New to the holiday rental market just last year, Fenside is located at the end of a quiet lane in the friendly seaside village of Sea Palling. It has the very best of two worlds; stunning rural views across farm land, and yet just a short walk to a sandy, Blue Flag beach (eight minutes on foot, or twelve if your dog insists on inspecting every gate post on the way!).
Previously a farm labourer’s cottage, Fenside was restored from a completely derelict state, and modernised into a lovely home. It can accommodate five guests comfortably in three bedrooms.
Sea Palling has a dog friendly café (open 364 days a year), a dog friendly bar, a fish and chip restaurant, an amusement arcade, a local shop (which sells practically everything) and a Post Office. Drive three minutes along the road toward Ingham and you will find the family-run Causeway butcher, selling wonderful local meat, eggs and milk (ask for bones for your dogs). Just a few hundred yards further, you will find the local farm shop for bread and cakes, fruit and veg, logs and kindling, and lots more.
Sea Palling is an ideal base for exploring all along our Norfolk coast and you can take your dogs on the beach all year round. Head south and walk along to Waxham and Horsey….. great for seal-watching! Visit the amazing Poppylands tea room, or the Nelson Head pub. Turn left and head north (October to April*) and walk to Happisburgh lighthouse, making sure to call in at the brilliant Small Sticks café at Cart Gap. Or hop into your car and visit Winterton-on-Sea, or further up the coast to Mundesley, Cromer, Sheringham and Wells.
* Dogs must turn right between May and September.
No fixed dog limit. Please do check with Gail
Ground floor shower room
Smoke Free Property
Broadband & WiFi
Off road parking for 2 cars
Drive through the gate at the end of the lane and park your car on our drive, parallel to the fence. There is plenty room for two cars.
Go through the garden gate, and past the patio doors, to the front door.
Enter the small hallway and turn right into the:
The large, eat-in kitchen is well equipped with everything you need, whether you like to cook up a Full English with a pot of builder’s tea, or prefer keep it simple with croissants and a cafetière of fresh coffee. The owners are keen cooks and you will find a slow cooker, Magimix food processor, stick blender and sandwich toaster. There is even a waffle maker which is always a hit with the children.
There is plenty of cupboard space, along with a large fridge freezer; perfect for anyone with raw-fed dogs or to keep lots of ice cream on hand in the summer. And forget washing up, as there is a dishwasher. One of the wall sockets has two handy USB charging points.
The dedicated doggy cupboard has an assortment of feeding bowls, micro-fibre towels, poo bags, emergency leads and holiday tags.
Through the kitchen, and out into the lobby where the washing machine located. Turn right into:
Downstairs Shower room:
The shower room was refitted in May 2018, and provides a sleek and modern walk-in shower. Water pressure at Fenside is really good, and a huge hot water tank provides a great shower experience. There is a large mirror with lights and a cupboard to store your lotions and potions.
Return though the kitchen and walk across to the:
This gorgeous room has its own feature painting right outside the doors. Every window at Fenside enjoys wonderful views, but the very best experience is from the lounge. Whatever the season, there is always something to see. Sit quietly with a cup of coffee and watch for wildlife; pheasant and deer are regular visitors to the farmer’s field just a few feet away. Open the patio doors in the summer and watch the sunshine shimmer on the ripening barley. During the winter months, listen out for crowds of migrating geese that set down in the fields. And of course, the gorgeous sunsets in our breathtaking Norfolk skies. On a clear night you will get an amazing view of the stars.
The lounge itself is spacious and stylish. There is plenty of seating, with noodle mats so you can snuggle up with your dogs. The feature fireplace has a wood burner, which is perfect for a cosy winter night in. Pour yourself a glass of wine, pull up a footstool, and watch a film on Netflix.
The owners have chosen a wood effect, vinyl tile flooring, with a textured finish, to minimise the possibility of slippy paws (and feet!). They have provided a selection of games, jigsaws, cards and books to keep you amused, along with a DAB+ radio with Bluetooth so that you can play your own music.
Come back out of the living room and turn left to go upstairs.
The first bedroom is a single with a very comfortable, medium support sprung mattress with a thick mattress topper. There is a bedside table with reading lamp, and a chest of drawers.
Twin Bedroom (or as the owners call it, the Awkward Room):
The second bedroom is light and bright, and has twin beds, with the chimney breast between. There is room for bedside drawer units, but not a wardrobe, and so the owners have fitted clever fold-out hooks with plenty of hangers. The beds have hotel quality mattresses, with thick mattress toppers, providing both support and comfort, and there is space underneath to store your cases and holdalls, or to push the dog beds away during the daytime.
Exit the twin bedroom and walk back along the landing to the:
This fresh room has a traditional white bath suite and neutral tiling, with metallic mosaic edge. There is a large mirror with lights.
