Victoria Cottage, Happisburgh Common

Sleeps 4 in 2 double beds

Super dog welcoming, stylish annexe

“Beautiful cottage, extremely comfortable and homely. Very dog friendly, we loved all the little touches.”


Victoria Cottage is a brick and flint, two-bedroom, dog friendly Norfolk country cottage in Happisburgh, one of the most popular conservation villages in North Norfolk.

  • Happisburgh has a Post Office shop, dog friendly pub, the Hill House, and Smallsticks Cafe at Cart Gap
  • Like fresh fish?  Happisburgh has THE best fresh fish shop in the area! Cromer Crabs and smoked fish too plus wine.
  • The Cottage was originally part of the Old Victoria Pub from the 1800s.   The main part is now lived in by the lovely John and Louise, who always do their best to look after their dog and human guests next door.   Or leave them in peace.  For that reason, the cottage annexe has been set up to give guests maximum privacy.
  • There are dogs, cats, turkeys, chickens and geese on site but all very separate from Victoria Cottage.
  • Great walks from the door to The Star at Lessingham (dog friendly pub) and to the beach and all around the surrounding countryside.

To get more of a feel for Victoria Cottage, the area and the owners, have a read of the blog here!


The front door enters directly into the kitchen with a tiled floor.  The entire downstairs area has dog friendly ceramic floor tiling – no worries about white carpets here!   As you would expect in such a comfortable and welcoming place, the kitchen is very well equipped.   An oven and hob, dishwasher, fridge freezer, microwave, kettle, toaster and 2L slow cooker all make self catering easy.  And there is a washing machine and tumble dryer too.

We consider coffee a holiday essential so there is a cafetiere and of course a wide range of other kitchen equipment for self-catering.  Enjoy your meals at our lovely large pine oval table with 4 chairs.

Living room
Downstairs is totally open plan and perfect to enjoy relaxing on the large 4 seater leather sofa in front of the multi fuel stove.  You can watch the TV with built in DVD player or you can read in the beautiful reading chair with its selection of carefully chosen books.  Your dogs can also relax in their own large Farrow and Ball painted wooden dog bed complete with coordinating bedding!

Taking the centrally located open tread staircase you reach the landing and off this is….

Ensuite Bedroom 1
This large and stylish bedroom has countryside views and a king-size bed with duck filled duvet, pillows and crisp cotton bedding.  There is a large antique chestnut chest of drawers and hanging hooks.  Also a small and very comfortable sofa.   The ensuite bathroom is smart, immaculately clean and modern with a large electric shower, toilet and sink.

Ensuite Bedroom 2
A slightly smaller room with views down over the private yard.  You can enjoy a good night’s sleep in the standard double bed with duck filled duvet, pillows and crisp cotton bedding.  Hang your clothes in a 1930’s gentleman’s wardrobe (he won’t mind!!).  Enjoy the modern ensuite bathroom with electric shower, toilet and sink.



The entrance to the cottage is via a private loke (Norfolk track)  There is only one other occupied property on this loke and the neighbours are very friendly and dog savvy.  There is parking for one car in the dedicated parking area. Next to this is its own fully enclosed and dog friendly private yard.  This is separate to the annexe but easily reached from the door in just a few steps. There is even an outside tap in the yard, if you want to wash the sand off your dog after a busy day on the beach.

As well as being an enclosed safe area for the dogs, the yard has some comfy outdoor furniture and lovely planting.  It’s the perfect location to enjoy a breakfast in the sunshine or drinks at the end of a busy day, listening to the birds or watching the bats fly by.

Thinking about booking this perfect place for your pooches?  Have a look at the availability here.



If your dogs like a bit of luxury and some lovely walks from the door, then yes!  Do bear in mind that the outside enclosed area is just a few steps away from the entrance door so they will have to be happy with walking a very short distance for their wees but they will be secure in the courtyard area.   There is very little in the way of activity outside – humans, cars, other dogs – so most dogs will find it very peaceful.



  • Dogs are allowed upstairs at Victoria Cottage but if you would like them to share your bed please either bring sufficient throws or your own bed linen. Just let us know.
  • We have 3 rescue turkeys and 2 rescue geese in addition to our rescue battery hens. They are secure in a fenced off areas in the owners’ garden, completely separately from the annexe, but you are welcome to visit. Our neighbours also keep poultry and have other cats and dogs but are very mindful of our guests.
  • The courtyard is separated from the annexe by the car parking area so you will have to go outside for early morning or night time wees.  (Your dogs that is. You can use the bathrooms!)
  • Victoria cottage is a non-smoking property
  • Most supermarkets deliver.  If you would like to arrange a delivery, please make sure you are here to receive it.

We Provide:

This is how dog friendly we are!

