East Ruston Cottages

Milestone Barn, Gimingham

Sleeps 4

Lovingly restored in 2011 with great attention to detail, our barn is on the Paston Way footpath in a designated Quiet Lane and only a mile from the sea. Wildlife may be seen in the meadow from the window and the cheeky Sparrows and Long tailed tits seem to escape the Sparrow Hawk, as do the fat Wood Pigeons!

10% of bookings go to Many Tears rescue in South Wales and there is no charge for dogs and a very flexible approach to numbers.

Sandstone flooring (with underfloor heating) and no stairs make Milestone barn very suitable for children, dogs and those with limited mobility.

The air source heat pump for under floor heating and bio disc waste system may be of interest to those wishing for a more environmentally sensitive holiday.

The barn is completely open plan with glass in the upper truss of the wall that makes the bedrooms so you have full height all through and can see all of the roof.

Sitting Room: Comfy leather seating with throws available, book cases, flat screen TV/DVD (Free view) and Humax for recording your favourite programme. Original pictures and prints. Roman blinds for full enjoyment of the view.

Dining Room: Open plan with the kitchen and seating area. Antique painted dresser with full set of blue and white porcelain (there is an everyday set too), plank table with Farrow and Ball Cooking apple green painted legs and retro chairs, willow bench seat and dimmable lights.

Kitchen: Open plan with high beamed ceiling and Garden Trading enamel lights. Fully fitted with island unit and well equipped with oak and granite work surfaces. It includes a retro style fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, an electric range cooker and a microwave oven.

Bathroom: Limestone and marble mosaics, recessed lighting, bath, walk in wet room level access rainfall shower. Portable bathroom aids for use are available if required (folding shower chair and toilet seat frame – do let us know at time of booking whether you would like use of the seat frame).

Double Bedroom: Victorian country style polished king size bed, bedroom furniture, wall lights and cream blackout blind.

Twin Bedroom: Victorian cream country style twin beds, similar style chest of drawers and wardrobe. Wall lights.

Heating: Under floor from air source heat pump system complemented by wood burning stove. The under floor heating is sufficiently warm for all year. The wood burning stove is for those who love a fire. We provide one box of logs and our gardener will supply more at a very reasonable cost. Only seasoned hardwood may be used.

Outside: Enclosed stone paved and lawned garden with substantial outdoor furniture, parasol and galvanised bucket barbecue. A lovely place to spend an evening with the wine from our welcome pack. It is difficult to see when the swallows go to roost and the bats come out. It is a very safe space for dogs. Parking for 2 cars. Full disabled access.

The two nearest pubs with food are The Vernon Arms, 1.5 miles at Southrepps. (it is listed in Norfolk doggie pubs) and The Crown 1 mile at Trunch (CAMRA).
The Ship Inn at Mundesley is really dog and people friendly and has a garden over looking the beach.
There is a pool and small leisure centre at Woodland Holiday Park at Trimingham (01263 579208) not too far from our barn.

The beaches around our cottage are sandy and mostly dog friendly year round and there are miles of footpaths to explore. Wells, Blakeney and Stiffkey are a short drive away and North Norfolk is a bird watchers paradise. Aylsham is a slow food town and has auctions on Mondays. Historic Norwich is a vibrant city with great shopping and food.

Please note

Guests may NOT smoke in Milestone Barn.
Arrival time is 4pm please and departure time is 10am.
Please bring your own dog beds as we are unable to provide them

We Provide:

  • All electricity and heating is included.
  • All bed linen and towels
  • Tea, coffee and sugar plus a bottle of wine, dog treats, biscuits and local eggs if Billy’s hens are laying.
  • A comprehensive information folder about Milestone Barn
  • Sofa throw and dog water bowl
  • A selection of walking/local books, OS maps, Readers Digest books on birds, insects, flowers, water life and geographical guides
  • Free Wi-Fi Internet access
  • Cot available on request
  • Land line telephone (honesty box)
  • All the main supermarkets deliver to Milestone Barn, so if you want to arrange deliveries, please ensure you will be there to take receipt**
    If you would rather have local food, the Truly Local shop in Stalham can put together a box of groceries for collection and there are plenty of local food outlets.
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Max No. of dogs: Approx 6 (please do contact us if you would like to bring more)

Testimonials:

“Our very first visit to Norfolk and we have loved it! Milestone Barn has been pefect, so much attention to detail. The weather was amazing – blue skies and sunshine. Thank you, and for all you do supporting Many Tears”

Rhiannydd, Roger and Jess (our MTAR darling)

“Wow 10/10! On entering the barn for the first time we were both delighted. Warm, comfortable and very well finished. We were so sad to leave. Beautiful barn in perfect position for exploring. Visited lots of beaches, with our Irish Setters. 100 seals at Horsey point – a sight not to miss. Thank you so much Pat and Richard for a great holiday house.”

Carl, Karen, Breagh and Lucas

Location & Directions

How To Find Us:

How to find us: Post code: Hall Road, Gimingham, Norfolk NR11 8EZ

** If ordering groceries online and the postcode is not recognised, try adding Unit 1 Hall Farm Barns and put Milestone Barn in brackets


Or – From Cromer, take the A149 signposted towards North Walsham and after approx 4 miles turn left into Thorpe Road signposted towards Gimingham and Mundesley. Continue onto Chapel Street, then Gimingham Road. After approx 1 mile turn left into Hall Road. You will find us on the right.

Or – From North Walsham, take B1145 and head towards Trunch. Continue on North Walsham Road, then onto Church Street. After approx 1/4 mile, turn left into Hall Road. You will find us on the left.

Guestbook

Some comments from our guestbook

Thank you for a lovely stay at Milestone Barn.. we’ve had a fantastic week, the barn is beautiful, location is so peaceful and relaxing, the only sound you can hear is the birds singing! We had everything that we needed in the barn, it was well equipped and comfortable and a real home from home! We had some sunny days , visited Mundesley beach and Winterton. Ton of dogs but there was plenty of room, felt like you had the beach to yourself at times! Mundesley beach is great as its such a short drive, we ate at the Gunton Arms which was great food and very dog friendly, dogs can eat in the bar area! We also loved Hot Rocket Pizza in Mundesley, great take away pizza – definitely recommended! My children loved the park right at the end of the road, lots of space to run around and kick a ball. We’re all sad that our week has come to an end and don’t want to leave but we will most definitely be staying with ERC again in the near future – already thinking of when we can come back! Thank you for the wine and treats, went down well! Were taking our lab home for a rest! Many thanks!

We had a good time lots of nice places to go to very dog friendly, nice clean barn and ideal for the dogs as it was very well equipped! We had a lovely week, Thank You!

This was our first stay at Milestone. Have to say has to be one of the most comfortable beds I have ever slept in! The shower was fantastic – so many times I’ve dreaded having a morning shower but this shower is fab! Love the big windows and open plan with high ceilings, the dogs also loved the garden. We loved Trimingham Beach for the dogs. It was so lovely to be able to bring our dogs away with us – it wouldn't have been the same without them!

Many thanks

Emma, Aaron and Shannon

Wow! What a stunning home to spend our first ever holiday in beautiful Norfolk. We have had the most amazing week and definitely don’t want to go home tomorrow. Lots of lovely experiences had to by us – loving Mundesley beach for lovely long dogs. Fish and chips at Mary Janes in Cromer – the best we’d all ever tasted, always so much nicer to sit on the beach and eat them! We saw a huge colony of seals at Horsey – never even seen one let alone fifty plus! Loved the welcome pack and all the amenities in the Milestone Barn, absolutely loved the beautiful art work and ornaments, really makes it feel like our own home. Very comfy beds. Enjoyed the use of the games. We were very lucky with the weather, not a drop of rain. Thank yoy for a memorable holiday!

Alex, Amanda, Sue and Robert

Our third stay at Milestone Barn and just as wonderful as ever! The weather has been kind to us just as previous years but we did need our waterproofs as we got caught at the Shire Horse Sanctuary at West Runton when a thunderstorm came crashing down! But we didnt let the wet spoil our fun as we went to all our favourite places – Felbrigg, Blickling, Happisburgh, Sea Palling, Horsey, Sheringham Park, Holt, and Holkham. Our find of the year is Cley-Next-To-See, which was the best village we have ever seen. The pick of the lot was definitely the lovely pub. Another find this year was the Foundry Arms at Northrepps , extremely friendly and dogs are very welcome and the food was delicious. So many wonderful places cant wait to come back as always!

