Our beautiful old Norfolk threshing barn is ready for guests to enjoy. It’s been a long time coming and lots of love and money has gone into it and we are delighted with how it is looking and very much hope you will be too. For about 200 years it’s been part of the landscape round here, used for all sorts of farming activities from threshing to fertiliser storage and now it has a new life as properly dog friendly holiday accommodation for up to 10 people and unlimited dogs!
The barn has been thatched by local thatchers using local reed and much of the work inside and out has been done by local craftsmen using local materials and some unusual, green technologies. It is lined with hempcrete inside, the electricity is provided by our 24m wind turbine in the field down the road and our solar panels on the straw bale barn, much of the water is harvested rainwater and as many of the building materials as possible are local and reclaimed.
It will sleep up to 10 in 5 bedrooms (two of which are on the ground floor), with two secure, linked outside areas, a dog room, a huge kitchen diner on the ground floor and amazing views from the top bedrooms. The ground floor is all solid brick flooring with underfloor heating and a heat reclamation system throughout.
Here’s how it is set out…..
When you arrive: Parking is just off the track, Munn’s Loke, and on our field with a well drained, enviromesh surface with solar and wind powered electric car charging points (contact us for details if you would like to use these). Enough parking for 5-6 cars if parked sensibly (please allow enough access for us to get a vehicle through – we park our electric car just forward of the gate to the barn). From here you go through the wooden gate into the…
Outside area: Fully fenced garden area with grass and and a path leading to the gate into the large paved yard. This yard is securely walled all round with planted beds along the west and south facing walls, table and chairs and a couple of central beds. There is also an outside covered area with a fridge and freezer in a cupboard (for beer and frozen dog food?!) and the warm dog shower area as well as the bbq and washing line. Entrance to the barn is through the glazed doors into the….See the yard video here
Hallway and dog room: Straight away you will get the sense that you are in an old barn as you can see the roof beams and high glass doors opposite and one of the balconies above. There is plenty of space for boots and coats here and an old pine hall settle to sit on (with a secret compartment in it!). Opposite there is the dog room – a sectioned off area with a half height slatted barrier which you can use, if you wish, to store all your dog items and even leave your dogs to dry off after a wet walk…or after their warm shower just outside under the covered porch. Plenty of room for beds on the heated brick floor.
Then the hall opens into the…
Atrium hallway: From here you can look up, past the oak balconies and staircases right up to the beamed ceiling at the top of the building. Sit back in a couple of comfy chairs and enjoy the view and peace and quiet of this lovely building. The huge glass panels in frames which replaced the old threshing doors are right in front of you but the Old Piggery yard on the other side is hidden by the louvred shutters which are designed to maintain privacy for everybody but allow light in and there are Roman blinds above this for the night time.
Kitchen/Dining area: One full length of the wall has a purpose built oak kitchen with double oven electric Rangemaster range, dishwasher, washing machine and plenty of cupboard and worktop space. In the corner there is a freestanding, full size cream Smeg fridge and freezer. There’s a stone sink with 3 taps (hot, cold and drinking water) and the usual microwave, toaster, kettle etc.
On the other side of the room is a large old pine dresser with the crockery and Emma Bridgewater hare and dog themed mugs. It’s probably not the most efficiently designed kitchen in the county as it is a bit of a trek between parts of the kitchen, the fridge/freezer and the dresser but we’ve got all that space so might as well use it! To help bridge the gap there is a freestsanding butchers block, made of old agricultural parts with a deep wooden top to it. It’s on wheels so can be moved around the kitchen wherever you like.
French doors lead back out into the garden area from here.
The dining table is a unique piece of furniture with thick wooden top and yet more interesting old agricultural machinery turned into the base. Seating is at two huge old oak pews (from a local church) on the long sides and chairs at either end. The table can seat up to 16 so if The Old Piggery and Running Hare Barn are booked together everyone can eat in the same place. See the kitchen video here
Off this atrium area are two bedrooms:
Bedroom 1 with ensuite bathroom (Morocco bedroom)
These rooms have a touch of Morocco about them with dark wooden kingsize bed with feather duvet and pillows, bedside tables with multicoloured lamps and unusual hanging space instead of a wardrobe as well as a solid, dark wood chest of drawers. The window is a small, gothic arched window with tiled windowsill and a slot-in shutter. See bedroom and bathroom video here
The ensuite bathroom has a double ended roll top, cast iron bath raised on a platform, with freestanding taps to the side. You can lie back in here and from one end look up through the skylight to the stars at night. The shower cubicle is a modern design with overhead and side jets, even steam if you want and even a built in radio and seat!! See more of the bathroom here The toilet is old style with a high line cistern and chain pull flush and wooden seat and there is a purpose built sink unit with patterned sink and towel rail. The unusual feature in this room is the black marble ‘altar’ set into the wall, ideal for bathtime candles. The old barn brick wall is also a feature.