  • Dog bed x 1, towels, throws, bowl
  • Up to 5 dogs welcome
  • 2x large dog crates on request
  • Stair gate available on request
  • 1x large raised dog bed with soft bedding
  • 1x small/medium bed and extras in the shed too!
  • Spare bowls, towels and toys for your doggy gang
  • Secure outside area and plenty of walks from the door!
  • Plenty of ideas about beaches to visit here

What else we provide for you!

  • Fibre Broadband (2-300Mbps)
  • All bed linen and towels
  • All electricity
  • Highchair and travel cot available on request
  • Quiet area to work
  • Shed in parking area, houses a vacuum and range of cleaning products, should you wish to use them!

Plan your walk to the beach from the cottage here

Plan your walk to the pub from the cottage  here  (the very dog friendly Lessingham Star!)

(except school holidays)


Another wonderful stay in Happisburgh, in your lovely cottage.  Thank you for a very comfortable stay and for the extra special touches for our anniversary.  The dogs loved their holiday and cosying up in the dog bed together!  We would love to stay again, thank you!
Zoe, Ryan, Vicki and Steve with Poppy, Charlie and Misty

Lovely stay in such a beautiful cottage with everything we could possibly need.  We have all loved our stay here and thank you to Louise and John for all their help during our stay.  Look forward to visiting again soon!
Caroline, Charlotte and Nick with Molly

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Location & Directions

How To Find Us:

Victoria Cottage, The Common, Happisburgh Common, NR12 0RT
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From the A149 Stalham – Wroxham road, take the B1159 towards Bacton. Follow signs to Happisburgh.

After turning off the B1159 signposted to Happisburgh (around 1.5miles from Stalham), you will travel down Happisburgh Road. At the end of this road is a T junction. Signposted The Common to the left, and Lower Street to the right. Turn right and about 200 metres on your right take the first small lane to the right. This is the main drive to the side of Victoria Cottage. Parking is to the left at the end of the house.


Some wonderful comments from the Victoria Cottage guest book.....

And if you want to be doubly sure, check out the independent reviews on these sites too...
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What a beautiful home from home. Well equipped for us all, we soon relaxed in cozy surroundings, especially loved the log burner. The bed in the front room is one of the comfiest (if not THE comfiest) I have ever slept in. Thank you for your recommendations of what to see, where to visit best places to eat etc - all very helpful. Getting up early and seeing the seals on the beach at Horsey was a fabulous experience! We will certainly be recommending Victoria Cottage as a fabulous place to stay. With friendly owners and lovely neighbours too. Thank you for sharing with us!


Beautiful cottage, extremely comfortable and homely. Very dog friendly, we loved all the little dog touches. Thank you for the welcome pack, delicious!


Thank you for a lovely stay, the cottage is gorgeous and very homely. Everything you could need and great touches. Thank you for a fab welcome pack, it made our stay extra special :)


My first impression when we walked through the door was magical. And that didn't change throughout our stay. It's so rare to find a cottage that is not just dog tolerant but so dog friendly and even harder to find one as beautiful as Victoria Cottage. At the end of our week we didn't want to go home. Beautiful cottage and a beautiful place, we will be back!


An absolutely charming cottage in a wonderful location. The welcome treats for both us and Barney were delightful (especially the eggs!) and we've all had a brilliant week. Thank you Louise for the tip about Sea Palling, which is well worth a visit, not to mention the seals at Horsey and lovely doggy walks to and the local beaches. Thank you both for a fantastic week at your cottage xxx


Wow, wow, wow! We have had an amazing holiday. Victoria Cottage is so welcoming and has a really relaxing feel. Enjoyed great weather whilst here and had great days out at Bacton Woods, Sheringham Park and Felbrigg Hall, along with daily evening and morning walks along the beach. Matilda and Harry have gas a good time - thank you. We would definitely recommend and hope to return soon xx PS - thank you for the welcome goodies - all delicious xx


We have had a wonderful time staying in your beautiful, cosy and luxurious cottage. It is so peaceful and relaxing here. The bed is truly like sleeping in a big hug - we have never slept so well on holiday. Thank you so much for the welcome pack of lovely local produce and free range eggs from your own hens. Also the doggy welcome pack was a lovely addition. Banjo thoroughly enjoy the Nero biscuits and Nature's Menu treats. We are so sad to be leaving but hope to return one day. We will also miss the turkeys gobbling - they made us smile every time. Thanks again! xx


Home from home, beautiful bed, lovely shower, just the tonic to top us up before Christmas. A very comfortable retreat with a lovely atmosphere, John and Louise, you know we can't thank you enough! With love, Pip and Johnathon, Humphs, Pheebs and Nora xx

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Phil and Clare with Pepo and Molly
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“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
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Sandra and Steve
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