Are there only 7 good things about Victoria Cottage I hear you ask? Absolutely not. We could go on and on (and on!) about a stay here, but we don’t want to bombard you. Not straight away anyway...
But first, a little background ..... *clears throat*. Victoria Cottage is part of what was the Old Victoria Public House, mainly constructed in 1935, but dating back in the census to 1840 and beyond and is tucked away from the main village with easy access to the beach, doggy walks and cosy country pubs. Sleeping four over 2 double bedrooms, Victoria Cottage is the perfect Norfolk dog friendly get away.
Now then, I promised you seven wonderful reasons to book your holiday here. Where shall we start? What’s the main reason people book their holiday?
1. For that home from home COMFORT of course. Many of our guests have described the Victoria Cottage experience as quirky and a bit vintage and they are right, it's the style of the cottage, but one comment that consistently runs through the reviews is comfort. The owners of Victoria Cottage firmly believe they can’t compromise on comfort and luxury for their guests just because they are dog welcoming. British pocket sprung mattresses, crunchy feather duvets and pillows and crisp Egyptian cotton linen and individually designed rooms, each with en suite, are their signature for a good night’s sleep and the basis for a restful and refreshing Norfolk break.
2. So, I’m thinking I may have caught your attention here whilst you are on the hunt for your perfect dog friendly Norfolk break. Yes? Righto, on to reason number two - LOCATION! Close to dog friendly beaches? A dog friendly pub or cafe nearby? Surrounded by safe easy, countryside walks for you and your four-legged friends? Let me help.
3. SEASIDE VILLAGE Victoria Cottage is located in one of the most popular conservation villages in North Norfolk, Happisburgh. Happisburgh (pronounced Haze-bruh for those of you who aren’t used to the Norfolk pronunciations!) is probably best recognised for its iconic red and white lighthouse. The lighthouse is open to the public on occasional Sundays and Bank Holidays throughout the summer, it is the oldest working lighthouse on the Norfolk coast and the only independently operated lighthouse in the UK.
4. BEACHES? Well, this is Norfolk after all. Famous for our wide, clean, sandy and of course dog friendly beaches. There are 2 beaches within easy distance (40 mins by foot, 3 mins by car) Happisburgh and Cart Gap. You can access both walking down the lanes or across the public footpath across the fields. Bacton, Walcott and Sea Palling are all 10 mins away.
5. THE REST OF NORFOLK! Cromer, the seaside town with a famous pier, is 20/25 mins drive and Holkham/Wells next the Sea/Burnham Market about 50 mins drive - up on the North Norfolk coast. So much choice that you and your dogs have no chance of getting bored! Find out more here. Norwich is a wonderful place to visit - so much history, shopping, entertainment and more. Find out more here
6. EATING OUT! Now then, what is called for after a long walk on the beach? Once your lungs have been filled with fresh sea air and your mind has been cleared of everything but your holiday memories? Yes, I heard your tummy rumble from here! No fear, of course there is a dog friendly pub within your sights! The Lessingham Star has you covered. Real ales, fresh home cooked food and a proper fire to warm you up after a bracing Winter walk! In the summer there is a large beer garden with several seating areas to enjoy the scenery. There are lots of other very dog friendly pubs locally too - Hill House in Happisburgh, Lighthouse Inn at Walcott ( ERC get 10% disc), The White Horse at Nettishead and The Lion at Thurne both offer good food, a vibrant atmosphere and dog welcoming attitude . The Pleasure Boat at Hickling is also dog friendly with a large waterside beer garden.
If you fancy something a little lighter whilst out on your mooch, there are a number of cafes to try. Walking down to the beaches, there are two fabulous little places to grab a bite. Smallsticks Cafe (Cart Gap) offers breakfast, lunches and take away fish and chips. Dogs are welcome, but you are asked to use outside seating. Lovely little brick and flint building. The Victoria Cottage owners suggest maybe collecting your fish and chips and have a picnic on the beach.
Burgers at the Beach (April-Sep Happisburgh) is a vintage style cafe offering outside seating and takeaway - JoJo and Andrew offer locally caught crab burgers, local beef burgers and vegan walnut burgers - all delish. They also offer traditional cakes, biscuits and ice-cream.
7. FABULOUS OWNERS! So that’s comfort, location, beaches, pubs, cafes and walks all covered. The last thing to do is to meet the owners, as after all, they are the ones that have made Victoria Cottage so popular.
“Hello! We are Louise & John Brooks. We moved to Norfolk 7 years ago. We have been frequent visitors to the area for many years, so sold up and moved out when our youngest went to university! Both retired nurses, we have run our own recruitment business for more years than I’d like to think about. We have volunteered for a number of local organisations; Coastwatch, Lifeboat and First Responders. We have 4 dogs; a noisy Patterdale called Muriel and three Spinoni- Clyde, Olive and Bryn. We mustn’t forget we also have a large male Siamese and various rescue hens, turkeys and geese. We love welcoming visitors, new and returning, to Victoria Cottage to enjoy our wonderful surroundings. We offer full weeks and short breaks so check out our availability here!”
I hope you have enjoyed your virtual meeting of Victoria Cottage. If you have any questions please check out our FAQ page or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will try and help! Chat soon, George