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Bury St Edmunds business Camp Tails Doggy Daycare prepares to open new 'luxury' hotel for pooches





Tails will soon be wagging as a dog daycare business in Bury St Edmunds is preparing to launch a new service offering four-legged friends a five star boarding experience.

Camp Tails Doggy Daycare, based in Eastern Way, will soon be cutting the ribbon on its new hotel, which features 15 bespoke bedrooms and round-the-clock staff.

Owner Jon Kay, 39, said he always dreamed of expanding the business to include a dog hotel and the company’s move from its smaller premises in Boldero Road proved to be the perfect opportunity.

Jon Kay, owner of Camp Tails Doggy Daycare, with Loki and Freya at the new hotel. Picture: Mecha Morton
Jon Kay, owner of Camp Tails Doggy Daycare, with Loki and Freya at the new hotel. Picture: Mecha Morton

He said: “It’s something I’ve long wanted to do since opening the daycare and now that we’ve moved the time felt right.

“It’s designed and built to be a luxurious alternative to kennels.”

Camp Tails, based in Bury St Edmunds, will be launching the hotel on April 24. Picture: Mecha Morton
Camp Tails, based in Bury St Edmunds, will be launching the hotel on April 24. Picture: Mecha Morton

Each room has been decorated with a unique style and furnished to look like human hotel rooms with a bed, duvet, pillows, mattress and night light. Dogs will attend the daycare during the day and are given enrichment activities in the evening. A member of staff will be on site at all times and dogs who have trouble settling are free to join staff for cuddles on the sofa in the communal area.

Loki and Freya enjoying the new space. Picture: Mecha Morton
Loki and Freya enjoying the new space. Picture: Mecha Morton

For Jon, the launch of the hotel on April 24 will help his business make a name for itself as the place to go for all things dog care.

“It will hopefully put us out there more widely and mean we can reach more people from further afield,” he added.

The rooms feature a bed with duvet, pillows, mattress and night light. Picture: Mecha Morton
The rooms feature a bed with duvet, pillows, mattress and night light. Picture: Mecha Morton

“It will stabilise things quite a lot for us once it gets going because we’ve always seen seasonal dips when people go on holiday and their dogs disappear from their regular daycare.

Jon said the new hotel is a 'luxurious alternative to kennels'. Picture: Mecha Morton
Jon said the new hotel is a 'luxurious alternative to kennels'. Picture: Mecha Morton

“It will also offer us the opportunity to be open seven days a week. With the addition of the hotel, we’ll have guests staying overnight and over weekends so we can allow the daycare to also be open over the weekend. Long term, it means we’re continuing to hire people and will create a few more jobs towards the end of the year.”

Jon hopes to add a training to the range of services the business offers as well as extending the daycare's opening hours. Picture: Mecha Morton
Jon hopes to add a training to the range of services the business offers as well as extending the daycare's opening hours. Picture: Mecha Morton
Daycare users can book their dog in for a stay at the hotel for a reduced price at the end of March. Picture: Mecha Morton
Daycare users can book their dog in for a stay at the hotel for a reduced price at the end of March. Picture: Mecha Morton

Going forward Jon hopes to add dog training to the range of services the business offers. He would also like to run more sites in the future.

Daycare users can book a trial for the hotel at a discounted rate on March 27, 28, 29 and 30. For more information visit: https://www.camptailsdoggydaycare.com/hotel-pricing.