Many thanks for your message and your interest. Yes, I did
go to visit
Gentian Hill (once I eventually
found it...) and was very impressed. Jane was very hospitable and helpful -
despite being obviously very busy!
As for our project, well we are still awaiting planning
permission, so no,
we haven't started building yet.
We were hoping that we would have
permission by September 2005 at the latest, but there could be yet another
hold-up because the lady dealing with our area in the Planning Office has
just gone off on 4 months' maternity leave, and is apparently not being
It's Easter here this weekend (Greek Orthodox) so everywhere
is closed until Wednesday, but I will go into the Planning Office as soon as
reopens and hopefully be able to persuade someone else to look at our
(As it's now about 3 years since we first started looking at this project
I am on first name terms with most of the Planning Department!)
We are not actually using your plans as such, although we are certainly
using a lot of your ideas and suggestions from the Building
We've actually designed a sort of
'U'-shaped building (except that the 2 sides are a lot shorter than the
bottom bit because of the lay-out of the land, but hopefully you see what
We will have 15 runs (3 blocks of 5) running along the bottom edge
of the land, with kitchen and storage area in the middle behind the runs
(the other side of the corridor), then 3 runs on each side (21 runs in all
including a holding pen), so that all the runs open out into the large
exercise area (probably fenced off into 3 separate sections). (each
also has its own individual exercise run as well).
The reception/officebuilding will be on one corner of the 'u' shape and accommodation on the
other (with isolation units attached to the accommodation). Our land is
2 levels, so that will be on the lower level, and the cattery and
accommodation will be on the upper level.
We are in the process now of getting building quotations, with the whole
project being way beyond our means, but I'm hoping for
a grant from
Govermnent (they give annual grants of 25,000 for women in business, so
keeping fingers crossed for that), and
bank loan and/or
a friend who has more money than he knows what to do with.... !
building materials, we have a quote which is much cheaper than other
and also much quicker to build (they say they can put the shell of the
buildings up in one week!) using a system called permanent reinforced
concrete, which is only just being introduced here in Cyprus, but is
apparently used a lot in the UK, Spain and other places. They have a web
page 'styrostone.co.uk' - have a look and let me know what you think!
Our aim is to be open in time for the Christmas holiday period, but I'm
holding my breath.
I'd be happy to be in touch with other people, although at this stage
they are more likely to be helping me than the other way round!
drainage are things we will be discussing with the builder/architect a bit
later on. Web page, brochure and photographs are also rather further down
Anyway, that's my update for now!