Sea Palling, Norfolk

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 Blue Flag sandy beach (eight minutes on foot, or twelve if your dog insists on inspecting every gate post on the way!).

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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 couldn’t be more dog friendly.  Both the café and bar/restaurant welcome your pooches with open arms, and you can take your dogs on the beach all year round.  There is also 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 from there is the incredibly well-stocked farm shop where you can get bread and cakes, fruit and veg, logs and kindling, and lots, lots more.

Sea Palling is an ideal base for exploring all along our Norfolk coast.  Head south, to Waxham and Horsey for the amazing site of our grey seal colony.  Step back in time at the amazing Poppylands tea room, or enjoy some award-winning ciders and real ale at the Nelson Head pub.  Head north to the Happisburgh lighthouse, making sure to call in at the brilliant Small Sticks café at Cart Gap.  A little further afield you’ll enjoy other seaside towns such as Winterton-on-Sea, Mundesley, Cromer, Sheringham and Wells.


2 Star Reactive Dog

Reactive Dog 2 Star

This property has a 2 star reactive friendly award. Please read below for further details

Dogs – No fixed limit – please check with Gail

3 bedrooms

Sleeps 5

Smoke Free Property

Ground floor shower room

Broadband & WiFi

Off road parking for 2 cars

Third time visiting Fenside and just like the first time that we visited we were impressed once again.  From the house being spotless upon our arrival, to the close proximity to the beach and sea, it was a great holiday away.  There was all sorts to do, we spent time in Norwich shopping; went to Great Yarmouth and overall we just relaxed in our “home away from home”
Thank you So Much
The Marrison Family

Fenside, Sea Palling

Cottage Details

On Arrival

Drive through the gate at the end of the lane where there is plenty of off road parking 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 to keep it simple with croissants and a cafetière of freshly-brewed 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.


Fenside Floorplan

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.  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, towels, poo bags, emergency leads and holiday tags.

Through the kitchen, and out into the lobby where the washing machine is 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

Living Room

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.

Single Bedroom

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 drawers, 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:

Upstairs Bathroom

This fresh room has a traditional white bath suite and neutral tiling, with metallic mosaic edge.  There is a large mirror with lights.

Double Bedroom

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 Mimi cottage 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
  • Welcome pack (please advise of any allergies or dietary exclusions) plus tea, coffee, milk, sugar and sweeteners
  • Good quality, 100% cotton bed linen, with choice of duvet weights.
  • Bath towels, hand towels and tea towels
  • Washing up liquid, dishwasher tablets, hand wash
  • Fibre broadband, with good reception throughout
  • Netflix, Smart TV, games, books, cards
  • Basket of logs and kindling
  • Oil-fired central heating, with thermostatic radiator controls in all rooms
  • Two hairdryers; one high-speed and one with more gentle output

And for our dog guests

  • A warm welcome
  • Treats and biscuits
  • One large 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
  • Towels for drying off after those long beach walks
  • A variety of food bowls, poo bags, emergency leads and holiday tags

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.
  • If you would like a delivery of dog food to the house while you are here, rather than bringing it with you, 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!

Please note

  • Fenside is strictly a non-smoking property, please, as one of the owners is asthmatic.
  • Bookings are Friday-Friday.  Short breaks are available during the quiet season;  please contact Gail with your dates for a quote.
  • 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.
  • A refundable security £100 bond is requested

Reactive Friendly Award Details

2 Star⭐⭐

Fenside is a 2 star Reactive Friendly Pack Holidays cottage, but very much heading towards the 3 star rating.

 Here are the reasons why, but also more importantly, what aspects of the cottage may not be suitable for your reactive. Fenside is situated in a very quiet area, off the beaten track and on the edge of farmland (there are no working farm buildings nearby).

There is one house next door (Mimi) which is also a Pack Holidays cottage but it is at the side of Fenside so is not overlooking the house unduly.  Their garden is also on the other side of Mimi so can’t be seen from Fenside and vice versa.

