A retiring couple are flogging their four-bedroom home for £850,000 - complete with a cattery with room for nearly 100 pets.

Wendy and Graham Jones, who are both in their mid-70s, moved to the site of Timbers Cattery in 2004.

They said that 16 years ago, the almost half-acre of land was a "very small, run-down place", with a few small wooden sheds out the back of their home.

But over the years, the couple have poured all their time and money into completely renovating and refitting the cattery - which now has a five-star animal welfare rating, and is able to house 95 cats.

But they are now selling the individually-heated chalet accommodation for felines on holiday, as well as their own four-bedroom home, as they plan to retire.

The four-bedroom house in Norwich

And former schoolteacher Wendy says she and her husband, who ran his own consultancy business, will miss "each and every one" of their furry guests in Norwich, Norfolk.

Wendy said: "It is quite emotional to be parting with it - if it wasn't time for us to retire, I think we would stay here forever.

"We've got to know our customers over the years, and many of them have become our friends.

"We now see the children of some of our former customers coming in, all grown up, and looking to board their cats.

Everything a cat could dream was available at the home

"I think we would have started seeing some grandchildren soon, too."

But Wendy said she and Graham are planning to stay in Norwich - and will continue to visit the cattery from time to time.

She said: "I hope whoever buys it will enjoy having us around to show them the ropes."

She said the business would suit a "dynamic, younger, cat-loving family".

It was completely refitted in 2016, meaning that a new owner will have the benefit of many years - without the need for further significant investment into the business.

The living room of the massive house

It has recently re-opened after closing due to the Covid-19 outbreak - and is full this month.

Special safety measures have been introduced, including the wearing of visors and increased cleaning to ensure the animals are safe.

Selling agents Everett, Masson & Furby said: "We are delighted to bring to the market what is, in our opinion, one of the highest quality boarding catteries that we have had the pleasure of being appointed to sell.

"Both the lovely spacious family home and the bespoke high quality cattery provide excellent first class accommodaton for both humans and cats alike.

"If you are looking for a cattery business together with a property for yourself to settle in then look no further, as you will be hard pressed to beat what is on offer here."