Heather Cottage

  • Dogs: 5 but flexible / reactive dog friendly

  • Sleeps Max: 5

  • Bedrooms: 3

  • Bathrooms: 1

Dog friendly, stylish and cosy cottage in Happisburgh

“What a cottage (so good we’ve booked again for next year!). Everything and more we could have wished for. Dogs have had a whale of a time, in fact, think we’ve walked their legs off! Love this area, it really makes for a relaxing break.

 Heather Cottage is a stylish, cosy and comfortable three bedroom dog friendly Happisburgh cottage in one of the most popular villages in this area of Norfolk.  Like so many of our property owners, Heather Cottage owners have dogs of their own so they completely understand how important it is to be properly dog friendly!

  • It’s only a hop and skip from the local dog friendly pub, The Hill House,
  • A lovely, easy stroll to the dog friendly, sandy beach and plenty of easy, livestock free countryside walks.
  • The village shop sells a great range of local produce and crafts.
  • Happisburgh is home to Fair Maiden, the best fresh fish shop for miles around!  And it’s just round the corner.
  • Walk to a great little dog friendly cafe – Smallsticks – along the cliffs at Cart Gap.
  • On certain weekends you can  climb up the iconic striped lighthouse or up the church tower – with some incredible views!
  • Are you a history buff? The village is full of some beautiful old buildings and history… plus plenty of peace and quiet.
  • For children there is a great play area with a zip wire just above the beach and a big grass play area nearby.
  • Happisburgh has a wealth of fossils, flint tools and even mammoth teeth and bones.  The oldest known human footprints have been found here
  • It was the First known settlement in Northern Europe.  Read more here


For the dogs:

  • Dog throws for sofa, bowls, poo bags etc
  • Welcome pack with local goodies including home made dog biscuits
  • Crates: 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 can provide all sizes for free loan.  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 contact sue@eastrustoncottages.co.uk for a dog sitter recommendation – Shannons Sitting Services – or Sue may be able to do it.
  • Stairgate on request
  • Fully enclosed garden
  • Great walks to the dog friendly beach from the door
  • Dog wash hose outside the front door.

For the humans:

  • All bed linen and towels
  • All electricity
  • Superfast fibre broadband
  • Highchair on request
  • Welcome pack of local goodies
  • TVs in the 2 double bedrooms
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About the property

All about the inside:

Living room
With a multi fuel stove in the fireplace and deep-filled leather sofas, the living room is a great place to relax. Warm decor and well thought out furnishings make this a very comfortable room. You can enjoy the large flat screen tv with Freeview and the DAB digital music centre. Double doors open into the ….

Dining room
Table and chairs and more lovely bits of furniture for very comfortable dining. The table is right by the French doors opening out into the garden and there are another set of double doors opening into the kitchen which means this whole downstairs living space can be as open or enclosed as you like; very flexible and full of light in the summer or closed up and cosy in the winter.

The kitchen is well equipped with dishwasher, washing machine, fridge and freezer. There is an electric cooker with fan oven and microwave with integrated oven and grill, toaster, kettle and smoothie maker as well as a wide selection of other kitchen equipment; perfect for self catering. There is a breakfast bar with stools for sitting at.  An Alexa is supplied here too for entertaining the chef!

Back into the hall, with hanging space for coats and room for boots, and up the stairs to…..

Bedroom 1
Kingsize bed with crisp and cosy bed linen and solid wood chest of drawers storage and decorative hanging hooks.  Lovely wallpaper choices to make this stylish and pleasing on the eye and views over the garden.  Wall mounted smart tv connected to the wifi.

Bedroom 2
Kingsize bed with crisp and cosy bed linen and solid wood chest of drawers storage and decorative hanging hooks.
Lovely wallpaper choices to make this stylish and pleasing on the eye and views over the garden.  Wall mounted smart tv connected to the wifi.

Bedroom 3
Single bed with luxurious bed linen and storage.  More lovely wallpaper choices in here too and views onto the quiet lane in front of the house.

Shower room
Shower, sink and toilet. Recently refurbished, modern and comfortable. Lots of lovely little details too!

All about the outside:

The private rear garden is laid mainly to lawn with borders.  Small but fully enclosed with 5ft high solid fencing and with garden furniture provided for sitting out on sunny days.  The back gate goes to the dedicated parking area for the house where there is room for one car.  Other cars can be parked in front of the cottage on the very quiet lane leading up to the church.

Dog and boot washing hose outside the front door.

If you would like friends or family to stay within a short walk they could stay at  The Crib.  If booked then we have a selection of other properties nearby.  Search for them on the property page of the website.

Will this property suit my dogs?

With the garden being so secure and the house tucked away in a quiet part of the village, most dogs are comfortable here.  There are neighbours but little can be seen of them.  The beach is an easy walk away and usually quite quiet and there are some lovely walks along the coast and inland too, suiting most dogs (very little livestock or other dogs).

Please note:

  • Heather Cottage is a non smoking property.
  • Arrival time is 4pm, check out time is 10am.
  • All duvets and pillows at Heather Cottage is non-feather.
  • Most supermarkets deliver to Happisburgh if you want to place a grocery order.



Steps to access garden from parking and into house.  Open plan living area.  All bedrooms and bathroom upstairs.  Downstairs toilet.  May be suitable for wheelchairs on the ground floor,  There are french doors at the back into the garden but still steps to negotiate.

