Do have a read of this great blog post written by a guest at Hidden Gem
and some of the independent guest reviews here.
“What a fantastic week, Hidden Gem has exceeded my expectations in every way. Fantastic walks from the door, miles of dunes and beach, very friendly locals who love it when dogs get to play with visitors!”
This much loved little gem of a cottage has the famously dog friendly Winterton Dunes (see more about wonderful Winterton beach and dunes on the beaches page of the website!) literally at the back door step. So miles of walks on the sandy beach and the dunes are right there for you and your dogs and there are some really easy and beautiful circular walks too – see here. Winterton village has a dog friendly pub, a small store, Post Office, tea room and fish and chip shop.
Pretty much the perfect dog friendly Norfolk holiday village!
When you arrive: There is room for one car on the off road bit of parking outside the cottage shed. Parking for extra car may be found round the corner on the residential road.
Go through the gate to the small front yard laid to shingle and astroturf and fully enclosed with 6ft gate and fencing all round and bistro table and chairs – an ideal place to sit and enjoy the sunshine. Lovely seaside themed decorations here too and little bit of greenery. Enter via the big conservatory with tiled floor and furnished with sofa, 2 arm chairs, large footstool, coffee table and with window and roof blinds. Another sun trap – dogs love it in here. From here straight into the…
Lounge: with wood burning fireplace, antique features, 2 two seater leather sofas, armchair and footstool. Flat screen TV with HD, freesat and Netflix, Blu Ray DVD player, CD player/radio/bluetooth. From here you go through the …
Hallway/corridor: Light and airy with dresser and book shelf and a lobby area with hooks for coats and space for boots. Off this is the….
Downstairs bath/shower room: with WC, separate shower and bath, basin, towel rail and storage cabinet.
Kitchen: Generous size and very light and airy with wide view onto dunes. Fitted with appliances inc electric oven/hob, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, microwave, toaster and slow cooker. Table and chairs to seat 4. Back door leads out onto the dunes.
Back through towards the Lounge and on the right are the…
Stairs: Steep, due to the age of the cottage but have handrails on both sides and are carpeted.
Front bedroom: has two single beds with metal frames, wooden floor, arm chair, wardrobe and chest of drawers, feature fireplace and overlooks front garden
Back bedroom: has a double bed, wooden floor, bedside tables, wardrobe, chair and chest of drawers and overlooks the dunes. A lovely place to wake up in the morning!
- Hidden Gem is a non-smoking property
- Bookings are from Friday – Friday with short breaks available occasionally out of season
(Nov – Feb excluding school hols) Please do ask if interested.
- Hidden Gem is a terraced property with a passageway running down the side. Although this is the neighbours property, Hidden Gem has right of access to use from the back door only to gain access to the back gate and onto the Dunes.
- Please do ensure that you consider our neighbours by keeping dogs from barking unnecessarily if possible and ensuring that any dog mess is cleared immediately from the area at the back. Your co-operation in this is much appreciated.
- This property may not be suitable for noise reactive dogs.
- Please do not leave dogs alone in this property.
This is how dog friendly we are!
- 1 large and 1 medium dog crates
- Stair gate
- Couple of soft dog beds, blankets, throws and towels
- Dog bowls, spare leads, dog collar tag with ‘On Holiday’ to borrow
What else we provide for you!
- High Speed Fibre WIFI
- All bed linen and towels
- Filter coffee machine
- Hairdryer in each bedroom
- Extra outside chairs, buckets spades, beach mats and binoculars
- Maps, books, DVDs, CDs, games, jigsaws, pads, pens, pencils and colouring books.
- Oil fired central heating throughout and first basket of logs and kindling for woodburning stove (further supplies available locally)
- Travel cot and high chair available upon request
What a fantastic week, Hidden Gem has exceeded my expectations in every way. Fantastic walks from the door, miles of dunes and beach, very friendly locals who love it when dogs get to play with visitors! The Fisherman’s Return is lovely, friendly, very dog friendly, good lunches. The Dunes Cafe is great for coffee and breakfasts, the little huts are great to stop the wind. Everything you might need has been thought about at Hidden Gem, it’s totally gorgeous and I can’t wait ’til I’m back for a week in October. Thank you so much.
Words cannot describe how complete Hidden Gem is – fab! Everyone loved it. Coming back! Booked another 2 weeks already!
