The Crib – Happisburgh

Sleeps 5 in 3 bedrooms

Bags of character and doggy details in seaside Happisburgh.

“Well, where do I begin?!  When we arrived at The Crib it was like coming home – but better!  It was just so cosy and warm and when the fire got going – completely wonderful!  The house has exceeded my expectations – with everything we needed for both of us and Ruby.  The most dog friendly cottage stay EVER!”

The Crib sleeps 5 and welcomes any number of dogs!  For free of course. The beach is close by, the walks from the door can be rural (and livestock free too).  The village is peaceful and charming with a great little post office shop and a fabulous fresh fish shop.  And of course there is a dog friendly pub too – Hill House.

  • Right opposite Beach Road means there is only a short walk to the big sandy beach.
  • The beach is accessed at one end by an earth ramp and at the other end by an easy concrete ramp.  This is Cart Gap – where dog friendly Smallsticks Cafe is very conveniently located for mid walk coffee and cake.
  • The pub, cafes and village shop are a short walk away too.
  • The owners have put a lot of work into making the house very homely and comfortable.
  • Many of the Victorian features are retained and plenty of lovely pieces of doggy art for you to enjoy.
  • They have their own reactive, escapee dogs so understand just HOW important a fully secure garden is.
  • Large enough for zoomies but no chance of escaping with a solid 6ft+ fence all round!



Boot room/downstairs toilet
Access to the house from the garden/parking is via the very useful room, filled with doggy towels and bowls and all sorts of things you will find useful!  The downstairs toilet is just off this.  Tiled floor and enclosed if you would like to leave dogs on beds in here to dry out.   From here through the pine door into the…

Living room
Large room with window onto street and working Victorian tiled fireplace with plenty of space – sofas, tv, dvd player. Selection of dvds and books, games and magazines.  Wooden floor throughout and lots of lovely doggy art!

Kitchen/dining room
Fully fitted painted pine kitchen with plenty of worktop and cupboard space. American style fridge/freezer, built in eye level oven and four ring gas hob, dishwasher and washing machine. Table with enough seating for 5. Slow cooker (both large and small), Nespresso machine.  A selection of herbs and spice too.  French doors open into the garden

Wooden and wide and leading to upstairs landing with antique linen cupboard and towel shelves.

Bedroom 1
Wood framed and charming double bed, pine bedroom furniture and some lovely features.

Bedroom 2
Single bed in a room with a cast iron feature fireplace with tiles and decorative surround. Fitted storage cupboard and a pine chest of drawers with some lovely arty features.

Bedroom 3
Superking bed, wooden framed, brand new mattress and bed linen, large freestanding wardrobe, chair and bedside cupboards. Cast iron feature fireplace with tiles and decorative surround.

Fully tiled with a bath with fitted shower over it and screen, toilet and sink with storage space.



Is just past the next door property (Orchard Cottage).  Drive up the gravelled drive, past Orchard Cottage parking and you will see the parking at the end of The Crib’s garden with access via the back garden gate.

Back Garden
This is fully enclosed with high, solid fencing (5-6ft with planting one or both sides) and plenty of grass. No gaps for small dogs to get through! Approx 165ft long.  Tap and hose outside for washing dogs.

Front garden
Access from the front door into the small, enclosed streetside front garden.  Easy access to the high street and Beach Road.  You can park on the road outside here if needed.



Yes!   The garden is big and very secure.  It’s possible you may hear noise from the adjoining gardens so do bear this in mind if your dog is reactive but there will be no chance of escape.  If your dogs love the beach, this is the house for them!



  • The Crib is a non smoking property.
  • Bookings are Friday to Friday
  • First basket of wood supplied for the fireplace

We Provide:

This is how dog friendly we are!

  • Holiday dog tags
  • 3 large dog beds available (including 1 hi-k9 & 1 large memory foam bed with sides)
  • Raised water feeder with 2 bowl sections & bowls
  • Lots of towels & fleece blankets
  • Leads and hound coats and muzzles and toys and poo bags!
  • Large crate at the property and others available on request

What else we provide for you!

  • Free wifi
  • DVDs books and games
  • All heating including wood and smokeless coal for open fire in living room
  •  Very well fitted kitchen
  • All bed linen and towels
  • Good quality microfibre pillows and duvets

Max No. of dogs: UNLIMITED


“We have had an idyllic week away in your gorgeous cottage and home.  It was a perfect space for us and really felt like a home from home!  The dogs have loved every second of being here and it was great to have such a large and secure garden for them to sunbathe in.   Thank you so much for letting us rent your gorgeous house; with 4 dogs we find it difficult to get away!” – Will and Sarah
“PS the photos on the website don’t do it justice!

“Well, where do I begin?!  When we arrived at The Crib it was like coming home – but better!  It was just so cosy and warm and when the fire got going – completely wonderful!  The house has exceeded my expectations – with everything we needed for both of us and Ruby.  We loved the treats (from Nero’s Kitchen locally) and have bought more.  We have loved our time at The Crib.  The most dog friendly cottage stay EVER!” – Tina, Steve and Ruby

“Our second visit to The Crib with Milo and Meggie (rescue greyhounds). Birthday and anniversary celebrations, lots of lovely walks and also so relaxing for us humans. Perfect weather for us, homely and comfortable. Looking forward to next year. Thank you for our welcome hamper, we really appreciated it and enjoyed it.” – Wendy, John, Milo and Meggie.

