East Ruston Cottages

Badgers Retreat, East Ruston

Sleeps 2

Badger’s Retreat is a very colourful, spacious and well planned self contained, single storey annexe which sleeps 2 in a double bedroom with an elegant day bed for one more in the conservatory. It is part of Bristow’s Farmhouse on the edge of East Ruston village.

The accommodation is full of character and benefits from the style and skill of the owners, Susan and Craig who, in conjunction with a local artisan, also designed and decorated the beautiful Wind In The Willows shepherd’s hut located in the farmhouse gardens. Wind In The Willows can be booked in conjunction wth Badger’s Retreat with a 10% discount on both.

The annexe is perfectly located for easy dog walking and cycling, near dog friendly sandy beaches and woods. This quiet corner of North Norfolk is a real hideaway, yet only two miles from the market town of Stalham, with the Weavers Way footpath running through the village, just yards from the house. The friendly owners live in the main house and are usually on hand for help and advice should you need it.

On Arrival: Off road parking is on the shared driveway from which guests can access their private garden through the picket gate. There is a path leading to the front door which is a stable style door, ideal for opening up the top to let the sun in whilst keeping the dogs in too if needed.

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Lounge/kitchen: This is a high ceilinged, generous sized room with amazing inglenook fireplace, lots of interesting art and decorations and comfy sofas and coffee table. There is a flat screen tv with Freeview, DVD player, portable radio, book shelves and very neatly fitted kitchen including oven, hob, microwave and fridge with plenty of storage space.

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Bedroom: Double bedroom with hanging space and window seat. Off the bedroom is the ensuite shower room with toilet, sink, chair and pine wardrobe with hanging space.

Conservatory: This generous and light filled room contains a single day bed (with under bed storage) coffee table and table and chairs. The conservatory is fully fitted with blinds all round to ensure privacy. French doors open out onto the spacious lawn of the private garden.

Outside: There is seating on the lawn to enjoy the views across the fields and the peace and quiet on a sunny day (south facing) plus an additional secluded seating area next to the conservatory with barbeque. The fencing between the drive and the garden is 5ft reed panels and this extends to the back of the house giving you a good level of privacy from the owners’ section of the house. The wall along the front, with the metal gate in, is approximately 3ft high.

Please note
No smoking in Badgers Retreat please
Arrival time is 4pm and departure time is 10am.

There are plenty of local shops in Stalham, a very good farm shop nearby at Wayford Bridge and many little local stall and shops selling local produce including Truly Local in Stalham run as a not for profit shop selling items from within a 35 mile radius. They would be pleased to put together a box of groceries for your arrival.

We Provide:

  • All heating and electricity is included
  • Bed linen and towels are provided
  • Local maps and leaflets
  • Free wi-fi
  • Wood burner will be set up on arrival. Additional bags of logs can be obtained at a cost of £3.50/bag from local outlets
  • Dog bowls and throws (in chest below window)
  • Crochet blankets for guests
  • Tea, coffee, sugar and milk
  • Welcome basket including local paper, eggs, biscuits or cake, pot of marmalade and dog biscuits
  • Two dog crates available W18 x L29 x H18 and W27 x L41 x H27
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Max No. of dogs: 4

Testimonials:

“Well, what can I say? What a week, its been fantastic. Weather has been great and there is lots to see and do. Sheringham is my favourite place but loved everything and everywhere we went. Cottage is beautiful and location is ideal for a nice relaxing holiday. Finally, Craig and Susan are lovely, lovely hosts. Nothing is too much trouble. Would recommend to anyone to stay here. Big thank you from”

Tracey, Mum and Paris (puppy)

 

“What a wonderful week we have had! Such a warm and wonderful welcome on arrival and a cake to die for, thank you! Fresh eggs, milk and dog treats too, a real nice touch! I’ve loved watching the birds on the feeders and the regular sighting of the barn owl of an evening on the field opposite the cottage was amazing. Perfect. Craig and Susan, its been a real pleasure to meet you both.”

Andre, Matt, Alfie, Forest and Poppy

Location & Directions

How To Find Us:

How to find us: Post code: Bristows Farmhouse, Chequers Street NR12 9JX


Or – From Stalham. From the A149 which bypasses Stalham take the road signposted to Bacton/Happisburgh (Stepping Stone Lane). Turn left onto the B1159 and take the first left again, just after SAM business premises. Stay on this small, tree lined road until you come out into open farmland. Bristows Farmhouse where Badgers Retreat is located will be the second property on the right hand side.

Guestbook

Some comments from our guestbook

We’ve had a great week in your warm and cosy cottage. A lovely warm welcome from Craig – thank you for the milk, eggs and delicious flap jacks! Had lunch at the Lessingham Star, Poachers Pocket in Bacton, Lighthouse Inn at Walcott and they were all very nice and very dog friendly! Would definitely recommend this cottage! - Barry and Alison

This has been our second visit to Badger’s Retreat and has been just as relaxing as the first. The cottage has been warm and cosy and a lovely base to return to after exploring the Norfolk beaches and countryside. We have walked parts of the Weavers Way and we visited Cart Gap and Happisburgh beaches everyday. A highlight of the week was a drive to Holkham and a walk on the huge expanse of beach there Bonnie, Murphy and Roo have loved their holiday too! We will be back soon! - Liz and Ray

Another amazing holiday at Badgers Retreat, a whole week this time which gave us time for exploring further afield, a lovely walk from Holkham round to Wells for lunch at the beach cafe, which is really good and dog friendly. As always the cottage and cake were perfect, we will definitely be back again! - Dawn and Michael

What a lovely place to stay, would recommend to anyone. Cosy cottage with a garden which the dogs loved and some great walks from the doorstep too. The cake was a nice surprise, really enjoyed it so thank you. We hope to be back in the future!

Neil and Lynne - September 2017

It's our second time here and it's been as lovely as the first. Lovely little cottage, so peaceful and beautiful surroundings, and perfect for the dogs, especially the garden! We had another lovely week full of lovely beaches and walks. The dogs have loved it. Thank you to Susan and Craig for being so welcoming and for the lovely cake! Best wishes

Lynn and Trevor - September 2017

What a lovely place to stay, would recommend to anyone. A cosy cottage with a garden which the dogs loved. Good walks from the door step. The cake was a nice surprise, really enjoyed it thank you. We hope to be back in the future.
Neil and Lynne – September 2017

Lovely weather, lots of peace and quiet. Craig and Susan couldn’t do enough for you, cottage is beautiful and everything you could need is in there, wish we could have stayed longer than a week! Also thank you for the welcome pack, the cake was beautiful!

David and Dorothy - September 2017

Wonderful weather, wonderful walks, peace and quiet, what more could you ask for? Just wish that we could stay a little longer to do all the things we intended to do. We were rather held back by our elderly dog who found it difficult to walk however the younger ones could have ran around all day!

Paul and Pauline - August 2017

Had a lovely time in Badgers Retreat. Really pleasant and interesting area and the dogs enjoyed it too. Butchers Arms in East Ruston do very good food and are dog friendly too. All together a really enjoyable stay!

Chris and Penny - July 2017

This is our second stay at this cottage and we love it. The Weavers Way is so close by for wonderful dog walks and everywhere is so dog friendly. We love Norfolk. Winterton on sea beach is amazing – the dogs can run free and is the best local beach in our opinion. The cottage has a beautiful dog friendly garden and we love the conservatory too. Yet another relaxing week away with our 3 pooches. Thank you Craig and Susan for a great holiday again!

Elaine and Jules - July 2017

Had a wonderful stay in Badgers Retreat, lovely cottage! Dogs had a great time, everywhere is so friendly (dog friendly too). Great Walks and great beaches.

Thank you Craig and Sue!

Bov Smith, Jaspar, Millie and Holly - July 2017

What a beautiful and tranquil place this is, so relaxing and comfortable. It is so lovely because the owners, Sue and Craig think about people like us who love our dogs and would not want to put them in a kennel so they provide not only for us but think of our fur babies too. The cottage was spotless and clean as well as very welcoming and provided for. We would recommend this place to anyone to stay here, you don’t need to go anywhere else but just enjoy the garden (if it is sunny of course!!) and relax. Thank you Sue and Craig

Val and Jim - July 2017

What a lovely week we have had! Very relaxing holiday and we love this cottage, especially the garden! Found this book very useful so:

Sea Palling lovely beach, even at high tide you can get to a quiet sandy beach, lovely walk to the Butchers Arms with excellent food, The Swan at Lessingham is worth eating at – set the sat nav up and its easy to find! Circular walk via Honing lock is lovely!

