Holmes House

  • Dogs: Unlimited dogs / very reactive dog friendly

  • Sleeps Max: 4

  • Bedrooms: 2

  • Bathrooms: 2

A peaceful and secluded house with a very secure garden

“What an amazing place to stay! First visit to Holmes House and it won’t be our last. So welcoming. Quiet, relaxing and perfect for 6 dogs!  We were thinking of changing the locks and claiming squatter’s rights!! We don’t want to leave!  Home to book again straight away for next year. Thanks”

Sadly we won’t be able to offer Holmes House after 2022 as the owner is retiring and moving in so get booked in while you can!


  • This is a very popular dog friendly Norfolk cottage, at the end of a short, dead end track.
  • Yards away from the Weavers Way footpath, a quiet and beautiful dog friendly countryside route.
  • Walks from the door from this house are easy and quiet and rich in birds and wildlife.
  • Friends or family can stay nearby at Vineyard CottageThe Lodge or Badgers Retreat, all very dog friendly.
  • Our lovely sandy, year round dog friendly beaches are a short drive from this dog friendly Norfolk cottage – a great selection to choose from and all easily accessible. 
  • The small town of Stalham is a short drive away with shops, cafes and pubs.   
  • The wonderful Norfolk Broads are a short distance away too – perfect for dog friendly boat hire. 

For the dogs:

  • Large, medium or small dog crates if required.
  • 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 for any of the above.  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.
  • Sofa throws
  • Food/water bowls
  • Dog beds (39 x 28 cm fleece covered memory foam) and dog towels
  • Fully secure large garden with parking within and lockable gate
  • Wonderful, easy quiet walks from the door along the Weavers Way.
  • Absolutely ideal for reactive dogs!
  • Feed raw?  We have a good amount of freezer space and a partnership with the Raw Dog Food Company for free delivery and a £10 min order.

For the humans:

  • Good selection of cooking/serving equipment.
  • All bed linen and bath towels
  • All place settings, glasses, table linen. Tea towels.
  • Basket of logs for fire (additional baskets are £2.50)
  • Free wifi.
  • Information on places to visit.
  • A selection of maps and books.
  • Travel cot and highchair if required.
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About the property

All about the inside:

Spacious downstairs hallway has stone floor throughout and plenty of room for coats, books and dog beds. Open tread  wooden stairs (stair gate at bottom). Turn right and go through the door in the half glazed wall to the….

Kitchen/Dining area
Roomy and airy open plan space with fully fitted kitchen including 5 burner gas hob, electric oven, integrated fridge/freezer, dishwasher and microwave with plenty of cooking utensils. Dining area has settles and carver chairs around large pine table easily seating 6. Large windows run along one side of the dining area, letting lots of light in and with views out onto the garden.

Straight ahead from the hall is the…

Living Room
This is a large, comfy room with low beams, plenty of comfy sofa seating and at the end of the room there is a wonderful feature fireplace with wood burning stove.  Of course there is a TV too, with DVD player and Freeview. There is also a good selection of books and information about the area.

On the way to the living room (and just opposite the kitchen) you pass the..

Shower/utility Room
This room has a large shower with sliding glass door and wall handles, toilet, sink, washing machine and storage space.  Very useful room with a stone floor throughout.

Up the wooden stairs from the hallway….

Gallery landing
At one end of the landing there is a gallery area with large feature window and a seating arrangement that can be turned into a small but comfy double bed to provide extra sleeping with screens for privacy (please note this is not available for bookings made after February 2022).

There is a wardrobe on the landing and separate airing cupboard with room for clothes airer.

Bedroom 1
Double bedroom with king size oak framed bed and hanging space. Views from the window are out onto the lane and over the adjacent common land.  There is a door to the bathroom, making this room ensuite though the bathroom is shared so just be sure to make sure both doors are locked when you are in it.

Bedroom 2
This is a flexible twin room with zip and link bed which can also be made into a superking double.  Of course there is hanging and drawer space too.  Just let us know on the booking form how you want the beds made up here for your stay and it will be done.

Lots of character in this very well fitted out room with toilet, sink, bath and large power shower room in cobalt blue. Two lockable doors make it ensuite to bedroom 1 and very easily accessible from bedroom 2 and landing area.  Downlighters and a pitch pine plank ceiling make this room very warm and atmospheric.

