14 Dog Friendly Cottages in Norfolk
13th February 2017
Norfolk is a great place to get away from it all, whether you like long walks along the coast, exploring the nature reserves and areas of outstanding natural beauty, or discovering idyllic market towns, there’s lots to enjoy in Norfolk.
One thing you don’t want to get away from is your dogs: They’d love Norfolk too - there are so many opportunities for great walks, including The Broads National Park, and miles of coastline, including many long sandy beaches.
We’ve uncovered 14 of the very best dog-friendly cottages in Norfolk, so your canine companions can come and enjoy the holiday too:
Saham Hills near Swaffham, Norfolk
One of three holiday cottages, The Dairy has ceilings with exposed beams, a woodburning stove.
There’s a large paddock so the dogs (and children) can get plenty of exercise. While they’re recovering, you’ll be able to take a long relaxing soak in the hot tub.
The Dairy sleeps two, but together with the other cottages on site, a total of 10 guests can be accommodated.
The cottage is within striking distance of Norwich itself, with its lovely cathedral and range of interesting shops, and it’s less than an hour’s journey to the North Norfolk Coast. The Dairy is eight miles from the market town of Swaffham
Whinburgh near Dereham, Norfolk
Situated in a peaceful rural location, surrounded by grassland and lakes, Dragonfly Lodge is an ideal place for a break from the hustle and bustle of urban living.
The cottage has a lovely open-plan living area and kitchen, with excellent views over the lake. Dragonfly Lodge sleeps 4 people in two bedrooms.
The gorgeous sun room also makes the most of the beautiful setting, and leads out onto a decked area where you can eat outside overlooking the water.
The cottage is centrally located for exploring Norfolk, and the towns of Swaffham, Fakenham, Attleborough and the city of Norwich are all within easy reach.
Alternatively there’s lots of countryside and excellent walks to enjoy with your dog(s).
Mundesley near North Walsham, Norfolk
Located in the village of Mundesley, right on the Norfolk Coast, Driftwood Hollow is a bungalow with a spacious open plan living area.
The cottage sleeps 4 people in two bedrooms, one of which has a super king-size bed.
There’s an enclosed, lawned garden which is ideal for exercising the dogs.
National Trust properties Blickling Hall and Felbrigg Hall are nearby, as are the charming towns of North Walsham, Cromer and Sheringham.
Whilst staying at Driftwood Hollow you can enjoy exploring the nearby coastal villages, and the lovely Norfolk coastline itself - there’s lots to discover.
Foulsham near Billingford, Norfolk
Truwell is a lovely Norfolk cottage, situated in the village of Foulsham - 9 miles from Fakenham, and 18 miles from Norwich.
This cottage offers a lovely courtyard at the back, accessed through patio doors from the dining area - it’s a lovely place to eat outside or simply sit and soak up some sunshine.
Sleeping 4 people in two bedrooms, Truwell also has a wood burning stove for those cosy evenings in.
Once again there are plenty of interesting towns and villages to explore nearby - and the lovely Norfolk Coast is within easy driving distance.
Don’t miss the historic church in Foulsham which dates from the 14th Century. There’s a village shop and a pub only 2 minutes walk from the cottage.
Mundford near Thetford, Norfolk
Heading west now, our next dog-friendly Norfolk cottage is The Wagtail, a lovely brick-built character cottage, that will sleep 4 people in two bedrooms.
One of a pair of properties situated within a walled garden - there are woodland walks available from the doorstep - and plenty of wildlife to spot.
There’s even an arboretum with more than 200 species of trees - how many could you identify?
Conveniently, the Lynford Hall Hotel is just next door - which is excellent if you would like to eat out one evening.
The cottage has been finished to a high standard, and offers an open-plan layout, underfloor heating, and has superb views of the walled garden from every room.
There’s another cottage on the same site - booking the two together allows up to 10 guests to be accommodated.
The cottage is on the edge of Thetford Forest which has a nature reserve, and Peddars Way National Trail if you fancy getting some walking in. The market town of Thetford is also nearby.
