Self catering cottages where the owners are there to greet you.

Quiet Days and Starry Nights at Boundary Stables, Norfolk


When you arrive at Boundary Stables, we’ll be there to greet you and to introduce you to your cottage. Because we live just across the road, we’re always nearby to assist with any problems or queries. However, if you don’t need us, you’ll hardly notice we’re there!


Our five one-storey holiday cottages (Wren, Kestrel, Barn Owl, Goldfinch, and Fieldfare), collectively known as Boundary Stables, have been home-from-home to visitors for 12 summer seasons. The colder months are now upon us, and the cottages are being booked up for winter breaks. Many of our guests return year after year to enjoy the beauty of the Norfolk countryside and the peaceful comfort of a Boundary Stables cottage.


Dogs are given a warm welcome at Boundary Stables. Each of the five cottages has an enclosed courtyard – a safe, outdoor area, where you can keep an eye on your dogs through patio doors. There’s a shared paddock within the grounds, ideal for exercising energetic pets; and just a few minutes’ walk from Boundary Stables is Happisburgh beach, a starting point for long rambles along a seemingly endless stretch of unspoiled coastland, where there’s no restricted access for dogs.


At the Southern end of Happisburgh beach is Cart Gap. In the 18th and 19th centuries, smugglers would land cargoes of contraband here, far away from the vigilant eye of law enforcement and the curious gaze of neighbours. In the 21st century, smuggling is no longer big business in Norfolk, but we do have more than our fair share of excellent cafés – like the popular, dog-friendly Smallsticks Café at Cart Gap.


If you head off from Happisburgh in the opposite direction, you’ll come to Walcott. The highly acclaimed Kingfisher Fish Bar, with indoor seating for 32, is popular for its superb take-away fish and chips. You don’t have to take them far away, though, because the shop is right by the sea wall, where you can sit and eat in the fresh air, overlooking a perfect view of the sea.


When you arrive back in Happisburgh, needing something to eat, why not try out Burgers At The Beach, in Beach Road. There’s also the dog-friendly Hill House Inn, visited by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in 1905, where he conceived the idea for his Sherlock Holmes story, The Adventure of the Dancing Men. But you may prefer the comfort and privacy of home – in which case, plod back to your cottage, take off your wellies (and anything else you feel like taking off), and cook a meal in your own fully equipped kitchen; or if the weather is fine, why not use the charcoal barbecue that comes with the cottage.


After a full day in the fresh air, you can ease your tired muscles in the Boundary Stables sauna. On a clear night, as you lie in bed, looking up through the Velux window, you can gaze at a dark starry sky – the kind of sky only seen in the countryside.


A Norfolk holiday doesn’t have to be about physical exertion! Boundary Stables cottages are ideal for people with limited mobility. Through the years, we’ve been delighted to welcome elderly guests, some of whom return again and again to enjoy the comfort of a level-access bungalow, with helpful handrails in the bathrooms and a designated disabled parking area.


One of our ‘Wren’ guests told us: “If we could go anywhere in the world, we’d still choose to come here.”

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