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Center Parcs for cats: take a tour of the new Lodge at the Ings Luxury Cat Hotel, Dewsbury

The hotel has gained worldwide fame with cats coming from all over the country to enjoy a break

A la carte meals, invigorating massages, a private pool, exercise and buzzing nightlife - The Lodge sounds like the perfect getaway.

But you might find the beds a little on the small side - as this luxury country retreat is just for holidaymakers of the four legged variety!

It’s a brand new destination from the Ings Luxury Cat Hotel, offering the ultimate pampering experience for cats while their owners are away.

Owners Jo and Phil Ounsley describe it as ‘Center Parcs for cats’: each room is decked out with floor to ceiling real trees, shelving and aerial walkways, tree nests and ceiling mounted ‘lookout’ boxes with countryside views, as well as multi level catios and mini paddling pools.

Cats can enjoy healthy VIP options with special menus, an exercise package with a cat treadmill wheel and relaxation treatments.

It’s in addition to the original luxury cat hotel, which opened at Christmas 2013.

See pictures of the Lodge at the Ings Luxury Cat Hotel below

Jo said: “We wanted to create an activity holiday for cats - something that no other cat hotel or cattery in the country is doing.

“It gives customers an option - they can have a luxury spa break in the hotel, or they can have an activity holiday in the lodge.

“We did a lot of research of what cat owners wanted - and we may have taken some inspiration from Center Parcs!

“A lot of house cats can get out of condition, so they actually become more active while they’re here.

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“At the Lodge we’re promoting a healthy lifestyle through exercise and nutritious, healthy meals.

“We are the first in the country with a cat wheel, which we have to train guests to use so they can go on and have a great running session and burn off some pent up energy. It’s great for young and athletic cats.

“At Christmas even the cats overindulged so opening the Lodge last month meant it was a good start to the year!”

The Ings has enjoyed global fame since opening two years ago, with film crews visiting from around the world - and an American TV producer has even pitched the idea of a reality TV show at the hotel.

Ings Lodge Luxury cat Hotel, Ings Lodge, Thornhill Dewsbury. A guest arrives and heads for her room.

Jo said: “We’ve been overwhelmed by the response. We have guests coming from as far away as London.

“A lot of customers won’t go anywhere else! People love their cats and just want the best for them.

“We even have guests whose owners aren’t even going away - they come for the experience.

“Sometimes they don’t want to go home and their owners end up feeling disappointed!

“The most important thing to us is we spend so much time with each guest and love and care for them like our own. That’s why people come back time after time.

Ings Lodge Luxury cat Hotel, Ings Lodge, Thornhill Dewsbury. Cats in the lap of luxury in the luxury rooms.

“But it’s not just for pedigrees - it’s for everyday moggies who like to be pampered too.”

Each room in the Lodge has a hammock, a feature fireplace with realistic log burning stove, bespoke bunk beds and huge bright windows.

Prices start at £18 a night with added extras including the a la carte menu at £4 a meal, and a massage and rejuvenation package at £15.

Jo said: “We even have holiday romances - even though the guests are in separate rooms, they can see each other and they do make friends.

“We have the Caturday Disco every week and there’s always a bit of flirting going on!

Ings Lodge Luxury cat Hotel, Ings Lodge, Thornhill Dewsbury. Fine dining for two of the residents.

“At the disco we have laser lights and music that fills the whole hotel. My son Jack chooses the best dancer who wins a prize. The cats love it - even two 21-year-old cats who are regular guests love the disco. They are not as quick as they used to be with the dance moves but the young cats go crazy!

“On Sundays they are always a bit lazy to get out of bed but they soon get up when they smell the carvery!

“We treat them like people and we want them to have the best holiday while they’re here.

“People want their cats to be safe and have a good time while they’re away - and they say their cats had a better holiday than them!”



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