All about the outside:

The house is at the end of the small unmade road and the entrance is through the lockable gate.  Room for 3 cars on the gravel drive and once you have closed the gate, dogs are safe to be let out into the fully enclosed grass garden.

The boundary fence is a mix of solid panel, hedge (reinforced within) and a 5 bar gate that has been reinforced to increase the height and ensure there are no gaps for escapees and no views in or out – perfect for reactive dogs! (Read more on our blog here). The gate has a lock on it for your use.   There are paddocks and woodland beyond the boundary and not a lot more.

There is also a swing seat, 4 lovely comfortable chairs and a table on the covered patio at the side of the house for those evenings sitting out, listening to the birds, owls, muntjac barking and enjoying the stars.

Will this property suit my dogs?

Yes, in a word. Unlimited dogs are welcome.  There is plenty of room to run about outside.  The walks from the door are fabulous.  The garden is secure and can’t be overlooked and dogs won’t see anything or anyone going past.  It’s pretty much doggy heaven!

Please note:

  • Holmes House is only available until the end of 2022.
  • Arrival time 4pm – Departure time 10am.
  • Caz, the friendly and helpful owner will be there to greet you on arrival (or not, if you would rather)
  • Guests are asked NOT to smoke in Holmes House please.
  • All the main supermarkets deliver.   If you want to arrange a delivery, please arrange to be there to receive it.


From the parking there is a path to the front door but then 2 steps down to the front door.  Once inside it is easy to get around and there is a downstairs toilet and shower.  The staircase is straight and does have a hand rail.  The inside of the house is not really suitable for wheelchairs users.

Reviews / Testimonials


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“This is our 4th visit.  Lovely welcome as usual from Caz.  Fantastic weather both weeks, dogs loved Sea Palling smashing dog friendly beach and a dog friendly pub nearby.  Cromer Crab lunch in Cromer.  What more could you wish for!  Thanks Caz xxx” – Freddie, Benjie and Maisie with Les, Heather, Ken and Lin

“Peaceful and comfortable stay with everything we needed in the house – thank you!
Enjoyed walking and cycling, especially on Weavers Way,  Canoeing on Hickling Broad, visit to Ranworth (church with tower, cafe and nature reserve), pub lunches at Hickling (Greyhound) and Lessingham (Star Inn) and a day in Cromer too!” – Carol, Chris and Suzanne with Henry and Digby

“Third stay at Caz’s lovely property – Weavers Way walks enough for us and our poodles to explore our favourite area. Wonderful crabs to order from Truly Local in Stalham.  Thanks Caz!!” – Gill and Stan with 7 Standard Poodles (all related)

“Wonderful break, home from home. Thank you. Back next year for visit number 4. Bacton woods every year, Horsey beach too. Truly local small store in Stalham is a must, cakes are to die for.” – Marcia, John, Mum, Charley, Flynn, Mini, Pepper and Nessa

“We had a lovely stay. Weather was cold and Windy but it didn’t rain. Lunch at Byfords Holt was lovely – great food. House was cosy and warm, dogs were relaxed. Very warm welcome from Caz, thanks for being so helpful in our momentary crisis when we arrived, it was so much appreciated. Great host!” – Kate and Rodger. Poppy, Daisy and Kip

“As always, we have had a lovely time.  Thanks Caz for your warm welcome and caring ways.  Dogs enjoyed all the walks and even found a new game, chasing birds out of the garden! (kept them occupied – lovely!)  Looking forward to the next one in June. Greyhound pub in Hickling, very friendly and lovely food.  See you soon Caz.  Woof woofs from all the dogs! (and us!)”- Heather, Lin, Les and Ken with Freddie, Benjie and Maisie

“Another super week at Holmes House. It’s just home from home. Great weather. The dogs loved their walks: Weavers Way, Sea Palling and Happisbough beaches. Felbrigg Hall – lovely walk through the woods. Enjoyed the independent shops in Holt. Looking forward to returning to Holmes House. Thanks.” – Julie and Michael. Gracie, Ali, Millie, Tilda and Dougie (Woof Woof!)

