A luxury, boutique cat hotel which offers "five-star" accommodation to feline guests has opened in Orpington.

Mayoress Ruth Bennett and around 100 locals gathered for the unveiling of Longcroft Luxury Cat Hotel, based in the garden of Orpington resident Daisy Carrarini.

Each of the six custom-built suites includes an individual, climate-controlled bedroom, leading onto a private, safe, garden play area, complete with multi-storey viewing platforms for feline guests to play or relax on.

Ms Carrarini said :“I was thrilled that Mayoress Ruth Bennett and so many guests were able to join us for the launch of Longcroft Orpington on Sunday.

"I am so excited to be opening my very own cat hotel, combining my love for animals with the opportunity to run my own business right here from my own home.

"We already have lots of bookings and I love meeting every guest and getting to know them and their owners. I already feel like the cat that’s got the cream!”

Daisy tries to put owners’ minds at rest by sending them regular updates and photographs their pets, offering added extras, including a cat chauffeur service, room service with a choice of dishes from the ‘A La Cat Menu’, kitty pampering experiences and the ‘Milky Whiskers Turn Down Service’.

The mother of two moved to Orpington with husband Kim two and half years ago.

Longcroft Orpington is the latest addition to the Longcroft Luxury Cat Hotel group, the UK’s only luxury hotel group for cats, founded in 2010 by Abi Purser.

She opened the very first hotel in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, in 2010, in response to the what she saw as the poor standard of cat accommodation and care offered across the UK.

Abi still runs the boutique cat hotel today and there are now 20 Longcroft Cat Hotels in the UK, which all follow the Longcroft five-star model.

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