Abbotts View Farm Cattery

5 Star Rated Luxury where your cat's welfare is our passion

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We are fully booked for Summer 2024 and taking bookings for Summer 2025

We WILL be open for Christmas 2024 but are only taking bookings from existing customers so we are familiar with their cats and they with us

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All 10 of our spacious suites are licensed for 4 cats from the same family with plenty of room to sleep, play, watch & eat.
  • 1 cat = £20 per day
  • 2 cats = £25 per day
  • 3 cats = £30 per day
  • 4 cats = £35 per day

  • Prices are inclusive of food, treats, toys, litter, and air conditioning or heating in an extra large suite. We DON'T charge extra for cuddles, treats, or special food if we need to tempt your puss (there's always cat tuna and shredded chicken in the cupboard!). We do, however, charge for flea or worm treatment if required but would much rather we didn't need to do it so PLEASE make sure your cats are treated with effective products before their stay. (If in doubt, ask your vet what's currently recommended as fleas and worms can become resistant to popular products)

  • Price shown is per day and you will be charged both for your day of arrival and departure. This is to ensure adequate deep cleaning and washing of bedding, and also allows for any travel delays! A minimum charge amounting to 3 days boarding applies and this is your deposit. Your booking is not confirmed until the deposit is received.

  • Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day are charged at double the normal daily rate.

  • When booking, you will be asked to select a drop off and collection time within our normal opening hours. Please let us know if you are unable to stick to the times you have selected as soon as possible and what arrangements you have made for your cats collection

  • All suites are luxury sized capable of housing up to 4 cats from the same family; much more spacious than standard suites! We doubt you'll find any other suites locally that compare to ours!

  • We can provide Purina One or Royal Canin Sensible dry cat food and Whiskas/Purina Gourmet/Sheba wet food at no extra cost but you are welcome to provide your own if you would prefer your cat to stay on his/her normal diet. We cannot provide prescription food but are happy to feed it - please bring enough for the duration of your cat/s stay. All feed is weighed and recorded daily.

  • Once your booking has been accepted you will be emailed a confirmation and total amount due. A deposit equal to 3 days confirms your booking (or the full amount if your arrival date is within 7 days of booking). Payment can be made securely by card by clicking on the link in the email and should be made within 7 days of booking to secure your dates.

  • We will email you 7 days prior to drop off with a link to pay the balance which is due before drop off. Please check your spam folder if you don't receive it. If you need to cancel your booking, please refer to our Terms & Conditions.docx
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  • If you would like to check availability/book please click Check Availability. You will need to create an account if you are a new customer, existing customers can log in and their pet's details will be retrieved.

  • Enter the dates for your cat/s stay and your booking will be sent to us. Please note that if dates are unavailable the booking system will not allow you to select them! You can check availability at any time by selecting your dates without having to call to check.

  •  Do call/email if your dates are unavailable as we can sometimes move suites around to accommodate you.

  • You will receive a booking confirmation and invoice for the deposit by email. If you don't receive it, please check your Spam folder!

  • Your deposit secures your booking so please be aware that your booking is not confirmed until your deposit has been received. Bookings will only be held for 7 days before being released if we haven't received your deposit payment. Deposits are refundable if you cancel your booking 4 weeks or more prior to the start date. By booking with us you are accepting our Terms & Conditions.docx.pdf

  • PLEASE ENSURE YOU INCLUDE VET DETAILS AND CONFIRM THAT VACCINATIONS ARE UP TO DATE WHEN YOU BOOK.  BOOKINGS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED WITHOUT THEM. Please also email a photo of your cat/s vaccination card so we can check their vaccines and update their records. We will also need to know what products you use for flea and worm treatment and when they were last administered.

  • You can revisit your booking and add or edit information at a later date by clicking below and then selecting the small pencil icon under your cat's name. Remember to click to save and close.

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Prior to drop off:

Please email a photo of your cat's up to date vaccination card prior to boarding, and details of the flea and worm treatment and dates they were last administered. Please advise of any additional information you feel we should be aware of.

Payment for your cat's stay must be made via the link emailed to you prior to drop off.

  • Please bring your cat/s in a suitable cat carrier, lined with newspaper/puppy pad and a spare unwashed blanket (in case of sickness). This will remain with your cat during his/her holiday with us. Don't wash blankets as familiar smells from home will help your cat/s to settle

  • We are more than happy for you to bring a bed and toys from home to help your cat settle, if you wish.

  • You can bring food if you would prefer for your cat to stay on a particular diet or if your cat is eating prescription only food. Please bring enough for the duration of their stay. Alternatively we provide Purina One/Royal Canin Sensible dry food and/or Purina Gourmet/Purina Mon Petit Gourmet, Whiskas and always have a good supply of Likelix and dreamies!

We are unable to accept cats on medication (except pain relief or dietary supplements)

When you booked selected a time for drop off and collection. Please stick to these times as that is when we will be expecting you. If on arrival you can see another customer dropping off or collecting, please wait in your car until they are back in theirs.