Bedroom 2 with ensuite bathroom (Hare bedroom)
This room has a fresh, country feel to it and has a feature of an interior ‘window’ with a running hare photo shown within it. The bed is a metal framed king size bed with feather duvet and pillows, and bedside tables and lamps and hanging rail on the wall and a pine cupboard for further storage. The window is a small, gothic arched window with tiled windowsill and slot-in shutter.
The ensuite bathroom is the same as next door with the raised, double ended, cast iron roll top bath with another skylight view when you lie back! Another lovely old style high line cistern toilet and a Victorian style ceramic sink on a metal frame and a traditional wooden towel rail. The shower is another modern installation with jets as well as the usual shower head. Both these ensuite bathrooms are very generous sizes. See more of this room here
Outside these bedrooms are the first flight of open tread oak stairs with the open section filled by handmade steel rods, all featuring a reef knot design in the middle, all made by our local craftsman blacksmith. This flight leads to the first floor landing and from here you can turn right into …
Bedroom 3 with ensuite shower room (Master bedroom)
Large long bedroom with a superking, zip and link bed (so can be two singles), feather and down duvets and pillows, plenty of storage space, two seater sofa and a nice sized ensuite shower room with huge shower head, highline cistern toilet and Victorian style sink. Wooden flooring with underfloor heating and rugs keep this room cosy. Small feature windows at either end with slot in shutters and plenty of lamps and wall lights. The bathroom light comes on automatically when you walk in. See here for more!
Back out of this room and up the next flight of oak stairs and onto the flying landing leading into…
Mezzanine bedroom south
This bedroom has a wonderful view across the fields at one side and is up in the very top of the roof space. The balcony allows you to look across the full length of the roof space and into to the second mezzanine bedroom at the north end of the barn but don’t worry, there is a modesty curtain hanging from one of the beams. Low beams in this room mean you have to duck but they are an integral part of the original barn. Iron framed king size bed in this room with a hanging rail and drawer space. Further storage space in a selection of old leather cases.
Back down the stairs and onto the landing which takes you back over the entrance hall (open banisters on either side) and on to the…
This room has a corner bath, large shower cubicle with huge waterfall head, Victorian style sink and traditional style toilet with high line cistern. Wooden floor with underfloor heating. Lights come on automatically when you enter. See the family bathroom video here
Past this bathroom and into the …
Lovely big room with wooden flooring (and underfloor heating) with plenty of leather sofas and chairs and bean bags and a 65” tv with all sorts of features! Great view across the fields from the floor standing window. There is a feature in this room that shows you the detail of the material used to line the inside of the barn (Hempcrete).
From the lounge there are more oak, open tread stairs to…
Mezzanine Bedroom north
This amazing bedroom is set right in the roof of the barn with sloping walls (the roof) on two sides and a fabulous view from the window set in the outside wall. There is no interior wall opposite this, just the balcony rails with a stunning view throughout the roof space across to the other mezzanine bedroom (but there is a modesty curtain you can use for your privacy hanging from one of the beams). The beams up here are quite low so care is needed but it is worth it for the views and the chance to sleep in such an unusual space. Two small doubles with very comfortable mattresses in this room with an old trunk as a bedside cabinet between them. There is an additional section to this room which is above the bathroom with a chair and drawers. This will eventually have a small desk so that those people who need to work on their holiday (sadly some of us do!) can come up here to do so away from the distractions of the main living areas.
Non smoking property – it is essential this is adhered to as the building is thatched.
Some of the open stairs and balconies may not be for the faint hearted or anyone with vertigo issues.
This property is not best suited for children and they will need to be very well supervised because of the high access areas, open stair cases, balconies etc. There are no toys, games etc provided for children and there are no local facilites although there are at several of our other large properties so please do ask
See video of enclosed courtyard here
See into the kitchen here
See here for ensuite bedroom and bathroom
See here for our amazing funky shower!