The fields in front of Fenside have been arable for the past 4 years, and whilst we have seen some cattle, they have been three fields away (and are rather like little dots on the horizon).  The fencing around Fenside garden is  3 to 3.5 feet all the way around so whilst quite secure for most dogs, if you have jumpers, this might not be the right choice for you.

The garden is accessed directly from the main entry door and the patio doors so you can see the dogs in the garden quite easily.  There are some lovely bridle paths nearby as well as the walk to the beach via Beach Road.  There is also a very quiet route to the Beach through the church yard and across a farm track to the sand dunes, which is fully documented in the guest manual or for a quieter walk to the beach, take the bridle path on the left hand side of the road as you walk up Waxham Road.  That takes you across the dunes to the beach.

There are no passers-by, other than the guests currently staying at Mimi cottage, and the odd delivery to next door.  The houses are quite separate and there is no shared fencing.  

Location & Directions

Fenside, Church Road, Sea Palling, NR12 0UA


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 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.

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We have had a very relaxing time at Fenside.  It’s so well equipped and extremely comfortable for people and the dogs and all the thoughtful goodies were a nice touch.     

Please dont raise the fence in the garden, you have such a fantastic view and I was able to study 16 cranes with my binoculars whilst sitting in the armchair.  Bliss!

Carol and Chris, Jill, Trio, Eddy, Molly and Willow

Fenside, Sea Palling

Another amazing Pack Holiday.  Really enjoy the peace and quiet at Fenside with those amazing views.  As always, the house was immaculate, spotless and fully equipeed.  Already booked for next year.

Thank you for letting us stay in your lovely house. 

None of us want to go home!

Jeff, Michele, Bramble & Larna

Fenside, Sea Palling

Beautiful view from a fantastically well-equipped house.  I was particularly impressed by the hangers – too many!  You often get 2/3 so this was fantastic.  Great Position for the sea and exploring the broads.
We had almost perfect weather – one small shower and the one heavy bout of rain, we were in the pub.
Places we enjoyed included the Dunes Care at Waxham Great Barn – very doggie friendly and great cakes.  We also like the Lion at Thurne, also dogs allowed in and out, lovely food and very friendly.  One thing to watch is a lot of places closed mid week so check websites.  Also a lot of pubs are short staffed so  book ahead or there can be a long wait for food.
Loved Bacton Woods – really pretty and quiet.  Stumbled upon How Hill House – great views of river had in the tea room, several windmills and gardens (all free)

Fenside, Sea Palling

We had an absolutely wonderful time.  Very well stocked and fitted.  The dogs had a great time both inside and in the garden.  Already booked again for next year!!!

Tracy and Family

Fenside, Sea Palling

Third time visiting Fenside and just like the first time that we visited we were impressed once again.  From the house being spotless upon our arrival, to the close proximity to the beach and sea, it was a great holiday away.  There was all sorts to do, we spent time in Norwich shopping; went to Great Yarmouth and overall we just relaxed in our “home away from home”
Thank you So Much
The Marrison Family 😁

Fenside, Sea Palling

We have had a great time here at Fenside.  The house and scenery and proximity to the beach is all we hoped for  – we have to choose very carefully so that our very nervous rescue dog Grace, is as safe and comfortable here in new surroundings and she coped well with walking to the beach and meeting local dogs and owners.  Everything is here in this holiday home, the cleanliness and facilities are excellent and all the dogs loved the noodle mats and dog treats!  The welcome pack was very thoughtful and generous, thank you.   Many thanks to you Gail, and the owners and the cleaning team. 

From Diane, Pippa, Kezzie, Grace

Fenside, Sea Palling

We have had an amazing stay.  Thank you so much.  The cottage is fantastic and such a relaxing place.  Well needed break!