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Location & Directions

How To Find Us:

How to find us:  Post code: The Street, Happisburgh NR12 0AB
What3Words location: 

From the A149 Stalham by pass take the turning just north of Stalham signposted to Bacton, Walcott and Gas Terminal. Turn left at the end of this road (Stepping Stone Lane). Keep going on this road, the B1159, past East Ruston church on your right and a wind turbine on your left, for approximatey 4 miles until you reach the crossroads, Ridlington to your left and Happisburgh to your right. Go about a mile until you come into the village, past the fish shop, then the road on the left up to the pub, then past the school and small shop on the right and keep going until you reach the turning signposted to the beach (Beach Road). The Crib is just opposite this. The driveway for Orchard Cottage is just diagonally opposite this road with the garden fence of the house running parallel with the road. Up this driveway and parking is at the end, outside the garden gate for The Crib


To a man, a woman and a dog, all of our guests have just LOVED The Crib since we started taking bookings in January 2018!  Here is a just a selection of glowing comments from the guest book.....

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Our 4th time to this area and our 1st staying in Happisburgh itself and we have had another fantastic week.  Nice to catch up with our friends Jo-Jo and Andrew at Burgers at the Beach and other favourite places as well as making new friends in the pub - the dogs were made especially welcome!  The Crib is a fantastic holiday home - well fitted out and equipped and the most dog friendly place we have ever stayed from the treats and the towels to the beds and throws.  Thanks for a wonderful time, we hope to return one day!
Helen, Ian, Clyde, Georgie and Missi

We have all had a lovely couple of weeks here - wonderful, homely, spacious cottage - garden looked gorgeous packed with spring flowers and great for the dogs - secure even for the escape artist of the pack!  Beautiful, homely touches in each room - love the art work - we all felt very at home.

Lots of great walks from the door - coast and country - we loved it here and will definitely be back - one of the best cottages stayed in with all the dogs throws and bits and bobs provided.  Kitchen one of the best equipped.  Thanks for a great holiday and the fab welcome pack!  Recommend Fair Maiden up the road for fresh fish and Hill House Inn, Smallsticks Cafe at Cart Gap, Burgers on the Beach on Beach Road and Sugar and Spice in Bacton - all v dog friendly and worth a visit. 
Dee, Steve, Lorraine, Barney, Youla, Calla, Aisha and Chester

This is our second time at The Crib and it's just as good as the first time we came.  The Crib for us is very much a home from home, very calm and peaceful and a great place to relax .  We stayed here for 5 nights (the superking bed is AMAZING!!)  Would would most definitely come back.
Howie and Tom

What a lovely clean and well equipped cottage .  We have been to Happisburgh several times but The Crib is one of the best cottages we have stayed in.  Bed very comfortable and has pretty ornaments throughout.   Lovely long garden - will be great to sit out in the warmer weather.  The Crib gave us a lovely relaxing break in a truly dog friendly cottage - appreciated the dog first aid items.  This is the only place that has supplied so much for dogs - leads, coats, beds, towels.  Thank you so much.
Maura, Martin and Millie (the Spanish Water Dog)

The cottage is much larger than we imagined, the photos really don't do it justice, and so well equipped with everything you could need, particularly for our beloved 4 legged friends.  The village pub was great with really friendly locals.  Lots of lovely, bracing walks along the cliffs and beach.  We'll definitely come again!
Harriett, Jamie and Teddy the bulldog

A wonderful break, far better than we imagined.  A lovely place to stay, everything very convenient for a gent with a walking aid and a lady who has had a stroke.  Pub very obliging and very nice.  We went to our favourite walk at Felbrigg twice and plenty others besides. We will be back soon.  Thank you to your housekeeper for everything so beautifully clean.

We have had an absolutely fantastic break, that was much needed.  The cottage is beautiful and made us feel relaxed and content from the moment we stepped through the boot room.  No detail has been overlooked and we couldn't have asked for more.  Arthur (our Sprocker puppy) also had a fabulous time and we love hearing his big paws pad about on the wooden floor and watching sleep by the real fire.  I particularly loved all of the detail in the decoration of the cottage and the extra touches.  Can't wait to come back!
Kelly, Mark and Arthur

We had a lovely, relaxing stay over New Year.  We visited the Hill House Inn twice - once for a pub meal and second for the New Year PJ party - we felt welcome and our 2 dogs had lots of treats.  We walked on the beach every day.  Happisburgh, Sea Palling, Waxham and Cart Gap are all very dog friendly.  We also had a home cooked meal - the kitchen is well equipped.   Very enjoyable stay in a lovely 'home from home' house.  
Debbie, Richard, Reggie and Lottie

Our second visit to The Crib with Milo and Meggie (rescue greyhounds). Birthday and anniversary celebrations, lots of lovely walks and also so relaxing for us humans. Perfect weather for us, homely and comfortable. Looking forward to next year. Thank you for our welcome hamper, we really appreciated it and enjoyed it.
Wendy, John, Milo and Meggie.

“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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