcroft, she was motivated to set up her own luxury cat hotel:
“When I visited Abi’s hotel in Welwyn, I was blown away by how gorgeous the hotel was, and the amazing range of services on offer. Not only did I want my cats to stay, I wanted to be able to offer this luxury service to my local area. It felt like all the pieces of a puzzle were slotting into place and I couldn’t wait to get the ball rolling. I can’t express how much I am looking forward to meeting all of my feline visitors, and their owners of course. I feel like I am dreaming, being able to spend my days caring for, cuddling and playing with beautiful kitties.”
To contact Felicia or find out more, go to: Longcroft Crowthorne.