Amanda and David and the fur crew

Fenside, Sea Palling

A lovely house in an ideal situation.  Everything spotless and lacking nothing that anyone could want.  By far the nicest holiday cottage we have ever stayed in both for humans and dogs

Geoff and Jan

Fenside, Sea Palling

To all of you who have made our holiday so lovely a big ”thank you”.  The house is always so lovely and clean and we always enjoy being here!!  See you again in August

Tracy, David, Beth, Margaret

Fenside, Sea Palling

Lovely cottage, fantastic views with everything you would want or need under one roof!  Our evening walks along Horsey beach were fab, we were lucky enough to be greeted by a few seals coming to say ”Hello”
Overall a great week had by all and a very big ”Thank You” from one of the very reactive furbabies who was able to enjoy a peaceful week!
Andrea & Co

Fenside, Sea Palling

Thank you for another lovely stay at Fenside and for all the nice bits you left for us and the Poppyland vouchers.  We love it here.  Thank you all once again.

Stephen, Linda, Kerys, Jazz Dylan and Maisie

Fenside, Sea Palling

Thank you for a lovely stay, yet again.  We have expolored new places and walked miles and miles.  We know the timing was a bit awkward with the lockdown announced again, but Gail kept us informed and eased our worries.

Graham, Beckie & Tia

Fenside, Sea Palling

We arrived at Fenside amidst a gale force fifteen!!

Thanks to Gail and her team.

The house was sparkling clean! 

Hugo loved his walks, Bacton woods, beaches, Cart Gap, Winteront and Sea Palling ( ͡❛ ͜ʖ ͡❛).   Once back at the house, he crashed in front of the fire that was roaring.

The kitchen at Fenside is very well equipped. Lucky for me, Mr A pancakes for breakfast flipped!!

The Greyhound, Lighthouse and Pleasure Boat Inn’s we tried.  Very happy to say all COVID-19 safety complied.

So long to Norfolk, until we visit again

From Mr & Mrs A - It's a 10 out of 10

Fenside, Sea Palling

Thank you for an amazing holiday.  As ever you have thought of everything, especially during this difficult time.  We’ve enjoyed lovely walks and cosy evening.  We will be back again.

Mel, Sara and the furry ones, Charlie & Shade xxxx

Fenside, Sea Palling

We have had a fabulous break with our two dogs in your beautiful cottage.  We have never been to a holiday home so well equipped for people and doggies.  Not so with other holiday renters we have spoken to! (other properties).  We will be recommending this to friends and family and would be happy to return in the future.  We will also send Gail a picture of your cottage with our pup in the front.  Love the beach, amazing!

Di, Paul, Rosie & Molly

Fenside, Sea Palling

We have had a fabulous break with our two dogs in your beautiful cottage.  We have never been to a holiday home so well equipped for people and doggies.  Not so with other holiday renters we have spoken to! (other properties).  We will be recommending this to friends and family and would be happy to return in the future.  We will also send Gail a picture of your cottage with our pup in the front.  Love the beach, amazing!

Di, Paul, Rosie & Molly

Fenside, Sea Palling

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.

David, Lynda + Nell, Ginny, Poppy and Evie,

Fenside, Sea Palling

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

John, Jacqul, Rosie, Emelie and Terri + Harvey, Monty and Barney

Fenside, Sea Palling

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.

Bev, Mark, Riley and Parker

Fenside, Sea Palling

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

Sonja, Andrew, Bea, Ruby, Dobby and Ava

Fenside, Sea Palling

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.
Alison, Nigel and Sox

Fenside, Sea Palling

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
Chris and Elizabeth

Fenside, Sea Palling

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!

Adam, Clare, Eloise, Felix + dogs

Fenside, Sea Palling

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.

Liz, Michael, Jamie & Millie

Fenside, Sea Palling

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.

Lorrinda, Edward, Shirley and dogs

Fenside, Sea Palling

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.

Jim, Kim, Rolo and Lola

Fenside, Sea Palling

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-

David, Alison, Andrew + Harry & Brodie (July 2018)

Fenside, Sea Palling

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

Russ+Shaz with Hugo, Lucy, Tilly, Boo and Lexi (July 2018)

Fenside, Sea Palling

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.

Pat, Bob and Doggies (June 2018)

Fenside, Sea Palling

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