East Ruston Cottages - Dog Friendly Holidays in Norfolk

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East Ruston Cottages - Dog Friendly, Self Catering Holidays in Norfolk

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Gothic Cottage, Mill Road, East Ruston, Norfolk, NR12 9HS, United Kingdom
01692 650083 / 07766 665684
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Genuinely Dog Friendly Self Catering Cottages in Norfolk

They are not just 'dog friendly' but positively dog welcoming! No charges for dogs - ever!

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Are you looking for a genuinely dog friendly cottage in Norfolk that's close to safe, sandy, dog friendly beaches, great walks and good, dog friendly pubs and cafes?

Somewhere that doesn't charge for your dogs, is clean and well equipped and has an enclosed outside area for your dogs to play safely?

Then one of the East Ruston properties may be just what you are looking for!


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Their very dog friendly cottages sleep from 2 to 16 and include a shepherd's hut, annexes, converted barns, family homes, an Arts and Crafts house, and seaside cottages.

They are all in a selection of east Norfolk villages including Hickling, Sea Palling, Happisburgh, Waxham and Winterton, none very far away from the wonderful quiet coastline here.

Click here for all the dog related information you'll need for your holiday plus their very short list of doggy rules! 


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Details of Some of The Cottages Available

Wind In The Willows, East Ruston

Sleeps 2 | Fully Enclosed Garden

Wind in the Willows is a purpose built Shepherd’s Hut to sleep 2 and two small dogs (or one medium sized). It is perfectly located for walking and cycling, near beaches and woods.

This quiet corner of North East Norfolk is a real hideaway, yet only 2 miles from the market town of Stalham and with the Weavers Way footpath running through the village just yards away from the hut.

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What they provide:  Bed linen

• Dog bed

• Cooking equipment

• A selection of maps

• Two hand towels and two bath towels each

• All heating and electricity costs included


Click here for Cottage details, rates or to book your next dog friendly holiday


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Ollands Farm Barn, Happisburgh

Sleeps 2 | Fully Enclosed Garden 

Ollands Farm Barn was built in approximately 1709, about 30 years after the farmhouse.

It has been lovingly restored to a very high standard and features beamed, vaulted ceilings, wood burning stove, central heating, quaint (but steep) paddle stairs, comfortable king-size bed in the galleried bedroom and a fully fitted kitchen and shower room with a charming and secure courtyard area

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What they provide: 

• All bed linen, towels, bathrobes. Tea-towel, apron and oven gloves.

• All central heating and electricity

• Initial load of logs for wood burner - further supplies can be purchased from the owners at a small additional cost

• Tea, coffee, milk, sugar, eggs, bread, homemade Ollands Farm shortbread, Ollands Farm jam and a small luxury chocolate treat

• Dog towels and a special tasty treat for your dog


Click here for Cottage details, rates or to book your next dog friendly holiday


Ollands Farm Barn Happisburgh


Heather Cottage, Happisburgh

Sleeps 5 | 3 bedrooms

Heather Cottage is a stylish but comfortable three bedroom cottage in one of the most popular villages in this area - Happisburgh. 

It's not only a hop and skip from the local dog friendly pub, The Hill House, but a lovely stroll to the dog friendly, sandy beach and plenty of easy countryside walks. The garden is enclosed and dogs are most welcome. The owners live in the village and have 4 dogs of their own so they completely understand how important it is to be properly dog friendly.

The village also boasts a small shop, wonderful fresh fish shop, some beautiful old buildings and a lot of history...plus plenty of peace and quiet.

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What they provide: 

• Superfast fibre broadband

• All bed linen and towels • All electricity

• Dog throws, bowl, poo bags etc

• Welcome pack with local goodies including home made dog biscuits

• Small, medium or large dog crate on request.


Click here for Cottage details, rates or to book your next dog friendly holiday


Heather Cottage



The Old Piggery, East Ruston

The Old Piggery is a single storey conversion of an old farm building, finished to a high standard, using many reclaimed materials and is furnished and decorated in a simple, rural style - much loved by many regulars and their dogs. 

It is next door but two to the famous East Ruston Old Vicarage Gardens and a short drive to many sandy, dog friendly beaches as well as having a maze of easy walks from the door.

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What they provide:

• All bed linen and towels

• All heating (underfloor) and firewood

• Plenty of washable mats, dog towels, bowls, poo bags and varying selection of toys and beds/pads

• A comprehensive information folder about The Old Piggery

• Well ordered and current information on places to visit, shop, walk, eat.

• A selection of walking routes/books/maps

• Free wi-fi access

• Dog crates (small, medium and large) available on request.

• Electric car charging point


Click here for Cottage details, rates or to book your next dog friendly holiday


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Oak Cottage, East Ruston

Sleeps 9 plus zed bed

Oak Cottage is a spacious family house comfortably sleeping up to 10 people (there are also two fold up beds to bring the capacity
to 12) in East Ruston village on a very quiet lane with views from most windows across fields and over to the village common area - plenty of great walking and wildlife watching from the door.

Four of the double beds are zip and link so can be doubles (all king size or superking) or twins allowing a greater flexibility of sleeping arrangements.