Vicky and Esther

The dogs were very chilled out here, everything was very cosy when the temperatures droppedand one of the chickens from across the way came to visit one evening and I, for one, was very excited. Everyone go check out the lighthouse at Happisburgh, the beach there is proper dog heaven (and go to the Kingfisher Fish Bar in Walcott, its great!!

Debbie, Marting and Violet

We have had a lovely week in your barn. The weather has been kind and we've had some lovely walks - beaches, woods, pastures and lakes. Eaten crabs from Cromer - yummy. Relaxing because we didn't need to worry about the dogs. They loevd it and were content. Our son and his wife had the master room and were delegated to the children's room! Such is life! Have had lots of fun!! Thanks

Ann, Brian & Ollie and James, Das & Mylo

Had a lovely stay. Lucky with the weather - only one bad day. If you need shopping then go to North Walsham as has a Waitrose and Lidl. Sheringham has a Tesco and a lovely cake shop on high street. Cromer has a Morrisons. Take change for car parking as 99% charge for parking. Definitely look forward to staying again. P.S Thank you for the lovely basket.

SA, Mark & Archie

We had a great holiday and escaped the fireworks! The cottage is lovely, warm & cosy. We lit the fire on New Years Eve. The view from the huge window is amazing. Fergal our Lurcher was very relaxed here and loved staring through the window! We didn't want to leave. Fergal shared his 'adventures' on his Facebook page - expect more bookings from his fans!

Rachael, Andy & Fergal the Lurcher

2016

Another wonderful weekend spent at the barn, this is our 3rd time here now and its absolutely magical, our girls ador the area. Weather has been blustery with a few showers, but it hasn't stopped us going out and having fun! Monday was spent at Cromer and what a glorious day it was, had a lovely lunch at The Rocket House Cafe, can recommend the hog roast bap!! Holt is a lovely place to vist, nice shops very quaint, dogs always like trotting around there. Vernon Arms is very dog friendly, my girls are treated like celebrities every time they go in there by locals who are very friendly, the same as the Ship Inn in Mundesely wonderful Sunday roast and fantastic place to sit and enjoy a drink in the garden, wonderful views over the beach. If you want a nice local fish & chip shop, try Fish & Fry in Mundesley even gets wrapped in old newspaper!! This barn is a perfect place to relax and chill out, only down side is you have to go home too soon! Thank you so much.

Pat & Richard and the fur babies Jamie, Rachael, Poppy & Minnie

This is our second stay at Milestone Barn and it has confirmed it as one of our absolute favourite places. It's such a perfect, comfortable place to explore Norfolk from. The weather has been glorious for us - it has been blue skies, sand, sea & sun all week. This year we have enjoyed lovely days at Felbrigg Hall (lovely walks in the great wood for dogs) and Sheringham Park (fantastic 5 mile off lead ramble through the wood, then down on the cliff top above Cley - amazing views!). We have walked two stretches of the Norfolk coastal path - Stiffkey to Wells and then at Holkham. Stiffkey is a great place to start from - free parking at the Stiffkey marshes car park, then off lead for dogs for miles by the marsh. Holkham really does deserve its title as the best beach in Norfolk - at low tide the sands went on forever and if you park at Holkham Hall it only costs £3.00 (which you can redeem in their gift shop - bargain!). We also enjoyed a lovely in-land saunter on the Weaver's Way from Easton Ruston talking in the North Walsham & Dilsham Cancal - from the "Norfolk into Suffolk Coastal Fridge" book. Muddy though - wellies a must for that one! Highly recommend a visit to Holt - so many dog friendly shops and lovely food at the Kings Head. Many sunny late afternoon pints also enjoyed at The Vernon Arms. We really can't wait for next year, when we hope to combine this with a stay at one of Pat & Richard's other cottages. They really are a cut above the rest! Thank you, Vicky, Esther & Juno (2 1/2 year old lab cross)

It has been our first holiday in Norfolk but we want to come back for sure as there is so much to see and do. Everyone has been very friendly and welcomed our dogs wherever we have been. We were very lucky with the weather this week and it was gret to be able to have a couple of BBQs. The butchers in Cromer had a great selection of meats to BBQ & The Pie & Mash Shop is definitely worth a visit. We really liked Wells-next-the-sea and lunch at the Golden Fleece was delicious. We visited The Vernon Arms in Southrepps a couple of times, Sunday lunch was fab and the staff are very attentive and there is a nice choice of real ales. The barn is lovely, with everything you need and if you have any issues with wifi the router is on top of the fridge freezer! Looking forward to another break here.

Chuck, Sandra, Meg, Max & Buddy

We have spent a lovely relaxing week at Milestone Barm. Beds were lovely and comfortable and the barn catered for all our needs. The Vernon Ar,s does take away Fish & Chips which were delicious. We and the 4 dogs had lovely walks on the beaches and Bacton Woods. A thoroughly enjoyable week.

Yvonne & Viv and Mia, Yogi, Jake & Ruby

As usual we have had a good week in Norfolk, Holkham Beach, Happisburgh Beach, Sea Palling Beach anda lovely walk in Sheringham Park which goes right down to the cliffs. Today we walked from Blakeny to Morston Quay and back and stopped at the Anchor at Morston for lunch as it is our favourite place to eat. We tried th Kings Head at Letheringsett on recommnedation, it was very good. Dogs can be taken into both the Anchor and the The Kings Head. Thanks for the goodies! P.S Most pubs take dogs. There is an app for your phone "Doggie Pubs".

Sandra, Brian, Lizzie and Plankton

We have had a wonderful, comfortable week here at Milestone Barn with our Canandian relatives. Perfectly situated for exploring. Our favourite beach was Mundesley as it was close by. We had truly wonderful meals at the shop in Mundesley and the Vernon Arms in Southrepps. Our cocker spaniel Angus, has had a wonderful time exploring. The zip wire in the park up the road was fun too!! The weather has been kind, and allowed us to enjoy visits to Sheringham, Holt, Wroxham and many more places. We are all now totally relaxed and said to leave. We will be back!!

Jenny, Jules & Angus (UK) Janice & Eric (Canada)

Love the barn, very cosy and comfortable. We've had a fab week, so many beaches to visit and beautiful weather to go with them. Walked to Mundesley along the beach and had a drink at The Ship. I've never seen so many dogs in a pub before! Norfolk is truly dog friendly. Also visited Holkham beach along to Wells, the lovely town of Holt with its very tempting shops, Blakeney Point to the end of the spit, hardgoing and no seals, but we had the whole place to ourselves. Happisburgh beach which was like Crufts on Sea with every breed of dog known to man romping along the sands. Brancaster beach again - beautiful and doggy heaven, Burnham Market - very twee and excellent fish and chips at Frenches at Wells Next The Sea. Also The Vernon Arms was very good. Lulu our golden retriever is exhausted but very happy as are we. Many thanks

Karen and Martin and Lulu

We have had a great week despite the weather. We have seen rain, hail, snow, winds and on our last two days - sunshine! We have visited every beach from Wells Next The Sea to Great Yarmouth. The barn is lovely and thank you for the goodies. We ate at the Vernon Arms, once for lunch and once for an evening meal - so lovely to be able to take the dogs in with you. - excellent food and a good atmosphere. Thank you

Debbie, Tony, Barney and Flossie

We have had a lovely week here at Milestone Barn. Enjoyed walking into Mundesley on Sunday. Loved the barn, every time we opened a cupboard we found something else we didnt realise was here!! Never managed to keep the log fire alight, though it wasnt necessary as the barn was always warm. Wanted to walk everywhere or use buses but we did get the car out to go to Horsey to see the seals. Amazing sight! Great public transport links - better than in rural Cambridgeshire!

Thanks, Irene, Laura and the Bedlingtons - Indie and Henry

Thanks for a great week away to peace for us and out German Shepherd rescue dog Kai. Certainly recommend Stonehill Barn and The Vernon Arms at Southrepps, who welcome dogs. Also thanks for the basket of goodies left on the table.

Andy, Jan and Kai

Our very first visit to Norfolk and we have loved it! Milestone Barn has been pefect, so much attention to detail, lovely Christmas decorations and thank you for the goodies on arrival. The snowflake decorated cakes were delicious. We arrived in the dark so had no idea of our surroundings. The following morning we turned right and walked along the road to Gimingham. Shortly we found a large playing field/recreation ground - Jess was in heaven, so many new smells. She loved Trimingham beach and Walcott, and Cromer has so many dogs, we must have spoken to everyone we met. Holt is a lovely quaint. country town and Norwich is lovely. The weather was amazing - blue skies and sunshine most days. We have had a lovely new year break. Thank you, and for all you do supporting Many Tears.

