Red Roofs

  • Dogs: 8 dogs welcome / reactive dog friendly

  • Sleeps Max: 8

  • Bedrooms: 4

  • Bathrooms: 2

Stunning dog friendly detached house on Hickling Broad

“Second stay here and booked for next year before we’ve even left!!¬† The house, garden and location are gorgeous.¬† A true home from home.¬† Everything needed for a relaxing, beach, walking holiday and it couldn’t have been better.¬† Thank you so much, see you next year!!”

Red Roofs is a spacious and rambling detached family home in a beautiful, peaceful Norfolk Broads location. Full of a comfy mix of old and new furnishings, the rooms are all filled with light.  Plenty of space for 8 guests and their dogs.  An ideal, relaxing and roomy dog friendly holiday home.

  • The back garden is HUGE,¬† enclosed and nearly all laid to grass!¬† So very dog friendly.
  • Access to the house is along a private, single track, just across from beautiful Hickling Broad.
  • The village pub is dog friendly and within easy walking distance – ¬†The Greyhound Inn
  • A selection of dog friendly local beaches are within 10 – 15 minutes drive.¬† See our page here for more details.
  • Bird watching and wildlife spotting is a great activity around Hickling.
  • Find out about boating with your dogs from our Blog post here.
  • If Red Roofs is fully booked, try our other sleeps 8 houses – Thatch Cottage, The Farmhouse and Fenside

For the dogs:

  • HUGE enclosed back garden!
  • Easy circular local walk down the private lane.
  • Dog bowls/bed
  • Dogs welcome on furniture (please use throws)
  • Two large dog crates available (others on request)
  • Dog sitting.¬† If you would like to go out for a few hours do look at our recommendations for dog sitters¬†here.
  • Plenty of freezer space for raw feeders.¬† The Raw Dog Food Company do a great range and deliver free to all ERC properties.¬† ¬£10 min order fee.

For the humans:

  • All bed linen and towels are provided
  • Information on places to visit.
  • A selection of maps and books
  • Travel cot and highchairs (1x young child, 1x older child)
  • Coal, logs and kindling for the open fire – free of charge – supplied during the cooler months
  • Electricity, electric heaters and night storage heaters
  • Free wifi
  • Gas BBQ
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Free use of rowing boat, May – September.¬† There are some bouyancy aids provided.
  • Modern commode
  • Shower chair (on request)
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About the property

All about the inside:

Dining Room
Large carpeted room with big bay window looking onto front garden, mahogany table with additional table to provide more seating. Side boards and well filled book case in this room plus high chairs if needed.

Well equipped with a small table and chairs, large fridge/freezer, electric cooker, microwave, dishwasher and washing machine. Lino flooring. A little old fashioned but perfectly functional. From here you go into the hallway off which are the stairs and…

Hooks for coats etc.¬† There is a solid wooden gate as well as access to the garden so an ideal space for letting muddy dogs dry off.¬† Just off here is the….

This is just across the hall from the bedroom. Bath and separate walk in shower, toilet. Modern fittings, bright and roomy, with bath aids if needed.

Main Downstairs Bedroom
Large and airy room with bay window looking over front garden to Hickling Broad beyond. Very comfortable divan super king double bed (which can also be split into twin 3′ singles).¬† Large fitted cupboard, chest of drawers and dressing table.

Sitting Room
Large well lit and comfy space with French doors opening out onto the front garden, squidgy sofas and solid oak furniture. Carpeted. TV, DVD and video. Open fireplace with a plentiful supply of free coal and logs.

Beyond this are two bedrooms.

Twin Bedroom
Two x 3′ single beds with storage space and view across the front garden (can be super king double on request).

Twin/kingsize Bedroom
Two x 2′ 6″ single¬†beds with the option of turning into a king size double. Hanging space and drawers. Patio doors leading out to the front garden – a wonderful option for an early morning walk to the water’s edge.

Upstairs Main Bedroom
This is reached by an easy, carpeted stair case. There is a wooden dog gate at the bottom.  Very large room with super king size bed (can be split to singles on request). Plenty of cupboard space, double futon (please ask if you need this made up), chair, built in dressing table. Fabulous views over Hickling Broad and the thatched boat houses.

Second floor bathroom
Bathroom with large, deep bath, overbath shower with curved screen. Toilet and sink.

All about the outside:

Plenty of parking on the drive ways either side of the large, grass front garden.¬† This isn’t enclosed but the back garden is and is even bigger!¬† Fruit trees grow in the front garden so help yourself when they are ripe.

To the back of the house there is large grass garden, fully fenced and hedged (see more details in the Will This Suit My Dogs section). Garden furniture and gas barbecue. A range of sheds run along the back of the house containing coal and wood for fire.


Will this property suit my dogs?

The boundary includes the house and solid 4ft+ gates at either end of the house.  Along one long side there is a 6ft+ thick evergreen hedge with mesh within it  Рimpenetrable!  At the bottom of the garden there is a combination of this hedge and a mesh fence/trees.  There is an enclosed field beyond.  The other long side is shared with the neighbouring property Рthere is a mesh fence along here, approximately 4ft and views into the garden which is large and full of trees/shrubs.  There is a bed planted in front of this boundary and this itself has a mesh fence.  This allows you to see the plants but provides a double barrier for dogs.  A very difficult garden for dogs to escape from and a very great one for zoomies!  Dogs have hours of fun running in this garden.

Very suitable for reactive dogs too as very little can be seen or heard from this garden.

Want to see more of our cottages suitable for reactive dogs? Check out our blog > Want to bring your reactive dog on holiday?

