East Ruston Cottages

Hidden Gem – Winterton

Sleeps 4

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. 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 holiday village!

When you arrive

Parking: There is room for one large car, possibly 2 small one if parked carefully, on the off road bit of parking outside the cottage shed.

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. TV (HD and Freeview), Blu Ray DVD player, CD player. 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….

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 out of season (Nov – Feb excluding school hols)
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:

  • High Speed Fibre WIFI
  • All bed linen and towels
  • 1 large and 1 medium dog crates.
  • Hairdryer in each bedroom
  • Couple dog beds, blankets, throws and towels.
  • Dog bowls and few spare leads.
  • 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)

Max No. of dogs: 4

Just a few 2018 weeks left to book!


Our very first guests loved it! Here’s what they had to say….

“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  April 2017

And a year later guests are still loving it….!

“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!
J + P + Bob & Molly  April 2018

“Words cannot describe how complete Hidden Gem is – fab!  Everyone loved it. Coming back!  Booked another 2 weeks already!”
Tracey, Ray with Frida, Amora, Ozzie and Harry – April 2018


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 samples from the pages of our guestbook, on which every single page there are the MOST wonderful glowing comments!  Hidden Gem really is just that!


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