Walcott near North Walsham, Norfolk
In an amazing location, literally just a few yards from the beach, the appropriately named Seaclose is a detached cottage that will sleep 4 people in two bedrooms (one double and one with two bunks - ideal for the kids).
Unsurprisingly, most rooms in this coastal cottage have fantastic sea views, and there’s also a patio area and lawned garden overlooking the beach - ideal for exercising the dogs.
Seaclose is in the village of Walcott, which has a couple of village shops and a pub. It’s only a few miles to North Walsham which offers a selection of shops and places to eat.
If you can tear yourselves away from the beach, this part of Norfolk has lots of towns and villages to explore, or you can take a trip to the Norfolk Broads.
Norwich, the county town of Norfolk, isn’t too far away, and is a great destination for a day-trip: Norwich Cathedral is well worth visiting, and there are several museums, a range of shops, and plenty of places to eat.
Aviation enthusiasts will want to plan a visit to the City of Norwich Aviation Museum which has lots of historic aircraft on display, including an Avro Vulcan B2.
Necton near Swaffham, Norfolk
This superb cottage is a high-quality barn conversion about 2 miles outside Necton. It will sleep 4 people in 2 bedrooms.
There’s a large open plan living area, with French doors to the garden which features a stream and veranda where you can eat al-fresco overlooking the pond.
Cross the private bridge and you’re in the shared garden where there are ducks and chickens, and horses graze nearby. Dogs are welcome, but will need to be kept on a lead outside because of the animals.
Necton village has a pub/restaurant, a village shop and a beautiful Norman church. Situated between the market towns Dereham and Swaffham, there are plenty of places to visit.
Alternatively you can take the dogs for a country walk along Peddars Way and Norfolk Coastal Path which is nearby.
Number One Richmond Church Barns
Saham Toney, Norfolk
Situated in the Norfolk village of Saham Toney, this lovely character cottage has a beautiful kitchen/dining area, ideal for family meals together.
The cosy sitting room benefits from a wood burning stove, and has large folding doors onto the secure, gated patio which is a lovely place to eat outdoors, or simply sit and enjoy a coffee.
Sleeping up to 5 people in 3 bedrooms, this cottage also welcomes two well-behaved dogs.
There’s lots to do in the local area, with National Trust Properties, RSPB nature reserves, and lots of towns to explore such as Ely, King’s Lynn and of course Norwich itself with its lovely cathedral, museums, shops and places to eat.
This superb dog-friendly cottage is the perfect place for a self-catering break in Norfolk.
2 Carr Terrace
Situated right in the centre of the village of Docking, this superb end-terrace holiday cottage of traditional brick and flint construction has lots of character.
Sleeping up to 6 people in 3 bedrooms, there’s a superb kitchen, a dining area with a Rayburn, and a beautifully furnished living room with an open fire.
Outside there’s a small courtyard with picnic table. Two well-behaved dogs are welcome.
The village is close to the North Norfolk Coast with its many opportunities for long coastal walks with the dogs, or fun family times on the beach.
Visit nearby Sandringham, or some of the National Trust properties that are nearby. There are also lots of interesting towns to explore including Fakenham, Hunstanton and King’s Lynn.
An excellent base for a break in Norfolk with the whole family (including the dogs).
Located in the lovely village of Snettisham, just south of Hunstanton, you’ll find Mulberry Cottage - a superbly renovated holiday cottage near the centre of the village.
Sleeping 6 people in 3 bedrooms, you can also bring two dogs - though they’re only allowed in the downstairs rooms.
The sitting room has a wood-burning stove, so you’ll always have cosy evenings in Mulberry Cottage, even in the chillier months.
There’s also a back garden with a sitting area if you want to eat outside in the summer.
The village of Snettisham is within cycling distance of the North Norfolk Coast, and has a range of shops and pubs. This cottage is the perfect base for families, walkers and nature-lovers alike.
Visit Houghton Hall or Sandringham, and explore local market towns with their variety of interesting shops - or sample fish-and-chips in Cromer or Hunstanton.
Northrepps near Cromer, Norfolk
Lovely character terraced holiday cottage in the village of Northrepps, which is only 2 miles from Cromer and the seaside.
