Twenty seven per cent of UK adults now own a dog with an estimated population of over 10 million, according to the latest PDSA PAW report. These important family members are also carefully considered when it comes to holidays and short breaks.
Independently owned Winterton Cottages (www.wintertoncottages.co.uk Tel: 01493 800645) has a great collection of pet-friendly properties on or close to the Norfolk coast.
Popular options include:
For multi-generational groups – Beachcomber
Slap-bang in Winterton village, Beachcomber is a newly renovated three-bedroom cottage, just two minutes’ walk from the Winterton beach dunes and a short stroll to all the local village amenities including the pub, fish & chip shop, café and shop.
The comfortable living area with cosy wood burning stove leads through to the spacious kitchen diner, plus there’s a downstairs bedroom and bathroom (so handy if grandparents are in tow). Upstairs there are two spacious bedrooms (one with a kingsize bed and the other a twin that can be zipped into a king), also a large bathroom and walk-in shower. Up to three dogs are welcome at Beachcomber who will love the fully enclosed back garden and straight from the door walks.
Quirky couples escape – The Cranny
A proper quirky stay awaits at double thatched round house The Cranny complete with large enclosed garden. The property is ideal for two couples looking to holiday together. Hidden away in the village it is just two minutes from a dog-friendly pub and five minutes to the beach and offers accommodation all on one level. Inside one ‘round’ is the main living space while the two beautifully furnished king and double bedrooms are in the other ‘round’. Up to two dogs welcome here.
Hot tub holiday – Cleveland House
Cleveland House is an imposing detached Victorian house with a huge enclosed garden with a gorgeous hot tub in the centre of the Winterton village. Just a two-minute walk to the village’s dog-friendly pub and 5-minutes to the beach, the property is ideal for families and large groups looking for a luxury holiday home.
Extremely spacious, with plenty of living areas, downstairs, there’s a large lounge (with impressive fireplace and wood burning stove, TV and board games galore. Double doors connect through to the conservatory with a feast-worthy large dining table. Keen cooks will love the well-equipped kitchen with its range cooker. There’s also a shower room and double bedroom. Upstairs, there are four sumptuously decorated bedrooms, three of which have ensuite facilities (two rooms have king-size beds and two with twin beds – both capable of being ‘zipped’ together to make a super king). Sleeps ten and up to four dogs.
Romantic bolthole – Bobtail Cottage
Both rustic and charming, Bobtail Cottage is a modern barn conversion featuring the stunning original flint walls throughout. The interior offers a wonderfully light and airy living room, a dining area, and a well equipped kitchen.
The property is a romantic bolthole that can accommodate a child too. The main bedroom has a comfortable king size bed, and the second a single bed. Outside there’s an enclosed gravel patio complete with furniture – a lovely spot to relax with a coffee or glass of wine. Up to three dogs are welcome here and the dog-friendly beach is only 5-10 minutes’ walk away.
Big Group Getaway at The White House, East Somerton
A great group-sized pad to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries and other special occasions and with the benefit of countryside and coastal walks straight from the door, The White House is ideal for large get togethers. Sleeping up to 11 plus two dogs across six bedrooms, there’s a huge dining table for fantastic feasts, the all-important large and well-equipped kitchen for dancing and chat, plus plenty of cosy break-away spaces to accommodate multi-age groups. There’s also a huge lawn for a silent disco under the stars or outside games!
Contemporary barn conversion, perfect for keen cooks – Old Church Barn
Budding chefs can cook up a fantastic feast in the super-equipped kitchen at Old Church Barn. This beautiful modern barn conversion has a hotel vibe and features two contemporary styled bedrooms and two bathrooms (one ensuite). Ideal for two couples or a family of four, it’s located in East Somerton beside the picturesque ruins of St Mary’s Church and just a 10-minute walk to Winterton beach. Downstairs, alongside the kitchen with its double oven and kitchen island, there’s separate dining area with seating for four people, a lounge area with a fire, plus a king size bedroom with ensuite bathroom.
Built into the eaves of the barn, upstairs on the mezzanine level is a double bedroom with separate bathroom and dressing area. Up to two dogs are welcome for free and can make good use of the small-enclosed lawn.
Things to do nearby
There are a host of dog-friendly walks straight from each of these cottages. The Fleggburgh to Stokesby walk, which features two pooch-friendly pubs along the way, is a must do and easy to download: https://www.visitgreatyarmouth.co.uk/things-to-do/walking-and-circular-walks
Other pet-friendly suggestions include breakfast at The Dunes Café at Waxham Barn (try the vegetarian one!). The café is ideally placed to walk along the stretch of beach from Waxham to Sea Palling.
The cathedral city of Norwich, around a 40 minute drive away, is also known for its dog-friendly credentials. Highlights include a walk around Jarrolds then along the historic Elm Hill and the Royal Arcade before grabbing something to eat from the market (try Bun Box or Bogeda for a delicious sandwiches).
The Nelson’s Head at Horsey, with its local ales, open fire and home cooked food is another great watering hole for after a long beach walk and welcomes pooches. Other pets welcome pubs include The Greyhound at Hickling and the Kings Arms at Fleggburgh.
Alternatively take to the water – The Broads are made up of seven rivers and 63 broads, most of which are less than four metres deep. Nowadays they’re known for their wildlife as well as providing great opportunities for walking, cycling and fishing.
It’s also well worth heading to Potter Heigham to hire a boat. Then spend half a day on the water and after admiring the winter birdlife and pretty properties along the water’s edge, stop at dog-friendly Bridgestone’s Café for a delicious cake and coffee.