St Benets, Sea Palling

Sleeps 10

A proper seaside dog & family friendly house!

“Our second trip back to St Benets at Sea Palling. Loved it just as much as the first time round.
Don’t think there is a better dog friendly family holiday house.”


This comfortable house sleeps up to 12 in 5 bedrooms, though a perfect number would probably be between 6 and 10. There are 2 bathrooms, one of which is nearly big enough to party in!  All bedrooms are very comfortable with good quality mattresses and beds and most of them have flat screen TVs too. UNLIMITED dogs are welcome!

Come and try this dog friendly family house in seaside Sea Palling – with its Blue Flag, award winning beach!  Book here.

  • Sea Palling beach is protected by huge rock reefs which form calm areas of water along the main part of the beach and are ideal for swimming and paddling.  Windsurfers and paddle boarders like it here too!
  • Dog walking here is just perfect and whilst there are restrictions in place from May to September it is only to the left of the access ramp.  If you head to the right you can walk the dogs for miles on the sandy beach.
  • When the tide is in, how about walking through the network of paths in the dunes and maybe stop off at nearby Dunes Cafe at Waxham Barns for a coffee and cake.
  • If you stroll a bit further on to the Nelson’s Head at Horsey you can have a meal or drink in this character pub overlooking grazing marshes and walk inland to Horsey Wind Pump.
  • We are so lucky to have Grey seals as a common and amazing sight along this stretch of coast and during the winter months a huge colony gathers to give birth to the seal pups.  This is a bit further south but well within walking distance.  Have a read about these amazing creatures here.
  • Want to find out more about this area?  Have a look at this page of the website for beaches, cafe, links to Norfolk’s fabulous places – the Norfolk Broads, beaches, play areas for children, National Trust and more!


Open the front door and step into the wood floored hall with the stairs in front of you and plenty of space under them for hanging coats, storing shoes and dog leads.

Living Room
Here you have plenty of space, 3 comfortable sofas with a large coffee table in the centre of the room.  Cuddle up with the dogs and watch the large flat screen tv with dvd player and DVDs.  Kids large and small can have fun with the Nintendo Wii.  The floor is wood with rugs and the beautiful Victorian tiled fireplace is fully working.  It’s very calming to have it lit on a cool evening and a small amount of coal/kindling is supplied for the cooler weather.

Opposite the living room is the…

Dining Room
This is another spacious room, wooden floors throughout, sturdy wooden table and chairs to seat 6 – 8.  The Victorian fire place here is just a feature but a very lovely one.  If you want to pick a book to read on holiday, the book shelves have plenty of holiday reading material.  There is a Retro Bush radio and some lovely prints and photos on the walls and pine dresser full of useful things!  A half glazed door leads through to the …

Lots of room in here to seat 8 at the solid pine table.  The large pine dresser has all your crockery in and more.  We’ve got all the appliances in here – dishwasher, washing machine, free standing tall fridge/freezer plus an under the counter fridge and a separate under the counter freezer.  That gives you plenty of room for the family’s food and works well for raw dog food feeders.  (Don’t forget you can order your raw dog food with free delivery via our website from our partners The Raw Dog Food Company.)

For those doing the cooking there is a double electric oven with hob, microwave with grill and 4 slice toaster.  When you are cheffing you can choose from a great selection of cooking and serving equipment and if you do find yourself in there slaving over the family dinner there is a flat screen TV, DVD player, radio and bluetooth speaker to keep you entertained!

From here a half glazed door leads directly out onto the patio and into the secure and fully enclosed garden so dogs can come and go safely from the kitchen.

Head back into the wooden floored hallway (past plenty of under stair space) and up the carpeted stairs.  These are steep but have hand rails on both sides.  Stair gates are fitted top and bottom.  Up to the landing and …

Bedroom 1
Huge – and we mean huge – room with king size double divan bed, another Victorian style fireplace feature, wardrobes, chest of drawers, bedside cabinets, dressing table and bedside lights.  The blinds protect your privacy but you can see out onto the old chapel and out towards the open countryside and the dunes.

Bedroom 2  
Another airy room with decorative metal framed double bed, Victorian style fireplace feature, pine wardrobe, chest of drawers and blanket box.  Pop your stuff on and in the bedside cabinets and enjoy a bedtime read  with reading lights or watch the wall mounted flat screen TV.

Further down the hall is …..

Bedroom 3 
So in this room we have twin, large single divan beds, another one of  those gorgeous Victorian style fireplace features, a useful chest of drawers and wall mounted flat screen TV.  A good bedroom for the kids to use.

At the end of the hall is….

Bathroom 1
The bath here has a hand held shower and there is a toilet and sink with a bathroom cabinet above. The room is fully tiled with a fun marine theme and decorative tile panels.  Small but perfectly functional!

Up the next set of stairs to…..

Bedroom 4 
Another large room with twin double beds, pine furniture including dressing table and chest of drawers.  There is another wall mounted flat screen TV and DVD player. A great room for a group of up to 4 children if they don’t mind sharing beds.

Bedroom 5
Twin large singles with bedside cabinets and pine furniture, wall mounted flat screen TV and DVD player.  Great views out over the village, onto the fields and dunes and you can see the village play area too.

