A woman in the U.K. has created a successful business by setting up a vacation getaway for bunnies and other pocket pets. Lisa Newton lives in Stonesby, near Melton Mowbray, and thought it would be a good idea to create a holiday retreat for rabbits, despite the fact that some of her friends thought she was kidding.

According to an article posted by the Melton Times, it has only taken her a year to grow the idea into a thriving business with a registered trademark for her company that is even selling unusual pet toys in local shops and online. Here are more details:

The Hop Inn holiday home near Waltham-on-the-Wolds offers pet-owners an alternative to relying on the neighbours to look after their small furry friends when they want to go away.

Animal-lover Lisa transformed a barn and outside space on her land into a secure housing environment for rabbits and guinea pigs in April last year and has been inundated ever since, caring for up to 400 pets to date.

She started out on a shoestring budget, spending £600 over five months to purchase, clean and paint second-hand chicken coops for rabbits and rabbit hutches for guinea pigs to resemble beach huts.

Since then she has reinvested her earnings into designing and having made her own branded Hop Inn toys, which are being sold at Downtown on the A1, Natural World, Syston, Amazon and on her company’s website.

She said: “After the giggles about my business plans died down, my best-friend of 43 years said, ‘Lisa if you are going to do it – do it properly.’ I feel she always sits on my shoulders when I am making plans, it’s been great advice to follow.”

You can read the complete article, which has a picture of Lisa Newton and one of her bunnies, online at http://www.meltontimes.co.uk/news/business/a-hopping-mad-idea-now-a-thriving-business-1-4244924

The Hop Inn has a website at http://www.hopinn-info.co.uk/ which includes details about the accommodation they provide for rabbits and guinea pigs, as well as a photo gallery.

We like the fact that they provide runs that attach to rabbit and pig hutches in order to provide them with sufficient hopping space when the weather is bad, as well as that during good weather the guests are moved into outside runs.

Photo copyright Emily Watson

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