Rhiannydd, Roger and Jess (our MTAR darling)

What a lovely week we have had. Blicking Christmas, Felbrigg Christmas and everything in between. A fab meal at the White Horse, Overstrand, good but pricey fish and chips at No 1 Cromer and hearty food at the Star Inn Lessingham. (Shadow the black lab very weloming to Rosie and Lottie). Hundreds of seal pups at Horsey and fab walks on Trimingham beach. We glimpsed Holts christmas lights this year. We hope you enjoy the decorations and the festive season. Love

Pat, Richard, Rosie and Lottie - the Priestley Crew - December 2015

The weather may have been cold and wet but we have been snug and warm in Milestone Barn. We have seen Holkham, Cley, Wells, Burnham Market and several trips to Holt. A lazy week which was really needed - no visitors, no demands, no jobs - wonderful.

Rachel and TIm Derbyshire - December 2015

We had the most lovely and relaxing time here at Milestone Barn. What a lovely cosy and warm barn.. We would recommend Overstrand Beach for doggy walks and Bacton Woods. Our Bedlington Terrier, Jeffrey had a lovely time.

Mat, Jen and Jeffrey - November 2015

Thanks so much for another lovely holiday in this beautifull barn, Aussie had the best time ever and will sleep for weeks! A great week despite the weather.

Jen, Steve and Aussie - November 2015

Had a lovely stay here - the weather was very kind considering it was November. Visited Holkham for the first time, even though we have had numerous visits to the area. It was lovely seeing the seal pups and we visited Sea Palling beach and Happisburgh. Fabulous to see the dogs enjoying the beach even though our rescue boy Toby doesnt like the waves. All in all a great week

The Gibsons and Molly and Toby - November 2015

This is our first stay at Milestone Barn but we have already booked to come back next year. We have all had a wonderful time, but especially Juno our 2 year old lab cross. She is a rescue (RSPCA) and a nervous soul, but settled in immediately. Almost daily walks on Trimingham beach with doggie friends, has built her confidence. We have also visited Horsey to see the seals (wonderful!) and walked the long sandy beach from Happisburgh to Sea Palling. Both Bacton and Pigney Woods were great alternatives at high tide. We enjoyed a long walk on the estate at Blickling too. The weather has been fantastic - so much better than we hoped. Its been so nice, we havent needed to use the woodburner - what a shame! Ah well, next time maybe. We didnt eat out but had some cheeky post walk pints at the Ship at Mundesley and The Vernon Arms. Both great dog friendly pubs with generous sized beer gardens perfect for giving nervous dogs plenty of space! The barn is so cosy, well equipped and gorgeously situated, what more could we want. Cant wait for next year
Vicky, Esther and Juno - September 2015

What a lovely place to stay. Beautiful barn conversion, great for us all. We have had a lovely weeks holiday and look forward to coming back one day. Perfect for the dogs, Dolly and Harry (Many Tears cocker spaniels) and Tallulah (a cavalier king charles). They have had great games on the local beaches. Thanks for the welcome pack and the chance to bring all the dogs to such a lovely place.

Liz, Dolly and Harry, Carol and Paul and Tallulah – May 2015

We were so impressed with this beautifully converted and appointed barn – the perfect place to stay with dogs, yet full of lovely things and warm and cosy. We loved the welcome pack, thank you, and so did our greyhound Petal and lurcher Buster. Buster had his first experience of the sea while running free on the beach at Trimingham – a bit of a shock but he loved the freedom that was our favourite beach, but we went down to see the seals at Horsey and there were about 10 which was fabulous. Felbrigg Hall is a lovely place with nice walks for the dogs too and free parking for National Trust members – we went there a lot.

Fish and chips from the Vernon Arms was lovely. All in all the best place we have stayed with the dogs in 40 odd years

Molly, Lee, Petal and Buster – May 2015

A return visit to Milestone and a great time had by both of us. Many thanks for the welcome basket. Fantastic beaches at Winterton on Sea and if you don't mind a drive – Brancaster. Many thanks

Pat and Ailsa the Westie – April 2015

After a very long journey down from Southern Scotland, we were really happy to arrive at your lovely barn and delighted with your welcome basket of wine, biscuits and dog treats. Our four doodles, Rosie, Treacle, Amber and Honey have loved their holiday – visiting Overstrand beach each morning (very safe and with boundaries to help dogs in one section which worked well to keep our Treacle exactly where we wanted her!!) We have walked across the fields in front of the barn and round to the village each evening and the dogs have had no problems sleeping at night. We to have loved our first visit to Norfolk – we enjoyed a couple of meals at the Vernon Arms – superb food and lovely people. We liked Holt – great dog friendly pub with good food 'The Kings Head' and equally great tea room 'The Owl' which had a lovely garden you can sit in with your dogs – lovely home baking and very friendly service. Holt has lots of unusual shops with a superb art shop and some lovely goodies and gift shops. Great place for window shopping. We hope to return next spring and do a bit more exploring. We feel very rested and have been lucky with the weather – most days nice and warm! We will be sorry to leave tomorrow.

Many thanks

Elaine and Robert – April 2015

Very impressed with the barn. Our first time here, lovely to be able to bring all the dogs (Robbie, Casper and Hrvey) all cavaliers. Casper is from Many Tears – we have had him 10 month, age 5, Harvey is 18 months, Robbie we have had since a puppy now aged 9 ½. For the two rescue dogs, its their first time away from home. They have settled very well and love the garden. Very quiet. Thank you for our goodie basket appreciated by all concerned. Friday we went to Horsey WOW!! We knew there were seals but the sheer volume of them is immense – wonderful sight, lots of photos. Pat, Richard and the girls, Thank you for the support you give Many Tears. We love out Casper to bits he is only now becoming a dog. He was an ex stud dog from a puppy farm and he is very handsome

Joy, Brian, Casper, and Harvey - March 2015

Wow 10/10! On entering the barn for the first time we were both delighted, warm, comfortable and very well finished. We were so sad to leave. Beautiful barn in perfect position for exploring.

Visited lots of beaches, with our Irish Setters. Also good country walks from just below the barn - well marked and no need to take the car.

100 seals at Horsey point – a sight not to miss. Be very careful not to disturb them though

Regular visits to the Vernon Arms for food and drinks, never disappointed. Thank you so much Pat and Richard for a great holiday house.

Regards Carl, Karen, Breagh and Lucas – March 2015

We have had a wonderful week at your lovely barn. I want one! This is our first holiday for such a long time. Its the greyhounds first holiday and they loved it. We have visited many beaches, Cromer, Mundesley and Overstrand. The day we went to Sea Palling the sun was shining. Wow! What a fantastic beach. Overstrand ended being our best local beach. Ali and Orchid met a friend, a greyound who was adopted from Waltham Abbey. It's owners moved here 4 years ago. I could live in Overstrand – so lovely and peaceful.

Going to get fish and chips from Vernon Arms tonight as spent all other evenings cooking. Well equipped kitchen in the barn - a real home from home. Back home tomorrow, how sad. Hope to come back soon

Ben, Mark, Ali and Orchid – February 2015

Dear Pat and Richrd

Thank you for the warm welcome with cosy heating and the lovely goodie basket – very nice touch!

Our two lively 'dales and Kai our 5 year old tremendously enjoyed the beaches – doggy friendly and so much space (and no mud). This is our 4th time here in Norfolk and definitely our best time, even in winter. Thank you for the particular care you took with the barn – real coffee beans and down pillows for example – good taste!! Doggy highlights – Bacton Woods, Sea Palling beach, Also worthwhile – Happisburgh beach and coastal path! Kiddy highlights – Bure Valley Railway, Wroxham Barms. Thank you for all your comforts.