See here for another bedroom video
See the mezzanine bedrooms in the roof beams
See the family bathroom video here
- All bed linen and towels
- All heating
- Free wifi
- Various dog items including but not limited to towels, bowls, poo bags, beds, sofa throws
- Full range of cooking equipment including slow cooker, gas bbq, microwave.
- We can put away any grocery shopping delivery you arrange to have delivered before you arrive.
Max No. of dogs: UNLIMITED
“What an amazing place, the barn wrapped its arms around us as we walked in. Lovely family week.”
“WOW!! It looked good online, the photos are lovely, the reality was AMAZING! What a fantastic place Running Hare Barn is! The attention to detail, the conversion itself, the artefacts and comfort were second to none. We were so thrilled to have found such a beautiful place to celebrate our Golden Wedding with all our family and the dogs . Thank you!”
“Wow! We all had a wonderful week. We have wanted to come back ever since we stayed at the The Old Piggery in 2012 and found the barn next door would be converted in the future. Seeing how nicely finished (and dog friendly) the Piggery was, we knew the barn would become something special – and we weren’t wrong!”
Location & Directions
How To Find Us:
How to find us: Post code: Mill Road, East Ruston NR12 9HS
Or – from the A149 at Stalham, take the turning signposted to Happisburgh, Bacton and Walcott (Stepping Stone Lane). Turn left at the T junction. Continue up this road for approximately 3 miles until you come to a left turn signposted Byway to Fox Hill. (Please do not be tempted to take any of the other turnings into the village, no matter what your sat nav/wife tells you. We have been known to lose guests for days when this happens!) Take this turning and continue down Mill Lane/Road passing Elsie, our wind turbine on your right and carry on past the barn on your right and then you reach a sharp bend to the right with the Old Piggery on the corner. Go up the track just past the Old Piggery and past the concrete pad which is the Piggery parking. Through the double field gates and park on the field by the gate access to the barn. Please park in such a way to allow us access into the main part of the field beyond. Thank you.
A selection of comments from our fabulous guests, written in our guest book .....
Beautiful barn, friendly people, everywhere is so dog friendly. Loads of places to visit, the beaches are fantastic. And a 9.36 one evening a herd of roe deer crossed the field. And for lovely meat for a bbq the Scrummy Pig at Wroxham Barns is a must. We have enjoyed our stay here and even a good game of hide an seek.
The Owen family with Penny, Lola, Poppy, Dotty, Jessie and Aggie May April 2018
This is our fourth visit to East Ruston Cottages but our first to Running Hare Barn. What a fantastic property!! Very comfortable, well equipped - everything we could need on holiday (plus some things we didn't know we needed!!!) The ten humans and three dogs have had a wonderful week. Thank you Sue and Dermot xx
The Mortimer and Walsh families March 2018
We have had a truly wonderful few days break at Running Hare Barn. All humans and dogs loved it. We expected it to be lovely from the website photos and description but it has surpassed all our expectations.
Fantastic, comfortable, stylish and eco-friendly to boot. Truly amazing. We cannot think of enough superlatives to do it justice. You have created a superb property which is easily the best place we have ever rented - dog friendly or not! We are very sad to go. Very many thanks.
The Kerrigan family January 2018
What a fabulous property! The welcome pack was very impressive and all the contents of it very tasty. Loved the extra large kitchen table and the many seating options in the living room. Very comfy beds and lovely bathrooms. All the supplies we needed for our stay.
The dogs loved the biscuits, throws, beds and blankets. Would highly recommend a visit to see the seals and pups at Horsey, just amazing!
We're already planning a return visit next year!
Sascha and Jason with Ozzie and Jean with Bertie, Becky and Charlie November 2017
WOW!! It looked good online, the photos are lovely, the reality was AMAZING! What a fantastic place Running Hare Barn is! The attention to detail, the conversion itself, the artefacts and comfort were second to none. We were so thrilled to have found such a beautiful place to celebrate our Golden Wedding with all our family and the dogs . Thank you!
This area is a beautiful part of our county. We were all amazed at the long stretches of sandy beaches and rural peace and quiet. Seeing the seal up close was such a bonus! Thank you Sue and Dermot, Running Hare Barn will give us all memories to treasure of this very special occasion.
Jackie and Stuart, Nicky and Gary, Sue, Jon, Max and Grace, Kaye and Verrn with Alf, Coco, Lulu and Milly
A fantastic week at the most dog friendly cottage ever - our two spaniels loved it. Tank you so much to Dermot and Sue for your amazing hospitality. The barn is so impressive - so many little details. We thoroughly enjoyed it and will definitely be back.
