Seagull Cottage, Pakefield

Exterior of Seagull Cottage, Pakefield

What’s Seagull Cottage like?

This roomy two-bedroom cottage is just moments from the unspoilt beach at Pakefield. It also has two great pubs within easy walking distance. Seagull Cottage is one of six properties managed by Suffolk Coastal Escapes, which specialises in luxury dog-friendly holidays. Lowestoft is approximately a five-minute drive – or 20-minute walk – away.

How dog-friendly is Seagull Cottage?

Very good. Ernie and Stan had a little welcome pack waiting for them on arrival, complete with treats, bowls, tennis balls and poo bags. The enclosed garden at the cottage is perfect for dogs, too. It is mostly paved, but has a section of artificial grass and a shingled side return so you don’t have to worry too much about muddy paws if the weather isn’t on your side. There is an additional fee of £20 per pet per stay.

Lounge at Seagull Cottage, Pakefield

Tell me more about Seagull Cottage

From the moment you walk through the door of this spacious terraced cottage and kick off your shoes in the porch, you’ll feel at home. The lovely lounge, decorated in shades of grey and blue, has lots of little nods to the cottage name, from the wooden seagull standing proudly in the window to the cute bird print blinds. The patterned tiles in front of the electric fire give the room a contemporary feel, and there’s a choice of two comfy sofas to curl up on as well.

Light, wood-effect flooring is used throughout the downstairs of the property and it leads in to the dining room, with a table and chairs for four. Follow the corridor down and you’ll pass a dinky downstairs loo and shower room before reaching the kitchen (keep reading to find out more). From here, a set of French doors lead out into the secure garden, which has some outdoor furniture to enjoy during the summer months.

Bedroom at Seagull Cottage, Pakefield

Upstairs, you’ll find a spacious twin room at the front of the property and the master at the back, complete with a roomy en-suite. Both rooms have a peaceful, coastal vibe and you’re practically guaranteed a good night’s sleep, thanks to luxurious-feeling bedding and blackout curtains over the windows. In the bathroom, which has a standalone tub and separate shower cubicle, you’ll also find his ‘n’ hers robes and slippers to enjoy during your stay.

Much of the wall art at the cottage champions the local area or depicts soothing coastal scenes. Lots of thoughtful little touches have been added too, such as fresh flowers on the dining room table, pot plants to add a homely feel and folders of information suggesting things to see and do in the Pakefield area. There is also a selection of cards and games to amuse you on rainy days. Street parking is also plentiful.

Kitchen at Seagull Cottage, Pakefield

What’s the food like at Seagull Cottage?

This is a self-catering property so you’ll need to bring your own, but guests will be welcomed with a bottle of fizz and essentials like tea, coffee and basic condiments. The kitchen, with its on-trend dark blue units, is a pleasure to cook in with an excellent collection of pots, pans and utensils. It also has a dishwasher and washing machine and in the separate dining room – which comes complete with a round table for four – you’ll find a dresser housing all the cups, plates and glassware you could possibly need.

If you don’t fancy cooking during your stay, there are some great options for eating out nearby, all of which are dog-friendly. The closest pub is the Trowel and Hammer, which just so happens to be the oldest inn in Lowestoft. It is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner, as is The Jolly Sailors, which overlooks Pakefield Beach and is just a couple of minutes further down the road. Pakefield Plaice – in between the two aforementioned pubs – is also one of the best chippies in the area. Several supermarkets and mainstream fast food outlets are nearby, too.

Are there resident dogs at Seagull Cottage?

No, but you’re sure to meet plenty of local pooches when you’re out and about.

Ernie, Stan and Nick play on Lowestoft South Beach

Where are the best dog walks near Seagull Cottage?

Pakefield Beach – a mix of sand, dunes and pebbles – is just a short walk from the cottage and as well as being gloriously unspoilt, it’s dog-friendly all year round. From here, you can turn left and walk along the promenade to Lowestoft or turn right and head to Kessingland. This makes for a lovely circular walk and takes around 1.5hrs each way. To see the route recommended by Clare, the owner of Suffolk Coastal Escapes, click here.

Carlton Marshes Nature Reserve – the southern gateway to the Broads National Park – is also a great place to visit with your dog, although pets must be kept on lead at all times. There are several walking trails around the 405-hectare site, ranging from 30 to 90 minutes in length. To see a map of the routes, click here. For more inspiration when it comes to dog-friendly things to see and do nearby, check out my Ruff Guide to Great Yarmouth, Gorleston and Lowestoft.

Bathroom at Seagull Cottage, Pakefield

What Ernie and Stan loved about Seagull Cottage

The doggy welcome pack, the secure garden, having the beach practically on the doorstep

What I loved about Seagull Cottage

The location, the stylish decor, all the thoughtful little touches

How to book Seagull Cottage

Prices start from £115 per night. For more information or to book, visit the Suffolk Coastal Escapes website.

Garden at Seagull Cottage, Pakefield

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