Reviews / Testimonials


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“We have had a fabulous week! Never been to Norfolk before but we will be back! Fantastic location to get to know the area. The cottage is stunning, with everything we could have wanted for a comfortable stay. Very tastefully decorated, very clean. Toby, our 13 month old Labrador thought it was home from home. So chilled out after his many walks on the beach and his first ever trip on a boat from Wroxham. The area is so dog friendly it’s amazing. Visited many beaches and the weather has been very kind to us. Brilliant holiday – 10/10!” – Lesley, Adrian and Toby

“Had a lovely break in this cosy, comfy and spotless cottage.  So nice to see dogs so well catered for!  They loved it 🙂  Fantastic beach walks up and down the coast.   The Hill House Inn up the road is very friendly, lovely food and we could dine with our dogs : We would love to return soon.  Thank you very much.” – Cookie, Ginny and Fred, With humans Lynne, Sarah and Caroline

“Had a fantastic time here.  Heather Cottage has everything (especially for the dogs).  Lovely to be able to walk to the pub and stagger back down the hill (hic)  Had great walks to Smallsticks Cafe, Walcott and even ventured to Sea Palling (8 mile round trek – not for the faint hearted!)  This cottage has been amazing to stay in, felt at home as soon as we walked through the door!” – Margaret and Barry with Evie and Winnie

“Great cottage and wifi extremely welcomed.   Cottage brilliant for the dogs and access to the pub most welcome!  Would recommend a stay to any family with 4 legged friends!” – Jackie, Chris, Aloys and Matt with Holly, Darcy and Betty

“Cottage as nice as we remembered!  Good walks and good food!  Recommend a selection of shellfish and salmon from Fair Maiden (the best fish shop in the area – just a short walk from the cottage!) Sasha settled in well and remembered the route to Smallsticks Cafe and Walcott Cafe!  Think we own a foodie dog!  We hope to be back soon!” – Julie and Alan + Sasha Staffie

“Have had a lovely short break to Heather Cottage.  The cottage is very well equipped and the girls all loved their biscuits.  We’ve done a tour of the beaches (Winterton, Horsey, Cart Gap and Happisburgh) and cafes (Dunes, Poppylands and Smallsticks) All highly recommended!  I’m sure we will be back. – Rebecca and Heidi with Cassie, Tilly, Indy and Ruby

“Our first visit to Norfolk and our stay at Heather Cottage.  We found the cottage really well equipped and comfortable.  The welcome pack was much appreciated.  Meg loved the home made biscuits. The most comfortable bed in all the holiday cottages we’ve ever stayed in.  Meg loved the beaches, especially Sea Palling and Horsey Beach, called in for lunch at Smallsticks Cafe which was excellent.  Had a fab week weather wise.  Will recommend to family and friends.” – Elaine and Gary and Meg the Springer Spaniel

“First impressions on arrival, WOW! What a lovely cottage. Last impressions, WOW! What a lovely cottage! Warm and cosy, well appointed, great location! Thanks for the welcome pack! We had some great walks on the local beaches, the dogs loved it. Ate in the Hill House every night, great food! We would love to come back!” – Kim and Lindsey

“We have really enjoyed our stay at Heather Cottage. The dogs settled straight away, and loved the early morning beach walks. It was a real treat to explore this part of Norfolk. Thank you for the lovely welcome pack, we went for extra supplies of the biscuits, the dogs loved them!” – Wendy and Johnston

“This is our first visit to Norfolk and Heather Cottage and we have loved it! Thank you for our doggie treats and the lovely welcoming cottage, we have loved our stay and have felt very welcomed everywhere we have gone! We loved the beach and the walk to the Small Sticks cafe and Bacton Woods and so many other places!” – Maddie, Holly and Izzy

“We have had a lovely stay at Heather Cottage, just relaxing and walking the dogs on the beach and at Bacton Woods.  The owner, was so helpful to us in our time of need, (car breakdown) even taking me to Tesco to get supplies. Thank you! We love the quiet pace of life annd everyone is so friendly. Sad to be leaving! Five stars to Heather Cottage! Love it, love it, love it!!” – Terry and Deborah

“We have had a lovely week at Heather cottage. The cottage was lovely and warm, cosy, very well equipped and in a great location. We enjoyed our beach walks at Sea Palling and Winterton. We also went to see the seals at Horsey – well worth going! And thanks for the lovely welcome pack, the pooches loved the biscuits!” –  Poppy and Peter

“This is our 6th visit to Norfolk and our 5th ERC property. This cottage is ideally placed for daily walks on the gorgeous Happisburgh beach and a great place to explore from. The cottage is comfortable and the bed provides for a great night sleep. Shame that the pigeons are so noisy! Loved hearing the church bells on a Sunday though, a nice relaxing holiday so thank you!” – Gill and George

“We have had a fab holiday in the best cottage and surroundings for our needs so far!! We find it hard to cater for our mum, dad (83 years old) and our 5 dogs. Its a lovely cottage and fab walking!”






How to find us

How to find us: Full address: Church Street, Happisburgh, NR12 0QS.
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Or – From the A149 Stalham by pass take the turning just north of Stalham signposted to Bacton, Walcott and Gas Terminal. Turn left at the end of this road (Stepping Stone Lane). Keep going on this road, the B1159, past East Ruston church on your right for approximately 4 miles until you reach the crossroads, signposted to Ridlington to your left and Happisburgh to your right. Turn right here and after about a mile you will come into the village, past the fish shop, then look out for the village sign and take the road on the left up to the church. The property is on the left, access to the house is off this road, parking is at the back.