Heather Cottage – Happisburgh

Sleeps 5 in 3 bedrooms

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!


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.

It’s not only a hop and skip from the local dog friendly pub, The Hill House, but a lovely stroll to the dog friendly, sandy beach and plenty of easy, livestock free countryside walks. The garden is fully enclosed and your dogs are most welcome. The owners have dogs of their own so they completely understand how important it is to be properly dog friendly!

In Happisburgh you can also enjoy the best fresh fish shop for miles around, a funky little burger caravan in the summer months, a cafe attached to the pub and yet another 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 out to sea and inland.

If you like history, it is here in spades (or bones!)- some of the most ancient human settlements finds have been made on the beach – so many hand axes have been found it is almost boring!  And if not prehistoric tools, then witches stones, sea glass, shells – all there to find on a wander on the beach with the dogs.

The village is full of some beautiful old buildings and a lot of 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 playing field
well away from any traffic.

When you arrive:

The entrance to the Cottage is via a private path alongside a quiet lane which lead to Happisburgh Church. Parking is to the rear of the cottage. In through the front door and into the hallway with cloakroom and with room for boots and coats. Off this is the….

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.

Back into the hall 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.

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.

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!

The private rear garden is laid mainly to lawn with borders. Small but fully enclosed with 5ft high solid fencing  with garden furniture provided for sitting out on sunny days. The back gate goes to the dedicated parking area for the house.

If you would like friends or family to stay within a short walk they could book High Barn, Thatchers or The Crib

We Provide:



  • Dog throws for sofa, bowls, poo bags etc
  • Welcome pack with local goodies including home made dog biscuits
  • Small, medium or large dog crate on request
  • Stairgate on request
  • Fully enclosed garden
  • Great walks to the dog friendly beach from the door


  • All bed linen and towels
  • All electricity
  • Superfast fibre broadband
  • Highchair on request

Max No. of dogs: 5 ish (but do ask, we are flexible!)


What a fabulous place to spend a glorious September week. Comfortable, well thought out with everything we needed for a lovely holiday. Best breakfast at the sugar and spice cafe in Bacton, the best dinners were at the Whitehorse at Neatishead and The Butchers Arms. Keith and Jane 

What a cottage (so good we’ve booked again for next year!). Everything and more we could have wished for. Weather has been good to us. 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. Joyce and Jeanette 

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Location & Directions

How To Find Us:

How to find us: Full address: Church Street, Happisburgh, NR12 0QS.


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 and a wind turbine on your left, 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.


Some of the fantastic (that word appears a lot!) comments from some of the many lovely guests and their dogs who have enjoyed their holidays at Heather Cottage...

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 Burgers On The Beach! (and 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

A lovely week in Heather Cottage. Very comfortable and well equipped. Thank you! We visited Cromer, ate at Small Sticks Cafe, we also went to Cart Gap but the favourite of all the seals at Horsey Beach! Thank you for the welcome pack, Archie and Wilf loved the biscuits. A fantastic, peaceful break was had by us all!
Jayne, Simon, Ben and Sophie

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. Louise, the owner, was so helpful to us in our time of need, (car breakdown) even taking me to Tesco to get supplies. Thank you Louise, we love the quiet pace of life annd enveryone 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

Thoroughly relaxing stay for all – especially the dog! Comfortable cottage in a good location to walks and coffee and cake. Great crabs from the local fish shop – our holiday revolved around walks and food!
Julie and Alan

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!

We have all had a fabulous week at Heather Cottage and will recommend East Ruston Cottages to all our friends and family. Thanks for the gorgeous welcome gifts. Favourite beaches - Happisburgh and Holkham. Delicious food at Hill House Inn, Smallsticks, Lighthouse at Walcott, Crown at Banningham, Fair Maiden fresh fish shop at Happisburgh.

Another cracker from East Ruston Cottages!! Thank you for sharing your lovely cottage with us. A different beach every day for us to enjoy with the dogs. Had such a great week.
PS Great food at the Ship Inn at Mundesley.
Annette and Jane, Keira, Merlot and Reuben

Had a lovely week in the very well equipped Heather Cottage. Lovely beach and decorations and welcome pack was enjoyed by all. Had amazingly sunny weather and some beautiful walks on the beach. Great long walks down the track in Blacksmith Lane and out to the cliff to Walcott and down on the beach and back to The Lighthouse.
Paul and Holly, Zeus, Bella and Candy



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