On top of this the home-made flapjacks and flowers made it very special, thank you!

Jennie and Russ - June 2017

We have had a wonderfully relaxing week, made very special by our stay at Badgers Retreat. We have felt so at home here and so have our dogs. Susan and Craig have made us feel very welcome and the flapjacks were delicious. We really haven’t done much, but haven’t felt the need to. We have walked Weavers Way in both directions and everyday we have walked the dogs on the various local beaches. Our evenings have been spent cosily in the cottage. It really has been a perfect holiday. Thank you.

Liz, Ray and the dogs - April 2017

Our first holiday with the dogs, which for all of us was a great success. We walked on Weavers Way and many beaches and for us, the best ones were those close to Badgers, especially Cart Gap and Sea Palling. We saw seals at Cart Gap twice, birds of prey and deer locally. We visited dog friendly pubs which were recommended by Susan and Craig which served great food, this was another first for us, and a great success. We found a seafood shop on the way back from Cart Gap, the seafood from there was great. We have had a wonderful holiday with Badgers Retreat being a beautiful and comfortable place to stay, have loved the area. Susan and Craig have been delightful hosts, the welcome basket and cake were superb. Many thanks

Marius and Trevor, Mia and Willow and Amber with Bella - December 2016

We have had a much needed week in your lovely cottage and are going home happy and rested. The local area is fantastic and Tolley has loved it. Thank you both for your help and the really delicious cake. Another week would have been great.

David, Hillery and Tolley - November 2016

Thank you - lovely, cosy accommodation. Regular visitors to Norfolk but first time in this area and first time in a cottage,but definitely not the last. The cake left for us was delicious and the eggs and milk was very welcome. Thank you. Very dog friendly, the dogs settled in well. The fire was very welcome. We have had a fab time and we will hopefully be back.

Gill and Gary, Raffles, Scrappy and Ella - November 2016

Thank you Craig and Susan for making Badgers Retreat such a super place to stay. Tina and I have so enjoyed our holiday exploring this part of Norfolk, especially coming home to somewhere so cosy, wam and comfortable. Thank you also for the welcome goodies especially the delicious cake. You have thought of everything. We hope to return one day soon to continue our adventures.

Jan and Tina - October 2016

Had a great time relaxing and going to the beach with the dogs. The cottage has everything you need and is very dog friendly. The cake was yummy and we had a lovely welcome.

Debbie, Mark, Teal, Bracken and Bramley - October 2016

Had a lovely and relaxing break. The cottage is lovely and comfortable and has everything you need. Great location with plenty of places to visit in the local area. The dogs have had a whale of a time - Ive never seen them so tired - they'll sleep for a week when we get home. Thank you Craig and Sue

Lisa, Cleo and Megan - October 2016

Thank you Susan and Craig for your generous hospitality on our short break in beautiful Norfolk. The cake was delicious,thank you. Really welcoming at the end of a long walk

Jane and Clive - October 2016

Thoroughly enjoyed the holiday as did the dogs. Lovely cosy cottage and quiet location. Craig and Susan made us feel very welcome. The home made cake was delicious. Thank you very much for the fresh eggs and milk. Thank you for providing such a dog friendly place. Would seriously consider coming back. Best wishes

Trevor, Lynne, Leanne, Jessie, Eric and Monty - September 2016

Not my first time visiting Norfolk but first time in this area and I love it! Peace and quiet but easy to get to busier places and beaches. Its great having Weavers Way on the doorstep - made a lovely circular walk for the dogs. The cottage is perfect, it just feels so calm and colourful and the conservatory make it special. I didnt know my batteries were so flat! I have really relaxed and unwound - so I know where to book next time I need some rest! Sue and Craig and Poppy you are lovely hosts. Thank you so very much

Cath, Lillie and Gracie - August 2016

We have fallen in love with Norfolk on our first visit. The beaches a Waxham, Happisburgh and Horsey (loads of seals!!!) are great. Cromer was very busy but a few nice shops. Sheringham was so busy we only had a pub lunch, didnt do the shops because we had the dogs and the streets were so narrow so too busy for them. Sheringham Park was a nice walk - the parking is £5. On our first night we walked to the Butchers Arms. HUGE portions of nice food, good prices, very friendly staff and locals. Wroxham has a fab little pet shop and big Roys department stores and other shops! We will be back to Norfolk next year!

Jill, Alison, Paddy, Dotty and Missy - August 2016

We had a sunny week at this lovely cottage. Weavers Way is very close, where we saw Barn Owls, deer and bitey flies. Went to Happisburgh - the lighthouse is open Sundays. The beach there is nice, turn right along the beach and off the next opening and you'll get to Smallsticks Cafe which is dog friendly. Went to Richardsons boatyard and found the Museum of the Broads and that was interesting. Went to Pigney Woods where we saw a little eagret. Sea Palling is a beautiful beach. Sheringham Park has many pathways and views of the steam train and surrounding landscapes. Had a drink at the Butchers in the afternoon - it seems friendly there. Went to Winterton On Sea (Friday), nice cafe there (Dunes). It started to rain slightly, drove through Hemsby but didnt stop, went to Great Yarmouth where plenty of entertainment can be had. On the way back we stopped at Horsey Water Pump which is being renovated, walked to the beach and after a short walk, came across 100 seals on the beach or swimming close to the shore. The seals were the highlight of our week. Thanks Craig and Susan and Poppy.

Greg, Carole, Flint and Barley - August 2016

Lovely cottage, we particularly enjoyed sitting in the conservatory and pretty garden. Welcome pack was very welcome indeed, especially the delicious cake. Happisburgh (pronounced Hais-Bro) and Cart Gap beaches great for dog walking and Holkham / Wells Next The Sea is well worth the drive. In-land, great walks on the Broads, around River Bure and Sheringham Park. Dont miss the Old Vicarage Gardens, spectacular even if you know very little about gardening. (No dogs, but they have shady parking spots if you want to leave them in the car). A very relaxing break, thank you.

Ben, Charlotte and Ruby - August 2016

A fabulously quiet spot with easy access to beautiful countryside and wonderful beaches. Favourite beaches for dogs - Cart Gapv- with pay and display carpark and toilets and short walk to beach. Waxham - no facilities and a tougher walk through the dunes but seals swimming off the beach. Great cafe at Cart Gap - Smallsticks Cafe. Fabulous hosts in Sue and Craig. THANK YOU!

Alison and Rosie - August 2016

Enjoyed our few days away! Great TV which worked. Owners dealt with any issues we had, very promptly. Super day at Waxham beach seeing the seals. Superb meal at the Ingham Swan - pricey but worth it! Weather good too, so happy all round! Loads of walks for dogs from the house.

Liam and Diane, Louie and Murphy - June 2016

Waited a year to get here, and now I feel like the lady of the manor! Beautiful, peaceful, charming home. Dogs loved it. Rufus (labradoodle not used to wooden floors) was a bit apprehensive. Coral (Jack Russell) was in her element. Only arrived today. Let you know as we go. Bit too warm in the evenings - even turned the rads down! Went to Happisburgh today - dogs loved the beach and Coral went in the sea as well. Afterwards, drove along the coast to Wells. Lots of lovely beaches to visit another day. Woodpecker on table outside lounge window and the owl swooping the field across the road prior to going to walk the dogs along Weavers Way. Great walking area. Thank you for a lovely time in a great property. Big thank you.

Jean, Rufus and Coral - June 2016

Well, what can I say? What a week, its been fantastic. Weather has been great and there is lots to see and do. Sheringham is my favourite place but loved everything and everywhere we went. Cottage is beautiful and location is ideal for a nice relaxing holiday. Finally, Craig and Susan are lovely, lovely host. Nothing is too much trouble. Would recommend to anyone to stay here. Big thank you from

Tracey, Mum and Paris (puppy) - June 2016

Thanks for a comfortable stay at Badgers Retreat. Simba and Mia found it welcoming too - very dog friendly which made our holiday easier. Weather kind to us as well. I am sure we will be back. Craig and Sue, thanks for allowing us to bring our dogs and providing a truly dog friendly, safe cottage.

