Horsey Holiday House, otherwise known as Sea Haven is a fantastic dog friendly cottage that sleeps 4. It’s perfect for a family with 2 children, or 2 adult couples and a maximum of 2 dogs!
What I love about this cottage is its location. Situated right on the edge of Horsey village, it is superb for Horsey beach and the seals, particularly in the winter months when this is a major attraction. It is literally a 1 minute drive to the beach or a 10-15 minute walk which is incredible. As well as the beach, there is also another great walk from right outside the door of the cottage along the river to Horsey Windpump, passing Brograve Drainage Mill on your way.
The history of the house is that the local farmer built 4 cottages in a row for his 4 children! Horsey Holiday House (Sea Haven) is the end cottage which comes with the huge advantage of views overlooking the wide open expanse of fields and across to the dunes in the distance. You also have the added benefit of being able to see over to the old Brograve Drainage Mill, a typical iconic Norfolk derelict mill, and something which you can easily walk to from Horsey Holiday House.
At night, the sky is black, (no orange lights that you get from the towns and cities), and it’s totally quiet, both in the day and at night time.
Staying here, you really get a feel for being on holiday. The whole cottage has been done up beautifully, with the holiday visitor very much in mind. It’s wonderfully light and airy, with blue and white blinds, white walls, blue and white furnishings and sea side ornaments and mirrors etc dotted around the house – a real loving attention to detail.
This cottage is all about you, the visitor, being able to enjoy yourself in this lovely holiday house. Zuzanna, the owner, is a wonderfully bubbly lady who wants you to really relax and unwind on your holiday.
I love this room, it gets you into the real holiday mood. You wander into the sitting room from the kitchen and you’re immediately hit by the wonderfully light and airy ambience, with fantastic views over the fields. French windows open out onto the fully secured garden.
If you stay in the winter months to come and see the seals, Horsey Holiday House has an excellent little electric wood burning stove; no messing around with logs, just switch it on! It goes to say that the cottage also has storage heaters as well!
Colour co-ordination of the furniture and décor just make for a very relaxing time.
Handmade bunting beckons you through the arch to where you can enjoy your meals from the table which seats four and which again has a window overlooking the marshes and fields.
The kitchen is the first room you come into. It has everything you want (apart from a dishwasher, but being a small cottage, there shouldn’t be too much washing up. And, if it is you that has to do the dishes, you’re in for a treat because the view across the fields and dunes will make it worthwhile!). In fact, you’ll probably find you WANT to do the washing up just to gaze out of the window.
There are all the usual pots and pans, utensils, washing maching, microwave and cooker, and the cabinets and work surfaces are high quality with soft closing draws etc. You won’t need to be looking for anything as it’s all there. You can just unwind without wishing you had brought this or that.
Zuzanna has also added a nice seasonal touch in the corner of the kitchen. Browse through the wooden box to find various useful bits and bobs to use while you're there. For example, in the summer there is a cool bag, candles and a tablecloth for you to enjoy an evening out in the garden. In the winter months, there may be rugs..... you'll have to visit to find out!
This is a small, compact downstairs shower room but fits the bill perfectly for this size of cottage.
There are 2 lovely bedrooms upstairs. The first is a double bedroom with a double bed, a built-in wardrobe and a chest of drawers so some good space for storage. The other bedroom is a slightly smaller twin room, two beds separated by a bedside table, and perfect for 2 children, or 2 adults wanting twins.
You'll be pleased to hear that the garden is very secure and is enclosed either side by a wooden fence and an iron gate which has a combination padlock on it, making it very safe for children and for dogs. And the wonderful thing about the garden is that because it’s the end cottage it has the advantage of the amazing far reaching views.
Tables and chairs are available which you just take out of a storage box, and the picnic table is a permanent feature in the garden. On a warm summer’s night, why not take the table cloth and candles (that Zuzanna has put in the corner of the kitchen for you to specifically use) and enjoy a meal or drink in the garden in the peaceful surroundings.
Horsey Holiday Cottage (Sea Haven) is very dog friendly. You can bring a maximum of 2 dogs with you. The floors in the kitchen and sitting room are stone flagged and wooden, so no carpet to worry about. Upstairs, though, is fully carpeted.
The garden is also very secure which is always a great relief. No need to spend time watching to see where your dog has got to!
And best of all, the beaches around Horsey are dog friendly. There is Horsey beach (although in the winter it is sealed off (excuse the pun!) for the seals but you can still walk along the landward side of the dunes. Waxham beach is also a lovely dog friendly walking beach as is Winterton beach, which goes for miles, again with lovely dunes to walk in as well.
There is ample walking to exercise you and your pets! The cottage itself has a great walk from straight outside the door. It’s a circular walk around Horsey Windpump, the beach and the fields. I call it the Horsey Windpump Circular Walk
My personal thoughts on this holiday house are:
Definitely visit the seals in the winter months. This is a fantastic cottage to base yourself at for this amazing spectacle.
And right on the doorstep is the National Trust Horsey Windpump and tea room.
And if you feel like someone else making you lunch or a cup of tea, why not pop along to the Poppylands Tearoom which is literally a few minutes’ walk away or drop off at the village pub – both of which are dog friendly.
Winterton beach and dunes makes for a wonderful day out. There is a vast expanse of dunes here, lovely for walks and just sheltering from the wind on a windy day.
All of this coastline is on the Norfolk Coast Path National walking trail, so you’ll never be short for a walk! You can enjoy long coastal walks in both directions from Horsey.
Horsey Holiday House is also close to Hickling Broad where there are lots of activities that you can do there, or go to Sea Palling beach which has lovely soft golden sand around the purpose-built reefs.
This really is a fantastic holiday house which you’ll definitely enjoy at any time of year.