For collection, your cat will be placed in its box 5 mins prior to your time so if you are late your cat will be waiting in its box! If you are delayed, let us know 07989 063595

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My cat has never used a cattery before. Will he be ok?

We treat each and every cat as the individual they are. Some will settle in easily but others may need a little more care and attention to help them to feel at home. We are more than happy to take the time to settle your feline friend and have a variety of toys, hidy holes and scratch posts/arches to satisfy his every need. We monitor how much he is eating and his mood on a daily record sheet. And we are happy to send you whatsap videos to reassure you so you can relax and enjoy your holiday

Do cats mix?

No! Never! Unless they are from the same family of course and are sharing a suite. There are strict rules and guidelines to ensure that cats from different families never share the same space  - this includes the safety corridor and that is why we NEVER let cats out to play in the corridor. Health and safety, infection control and your cat's welfare is always our top priority.

Do cats go outside?

No! For their safety, cats don't leave their suite until their departure and all suites open directly onto a safety corridor, where doors are locked from the inside at both ends so there are no accidental escapees! All cats have the exclusive use of their luxury sized bedroom and exercise area with plenty of climbing shelves and comfy blankets. To access their bedroom they can use either their cat flap or window from their viewing balcony, and their bedroom is thermostatically controlled, keeping them warm in the winter and cool in the summer. In their exercise run they have a climbing ramp, chair and sunning shelves to sit and watch the world go by. On warmer days, all of the perspex panels lining the safety corridor are removed and there is a lovely flow of outside air. There are bird feeders and wind chimes hanging all around the cattery and a full panoramic view of the farm. In the Winter and Spring the paddock around the cattery is gently grazed by our sheep so there is always plenty to watch.

My cat has never used a cat flap - will this be a problem?

Not at all - they usually work out how to use it pretty quickly! But otherwise, we can prop it open in winter or leave the door open from their bedroom to their exercise run or they can just use the window! (Spring and Summer)

My cat gets very stressed and I am worried about leaving her.

We leave a radio on softly during the day time to provide gentle background noise. Each bedroom has a plug point high up for a Feliway diffuser if you would like to provide one. We do ask for a detailed description of your cat's behaviour and personality so we can understand how to make them feel at home. Bringing blankets/toys/beds from home can really help them settle and we will stick to your feeding and grooming regime as closely as possible.

Do you groom cats?

Yes we do - if your cat enjoys it! It is helpful if you can provide the brushes your cat is used to. If your cat prefers not to be groomed but enjoys cuddles and strokes - don't worry they will get lots of those!!

Why do you charge by the day??

We charge by the day to allow for any delays which would result in overbooking of suites and the thorough cleaning of each suite and to ensure it has dried before moving the next guest in. For this reason you will be charged a minimum of 3 days.

When is the best time to drop my cat off?

Cats are sensitive creatures and the best time to drop them off is before you even get your suitcases out! They are bonded to you (not your house) and if they realise that something is changing they are likely to find somewhere to hide, which can make it difficult when you are ready to leave! Ideally, don't feed your cat on the day you intend to drop them off: this means they are likely to hang around the house and makes them less likely to be sick during the journey. We recommend you bring some unwashed blankets (that smell familiar) but don't put them in the cat carrying basket in case they are sick! Newspaper is best, or bring a spare unwashed blanket just in case. Remember that you are charged for the whole day so even if your flight isn't until the evening you can drop them off in the morning. If your flight is early morning it is best to drop them off the day before.

Do you accept kittens?

We are happy to accept kittens so long as their primary and secondary vaccinations have been completed at least two weeks prior to their stay with us. They must be vaccinated against Feline Panleucopaenia Virus (FPV), Feline Herpes Virus (FHV) and Feline Calicivirus (FCV). 

Do you accept un-neutered males?

We accept un-neutered kittens up to the age of 1 but if they are older then no, we don't, due to issues associated with un-neutered males and spraying.

My cat is on medication. Are you able to administer it?

Unfortunately we aren't able to board cats on medication (with the exception of pain medication or natural supplements) and would recommend seeking accommodation at a cattery affiliated with a Veterinary practice.

Do you provide food?

Yes we provide food and treats at no extra cost. We feed James Wellbeloved Fish & Rice dry cat food, and also have Royal Canin Sensible and Purina One  If your cat prefers wet food we stock Whiskas pouches in a variety of flavours, Sheba and Purina Gourmet. We are also happy to provide kitten food, both wet and dry. We hide Dreamies around their play area and bedroom for them to find once a day so please let us know if you would prefer us not to (for those who are watching their weight maybe!). All food is measured and we record what they have eaten on a daily basis. Cats are fed at 8:00 am and again at 5:00pm but if your cat has a particular feeding regime we can usually accommodate it. Some cats may suffer an upset tummy with a change of feed so if you would prefer to send their usual diet we are happy to feed them it. If your cat is on a prescription diet please ensure you provide enough food for the duration of their stay.

Can I come and look around before I book?