Sandra, Malcolm, Simba and Mia - May 2016

What a wonderful week we have had! Such a warm and wonderful welcome on arrival and a cake to die for, thank you! Fresh eggs, milk and dog treats too, a real nice touch! I've loved watching the birds on the feeders and the regular sighting of the barn owl of an evening on the field opposite the cottage was amazing. The weather has been kind to us with lots of sunshine, but just chilly enough of an evening to light the fire, Perfect :) Craig and Susan, its been a real pleasure to meet you both. Craig, we loved your stories! We will be back. Lots of love

Andre, Matt, Alfie, Forest and Poppy - May 2016

Another lovely break at Badgers Retreat, this time without the dogs as son managed to dog-sit. Weather good and sunny except for one day, so we were lucky. Did not do much apart from chill out but Holt worth a visit and the Star Inn at Lessingham was good and if you love gardens and plants, the East Ruston Vicarage Gardens is well worth a visit. Thank you Craig and Susan for all your kindness, we will be back.

Philip and Julie - May 2016

What a week, the weather has been fantastic, sunshine every day! The cottage could not be more welcoming and comfortable. The welcome pack was just what we needed, especially the lovely farmhouse cake! Went on some lovely walks during the week, to Hickling and around the Broads. North Walsham to Cromer culminating at No 1 for fish and chips and a lovely circular walk around Happisburgh and Walcott. We even managed to fit in visits to Holkham and Felbrigg Hall, both well worth a trip. Could do with another week or two. Thank you Craig and Susan.

May 2016

Had a great week. Cottage was just right for us. Welcome gift pack was lovely. Dogs loved it. Walked down Winterton, Weavers Way, Sea Palling and Wells Next The Sea. Try out Causeway Butchers in Ingham. Its the best. Thank you for letting us bring the cat. He was so relaxed.

Mary Jo, Whisky, Buddha and Bubbles and Mojo Bailey - April 2016

A lovely dog friendy cottage (very important to us), with a secure sunny garden with Weavers Way on our doorstep, so handy for those evening and morning walks. Lots of places to eat and visit. Sutton Pottery well worth finding. Will never forget the seals at Horsey and so lucky with the weather - sunny and dry. Thank you Susan and Craig

Maggie, Ray, Daisy, Nula and Blarney - April 2016

Such a lovely cottage, with everything we needed for a great holiday. Thank you for the milk, eggs and especially the cake - it was delicious. The two dogs really enjoyed the walks. The labrador especially loved swimming in the sea and the garden here is bigger than the one they have at home so they were in heaven! It is so nice to be able to bring the dogs away and feel welcome. Thank you for a lovely holiday.

Roy, Steph, Dylan and Monty - April 2016

Wow! I never had such a welcome! Fresh eggs, homemade cakes etc and a genuine welcome too! The cottage is so dog friendly which is such a change from feeling like a leper in society because of having a dog. The weather - being Bank Holiday - Storm Katie etc, didn't spoil our short break in Norfolk. And what a quiet location. Thank you

Jen, Doug and Molly - March 2016

Thank you so much for a lovely stay. The cottage is delightful - so peaceful and cosy! It was so nice to sit and watch the birds outside the window and read a book in the conservatory on the comfy day bed. We took a few walks along We202avers Way and visited the beach at Happisburgh and Sea Palling. Baxter was worn out. Hope to come back again

Gemma, Wayne and Baxter - March 2016

Our second visit to Badgers Retreat. We have had great weather - some much welcomed sunshine! There are so many lovely places to visit - Sea Palling is our favourite and Bacton Woods for the dogs. We had a lovely meal at the Lighthouse and they were very welcoming and dog friendly. Thank you for the cake and for making us so welcome. Sadly it wasnt cold enough to be able to use the log burner. Maybe the next time.

John, Jackie, harvey, Kyka and Minnie - March 2016

A lovely cottage and very warm and comfortable. The weather was a little unkind and ensured that our Westies weren't white after a short walk. Luckily we know the area well but we had the opportunity to get to know it a little better. Very, very dog friendly - a real find. Thank you and best wishes

Gary, Linda, Toby, Marley and JoJo - March 2016

Good to meet you again Susan. Fantastic first holiday for our dogs Florence and Wilfred - Florrie loved the woodburner, crashing on her bed in front of it, after 'big walks'. There are plenty nearby, just check out the maps. Too much to fit in though. Thanks Susan and Craig for the welcome, eggs, milk, fruit and logs - oh and of course for my card and daffs. Couldn't have stayed in a nicer place for my 50th - We'll be back. Best wishes

Rachel and Leigh, Florence and Wilfred - March 2016

Had a fantastic cosy stay over Christmas. Our dogs enjoyed the longs walks and it was lovely to come back to an open fire. The cottage was just as we imagined it to be, although we had to de-risk it for our puppies. I hope we managed to put it all back in the right places. Happy New Year.

Simon, Marea, Bracken, Dave and Rebel - December 2015

We've had a lovely stay. The dogs have loved the walks we have had and going to Horsey Beach. Sadly it hailed when we went. Craig and Susan have been so nice and lovely. Thank you for letting us stay.

Amelia, Heather, Mark and Kitty (Florence, Flea, Fimble and Murphy) - November 2015

A very peaceful break from the fireworks in North London. Everything we needed. Dogs enjoyed the walks even in the wind. We visited beach (Sue will tell you the name) to see the seal pups. Only a few obliged the day we went/ Did not use East Ruston Pub but visited the Lighthouse in Walcott and several visits to the Greyhound in Hickling. Nice plaace and good food. Thank you Craig and Sue

Jo and David – November 2015

Such a beautiful, comfortable and restful cottage. Just what we needed to relax and rewind wth some lovely walks. Only regret was it still didnt get cold enough for the log fire/ Thank you Craig and Susan – it has been lovely.

John, Liz and Bella – October 2015

Perfect accommodation for 2 people with everything we needed. Lovely walks from the door and empty beaches within a few miles – superb for our dogs! We hope to return!

John, Jackie, Kyka, Harvey and Marnie – October 2015

Thank you for such a lovely stay. It's been like a home from home and we have all felt extremely comfortable including the dogs! The facilities at both Badgers Retreat and Wind In The Willows are superb. Can we please come back next year and the year after that!

Love Val, Andy, Hannah, Silas, Wiggins and Poppy – October 2015

What a beautiful little haven Badgers Retreat is. I came for a few days of beach walks and chilled days and this is perfect. Baxter and Lottie have loved the big garden and the local beaches in Happisburgh and Sea Palling are so lovely. Craig has been so welcoming and Susans treats for me and dogs were much appreciated. Can't wait to come back.

Siobhan, Baxter and Lottie – October 2015

Had a very relaxing week here. Its in a wonderful location. A very big thank you to Craig for making us feel very welcome. Toby and Molly loved laying out in the garden. A very big thank you

Alan, Celia, Toby and Molly – September 2015

Had a lovely week in this cosy, welcoming cottage. It had everything we needed to make it a special place. Love the beaches and walking Weavers Way. Rio the lurcher was totally exhausted every evening! Nice meals at The Lighthouse and The Star at Lessingham. Nelsons Head at Horsey very dog friendly and good food too! All in all a fabulous break. Susan and Craig were very friendly and helpful. Thanks for a great holiday.

