Red Roofs, Hickling

Sleeps 8

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 location. Full of a comfy mix of old and new furnishings, the rooms are all filled with light.  Absolutely loads of space for 8 guests and their dogs.
An ideal 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.
  • Both village pubs are dog friendly and within easy walking distance – The Pleasure Boat and The Greyhound.
  • 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.

All about the inside

Dining Room
Large 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.  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 superking double bed (which can also be split into twin full size 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. TV, DVD and video. Open fireplace with a plentiful supply of free coal and logs.

Beyond this are two bedrooms.

Twin bedroom
Twin bedded room with storage space and view across the front garden.

Twin/kingsize bedroom
Twin 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 superking size bed which can be made into two full size singles. 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 – perfectly dog friendly. Garden furniture and gas barbecue. A range of sheds run along the back of the house containing coal and wood for fire.

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  – impenetrable!  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 – there 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!


Please note:

  • There is a rowing boat available for guests from the end of May until September.  This is moored at the nearby boatyard, a short walk away.  Day boats can also be hired from Whispering Reeds boat yard.
  • No smoking in the house please.
  • In addition to the 2 fixed dog gates, there is another  one available.
  • Tesco, Sainsbury, Asda and Waitrose all 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
  • Week long bookings are Saturday to Saturday / Short breaks are not usually available.


We Provide:

This is how dog friendly we are!

  • HUGE enclosed back garden!
  • Easy walks down the private lane
  • Dog bowls/bed
  • Two large dog crates available
  • Dogs allowed on furniture (please use throws)

What else we provide for you!

  • All bed linen but not towels
  • 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
  • Free use of rowing boat, May – September.  There are some bouyancy aids provided.  Others are available from very nearby Whispering Reeds (as are other boats)

Max No. of dogs: 8 (ish)


“Our first stay at Red Roofs and we will definitely 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!”


“Year 7, visit no. 12.  What more to say!?”


“This house is good for the soul – Thank you for the welcome pack. Such a restful, peaceful and beautiful home.  I was worried about our dog who is very reactive – scared of dogs, humans, carrier bags – you name it! We went some walks with her and it was lovely to see her as relaxed as we were. We will be back. PS Slept like a log – feel ready to take on the world again.”



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Location & Directions

How To Find Us:

How to find us: Hill Common, Hickling 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 Pleasureboat Inn which will be on your right, then past Whispering Reed boatyard. Continue about another quarter mile and turn right into Hill Common.  Red Roofs is 5th property along.


Some of the fabulous comments from the Red Roofs guestbook...

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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’t 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’s 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


"Fabulous holiday and really enjoyed our stay here. Lovely break from reality, we loved the homey nature of the house and were able to be relaxed with the dogs. Wonderful to find a holiday where having dogs doesnt make you feel anti-social. Enjoyed curling up in front of the fire with jigsaw and books." Maggie, Helen, Michael and Bill and 4 dogs


"This house is good for the soul - Thank you for the welcome pack. We hunted down the lady for more beetroot chutney so we could take some home. Such a restful, peaceful and beautiful home, albeit for a week. I was worried about our dog who is very reactive - scared of dogs, humans, carrier bags - you name it! We went some walks with her and it was lovely to see her as relaxed as we were. We will be back. Great neighbour too who Bella loved to try to tell off - sorry! PS Slept like a log - feel ready to take on the world again." The Johnsons and Bella the Mastiff cross


"We all had a great holiday, loved the house. Very dog friendly. They loved playing in the garden – lots of lovely walks on the beach – Sea Palling and Horsey Gap are good. Food and beer at the Nelsons Head - we had lovely weather – all warm bright sunshine and no rain!!" Stanton Family and 4 dogs, Fred and Betsy, the St Bernards and Wizz, Jambo (border collies)


"Thank you for the welcome pack. We had a lovely holiday, despite the rain! Hired 'Bittern' from Whispering Reeds Boatyard for the day which was great. The kids loved it. Sea Palling beach good for the children and dogs plus the Sunday carvery there was very good value. Nice comfortable stay. Thank you."Paula, John, Julia, Nikki, Eva, Elsa and Barney and Max


"Our first visit and hopefully not our last. Lovely accommodation – so good to relax in 'proper' dog friendly premises. Loved the area – the views are stunning – the proximity to some lovely walks and to some good towns, pubs and restaurants. A very relaxing week – 'just what the doctor ordered'. We will be back!" Bob and Sue, Gary and Sue (families) and Tomaz and Ziva


"What a great place, Just amazing! The best place to eat is the Swan, Ingham (10 minutes away). Had the best time here, walks are great and our 7 dogs loved it. So did we! We are coming back!"

"Lovely house, beautiful view of the water and boathouse. Welcome goodies very acceptable also the flowers. The Star at Lessingham served really good food. Waterside café/restaurant at Rollesby is worth a visit."

"Lovely comfy, homely house - immediately felt very at home. Have enjoyed BBQ and games in garden and using rowing boat. Visited both local pubs - Greyhound better on balance - pretty garden and better food. Lovely day on the beach at Horsey - swimming with seals, Happisburgh lighthouse worth a visit - open on selected days. Sorry to be leaving!"Colin and Claire, Nick and Emma, Steve and Ellie


"Wonderful cottage in fabulous surroundings. Pity we didn't have terrific weather though (not your fault). Walked the dogs from Horsey to Sea Paling along the beach. Also went to Bacton Woods - safe off lead walking and also wheelchair friendly." - Yvonne, Marion and Phil, Gladys, Helen, David and Jenny (2 legs), Mia, Yogi and Jake (4 legs)


"Our first stay at Red Roofs and we will definitely be returning. Beautiful house and location. Garden is perfect and the 10 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 with 10 dogs


"What a wonderful week. Thank you so much. The goodies were greatly received and Archie sends a big kiss, he enjoyed his bics sooo much, so we popped down the road to get some more. We have been on the beach by 8am every morning. Great watching the seals. Lovely location here. Lots of wildlife, just great. Thank you Sue, the cleaner and the owner for making our holiday very special. Lovely to find such a dog friendly house." Wendy and friends with Archie


"We had the most perfect week here! The best equipped holiday home we've stayed in. Peaceful, comfy and great welcome pack. Fabulous nearby walks. Just what we needed. We will be back." - Jo and Richard with Choccie, Porscha and Bonnie


"I do not know enough superlatives to describe our week here. Just so relaxed and comfy and wonderful. The bed was so comfy and the views fab. Sea Palling beach amazing and Winterton on Sea in the sun and wind awe inspiring. A truly fabulous week. Bayley our dog loved it and the biscuits, thank you." John and Carol with Bayley


"The bed in the upstairs room is so comfy and the fire is so warm. Came here to escape the mayhem that is Leicester during Diwali/Bonfire week as a couple of our dogs get extremely stressed. One of my better ideas, loved everything, the peace and quiet, the house, although I kept getting lost in it, so spacious and homely. The huge garden was brilliant for the dogs who did mad zooms round and round. Beccles fab, Winterton on Sea our favourite, saw loads of seals on a beautiful sunny day. Sea Palling a close second. Blicking Hall park well worth a visit, a walk round the lake then coffee and cake. It has it's own pub. The welcome pack was lovely. Don't want to go home, loved it, thank you." Linda


"Home from home, very comfy. Looking forward to year 6." The Jolly Boys, Leicester (who come every year for the great fishing on the Broads) October 2013


“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
Testimonial for Red Roofs

“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
Testimonial for Corner Cottage
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