Thatch Cottage – Lessingham

Sleeps 8 in 4 bedrooms

You are going to love this stunning thatched family house in a very peaceful and beautiful rural setting!

From the door you can walk any number of lovely country routes to get to the beaches.   If you want to cut to the chase and get those paws sandy, there is a hedge-lined grassy track to take you straight there in under a gorgeous, country, bird-song filled mile. And a wander along the quiet country lanes will take you to the Lessingham Star, one of our favourite dog friendly pubs in the area.  Watching sunrises and sunsets across the fields are part of the experience of this house.   Sit in the garden and watch our big Norfolk skies at night too.  Watch the bats and listen to the owls and the muntjacs and foxes shouting from the nearby woods.

The house sleeps 8 in a charming higgledy-piggledy selection of 4 bedrooms, with one on the ground floor and the other 3 upstairs.  The living room and snug, dining room and kitchen are all connected in such a way as a group of you can all have the space you need but all be together.  A perfect house for family and friends and dogs!

When you arrive:

There is plenty of parking at the front of the house on the gravelled drive that surrounds the front lawn.  This area is surrounded by hedges but does have an open gateway, so isn’t totally secure for dogs …but the back garden more than makes up for that!  Enter to the right of the house, through the little gate into the courtyard (if you are arriving in the Spring you may be lucky enough to see the beautiful cherry tree in bloom) and then into the side door, directly into the boot room and then the kitchen.  Or you can go in through the front door and porch where you can hang your coats and leave your boots in the porch and then go straight through the door into the living room.

So let’s assume you have gone in via the front door, you will now be in the….

A welcoming and spacious room with a large sofa and comfy armchairs. The feature is the beamed fireplace with an electric woodburner – easier for guests to light and far less worry for the owners (thatched roof!!). With the lamps on in the evening, this is a perfect place to relax.  Obviously there is a tv, coffee table and generally a very lovely calm atmosphere.  There is a wooden door leading to some steep stairs which take you into the Main Bedroom upstairs if needed but this in addition to the main staircase.

Off the living room there is …

A great place to read a book, watch a different tv program, or just have a bit of separate space with your dogs (or kick the teens out into this space!).  Watch the TV while loafing on the comfy leather armchairs and bean bags or enjoy the selection of books to read. French doors open out onto the garden making this a really lovely little room to be part of, but separate from, the main living area.

Back through the living room and you next get to the…

There is a large wooden table with enough seating for 8.   Lamps light the room for the evening and in the day there are window views out into the front and back garden. Practical wooden floor makes it easier to sweep up the crumbs! The main stairs to the next floor go up from this room and there is a stair gate available if you want to block them off for dogs or small children.  The owners have left their lovely old dresser and side board (with some lovely bits of china on) which give you plenty of room to bring food through from the….

A proper country kitchen with an electric Rayburn, butler’s sink and a wooden table with chairs and an old pine settle to sit at – not all 8 of you, but certainly 5 of you could sit round it.  This is a very well fitted out family kitchen with plenty of cupboard space, a huge American style fridge-freezer, large microwave, electric oven and hob.  Plenty of cooking utensils and pots and pans. The tiled floor makes it very practical for dogs.  In front of the Rayburn there is ‘lazy Susan’ – a clothes rack on a pulley so you can easily dry off any clothes here in the old fashioned but efficient country way!  French doors open out into the garden providing a lovely view and easy access.

Just off the kitchen there is the …

A brilliantly useful space for coats and boots and leads and all that stuff we need for our dogs!  The utility room has a washing machine, sink, toilet and plenty of space for storing dog food etc.  There is another ceiling mounted hanging rack for drying here too. We also have two large dog crates for you to use.

Go back into the living room and then through the door into the..