Sally, Mike and Rio – September 2015

We have had a wonderfully relaxing week, just what was needed! Craig and Susan are a wonderfully welcoming couple and have created a fabulous cottage, we loved it. We didnt have great weather on some days but it gave us an excuse to use the wood burner, makes the place really cosy!! Our two dogs loved it and we hope to be back once our oldest is fit again after his knee op. Thanks again

Julie, Tony, Dino and Jet – August 2015

We had a lovely week. Craig was very helpful and Susan made some fantastic flapjacks. The cottage was very cosy. It was nice to go somewhere that really is dog friendly and not just dog tolerant. Our dogs Charlie and Flash loved the beaches, especially Sea Palling and Happisburgh. If you want a nice meal, go to the Lighthouse Inn at Walcott, very nice food. Our daughter and grandson came for 2 nights and really enjoyed it. We visited Wroxham Barns which was a nice place to go. We would definitely return to a lovely area and to Badgers Retreat. Thank you

Dale, Debbie and Charlie and Flash the dogs – August 2015

We have had a brilliant week, the cottage and garden are lovely and had everything we needed. Have really enjoyed some much needed peace and quiet and time away from it all. Its been a pefect base to visit the many attractions the areas has to offer and explore the area, as well as a cosy retreat where we have made use of the board games in the evenings. Thank you

Amanda, Carl and Tommy the Yorkie – August 2015

Had a lovely stay here. Very dog friendly, throws were very useful! Good roads for cycling on, visited quite a few different pubs, quite nice not to have any hills. Thanks very much

Louisa and Graham and Zig – August 2015

We have had a fabulous mini moon at Badgers Retreat – just the escape we needed after a busy week! Everything you need (and more) is here. The garden is brilliant and the views from the cottage are just breath-taking. We loved exploring the local towns and beaches and found lots of dog friendly places to visit. In fact we are already planning a return visit to Norfolk to celebrate our 1st anniversary next August! Thank you

Steve, Louise and Molly – August 2015

We have had a lovely holiday here – so many interesting places to visit and explore nearby – staying in the cosy surroundings of Badgers Retreat. Craig and Susan have equipped the Retreat with every necessity and so many additional, charming, thoughtful amenities. From the moment of their friendly greeting laden with flowers and eggs it has been a memorable holiday. Thanks

July 2015

Had a fantastic time, great location, lovely setting. Perfect for visiting nearby sites. Feel totally relaxed in this lovely cottage and have already booked for next year.

Simon, Crystal and Rosie (woof!) - July 2015

Our first holiday with our young dog Monty and our first time in Norfolk – We were not disappointed! Badgers Retreat is ideal for exploring local beaches and walks and we received a dog friendly welcome wherever we went. Monty enjoyed his first trips to the beach, particularly Sea Palling and Horsey and we were excited to see seals playing in the waves at Horsey before a welcome drink at Wroxham Barns Cafe. All the recommended cafes were excellent – we loved the Star at Lessingham and the Lighthouse Inn at Walcott. We were delighted to be given 10% discount at Truly Local in Stalham – a fab shop selling all local produce – mention East Ruston Cottages! So much to see and do and we will definitely look to revisit old favourites and discover new beaches, villages and eateries. Thanks to our hosts Craig and Susan who have made Badgers Retreat a cosy, comfortable and well equipped home from home!

Paul, Tracy and Monty the cockapoo – July 2015

Had a brilliant weekend. A truly wonderful cottage, the best we have ever stayed in. Everything you need for people and pets. We just wish there had been places that were so dog friendly when we had our own dog many years ago. Thanks to Susan and Craig for everything, especially when we had 'car trouble' and had to wait for it to be repaired. Best wishes

Lionel and Pat – July 2015

Arrived Monday evening after a quick stop off at West Runton Beach Cafe, sadly traffic and times, meant tide incoming and cafe closing. Still wonderful cup of tea was appreciated. Badgers Retreat didnt and hasnt disappointed. It's a beautifully appointed annexe with almost everything you could need – a hose for washing down dogs after a day at the beach is all that's missed. First night we had dinner at The Butchers Arms which we walked to quite easily from the cottage. Directions: Cross the road and go down the road marked 'Dead End'. At the end turn right onto Weavers Way. Follow this until you see sign – 'Turn Right Butchers Arms'. Follow to the end then turn left (signposted). At the crossroads, go straight ahead – when you reach a bend in the road, there is a little path on your left. Walk up here and you come out at the Butchers Arms. Very nice and very helpful and friendly. Day 2 – We went to Happisburgh beach. Great beach for the dogs who ran, splashed, swam for a good 2 hours. Car park £1.20 per hour but worth it! Stopped off at The Lighthouse Inn, Walcott, for lunch which was very nice and then onto Cromer, also good, but parking £4.00. Dogs allowed on the beach on far left just past the amusements. Day 3 we went to Hickling Nature Reserve – However, no dogs allowed so took the Norfolk Coastal footpath to the Pleasureboat Inn where the food was superb. Highly recommended. Also visited Sea Palling but was disappointed and feel Happisburgh beach was much nicer. Thanks Craig and Susan for a wonderful stay.

Jane, Alex, Marley and Daisy – July 2015

A lovely little hideaway with everything you could need. The tiffin made by Susan for our arrival was very yummy. Lots of beautiful beaches nearby but our favourite was Happisburgh. Wells Next The Sea has some lovely little shops if you dont mind a bit of a drive. Our only disappointment was that we had such great weather we didnt get to light the fire but that just means we will have to come back. Thanks for a lovely stay.

Dawn, Michael and Daisy dog – July 2015

Thank you so much for a wonderful stay! Although everything didn't go smoothly (a doctors visit), we were able to enjoy ourselves regardless. Particularly enjoyed our meal at The Swan Inn, Ingham, our 'deserted' beach walks at Mundesley! Also Holt is very nice for little shops and the Black Apollo does very good coffee. We will definitely be back, perhaps with more children in tow! Thanks again

Sue, Chris, Sarah and Stitch (woof!) - June 2015

We only stayed three nights, but we are in love with this place! From the warmest welcome, to the fantastic comfortable cottage, beautiful beaches, great pubs and amazing weather – who could ask for more. Oh yes, and the wonderful Vicarage Gardens I visited yesterday and the fun boat trip we took with our three dogs. Yes, they all went in! Cant wait to come again. Thanks so much!

Michelle, Harry, James (and Walter, Barney and Frankie) – June 2015

huge thank you to Craig and Susan for making our stay at Badgers Retreat so enjoyable and relaxing. Above and beyond! The cottage is so well appointed with added extras, which are very thoughtful. We have had a most relaxing and enjoyable week. Thank you.

Viv, Mark and Billy – June 2015

We came to walk the 'Weavers Way' and did it, thanks to Susan for being so wonderfully helpful! This is the perfect position for Weavers Way – being right in the middle. The cottage is lovely and cosy. We have enjoyed coming back from our walks and reading in the conservatory – very comfortable. We love the décor throughout – so bright and cheerful. The sofas and the beds are really comfortable, much nicer than many properties we have stayed in. Best of all, fabulous hosts – thank you for everything.

Linton and Carol Rose – June 2015

We had a lovely time. We enjoyed the sound of the wind in the trees and looking out at the field through the stable door, breakfast in the garden. Weavers Way is lovely. Go to the Gunton Arms, Sheringham Gardens, Cley, Wells, Blakeney. All were great for trips. Craig and Susan were really helpful and she makes great flapjacks. There are better beaches than Sea Palling. Eat asparagus and strawberries and try the farms stalls. Enjoy! We didnt see any badgers!

Flo and Max - June 2015

We really enjoyed our long weekend in this lovely cosy cottage. Beautiful décor, pretty, relaxing garden and lovely views. A great find and we’d love to return! Thank you, best wishes.

Jane and Ian - May 2015

A lovely annexe with a great aura. Garden is amazing, my two can run free with no worries. Lots of really nice walks and little villages in the area. Nothing was a bother for the owners to do. Loved having an open fire, will be returning soon.
Julie and Paddy - April 2015

Thank you Susan and Craig for a fabulous stay. The weather was amazing which was not expected. The only downside to that was that we had the fire on once! The cottage is beautiful. The beds were very comfortable and the bathroom fit for purpose. The dogs love the walks and we enjoyed visiting all the little villages up and down the coast. Thanks again, very special place.
The Kirkpatricks - April 2015

A beautiful stay and we really love the cottage. Plenty of fantastic places to visit nearby. For Chinese Fortune House in Stalham, Wroxham Barns and Bewilderwood for children is fab. The garden is beautiful and we had a fab Easter egg hunt. Thank you Craig for coming in every night and building us a great fire! We will be back, hopefully in the summer!