Wow – what a gem! So warm and welcoming and just about everything is here that you could wish for – plus more! The location is fantastic our girls have loved the beach, then coming back to snooze in front of the fire. So much thought has gone into everything at Hidden Gem. We will be recommending it and I’m sure that we will be back!
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Location & Directions
How To Find Us:
How to find us: No 2 May Cottages, Back Road, Winterton on Sea. NR29 4BG
Directions: Enter Winterton village from the end of Black Street, past the church on your left hand side. Next look out for the small supermarket store on the left, just before the road narrows, and turn left in front of it, straight into Back Road following it nearly all the way down, with the high terracotta wall on the right. Hidden Gem is the second to last cottage on the right.
Some of the fabulous comments from the Hidden Gem guestbook...
"Thank you so much, we love this cottage by the sea! 'home from home', you even you put milk in the fridge! We found the Dunes Cafe great and most of all doggy day care 'The Doghouse' - a godsend and 5* service! Saw seals in the sea and had great beach walks. The BEST doggy accommodation/holiday by far. All the homely little touches here - well you thought of everything! A very relaxing and enjoyable week. Hope we can come again! And very clean, everything spotless" - Penny & Alan, Pickle & Pops!! xx
"Best holiday cottage location we have experienced to date, that said, Hidden Gem had so much more to offer than just the location. It is the first holiday let where we have wanted for nothing in terms of everything you could possibly want in a holiday cottage was to hand, from kitchen tin foil, to a beach windbreak. Lovely small sheltered back garden to grab some afternoon relaxation time with a book and a cold drink. The attention to detail with the interior decor and maritime theme was amazing. We would definitely stay again. A most appropriately named property" - Simon Kelly and family.
"Hidden Gem is a very good name as that's what it is. From the moment we walked in we knew we would be happy at home for the week. The dune walk to the beach, which went on for miles. We even spent a couple of days sitting there, taking in the sea and the sun. We travelled to local shops and beaches. Recommend Poppylands and The Fisherman's Return. Definitely coming back next year! PS Dogs loved it too. Their little legs couldn't run any faster! Thank you all." - Jo, Gary, Duchess and Beau xx
"What a fantastic week, we have had!! Wall to wall sunshine. We have enjoyed numerous walks along the beach and in the dunes and Barnaby has been in the sea at least 3 times every day – we have actually managed to tire him out! Hidden Gem really lives up to its name – a perfect holiday cottage and by far the best equipped we have ever been in! Thank you to Brenda for the lovely scones and jam and welcome pack on arrival. It was very much appreciated." - Sandy and Steve, Vicky and Steve and Barnaby (12 month old chocolate lab)
"Wow! We were lucky enough to get a late booking and it’s been the most beautiful cottage we’ve ever stayed in. The decors, home touches and thoughtful touches (like the lemon drizzle cake mmm!) have made our week even better. The area is beautiful (even on a rainy Tuesday!) and returning to the cottage after long sandy walks really finished the days off well. We’re taking a little bit of heaven home with us in our memories and we definitely will return." - Diane and Andy
"Thank you for what ranks in our top 3 most dog friendly cottages in the UK so far! It is lovely to stay where dogs are welcome, not just tolerated! Thank you Brenda for the scones that were almost as good as my mums! Our short break was spent mainly walking sections of the Norfolk Coastal Path enjoying the wildlife and scenery at each section. Incidentally the maps and folder with suggested walks were an excellent resource for us!" - Val, Steven, Leo and Poppy
"You have a gorgeous house Laura and Pete – we would love a house just like this! It is so warm and welcoming and has everything for a perfect stay inside or right on the doorstep. Brenda – thank you for making everything so clean and for the gorgeous welcome warm welcome with bread, milk, doggie treats and your gorgeous home made scones and jam – delicious! Thank you for Sinks birthday card – how thoughtful! Beautiful walks on the beach everyday – the dogs were in heaven, on our last morning we were down there to watch the sunrise – so special! We have met lots of lovely friendly people – everyone here seems to be so happy – we can definitely see why! We had a delicious meal in The Fishermans Return on our first night, and enjoyed pints of local ale too! We also had fish and chips from the local chip shop – yummy! Gorgeous breakfasts at The Dunes Cafe and their hot chocolate and cakes are also recommended after a long beach walk! We also enjoyed a warm welcome at the Nelson’s Head in Horsey – we walked in on their annual sloe gin competition and it was great fun – got to join in with their sample tasting! We also had a trip to Happisburgh to stock up on yummy Nero’s Kitchen biccies for the pups and stopped for a pint at the Hill House Inn – lovely! Another recommendation is The Causeway Butchers near Sea Palling – we bought some of their sausages but a highlight was the beer and treacle back bacon – OMG! It is to die for!! Dogs and humans really don’t want to leave – it really is a home from home we’ve all settled in perfectly – think we’re going to have to search the local estate agents!!" - Helen and Co.
