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4 bedroom commercial property for sale

Copley Lane, DL13

Fixed Price £550,000

Property Description

Commercial information

  • Business for sale

Key features

  • Well built and charming licensed boarding kennels & cattery, licensed for 68 dogs/ 40 cats
  • Terrific growth potential
  • Convenient yet pleasant semi rural setting, extensive gardens
  • Spacious 4 bed detached property, Solar panels generate £1800 every year on a 20 year agreement, owners retiring

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

This is a rare opportunity to acquire a long established and highly regarded licensed boarding kennels and cattery which is located in the pleasant semi rural setting of Copley in County Durham.

Glencrest Boarding Kennels and Cattery occupies a peaceful yet accessible position, being surrounded by countryside with open views yet is ideally placed for the surrounding market towns of Barnard Castle, Bishop Auckland and Darlington.

Despite occupying such an idyllic setting the business is within easy reach of the main A1(M) and (A66) and is therefore conveniently sited for the immediate locality as well as neighbouring towns and villages. The business subsequently attracts regular repeat and also new custom from throughout County Durham and surrounding areas.

Having been under present ownership for over 34 years, this well known business has acquired a truly enviable reputation in the locality, and therefore boasts an extensive and loyal customer base enjoying frequent referrals and recommendations.

Glencrest Boarding Kennels and Cattery is successful due to its good name yet the vendors have made a conscious decision to operate the business in a modest fashion due to their imminent retirement. This therefore represents an ideal investment for an ambitious new owner who has the opportunity to continue to build and develop the business from the existing customer base, with potential to re-commission the grooming service, board small animals and also introduce a retail shop on site. These enhancements will significantly increase the turnover whilst ultimately enhancing the overall profitability of the business.

Glencrest Boarding Kennels and Cattery is only now being offered for sale due to retirement and would prove to be an excellent purchase for an owner seeking a fantastic lifestyle opportunity.

To fully appreciate this rare opportunity, viewing is highly recommended.

Registered for 68 dogs and 40 cats.

Dogs (Daily rate based on one animal)
Small £12
Medium £14
Giant £16

Cats (Daily rate based on one animal)

Current records and accounts can be inspected when viewing.

Managed by the owners

The main residence is a commanding and imposing double fronted detached stone built dormer bungalow, which has been modernised and updated providing delightful family accommodation. The property offers spacious accommodation which is neatly presented with tasteful and attractive décor.

The property benefits from having solar panels, which generates £1900 a year. This is paid by the government on the RHI scheme and this is contracted for 25 years, to which the owners currently have 20+ years remaining. The owners have advised us that the solar panels saves them nearly half of the expenses on electricity on an annual basis.

The boarding facilities are totally separate from the home with a dedicated office/ reception. The main kennel facilities are split into three blocks with both indoor and outdoor runs, there is ample storage and a dedicated prep kitchen.

Externally there are a total of 8 exercise areas. The cattery is located away from the kennel facilities and provides 20 walk in units spilt into 2 separate blocks each with indoor and outdoor areas and having a central prep kitchen. The kennel and cattery facilities are well appointed creating a secure, clean and warm environment. In addition to the main facilities there is a grooming room with a range of equipment which is currently not utilised.

The four bedroom property has been modernised and updated. There is full oil fired central heating, along with radiators in every room including the hall and upstairs landing. The property also benefits from full double glazing, and briefly comprises of:

Entrance Hall - Staircase providing access to the first floor

Living/ Dining Room (4.29m x 4.27m)/ (3.0m x 1.98m) - A welcoming reception room which is light and airy benefiting from a large bay window to the front of the property. Decorative fire surround with electric fire and an archway leading to the dining area.

Sitting room (4.29m x 4.27m) - A spacious reception room located to the front of the property with a bay window and a feature stone fireplace heated with an electric fire.

Conservatory (4.34m x 2.65m)- Tiled flooring and door leading to the garden at the side of the property

Breakfast Kitchen/ Family Room (5.12m x 4.27m) - A comprehensive selection of quality wall and base units with complimentary work surfaces. There is an oil fired Aga and a one and a half bowl sink unit

Utility Room (3.51m x 2.60m) - A range of additional wall and base units with a stainless steel sink unit, plumbing for an automatic washing machine and space for a dryer. Coming from the back door on your immediate right is the boiler/airing cupboard running the width of the room. This houses the floor standing Worcester Heatslave 18/25 Combiboiler, which provides heating to the property.

Cloaks/ WC

Double Bedroom - (3.67m x 3.66m) A selection of fitted wardrobes, located to the rear of the property with views across the garden

Double Bedroom (3.67m x 3.66m) - A generous bedroom with views across the rear garden

Family Bathroom - A modern white suite including a bath, separate large walk in shower, low level WC. wash hand basin and tiled elevations.

First Floor

Double Bedroom (4.89m x 4.11m) - A good size bedroom with fitted cupboards and a velux window

Double Bedroom (4.89m x 4.27m) - A further generous bedroom with fitted cupboards and a velux window

Dressing Room/Nursery/ Study (4.89m x 1.75m) - Velux window

Bathroom - A three piece suite including a corner bath, low level WC, wash hand basin and part tiled elevations.


The property is set back from the main road with mature hedges, a lawned garden and private driveway providing off road parking. To the rear of the property there is a generous, well stocked garden laid mainly to lawn with an ornamental pond with patio area and flower borders.

Outbuildings - There are a selection of outbuildings, the main building is a steel portal frame structure which is divided including an office with power and light, double garage with twin up and over door and a workshop/ storage area.

We are advised that the property is freehold.

We have been unable to check this information and advise prospective purchasers to consult their own solicitor for verification.

This is a rare opportunity to purchase a well established business with a valuable and versatile property situated in a pleasant semi rural location. Only now being offered for sale due to retirement, internal viewing is highly recommended.

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