Margrit and John – February 2015

We would both like to thank the owners of Milestone Barn for the undoubted privilege of allowing us to enjoy a week of pleasure, warmth, comfort and tranquillity at their beautiful creation of a holiday home. We both experienced good vibes on entering the house and this continued throughout our stay. The overall cleanliness and preparation of the house is a credit to the cleaner. We were both impressed with the re- construction of the Barn, (illustrated in the Blue Book), the love, thought, care , expertise and pride were abundant. The 'Up - Market' quality of the fitting-out, superbly enhanced by the provision of the delightful artefacts and pictures. To top this, was the welcome of our dogs in the home by true dog lovers. In all, a most satisfying and rewarding week which will remain in our memories for a very long time. Grateful thanks to Sue Allen for taking that extra step in facilitating our booking. God willing, we will return.
Hazel and Norman with Jack (a rescued dog) and Ziggy (a Many Tears rescued dog) - January 2015

We have had a great week in Norfolk and intend to return in the near future, still too much to see. This is a lovely barn, cosy and warm, wonderful beaches for dogs. Sea Palling is great for them, miles of sand. Thank you for the welcome pack, we really liked the Yorkie's biscuits and the dogs the misfits.
Bill and Sharon with Lucy and Oakley - November 2014

Relaxing break, lovely barn, dogs have loved being on the beach! Nice to park up the car on Saturday and just walk!
Jane and Charlie with Flossie and Alfie - November 2014

Lovely relaxing week spent at your super barn. The dogs have had a great time doing zoomies on the various beaches. Winterton was the best, sand dunes and a superb beach and worth the drive. Bacton Woods is worth a visit, the trees are beautiful in their autumn glory. Interesting to read about the making of your lovely barn conversion in the back of the instructions booklet. Thank you for the most welcome goodies left for us, Geoff loved the shortcake cookies. Best wishes,
Ginny and Geoff with Lottie and Blue - November 2014

Thank you once again for a lovely week in your wonderful barn. Everything was perfect. Hope to come again next year.
Bill and Janet with dogs Jack, BB, Molly, Tara and Ozzy - October 2014

Thank you for a lovely holiday and thank you for your support of Many Tears (the reason we chose to stay here). The dogs had a great holiday and now very tired indeed. Best wishes,
Kathryn and Jeremy with Lyra and Harvey - October 2014

Many thanks for such a fantastic week at your beautiful barn. We arrived to a wet Saturday afternoon, but that didn't stop Poppy and Minnie enjoying their new sniffs. Sunday was a fab day, sun shining all day, so we went to Mundesley beach which the girls enjoyed, then went to the Ship Inn for lunch, highly recommended, food was really good, bit of a wait but well worth it!!. Sea Palling beach was well worth the 20 min drive, saw quite a few seals which Minne at one point thought she should introduce herself (luck we got her back)!! Will definately be coming back as we all had such a wonderful time, very relaxing, weather good apart from the odd shower but, hey, who worries about that when you're having a great time! Many thanks again.
Jamie and Rachael with Poppy and Minnie - October 2014

Had a lovely relaxing week at your beautiful barn. Very impressed with the architect and the high spec finish. Our two cockers loved being able to wander in and out as we have been very lucky with the weather. Best close beach for the dogs is Trimmingham. If you fancy a bit of a drive try the beach at Sea Palling, it is really worth it. We recommend Bacton Woods. The Gunton Arms is good for eating, few minutes drive from North Walsham, beer garden situated at edge of deer park, which also displays some unusual art work inside, but only if you're broad minded. Thanks for the basket of goodies, hope to return soon.
Carole and Graham with Tilly and Stanley - September 2014

Many thanks for the welcome goodies, much appreciated. What a wonderful spot. We had varied sightings in the garden - tiny frogs, rabbits, a somewhat snooty cockrel, a squirrel (dogs couldn't contain themselves!), then ater dark we were star gazing and saw bats and two shooting stars. Trimmingham beach has proved to be our favourite - so different from high to low tide, free parking and no merchandising. We loved our trip to the Scottish cottage last summer and this has been another memorable experience - where next !?
Russ and Anne with Ollie and Willow - August 2014

A huge thanks to you both for letting us stay in your holiday cottage. We have enjoyed our three weeks here and we have had lovely weather. We have eaten out a lot - The Ship Inn at Mundelsley and the Vernon Arms is great as well. Our dogs have loved the beach walks as we have done lots of walking along the beach. Once again thank you. We hope one day we may return.
Dot and Bryan - August 2014

Thank you Pat and Richard for letting us share your lovely barn again. The week has flown by so very quickly, but we have had such a wonderful week with the weather. We have been to all of our favourite places with the dogs. Trimmingham beach is wonderful, there are no beach restrictions and it's wild and beautiful. Mundesley beach only allowed at the end of the beach huts, but great. Happisburgh great yet again, no restrictions for the dogs. Pretty Corner woods and Bacton woods brilliant again for the dogs, well worth a visit. Time has stood still here and everyting is the same, so amazing. Cromer and Sheringham are very busy seaside places. We loved Holt, so lovely and friendly everywhere you go. Once again thank you both so very much for a great time. Love and best wishes,
Jan and Graham with Bobbie and Abbey - August 2014

Thank you for a lovely, restful and much needed holiday! During the week we haven't been far but we have had a very friendly welcome at both Trunch and Southrepps local shops. We went back to our old favourite for our fish and chips - Kingfisher Fish Bar at Walcott - it is really good and their battered mushrooms for us veggies are even discussed regularly back in Essex! What a discovery - Trimmingham beach! We have been very lucky with the weather and have spent hours there! Any stones left in the garden are courtesy of Tea - she always has to carry a stone home! Thank you and I hope we can come again!!
Nicola and Maggs with Tea and Inka - July 2014

Many thanks Pat and Richard, we have really enjoyed ourselves in your wonderful barn. This is our first visit to Norfolk, rest assured it will not be our last. We can highly recommend the Vernon Arms, food and staff both excellent. Sea Palling beach is a must for people as well as our four legged friends. Thanks again for a fab week.
June and family - July 2014

We arrived nearly at midnight on midsummer evening having passed the lit beacons with locals standing beneath with celebratory cups. We stopped for excellent fish and chips at the crossroads of B1436/A149 at Roughton. You can eat outside with hounds at your feet on their benches. Lovely time on beaches, weather hot and sunny apart from thunderstorms on Friday and rain as loading. Amazing place, so unusual to find enough cups, spoons etc for dishwasher and perfect for 2 deerhounds and deer cross. All good for visits and walks – shall be back. Thank you Pat and Richard for sharing your home with us.

Heidi Nigel Nell Tattie - June 2014

A cosy and well equipped barn but very compact and garden not dogproofed for sighthounds! It was unfortunate we had problems with the shower but Dermott from ERC repaired it as soon as was possible. It was a fab shower though! Thank you very much for the welcome basket, much appreciated. We have had a glorious week of lovely weather – loved Trimingham beach – fantastic for the dogs, also loved Bacton Woods, lovely peaceful area although we did have noise from the builders next door. PS the Vernon Arms we thought was excellent for food and service. The Ship down at Mundesley OK, service slow and food average.

Brenda and Les Greaves, Gareth Hall, Millie, Rogo, Caleb and Poppy - June 2014

This is the first time we have taken our three dogs on holiday and we were not sure what to expect - but we have had a great time! We loved the National Trust walks - Sheringham Park, Blickling and Felbrigg - perfect for us as our rescue Collie doesn't like other dogs and all dogs have to be under control. Holkham beach was wonderful. The only non-dog thing we have done is to visit the gardens at the Old Vicarage, East Ruston - no more than 20 mins drive. For keen gardeners I cannot recommend it enough. As lots of others have said, the Vernon Arms was good. The take-away fish and chips were great. We thought the barn was just lovely. We settled in straight away and cannot wait to return.
Liz and Rob with Nerin, Olive and Betty - June 2014

Many thanks Pat and Richard, we have really enjoyed ourselves in your wonderful barn. This is our first visit to Norfolk rest assured it will not be our last. We can highly recommend the Vernon Arms – food and staff both excellent. Sea Palling beach is a must for people as well s our four legged friends. As the week has progressed the weather has got warmer and can we suggest a portable fan would be a welcome addition to the barn. Thanks again for a fab week.

Julie Dorian and Maisey - June 2014

Wow! What a find. I booked this week over 12 months ago and the wait was certainly worth it. The accommodation was 'everything' and more. One day of rain (Wed) but I was out and about with dogs Breeyea and Dolly all day! Sea Palling def the best beach and worth the short drive. The 'Ship' in Mundesley is a must if you decide to eat out.

We have had a lovely relaxing stay at Milestone Barn. It is just what we all needed. Everything was perfect. Many thanks Gary, Angela, Tom and Harley

Thank you for the welcome pack and all the home comforts.