Linda, Paul, Sarah, Johnathan and the boys and dogs. August 2017
We have had the most wonderful stay here. The barn is super, a real family home. We have loved the kitchen and all being able to sit around the super table at meal times - also loved the Rangemaster! The showers/baths and endless supply of hot water have been great and being able to have our dogs with us has been fantastic and made the the holiday.
We've loved the walk just outside the barn down the track and especially enjoyed Cart Gap beach for the boys and the dogs. Also East Ruston Gardens are a must. Poppylands tea room at Horsey is a real step back in time and the Fair Maid fish shop at Happisburgh has been great for suppers.
Thank you so much Sue and Dermot, it has been absolutely great and grandpa has really enjoyed his 80th. Will certainly recommend.
The Drakes, Canhams and Sentances x 10 6 dogs
We have had a wonderful week at Running Hare Barn! We are in love with the barn; it is perfect for humans and dogs alike. We wish we could stay for longer. It has been great being in such a quiet area - the walks from the door are absolutely beautifu and so peaceful! We also went to Happisburgh and Sea Palling beaches which the dogs love (and we saw seals!!) We would definitely recommend the How Hill Trust and Ludham. You also can't miss out on a meal at the Star Inn - amazing food and service.
Thank you so much Sue and Dermot for being wonderful hosts. We will be back!
Juie, Martin, Hattie and Ellie with Moss, Lottie and Bertie June 2017
I had a wonderful time.
I love it
I like the beds
Bewilderwood was awesome
The curry from Oasis Indian was yummy
I like the patio, great for scooting
Thank you, Sydney McKenna (3)
PS I really like crabbing at Cromer Pier.
Our first time to Norfolk and RHB and we will be back! We have loved Running Hare Barn, its facilities and location. Being able to come away and truly our dogs are welcome as well as fully considered has made our holiday. Having throws, bowls, towels etc for the dogs makes packing and life so much easier. Having dogs accepted but ERC welcomes dogs so warmly and with open arms - this has made the holiday perfect. RHB has everything so throught out and lovely - exceeded expectations. The beaches were fab and the dogs have loved them and having a reactive dog it has been a joy - large open beaches and no crowding. Must visit Horsey, the beach and seals a total joy. Holkham beach is well worth the drive - amazing, amazing, amazing. Hillside animal sanctuary a must visit.
We have cycled, walked, visited, boated and done some running (and played golf!) A holday for everyone.
Thank you so much Sue and Dermot for making us feel so welcome.
Jackie and John, Jan and Mark with 4 beautiful rescued greyhounds - May 2017
After stopping at Mid Thatch last October we decided to bring all the family to Norfolk and booked Running Hare Barn. The barn looked amazing on photos but was even better than we expected. It has everything we could want for 6 adults, 4 kids and 2 dogs and more. The dogs loved their room and wanted to go to bed. We have had some amazing wether and the BBQ made it easy to cook for 10. We spent hours just sat in the barn looking at the beams and roof and wishing it was our home.
IF we win the lottery we will be ringing Sue and Dermot and making them an offer!
Thank you for an amazing stay - hope to be back soon.
Dawn, Leon, Anita, Brian, Myra, Roy, Harrison, Sophie, Rhianne and Georgia with Mitsy and Bella - April 2017
We have stayed with East Ruston Cottages regularly for approx 10 years since the day of the Old Forge which held a special place in our hearts. Running Hare Barn is now up there with it. It is simply stunning, every detail so well thought out and you can feel the care and attention that went into the refurb. The only complaint I have is that I don't live here! Once again we enjoyed beach walks at Sea Palling - an absolutely beautiful beach and the local walk through the tracks as recommended in the handbook. Fabulous fish and chips at the Kingfisher in Walcott and stocked up at Truly Local. We have two very worn out pooches and two re-charged and fully refreshed adults. We are in awe every time we visit at just how beautiful your part of the world is. Sue and Dermot - you really have done an absolutely beautiful job in creating Running Hare Barn - we can't wait to visit here or one of your others next time. It's so nice to stay at not only a dog friendly accommodation but dog preferred!
Nicola and Perry with Lola and Honey - April 2017
The Running Hare Barn is a lovely retreat for literally every generation, teenage boys, uni grads and their parents of course! Amazing to get away from the busy city life and into country without sparing any of its luxuries. The surrounding area is gorgeous and East Ruston Cottages are so homely and welcoming. Many fond memories of my stays here and the fab people that run them.
