Norfolk is a very dog friendly county. Lots of open spaces, easy walking, very quiet sandy beaches with few restrictions and very little in the way of livestock to worry about.
We have 4 dogs of our own (some of them making an appearance on this site!) and like to holiday with them in the UK. One of the hardest parts of this is finding somewhere that will take more than two and not charge a fortune or make you feel like a second class citizen for wanting to bring your pets on holiday too!
So, with dog owners like ourselves in mind, we have set out to provide genuinely dog friendly accommodation, though please note that each property does have slightly different terms/provisions and these are detailed below.
Charges: None! There are no charges for dogs in any of the properties. We don't charge for grandparents or children so why would we charge for the other members of your 'family'?
There is no upper limit to the number of dogs at the Old Piggery. Yes really! Bring them all (but just let us know how many)
At St Benets there is a variable upper limit
At Thatchers there is a variable limit at the owners discretion. Please email.
At The Garden Room and The Tender. Due to the size of these studio style properties there is a necessary limit depending on the size of dogs.
We can also recommend a local doggy day care service www.broadlandcattery.co.uk/doggydaycare.html
VETS: There are vet practices at Stalham, North Walsham, Wroxham and Great Yarmouth and several in North Norfolk. Each holiday property has cards with vet numbers on that you can tuck in a bag or pocket when you go out.
BARF: If you feed your dog raw food you can get supplies of frozen mince at the Broadland Angling and Pet Supplies in Stalham and at Kisi just outside North Walsham where they sell chicken carcasses and other frozen goodies in addition to mince. Worth a visit for their lovely range of collars, leads and harnesses.
BEACHES: Dogs are allowed on most of the local beaches all year round but there are restrictions on a few of them 1 May - 1 October. This NNDC leaflet explains which ones and how far the restricted area extends.
If you do want your dogs to curl up with you on sofas/beds then please use the throws/towels.
Leaving your dog(s) alone in the properties - we would prefer this is only done if you are confident that your dog will settle if left alone in a strange place or they are happy in crates. If you know they can be destructive or reactive when they are left alone, or they suffer from separation anxiety, please do not leave them unsupervised for any period. It’s just not fair on your dog (or on us if they cause damage!)
There is plenty of room in most of the properties for dog crates if you use them. In the unlikely event of your dog(s) causing any damage, this will be taken from your damage deposit (see conditions). We do have 2 dog day care places in the immediate area that we highly recommend if you would rather go for this option.
The usual Countryside Code guidance applies - see here.