We think this is probably the biggest bathroom in Sea Palling!  There’s a bath with handheld shower plus a separate large shower cubicle with sliding doors.  Of course a sink and toilet plus a pine baby changing unit and wall mounted cupboard, laundry basket, heated towel rail and bags of space.  All decorated with a marine theme.


The fully secure back garden can be reached through a gate from the drive and from the kitchen back door.  The gate beside the house is wrought iron with a smaller mesh panel at the bottom to stop even the smallest dogs squeezing through.  We’ve tested it with chihuahuas!

Sit out on the small patio in the sunshine and you may well be able to hear the sea.  The rest is grass with a high (7ft) wooden fence on two sides and a hedge and mesh link fence along the other side.  This makes it totally secure for dogs and children.  Just what a dog friendly family house should be!

There is a paved and gated area so you can park up to 3 cars directly outside the house.  Car parking is also allowed on the double yellow lines outside the house between 1 October and 30 April.  Outside this time restrictions apply – plenty of parking is provided further along in Clink Road.  (see Please Note section below).

Want a bbq?   Yep, there’s charcoal barbecue in the outside shed.  Plus a parasol for the table, wind breaks for the beach and plenty of other beach-y things in there too.  Hopefully you will get lots of use from these!


Unlimited dogs are welcome at St Benets and the garden is very secure for small and large dogs.  It’s not huge BUT that is more than made up for by the acres of beach you can access just a couple of hundred metres away.   If you have sociable and active dogs it will work well.  There might possibly be other dogs on one side of the fence but it is well covered by hedge too.

Beach road can get busy on sunny, summer days with other dogs being walked to and from the beach so it won’t be ideal for reactive dogs.  The locals are dog friendly!


  • No smoking please in the house.
  • Arrival time 4pm, departure time 10am
  • Plenty of parking is provided further along in Clink Road. 24 hour tickets can be purchased from the machines at £7/day – see here or in advance of your holiday for the week at £28. See here. These are transferable to other North Norfolk District Council car parks for their duration.  For more information call 01263 516007
  • Bike hire is available locally at Sea Palling Cycle Hire
  • Find out more about about bookings and much more here on our FAQ page.
  • If you want to see just where this house is, our ERC Google map is here


We Provide:

This is how dog friendly we are!

  • Unlimited dog welcome for free.
  • Large dog crate – 30″ x 48″ (smaller ones available on request), dog bed, throws, bowls.
  • Fully enclosed back garden with high solid fence, high wrought iron gate, hedge/fence
  • Dogs allowed on sofas with the throws
  • Stair gates
  • VERY short walk to dog friendly beach, cafe, bar

What else we provide for you!

  • All bed linen.  We supply hand towels – one per bathroom – and tea towels but not bath towels.
  • Comprehensive information on places to visit, walk and eat.
  • A selection of maps and books for the area.
  • Travel cot and highchair available
  • Games, jigsaws, DVDs and CDs and Nintendo Wii
  • Free Wi-Fi – BT Fibre 2, 40-45Mbps
  • All heating costs are included apart from fuel for open fire which is easily available locally. Enough coal for your first fire is provided.
  • A welcome pack of local goodies
  • Bedding is all non-feather, lightweight duvets with some heavier weight spares available
  • BBQ

Contact Sue by email for more details


“Our second trip back to St Benets. Loved it just as much as the first time round. Don’t think there is a better holiday home. Love Sea Palling. Never been before last year, but is now a firm favourite, not just mine but  the whole family. Beach is gorgeous!!  Thank you for such brilliant holiday home”


“Last minute break – couldn’t have wished for anything better. Takes dog friendly to a new level! Loved the welcome pack, particularly the cake. Fabulous time on the beach and loved the hot choc. deluxe and donuts at the cafe – even better that the dogs are welcome. Very sad to be leaving but looking forward to our next East Ruston stay. Thank you”

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Location & Directions

How To Find Us:

How to find us: NR12 0AL (St Benets, Beach Road, Sea Palling)
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Or – From A149 at Stalham, take the turning onto “Old Market Road” signposted towards Ingham, Lessingham and Sea Palling and follow the signs to Sea Palling. Turn left onto Beach Road in the centre of the village. St Benets is on your left hand side as you approach the beach end of the road; the first of a pair of 3 storey, semi detached houses opposite The Old Chapel.


A selection of lovely comments from our guests, all from the St Benets guest book...