“A fantastic chilled week, just what we needed. Caz was great telling what we needed to know. Lovely house and dog proof garden. Totally a house for dogs, would recommend to everybody. Thanks Caz.”– Steve, Claire and the pups

“Had a lovely week weather was good. Nice and cosy log fire was hot and cosy. Caz keeps the house impeccable, everything here you need. Second visit here. We will be back. 3 dogs say thanks you.” – Lisa, Ken, Heather, Leo, Berogie, Massie and Freddie

“How lovely to stay in a cottage that is truly doggy friendly (not just doggy tolerant) Lovely walks and bike rides on the door step. The Kids and dogs loved it! We will share the cottage details with www.ukgsr.co.uk (German Shepherd Rescue) who are always looking for dog friendly places. Thank you, Caz!” – Tony, Rachel, Becca, Tom, Judith, Idny and Jenson

“Another wonderful week for us and the dogs. Visited Vicarage Gardens, saw plenty of seals at Horsey. Lovely walk from Horsey to Winterton and breakfast at Winterton café. Our boys loved the dog biscuits as much as we enjoyed cake, jam and lovely bread. Can recommend a visit to Happisburgh owls, this was a birthday present for Pete from Gill and Dave (here last week) A wonderful experience if you love owls! See you next year.” – Carol, Pete and the Collies

“We have thoroughly enjoyed our first visit to Holmes House. It is a fantastic house in an extremely peaceful setting. We loved just relaxing in the huge garden and the walks from the door. Lovely welcome on arrival and a very tasty basket of goodies too! Blickling Hall and pub worth a visit – good walk and food. Planning a return visit to Holmes House. Thank you!” – Anne, john, Naomi, Holly and Bracken

“Our 2nd visit to the fabulous Holmes House. Fantastic in every way Caz! Had some fab trips to the beach (Horsey, Cart Gap, Winterton & Happisburgh). Can’t recommend the following pubs enough… Nelsons Head at Horsey, Greyhound at Hickling and Hill House Inn at Happisburgh… lovely, lovely food… huge portions… PERFECT relaxing holiday a real home from home.” – Deb, Rosie, Tom & Tommy

“What an amazing place to stay! First visit to Holmes House and it won’t be our last. So welcoming. Quiet, relaxing and perfect for 6 day! We were thinking of changing the locks and claiming squatter’s rights!! We don’t want to leave 🙁 Home to book again straight away for next year. Thanks” – Debbie, Roy, Charlie, Finn, Chico, Teddy, Tabby and Milly

“Wonderful stay we all loved it. 2nd visit to Holmes House booked for next May. 2 weeks gone already!! Horsey beach for seals and Bacton woods are our favourite. Cromer’s really dog friendly, loved it. Weavers Way on doorstep is a safe lovely walk. Garden really safe! Enjoy!” – Marcia, John, Mum, Charley, Holly, Mini and Flynn

“A wonderful week! The dogs loved the freedom of the enclosed garden and their walks along Weavers Way and the beaches at Happisburgh and Wells Next The Sea. We enjoyed the warmth of Holmes House and cosy evenings by the fire. Walks at Felbrigg and Blickling Hall were followed by coffee and cake in the tearooms. Holt was a nice place to wander around independent shops. We had a great afternoon at North Norfolk Railway. 4 dogs on a steam train! The Star Inn at Lessingham is well worth a visit, great food, good beer and a friendly atmosphere. Holmes House is a great place for a dog friendly holiday. Thank you.” – Julie and Michael with Gracie, Ali, Millie and Tilda

“Another wonderful week at our second home!! Lovely weather, beach walks, trip to Norwich, seen the seals, lots of good food, Ingham Swan, Lessingham Star, Soyokaze, fish and chips and naughty prosecco and gin in the evenings by the open fire – heaven. Thanks again Caz, see you in October, much love!!” – Andy, Natalie, Ma, Christine, Loki and Maya,Oscar, Willow, Raymond and Rollo


How to find us

How to find us: Post code: NR12 9JU
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Or – From Stalham. From the A149 which bypasses Stalham take the road signposted to Bacton/Happisburgh (Stepping Stone Lane). Turn left onto the B1159 and take the first left again, just after SAM business premises. Stay on this small, tree lined road until you come out into open farmland. Turn left at the cross roads. (no through road). Holmes House is the third property along this lane.