Bumblebee Cottage

  • Dogs: 3 but flexible

  • Sleeps Max: 2

  • Bedrooms: 1

  • Bathrooms: 1

New Norfolk dog friendly property for two!

This beautifully converted, luxurious and gorgeous, single storey holiday cottage is in a wonderfully peaceful rural location. Enjoy quiet and easy walks from the door with your dogs or head to the miles of local dog friendly sandy beaches.  There is a great choice on this Norfolk coast – all a short drive away.


  • Follow Bumblebee on our Instagram and Facebook pages for the inside scoop!
  • Walk to the local dog friendly pub – Lessingham Star – see the easy route here
  • Walk to the local beach – Cart Gap – see the route here
  • Want to add some of our yummy locally produced extras or enjoy the local discounts exclusively for our guests – all on the Guest Goodies page!
  • Got a group that want to come away? The Peanut (sleeps 2 + 3 dogs) and The Walnut (sleeps 4 + 3/4 dogs) are on the same site.
  • We may be able to offer a discount if all 3 are booked together – do ask.
  • If you want to know about the local beaches, places to eat and more have a look at our website page here.

For the dogs:

  • Dog towels
  • Dog mitts
  • Hot and cold dog shower for the dirtier dogs amongst us
  • Throws for the sofa
  • Dog toys
  • Poop bags
  • 2x Large crates (further sizes on request)
  • Bowls and beds
  • Secure paddock
  • Dogs are welcome to sleep with you if you bring your own bed linen.

For the humans:

  • Luxurious Egyptian cotton towels and bedding
  • Wood burning stove
  • Hot tub for two
  • Super-comfy king-size bed with non-feather duvet and pillows
  • Emergency toiletry supplies
  • Wi-Fi
  • Hair dryer
  • Books for holiday reading, maps, board games
  • Our yummy food hamper with lots of delicious locally produced goodies.


After five (!!!!) hip replacements, we realised that Paul was going to have to retire from the building trade.  So we decided to convert one of our old barns into a holiday cottage and that, in a nutshell 😉, is how it all started and Walnut was born, followed five years later by the smaller, but no less cute, Peanut and Bumblebee.  We chose ERC to market our properties because we’d heard a lot about Sue and her team and we haven’t been disappointed. Their energy, positivity, friendly approach and loads and loads of bookings has helped our little business in this beautiful corner of Norfolk, become the success it is. Here’s some info on us!
1. We both ride motorbikes.  Paul has raced motorbikes and been on track with some of the modern-day greats.
2. Stella’s school-holiday job was helping in a dog groomers and one surprise appointment was clipping the coat of a one-eyed llama called Douglas who had been rescued from a circus by Maurice ‘Bee-Gee’ Gibb.
3. Before creaking joints and hip replacements caught up with us, we both rode horses and showed our Arabian horses all over the country. Two of our horses remain and are enjoying their retirement getting very hairy and rolling in plenty of mud!

About the property

All about the inside:

Entry through the private courtyard straight into the

Open plan lounge/kitchen/diner
Karndean flooring throughout this very well fitted and stylish kitchen with an electric cooker with induction hob, dishwasher, Tassimo coffee machine, microwave and toaster. There’s a large smart TV in the lounge and free unlimited superfast Wi-Fi so you can access all your usual online viewing. Snuggle up on the comfortable sofa in front of the wood burning stove for those frosty nights or throw the doors open and let the fresh air and bird song in on a sunny evening.

Kingsize bedroom
Very comfortable king size bed with wardrobe, chest of drawers, hair dryer and lovely views across the fields.

En-suite shower room
Modern spacious shower room, with toilet, sink, shaver point and storage.

All about the outside:

Bumblebee has its own patio area with outside seating and direct access to the paddock through 3ft solid wooden fencing. Bumblebee also has its own two-seater hot tub for the ultimate relaxing holiday. This courtyard is a fabulous sun trap!

The paddock fencing is slightly higher than the courtyard, but not solid. There is wire stock fencing between the post and rail fencing.  Guests staying at The Walnut and The Peanut have shared access to the paddock, but only one property may have use at one time.

Will this property suit my dogs?

