Ruby Gem, Winterton

Sleeps 4 in 2 bedrooms

A jewel of a cottage, a short walk to the beach

The village location of this gem of a cottage so close to the beach means that it is pretty much the perfect dog friendly Norfolk holiday cottage!  Miles of walks from the door and all you need in the village itself, means you can leave the car alone for a week.  If you want to explore you have miles of beaches and other interesting villages up and down the coast.

  • You can be at the dog friendly pub – The Fisherman’s Return –  in moments
  • There’s a good fish and chip shop and a dog friendly cafe – see more on the Winterton website here
  • To find out more about the dog friendly beach have a look at the beaches page of the website!
  • The Dunes cafe (now gone) has been replaced by an Airstream selling coffee and snacks, right on the beach.
  • A lovely selection of walks on the coast and inland are in this great little e-book here.
  • And if you find this cottage is fully booked (it often is!) then have a look at some of our other  gems here



Entrance through the front door with a single step up into the hallway, where there are coat hooks on the wall and a tray for sandy shoes underneath. From the hall you can access the kitchen, bathroom and the rest of cottage.

The kitchen is very well equipped with electric oven and hob, dishwasher, washing machine, undercounter fridge and freezer. On the work tops you will find bread bin, toaster, kettle percolator and microwave. In the cupboards are plenty of pans, pizza trays, roasting tins and of course all the cutlery and crockery.

In our fully refurbished bathroom you can choose to relax in the bath or if you prefer have a shower, and naturally there is the usual handbasin and toilet.

Open plan living/dining area
The corner sofa unit fits very comfortably in this bright and airy room. 42” Sky tv to enjoy and a brand new woodburner for cooler nights. The seaside theme continues through here with lots of lovely and homely touches. The dining table seats 4 comfortably and the floor is tiled all the way through. All restful colours and lots of light. Perfect to come home to after a day on the beach! The open plan stairs are a real feature of this room, have a hand rail on the wall side and lead up to the bedrooms. A stair gate is attached to the bottom of the stairs.

Double bedroom
King size bed in this lovely light room with plenty of storage space, full length mirror and a wooden floor. A blackout blind and curtains will keep out the early morning sun if you want to have a lie in.

Twin bedroom
Two single beds with memory foam mattresses, a wardrobe, chest of drawers and bedside tables make this a cosy and comfortable room. There are also a blackout blind and curtains will keep out the early morning sun for those who like a lie in.



There is off road parking for two cars in front of the cottage. A sloping path leads down to the gate, and then through to the garden and front door. The fully enclosed garden has plenty of space, with a range of garden furniture. The garden itself is surrounded by 5ft high solid fences to the sides and back, overlooking the back of the friendly Fishermans Return. The large ‘Dog House’ shed contains nearly all the extras to make a holiday go with a swing. Windbreak, beach chairs, Bar-b-Que, charcoal, kites, buckets and spades. Plus for the dogs a chucka, dog beds, throws and towels and a large dog crate.



  •  Ruby Gem is a non smoking property.
  •  Please do ensure that you consider our neighbours by keeping dogs from barking unnecessarily or left alone if possible. Your co-operation in this is much appreciated.
  • The owners leave some lovely goodies for you to enjoy on your arrival.



If your dog is noise reactive then probably not.  But if they are happy with surrounding residential noises (and there aren’t a lot as the cottage is tucked away down a back street) then they should be fine.  The beach is a short walk away with acres of offlead walks on the beach, the dunes and inland paths so if they like a good long walk from the door, rather than getting in the car each time, this is for them.

The garden is a good size, mostly to grass and secure.





We Provide:

This is how dog friendly we are!

  • Throws for sofas
  • Bowls
  • Crate (in the garden shed)
  • Spare leads, poo bags, tennis balls and travel water bottle
  • Lots of doggy biscuit treats! 

What else we provide for you!

