Heath Cottage

Hickling, Norfolk

Heath Cottage is a beautiful late Victorian, country cottage nestled sweetly in the charming Broads village of Hickling.

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Heath Cottage was built circa 1900 and it is a fine example of a truly lovely Norfolk cottage, complete with original Norfolk winder staircase.

It has been extended tastefully over a number of years into the light, spacious and beautiful cottage that it is today.

This full of character cottage is situated at the edge of a charming village with two very dog friendly pubs and lots of walks from the door (including direct access to Weavers Way). Sea Palling (with its Blue Flag beach) is just a short 5 minutes by car and Horsey beach (famous for its seals) is a short 12 minutes drive away!

Heath Cottage is a very dog friendly cottage with hard floors throughout and a very well dog-proofed garden for safe play. The garden is south west facing, so it is very sunny all day.

There are some wonderful circular and coastal walks to enjoy with your dogs and the area is fantastic for getting out and about on your bike.

If you would like to see what’s on locally in the village, click here to go to the Hickling village website.

If you fancy a bit of town shopping the seaside towns of Cromer and Sheringham are a short drive away, and more locally, some of the lovely little villages we have nearby such as Happisburgh, Sea Palling, Horsey, East Ruston (famous for its Vicarage Gardens!) or head up to Mundesley and catch a bit of crazy golf!

Lots of dog friendly places to explore and quite a few National Trust bases to visit (my favourite is Felbrigg…..Lots of super walks, and Blicking Hall!) With the historic city of Norwich just 20 miles away, there is a lot to do from this marvellous base in Hickling.

I can’t think of anywhere more welcoming, relaxing and delightful for a wonderful break away with your dogs.


3 Star Reactive Dog

Reactive Dog 3 Star

This property has a 3 star reactive friendly award. Please read below for further details

5 dogs welcome

2 bedrooms (a double and twin upstairs)

Sleeps 4

1 ground floor bathroom

Smoke Free Property

Broadband & WiFi

Off road parking for 3 cars

Our 5th Pack Holiday (Why would you go anywhere else?)
Beautiful cottage in beautiful surroundings, with everything you could ever need!  The dogs and human biscuits were very nice! Norfolk! Our retirement county, if you haven’t been before with dogs we recommend Hemsby and Winterton along the dunes and Happisburgh to Cart Gap!
For the Humans, Poppylands for breakfast. Sara’s tearoom’s (Great Yarmouth), for lunch, The Greyhound Pub for dinner and the Dunes Cafe at Waxham Barns for cake. (all dog friendly).
We’ll be back.
Georgina, Dick, Rigby, Bowie & Buddy

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Cottage Details

When You Arrive

Park your car in the driveway. (There is room for three cars.)

The access door to the cottage is to the right hand side of the cottage, through the small picket gate..

Enter the cottage to the vestibule. This is the perfect room to pop your outdoor clothes and shoes and also contains a freezer, microwave and storage and gives you wonderful views across the fields towards the local stables.

The field you can see from the vestibule is owned by Heath Cottage owners.  Their field is used (free of charge) by the local Hickling animal charity FAITH and they have some very happy horses that make great use of the field.

The door on the other side of the vestibule gives access to the back garden via a stable door (which is ultra secure for your dogs).

Enter into the


This is a beautifully fitted kitchen, with every kitchen appliance and tool you could think of, or need……Truly something for everyone!

Our lovely owners have taken great care to ensure that your holiday is carried out in style and comfort. For the chefs among us, there is no excuse not to cook up a storm with the wonderful copper based hanging pans in easy reach!

There are lovely views from double aspect windows, and you can enjoy this at the table for two.

From here go into the

Utility Area

Where you will find a washer dryer and ironing equipment.

Then through to the


Relax in comfort in this nautical themed bathroom with white sink, toilet and bath with over-the-bath shower.

Come back through the kitchen and take the first door on your right to


This room  has patio doors which open out into the secure back garden and has a lovely area with seating outside – just perfect for that morning coffee and soaking up the rays!  This room is furnished with comfy chairs

From this room turn right into the

Dining Room

With lovely views to the side garden, a lovely dining table able to seat 4, cosy multi-fuel stove and beautiful dresser with ornamental plates and ornaments.

Go straight ahead to the

Living Room

A fabulous room to relax in with plenty of seating for 4, original internal doors (which are throughout the cottage), feature ornamental open fire and beautiful lamps.  A 40 inch screen Smart TV, which has a Bluray DVD and also Sky TV.


