Running Hare Barn
Some comments from our first guests......
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! :)
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!
See more of what our guests think in our Guestbook
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
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.
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.
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)
Bedroom 2 with ensuite bathroom (Hare bedroom)
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 ...
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
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...
Past this bathroom and into the ...
From the lounge there are more oak, open tread stairs to...
Mezzanine Bedroom north
What we provide
All bed linen and towels
We can put away any grocery shopping delivery you arrange to have delivered before you arrive.
Non smoking property - it is essential this is adhered to as the building is thatched.
This property is not best suited for children and they will need to be very well supervised because of the
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.