Hopefully many more to come.
The Pilling, Squire and Lawrence family members - April 2017
What a great place! Running Hare Barn is a beautiful example of sensitive and practical restoration - a real credit to the most hospitable owners. Every detail has been considered, every time you look around you find something special you haven't seen before. We have three dogs who are quite 'special' and dont settle easily - they almost immediately felt at home. I now have to buy two raised beds as they fell in love with yours. Its so nice and actually quite unique to find somewhere that will take 3 dogs and that is genuinely dog friendly. This is also extended to local towns, beaches and pubs - the Norfolk Tourist board should do so much more to socialise this feature. In summary a great place, amazing barn, fabulous people and stunning walks and incredibly relaxing. Thank you. Every time we stay we love it more and more. Thanks for sharing your fabulous home with us.
Richard and Gina - March 2017
Running Hare Barn OOOZES loveliness at evey turn! So many wonderful things to look at throughout. Attention to detail with the restoration is superb. Well catered for dogs and humans alike from dog beds, bowls, blankets, bowls - to a welcome goody pack for the humans. Highly recommended!
Sue and Carol with Summer, Bistro, Squeaky, Jiggy and Bear March 2017
Had the most fantastic time and it all started with this barn. It is a most beautiful place! Anyone entering this warm and welcoming home must be a filistine phillis idiot not to feel smiley and happy. The welcome from Dermot and Sue was equally warm and smiley. It is truly appreciated that they shared this place with us. We had a great family and friends time and we all will remember it fondly. Definitely hope to come back. Thanks again.
Maggie, Tom, Sarah and all the tribe March 2017
What a great place! Running Hare Barn is a beautiful example of sensitive and practical restoration - a real credit to the most hospitable owners. Every detail has been considered, every time you look around you find something special you hadn't seen before. We have three dogs who are quite *special* and don't settle easily - they almost immediately felt at home. I now have to buy two raised beds as they fell in love with yours!
It is so nice, and actually quite unique to find somewhere that will take 3 dogs and that is genuinely dog friendly. This also extended to local towns, beaches, pubs - Norfolk Tourist Board should do much more to socialise this unique feature.
In summary, great place, amazing barn, fabuous people, stunning walks and incredibly relaxing. THANK YOU!
Richard and Emma with dogs - Feb 2017
We have had a fantastic half term holiday week here in Running Hare Barn - loved all of it! This place is a real gem of a find - loved all the creature comforts and extra special touches. You've created a real home from home feel and we're all now heading home perfectly relaxed and recharged - thank you! We've especially enjoyed the beach at Winterton and Sea Palling with the dunes, Bewilderwood & Wroxham Barns were great for the littlies (& big kids too!) Lovely area and great walks from this barn also.
We will definitely recommend you and visit again!
Michelle, Chris and Daisy, Ann and Vic and Hoolie and Whist February 2017
"Pete's 60th birthday"
Thank you for an amazing stay in Running Hare Barn. Ten folks and three woofs enjoyed all of its comforts to the max! First the Piggery with girls and woofs and then Running Hare with family and friends. We will be back again because it is soooo lovely!
Jan, Tracy, Pete, Dave, Kirsty, Pete, Gen, Janine and Alex with Dylan, Holly and Lily
Thank you for a wonderful stay. We all loved Running Hare Barn. Plenty of room for us and the 4 large beasties.
Wonderful job on this place.
Helen and Richard with Moth and Brig (Irish Wolfhounds) ad Bea and Lux (Labradors) January 2017
Christmas at Running Hare Barn! Job well done Sue and Dermot! By far the best large house for Christmas we have ever stayed in!! Every little detail so well thought out. Well equipped (beyond standard!) Comfortable beds, seating, cosy, warm, welcoming, home from home!
Great facilities for our dogs too. Not sure what else we can say except THANK YOU FOR A BRILLIANT CHRISTMAS!
Love and licks from
Shirley, Paul, Joan and the GSDs, Sapphire, Grace Caesar, Honor, Saxon and the Schnoodle, Oscar!