Jonathon & Roana - April 2015

Badgers Retreat is beautifully decorated, very comfortable and has an amazingly well equipped kitchen. During our short stay we visited Bacton Wood, Cromer, Winterton on Sea and Sidestrand beaches and had a lovely walk at Felbrigg Hall. Highly recommended and we would love to return.
April 2015

Had a great time, really lovely retreat. Our dog thoroughly enjoyed himself. Hosts very accommodating and friendly. Wonderful marmalade cake – thank you.
Veronica and Cath - March 2015

It has been lovely staying here, it is a very well equipped cottage. It's lovely to stay here and we hope to come again.
Sarah and David - March 2015

We have had a much needed week in your lovely cottage and are going home happy and rested. The local area is fantastic and Tolley has loved it. Thank you both for your help and the really delicious cake. Another week would have been great.

David, Hillery and Tolley - November 2016

Thank you - lovely, cosy accommodation. Regular visitors to Norfolk but first time in this area and first time in a cottage,but definitely not the last. The cake left for us was delicious and the eggs and milk was very welcome. Thank you. Very dog friendly, the dogs settled in well. The fire was very welcome. We have had a fab time and we will hopefully be back.

Gill and Gary, Raffles, Scrappy and Ella - November 2016

Thank you Craig and Susan for making Badgers Retreat such a super place to stay. Tina and I have so enjoyed our holiday exploring this part of Norfolk, especially coming home to somewhere so cosy, wam and comfortable. Thank you also for the welcome goodies especially the delicious cake. You have thought of everything. We hope to return one day soon to continue our adventures.

Jan and Tina - October 2016

Had a great time relaxing and going to the beach with the dogs. The cottage has everything you need and is very dog friendly. The cake was yummy and we had a lovely welcome.

Debbie, Mark, Teal, Bracken and Bramley - October 2016

Had a lovely and relaxing break. The cottage is lovely and comfortable and has everything you need. Great location with plenty of places to visit in the local area. The dogs have had a whale of a time - Ive never seen them so tired - they'll sleep for a week when we get home. Thank you Craig and Sue

Lisa, Cleo and Megan - October 2016

Thank you Susan and Craig for your generous hospitality on our short break in beautiful Norfolk. The cake was delicious,thank you. Really welcoming at the end of a long walk

Jane and Clive - October 2016

Our first holiday with the dogs, which for all of us was a great success. We walked on Weavers Way and many beaches and for us, the best ones were those close to Badgers, especially art Gap and Sea Palling. We saw seals at Cart Gap twice, birds of prey and deer locally. We visited dog friendly pubs which were recommended by Susan and Craig which served great food, this was another first for us, and a great success. We found a seafood shop on the way back from Cart Gap, the seafood from there was great. We have had a wonderful holiday with Badgers Retreat being a beautiful and comfortable place to stay, have loved the area. Susan and Craig have been delightful hosts, the welcome basket and cake were superb. Many thanks

Marius and Trevor, Mia and Willow and Amber with Bella

Thoroughly enjoyed the holiday as did the dogs. Lovely cosy cottage and quiet location. Craig and Susan made us feel very welcome. The home made cake was delicious. Thank you very much for the fresh eggs and milk. Thank you for providing such a dog friendly place. Would seriously consider coming back. Best wishes

Trevor, Lynne, Leanne, Jessie, Eric and Monty - September 2016

Not my first time visiting Norfolk but first time in this area and I love it! Peace and quiet but easy to get to busier places and beaches. Its great having Weavers Way on the doorstep - made a lovely circular walk for the dogs. The cottage is perfect, it just feels so calm and colourful and the conservatory make it special. I didnt know my batteries were so flat! I have really relaxed and unwound - so I know where to book next time I need some rest! Sue and Craig and Poppy you are lovely hosts. Thank you so very much

Cath, Lillie and Gracie - August 2016

We have fallen in love with Norfolk on our first visit. The beaches a Waxham, Happisburgh and Horsey (loads of seals!!!) are great. Cromer was very busy but a few nice shops. Sheringham was so busy we only had a pub lunch, didnt do the shops because we had the dogs and the streets were so narrow so too busy for them. Sheringham Park was a nice walk - the parking is £5. On our first night we walked to the Butchers Arms. HUGE portions of nice food, good prices, very friendly staff and locals. Wroxham has a fab little pet shop and big Roys department stores and other shops! We will be back to Norfolk next year!

Jill, Alison, Paddy, Dotty and Missy - August 2016

We had a sunny week at this lovely cottage. Weavers Way is very close, where we saw Barn Owls, deer and bitey flies. Went to Happisburgh - the lighthouse is open Sundays. The beach there is nice, turn right along the beach and off the next opening and you'll get to Smallsticks Cafe which is dog friendly. Went to Richardsons boatyard and found the Museum of the Broads and that was interesting. Went to Pigney Woods where we saw a little eagret. Sea Palling is a beautiful beach. Sheringham Park has many pathways and views of the steam train and surrounding landscapes. Had a drink at the Butchers in the afternoon - it seems friendly there. Went to Winterton On Sea (Friday), nice cafe there (Dunes). It started to rain slightly, drove through Hemsby but didnt stop, went to Great Yarmouth where plenty of entertainment can be had. On the way back we stopped at Horsey Water Pump which is being renovated, walked to the beach and after a short walk, came across 100 seals on the beach or swimming close to the shore. The seals were the highlight of our week. Thanks Craig and Susan and Poppy.

Greg, Carole, Flint and Barley - August 2016

Lovely cottage, we particularly enjoyed sitting in the conservatory and pretty garden. Welcome pack was very welcome indeed, especially the delicious cake. Happisburgh (pronounced Hais-Bro) and Cart Gap beaches great for dog walking and Holkham / Wells Next The Sea is well worth the drive. In-land, great walks on the Broads, around River Bure and Sheringham Park. Dont miss the Old Vicarage Gardens, spectacular even if you know very little about gardening. (No dogs, but they have shady parking spots if you want to leave them in the car). A very relaxing break, thank you.

Ben, Charlotte and Ruby - August 2016

A fabulously quiet spot with easy access to beautiful countryside and wonderful beaches. Favourite beaches for dogs - Cart Gapv- with pay and display carpark and toilets and short walk to beach. Waxham - no facilities and a tougher walk through the dunes but seals swimming off the beach. Great cafe at Cart Gap - Smallsticks Cafe. Fabulous hosts in Sue and Craig. THANK YOU!

Alison and Rosie - August 2016

Where do I start? I arrived at this lovely ‘retreat’ with a frail, elderly greyhound and we made ourselves at home thanks to Craig and Susan. The cakes, eggs and flowers were an added bonus. Molly, my greyhound, was taken ill and Susan drove me to the vets, held my hand and supported me when Molly had to be put to sleep. Craig sat in the garden and chatted to me for ages, helping me to get over my grief. What superb hosts! Thank you I loved the ‘retreat’, comfortable clean and ideal for dog lovers

Julia and Molly – July 2017

Beautiful cottage and a gorgeous garden which our two spaniels loved! Everything you could possibly want made it a very relaxing holiday brilliant walks for the dogs and lovely beaches too! Thank you

Sarah – June 2017

Enjoyed our few days away! Great TV which worked. Owners dealt with any issues we had, very promptly. Super day at Waxham beach seeing the seals. Superb meal at the Ingham Swan - pricey but worth it! Weather good too, so happy all round! Loads of walks for dogs from the house.

Liam and Diane, Louie and Murphy - June 2016

Waited a year to get here, and now I feel like the lady of the manor! Beautiful, peaceful, charming home. Dogs loved it. Rufus (labradoodle not used to wooden floors) was a bit apprehensive. Coral (Jack Russell) was in her element. Only arrived today. Let you know as we go. Bit too warm in the evenings - even turned the rads down! Went to Happisburgh today - dogs loved the beach and Coral went in the sea as well. Afterwards, drove along the coast to Wells. Lots of lovely beaches to visit another day. Woodpecker on table outside lounge window and the owl swooping the field across the road prior to going to walk the dogs along Weavers Way. Great walking area. Thank you for a lovely time in a great property. Big thank you.

