I'm Sue Allen and I want to welcome you to Norfolk, the best and most dog friendly county in the UK....in my humble opinion!
Why? Lots of open spaces, easy walking, very quiet, dog friendly sandy beaches with very few restrictions.
Mostly arable, so very little in the way of livestock - no fields of sheep to get through and worry about!
Dog friendly pubs and cafes are the norm rather than the exception and there are plenty to choose from!
Friendly locals, many of whom have dogs of their own and will happily stop and chat.
You can come and stay with us with one or two dogs or bring the whole pack and you will find that all the properties are
PROPERLY dog welcoming!
So, here's what you might need to know for your pawsome dog friendly holiday here!
NONE! There are no charges for dogs in any of the properties and there never will be. We don't charge for grandparents or for children (though it's sometimes tempting....!!) so why would we charge for other members of your 'family'?
Each property is different but you can expect to find some or all of the following. If you would like to find out exactly what is supplied at each property, either look at the website page or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- home made dog biscuits or treats (mostly from Nero's Kitchen)
- temporary holiday collars and/or tags
- dog bed(s)
- dog towels
- spare bowls
- throws for the furniture
- dog crate or loan of crate(s) Large (30" x 48"), medium (38" x 24") or small (terrier size)
- an enclosed outside area (a description on each property page - always happy to provide more detail)
- outside hose for washing down muddy dogs if needed (and now warm showers in several of the properties!)
- poo bags/toys/even first aid kits for dogs in some cottages!
Doggy Day Care
In many of the houses you are more than welcome to leave your dogs when you go out - IF you can be sure they will not be stressed and will settle. In the houses where this is not possible we can highly recommend Broadland Cattery who also offer a doggy day care service.
We also highly rate Shannon of Shannons Pet Service who may be able to come and sit with the doggies while you head out for a while.
Another service providing care is Anglia Pet Services. And if you want to speak to Suzi who is the housekeeper for Red Roofs, she is a fully insured dog sitter, walker and boarder. Contact her on 01692 581375.
And, if you get stuck, ask me, Sue! I am always very happy to come and cuddle your dogs while you are out for the day or evening.
There are vet practices at :
Stalham is the one I use for my own dogs (with an out of hours service) Broadland House Vet
North Walsham (also with an out of hours service) Westover Vets and Toll Barn Vets
Each house should have details of the vet numbers etc but if you want to be sure please do email me, email@example.com, before your stay and I will send you all the details.
If you feed your dog raw food you can find supplies of frozen food at these places:
Broadland Angling and Pet Supplies in Stalham High Street - a good selection of mince packs and chunks/free flow minces.
Closest to properties in East Ruston and Happisburgh and Hickling.
Kisi, at Ebridge, just outside of North Walsham - minces and chunks, bones etc - a good range. Worth a visit also for their lovely range of collars, leads and harnesses, treats and toys. Easy to get to from the East Ruston and Happisburgh houses.
Sams Pets in North Walsham town centre - raw mince frozen packs.
Closest to Rooster Barn, Milestone Barn, Farthing Cottage
Martham Pet Supplies in Martham village centre
Closest to Hidden Gem, Skylark
Many of the properties have a large enough freezer to store supplies and where they don't, it may be possible that the owners' freezer can be used. Please do just ask me for details - firstname.lastname@example.org.
Another option we have recently discovered is the Raw Dog Food Company, based in Norfolk, just outside of Norwich. They deliver (certain days only - best to check on website) or you can collect from them. A huge range of great foods!
There are also very good local butchers in Stalham High Street (Cawdrons), Sea Palling road (Causeway Butchers), Martham and North Walsham for mince, bones, offal etc.
Dogs are allowed on most of the local sandy beaches all year round but there are restrictions on a few of them, 1 May - 1 October. This NNDC Dogs On Beaches leaflet explains which ones and how far the restricted area extends and this Explore Norfolk website has a huge amount of useful information too.
Very few!! We want you to come and relax not worry about rules!
At all of the properties we do ask that you clean up after your dogs - both inside and out - a simple request that is all about respect and we know that just about all of our guests are only too happy to do this.
If you do want your dogs to curl up with you on furniture like they do at home then all we ask is you use throws; these are provided in most of the houses.
Each property has its own requests about dogs upstairs/in the bedrooms - please do respect these and if you want to check in advance by all means do email me email@example.com or call me 07766665684
Leaving your dog(s) alone in the properties - we would prefer this is only done if you are confident that your dog will settle if left alone in a strange place or they are happy in crates. If you know they can be destructive or reactive when they are left alone, or they suffer from separation anxiety, please do not leave them unsupervised for any period. It’s just not fair on your dog (or on us if they cause damage!) There is room in most of the properties for dog crates if you use them. In the unlikely event of your dog(s) causing any damage, this will be taken from your damage deposit (see conditions).
End of doggy rules!!
We are confident that our guests are responsible dog owners and considerate human beings and will look after our properties. This has certainly been our experience and we see no reason to provide a long list of rules.