Swan Cottage

Happisburgh, Norfolk

Swan Cottage, built in 1701,is a gorgeous cottage full of character and charm. It is an annexe attached to the old Swan Inn (a former village inn full of history, stories and centuries of interesting visitors).  

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Our lovely owner has renovated Swan Cottage to a very high standard, whilst keeping its fabulous Norfolk charm.

Swan Cottage is situated along a quiet road (Whimpwell Street), leading into Happisburgh village, where you can find a local shop (selling local goodies!), Neros dog biscuits (supplied by Jan) a local dog friendly pub too (The Hill House), and of course, Happisburgh beach.

If you are a fan of fresh fish, do pay a visit to The Fair Maiden Fish Shop, a traditional wet fish shop which supplies fresh seasonal fish all year round.

The walk into the village takes just a few minutes and the walk to the beach is around 10-15 minutes maximum. The lovely Smallsticks dog friendly café is a 20-minute walk along the cliff or beach and perfect for a late breakfast or lunch.

Happisburgh is a charming village, and Swan Cottage is ideally placed for exploring our Norfolk coast. 

It has hard floors throughout and a very well dog-proofed garden for safe play.

If you would like to find out a little bit about Happisburgh, do visit the local village website here http://happisburgh.org.uk/

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 Sea Palling, Horsey, East Ruston (famous for its Vicarage Gardens!) or head up to Mundesley and catch a bit of crazy golf!

There is a lot to do from this marvellous base in Happisburgh.


3 Star Reactive Dog

Reactive Dog 3 Star

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

2 dogs welcome, more by prior arrangement

Warm water dog shower

One bedroom (with spiral staircase to the bedroom)

Sleeps 2 

Shower room upstairs

Smoke Free Property

Broadband and WiFi

Off road parking for 2 cars with EV Charger (4 hours free charging overnight


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Cottage Details

When You Arrive

Turn into the wrought iron gates to the left-hand side of Swan Cottage and drive up the gravelled driveway. Your car (and dogs) are secure in this parking area as soon as the gates are closed.  There is an open barn you can use if you wish to park your car in there but do check the height of your car before parking in the barn. (If you have a very large vehicle there is alternative parking at the far end of The Old Swan)

There is a 7.2kw EV charger in the courtyard on the wall for your use for electric / hybrid vehicles. Charging is free from 0030-0430 overnight. Out of these hours charging is available at additional cost of 40p/kw)

Access Swan Cottage garden through the garden gate. Once the gate is closed, the garden is fully secure for dogs.

Access the cottage through the front door


Open Plan Living Room / Dining Area / Kitchen

The living area has a gorgeous woodburner (and your first basket of logs is free). Should you wish more logs, please ask Lesley, our lovely owner and you can buy more on site.

There is a wall mounted 43-inch Smart television, a very comfy three-seater sofa and you have a full view of the garden from the ground floor which makes the very best of the view with floor to ceiling windows. 

Kitchen and Dining Area

This gorgeous kitchen is spacious and full of charm.  The kitchen units are all cottage-style and in keeping with the style of the property.  There is a breakfast bar and chairs, plenty of storage, a full sized dishwasher and washing machine, microwave, toaster and electric
cooker and hob.

There is a 70/30 fridge / freezer but there is also a chest freezer in the barn for extra frozen goods (and this can be used for raw feeding too)
Go up the wrought iron feature spiral staircase to the:


I cannot describe how beautiful this room is, with the most stunning views of Happisburgh lighthouse and surrounding countryside.  To wake up to this view is a real treat and the king sized divan bed is placed to make the best of this view for our guests.  (Please note this is not a zip and link so cannot be split into twin beds)

There are blackout curtains for night time and day blinds (if you wish to use them) for being able to see perfectly outwards (but not able to be viewed inside!)

The bed has floating shelves and USB charging points for use.  

The features in this room are absolutely incredible with beams, an original owl box window which our lovely owner has restored to its former glory (but don’t worry, no visiting owls!)

Shower Room

The shower room is fitted with a modern white suite and a walk-in power shower with a drop shower fitting.



The garden is a haven of peace and quiet and is perfect for reactive dogs. It is very, very secure, with an 8 feet wall to one side, 6 foot wall and gate and the trellised fence adjoining the farmers field is over 5 foot.

It is mainly laid to grass and there is a warm water dog shower at the side of the property with a private gate for access after muddy walks!
Hoomans are not forgotten, with a suntrap of a patio to sit and enjoy that evening glass of wine and table and chairs and sun-loungers for relaxing in the garden.


What We Provide

  • All bed linen and towels (There is a choice of pillows for your stay.  Medium support microfibre pillows as standard, or memory foam or down on request.  There are hand towels, bath towels and bath sheets)
  • Free wifi throughout house
  • Smart TV (you can log into your own Netflix / Prime account)
  • Weber Charcoal Barbeque
  • Safe
  • 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

  • Swan Cottage is strictly a non smoking cottage and we would be grateful if you could respect this.

  • 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 £100

  • 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.

Reactive Friendly Award Details

3 Star⭐⭐⭐


Swan 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.   Swan Cottage is situated on a quite road leading into Happisburgh village.

There are no near neighbours on either side and there is nothing a reactive dog can see due to height of the walls and fencing.   You may see Winnie, Lesley’s gorgeous dog, but once in the property and the gate is closed, she is kept separate.

There are some nice quiet walks nearby including a lovely bridle path walk to the side of Swan Cottage and of course, that lovely dog friendly beach at Happisburgh
Whilst there is farmland surrounding Swan Cottage we have had no reports of bird scarers.

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

The garden does not look into another property and is not overlooked.

Accessibility Guide

Swan Cottage is situated on a quiet road into Happisburgh village.

The driveway is easily accessible and is gravelled and with parking for several cars, to the side of the cottage

Access the garden through the garden gate and walk up a grassed, then paved path to the front door 

    There are no steps in the property.  There is a spiral staircase leading to the main bedroom

    This property is not suitable for wheelchair access and due to the spiral staircase is not suitable for those with mobility issues

      Access to the bedroom is via the spiral staircase

      • There are no level access bedrooms

      The TV has subtitles.
      • For the purpose of fire risk assessment, please let us know if you are hearing impaired, as the fire alarm is audible only.

      All light switches and sockets are of standard height.

      The TV can have subtitles enabled and all bedding is non allergic


      • Enter the cottage through the front door, all of standard size, through to the the kitchen.
        This has a standard height sink, cooker, worktops and units and has tiled flooring.

      Location & Directions

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


      Swan Cottage, Whimpwell Street, Happisburgh, NR12 0QD


      Follow the A149 (from Norwich towards Stalham) and take the turning signposted to Bacton, Walcott and Gas Terminal. Turn left at the end of this road (Stepping Stone Lane). Keep going on this road, the B1159, and just after East Ruston church on your right, turn right.  Follow this road until you reach a crossroads (Happisburgh Common).  Turn left at the crossroads and follow this road past the common (with houses on your left and fields on your right) for another mile or two and at the junction (after passing a farmhouse on your left), turn left to head towards Happisburgh.

      Swan Cottage can be found on your right hand side, just a few hundred yards after that turning.  Turn right into the coach house type entrance.

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