Sleeping 6 people in 3 bedrooms, two well-behaved dogs are also welcome.
The cottage originally dates from 1800, and has been beautifully refurbished. It has a unique sitting room in two halves, and a wood-burning stove in the centre.
The cottage also has a paved garden area at the back with a view of the lovely village church.
There’s a lovely pub in the village, and it’s only a mile to the nearest sandy beach at Overstrand.
Enjoy a trip on the North Norfolk Steam Railway from nearby Sheringham, and sample the beach at Wells, or try birdwatching at Titchwell Marsh where there’s an RSPB reserve.
Church Cottage is an excellent base for exploring the North Norfolk Coast.
Wilby near Old Buckenham, Norfolk
This unique cottage in the hamlet of Wilby has striking architecture, and loads of character, both outside and in.
Converted from an original church hall, Rectory Cottage stands in the grounds of the owner’s house, and seasonal use of the owner’s swimming pool.
The cottage sleeps up to 6 people in 3 bedrooms. Two well-behaved dogs are also welcome.
There’s a garden at the back with a patio and furniture for dining outside.
Centrally located, this cottage is a good base for visiting Thetford Forest and the Norfolk Broads, as well as exploring Norwich itself with its cathedral, museums and shops, and also Bury St Edmunds.
The village of Old Buckenham is only 2.5 miles away, and has a 17th Century pub, a village green and tower windmill.
Why not take a family day out at nearby Banham Zoo - which has a great range of animals to see including Giraffes, Tigers, Camels, Cheetahs, Leopards, Zebras and lots more.
This traditional semi-detached cottage is located in the popular coastal town of Hunstanton, and is only a couple of minutes walk from the beach.
Sleeping 8 people in 4 bedrooms, the whole family can enjoy this Norfolk holiday cottage together. You can bring two well-behaved dogs as well, so nobody needs to be left out.
Kittiwake Cottage has a dining area for family meals, and a conservatory, as well as the sitting room where everyone can relax together.
There’s a downstairs double bedroom with adjacent shower room equipped with grab rails and a seat, so it’s ideal for anyone needing a more accessible room.
The beach at Hunstanton is perfect for a holiday, with lots of sand, rock pools to explore, donkey rides, a funfair, and even pitch and putt, so there’s loads to keep everyone occupied.
There’s lots more to enjoy in the area, such as a visit to Sandringham, or one of the nearby National Trust properties - or simply explore the countryside and many local villages, or visit one of the RSPB nature reserves nearby.
Mattishall near Dereham, Norfolk
If you have more than the usual “two well-behaved dogs” in your party, then our next cottage might fit the bill:
Bluebell Barn can accommodate 8 people in 4 bedrooms, and you can take 4 well-behaved dogs with you!
The living area is open-plan, making it easy for everyone to spend time together, whether you’re in the kitchen, dining area, or sitting room.
There are great countryside views through the large bi-fold doors - and in good weather you can open these up to really bring the outside indoors.
There’s a decked patio area too - so you can enjoy eating outside and make the most of the superb rural location.
Bluebell Barn is a great base for exploring Norfolk, including the Broads, and Norwich with its cathedral and great range of shops and restaurants is only 14 miles away.
There are lots of interesting towns to explore, such as Dereham (with the Mid-Norfolk Heritage Railway), Swaffham, Fakenham and King’s Lynn, or you can drive up to the North Norfolk coast and discover some wonderful beaches.
As you can see, there are loads of wonderful Norfolk holiday cottages that are happy to welcome your dogs - so there’s no need to put them into kennels when you choose a self-catering holiday in Norfolk.
We hope you’ve found some cottages you like in our selection. If so, just click any of the links or photos to find out more and check prices and availability. Alternatively you can use the form below to conduct a search and create your own shortlist of dog-friendly cottages.
The not-so-small print:
This article was first published on 13th February 2017 - and all details of these properties were correct at that time. But as you know, things can change - sometimes even formerly pet-friendly cottages change their policy so please double-check that the property you’re booking is still dog-friendly, and any other aspects that are important to you, with the agents at the time of booking.