Barbara Anne Shep Joyce and Betty - April 2014

Our visit but not last, visit to Milestone Barn. What a lovely warm welcome and not just because of the wine, biscuits and dog biscuits! Beautiful comfortable surroundings with everything you need. A week of mixed weather with sea mist making for atmospheric visit to Holkham. Jazz and Betty (collie and lurcher) have definitely become beach babes, whilst the eldest Shep has a new lease of life splashing around in the waves like a young pup. Overstrand and Happisburgh provided some lovely long runs on the beach so we will be returning home with 3 very sleepy dogs. Bacton woods is good change if the tide is in. Returned to Milestone aat the end of the week to be greetedby the friendly chickens – a perfect country experience.

We have decided that if we wever buy a property that needs renovating, Pat and Richard will be the ones we contact! The barn is very well equipped – I think I should launch a competition – what kitchen equipment is not available! Thank you so much again, we have loved it. The dogs have loved the beach which we have visited every day. Thank you for our present we and the boys loved the contents of the basket. We are visiting Grace Cottage in August for the second time so Ace can enjoy swimming in the Loch in December. Love to you all

Patrick Amanda Ace and Jack - April 2014

To Pat and Richard and their girls! Our holiday is coming to an end – Well the weather is like we all feel, having to leave – dull and foggy. We have had a lovely week here. Loved the barn and thank you for sharing your lovely barn with us. We have looked after it for you. Ace has made it his duty to guard the house from any intruders including the hens, Harriet and Henrietta the blackbirds, Bert and Brenda and the sparrows Susie and Simon plus their very extended family. He has done his best (unfortunately) to clean up the garden from the hen visitors and went into a frenzy when he thought the barn was about to be invaded by men in white suits – so your barns has been in good hands!!!

April 2014

To Pat, Richard, Rosie, Nell and Lottie

Lovely relaxing first visit to your lovely barn. The weather has been perfect and we've done lots of walking in the countryside and on the beach. Ruby had a great time chasing imaginary squirrels at Felbrigg Hall. Chickens a source of entertainment for the dogs although we had to keep Scruff on chain! Will definitely be back

Julie, Rod, Indy, Max, Ruby and Scruff - April 2014

Our second visit to Milestone Barn and once again we had a fabulous time. Perfect base to enjoy this wonderful stretch of coastline – shame to see the devastation caused by the storms but it didnt spoil our enjoyment of the wonderful beaches. Going home with three exhausted lurchers! We will miss the barn though – so comfy and cosy with everything we could need...and more.

Sara and Tony and Cleo, Max and Buddy - April 2014

Thank you for letting us stay in Milestone Barn. We love the floor and waking up in the morning and looking up at the fantastic beams. We love the large glass doors so do Alfie, Billy and Thea. Our boys wander out into the garden whenever they want to. Sheringham is a nice little street to wander around, and a must for the dogs is Sea Palling beach. Go in the week and you nearly have it all to yourself. We did have a small problem with the chickens in the garden coming through the back fence. Our Jack Russell thought he was in heaven! The weather has been good for the time of year (no rain). I have never known our three boys so tired, chasing about on the beach each morning. Thea is our new boy – he is 5 months , and a rescue dog who was being put to sleep because he had a bad heart. But he is getting better all the time.

Angie and Steve (Alfie Billy and Thea) - March 2014

Firstly a huge thank you for letting us into your beautiful barn! I enjoyed reading about the creaton of this lovely barn in your blue folder. The weather has been amazing and so warm for the time of year. Dogs spent most days relaxing in the sun after a morning running and leaping on the beach. We found lots of lovely walks esp on the beach at Mundesley and Sea Palling! The perfect space for two speedy whippets to stretch their legs and show off their speed and agility. We hope to try out your Snowdonia cottage next, I hope to be as impressed (as I am sure I will). We have had a lovely time. Thank you PS Well done for all the money you have raised for Many Tears

Lewis, Charlie, Stella and Jack - March 2014

We really cant believe just how quickly our week has gone. Once agin the barn lived up to expectations, so warm and cosy! The weather has been fab – blue skies, warm sunshine – we could not have asked for more. We are always amazed at how friendly everyone is, I think we have had more conversations with straangers in one week than we hve in months back home. Mundesley beach has been great and we could not resist a coupleof trips out to Wells-Next-The-Sea, muntjac deer, forest and sand – just wonderful. Holt is lovely nd a good meal at Burnham Market. The Vernon Arms is hard to beat though, great pub. Thank you, we will be back in 2015

A big thank you for the welcome pack, another lovely relaxing week, lots of walks with the dogs on Happisburgh beach. Our second visit to the barn, back again in October. We went to the National Trust Oxburgh Hall at Swaffham – well worth a visit. Thank you for letting us stay in your lovely barn. Bill, Janet, Benson BB Jaz, Milly Jack, Ozzy, Tara - February 2014

Dear Pat and Richard

We have had a fantastic week at Milestone Barn. We have been lucky with the weather and managed beach walks most days at East Ruston, Mundesley and Trimingham. Both of our cockers ran themselves ragged. We have enjoyed a trip into Holt (fantastic tea at the Folly Tea Rooms) and a celebration meal at the Gunton Arms. The Barn has always been a warm and welcoming retret at the end of a busy day, with everything we have needed for a comfortable and relaxed holiday. We hope to be back very soon

Jo, Chris and Kate, Dibley and Tess - February 2014

Firstly, thank you for the welcome basket. Wow, what a lovely holiday barn which was very clean. We had a great holiday, the weather was sunny most days with only a few showers. Visited most of the places around and had some lovely meals at the Ship Inn and Vernon Arms. Our doggies Welles Bourne (Beagle, 5 years) and Tilly (Jack Russell, 13 years) both rescue, loved the garden. Slept on the lawn after long walks during the day. We ate in the garden most days on the times when we didn't go out. I am so pleased we have booked 3 weeks next year. A big thank you Pat and Richard.
Dot and Bryan - August 2013

Thank you for the welcome basket. Rufus loved his treats. We really enjoyed our week in Clematis Cottage in Dorset last year and our week in Norfolk has been fantastic. Milestone Barn is the perfect place to get out and about. Lots of space for Rufus to run around on the beaches and in and out of the sea. Blicking, Pigney and Bacton woods, Pretty Corner, Sheringham Park all great walks for off lead. Everyone very friendly and polite! Thanks for letting us stay in your super barn. Hopefully we wil be able to stay in your Snowdonia one next year.
Lynda, Roy, Rory and Rufus the Weimararner - July 2013

We have all enjoyed another fantastic week in Norfolk sunshine, warm seas and lovely walks. We particularly enjoyed walking from Overstrand to Cromer on the beach and back over the coast path through Happy Valley. Walking in the woods at Felbrigg, exploring Sheringham Park and climbing the Gazebo in the rain. The barn is perfect, thank you for the welcome basket.
Joanne, Doreen, John and Paddy with Pickles and Ted- July 2013

What a wonderful week we have had, the weather has been glorious and on the day we pack up it is raining. We met up with friends and their dogs so we were 6 Scotties, 1 Westie and one George on the beach every morning. They loved it! The barn is lovely and perfect for us. Will definately be back but off to your Snowdonia cottage next year. Bye for now.
Christine and Barry with Bronagh, Ruby, Gracie, Phoebe and George - our wonderful Many Tears girls xxxxx - July 2013

To Pat, Richard, Rosie, Nellie and Lottie. Thank you for letting us share your lovely barn for the week. A lovely base to explore Norfolk for the first time. Thanks too for the welcome basket, dog treats too!! From the dog friendly web site to a truly dog friendly barn, just the ticket for a week away. Us folk with lots of 4 legged friends deserve a fab holiday place too. Our 4 hairy hounds loved it here, getting more and more tired as the week went by! The park to the right and the public footpath to the left a handy stroll away for another walk. Bacton Woods and Blickling Great Wood are lovely off lead walks. Mundesley beach not far – check tides! Tasty pub grub at the Vernon Arms and the Ship. Thanks again.
Claire, Jay, Sweep, Stanley, Arthur and Badger. P.S. When we booked we had 3 dogs and then we adopted Badger. Thanks for letting us bring him – he loved his first holiday with his new brothers! - June 2013

Wonderful, peaceful week for all. Even the weather obliged! Brilliant walks with the dogs. Milestone Barn lovely with all we could ask for. We will be back!
Pat Lesley, Sasha and Meg - June 2013

Wonderful week despite the windy weather. We, including Toby and Candy, just loved the barn. A really wonderful conversion with view to die for. The barn was comfortable and warm, just the perfect place to relax and enjoy a peaceful holiday – Thanks so much.
Nicole, Ken, Toby and Candy - 1st – 8th June 2013