Jean, Rufus and Coral - June 2016

Well, what can I say? What a week, its been fantastic. Weather has been great and there is lots to see and do. Sheringham is my favourite place but loved everything and everywhere we went. Cottage is beautiful and location is ideal for a nice relaxing holiday. Finally, Craig and Susan are lovely, lovely host. Nothing is too much trouble. Would recommend to anyone to stay here. Big thank you from

Tracey, Mum and Paris (puppy) - June 2016

Thanks for a comfortable stay at Badgers Retreat. Simba and Mia found it welcoming too - very dog friendly which made our holiday easier. Weather kind to us as well. I am sure we will be back. Craig and Sue, thanks for allowing us to bring our dogs and providing a truly dog friendly, safe cottage.

Sandra, Malcolm, Simba and Mia - May 2016

What a wonderful week we have had! Such a warm and wonderful welcome on arrival and a cake to die for, thank you! Fresh eggs, milk and dog treats too, a real nice touch! I've loved watching the birds on the feeders and the regular sighting of the barn owl of an evening on the field opposite the cottage was amazing. The weather has been kind to us with lots of sunshine, but just chilly enough of an evening to light the fire, Perfect :) Craig and Susan, its been a real pleasure to meet you both. Craig, we loved your stories! We will be back. Lots of love

Andre, Matt, Alfie, Forest and Poppy - May 2016

Another lovely break at Badgers Retreat, this time without the dogs as son managed to dog-sit. Weather good and sunny except for one day, so we were lucky. Did not do much apart from chill out but Holt worth a visit and the Star Inn at Lessingham was good and if you love gardens and plants, the East Ruston Vicarage Gardens is well worth a visit. Thank you Craig and Susan for all your kindness, we will be back.

Philip and Julie - May 2016

What a week, the weather has been fantastic, sunshine every day! The cottage could not be more welcoming and comfortable. The welcome pack was just what we needed, especially the lovely farmhouse cake! Went on some lovely walks during the week, to Hickling and around the Broads. North Walsham to Cromer culminating at No 1 for fish and chips and a lovely circular walk around Happisburgh and Walcott. We even managed to fit in visits to Holkham and Felbrigg Hall, both well worth a trip. Could do with another week or two. Thank you Craig and Susan.

May 2016

Had a great week. Cottage was just right for us. Welcome gift pack was lovely. Dogs loved it. Walked down Winterton, Weavers Way, Sea Palling and Wells Next The Sea. Try out Causeway Butchers in Ingham. Its the best. Thank you for letting us bring the cat. He was so relaxed.

Mary Jo, Whisky, Buddha and Bubbles and Mojo Bailey - April 2016

A lovely dog friendy cottage (very important to us), with a secure sunny garden with Weavers Way on our doorstep, so handy for those evening and morning walks. Lots of places to eat and visit. Sutton Pottery well worth finding. Will never forget the seals at Horsey and so lucky with the weather - sunny and dry. Thank you Susan and Craig

Maggie, Ray, Daisy, Nula and Blarney - April 2016

Such a lovely cottage, with everything we needed for a great holiday. Thank you for the milk, eggs and especially the cake - it was delicious. The two dogs really enjoyed the walks. The labrador especially loved swimming in the sea and the garden here is bigger than the one they have at home so they were in heaven! It is so nice to be able to bring the dogs away and feel welcome. Thank you for a lovely holiday.

Roy, Steph, Dylan and Monty - April 2016

Wow! I never had such a welcome! Fresh eggs, homemade cakes etc and a genuine welcome too! The cottage is so dog friendly which is such a change from feeling like a leper in society because of having a dog. The weather - being Bank Holiday - Storm Katie etc, didn't spoil our short break in Norfolk. And what a quiet location. Thank you

Jen, Doug and Molly - March 2016

Thank you so much for a lovely stay. The cottage is delightful - so peaceful and cosy! It was so nice to sit and watch the birds outside the window and read a book in the conservatory on the comfy day bed. We took a few walks along We202avers Way and visited the beach at Happisburgh and Sea Palling. Baxter was worn out. Hope to come back again

Gemma, Wayne and Baxter - March 2016

Our second visit to Badgers Retreat. We have had great weather - some much welcomed sunshine! There are so many lovely places to visit - Sea Palling is our favourite and Bacton Woods for the dogs. We had a lovely meal at the Lighthouse and they were very welcoming and dog friendly. Thank you for the cake and for making us so welcome. Sadly it wasnt cold enough to be able to use the log burner. Maybe the next time.

John, Jackie, harvey, Kyka and Minnie - March 2016

A lovely cottage and very warm and comfortable. The weather was a little unkind and ensured that our Westies weren't white after a short walk. Luckily we know the area well but we had the opportunity to get to know it a little better. Very, very dog friendly - a real find. Thank you and best wishes

Gary, Linda, Toby, Marley and JoJo - March 2016

Good to meet you again Susan. Fantastic first holiday for our dogs Florence and Wilfred - Florrie loved the woodburner, crashing on her bed in front of it, after 'big walks'. There are plenty nearby, just check out the maps. Too much to fit in though. Thanks Susan and Craig for the welcome, eggs, milk, fruit and logs - oh and of course for my card and daffs. Couldn't have stayed in a nicer place for my 50th - We'll be back. Best wishes

Rachel and Leigh, Florence and Wilfred - March 2016

Had a fantastic cosy stay over Christmas. Our dogs enjoyed the longs walks and it was lovely to come back to an open fire. The cottage was just as we imagined it to be, although we had to de-risk it for our puppies. I hope we managed to put it all back in the right places. Happy New Year.

Simon, Marea, Bracken, Dave and Rebel - December 2015

We've had a lovely stay. The dogs have loved the walks we have had and going to Horsey Beach. Sadly it hailed when we went. Craig and Susan have been so nice and lovely. Thank you for letting us stay.

Amelia, Heather, Mark and Kitty (Florence, Flea, Fimble and Murphy) - November 2015

A very peaceful break from the fireworks in North London. Everything we needed. Dogs enjoyed the walks even in the wind. We visited beach (Sue will tell you the name) to see the seal pups. Only a few obliged the day we went/ Did not use East Ruston Pub but visited the Lighthouse in Walcott and several visits to the Greyhound in Hickling. Nice plaace and good food. Thank you Craig and Sue

Jo and David – November 2015

Such a beautiful, comfortable and restful cottage. Just what we needed to relax and rewind wth some lovely walks. Only regret was it still didnt get cold enough for the log fire/ Thank you Craig and Susan – it has been lovely.

John, Liz and Bella – October 2015

Perfect accommodation for 2 people with everything we needed. Lovely walks from the door and empty beaches within a few miles – superb for our dogs! We hope to return!

John, Jackie, Kyka, Harvey and Marnie – October 2015

Thank you for such a lovely stay. It's been like a home from home and we have all felt extremely comfortable including the dogs! The facilities at both Badgers Retreat and Wind In The Willows are superb. Can we please come back next year and the year after that!

Love Val, Andy, Hannah, Silas, Wiggins and Poppy – October 2015

What a beautiful little haven Badgers Retreat is. I came for a few days of beach walks and chilled days and this is perfect. Baxter and Lottie have loved the big garden and the local beaches in Happisburgh and Sea Palling are so lovely. Craig has been so welcoming and Susans treats for me and dogs were much appreciated. Can't wait to come back.

Siobhan, Baxter and Lottie – October 2015

Had a very relaxing week here. Its in a wonderful location. A very big thank you to Craig for making us feel very welcome. Toby and Molly loved laying out in the garden. A very big thank you

Alan, Celia, Toby and Molly – September 2015

Had a lovely week in this cosy, welcoming cottage. It had everything we needed to make it a special place. Love the beaches and walking Weavers Way. Rio the lurcher was totally exhausted every evening! Nice meals at The Lighthouse and The Star at Lessingham. Nelsons Head at Horsey very dog friendly and good food too! All in all a fabulous break. Susan and Craig were very friendly and helpful. Thanks for a great holiday.