Please note:

  • 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 – other sizes are available on request.¬† We know how bulky they are to pack!
  • There is a rowing boat available for guests from the end of May until September.¬† It is moored at nearby Whispering Reeds and other boats can be hired from here too (dogs welcome).
  • Electric car, bike or scooter charging is NOT available at this property.
  • No smoking in the house please.
  • In addition to the 2 fixed dog gates, there is another one available.
  • All major supermarkets deliver to Red Roofs, so if you want to arrange for a delivery on the day of your arrival, just let us know and we will put it all away for you.¬† Please ensure you book a slot between 1100 and 1300.
  • Week long bookings are Saturday to Saturday / Short breaks are not normally available.


For an older house, Red Roofs is surprisingly accessible.  There are steps into the property at all entrances but parking is right next to the house and once in, the majority of the accommodation is on the ground floor Рincluding 3 of the 4 bedrooms and a bathroom (with separate walk in shower).  The property does not cater specifically for mobility, audibly or visually impaired guests but please do contact us if you would like to know more Р


Reviews / Testimonials


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“Second stay here and booked for next year before we’ve even left!!¬† The house, garden and location are gorgeous.¬† A true home from home.¬† Everything needed for a relaxing, beach, walking holiday and it couldn’t have been better.¬† Thank you so much, see you next year!!” –¬†Andy and Louise, Sue and Simon

“We had a lovely, relaxing and comfortable stay – we’re not ready to go back home.¬† Beds are great, view amazing, garden fantastic.¬† There’s so much more to do and see and we’ve hardly scratched the surface.¬† I think we will be back!” –¬†Stevenson family and their 6 dogs

“Another lovely stay, our fifth I think, and we will be back if you will have us (we will!).¬† Warm and comfortable, well equipped cottage, thank you.¬† Happy to see the boat was in the water and used that too.” –¬†Knightbridge group.

“4 adults, 5 kids and 2 dogs – great location for our needs.¬† Very warm and comfortable cottage which has been an ideal base for us to walk, cycle and have fun.¬† Boat available was a highlight.¬† Fantastic garden which the children have enjoyed very much.” –¬†Fisher and Broomham families

“We all had a fantastic time, the dogs loved the biscuits!¬† The garden is amazing for 8 dogs.¬† Thank you for recommending the Greyhound Pub, the food was yummy!¬† We spent our time at Winterton Beach walking,¬† again dogs thoroughly enjoyed this.¬† We went to see the seals. We were very lucky they happened to be up on the beaches in their 100s – awesome sight.¬† Thank you so much for your hospitality.¬† Cake was really nice.¬† Loved the flowers and they lasted all week.¬† We don’t really want to go home.¬† ¬† PS¬† Very warm x” –¬†Sarah and Ian and 8 dogs!

“We had a lovely week. We were grateful to find somewhere prepared to take the 5 doggies that we own between the three families – and one that was safe for them, had a lovely big fenced garden for them to run round in, and accommodation that made it easy to keep them caged or under control & clean! The property is extremely comfortable and suited the needs of three couples and their animals very well. It is also well-equipped (actual sharp knife in drawer, dishwasher etc etc) and charmingly furnished, with nice modern bathrooms. There was plenty of storage space & it was good to have an open fire (though the house was very warm anyway). The Christmas decorations were a nice touch – and thank you for the cake! We didn‚Äôt have long enough to go on all the suggested walks or to explore the area thoroughly (lots of information and maps provided – thank you), though we all enjoyed Cromer – the pier, talking to fishermen, the wet fish shop in Garden Street…and easy car parking along the front. The beaches at Cromer, Winterton-on-Sea, Horsey and Happisburgh were lovely for walks, the churches are beautiful – especially at Ranworth.¬† The Greyhound was ultra friendly and served pub food of enormous proportions. We liked especially The Nelson‚Äôs Head (near Horsey) and the Hill House at Happisburgh – where everyone was so friendly and chatty and dog-friendly.”

“How lovely to arrive to find out shopping unpacked, tea and cake to refresh us and beds made up. Thank you. Red Roofs is roomy and comfortable and practical, The power shower in the bathroom was wonderful. The garden is wonderful for the dogs to run around in unsupervised. The children made good use of the rowing boat despite the weather. Great walking on the beaches but do check the tides. We ate very well at the Swan Inn at Ingham.” –¬†Linda, Martin, James and Oliver

“Visit number 8 – for its location, aspect and comfortable ‘home from home’ atmosphere! Red Roofs always draws us back!” –¬†Joy, Rob and Colin

“Dog walks along the local coastline. Recommended: Lord Nelson, Horsey: White Horse, Neatishead (own brewery). Loved being here and fire at night. Brilliant, Thank you for the wonderful welcome pack. Much appreciated. Lovely flowers and delicious cake.” –¬†Hilary, Steven and Emma

“A lovely area and lovely relaxed house, where Bailey, who is muzzled at all times outside, could be chilled in the garden. Walks were good and we all enjoyed a really chilled holiday. With a very difficult dog to manage, it gave my aunt and uncle a real rest as Bailey was so relaxed lying in the garden.” –¬†Sally and Don,with Lava, Collie and Bailey, Nancy and Al with Honey, Gill and David


How to find us

Red Roofs, Hill Common, Hickling, Norfolk, NR12 0BT
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Or – from the A149 at Stalham, take the turning signposted to Sutton and Hickling and named Old Yarmouth Road. Follow the bend to the left and take the first right hand turn signposted Hickling and named Hickling Road. Turn right at the T junction (the road remains called Hickling Road).

Follow the sharp left hand bend and through open countryside for approx 2 miles until you come to the staggered cross roads in the village. Turn left and immediately right into Staithe Road. Follow this road for about half a mile going past Whispering Reed boatyard on your right.  A short distance past this is the right turn into Hill Common.  Red Roofs is 5th property along.