The Crib

  • Dogs: Unlimited dogs / reactive dog friendly

  • Sleeps Max: 5

  • Bedrooms: 3

  • Bathrooms: 1

Bags of character and doggy details in seaside Happisburgh.

“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!”¬† ¬†


The Crib is tucked away in the historic coastal Norfolk village of Happisburgh.  Walking to the nearby dog friendly beach is easy from the door and you walk to the village pub, shop, historic church and the iconic red and white striped lighthouse.  Throughout the house the owners have indulged their true love of dogs and there are many beautiful examples of dog art and tasteful decorations, making the house feel really homely.

  • The sandy and year round dog friendly beach is so close that you can hear the sea.
  • The Crib is EXTREMELY dog friendly with a large, fully fenced garden (mostly grass)
  • Lots of doggy extras – beds, bowls, throws, towels, crates and more.
  • XL Bullies welcome here!
  • There are lots of hard floors and storage space. Off road parking too.
  • Follow The Crib‚Äôs Instagram¬†and¬†Facebook¬†pages for the inside scoop!
  • After a beach walk take a short walk to the local pub,¬† The Hill House (dog friendly of course!)
  • Smallsticks Cafe at Cart Gap is very dog friendly and one of our favourites.
  • Easy access up and down the coast to explore a lot more of¬†Norfolk.
  • Plenty of dog friendly cafes, pubs and beaches all around the area ‚Äď see our list on the website¬†here
  • If The Crib is full try nearby Manor Barn, White Cottage, Corner Cottage or Seaview Cottage

For the dogs:

  • 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
  • Dog Buggy x 2 (one is an Innopet Mamut ‚Äď 50kg)
  • Lots of towels & fleece blankets
  • Outside tap and hose with hot and cold water
  • Leads and hound coats and muzzles and toys and poo bags!
  • Large crate x 2 at the property and others available on request
  • Dog sitting.¬† If you would like to go out for a few hours and leave the dogs but are not confident they will settle, please check our website¬†page¬†for dog sitter recommendations.
  • Enough freezer space for raw food.¬† The Raw Dog Food Company delivery to all ERC properties with a min order charge of ¬£10.

For the humans:

  • DVDs, books and games
  • Free WiFI
  • All heating including wood and smokeless coal for open fire in living room
  • All bed linen and towels
  • Good quality microfibre pillows and duvets
  • 2 x Hairdryers
  • Fan
  • Nespresso coffee machine
  • Iron and ironing board
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Hello! I’m Helen and welcome to The Crib.

I used to make (sewing) dog collars for a dog rescue which were sold to raise money for the rescue; When I was a student I used to do the security when bands came to play at the Polytechnic. This included for Nirvana; I visited Russia with School when I was about 17 years old.
I had a long held dream to set up a holiday cottage that would welcome unlimited dogs. At that time very few places took more than two dogs and we had three. Then ERC began to grow in popularity. I wanted to holiday in Norfolk for a change from Northumberland and The Lake District so we went to The Piggery. After that I looked for properties in Norfolk & contacted Sue about joining ERC. We wanted an agent to help us run things. So 10 years after the dream started, we found The Crib.

About the property

All about the inside:

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 Рsofas, 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
Wooden framed super king bed. Large freestanding wardrobe, chair and bedside cupboards. Cast iron feature fireplace with tiles and decorative surround.

Bedroom 2
Wooden framed and charming double bed, pine bedroom furniture and some lovely features.

Bedroom 3
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.

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

All about the outside:

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.

Will this property suit my dogs?

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 and lots of chances of running and sniffing! Nothing can be seen from within the garden. If your dogs love the beach, this is the house for them!

Please note:

  • The Crib is a non smoking property.
  • Electric car, bike or scooter/wheelchair charging is¬†NOT¬†available at this property.
  • Bookings are Friday to Friday
  • First basket of wood supplied for the fireplace
  • All major supermarkets deliver to The Crib.¬† Please make sure you are here to receive delivery.
  • If you would like your dogs to join you on the beds, we ask that you provide your own sheets.
  • We would prefer that your dogs are not left alone in the property unless you are 100% confident that they will not get stressed.¬† If they are crate trained and you would like to use a crate, please do ask us. We know how bulky they are to pack!


Given the age and layout of the property, The Crib is not suitable for wheelchair users and may not be suitable for some other limited ability conditions. Please do feel free to ask us for more information to help you make a decision.  George at will be able to help you.


Reviews / Testimonials


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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 Рthe dogs were made especially welcome!  The Crib is a fantastic holiday home Рwell 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 Рwonderful, homely, spacious cottage Рgarden looked gorgeous packed with spring flowers and great for the dogs Рsecure even for the escape artist of the pack!  Beautiful, homely touches in each room Рlove the art work Рwe all felt very at home.

Lots of great walks from the door Рcoast and country Рwe loved it here and will definitely be back Рone 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 Рall 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 Рwill be great to sit out in the warmer weather.  The Crib gave us a lovely relaxing break in a truly dog friendly cottage Рappreciated the dog first aid items.  This is the only place that has supplied so much for dogs Рleads, 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.


How to find us

The Crib, The Street, Happisburgh NR12 0AB
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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