The double room is painted in a soothing cream, with tones of red and grey. It has a comfortable double bed with pocket-sprung mattress, filled with natural silk and wool fibres. The owners have ensured that all of Fenside’s beds have high quality, 100% cotton bedding, with cosy throws and a choice of duvet weights to keep you comfortable. Bedside tables, a chest of drawers and hanging rails with plenty of hangers complete the room.
The medium-sized garden is laid mainly to grass with borders and shrubs. There is a patio table and chairs, with parasol and cushions. The palisade fence encloses the property completely, however, please be aware that it is just 3 to 3.5 feet high. This gives uninterrupted views across the fields. Being at the very end of the lane, there is no passing traffic, however, for anyone with a reactive dog, please be aware that the driveway to the house next door goes around the perimeter of the garden, and so there is the occasional person or car coming or going.
What we provide:
A warm welcome
Tea, coffee, milk and sugar
All bed linen and towels
Two hair dryers
High speed fibre broadband, with good reception throughout
Games, books, cards and Netflix
For your fur kids:
A warm welcome
One large dog crate, but do let Gail know if you need more
Dog beds with pads (three small, two medium, two large)
Noodle mats for the sofas and chairs
A variety of food bowls, poo bags, emergency leads and holiday tags
Microfibre towels for drying off after those long beach walks
Groceries and dog food:
All major supermarkets deliver to Fenside, and if you place your order ahead then we are very happy to put your groceries away for you. Please liaise with Gail before placing your order, for advice on choosing a suitable delivery timeslot.
Why not arrange for a dog food delivery as well? Sam’s Pets in Market Place, North Walsham offers 10% discount to all Pack Holidays guests! You’ll find them at https://samspets.co.uk. Take a peek at their Facebook page too.
Fenside is strictly a non-smoking property, please, as one of the owners is asthmatic.
Bookings are Friday-Friday.
Short breaks are available; for a quote, please contact Gail with your dates.
Your dogs are very welcome to snuggle on the sofas with you; please ensure that they lay on the noodle mats provided. They are allowed to go upstairs with you, but not on the human beds, please.
There is no hard limit on the number of dogs; Gail will be happy to advise with regard to the suitability of the property for the size of your pack/breed.
Location & Directions
Fenside, Church Road, Sea Palling, NR12 0UA
From the A149 Stalham bypass take the turning signposted Happisburgh/Walcott/Bacton at the western end of the town (Stepping Stone Lane B1159). At the end of the lane, turn right at the junction and stay on the road into Stalham for approximately 0.5 mile until you reach the first junction in the town with the High School on your left hand side. Turn left at this junction and follow the road through Stalham, to Ingham.
Follow the road through Ingham (past the now being revamped Ingham Swan, and follow the road to the first junction which is signposted Sea Palling. Turn right at this junction towards Sea Palling, passing Causway Farm butcher and the farm shop.
Just as you enter the village, the road bends to the left and Church Road is on the RIGHT. Drive down Church Road, and after approx. 200 metres, the road splits; take the right hand fork and you will see Fenside’s gate immediately in front of you after approx. 100 metres.
You approach the house from behind, which is on your left once you are through the gate.
Weather has been good to us, fantastic home for the week. Ideal place to be.
Dogs has a good time on beaches and in land.
Hope to come back again.
Stayed at Hickling 2 weeks ago with relatives from New Zealand and this is our first time at Fenside with the family, dogs enjoyed walks on the beach each day (even at high tide) we enjoyed the ice creams (a different flavour each day) and we were lucky with the weather.
Overall, a very relaxing week and we have enjoyed our stay at Fenside so thanks to the owners for signing up with Pack Holidays, as it isn’t easy to find a place that takes more than 2 dogs!
We have left some tokens behind for next people to use as amusements
Had a brilliant week, dogs thoroughly enjoyed themselves. The local beaches are good and we would recommend seeing the seals at Horsey. The dogs loved Bacton Woods, so we went back a few times.
We also popped into Causeway Butchers. Very friendly and lovely meant, definitely recommend it.
Our first time in Norfolk, extremely dog friendly. Gail was brilliant, changing over a crate for us so quickly.
Totally relaxing and a lovely cottage to stay in.
Thank you so much for making us feel so welcome and at home in Fenside.
We have thoroughly enjoyed our week, so peaceful and relaxing. Everything we could possible need and more is there thanks to the very thoughtful and generous owners. The weather was exceptional for this time of year, and the dogs have enjoyed the lovely garden and all that is here to welcome them and keep them happy also. The 10 minute walk access to the lovely sandy beach saw the dogs running on the sand and surf obviously very happy and content
We visited Walcott, Happisburgh, Horsey, all with amenities suited for dog walkers.