Wow! As we walked through the door - what an amazing place! We have thoroughly enjoyed living in Running Hare Barn and walking in the surrounding areas, especially Horsey Gap. Thank you for all the little things, champagne, cake, fudge and dog biscuits etc. What lovely touches. We were all very comfortable and cosy. We enjoyed a birthday celebration with our friends and the champagne went down very well. The dogs loved their facilities too and Alfie and Noodle say thank you very much - woof woof! Best regards
Janet and Dave, Jo, Pete and Alfie, Teresa and Martin, Vikki and Noodle - November 2016
What a fabulous week we have all had. Our 6 dogs have had a brilliant time; the beaches at Sea Palling, Happisburgh and Cart Gap have left them tired. But they have had the extra bonus of all the good walkies from the barn across the bridleway and fields. Today our 5 month old mini dachshund thought the 3 horses being ridden on the bridleway were just for her entertainment!
The barn is glorious, so well appointed, extremely comfortable and unique. Sue and Dermot are the perfect hosts; only saw Dermot briefly one afternoon when coming back from work. So discreet and respectful of their guests.
This is our third visit to an ERC property in less than a year. We do all the normal things but this time did a couple of new things which we recommend.
1) Walk across the fields from the barn, head towards the water tower and the lighthouse. Lovely walk along quiet back lanes. Stroll on beach then a couple of pints in The Hill House pub in Happisburgh...
OMG! What a fun couple of hours we had with the local characters and so dog welcoming!
2) Best fish and chips (we think) are from Kingfisher Cafe in Walcott. Doesn't open til 5pm so go an hour earlier and have a drink at the Poachers Pocket watching the tides: simple pleasures.
We hope to be back!
Ann, Richard and family and dogs x 6! November 2016
Thank you both, we have had a fantastic time in your 'labour of love'! The attention to detail and going that little bit further to ensure we were comfortable was truly appreciated. For future guests we highly recommend
The Walpole Arms - Itteringham and The Gunton Arms - Thorpe Market.
Only criticism was, whilst the flapjack was delicious, we couldn't finish all that was left for us or we would have gone home half a stone heavier!
The Little's - October 2016
Thank you Dermot and Sue for the warm welcome and the wine/food extras. We felt at home straight away and loved all the nooks, crannies and quirkiness of the barn. We were so inspired by all the 'running hares' that we tried to create one (with a labrador too!) in pastry on top of a homemade chicken and leek pie! Thanks to the amazing comfort of the beds and pillows we have spent alot of money online ordering the same mattresses etc for home! Its been great having so much space for the labradors - they've had a great time, especially resting up and outdoor showering after long walks on Sea Palling beach. Us humans also loved the 'hook a hoop' game on the kitchen beam, You've done an amazing job with the barn and deserve to have guests queueing up to come along! Cheers!
Sharon, Jason, Debbie and Pete. Ria, Bella, Amber, Sam and Ash - October 2016
Wow! What an amazing place!! Beautiful, thoughtful conversion. Great attention to detail going through into what is provided for human doggy comfort! Can't recommend Winterton on Sea and the Dunes Cafe enough! Empty beaches, great food.
Many thanks for everything.
Jacky and Julian with Mabel, Cooper, Sybil and Puzzle - October 2016
This barn is just perfect for us! We loved it! The barn itself is beautifully converted with lots of lovely detail and very well equipped. We enjoyed the steam shower and the slipper bath! It is also good for dogs. Fozzy, Revell and Bootz have had a great holiday and the dog throws are a lovely touch! The dog shower and changing room are also very handy after a long day at the beach. Location great for seal watching, walking and the Broads. Had a great meal at The Swan at Ingham but otherwise enjoyed the comfort and atmosphere of Running Hare Barn. Thank you Sue and Dermot
Dave, Tessa, Fozzy, Revel and Bootz - September 2016
How beautiful is this barn! It was so much fun finding all the different hares. You are to be highly commended for your efforts towards sustainability. We have had such a good time here, so relaxing and welcoming. The dogs especially, have been well catered for - thank you. We've been boating on the Broads, walked the beaches at Happisburgh and Waxham and yes, we did see lots of seals! For further afield, Holkham beach is fantastic but it is a bit of a drive. There is a great fish bar outside Cromer on the way to Sheringham, called Rocky Bottom - crab and lobster - yum! We spent a fortune in Truly Local - what great place!
All in all, a marvellous relaxing break staying in a most idyllic barn. And the weather was brilliant! Thank you so much for letting us stay in your fascinating barn. You are going to be so popular.