Dear Pat and Richard, It is a fantastic barn with great home from home comfort – everything you could wish for. The views and walks are lovely – Milo enjoyed his runs on Trimingham beach – great for working up an appetite. The Vernon Arms has great food. Four times there. Loved the house you have created. Very comfortable and hard to leave. Hope we will come back soon. Many thanks.
Jayne, David, Sarah, Bradley and Milo - 25th to June 1st 2013

Dear Pat and Richard, The barn is a perfect holiday get away retreat. Peaceful, warm and cosy. We love the way you have converted it and kept so many original features. We have stolen lots of ideas. The beach at Mundesley is perfect for dogs and the National Trust houses are great for country walks. We can’t wait to stay here again at Christmas, Watson and Roly will be very happy. Many thanks.
Robert and Rita, Watson and Roly - May 19th – 24th 2013

Milestone Barn is quite simply the best holiday cottage I have ever stayed in! No stone left unturned for guests’ comfort. Weather rather cold and windy so the fire has been a Godsend. Fab beaches at Holkham, Wells and on the doorstep Mundesley- dogs had a blast. Great food at the Vernon Arms and White Horse at Overstrand. Brilliant cakes at Wiveton Hall too. Very restful week here and hopefully a return visit next year (better get my skates on it is almost booked up already). Many thanks for the welcome basket.
Sue, Brian, Gabriel and Tasha (rescue Lurchers) - 11th – 18th May 2013
Hi Pat and Richard, Well. As the owners of another holiday cottage in Devon we have to say…”Why do we bother”…. Your barn is ‘to die for’. We absolutely love it. You have created a beautiful house and I so wish it was mine!! Our two Cavaliers (one from Many Tears) LOVED IT! We took evening strolls on the beach at Sea View and had the coast to ourselves – it was fab. The weather has been hot and sunny and we have roamed far and wide. We loved Holt and bought far too many things. We didn’t like Cromer much but Blakeney was very nice but very windy. Do walk directly from the barn out towards the coast and inland. The walks are lovely and peaceful and you need not go too far to have a nice time. We enjoyed the Northern Broads. Had a super boat trip from Horsey Pump- well recommended. The boat man was fantastic and we heard the Bittern boom. It was a highlight. Food at the Vernon Arms very good but you must book with dogs to be sure to get in. Try the Rhubarb Fool – yummy! We watched Terns diving and had a snooze in the sun. We have heard Owls and seen two Muntjac Deer locally. Our dogs loved the freedom to come in and out at will, I do love the way the garden is part of the living space, at least on nice hot days. It is so very nice to come to a place that not only welcomes dogs but provides humans with a proper level of comfort – thank you for that. Norwich today, which was nice but OMG how do you find the car parks!!! MAD one way system. The Cathedral was lovely, very nice city. I really don’t want to go home as I could quite get used to living here! Sadly work calls. Thank you for a LOVELY holiday in a perfect barn. I’m green with envy xxx
Kim and Kevin Archie and Ruby - 4th – 11th May 2013

We have had a wonderful time here, relaxing, drinking wine with friends and every day the sun shone. Everything in the barn you could possibly need! Beautiful area but my husband knows that having lived in this lovely county. Thank you for the welcome pack- how kind! Our friends and dogs came for the night and loved it too!
Roger and Amanda - 30th April 2013

We’ve had a wonderful chilled, relaxing week. Snowed on Sat/Sun but gave us the perfect excuse to stoke up the fire and relax. Went to Cromer and Holt (avoid Horatio’s coffee shop – customer service not their strong point)! Happisburgh and Wells, Vernon Arms, superb as always! Lucky enough to see the Barn Owl who lives in the barns opposite. What a beauty! Our two Labs (both 10 ) have thoroughly enjoyed their walks and the under floor heating has gone down a storm with Maisie who has arthritis. The welcome basket was a lovely gesture as always. And, as always, we don’t want to go home.
Lots of love Liz, Darren, Maisie (Choccy) and Rudy (Black) labs - 9th – 16th March 2013

Thank you for a great week in your beautiful barn. It’s the best holiday cottage we have ever stayed in. The welcome basket was lovely. We have had some nice walks with the dogs on the beach at Happisburgh, Mundesley etc. and we have had some very good weather, very sunny for this time of year. Coming again next year!
Bill and Janet and our 5 Yorkshire terriers and one Pomeranian (all rescue) - 2nd – 9th March 2013

We are well rested after our stay. The barn is warm, cosy and has everything you could want. Thank you for the welcome basket – a lovely surprise and a lovely touch.
John, Annette and Minnie -16th to 22nd February 2013

FAB-U-LOUS as they say on strictly....Milestone Barn is by far the best 'dog friendly' barn we have stayed in. The first half hour upon arrival our mouths were open going 'wow look at this log burner, cooker, bathroom etc'. You have done a wonderful job in converting the barn and we will be back, but it is getting booked fast. Your caretaker deserves a medal and the barn was immaculate. Winnie and Murphy relaxed as soon as we arrived, which is unusual. Winnie has epilepsy and therefore stress can induce an episode however (as you can see from the pictures attached) it felt like home to her. Murphy had a calming influence on her and was very reluctant to move from the comfortable sofa's you provided. Where did you get them from? they are just what I am looking for. Thank you for creating a slice of heaven and somewhere for us to escape.
Barb and Craig, Winnie and Murphy October 20th - 27th 2012

We have just returned home after a wonderful week. We loved the barn, it was so comfy, and a lovely place to come back to after a day out and about. Norfolk is wonderful, we were lucky enough to see the seals on Horsey Beach, with some pups as well. We also saw deer, and some small lizards outside the barn. Everyone we met was so friendly, and it was nice being able to take the dogs in to the pubs when we went for a bite to eat. We will certainly be re-booking, I know you are fully booked for next year, so will see you availability for 2014.Thank you for a wonderful stay, and also for the goodies on our arrival.
Jill, Trev, Finley, Oscar and Tyler xxxxx 13th – 20th October 2012

Dear Pat and Richard, Just a note to say thank you and how much we enjoyed our stay at your Norfolk Cottage. Having the dogs enclosed and the stone floors was a great help and I enjoyed the shower having problem knees. We enjoyed the fridge and cooker (if one can) and also countryside and beaches. We hope to return. Thank you once again! A lovely Card from Ann and Bob, Herbie, Robbie, Pebble and Murphy 6th - 20th October

Thank you everyone for looking after our barn! We have had a lovely holiday with Al, Carole and of course little Emily. Back in December to do the Christmas decorations and enjoy some more of those beautiful Norfolk skies!
Pat, Richard, Rosie, Nellie and Lottie Scottie xxx To September 22nd 2012

Lovely barn and welcome pack. Had great weather – shorts all week. Big storm Thursday night! Vernon Arms good. The fish shop good. The White Horse at Overstrand good. Found a very quaint wine bar in Holt (dogs allowed too) Sheringham town was not to our liking but useful shops. All beaches excellent. Trimingham was a nightmare. Through fields and woods down clay slope no real steps – no doubt an easier way but we couldn’t find it (NB not recommended – Pat) Only downside for us was the garden not Springer proof for our escape experts. Must be the hunting instinct. We always carry a stake to attach them with long leads. Would easily get through the conifers and fence at the back of the garden. (NB There is a conifer hedge then a 5’ chicken wire fence framed by 6” wide wooden planks bottom and top – other than digging down under this, no way out there – Pat) Apart from that we all had a great time. Will recommend to doggy friends. Keep up the good work, we hope to come again.
Penny, Geoff Charlie and Sue. 25th August 1st September 2012

We have had a wonderful week at Milestone barn. The barn is so lovely and has everything you could wish for in a holiday cottage. Our dogs loved the garden and beaches near by. Archie loved his walks in the morning with his Dad, while Katy and Hamish loved their ‘chill out’ time with Mum. Hope to stay at the barn next year if it’s not all booked up!! FAB PLACE – Thank you Pat, Richard, Rosie, Nellie and Lottie.
Jim, Vanessa and Katy, Hamish and Archie Westie Gang xx 11th – 18th August 2012