This stunning room has gorgeous views of the enclosed rear garden and has very comfy corner suite with a table and feature lighting.

Head back through to the dining room

Then up the ‘Norfolk winder’ stairs.   These stairs ‘wind’ round, so if your feet are a little larger, be careful on the slimmer steps.  Do have a little caution as Norfolk stairs can be steep.

Bedroom 1

Light and airy room with comfortable double bed, side table, lamp, drawers and wardrobe.  (Hairdryer also supplied.)

Bedroom 2

Another light and airy room (with double aspect) with twin beds, side units, lamps, wardrobe and dresser. It has a beautiful ornamental original feature fireplace.  (Hairdryer also supplied.)

The cottage has been thoughtfully restored and decorated in keeping with the style of the cottage.


The rear garden can be accessed via the vestibule stable door, conservatory door or the downstairs bedroom.

It has been dog proofed to a very high degree with all surrounding border bushes post and wired and picket fence to side and rear of the garden. The garden is laid mainly to grass with camelia bushes, apple and pear trees and many lovely features.

A restored dovecot can also be found in the garden.

Seating for 4 on the outside patio which is a real suntrap.

What We Provide

  • All bed linen and towels
  • Free wifi throughout house
  • Sky TV
  • Games, jigsaws, DVDs
  • Barbeque
  • Dog bowls, dog towels, holiday dog tags,  dog basket and throws (for furniture)

Please note

  • Weekly bookings are Friday to Friday
  • SHORT BREAKS ARE AVAILABLE (Mon to Fri and Fri to Mon) out of season – DO PLEASE ENQUIRE
  • **Please note that Heath Cottage is strictly a non smoking cottage and we would be grateful if you could respect this.
  • ** Sky TV:  Please note that certain PIN protected programmes can only be accessed after the Watershed as, there is no access to the PIN for Sky TV.
  • All major supermarkets deliver and groceries can be put away for you before you arrive if you want to arrange an online delivery. Just let us know.
  • 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!
  • The security bond (refundable at the end of your holiday) is £200

Reactive Friendly Award Details

3 Star⭐⭐⭐

Heath Cottage is a 3 star Reactive Friendly Pack Holidays cottage.  Here are the reasons why, but also more importantly, what aspects of the cottage may not be suitable for your reactive.   Heath Cottage is situated in a very quiet part of Hickling (a rural Broadlands village).  There is a field on one side and whilst there is a neighbour on the other side of this detached cottage, it cannot be seen either from the house or garden and to date (in 4 years) we have had no noises from there.  The garden is very secure with 9 feet hedging on one side, supported by mesh to the height of 5 feet and wooden fencing front and rear of the back garden, and to the right hand side high hedging blocking the view of the field.   There are some nice quiet walks nearby including Weavers Way (a 5 min walk from the cottage) and some nice bridle paths out of the village.   There is no farmland surrounding Heath and we have had no reports of bird scarers in 4 years.

Whilst passers by may walk past the front garden, this cannot be viewed from the rear garden and we are quite confident there is very little for scared/reactive dogs to react to.  

There is no shared fencing/adjoining house and there is no well travelled coastal path/path walk passing the property.    The garden does not look into another property and is not overlooked.

Location & Directions

Heath Cottage, Staithe Road, Hickling Heath, Hickling, NR12 0YJ


Heath Cottage, Staithe Road, Hickling Heath, Hickling, NR12 0YJ


Follow the A149 (from Norwich towards Stalham) and continue past Stalham for 2.8 miles. Turn left onto New Road (just past Catfield) and follow this for 0.6 miles, then turn left onto Heath Road for 0.8 miles, then turn right onto Staithe Road for 0.1 mile. Heath Cottage can be found on the right hand side of the road after 0.1 mile. Do keep an eye out for the Heath Cottage sign on the gatepost….It is easy to miss. Park your car in the parking area and head to the cottage.

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Guest Feedback

We have fallen in love with Heath Cottage and it’s with heavy heart we’re leaving.

Had the most amazing week, shall miss our ‘pet’ cuckoo in the mornings.  We had a chinese water deer visit outside the end of the garden around 4pm and there’s a hedgehog often around the hedges.  

Garden 100% dog proof – tried and tested to a high standard by our rescue lurcher, especially when she spotted the deer!

Thank you Gail and owners

Heath Cottage, Hickling

Lovely holiday cottage.  Peaceful, relaxing and had everything we needed.