And if you want to read more glowing comments, check out the independent review on these sites too...
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Lovely property which was immaculately clean. Really dog friendly family house with an abundance of throws so the dogs could chill out with us on the sofas. Fully enclosed back garden meant we could let them out without worrying. The location of the property is brilliant with the beach being a couple of minutes walk away (even with two elderly dogs slowing us down). It would be an ideal property for a large family - plenty of bedrooms and two bathrooms. The kitchen was very well equipped and had everything you could wish for. We had a fabulous break and would love to return again one day.  We love Sea Palling!
Rebecca Brooker


First time to Sea Palling. A lovely place, people are so friendly and welcoming :)  Thank you for welcome pack, especially home made biscuits for dogs - they all loved them.  Very accommodating for the dogs - thank you.  The house is huge, lovely dog friendly, family home.  Top bathroom is gorgeous.  Every utensil, cutlery available, all the electrical appliances that you could need.  Fabulous location, so lovely to be so close to sea.  We seen some seals which made our holiday!
The Heyworth Family


Not many places tick as many boxes as this house and Sea Palling is a hidden Gem.  We won't be spreading the word as we want to keep it all to ourselves!  The house and location seemed to have been designed for our families made up of 4 children under 8, 6 adults ranging from mid 30s to mid 70s and an ageing Golden Retriever (who thinks this place is wonderful!)  Thank you , thank you, thank you!  East Ruston Cottages - an excellent company too - booking was so easy and Sue attended to our every query quickly and accurately.  Shame her company only covers this areas.  Everywhere could do with a Sue!
Yardy and Teeth families


Our 3rd visit to St Benets.  4th time at Sea Palling.  Can't wait to come back.  Massive thank you to Sue and guys at East Ruston Cottages. We are taking home 3 very happy beach bum dogs!  We will see you soon.  Love St Benets.  Woof, woof, bow, wow!
Irene and Geoff with Bailey, Socks and Titch


Great time.  All enjoyed the seals and pups (during the birthing season) at Horsey Gap.  Lovely beach and for after dark – the amusement arcade!
Summers family members from far and wide


Another lovely weekend at the fab St Benets. We have 2 worn out dogs, 5 entertained children and 6 relaxed adults. Thank you. PS The lemon drizzle cake was amazing.
The Stutters, The Ockmores and the Taylors


Another great relaxing week here. Visited The Star at Lessingham again for 2 fab meals! Dogs had a great time on the beaches, the only drawback was our friends Jane and Simon and their 5 dogs should have been here as well but due to one of their dogs being very poorly, they couldn't come – let’s hope we can do this again next year. Thanks for everything.
Ruth, Allan, Tulah and Alice (dogs)


We have had a fantastic 2 week. Lovely house. Thank you for the welcome pack - such a lovely touch. We have walked for miles and seen so many seals. We really hope to come back again very soon x
Matt, Maria with Barkley, Ralph, Happy and Gilmore


This is our 2nd visit to St Benets as we love it so much. Perfect, relaxing week in a beautiful house. Spent most of the week walking on the beach. Really don't want to go back to reality.
Helen and Paul and Bailey the dog


Our second trip back to St Benets. Loved it just as much as the first time round. Don't think there is a better holiday home. Love Sea Palling. Never been before last year, but is now a firm favourite not just mine but whole family. Beach is gorgeous!! Thank you Sue, for such brilliant holiday home.  Great venue. Fantastic beach walks for the goldens.
Chris, Ron and dogs


Second time here - even more glorious than the first. Such a lovely place to stay. Top tip - visit East Ruston Old Vicarage - beautiful garden. GREAT!
Greta and family


We have just come had a wonderful week in St Benets. The house has character and is really super: spacious, well equipped and clean. We were 5 adults, 2 children and 3 dogs and the 5 bedrooms on 2 floors gave everyone space and you didn't feel disturbed at all. The beach, only 150 metres away, is fabulous and we could walk for miles with the dogs who really loved it. It was great to see the seals - their heads popped up from the water and it was like they were watching us in the same way we were watching them :-) We would also like to thank Sue for the fantastic friendly service, it's a much nicer experience than booking with any other holiday letting organisation. We ordered food on the internet and it was all unpacked and put away in cupboards, fridge and freezer when we arrived. We will definitely come back next year. We will book as soon as we have the dates for the school holidays. Thank you.
Mia and Co


What a wonderful week in such a wonderful house. St Benets in Sea Palling, there's no place that I'd rather be. It took 30 seconds to walk to the beach. We went for a walk along the beach every day. It is such a well presented house with loads of character I didn't want to leave!

“Our first time at Hidden Gem but not East Ruston Cottages.   The cottage is absolutely wonderful and has a very homely feel.  We have had a really relaxing holiday in a stunning location and Hidden Gem is like a home from home.  The beach and dunes are beautiful and the garden has been perfect for our two hounds!  A very dog friendly holiday cottage. All the extra little touches and the welcome gifts have been much appreciated!  We will definitely be back!! "

Phil and Clare with Pepo and Molly
Testimonial for Hidden Gem (Dog friendly holiday cottage in Norfolk)

“Our first stay at Red Roofs and we will definately be returning. Beautiful house and location. Garden is perfect for the dogs, house is well equipped and the welcome pack is a great gesture. We will be back next year ..... just hope you aren't fully booked!"

Vicky and Colin
Testimonial for Red Roofs

“Thank you so much for allowing us to be your first guests in Corner Cottage. My first impression was "WOW!". The cottage is amazing, you have thought of everything (even supplied fantastic weather!). The decoration is lovely, beds so comfortable. It was so nice to be able to bring the dogs so they could have a holiday with us and experience the beach for the first time."

Sandra and Steve
Testimonial for Corner Cottage
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