Once again thank you so much for making this “doggy holiday” such a lovely experience.
Wow! What a fantastic few days we have had. The weather has been perfect. We discovered Bacton Woods, a fantastic place for the dogs, who discovered the ponds (not quite so fantastic!)
Thank you again for the lovely welcome pack, we and the girls have enjoyed munching through it! I’m sure we will return – Thanks again
We have had the most relaxing short break here at Fenside. You have thought of everything for hoomans and dogs!! We can also recommend The Nelsons Head for a wide choice of cider after a long walk watching the seals at Horsey. Thank you so much for the Welcome Pack and Sox loved the treats and liver cake!! We look forward to visiting again.
Thanks for a lovely holiday at Fenside. We have been very lucky with the weather and have enjoyed the garden, sitting out in the sun and enjoying the view. The quick walk to the beach is fantastic. The cottage has been very comfortable for us and the dogs – Thank you for the crates – in the end they bunked down in one together. They have loved the dog beds. This has been our favourite holiday cottage (and we have been to quite a few), so we are glad we are already booked to come back
Having stayed at Poets Corner last year we had very high expectations and haven’t been disappointed. Fenside is fabulous – well equipped and very comfortable with views to die for. We’ve had a lovely chilled out week and can’t wait to be back on the Norfolk coast next year. We’ve eaten out quite a lot – The Ship Inn at Mundesley, Wroxham Barn, Smallsticks is fantastic so we went twice! The staff in the local shops and cafes are all so pleasant and friendly too which is lovely. There’s been quite a lot of beach time too with the Sea Palling beach so close at hand. We also spent a day on the beach at Mundesley and visited Horsey so that we could see the seals.
Thank you again to Gail and Fenside’s owners for providing this lovely accommodation and presenting it so beautifully. As we said after our stay last year, it’s always a good sign when you stay in a dog friendly property and there is no evidence of the previous doggy residents. We will certainly continue to recommend Pack Holidays. Thank you!
Dear Gail + owners
What can we say but “wow” Fenside is truly amazing. We can see why & how you fell in love with this place. The garden is secure and the view is fabulous, Millie loves roaming around and the beach is fantastic too.
The owners attention to detail is second to none they have thought of everything. We will definitely be back and will recommend to friends. Excellent 5* plus more holiday let.
To Gail and owners.
Thank you so much for a fantastic holiday. Everything you need is provided and nearby. Our doggies have loved the garden and the beach. The welcome pack and doggie treats were very much enjoyed, looks like I’ll be making some liver cakes at home for the dogs. The cottage is well equipped and the beds are amazing – we have slept very well.
We will happily come back again and may even stay longer.
To Gail and Owners
We had a very last minute short break after a disappointing week. What luck we happened on Pack Holidays and Fenside. All we could of wanted and more – super dog friendly in every way. Rolo (our rescue pup) was in his element on the beach, happiest we have seen him.
Thank you so much for providing such a great place to stay.
Thank you so much for providing such a lovely welcome to Fenside – we thoroughly enjoyed the human + doggy goodies, esp after our long journey. So nice that the dogs are made very welcome with lots of extras (Instead of a list of do’s and don’ts’). Location is fantastic, a short walk to a beautiful beach and places to stop for refreshments (the boys loved their doggy ice creams). We had everything we needed in the cottage – loved the peace and quiet – it really is a wrench to be heading home – wishing we’d booked for two weeks. Fenside comes highly recommended for anyone wanting to enjoy a lovely relaxing break with their doggies.
Thanks again -xxxxx-
Thank you so much for making us feel so welcome and at home at lovely Fenside. We have thoroughly enjoyed our week here, so peaceful and relaxing. Everything we could possible need and more is here thanks to the very thoughtful and generous owners. Our dogs have enjoyed the lovely garden and all that is here to welcome them and keep them happy also. The 10 minutes walk to the lovely sandy beach each day and seeing the dogs running on the sand and surf obviously very happy and content has been total joy, living in London as we do.
Once again thank you so much for making our very first “doggy holiday” such a lovely experience.
Lots of love Russ, Shaz + doggies
Fenside is everything we expected plus more, well thought out home from home. all the personal touches added to our expectations the garden is perfect, very dog friendly and secure. The weather is fantastic, very lucky. The beach is a 10 mins walk and very dog friendly. We walk along the beach to Poppylands café which is a good 8 miles return trip. The café at the seafront is good for breakfast didn’t try the pub for food this time, drinks are reasonable. Thank-you to Gail and owners for a great stay we will be back.
P.S. It will be a shame to put a high fence up it will spoil the wonderful view. (Poppylands is a must).
Thanks for all the lovely goodies, thank-you, Pat and Bob + doggies.