The Birches

  • Dogs: Unlimited dogs / Reactive dog friendly

  • Sleeps Max: 6

  • Bedrooms: 3

  • Bathrooms: 2

F.A.I.T.H Charity holiday home!

In the quiet and dog friendly Norfolk Broads village of Hickling and a very short drive from the coast.  Two different places to get your paws wet!  This homey property is perfect for all the dogs to explore around the area. Visit the nearby pub The Greyhound – very dog welcoming.  There are plenty of sandy local beaches to go with the dogs – have a look at our beach page here.

For the dogs:

  • Throws for sofas
  • Crates (S, M, L on request)
  • Enclosed garden (4ft fencing)
  • 2 x dog beds
  • 3 acres of garden to discover!

For the humans:

  • All linen and towels
  • Free WiFi
  • Woodburner
  • Desk for working
  • Games area including table football
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About the property

All about the inside:

Enter the property through the porch way leading to the…


The kitchen is very well equipped with a double electric Range-style oven with 5-ring burner hobs. There is a 60/40 fridge-freezer and also a kettle, toaster and slow cooker. The washing machine is housed next to the sink.

Dining Room

The dining room has a large dining table with seating for 8. There is a further desk and chair for quiet working. Plenty of board games and puzzles to keep all the family entertained are in the dresser.


The lounge and dining room are only separated by a large double sided wood burner which brings the cosy property together. There is a comfortable 2-seater and 3-seater sofa, coffee table and an HD TV with Freeview and integrated DVD player.

Down the hall you will first come to

Bedroom 3

Twin room with views over the side garden.

Bedroom 2

Bedroom two has twin beds and a further single trundle bed which can be made up. There is a hanging rail and views over the side garden.

Bedroom 1

Bedroom 1 has a king size bed with wardrobe, chest of drawers, bedside tables and views over the enclosed garden.


A bright and airy bathroom with bath with shower over, WC and wash basin.

Upstairs leads to Bedroom 4

with floor height double bed and table football to help keep the children (and adults!) entertained! Please note that the upstairs bedroom and bathroom has limited headroom in places. Please note that this bedroom is better designed as a chill out area.

Upstairs bathroom

Bath, WC and wash basin.

All about the outside:

There is off road parking for up to four cars through the gated access.  The back garden is fully enclosed with 4ft wood and wire fencing. There is seating for all.  To the left of the property is a further grass and then a wonderful woodland area totalling over three acres (not fully fenced).  It even has a beached boat for children to play on!  The woodland is a great place for exploring and wildlife watching.  There are many nests and Marsh Harriers visit here too.  Deer will come in and out of the woods also – wonderful to watch but just be mindful with the dogs.

There are perfect easy walks from the door which lead to the nature reserve to the left and the Broads to the right. There is also a picnic area at the back of the woods with table and bench seating.  Please note there is a public footpath through this area at the back, on the other side of the fence at the back of the woodland.  However it is little used.

Will this property suit my dogs?

Absolutely! We are confident that pretty much all dogs should be fine here (and we don’t have any limit on numbers).  The enclosed garden is a good size and well fenced.  If your dogs are reliable off lead then the separate grass and woodland area is absolutely wonderful for running and sniffing!  Lots to explore!  This cottage is  ideal for reactive dogs.  No other dogs can be seen from the garden.  The surrounding area is very quiet and is mostly fields and a scattering of houses.  Walks from the door are quiet and easy and can take you alongside Hickling Broad.

Please note:

  • Check in is from 4pm, check out by 10am please
  • This property is non smoking throughout
  • Tours of F.A.I.T.H animal rescue can be organised with the owners
  • All supermarkets deliver here, please arrange your delivery for after you arrive.


There are three bedrooms and a bathroom on the ground floor.  One step in to the property. As it is an older style property, it does not have enough room for wheelchairs but walking frames would be easy to use.

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How to find us

The Birches, Stubb Road, Hicking, Norfolk, NR12 0BW


Follow the A149 (from Norwich towards Stalham) and continue past Stalham for 2.8 miles. Turn left onto New Road (just past Catfield) and follow this for 0.6 of a mile. Turn left at the junction and follow this road (Heath Road) into the village for about a mile. At The Greyhound (dog friendly) pub, turn right down Stubb Road. Follow this road for approximately 1 mile and The Birches is on your right hand side.