So Clean and fresh and we had a great stay and lovely sleep.

Dogs had a blast just as much as us.  Fist time at this cottage, but we’ve stayed at many of your other cottages.

Thanks again!

Rosie, Mike, Tilly, The Woofers 🐾 Beav, GSD,. Reggie Mini Schnauzer, Molly JRT

Heath Cottage, Hickling

Batteries thoroughly recharged!

Dogs instantly at home and very content.

Daily visits to Winterton-onSea.  Wore them out.  Loads of room for them to run off lead.

Lovely peaceful location… a joy to listen to the birds and horses.

Thanks for having us.

Sue, Steve, Evie & Timothy x

Heath Cottage, Hickling

Our 2nd visit to Heath Cottage this year and it never disappoints!  We needed somewhere to get away and recharge the batteries, which isn’t easy with 5 Australian Shepherds and a Kelpie!  Cottage is fab as always and the the dogs just love the garden.  Rudi’s record is now 12 hours of playing ball, even the old boy remembered the cottage and really relaxed.

Thank you Gail and the team for making everything perfect.

The best this is ………. we are back in 2 weeks!!!

Lydia, Kevin, Ziggy, Bear, Cruz, Louis, Rudi & Hattie x

Heath Cottage, Hickling

Lovely cottage, clean and cosy.  Great to be able to sit in the conservatory and watch the dogs.  We loved the garden, all very safe.  We hope you don’t change the downstairs (bedroom) into a sitting area – it is a great benefit to those who cannot climb the tight staircase – opening the cottage to those less able!!.  We had a lovely time sailing the borads in our picnic boat from Herbert Woods / Potter Heigham for our 40th wedding anniversary.  Lovely thought leaving an amazing chocolate cake and biscuits for both dogs and Humans! 😊

Many thanks

Allen, Yvonne Thompson, Audrey & Mike Pearson, Mischa & Mac

Heath Cottage, Hickling

Our 5th Pack Holiday (Why would you go anywhere else?)
Beautiful cottage in beautiful surroundings, with everything you could ever need!  The dogs and human biscuits were very nice! Norfolk! Our retirement county, if you haven’t been before with dogs we recommend Hemsby and Winterton along the dunes and Happisburgh to Cart Gap!
For the Humans, Poppylands for breakfast. Sara’s tearoom’s (Great Yarmouth), for lunch, The Greyhound Pub for dinner and the Dunes Cafe at Waxham Barns for cake. (all dog friendly).
We’ll be back.
Georgina, Dick, Rigby, Bowie & Buddy

Heath Cottage, Hickling

We love Pack Holidays and especially Gail!!  What a superstar
We have been with Pack Holidays before and this is the best cottage so far.  We had a fantastic week, mainly in Cromer, Winterton and Hemsby reminding us of family holidays in the past.  Thank you so much, two more to book when we get home.
Will and Chris, Alfie and Pickles xxx

Heath Cottage, Hickling

What a lovely cottage!!! So so peaceful.  We have had a fabulous week and the weather has been excellent.  Thank you once again to Gail and the team for ensuring everything was perfect!!!  We look forward to trying out a new cottage in September, and who knows, maybe oe day returning to Heath.
Thanks All


Laura, JC and Hugo (he loved the treats!)

Heath Cottage, Hickling

This was our second stay at the cottage, and like the first time, we absolutely loved it.  We did alot of walking, sightseeing, and visits to local beaches.  Anyone with anxious or reactive dogs or those without recall might be interested in a new secure dog field in South Walsham k9unleasheddogfield.com – Its fab!  Hoping to return soon. We love Heath Cottage – thank you!  


Heike, Diane and Lily, Elsa and Bobby

Heath Cottage, Hickling

The longest of waits for our holiday but by God it was worth the wait!!  A glorious week in lovely surroundings.  The dogs love it here, even the oldie who has been out more this week than he has over the last 4 months!!  First visit to Winteron this time, and definitely won’t be the last – beautiful beach that everyone looks after, not a speck of litter!  We love the cottage, the dogs love the garden……what else would you want!   Back in September and have booked for 2022 already!!  Thank you


Lydia and Kevin with Ziggy, Bear, Louis, Cruz, Hattie and Rudi

Heath Cottage, Hickling

A long awaited break after November 2020 was cancelled for obvious reasons
Beautiful house, beautiful garden – lovely time spent in Hickling with lots of local beaches, finished off spectacularly with the seals!  Thank you so much !  



