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East Ruston Cottages

Victoria Cottage

Sleeps 4 in 2 double beds

Victoria Cottage is a brick and flint, two-bedroom , dog friendly country cottage in Happisburgh, one of the most popular villages in North Norfolk.  A conservation village, Happisburgh boasts a beautiful 15th century church, shop and Post Office, dog friendly pub, beach cafe and the best fresh fish shop in the area!  The Cottage was originally part of the Old Victoria Pub, which hails back to the early-1800s.   The main part of the old pub 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 but equally leave them in peace.  For that reason, the cottage annexe has been set up to give guests maximum privacy.

The Cottage is surrounded by beautiful Norfolk countryside and good dog walks, whilst still offering a very short drive to the beaches at Happisburgh and Cart Gap only one mile away.  Due to it being just outside the main village, Victoria Cottage enjoys a rural location.  Consequently you can enjoy regular visits from swifts in the summer, returning to historical nesting sites in its tiles.  There are brown hares in neighbouring fields, local pheasants, buzzards, heron and rabbits in addition to tawny owls nesting in the neighbouring copse. From October, you can enjoy the magnificent flocks of pink footed geese flying over the cottage, as they spend their winter in Norfolk.

When you arrive

The entrance to the cottage is via a loke (Norfolk track) where you find a private parking area for the cottage adjacent to its own private yard, which is fully enclosed and dog friendly.  There is even an outside tap in the yard, if your dog fancies a little wash after a busy day on the beach . The yard has outdoor furniture and is the perfect location to enjoy a breakfast in the sunshine or drinks at the end of a busy day.


Entering directly into the kitchen, the entire downstairs area has dog friendly ceramic floor tiling. The kitchen is well equipped with dishwasher, washing machine, tumble dryer, fridge freezer and microwave, kettle, toaster.  We consider coffee a holiday essential so there is a cafetiere and of course a wide range of other kitchen equipment for self-catering.  Furthermore there is a large pine oval table with 4 chairs.

Living room

Downstairs is totally open plan and you can 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 reading chair with its selection of books.  You dogs can relax in the large Farrow and Ball painted wooden dog bed complete with coordinating bedding!

Taking the centrally located staircase you reach……

Bedroom 1

This large bedroom with countryside views has 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 comfortable sofa for you to relax upon.   Finally, there is an ensuite bathroom with electric shower, toilet and sink.

Bedroom 2

A slightly smaller room with views 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 and enjoy the ensuite bathroom with electric shower, toilet and sink.

We Provide:

What we provide

  • Broadband
  • All bed linen and towels
  • All electricity
  • Dog bed x 1, towels, throws, bowl
  • S,M & L dog crates on request
  • Stairgate available on request
  • Highchair and travel cot available on request
  • Shed in parking area, houses a vacuum and range of cleaning products, should you wish to use them!

Please note

  • 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.
  • 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, but you are welcome to visit. Our neighbours also keep poultry and have other cats and dogs wandering around. Visitors just need to mindful of that if they have dogs that are liable to chase ( as ours would be!)

4/5 dogs would be an approximate maximum at this property, but we do offer flexibility based on breed/size etc

Next available dates are October!


Since first starting to take bookings in June we have had some very happy guests and their dogs!

Our first guests…….

Beautiful cottage – thank you for letting us stay.  We’ve loved our weekend here – it’s great to be back in Norfolk again!  It’s lovely and cosy and we’ve felt at home!
Helen, Chris and George with Relish, Wish and Max

Lovely weekend.  The cottage is very comfortable and well appointed.We really enjoyed our stay and would love to come back again.
Lisa, Paul and Josh with Rolo and Honey

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


Location & Directions

How To Find Us:

Postcode: NR12 0RT

Victoria Cottage is in the small hamlet of Happisburgh Common, approximately 1 mile from the coast.

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.