Sally, Mike and Rio – September 2015

We have had a wonderfully relaxing week, just what was needed! Craig and Susan are a wonderfully welcoming couple and have created a fabulous cottage, we loved it. We didnt have great weather on some days but it gave us an excuse to use the wood burner, makes the place really cosy!! Our two dogs loved it and we hope to be back once our oldest is fit again after his knee op. Thanks again

Julie, Tony, Dino and Jet – August 2015

We had a lovely week. Craig was very helpful and Susan made some fantastic flapjacks. The cottage was very cosy. It was nice to go somewhere that really is dog friendly and not just dog tolerant. Our dogs Charlie and Flash loved the beaches, especially Sea Palling and Happisburgh. If you want a nice meal, go to the Lighthouse Inn at Walcott, very nice food. Our daughter and grandson came for 2 nights and really enjoyed it. We visited Wroxham Barns which was a nice place to go. We would definitely return to a lovely area and to Badgers Retreat. Thank you

Dale, Debbie and Charlie and Flash the dogs – August 2015

We have had a brilliant week, the cottage and garden are lovely and had everything we needed. Have really enjoyed some much needed peace and quiet and time away from it all. Its been a pefect base to visit the many attractions the areas has to offer and explore the area, as well as a cosy retreat where we have made use of the board games in the evenings. Thank you

Amanda, Carl and Tommy the Yorkie – August 2015

Had a lovely stay here. Very dog friendly, throws were very useful! Good roads for cycling on, visited quite a few different pubs, quite nice not to have any hills. Thanks very much

Louisa and Graham and Zig – August 2015

We have had a fabulous mini moon at Badgers Retreat – just the escape we needed after a busy week! Everything you need (and more) is here. The garden is brilliant and the views from the cottage are just breath-taking. We loved exploring the local towns and beaches and found lots of dog friendly places to visit. In fact we are already planning a return visit to Norfolk to celebrate our 1st anniversary next August! Thank you

Steve, Louise and Molly – August 2015

We have had a lovely holiday here – so many interesting places to visit and explore nearby – staying in the cosy surroundings of Badgers Retreat. Craig and Susan have equipped the Retreat with every necessity and so many additional, charming, thoughtful amenities. From the moment of their friendly greeting laden with flowers and eggs it has been a memorable holiday. Thanks

July 2015

Had a fantastic time, great location, lovely setting. Perfect for visiting nearby sites. Feel totally relaxed in this lovely cottage and have already booked for next year.

Simon, Crystal and Rosie (woof!) - July 2015

Our first holiday with our young dog Monty and our first time in Norfolk – We were not disappointed! Badgers Retreat is ideal for exploring local beaches and walks and we received a dog friendly welcome wherever we went. Monty enjoyed his first trips to the beach, particularly Sea Palling and Horsey and we were excited to see seals playing in the waves at Horsey before a welcome drink at Wroxham Barns Cafe. All the recommended cafes were excellent – we loved the Star at Lessingham and the Lighthouse Inn at Walcott. We were delighted to be given 10% discount at Truly Local in Stalham – a fab shop selling all local produce – mention East Ruston Cottages! So much to see and do and we will definitely look to revisit old favourites and discover new beaches, villages and eateries. Thanks to our hosts Craig and Susan who have made Badgers Retreat a cosy, comfortable and well equipped home from home!

Paul, Tracy and Monty the cockapoo – July 2015

Had a brilliant weekend. A truly wonderful cottage, the best we have ever stayed in. Everything you need for people and pets. We just wish there had been places that were so dog friendly when we had our own dog many years ago. Thanks to Susan and Craig for everything, especially when we had 'car trouble' and had to wait for it to be repaired. Best wishes

Lionel and Pat – July 2015

Arrived Monday evening after a quick stop off at West Runton Beach Cafe, sadly traffic and times, meant tide incoming and cafe closing. Still wonderful cup of tea was appreciated. Badgers Retreat didnt and hasnt disappointed. It's a beautifully appointed annexe with almost everything you could need – a hose for washing down dogs after a day at the beach is all that's missed. First night we had dinner at The Butchers Arms which we walked to quite easily from the cottage. Directions: Cross the road and go down the road marked 'Dead End'. At the end turn right onto Weavers Way. Follow this until you see sign – 'Turn Right Butchers Arms'. Follow to the end then turn left (signposted). At the crossroads, go straight ahead – when you reach a bend in the road, there is a little path on your left. Walk up here and you come out at the Butchers Arms. Very nice and very helpful and friendly. Day 2 – We went to Happisburgh beach. Great beach for the dogs who ran, splashed, swam for a good 2 hours. Car park £1.20 per hour but worth it! Stopped off at The Lighthouse Inn, Walcott, for lunch which was very nice and then onto Cromer, also good, but parking £4.00. Dogs allowed on the beach on far left just past the amusements. Day 3 we went to Hickling Nature Reserve – However, no dogs allowed so took the Norfolk Coastal footpath to the Pleasureboat Inn where the food was superb. Highly recommended. Also visited Sea Palling but was disappointed and feel Happisburgh beach was much nicer. Thanks Craig and Susan for a wonderful stay.

Jane, Alex, Marley and Daisy – July 2015

A lovely little hideaway with everything you could need. The tiffin made by Susan for our arrival was very yummy. Lots of beautiful beaches nearby but our favourite was Happisburgh. Wells Next The Sea has some lovely little shops if you dont mind a bit of a drive. Our only disappointment was that we had such great weather we didnt get to light the fire but that just means we will have to come back. Thanks for a lovely stay.

Dawn, Michael and Daisy dog – July 2015

Thank you so much for a wonderful stay! Although everything didn't go smoothly (a doctors visit), we were able to enjoy ourselves regardless. Particularly enjoyed our meal at The Swan Inn, Ingham, our 'deserted' beach walks at Mundesley! Also Holt is very nice for little shops and the Black Apollo does very good coffee. We will definitely be back, perhaps with more children in tow! Thanks again

Sue, Chris, Sarah and Stitch (woof!) - June 2015

We only stayed three nights, but we are in love with this place! From the warmest welcome, to the fantastic comfortable cottage, beautiful beaches, great pubs and amazing weather – who could ask for more. Oh yes, and the wonderful Vicarage Gardens I visited yesterday and the fun boat trip we took with our three dogs. Yes, they all went in! Cant wait to come again. Thanks so much!

Michelle, Harry, James (and Walter, Barney and Frankie) – June 2015

huge thank you to Craig and Susan for making our stay at Badgers Retreat so enjoyable and relaxing. Above and beyond! The cottage is so well appointed with added extras, which are very thoughtful. We have had a most relaxing and enjoyable week. Thank you.

Viv, Mark and Billy – June 2015

We came to walk the 'Weavers Way' and did it, thanks to Susan for being so wonderfully helpful! This is the perfect position for Weavers Way – being right in the middle. The cottage is lovely and cosy. We have enjoyed coming back from our walks and reading in the conservatory – very comfortable. We love the décor throughout – so bright and cheerful. The sofas and the beds are really comfortable, much nicer than many properties we have stayed in. Best of all, fabulous hosts – thank you for everything.

Linton and Carol Rose – June 2015

We had a lovely time. We enjoyed the sound of the wind in the trees and looking out at the field through the stable door, breakfast in the garden. Weavers Way is lovely. Go to the Gunton Arms, Sheringham Gardens, Cley, Wells, Blakeney. All were great for trips. Craig and Susan were really helpful and she makes great flapjacks. There are better beaches than Sea Palling. Eat asparagus and strawberries and try the farms stalls. Enjoy! We didnt see any badgers!

Flo and Max - June 2015

We really enjoyed our long weekend in this lovely cosy cottage. Beautiful décor, pretty, relaxing garden and lovely views. A great find and we’d love to return! Thank you, best wishes.

Jane and Ian - May 2015

A lovely annexe with a great aura. Garden is amazing, my two can run free with no worries. Lots of really nice walks and little villages in the area. Nothing was a bother for the owners to do. Loved having an open fire, will be returning soon.
Julie and Paddy - April 2015

Thank you Susan and Craig for a fabulous stay. The weather was amazing which was not expected. The only downside to that was that we had the fire on once! The cottage is beautiful. The beds were very comfortable and the bathroom fit for purpose. The dogs love the walks and we enjoyed visiting all the little villages up and down the coast. Thanks again, very special place.
The Kirkpatricks - April 2015

A beautiful stay and we really love the cottage. Plenty of fantastic places to visit nearby. For Chinese Fortune House in Stalham, Wroxham Barns and Bewilderwood for children is fab. The garden is beautiful and we had a fab Easter egg hunt. Thank you Craig for coming in every night and building us a great fire! We will be back, hopefully in the summer!