The best holiday cottage we have ever stayed in. It is beautiful and very homely. Also in a wonderful position to get to so many great places. Beaches at Waxham, Trimingham and Sea Palling (we saw seals). Lovely walk from Cley to Blakeney with lunch at The White Horse (dog friendly). Felbrigg, Blickling and Gooderstone Gardens (dogs allowed). Evening meals at the Ship and Vernon Arms, the Saracens head at Wolterton and a posh meal at The Beechwood Hotel North Walsham. The fish shop at Roughton for suppers. Also recommend Holt (pretty shops). The two footpaths on the doorstep of the barn are nice, especially the one on the right. Will definitely be back as Norfolk is lovely and the barn is gorgeous.
Jeannette and Matthew and Skye and Tyke 4th – 11th August 2012

A Fabulous week at Milestone Barn, enjoyed by three generations and three dogs. Excellent summer weather throughout, swimming in the sea every day. We particularly enjoyed Felbrigg House and Blickling Hall, a meal in the garden of the Ship Inn, fantastic service at the Vernon Arms, a drive down to the lovely sandy beach at Sea Palling and a self drive boat on the Broads from Hoveton. The barn was great to return to, you have thought of everything! A pied Wagtail joined us every morning on the lawn and on the old barn next door. The final treat was seeing a sand lizard on the beach. We’ll definitely be back.
Joanne, Doreen, Mollie, John and Paddy, Pickle and Ted xxx

I’d like to start by saying a big thank you for the lovely basket of goodies that welcomed us! The boys loved the treats! What a wonderful barn – well done – it seems it was quite a project but haven’t you done a grand job. Having built our own houses, we can really understand the task that was at hand. Really loved being out in the countryside – it’s on our doorstep at home but here the views and peace were superb! The walks on the doorstep were beautiful and the best beach is Mundesley . Try going at sunset for some great photos. Cromer has some lovely restaurants but the wonderful thing about North Norfolk is the fact it’s a gem and there are so many places to see! The steam train from Sheringham to Holt is wonderful, Wells-next-the-sea with its pine trees and beach huts and Byford at Holt for a bite to eat are but a few. Thoroughly enjoyed the beach walks and swimming – thank you very much for letting us all stay!
Liz, Ginny and Matt Tom, Edward and Philip (Labs) and George the Pugalier J 14th – 21st July

Lovely barn – thank you for the welcome goodies. Weather hasn’t been kind to us but didn’t stop us enjoying the holiday. We enjoyed Sheringham. Spent our only sunny day in Great Yarmouth and saw a seal in the sea. Trimingham beach was fantastic for the dogs. Had a delicious meal at the Vernon Arms. My daughter also went to Woodlands swimming which was very reasonable £4 per adult for all day! We walked to the Crown Inn in Trunch which only took 20 mins – doesn’t do meals though. Dogs are so tired they need to go home for a rest! Thanks again,
Lorna, Carl, Lucy, Sarah, Darren and Pops and Socks 7th – 14th July 2012

Thank you for providing such a lovely place for us to stay. Been really lucky with the weather. Mundesley/ Trimingham beach we found was best for the dogs as well as the large playing field at the village hall in Southrepps – turn down the lane at the Vernon Arms. Everyone we met has been so friendly, we have had such a great holiday. Already booked for next year!!
Pam, Dave with Izzy, Pete, Ellie and Alfie 23rd June – 7th July 2012

Beautiful cottage in a lovely place! The weather managed to stay reasonable for us. We visited Cromer, Great Yarmouth and Mundesley beach. Of the three Mundesley – which is only 2 miles away was the best for the dogs. Make sure you check the tide times first though as the sea comes right in. We went there almost every day to give the dogs a run. Felbrigg Hall and Priory gardens and maze are also worth a visit. Hope to come back soon,
Rachael, Chris, Granddad (Holly, Tilly and Nora the lurchers) xxx 9th 16th June 2012

Thanks for the welcome basket. Lovely barn and comfy bed and garden superior to Dorset but not as close to amenities. Food at Vernon arms very good. Visited Sheringham, Holt, Walsingham which were really nice but Cromer and Wells were not to our taste. Boat trip from Horsey pump on the broads well worth it. Local fete at Horsey and some beautiful villages and so many ‘quiet Lanes’ and barns – great countryside! Best visit Sea Palling, fantastic beach for everyone including Betsy our Basset Hound. She loved it! It also had good amenities for a small village beach. A great stay apart from the weather!
Pat, Tony and Betsy xxxx 2nd – 9th June 2012

Lovely weather most of the week, sunny and hot! Vernon Arms is lovely for Sunday lunch and very dog friendly. Trimingham is our favourite beach and so near! Dogs enjoyed Bacton woods and disused railway line at Pigney’s wood. Milestone barn is beautifully converted and very relaxing. Thank you for the welcome basket – what a treat.
Roy, Sonia, Paul, Anne, Archie (MT Collie/GSD) HRH Kupa (Rhodesian Ridgeback) 26th May – 2nd June 2012

We had a wonderful time. Fantastic beaches and walks for dogs, by day three we were having to wake them up to go out! Fantastic to see them so tired. Excellent choice of books and maps left in the barn for us to use, they were a great help. Loved the variety Norfolk has to offer. Great garden (although chucks were a bit exciting initially for the dogs). Gorgeous barn, you guys should be so proud of the conversion, beautifully done. Thank you for the welcome basket, we had a lovely week.
Tracy, Del, Freddie dog and the Dobes – Harry, Cleo and Tagg May 2012

We stayed in the Dorset cottage last July and had a lovely time but the barn outshines even the cottage experience. Memorable days out – 2 days on the beach at Overstrand, I day at Brancaster Bay beach. Short walks - Holt Country Park, good to stop off with dogs. Best walk was Sheringham Park, well marked paths and a pleasant café to have coffee etc. We went to the Vernon Arms for 4 nights and had good food each time (be warned the portions are large). Many dog friendly cafes around including Cliff Edge at Overstrand which allow dogs on lead inside. Andy enjoyed the Sheringham to Holt steam train (dogs are allowed). The layout of the barn is superb, we had a wonderfully relaxing week (yes it did rain but we still found lots to do and dodged getting too wet). We will definitely be back!
Jane and Andy Glew, Sunny (yellow lab), Rosey and Willow (black labs) April 2012

Our second visit to the barn (We think the 16th overall visit to Grace Cottages P.) and just as good as the first despite the weather being colder and more variable. We must be one of the few of Pat and Richard’s ‘residents’ who don’t come with dogs, so our views might be a bit different – but we’d certainly recommend the Vernon Arms at Southrepps for food. Both Blickling and Felbrigg NT properties were great – Blickling much bigger and grander with wonderful gardens but Felbrigg still a great house to look round. The Alby Craft Centre is worth a visit – gardens are beautiful (not on a stately home scale but really peaceful) A wet Wednesday afternoon was saved by a visit to the circus that comes to Sheringham every Easter. Lunch at the Blakeney Hotel – can sit in the bar and look out over the marshes – then on to the Galleries in Cley. We have had a great week in this lovely barn.
Ron, Clare and Adam. April 2012

We’ve had a beautiful holiday. Some days were lazy and saw us walking around the local lakes. On our first day we set off to find the beach (walking through the quit lanes), we got lost! Using the map next time! The Ship Inn is a lovely place to eat, right by the beach, Molly (our JR) made friends with a local dog. The great thing about this place is that when the weather is bad you can stay at the barn and feel completely and utterly relaxed and enjoy the scenery whilst having a cup of tea and a chat at the table. Our son (3 years) had a fantastic time at Bewilderwood, Molly’s best parts were probably the beach walks, our best parts – EVERYTHING! Pat, Richard, Rosie, Nell and Lottie thank you for sharing your lovely and elegant barn.
Kirsty, Martyn, Haydn, baby Elsie and JR Molly March 2012

Well, are we the lucky ones?! We've had a superb week, really hot and we've been down on the beach nearly every day. The barn is beautifully converted and the garden was pretty much dog proof for our lot. Here are some photos (see Gallery) Scrumpy the spaniel was a MT (Many Tears) dog practically devoid of fur when we got her 2 years ago....just look at me now! Many thanks again - we now want to get up to your Scottish cottage...may be next year.
Anne, Frank and The Gang March 2012

We have had a great week in this lovely barn. The weather has been fantastic – warm and sunny every day. Instead of the gloves and scarves we brought we have needed sunglasses AND SUN BLOCK! We have had lovely walks with the dogs on Trimingham beach every day. Holt has a fantastic selection of independent shops and the nearby pub of the King’s Head has gorgeous food and welcomes dogs. The Vernon Arms,, near the barn is also dog friendly and serves great food. One of our dogs is now elderly so unable to do the walks we used to do but we have still had a lovely holiday. We hope to return in the near future. Thanks for the welcome goodies!
Faith, Al, Tarka, Halo and Herbie – Otter hounds. March 2012

Another lovely week here in Norfolk. We have been lucky with the weather – no rain. We intentionally had a very chilled week. We have a new doggy addition with us this time and he loved the beach and the sea. As always, we are very sad to be going home.Liz, Darren and pooches Maisie and new addition Rudy. 25th February 2012

The Priestley Pack maintenance week – PAT testing, flue sweeping, finally accepting that the bedroom doors need a little off the bottom to stop them catching on the floor, oiling the oak doors and windows, sealing the granite and oak worktops and painting where necessary. We also caught up with old friends but sadly not Louis the lovely GS who first greeted us at the barn. He has gone to Rainbow Bridge. We have two weeks booked off in April and can’t wait! 10th February 2012

Thank you for the lovely welcome basket – the eggs here are to die for! We really enjoyed a trip to Heacham and had an amazing meal at the Orange Tree at Thornham – great food and very kind to the dogs. We had fun in Holt and Sheringham and had a lovely walk in Pigney Woods. We had good fun watching the dogs tackling the sea.