"A gorgeous house - probably the best equipped I've ever stayed in, waiting for nothing at all! The welcome pack was a lovely surprise too - the lemon drizzle cake was simply delicious and the dog biscuits were very much appreciated. Bobby has had an amazing time - he's a trainee guide dog for his 'normal' life and we do volunteer boarding, so lucky Bobby has had a holiday with us. It's been a delight - at 16 month, everything has been new and exciting, though he has realised that he can't eat sand. Shops in the village are all very friendly and happy to let him in, so all good practice when he goes back to London to start his advanced training. he's loved all the throws, beds and toys - couldn't believe his luck! The whole holiday has been absolutely amazing thanks!!" - Mel, Paul and Bobby
"Hidden Gem is exactly as it sounds. What a gem of a place you have here. You could not ask for anything more, everything you need is right here in this cottage and on its doorstep. All our dogs have enjoyed every minute, they particularly loved the beach! As for the humans not only having the enjoyment of watching our doggies having so much FUN on the beach. We also had the pleasure of watching the seals popping up to say hello in the sea, not to mention the naughty pleasure of those wonderful scones and huge meals at the Dunes Cafe. Many thanks." - Faith, Lucca and Lily
"Hidden Gem well it really is. The little cottage is lovely and cosy, plenty of space and amazingly equipped for the dogs. The owners have thought of everything. Outside a short walk along the dunes you have the most beautiful dog friendly beach. To see all the dogs running, digging and swimming is brilliant. My dog will definitely miss his morning swim! 5 minute walk to the Fishersmans return a lovely dog friendly pub perfect for a cheeky pint after a walk. It was lovely to arrive after a long journey to have essentials already here, the kettle was straight on!! We will definitely be back" - Zoe, Harrison Jas, Louis and Karen
The whole family left reviews!
"A wonderful week in Hidden Gem, it was our first visit to Winterton on Sea but we will definitely return and Hidden Gem will be our home from home. Everything is been perfect our three dogs have had an amazing time running free through the dunes and beautiful beach, My husband says thank you for his birthday cake and bottle of fizz & a big "woof" for the home made doggie biscuits. Thank you for making our week so relaxed and enjoyable by thinking of everything in Hidden Gem." - Sharon, Mick, Lynx, Blue & Alfie
"Sitting on the patio at the Dunes cafe, had a full English breakfast, (lovely!), looked out the the sunny beach (heaven!!), did not want to move. Lunch & dinners at the Fisherman's Return, very good and dogs welcome. Out the back door and on to the dunes, dogs paradise, you can walk for miles! Another lovely walk for dogs is Bacton Woods. Thank you to the owners for a lovely stay and for a comfortable, well equipped cottage. " - Ray, Maggie, Hope, Nala & Elsie.
"Home from Home cottage, fantastic location, the dogs have loved it, so did we! Lots of good days out, walked to the Nelsons Head at Horsey via the dunes – 4 miles each way, the dogs were pooped the next day so we just chilled out which is so easy to do here. we didn’t have time to do lots of the recommended days out as just ran out of time. We shall be back!" - Chris, Chris & Sarah, Zac & Zara
"Despite the horrendous weather, it's been the most relaxing week. Managed some walks with Poppy, and she got to see the seals and meet lots of new doggy friends. Have stayed in many different places in Norfolk but this is by far the best. Perfect location to chill out and relax with walks right on the doorstep. Maisie loved the dunes and the sandy beach. Perfect place for what will likely be my Poppy's holiday. Will definitely be back - this cottage is so cozy - so very sad to leave" - Tracey, Poppy, and Maisie.
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