If your dog is a jumper then they may well be able to clear the wall around the courtyard but if they are not then this could be a perfect place for them!  The courtyard is walled (5ft) and has solid fencing too (3ft) and the shared paddock is fenced.  The parking area is gated too.  There are two other dog friendly properties on this site and the parking area is shared.  The paddock is also for the use of all properties but we ask that only one set of guests use it at a time unless mutually agreed with any other guests.  The owners have dogs but they are kept separate from Bumblebee and they totally understand the need of their doggy guests.  If your dog is sociable and happy with other dogs in the area then Bumblebee would be ideal for them.

Please note:

  • Bumblebee is a non smoking property.
  • Bookings are from Saturday – Saturday with short breaks sometimes available out of season (Nov – Feb excluding school hols) if there is the availability
  • Check in is at 5pm, check out by 9am please (early arrival or late departure might be possible by prior arrangement).
  • Electric car charging is NOT available at this property.  There is no dedicated charging point and “granny charging” is not insured.
  • We would prefer that your dogs are not left alone in the property unless you are 100% confident that they will not get stressed.
  • If they are crate trained and you would like to use a crate, please do ask us. We know how bulky they are to pack!
  • Dog sitting.  If you would like to go out for a few hours and leave the dogs but are not confident they will settle,
    please look at our It’s A Dogs Life website page for recommendations.
  • The owners are happy to accept and put away a supermarket delivery on your behalf on the day of arrival, between 2 and 3 pm.
  • There is no BBQ as the surrounding fields are often sown with wheat/barley.
  • The washing machine in the laundry room has a small charge for use.
  • The paddock is available for guest use at all times but we do ask that only one set of guests use this at a time.


Parking:  Parking is on the gravel drive, approx 20ft away from the door with paving slabs path to the patio.
Steps: There is one step into the french doors but a mobility ramp can be left for use throughout the stay.  No stairs as property is single storey.
Door widths:  French doors provide wide easy access.  Interior door widths tba.  Living area is open plan.
Flooring type: Hard, non-slip Karndean type throughout. Large non-slip mat in living room area.
Bathroom facilities: Walk in shower cubicle.  Shower stools may be able to be provided depending on size required.  Suction grab rails can be provided on request – these can be positioned to suit our guests.   Toilet frame with a raised seat can be provided on request.
Mobility scooter charging:  Scooters, wheelchairs and electric bikes can all be charged in the garage on site.

Please do contact us if you would like to know more – hello@eastrustoncottages.co.uk.

Reviews / Testimonials


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“What a lovely property! As soon as you walked in you could appreciate the effort the owners have put in. The decor, clean and spacious and with everything we needed and more. A lovely generous welcome pack on arrival with treats included for our dogs along with bowls, towels and beds for them. Great location for walks and close to several different beaches. The dogs had use of courtyard and secure green which they made good use of whilst we relaxed in the hot tub! The owners are on site and were very friendly and helpful. Would highly recommend and would love to come back soon.” – Laura, April 2024

“We stayed at the new Bumblebee cottage as a family group along with The Walnut and The Peanut. We were welcomed with a lovely basket of local goodies. The cottage is beautifully furnished and the log burner is great for cosy evenings. There are lovely views over the fields through the windows and stable door. Everything you could need is provided for humans and dogs. The hot tub was so relaxing with towelling robes provided and checked by the owners daily. Thank you for a lovely stay and we hope to be back soon!” – Katherine, April 2024

“Just had a great two weeks at Bumblebee. Perfect for us and our two dogs. Everything provided that we needed and a lovely welcome basket. Large shared paddock right outside was easy to use, torches and outside lights provided for use last thing at night. About a mile and a half flat walk to the beach at Cart gap which has a little cafe with beach huts provided for dog owners. The whole area is very dog friendly. Paul and Stella were very welcoming and helpful. We are already planning our next visit.” – Deb, Feb 2024


How to find us

Bumblebee Cottage, Willow Tree Holidays, Lower Street, Happisburgh, NR12 0RS
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Bumblebee Cottage is in the small hamlet of Happisburgh Common, approximately 1 mile from the coast.

From the A149 Stalham – Wroxham road, take the B1159 towards Bacton. Follow signs to Happisburgh. Just after East Ruston church on the brow of the hill, turn right down Vicarage Road and go past the internationally famous East Ruston Vicarage Gardens (well worth a visit!)  At the end of this road is a T junction, turn right here.   About 200 metres on your left, opposite the flint house turn down the drive.  Stay on the right hand side, going past cottages and then turn right through the 5 bar gate.