Jonathon & Roana - April 2015

Badgers Retreat is beautifully decorated, very comfortable and has an amazingly well equipped kitchen. During our short stay we visited Bacton Wood, Cromer, Winterton on Sea and Sidestrand beaches and had a lovely walk at Felbrigg Hall. Highly recommended and we would love to return.
April 2015

Had a great time, really lovely retreat. Our dog thoroughly enjoyed himself. Hosts very accommodating and friendly. Wonderful marmalade cake – thank you.
Veronica and Cath - March 2015

It has been lovely staying here, it is a very well equipped cottage. It's lovely to stay here and we hope to come again.
Sarah and David - March 2015

Elaine and Jules - July 2017

Had a wonderful stay in Badgers Retreat, lovely cottage! Dogs had a great time, everywhere is so friendly (dog friendly too). Great Walks and great beaches.

Thank you Craig and Sue!

Bov Smith, Jaspar, Millie and Holly - July 2017

What a beautiful and tranquil place this is, so relaxing and comfortable. It is so lovely because the owners, Sue and Craig think about people like us who love our dogs and would not want to put them in a kennel so they provide not only for us but think of our fur babies too. The cottage was spotless and clean as well as very welcoming and provided for. We would recommend this place to anyone to stay here, you don’t need to go anywhere else but just enjoy the garden (if it is sunny of course!!) and relax. Thank you Sue and Craig

Val and Jim - July 2017

What a lovely week we have had! Very relaxing holiday and we love this cottage, especially the garden! Found this book very useful so:

Sea Palling lovely beach, even at high tide you can get to a quiet sandy beach, lovely walk to the Butchers Arms with excellent food, The Swan at Lessingham is worth eating at – set the sat nav up and its easy to find! Circular walk via Honing lock is lovely!

On top of this the home-made flapjacks and flowers made it very special, thank you!

Jennie and Russ - June 2017

We have had a wonderfully relaxing week, made very special by our stay at Badgers Retreat. We have felt so at home here and so have our dogs. Susan and Craig have made us feel very welcome and the flapjacks were delicious. We really haven’t done much, but haven’t felt the need to. We have walked Weavers Way in both directions and everyday we have walked the dogs on the various local beaches. Our evenings have been spent cosily in the cottage. It really has been a perfect holiday. Thank you.

Liz, Ray and the dogs - April 2017

Our first holiday with the dogs, which for all of us was a great success. We walked on Weavers Way and many beaches and for us, the best ones were those close to Badgers, especially Cart Gap and Sea Palling. We saw seals at Cart Gap twice, birds of prey and deer locally. We visited dog friendly pubs which were recommended by Susan and Craig which served great food, this was another first for us, and a great success. We found a seafood shop on the way back from Cart Gap, the seafood from there was great. We have had a wonderful holiday with Badgers Retreat being a beautiful and comfortable place to stay, have loved the area. Susan and Craig have been delightful hosts, the welcome basket and cake were superb. Many thanks

Marius and Trevor, Mia and Willow and Amber with Bella - December 2016

We have had a much needed week in your lovely cottage and are going home happy and rested. The local area is fantastic and Tolley has loved it. Thank you both for your help and the really delicious cake. Another week would have been great.

David, Hillery and Tolley - November 2016

Thank you - lovely, cosy accommodation. Regular visitors to Norfolk but first time in this area and first time in a cottage,but definitely not the last. The cake left for us was delicious and the eggs and milk was very welcome. Thank you. Very dog friendly, the dogs settled in well. The fire was very welcome. We have had a fab time and we will hopefully be back.

Gill and Gary, Raffles, Scrappy and Ella - November 2016

Thank you Craig and Susan for making Badgers Retreat such a super place to stay. Tina and I have so enjoyed our holiday exploring this part of Norfolk, especially coming home to somewhere so cosy, wam and comfortable. Thank you also for the welcome goodies especially the delicious cake. You have thought of everything. We hope to return one day soon to continue our adventures.

Jan and Tina - October 2016

Had a great time relaxing and going to the beach with the dogs. The cottage has everything you need and is very dog friendly. The cake was yummy and we had a lovely welcome.

Debbie, Mark, Teal, Bracken and Bramley - October 2016

Had a lovely and relaxing break. The cottage is lovely and comfortable and has everything you need. Great location with plenty of places to visit in the local area. The dogs have had a whale of a time - Ive never seen them so tired - they'll sleep for a week when we get home. Thank you Craig and Sue

Lisa, Cleo and Megan - October 2016

Thank you Susan and Craig for your generous hospitality on our short break in beautiful Norfolk. The cake was delicious,thank you. Really welcoming at the end of a long walk

Jane and Clive - October 2016

Thoroughly enjoyed the holiday as did the dogs. Lovely cosy cottage and quiet location. Craig and Susan made us feel very welcome. The home made cake was delicious. Thank you very much for the fresh eggs and milk. Thank you for providing such a dog friendly place. Would seriously consider coming back. Best wishes

Trevor, Lynne, Leanne, Jessie, Eric and Monty - September 2016

Not my first time visiting Norfolk but first time in this area and I love it! Peace and quiet but easy to get to busier places and beaches. Its great having Weavers Way on the doorstep - made a lovely circular walk for the dogs. The cottage is perfect, it just feels so calm and colourful and the conservatory make it special. I didnt know my batteries were so flat! I have really relaxed and unwound - so I know where to book next time I need some rest! Sue and Craig and Poppy you are lovely hosts. Thank you so very much

Cath, Lillie and Gracie - August 2016

We have fallen in love with Norfolk on our first visit. The beaches a Waxham, Happisburgh and Horsey (loads of seals!!!) are great. Cromer was very busy but a few nice shops. Sheringham was so busy we only had a pub lunch, didnt do the shops because we had the dogs and the streets were so narrow so too busy for them. Sheringham Park was a nice walk - the parking is £5. On our first night we walked to the Butchers Arms. HUGE portions of nice food, good prices, very friendly staff and locals. Wroxham has a fab little pet shop and big Roys department stores and other shops! We will be back to Norfolk next year!

Jill, Alison, Paddy, Dotty and Missy - August 2016

We had a sunny week at this lovely cottage. Weavers Way is very close, where we saw Barn Owls, deer and bitey flies. Went to Happisburgh - the lighthouse is open Sundays. The beach there is nice, turn right along the beach and off the next opening and you'll get to Smallsticks Cafe which is dog friendly. Went to Richardsons boatyard and found the Museum of the Broads and that was interesting. Went to Pigney Woods where we saw a little eagret. Sea Palling is a beautiful beach. Sheringham Park has many pathways and views of the steam train and surrounding landscapes. Had a drink at the Butchers in the afternoon - it seems friendly there. Went to Winterton On Sea (Friday), nice cafe there (Dunes). It started to rain slightly, drove through Hemsby but didnt stop, went to Great Yarmouth where plenty of entertainment can be had. On the way back we stopped at Horsey Water Pump which is being renovated, walked to the beach and after a short walk, came across 100 seals on the beach or swimming close to the shore. The seals were the highlight of our week. Thanks Craig and Susan and Poppy.

Greg, Carole, Flint and Barley - August 2016

Lovely cottage, we particularly enjoyed sitting in the conservatory and pretty garden. Welcome pack was very welcome indeed, especially the delicious cake. Happisburgh (pronounced Hais-Bro) and Cart Gap beaches great for dog walking and Holkham / Wells Next The Sea is well worth the drive. In-land, great walks on the Broads, around River Bure and Sheringham Park. Dont miss the Old Vicarage Gardens, spectacular even if you know very little about gardening. (No dogs, but they have shady parking spots if you want to leave them in the car). A very relaxing break, thank you.

Ben, Charlotte and Ruby - August 2016

A fabulously quiet spot with easy access to beautiful countryside and wonderful beaches. Favourite beaches for dogs - Cart Gapv- with pay and display carpark and toilets and short walk to beach. Waxham - no facilities and a tougher walk through the dunes but seals swimming off the beach. Great cafe at Cart Gap - Smallsticks Cafe. Fabulous hosts in Sue and Craig. THANK YOU!

Alison and Rosie - August 2016