A Cornish ‘luxury boutique hotel for cats’ has been named Cattery of the Year at the Pet Industry Federation (PIF) awards.

The purpose-built Meadow Cat Hotel, at St Erme, features a range of high-end feline frills, including underfloor heating, ‘gourmet’ menus and wrought iron beds.

The judging panel looked for commercial success, excellence in health and safety, commitment to animal welfare, and entrepreneurial flare. The panel also conducted mystery shopping and confirmed the highest star rating had been awarded by the local council for licensing.

“Tourism is such an important part of the Cornish economy,” said hotel MD Gemma Machin, “and we’re delighted to excel in our own sector – looking after cat guests and giving their owners the peace of mind to enjoy their time away.”