There are 3 parts to this bedroom. The first little ante-room has the wardrobe in and is ideal for a travel cot or a blow up bed for an extra child.  This then leads into the high beamed main bedroom area with a king size/zip and link bed.  Two people can sleep separately or together here.  Mirror, side tables and lamps and a chest of drawers all in this room too.  Off this there is the ensuite shower room, fully tiled with a walk in shower, toilet, sink and cupboard.  The bedroom roof is high and beamed and you really do feel you are in a country house. There is a small open room in the roof space here, accessed by a steep stair case but guests are asked not to go up here and it is blocked off with a gate at the bottom of the stairs.  The owners use it for storage of cleaning materials, spare linen etc.

To get to the upstairs bedrooms, go back into the Dining Room. The stairs from here are carpeted and easy to climb and lead to the upstairs hallway. All the rooms here are under the beamed roof so have sloping walls and really do make you appreciate you are in a lovely old building.

From the hallway into the…

DOUBLE BEDROOM (the Love bedroom!)
Small but perfectly formed with a double bed, wardrobe chest of drawers and gorgeous view across the fields.   We call this the ‘Love bedroom’…! (see why from the photos!)

This room is full of character and has a single and a ¾ double as well as hanging space and drawers. Tucked under the eaves with a window to watch the starry skies through at night.

Large bath with a shower over, sink, independent heated towel rail and, best of all, a place to sit and look out over the fields – the toilet!

At the end of the hallway there is….

King size wooden framed bed with side tables and chest of drawers and built in wardrobe.  You even have your own bookcase in this room for bedtime reading!  From the window of this bedroom there are lovely views across the front garden and fields to the farm beyond.  There is an ensuite bathroom with a corner bath, sink and toilet.

If you want to sneak downstairs for an early morning walk, a midnight snack or a wander round the garden to look at the starry skies and listen to Norfolk wildlife then you can go down your own staircase from this room (rather than tip-toeing along the hall and down the main stairs!). They are very steep and narrow but do have a door at the bottom to stop any children/dogs going up them from the living room below.

At the back of the house there is a large lawned area, surrounded on two sides by a high hedge with mesh fencing within it to make it properly secure.  Along one side there is a fence with additional mesh on top to give enough height to stop doggy jumpers getting out but to allow you to look across the fields.

To the side of the house, accessible from the French doors in the kitchen and the back door, there is a large and lovely patio with a table and chairs to easily sit 8.  The patio area is charmingly planted with a beautiful cherry tree at the side.

Please note
Definitely no smoking due to the thatched room and our insurance limitations
We would prefer please that dogs are not allowed on beds but guests own bed linen can be used for this.
If you would like to see more details of the garden fencing please contact us.

We Provide:


  • Dog throws for sofas and chair
  • Dog bowls, poo bags, dog biscuits in the welcome basket
  • Very large, fully enclosed garden with a high fence all round – laid to grass.
  • Two large crates


  • All bed linen
  • All heating
  • Free wifi (please note this is only accessible in the main living areas of the house)
  • Kitchen and hand towels – please bring your own bath towels
  • Goodies in the welcome hamper and a pint of milk for your arrival
  • Barbecue and charcoal in the outside shed

Plan your walk to the Lessingham Star pub (very dog friendly!) ….see map

Plan your walk to Eccles Beach (down the lovely footpath) ….see map


Max No. of dogs: 4 ish. But we can be flexible.

Summer 2019 filling up fast but plenty of space still available for the rest of the year – full weeks and short breaks!


Thank you SO much for letting us stay in your beautiful house. Where do I start? Everything about it is/was stunning. The gardens, the decor, the doggy goodies… the little touches made it so much better for us. The pooches loved the long evening strolls and we had everything we needed nearby. We will be back, it just depends on when I can convince The Boss (husband) to give me more time off!  – Karen, Tom, Rufus and Dave (the dog).
















Location & Directions

How To Find Us:

Thatch Cottage, Heath Road, Hempstead, NR12 0SH

From A149, at Stalham, turn off on the road past the Tesco store. Follow the road over the speed bumps to the mini roundabout. Straight on at this andd keep going until the Ingham Swan. Turn left here and through open countryside and then into village. Left at the next junction and on into Lessingham. Then take the first right onto Heath Road. The bends go past a farm on the left and the house is the first one on the right.



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