Hidden Gem – Winterton

Sleeps 4

Do have a read of this great blog post written by a guest at Hidden Gem ….here
and some of the independent guest reviews here.

“Wow! We were lucky enough to get a late booking and it’s been the most beautiful cottage we’ve ever stayed in. The decor, home touches and thoughtful touches have made our week even better. The area is beautiful and returning to the cottage after long sandy walks really finished the days off well”

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, super dog friendly cafe, a small stores 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. 32″ 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 all new 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!

Please note
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 an alleyway running down one side,
and shares a communal area onto the dunes at the back.
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.

We Provide:

This is how dog friendly we are!

  • 1 large and 1 medium dog crates
  • Stair gate
  • Two dog beds, blankets, throws and towels
  • Dog bowls and few spare leads

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 and jigsaw board. 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

Max No. of dogs: 4

If this is the cottage for you then why not book it online 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! 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.


We have had the best time at Hidden Gem and are really sad to be going home.  The cottage is perfect for a quiet getaway and so dog friendly, we didn’t need to bring anything except our hounds; there is even a toy box!


Words cannot describe how complete Hidden Gem is – fab!  Everyone loved it. Coming back!  Booked another 2 weeks already!



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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 

"Fantastic cottage in a truly fabulous location. Comfy beds, good shower. This is my favourite cottage so far and we have been to many. We came here mainly for the location for my 11.5 year old golden retriever who loves the beach. He absolutely it and his younger brother did too. The Kitchen was extremely well equipped. No negatives at all, brilliant in every way!" - Julie, solomon, Simon and Eli. 

"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

"Another lovely stay at the beautiful Hidden Gem. Fantastic coffee and cake at The Dunes Cafe in the sunshine.  Wonderful dinner at the Fisherman's Return; highly recommend the Boozy Beef pie - yum!  Beautiful setting.  Thank you for the welcome pack and the lovely lemon drizzle cake.  Fish and chip shop was goo too.  Love supporting local people.   Looking forward to our next visit!" - Charlotte, Andrew, Albie and Bella.

"Huge thanks for such a beautiful home from home.  We have loved every minute of our stay, especially the dogs.  We will return!  Cake was amazing - need more!  " - Pam and Mike with Sasha, Tilly, Lola and Jake

"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)

"Bob and Molly have had a great time, miles of walks from the door.   Our highlight was watching seals on the beach at Horsey.  We have had seafood almost every night from Dabs and Crabs, Hemsby Road, Scratby, NR29 3PQ (less than 3 miles away)  The Causeway Butcher (Sea Palling) has wonderful steak and bacon and for everything else  the 2 local shops are well stocked.  Every is v v friendly and welcoming.  The bed (double) is so comfy and you can hear the sea!!  We will be coming back!" - J + P + Bob and Molly

"Our first time at Hidden Gem but not our first time with ERC.  The cottage is absolutely wonderful and has such a homely feel.  We have had a really relaxing holiday in a stunning location and Hidden Gem is like a home from home.  Don’t miss the stargazing if there is a clear night while you are here! " - 
Phil, Clare, Pepo and Molly

"This cottage looked gorgeous on the website and we were not disappointed.  Entered into the enclosed garden through conservatory and into the beautifully decorated cottage – so cosy and the scones and dog biscuits were such a welcome touch too!  The access to the dunes and short walk onto the beach was amazing and Deano, our 7 year old cavalier was running around like a puppy – he slept soundly every night!"

"Cannot praise it enough – thank you." - Jim, Terry and Dino

"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

"A real gem of a cottage! Beautifully positioned for dog walking with excellent local facilities, we will definitely return A.S.A.P!" - Julia & Stephen Smart

"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

"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! " - Beccy and Paul

"We’ve had a wonderful week at Hidden Gem. What a beautiful cottage and stunning location. Our lovely dog has ran herself to a standstill, which is a hard task! Apart from the early morning walks we also enjoyed the Old Vicarage gardens and can recommend it for anyone! Also recommend a day out on a hire boat at Horsey Mill is a peaceful way to appreciate nature and wide life. Dogs welcome too! We’ll be back again next year too!" - Midge, Nick and Indy

