ABOUT THE PROPERTIES AND WHY DOGS ARE VERY WELCOME.
East Ruston Cottages really was rather a happy accident! There was no business plan, no burning desire to start a dog friendly holiday business,
So we set out to make something that WE were always looking for when we wanted to go on holiday - a really nice, comfortable, easy place, genuinely welcoming to dogs. A home from home with no charges for dogs and no limits on numbers, a properly secure outside space but nice inside and so the Old Piggery was converted and started taking bookings in April 2008.
We got bookings through agencies at first but as they seemed to want not just an arm and a leg in commission but a few bits of soul as well
And it went quite well and the word spread and we got some great bookings and some more bookings! We hoped for 50% occupancy within 3 years but our first year was nearly 100% full and it's carried on like that to this day - the Piggery remains one of the most popular properties on the website. We've grown organically, with people asking us to add them - nearly all friends or people we know which definitely helps keep things friendly.
So that's the story so far. I am having a LOT of fun running East Ruston Cottages despite many of them not being in East Ruston! But it's where it all started with my husband Dermot and we think it's the very best area in Norfolk.
I love what I do and am passionate about offering properly dog friendly accommodation (rather than dog tolerant) that pleases owners as well as their dogs.
Last, but absolutely NOT least, are the people who help make this possible. I absolutely couldn't run ERC without the great admin and accounts support of my very good, efficient and trusted long term friend, Caroline 'Caz' Walker, who works part time, self employed, from her home about half an hour away. We often use social events to hand over paperwork and can often be found in the kitchen at parties....... discussing spreadsheets!
Darren at Broadland Computers in Stalham is the lynchpin of the website - designing, modifying and generally keeping it in good health and putting up with my constant requests to change this and that with humour and professionalism. He allows me pretty much free rein over the site contents so any glaring errors are usually my fault!
Then there's Stephen Mole of Stephen Mole Photography who takes many of the photos of the properties and Penel of Penel Malby Photography who did them in the early days and still takes fabulous images when she is up here to that she lets me use. Then there is Truly Local co-operative shop in Stalham who supply many of the welcome pack items and Jan at Nero's Kitchen - all local and supplying their goodies to the welcome packs too.