East Ruston Cottages

1, Chapel Cottage, Lessingham

Sleeps 4

1 Chapel Cottage is in the lovely village Lessingham, a short drive from the dog friendly beaches of Cart Gap and Sea Palling with its Blue Flag status.  Sea Palling has a dog friendly bar and cafe plus a shop/post office.  The dog friendly café is open 364 days of the year, and there is also a fish and chip café and a fresh fish stall too in the village.  Gart Gap has a great café “Smallsticks” just a short walk from the beach – with great food and dogs welcome in the yard area – and you can also see the RNLI lifeboat station.

The nearby town of Stalham means that you can easily get supplies for your stay at Chapel Cottage and  from here there is access to the wonderful Norfolk broads; boat hire is available at Stalham Staithe and Wayford Bridge; both close by.

The cottage is at the start of a footpath where you can wander along through the farm land with your dogs and if you are in need of refreshments, the local pub, The Lessingham Star, is only 10 minutes’ walk away……..but maybe 20 minutes back!!  The Ingham Swan, for popular fine dining, will be re-opening in 2019 too.  Well worth a visit.

Watch out for the local resident owl who sits outside the cottage at sunset on the telegraph pole right next to the cottage on an evening hunt, a breath-taking spectacle to see!!

We hope you enjoy your holiday and visit to 1 Chapel Cottage

When you arrive;

Parking for two cars off road opposite the cottage.

Lobby:  Walking through from the front door you enter a spacious lobby, great for wet/sandy dogs to dry off and for coats and boots, dog leads etc.

Bathroom: Off the lobby is the modern family bathroom with a full-size bath, rain shower and hand spray, toilet and hand basin, heated towel rail.

Living Room: With views overlooking farmland.  Step in through a lovely timber door to the living room with its oak floors throughout, original fireplace with wood burning stove and a rug in front with stylish sofa and contemporary chairs.  For entertainment there is a dvd player and tv with over two hundred channels on Freesat.

From the living room step into the modern fitted kitchen.

Kitchen : Beautifully fitted kitchen with grey kitchen units and large enamelled sink.  There is a built in oven and induction hob with touch controls and boost function, easy clean surfaces, extractor hood and funky blue light plus fridge freezer, toaster, dishwasher and lovely wooden floors.  Enjoy your meals at the table looking out over the garden and your dog is also provided for at meal times with a dog bowl and mat.  Door opens out into the fully enclosed dog friendly garden.

Back into the living room and up the steep quirky Norfolk wooden stairs to…

Double bedroom:  Just off the landing into the front bedroom with modern wooden bed frame with memory foam mattress (so comfortable), cotton bed linen and throws, bedside units and dressing table, with large mirror over, and contemporary hanging rail. Views to the front looking over farmland and horses.

Bedroom 2;
Back into the landing and step down into the twin room, with two wooden bed frames and memory foam mattresses. Cotton bed linen and throws on both and both with bedside units, plus a tall unit with mirror and a contemporary pine hanging rail.

The Garden:  The garden is dog friendly with high solid fencing all round and a lovely vine covered gazebo to sit in. There is a garden hut which houses the washing machine and all cleaning items; vacuum cleaner, brushes, etc.  Please note that there is also a pond.  It has a submerged cover (so dogs can’t get right in) but there is still accessible water/possibly weed on the top


Please note;
Chapel cottage is a non-smoking property and barbecues and other naked flames are not permitted.
This is an important insurance requirement.
In keeping with this old character cottage, the stairs are steep.

We Provide:

  • All bed linen and towels (humans)
  • All central heating (adjustable radiators in all rooms)
  • Free Wifi
  • Dog bowls and throws for furniture
  • Welcome pack from local suppliers

Max No. of dogs: 4 (flexible)

Just started taking bookings – August 2018!


We have literally only just taken our first booking here (August 2018) and will be adding to the comments as the year goes by!

We had such a lovely time here! Don’t want to go home!  The dogs loved the garden.  Very secure, even for our escape artist!  Every morning we did a different walk from the door along the countryside tracks.  Went to Sea Palling beach most days or Cart Gap and Waxham too!  So many lovely cafes to eat at – everywhere is so very dog friendly!  Loved the Star at Lessingham so much we booked there 3 times for lunch and dinner.  We will be back!
The Andrews and 3 dogs  

Location & Directions

How To Find Us:

No 1 Chapel Cottage, Chapel Lane, Lessingham

From A149 at Stalham take the turning onto Old Market Road, signposted towards Ingham, Lessingham and Sea Palling.   Stay on this road out of Stalham town and when you get to the S bend (near Ingham Church and opposite the Ingham Swan – currently under reconstruction) take the first bend round to the left and then go straight on, rather than continue round to the right.  At the next T junction, turn left and Chapel Cottages are a little way down here on your left (next to the Methodist chapel).


Reviews coming soon!