** NEW YEARS WEEK AVAILABLE (& SOME NOVEMBER SHORT BREAKS TOO) **
New to the holiday rental market this year (June!!), Fenside is a former farm labourer’s cottage, that was rescued from a completely derelict state and lovingly restored and modernised four years ago. It can accommodate five guests in three bedrooms.
Located on the outskirts of the seaside village of Sea Palling, Fenside has the very best of two worlds; stunning rural views over open 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!).
Sea Palling is a friendly village, with a dog friendly café (open 364 days a year), dog friendly pub, 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 a family butcher, with wonderful locally-sourced meats, eggs, milk, and pressed juices (ask for bones for your raw-fed dogs), as well as a farm shop for fruit, veg, frozen foods, logs, plants, sweeties, and lots and lots of souvenirs.
Fenside is an ideal base for exploring all along our Norfolk coast! Turn right on entry to the beach to walk along to Waxham and Horsey…..Great for seal-spotting! Turn left (October to April!) * and walk all the way to Happisburgh lighthouse, stopping at the brilliant Small Sticks café at Cart Gap to recharge before the return walk. Or get out and about in the car and visit Winterton-on-Sea, or further up the coast to Mundesley, Cromer and Sheringham.
* Dogs must turn right between May and September, which is just as great as turning left, as you can walk to Waxham, Horsey or even to Winterton on Sea if you are feeling energetic. Stop off at the Nelsons Head in Horsey for liquid or food refreshments – and very dog friendly they are too!
No fixed dog limit. Please do check with Gail
Ground floor shower room
Smoke Free Property
Broadband & WiFi
Off road parking for 2 cars
Entry to Fenside
On arrival, drive through the gate at the end of the lane and park your car parallel to the fence to the right hand side of the cottage. There is plenty room for two cars.
Go through the garden gate, and past the patio doors, to the front door.
You enter into the small hallway with the stairs directly ahead. Turn right into the:
The large, eat-in kitchen is well equipped with plenty of cupboard space. The owners are keen cooks and have provided a selection of appliances including a slow cooker, Magimix food processor, sandwich toaster and waffle maker. There is a large fridge freezer, which is perfect for anyone with raw-fed dogs or to keep plenty of ice cream in the summer. There is a dishwasher.
Through the kitchen, and out into the lobby where the washing machine and back door is found. Turn right into:
Downstairs Shower room:
The shower room has just recently been refitted (May 2018) and provides a low-step, walk-in shower. Water pressure at Fenside is really good, and a huge hot water tank provides a great shower experience. The wc and hand basin are sleek and modern and there is a large mirror with lights.
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 the stunning views, but the very best experience is from the lounge, especially in the summer when you can open the large patio doors. Sit quietly with a cup of coffee and watch for wildlife and birds (the house is in the path of migrating geese in the winter) or simply be overawed by our breathtaking Norfolk skies. On a clear night you will get an uninterrupted view of the stars.
There is plenty of seating, and throws are provided for snuggling up with your dogs. The beautiful feature fireplace has a woodburner, which is perfect for a cosy winter night. Use the high-speed fibre Broadband connection to research the best places to visit during your stay, as well as keep up with the folks back home.
The owners have chosen a wood effect, vinyl tile flooring, with a textured grain, to minimise the possibility of slippy paws (and feet!). They have provided a selection of games, cards and books.
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 mattress with a thick mattress topper. There is a bedside drawer unit with a reading lamp, and an open wardrobe rail with shelf storage and plenty of hanging space.
Twin Bedroom (or as the owners like to 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 space-saving shelving with hanging hooks. The beds are high, with plenty of space underneath to store cases and holdalls (or to push the dog beds away during the daytime). The beds are fitted with hotel quality mattresses, with thick mattress toppers, providing both support and comfort.
Exit the twin bedroom and walk back along the landing to the:
With a while suite comprising bath and traditional style wc and hand basin. Neutral tiling, with metallic mosaic edging, and a large mirror with lights.
The Double bedroom is painted in a soothing cream, with tones of red and grey. It has a comfortable double bed with a memory foam mattress and special stay-cool topper. Bedside tables, plus a chest of drawers and rails with plenty of hangers.
The medium-sized garden is laid mainly to grass with side borders and some shrubs. There is a picket fence enclosing the property, which is currently at a height of 3 to 3.5 feet. 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 our lovely farmer neighbour’s driveway goes around the perimeter of the garden, and so there is the occasional person or car coming or going.
What we provide
- Tea, coffee, milk and sugar
- All bed linen and towels
- High speed fibre broadband connection, with good reception throughout
- There is one large dog crate, and six dog beds at the cottage (two small, two medium, two large), along with a variety of food bowls, poo bags, emergency leads and holiday tags.
- Microfibre towels are also provided, for those post-beach walk rubdowns.
- Games, books and Netflix
- Walking maps
- Large crate (please do ask if more are required)
- Dog bowls, basket, towels/dog blankets, holiday collars, furniture throws and toys
Fenside is strictly a non-smoking property, please, as one of the owners is asthmatic
There is no hard limit on the number of dogs, however, please consider the size of your pack/breed in relation to the house and garden space. Gail will be happy to advise.
Dogs are welcome to snuggle on the sofas with you using the throws provided, and are allowed upstairs, but not on human beds.
If you would like a delivery of dog food to the house while you are here, rather than bringing it with you, this Sams Pets is a great place to contact. Pack Holidays guests have an exclusive 10% off anything in their shop in Market Place in North Walsham! Take a peek at their Facebook page too!
All major supermarkets deliver and groceries can be put away for you before you arrive if you want to arrange an online delivery. Do ask Gail.
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.
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
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.