Yes of course, get in touch to arrange a mutually convenient appointment. Cattery viewings can be arranged for 09:30/10am on most mornings but we do need to avoid any drop offs or collections so get in touch to find out when we can accommodate you. Due to the popularity of our small cattery and our online booking system, we would advise you to book before you view, especially for peak times like school holidays that are usually booked several months in advance. We request a deposit to secure your booking but are happy to delay payment until after you have viewed ( as long as it is within 7 days of booking). We are unable to reserve suites for you until you are registered as a customer on our booking system.

Is the Cattery temperature controlled?

Yes! Each bedroom has thermostatically controlled heaters (both Gas and Electric so there is always a back up!) and we have an app on our phones which means we can check the temperature any time of the day or night and adjust accordingly. In 2020 we installed air conditioning units into the cattery corridors. Although our preference on warm days is still to lift off all the windows to allow airflow, we seem to be experiencing hotter weather each summer when the temperature in the cattery is harder to control. You can rest assured that even on the hottest days, your cats will stay cool - in fact I think our whole family will be sharing their space as the coolest place on the farm!
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  • Abbotts View Alpacas Abbotts View Farm, Moat Lane, Aston Abbotts, Buckinghamshire HP22 4NF Friendly reminder that when visiting the farm or cattery, the access track to our farm is a bridle path and therefore horses have priority. If you see horses on the lane please stop or slow down to allow them to pass safely. Please also be aware that there is a 10mph speed limit for this reason. Thankyou

How to find us:

If you are using google maps then simply search for Abbotts View Alpacas and it will bring you to our doorstep (we share the same site). Our postcode is HP22 4NF


Manual Directions:

  • From A418 travelling from Aylesbury towards Leighton Buzzard (5 miles from both towns) turn left sign posted Aston Abbotts and Cublington.
  • Continue into the village passing the thatched Royal Oak pub on your right, passing the bus stop and post box then take the next left at the village green sign posted "Weedon (gated road)". Keep left.
  • Pass the next 2 left hand turns (the first is The Green but there is no sign, the 2 second is Hunters Way.) You are now on Moat Lane.
  • After approx 150yds turn right into a farm track road sign posted for Norduck House and Abbotts View Farm. If you miss it you will go around a sharp bend to the left and through the gate of the gated road towards Weedon.
  • Continue down the track and Abbotts View Farm is the second right turn on your right (approx 350 yds) 
  • Beware: If you have an old garmin SatNav the post code will take you to a different Moat Lane in another village about 5 miles away!
  • From A413 Buckingham to Aylesbury road, turn signposted towards Aston Abbotts and Weedon. 
  • Follow the road, through Weedon village and out, continuing all the way through the gated road and up the hill towards Aston Abbotts. As you reach the top and the second gate the road bears right and the turn you need to take is immediately on the left. The signpost at the end says Norduck Farm and Abbbotts View Farm but isn't too visible from this direction.
  • Follow the farm track for about 350yds and take the second turning on the right into Abbotts View Farm

The cattery is on the left as you enter the farm, with parking immediately outside. Please remember to make an appointment to either view or drop off or collect. 
James, Jo and their daughters, Amy, Jess & Rosie, bought Abbotts View Farm in 2012 as 22 acres of meadow grass with planning permission for an agriculturally tied house. They built their eco house and moved in January 2013 and then filled the land with alpacas, rare breed sheep & pigs, goats, rabbits, ducks, guinea pigs and ponies. Animal welfare is their passion and all of the animals are treated with the utmost respect with attention paid to their living environment, ensuring there are plenty of opportunities for enrichment.

Abbotts View Farm Cattery has been designed and built with exactly the same principles in mind: Just 10 suites ensures that we get to know the cats who stay with us and each will be treated as the individuals they are; large suites big enough for a family of 4 ensures luxury and plenty of space; our cattery is situated in a prime position, so we can see it from our home, and our residents enjoy a full view of the farm and its comings and goings while bird feeders enhance their view .

The cattery has been designed and built to our exact specifications taking into consideration the requirements of an eco farm, and insulation has been increased dramatically from the standard design to ensure it stays cool in the summer, while thermostatically controlled heaters keep bedrooms warm in the winter. In 2020 we installed Air Conditioning which ensures the cattery stays cool, even on the hottest days. Suites are cleaned with pet friendly Anigene and steam cleaned between each stay. 

The Project was part funded by a grant from the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development. The aim was to build an off grid eco cattery and create jobs in the local community. Whilst the cattery is family run, we have employed staff to help on the farm to allow Jo to concentrate full time on the cattery.

Work started on Monday 6th March 2017. The suites were delivered by the cattery manufacturer, Lindee Lu on April 3rd and after a busy 3 months we welcomed our first guest on 20th July 2017. We are thrilled with what we have created - a calm, light space with a lovely atmosphere and amazing views of the farm and surrounding area.

In 2018 the Animal Welfare Licensing changed and all catteries became star rated. As we had built to the highest standards and sizes just the year before, the only change we had to make was to introduce opaque panels behind any shelves and at floor level, to provide privacy. As a result, we were awarded a 3 year 5 star licence from Aylesbury Vale District Council.
Licence Number : C201711-624