Heath Cottage, Hickling

We’ve had a wonderful stay at this cottage.  Beautiful rooms and garden.  The dogs loved the garden!   We have enjoyed visiting Sea Palling, Happisburth, Horsey Gap, we saw some seals.
Wonderful meals and the Ingham Swan, also Greyhound Inn, Small Sticks Cafe and the Swan Inn Stalham.
Looking forward to Herbert Wood boat trip tomorrow before we leave.
Would love to come back and visit again soon!
Highly recommend it to all.
Michelle, Jo, Lucca, Teddy, Dolly & Kylie xxx

Heath Cottage, Hickling

As per every Pack Holidays we have booked they have thought of everything, so much so on our beloved dogs.  If you haven’t been to Sea Palling we can recommend a great day out at the beach, the cafe alongside the amusement arcade is delicious and the guy’s running the amusements couldn’t be more friendly.  We also visited Eton Park near Norwich, was a massive park with Eco friendly cafe , food was delicious, they had crazy gold, table tennis, tennis etc.

Thank you for a lovely stay in Heath Cottage.  We spent many a lovely hot evening in the garden.  The loungers were a great touch.  Beds very comfortable, great location.

Take aways were lovely.   We definitely recommend the “Wayford Bridge inn”, the food was amazing, dog friendly inside and the staff couldn’t do enough for you.  Also the King’s Arms in Ludham, also lovely food.  x

Jennie & Family

Heath Cottage, Hickling

Heath Cottage, an absolute gem!

Loved every minute of our stay!  Plenty of everything, Tidy and Clean on arrival,  gaden beautiful, the list of good stuff is endless!

Hopefully will return in future 😊

The Barkers

Heath Cottage, Hickling

This was our first holiday as a family with our pup! Honestly couldn’t have wished for a more idyllic place to relax. Our dog, Alaska has loved playing around in this huge garden and we have loved walking and exploring all the local produce, we’ve bought jams, eggs and a plant! perfect location and very quiet.

We will definitely be returning!

Cat, Luke + Alaska

Heath Cottage, Hickling

Just a short 2 day break with the dogs – lovely beaches- Winterton was fab – cafe good too. Star Inn was good – very friendly. Good beer at the Greyhound! Cottage is fab – totally equipped for the dogs – very thoughtful touches – very clean. Thanks for the welcome pack!! Big thanks to Gail for all her advice.
Jane, Paul, Maisie, Ollie + Oscar

Heath Cottage, Hickling

We’ve had such a wonderful, relaxing time. Lucked out with beautiful weather this week – so enjoyed some trips to the beach.

Visited the PleasureBoat Inn a couple of times – Lovely people and super dog friendly!! Thank you for the welcome treats 🙂 Delicious!

Off home now with two well-rested hooomans and the knackered hounds……Until next time!!

Jade, Duncan, Charm and Willow

Heath Cottage, Hickling

Utterly immaculate and a wonderful stay. Totally impressed with your attention to detail, leaving very much restored and refreshed.

Thank you for allowing us to stay in your wonderful cottage

Tracey and Richard and Bramble, Apollo and Juno

Heath Cottage, Hickling

What a fantastic week we have had here in Heath Cottage!!

The cottage was so clean and beautifully decorated. We really don’t want to go home. Already looking at booking here again soon!!!

Tracey, Jamie, Gemma, Linda, Bella and Tess

Heath Cottage, Hickling

Wonderful cottage and garden perfect for us and dogs, very thoughtful extra things for dogs. We have had a great holiday, good weather too!!

Hope to be back! Thank you, best wishes.

Theresa, Cyril, Pearl, Barley, Lola and Truffle (June 2018)

Heath Cottage, Hickling

What a lovely cottage. We enjoyed our stay.

Thankyou, there was everything we needed and more. The surrounding area was a delight, Mac enjoyed swimming in the sea!

And thank you for the goodies on our arrival!

Well done Chris and Tania, we will be back!!

Paul, Veronne and Mac

Heath Cottage, Hickling

We loved this cottage. Absolutely beautiful with everything we needed and such nice furnishings.

The walks around here were fabulous, the highlight being the seals.

The locals were very welcoming making our stay the best break we have had.

Tim, Judith, Beth and Dan

Heath Cottage, Hickling

A lovely, relaxing birthday and New Year break at Heath Cottage away from the hustle and bustle of our daily lives. We enjoyed some fabulous walks (particularly at the beach) and loved returning to this cosy cottage to put our feet up and paws up.