"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

"We had a lovely week at Hidden Gem! We had a long walk to Horsey beach and saw lots of seals; they were fatter and smellier than we thought. We went up to Happisburgh lighthouse and watched the beach from the top. We also went to Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach and went on lots of rides. There were dog friendly arcades but it was too noisey. One of the best parts was hiring a day boat from Martham and exploring the Norfolk Broads. One Tuesday night we watched the fireworks at Hemsby from right outside the cottage from the dunes. We enjoyed playing on the beach and had very nice weather. It was a great holiday and the cottage was perfect. Thank you!" - Written by Max (aged 9) and my family Isobel, Brian and George

"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

"Thank you for a lovely week in your beautiful cottage. The dogs really enjoyed themselves and so did we. Fab walks along the dunes and beach. Places to eat we really like - Smallsticks Cafe and Poppylands. For meals out our favourites - Charcoal Grill Steak House at Yarmouth and The Swan at Ingham. Thank you again for another great East Ruston Cottages holiday." - Michelle and Steve with Reg, Scrub and Ouzo

"We have had a lovely week in wonderful Hidden Gem. Perfect to be able to walk straight out of the back door and onto the dunes. Dogs loved the wide, mainly empty beach and Aisha the thoughtfully provided dog tag - she forgot hers! Cottage is perfect, very welcoming and cosy. Even our very nervous dog settled in straight away. Lovely to go to sleep hearing the sea."

"Perfect location also for the Broads - Martham Staithe was lovely and quiet. Fisherman's Return, Nelson's Head and the Hill House in Happisburgh were all good and dog friendly - the latter very welcoming. Dunes Cafe - nice lunches and Poppyland great for cake - dogs allowed. We have enjoyed it all so much - we'll be back in November!" - Dee and Steve with Barney, Youla, Aisha and Calla

"What a lovely cottage, we have had a lovely relaxing week. Ideally situated for walking, the dogs have loved it as much as we have. So peaceful and the little garden is a sun trap for tea and cake in the afternoon. The rooms are so cosy and welcoming and the bed is really comfy. Dunes cafe for coffee after a walk and the pub for lunch. Great food. Thank you Hidden Gem for a great holiday!" - Tina and Paul with Nora and Moss

"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." - Wendy and Lottie

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


"44 years since we were last in Winterton, Teenagers - Pensions!
So pleased it has hardly changed and delighted to have come across Hidden Gem, where we have had the most wonderful relaxing week.  Our girls Freya & Esme the Briards have loved their dunes and beach walks.  We wont leave it another 44 years & hope to be back next year." - Sue, Richard, Freya & Esme

Our first visit to Winterton on Sea and Hidden Gem.  What a fantastic location and a superb beautifully equipped cottage. We have all enjoyed a lovely week, Ella the dog has settle in amazingly well and thoroughly enjoyed her walks and the welcome she has received everywhere.  The cottage is a real home from home and everything you need is here.
Thank you for the lovely welcome goodies and for letting us enjoy your super holiday cottage." - Paul, Judie & Ella


"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.


"Another pleasant stay at Hidden Gem, this is our 3rd visit so the dogs knew where they were.  Loving the Dunes Cafe and splishing in the sea.  Very friendly owners at the Fisherman's Return with lovely food too! Beautiful welcome basket on our arrival, the dogs say thank you too - they loved their treats.  Another relaxing peaceful holiday. 2 very tired but contented dogs." - Charlottle, Andrew, Albie & Bella.

"Thank you so much we love this cottage by the sea, ‘Home from Home’ you even put milk in the fridge! We found the Dunes Café great and a most of all the doggy day care  “The Dog House” a godsend with 5* service!  Saw seals in the sea, had great beach walks. The best “doggy” accommodation/holiday by far!  All the homely little touches here – well you have thought of everything!   A very relaxing & enjoyable week  - Hope we can come again. Very clean and everything, spotless." -  Penny, Alan, Pickle & Pops

"Highlights:  Cromer, Happisburgh lighthouse, Blakeney, Horsey Windpump & recommend Ross wildlife boat trips at same location and dogs go for £1.00 !!  Oh & must not forget Poppylands 1940’s tearooms in Horsey for a cracking cream tea & more!  Thank you for providing everything you would need and more, especially the maps and information books (excellent) & the welcome basket was most thoughtful.+ -  Stephen, Maria, Hollie, Maddie and of course Murphy & Pepper

"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. 

“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
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“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
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