  • Welcomes basket with local bread, milk, eggs, homemade cake, biscuits, preserves and of course – dog treats!
  • All bed linen and towels
  • First load of logs for woodburner
  • Sky TV
  • WiFi – 53.7Mbps
  • Filter coffee machine
  • Supplies of instant and filter coffee, tea, sugar
  • Games, books, maps
  • Stair gate
  • Superfast broadband 47mbs
  • Washing and dishwasher tablets
  • Picnic hamper with flask, plates, glasses and cutlery
  • Hair dryers in both bedrooms
  • Iron and ironing board


Max No. of dogs: 3


“This was our first visit to Norfolk and Ruby Gem was a real find – absolutely beautiful cottage in the lovely Winterton-on-Sea. So clean, cosy, with absolutely everything you could possibly need and more. The garden was perfect for our dog, very safe and secure and the shed filled with even more things we could use for the beach which we weren’t expecting. You have made our week away such a stress free and relaxing time and we enjoyed every minute in this home from home. It’s the most dog friendly cottage we’ve stayed in, with all the toys, beds and treats. Thank you for all the delicious goodies you left for us. We really do appreciate everything. When we visit Norfolk again we’d love to come back to Ruby Gem cottage!”



“This was our first visit to Winterton and WOW!! What a fantastic week we all had. Spend loads of time on the beach and the cottage is just superb. A real home from home. The goodies which were left for our arrival were amazing – Holly even had a couple of birthday presents, which she loved. We don’t want to leave, but will definitely be returning. It’s called Ruby Gem and it certainly is a Gem of a place, a village and the whole area. Thank you for a fantastic week!”


“We came away very much in need of a rest, and Ruby Gem has been perfect for us. The house is beautiful and so nicely presented, and in such a great location. we’ve walked down to the beach every day! The Dunes Cafe on the beach does delicious hot and cold sandwiches and very naughty cakes!


“This is my second stay at Ruby Gem and I’ve also stayed at other cottages in the village over the years. This is one of my favourites, the new owners have improved it! The goodies on arrival were much appreciated.”


“This is our second stay in Ruby Gem and the new owners have made some lovely improvements – particularly the home made cakes and jam! We had various day trips out – the mega maze, Bewilderwood and Wroxham Barns. Our dog Ella has loved her twice daily walks to the dunes and we loved the doggie touches around the house.” 


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Location & Directions

How To Find Us:

King Street, Winterton on Sea, NR29 4AU


As you reach the village, turn left at the church as the main road bends to the right, this is Black Street and the sign says ‘to the beach’. Follow the road through the village past the Post Office and turn right in front of the Village Hall onto King Street the cottage is half way along on the right just past the rear entrance into the pub carpark.


Some of the fabulous comments from the Ruby Gem guest book

And if you want to be doubly sure, check out the independent UpFront Reviews here and on these sites too...
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"This is our second stay at Ruby Gem and the new owners have made some lovely improvements - we particularly appreciated the home made cakes and jam!  We had various day trips at this stay and if you have children with you (ours are 7 and 9) we would recommend the Mega Maze at Hemsby, Bewilderwood and Wroxham Barns. We had fun on the penny slot machines at Great Yarmouth but our favourite day was a lovely sunny day here on the beach at Winterton.  Our dog, Ella, has loved her twice daily walks to the dunes and we loved the doggie touches round the house.  Food wise recommend Poppys, the chip shop and Dabs and Crabs for fresh seafood"


"We came away very much in need of a rest, and Ruby Gem has been perfect for us. The house is beautiful and so nicely presented, and in such a great location. We've walked down to the beach every day! The Dunes Cafe on the beach does delicious hot and cold sandwiches and very naughty cakes! We would definitely recommend having a bite to eat at Poppylands in Horsey; a gorgeous 40's themed tea room. We also ate at Nelson's Head (Horsey) which was great food too. Horsey beach has not disappointed us for seal-spotting either - we've seen lots, and they came quite close. We're going home feeling happy and well-rested, and would love to come here again!"


"Ruby Gem....the clue is in the house name. It's a gem in a quiet backstreet of central Winterton, with ample off road parking out front, a well equipped kitchen, cosy lounge, spacious bathroom and two bedrooms big enough for a family of four. Functional dog secure garden for morning coffee, but with the dunes and beach on your doorstep I can see why. Ample WiFi and Sky TV for those who want to veg in the evening....especially if you have teenagers as well as dogs. I'm rather reluctant to tell others about the delicious home-made cake, biscuits and jams that were waiting for us on arrival (along with fresh eggs), less they book and prevent us from returning!"

“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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Sea Lows, Crowden Road, Eccles, Norfolk NR12 0SJ