Are you brave enough to run a Norfolk pet crematorium?
PUBLISHED: 12:44 03 July 2019 | UPDATED: 13:42 30 September 2019
It might sound like the plot of a spine-tingling Stephen King novel but a Norfolk pet cemetery could be yours.
It is a cherished way of saying goodbye to your beloved pet dog, cat or even budgie. But now the Norfolk couple who run a pet crematorium in Beeston Regis, near Sheringham, are looking to sell up for £450,000 - if they can find a buyer.
Husband and wife team Richard and Sandra Edwards, who have run the business offering a 24-hour, seven-day service for nearly 30 years, are hoping to retire.
Mr Edwards, 72, who used to run nursing homes, said: "It's a difficult business for people to understand."
He came out of retirement to purchase the business which offers a dignified cremation service for cats, dogs and small pets such as hamsters and guinea pigs. It's set in 1.5 acres of palatial grounds with views towards the sea together with a chapel of rest, garden of remembrance and a log cabin which doubles as an office and also for accommodation. The agents details suggest it could provide a "coastal getaway" with a kitchen, shower room and sleeping area as well as the main lounge/office.
Mr Edwards said: "We don't cremate any animal that's too big like a horse, we mainly do cats and dogs but also rats, fish and we just had a budgie. It's usually older people who, of course, are very upset when their pet passes away.
"We are ready to retire, it's a full-on business."
Each pet is cremated with ashes returned in a casket or buried in the remembrance gardens.
For an individual cremation with ashes in a scattertube it costs from £50 for a very small pet to £70 for a cat and up to £140 for a very large dog, depending on weight.
Or you can upgrade and have the ashes in a casket with a brass name plate of your pet from £85 to £175. Ashes in an oak casket with a certificate is priced from £65 to £155.
Or the ultimate service is a special cremation with ashes in the garden of remembrance, a plaque and name in the book of remembrance with prices from £250 to £370. Caskets vary too - you can have your pet's photograph on or have one cast in the shape of a dog such as a Labrador, spaniel or Jack Russell, or a rabbit or cat.
Mr Edwards said it's a profitable business with the current turnover in the region of £88,000 a year however he said this could easily double.
Chris Ruggles from agents Everett, Masson & Furby, based in Norwich, said: "This is a rare opportunity to acquire a well-known and highly regarded pet crematorium."
- As of October 30, 2019 the crematorium is no longer for sale
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