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What they provide

• All bed linen and towels

• Free wifi throughout house

• Games, jigsaws, dvd

• Walking maps and books

• Extra large crate (2), medium size crate and small crate (plus other sizes on request)

• Dog bowls, basket, towels, holiday collars and throws and toys

• Fold up bed (2) for extra guests

• Outside BBQ

• Kennel and run area if wanted and new dog shower in the garage - warm, undercover shower area.


Click here for Cottage details, rates or to book your next dog friendly holiday


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St Benets, Sea Palling

Sleeps 10-12 | 5 Bedrooms 

St Benets is a very nicely appointed family house, well furnished and a very short walk from the sandy Blue Flag beach at Sea Palling, a small seaside resort with a dog friendly pub, village shop, fish and chips, dog friendly cafe and one small amusement arcade.

The beach is protected by rock reefs which form calmer areas of water along the main part of the beach and are ideal for swimming. It is perfect for dog walking and whilst there are restrictions in place from May to September it is only to the left of the access ramp; to the right you can walk the dogs for miles on the beach and in the dunes and stop off at nearby Waxham Barns for a coffee or further on to the Nelson's Head at Horsey for a drink. Seals are a common sight along this stretch of coast.

The house has a contemporary and elegant feel but also manages to be homely and comfortable with many of the original Victorian features retained.
It can sleep up to 12 in 5 bedrooms, although an ideal number would probably be between 6 and 10. 

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What they provide:

• All bed linen, hand towels and tea towels but not bath towels.

• Comprehensive information on places to visit, walk and eat.

• A selection of maps and books for the area.

• Travel cot and highchair

• Games, jigsaws, DVDs and CDs and Nintendo Wii

• Large dog crate - 30" x 48" (smaller ones available on request), dog bed, throws, bowls.

• Free Wi-Fi access.

• All heating costs are included apart from fuel for open fire which is easily available locally. Enough coal for your first fire is provided.

• Tea, coffee and sugar and a welcome pack of local goodies


Click here for Cottage details, rates or to book your next dog friendly holiday


St Benets Sea Palling


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Ready to Book Your Next Dog Friendly Holiday?

Click  here  to visit the the Bookings page! By far the quickest and most reliable way of booking. 

Once you have filled it in, your chosen dates are held for you and can't be booked by anyone else.

If you can't find what you want, email sue@eastrustoncottages.co.uk to join their mailing list for cancellations, new properties and special offers.

So many beaches to choose from all of them sandy all of them great places to walk the dogs


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Heather Cottage

Another great holiday in Norfolk, our first time at Heather Cottage and we weren't disappointed. Lovely cosy but spacious Cottage fully equipped and lovely decor. Small garden but perfect for our greyhounds. Happisburgh is a great location to explore the beaches and surrounding areas. Dogs enjoyed the local pub, after 19:00 on a Wednesday we were the only ones in there, dogs were off lead in the pub. ?

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Most Dog Friendly Cottage

In our top 3 dog friendly cottages in the UK. Cottage is superbly dog friendly (rather than dog tolerant which is often the case). Only thing worth noting is that in season there is a lot of game shooting/crow scarers which may be a problem for nervous noise reactive dogs.

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Excellent service and accommodation!

We had a fantastic break which was booked at very short notice. The booking process was seemless and communication was excellent. The Crib cottage was beautiful. They really go the extra mile. If you forget something for your pets, don't fret, there will be spares at the cottage you can use. Holiday address tags too! I thoroughly recommend.

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Another great week at Badgers Retreat

We had a great time in the East Ruston area, using it as a good base to walk weavers way, go to stalham, wroxham, happisburgh and horsey gap. The location and accommodation are great and the has everything you need to make you feel welcomed in this country cottage and Craig and Susan alway give you a warm welcome. We visited Burgers at the Beach after seeing the posts on the East Ruston Cottages Facebook page and would recommend a visit, as well as trip to poppyfields after seeing the seals at horsey gap.

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Daisy cottage Sea Palling

Dog friendly terraced cottage close to the beach. The cottage is larger than it looks from the outside and has all you need for your dogs stay.
Clean and comfortable.

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Hidden Gem

Had a great weeks stay at this lovely terraced cottage backing up onto the miles of brilliant sand dunes of Winterton-on-Sea. The cottage was very clean, welcoming and tastefully decorated throughout and the layout comfortably accommodated 4 adults and 3 dogs. As part of the East Ruston cottages portfolio these cottages are really dog friendly with everything thoughtfully included for an enjoyable stay for both humans and dogs. With dog suitable floors and miles of walks on the sand dunes and beaches, local shops, a dog friendly pub a couple of minutes away and the Broads close-by, this is definitely a welcoming Gem of a place to stay. Highly recommend.

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Mid Thatch, Sea Palling

We had a great week at this lovely character cottage. Very cosy and comfortable and located so close to dog friendly beach and pub, and handy for the local shop which is even closer. The garden is fully enclosed and very private so perfect for our two dogs. Definitely recommended!

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What a wonderful week we have had in this little taste of paradise called Holmes House! The cottage is just perfect, we love the location being quiet for our pack of monsters, the garden has been amazing for them to run free and play in the glorious weather we were blessed with! Loved the walks from the gate and how quiet it all is, it really has been perfect wouldnt change a thing :)
Will most certainly be back in fact deposit is already paid for next year!

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Heather cottage happisbrough

An amazing week at Heather cottage beautiful location dogs were welcomed everywhere we went, the cottage is so dog friendly. We can't it to go back

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