Mrs. Patmore woz ere! (The actress who plays Mrs. Patmore in Downton Abbey) She has visited our Dorset cottage too. She has rescue dogs and is a supporter of Many Tears! Lesley, Da’both, Bertie and Freddie 14th January 2012

Christmas/New Year 2011/2012 -Thank you once again for creating such homely cottages and sharing them with others! I’ll be in touch when we can fit in return visits to Torridon/Norfolk or first visit to Dorset. Our very best wishes to you and your family for 2012. Chris and Colin

12th November 2011 – Walked dogs at both beaches: Trimingham and Mundesley, collected mussels off the tidal breaks – they tasted fantastic. I think the barn is SO well converted – I’d like to know more about the air pump heating and eco drainage…. Dogs woke early – thanks to the cockerel, more time to explore. Andy and Jane (humans) Daisy and Arthur (canines)

29th October 2011 – Well, what can we say? We loved the cottage in Dorset and we were hoping Milestone barn would be as good and we weren’t disappointed!! The barn is lovely, the area is georgeous, the people are so friendly and quite frankly, we don’t want to go home. We have been to Horsey three times and we were over the moon to see the seals. It was an absolute joy. There are just so many dog friendly pubs, cafes, shops, we were overwhelmed. It is worth booking at The Vernon Arms if you want to take your dog as bar seating is limited. Weather has been brill and we have had a super week. We have had to make a choice between here and Dorset and Norfolk has stolen our hearts. Thank you for the welcome basket – the chooks weren’t laying so we didn’t get to sample their wares but that is country life for you. Thank you so much for a lovely place to stay. PS. The info about the conversion of the barn is really interesting and what an achievement! Liz, Darren and Maisie Moo (choc lab)

22nd October 2011 – First of all a big thank you for the welcome basket, very much appreciated. It is the most wonderful cottage we have ever stayed in and when we get back – I will be really ‘off’ our house. The weather was kind to us. We walked and walked until the dogs and our legs, were too tired to go any further. Barney and Gelda refused to walk anymore so we came ‘home’ for the end of our beautiful holiday. Thank you so much! Barney and Gelda, Sheila, Ted, Tracy and Wayne

15th October 2011 – We had a wonderful time in Milestone barn. The weather was beautiful the entire week – warm enough for paddling at Mundesley. We went on the Poppy Line steam train, were joined by two seals on Horsey beach, refreshed ourselves at Waxham Barn and even went swimming at Woodlands in Trimingham. The Muckleburgh Collection is good and Thursday was a special day for Emily (aged two and a half) with a trip to Bewilderwood (only 20minutes away). A fantastic wood with climbing frames, slides, mazes and much more. Great for all ages. We went rock pooling at West Runton had fish and chips at Wells, then a walk with the dogs through the pinewoods. We cooked some great mussels from Cley on Sea, ate them in front of the log burner, so finished off a fantastic week in style. A memorable holiday for children, parents, grandparents and doggies alike – Thank you Milestone Barn. Carole, Al and Emily.

8th October 2011 – Pat and Richard, your barn is stunning, yet so practical. We really appreciated the welcome pack, a very nice touch and it gave us a chance to try Turkey eggs. Trimingham beach felt like our own personal beach, so quiet and we loved The Ship Inn at Mundesley. Many many thanks for sharing your lovely barn. Kate & Jane & dogs

1st October 2011 – Love the cottage, very quiet. Thank you for the welcome goodies – really appreciated. Had a wonderful week, weather has been excellent, saw seals at Winterton, love the beach at Walcott. Pip, Tess and Barney loved the beaches and we all had a great time. Hope to return soon. Sue, Colin, Chris, Jim and Pip, Tess and Barney xx

24th September 2011 – Loved the cottage – definitely coming back. Dogs loved Trimingham beach – so dog friendly!! Dogs had a lovely time, we had a lovely time – doing absolutely nothing! Tracey, Ken, Benji, Buster and Billy Bum Fluff

3rd September 2011 – Congratulations on creating such a delightful and comfortable property for us all to enjoy – really ideal for dog lovers and their wards. We were fortunate with the weather and had regular visits to the local Trimingham beach where Aggie and Freckie (who is now very much enjoying a normal life after her initial puppy farm experience) We enjoyed our visits to Sheringham, Cromer and The Felbrig Hall Estate (NT). All in all we have had a very nice break. John, Dorothy, Aggie and Freckle

27th August 2011 – A lovely relaxing week, lovely weather, lots of walks. Beautiful barn and area – we felt right at home. We had a delicious meal at The Vernon Arms and recommend the take away fish and chips Friday 5-6pm by the pub. Pigneys nature reserve, Knapton and Bacton Woods are lovely walks for the dogs. We hope to return very soon. Frank, Helen, Taff and Pip

20th August 2011 Thank you for allowing our dogs and us to stay in your lovely barn, everything was super clean and comfortable. The dogs loved being able to come and go freely through the patio doors to the safe garden. We, and the dogs, enjoyed Cromer, West Runton, Overstrand and Mundesley beaches. We had a fabulous meal at Constantia Cottage Restaurant (Greek) in East Runton and nice cake and coffee at Rocket on the beach front at Cromer. Thank you for the scrummy bread in the welcome basket. Mandy, Andrew, Dudley and Harry

13th August 2011 – Thank you for allowing us to stay in your beautiful barn – It’s in a great location for visiting an area we hadn’t been to before. Elliot had a fantastic time crabbing and he enjoyed Dinosaur adventure at Lenwade. All in all, a truly great week had by us all. PS lovely welcome basket – thank you. Rachel, Rob, Elliot and Lucas

6th August 2011 – Great holiday and barn is wonderful. Seal trips, train to Norwich from Gunton, Bewilderwood and Wells next the Sea all fabulous days out. Lovely café in Kelling – the – Gallery and Reading Rooms. We loved Sheringham and we will certainly be back! Andrew, Pamela, Harry and Lucy.

20th July – 6th August 2011 – The Priestley pack again.

9th July 2011 – Thank you for a lovely week in your beautiful barn, the photos don’t do it justice! Everywhere is so very dog friendly. We will be back! Steph, Dan, Lisa Aaron and Nessie and Lola woof woof.

2nd July 2011 – Pat and Richard, Rosie, Nellie and Lottie Scottie – our holiday week (The Priestley Pack - owners)

25th June 2011 What a lovely place to unwind! Holly our Cairn Terrier was made welcome at all the pubs and loved the dog part of Sea Paling beach. We were lucky enough to see seals at Horsey. Thank you so much Pat – another triumph. Phil, Avril and Holly

18th May 2011 – We had a great stay in the barn, lovely location and we had great weather. Holt is a nice little town. We used your book on the broads to find interesting little unspoilt villages to visit. The beaches and nature walks were the highlight of our holiday. Wendy and David West and pooches

7th May 2011 - Have had a great break in your lovely barn. Good weather and breezy. Good food in all pubs. We and the dogs have had lovely walks. I am sure all who stay here will appreciate all the hard work you have put in converting Milestone Barn. Jill, Terry and Sue plus the Bichons

16th April 2011 - Many thanks the barn was fantastic - really well equipped, cosy at night and an ideal base to explore the area - and we were really lucky with the weather - on the beach most days - in April ! We really enjoyed Blickling as well - and we are stopping off at Oxburgh Hall on our way home. We hope we can come back to stay at the Barn again. Ron, Claire and Adam Cossor