Eve and Ian with Hannah and Darren plus Lola, Freddie and Louis - September 2016
Fabulous week!! Four adults and nine dogs and everyone love it! Great walks around the local field and ample berry picking! Would highly recommend The Star at Lessingham - warm welcome and fabulous food (with massive portions!) Can't wait to return to this fabulous place.
Mick, Wendy, Elaine and Paul with Molly, Lucy, Jess, Ben, Sam, Max, Zoe Monty and Tiny (who isn't tiny at all!)
Another wonderful week, perfect setting for birthday celebrations (2 x 70th and one 97th!!!!) Even the weather has been lovely. We shall be counting the days until we return in November. Thank you Dermot and Sue, AMAZING!!
Elaine, Vito, Mollie and Judith with Tink and Obie - September 2016
What a fantastic place, all the family have had an awesome time and the furry hounds have loved it. Thanks so much!
Nicky, Dave, Frankie and Johnny, Mick and Jean but not forgettting Ozzie, Rigsby, Cydney and Fletcher
This was a long awaited Heath family holiday. We wanted somewhere that would suit 3 families including 3 dogs but didn't want the normal standard dog friendly accommodation. We found the link for Running Hare Barn and booked it as it was available for the week we wanted, even before the property had been completed.
When we arrived we could not believe the standard of the accommodation and all the little touches that made it so special. The barn is stunning and you can see that a lot of thought, time and love has been spent getting it to how it is. We are the part of the family that has no dogs but we would definitely book this property or one of their others again. Very pleased with it and we all had a memorable holiday together that we will always remember. Thank you and hopefully see you again soon!
The Heath Family - August 2016
Wow! We all had a wonderful week. We have wanted to come back ever since we stayed at the The Old Piggery in 2012 and found the barn next door would be converted in the future. Seeing how nicely finished (and dog friendly) the Piggery was, we knew the barn would become something special - and we weren't wrong!
Sue and Dermot - you have done a fabulous job. We were met with the instant wow factor when we first walked in and then spent the rest of the week commenting on how we all kept noticing unique and imaginative features that we hadn't previously seen. The fact that all the utensils, glasses, cutlery, crockery, pans etc were plentiful and of a really high standard was a really nice touch.
The technology through the property including the really huge tv and amazing showers and the sustaintable technology all added to the enjoyment of our stay. The barn is a great location to act as a base to explore this part of Norfolk. Once again we have found the beaches amazing and not at all crowded and many places to be extremely dog friendly.
A few highlights include - Seal watching at Horsey Beach (I don't know if we were more interested in them, or them in our dogs!). Walking dogs along empty beaches that stretch for miles (Bacton is extremely good for access and no pebbles). A day in a boat on the Broads - very relaxing even with 2 children, a baby and 5 dogs. Afternoon tea at the Waterside. Breakfast at Sugar and Spice Cafe. 'Posh' meal at The Swan at Ingham. We will be back in the future again I am sure.
Jayne, Andy, Will, Ben and the 3 whippets
Clarice, Keith and Mickey the dog
Rachel, Steve, James and Buster The dog
Thank you for a wonderful week - it's very hard to go home! The barn is stunning - very well equipped and comfortable, well appointed and clean. Sue and Dermot are fantastic hosts and lovely people and Elsie (the wind turbine!) kept us well powered! :)
This is a great base for day trips and sightseeing. Especially recommend the beaches at Sea Palling and Winterton where we spotted seals. Hill House pub at Happisburgh is great for a meal and dogs are very welcome. And a boat trip on the Broads is a great way to spend a day.
Thanks again - can't wait to come back!
Angela, Steve, Ian and Chrissie and Ossie dog - July 2016
What an amazing place, the barn wrapped its arms around us as we walked in. Lovely family week. Kitchen very well equipped and more. We cannot wait to return in September and November! So relaxed don't even know what the date is!!
Elaine, Vito and Molly (96!) - July 2016
We thoroughly enjoyed this beautiful barn conversion, full of fascinating nooks and crannies and novel ideas. The attention to detail and beautiful materials give the house a very warm and friendly atmosphere. We loved the courtyard garden and the splendid, well equipped kitchen. The upstairs bedrooms can get rather warm which could be a problem in hot weather (has now been addressed). It would be nice to have a couple of long chairs for outdoor siestas. (these have now been added!) The dog room and shower are really practical and worked very well for our three energetic spaniels. Slipper baths extremely comfortable!
We had an excellent week and would recommend this house as a lovely place to stay at any time of the year.
The Havers family - June 2016