Without a doubt, this has been the most dog friendly accommodation we have been lucky enough to stay at.  It has been extremely reassuring knowing the dogs can potter around in the garden safely and having doggy provisions provided, removed worrying everything wouldn’t fit in the car.

Thank you for a great start to 2019!!!!

Julian, TJ May and Kai

Heath Cottage, Hickling

We have had a lovely time at heath making sandcastles at Great Yarmouth letting the dogs have a run at Sea Palling. we also visited Bewilderwood and had a ride on the Bure Valley Railway. We have visited Norfolk several times but always find new things to do as well as revisiting old favourites. Really pleased Heath is so close to ‘the Greyhound’ and ‘The Pleasure Boat Inn’ which are both dog friendly.
Kirsty, Mark, and Grace, with Holly, Teddy, Quail and Binky

Heath Cottage, Hickling

Lovely cottage, one of the best that we have stayed in. We will definitely re-book!

Had some lovely meals in dog friendly pubs such as The Greyhound Inn in Hickling, The Nelsons Head in Horsey, The Wayford Bridge Inn in Wayford and The Lighthouse Inn in Happisburgh. They were all lovely.

Places we visited were; Bacton Beach, Sea Palling, Sheringham (stunning Pretty Corner woods is a must), Happisburgh and we hired a boat from Potter Heigham and stopped off at a pub in Acle. Really was a fantastic cottage, thank you!

Claire, Matt, Julie, Barnie and Chris

Heath Cottage, Hickling

Just what the doctor ordered!!! A beautiful well equipped home from home cottage.

The attention to detail for dogs is amazing. We especially loved the dog tags idea!

Thank you for the goodies you left for us, these were very much appreciated. We will certainly be back and recommend to our other doggie friends.

Amanda and Phil

Heath Cottage, Hickling

What a wonderful break we have had in this gorgeous cottage.

The cottage had absolutely everything we could have asked for.  Each room was nicely furnished, each of them a nice space to be in.

The dogs are usually restless for a day or so when we stay somewhere but they were so chilled out, a proper dog friendly cottage. We enjoyed fish and chips from Stalham and dinner at The Greyhound. We took the dogs for a 5 mile circular walk from the cottage and took a drive to Horsey and Winterton, perfect!  Massive thanks for everything.

Sue and Co.

Heath Cottage, Hickling

Heath Cottage has been a wonderful cottage for us to stay in – everything you could need, want or think of is here.

Also everything you could need for the dogs was definitely here too, making us humans the lesser pack members! The welcome pack was fab – thanks! Had some lovely walks from the door to the nature reserves and a short drive to our favourite place – Waxham Beach. The cottage has been such a lovely place to stay – we would have definitely booked the next week if there weren’t people already booked for after us! We were so sad to leave but we will definitely be back!

Dee, Steve, Barney Youla, Aisha and Calla

Heath Cottage, Hickling

We were delighted with Heath Cottage from the moment we walked through the door! A lovely cottage with everything you could need, a lovely welcome pack and I love the added extras for the dogs (biscuits, bowls, beds etc.). Our dogs loved the secure garden and had an amazing time at both Winter and Sea Palling beaches. The Greyhound Inn were very welcoming, and good too! The most relaxing break we have had in a long time and we would love to come back again for sure!
Bonnie and Ian

Heath Cottage, Hickling

We had a lovely time at Heath Cottage our 2 Cavalier king Charles’ loved the secure garden. Everything you need was here and all so lovely and clean.

Lovely goodies on arrival were very much appreciated by all, thank you. Horsey Beach was lovely and we were wowed by so many seals both on shore and bopping up and down in the sea.   We had lovely food at the local pub and we were all made very welcome (dogs included).   A return visit is a must.    So much to do with so little time, so a longer stay for us next time.

Val, Ian and Lucy

Heath Cottage, Hickling

We have had a fantastic time, this is a wonderful place to being the dogs.   We appreciated all the thoughts that have gone into making the place canine friendly.   As for the humans we have had plenty of time to relax.   The fishmonger in Happisburgh is highly recommended!!
Lily, Elsa and Bobby

Heath Cottage, Hickling

Had a wonderful few days break. Cottage is wonderful, lovely afternoons spent sunbathing on the sun loungers and many visits to local Sea Palling beach.   Winterton-on-Sea is a must, lovely beach and cafe.   Dogs have had a fantastic break.
Mandy and Neil with Dermot, Declan and Duffy

Heath Cottage, Hickling

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