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East Ruston Cottages

Dog Friendly Self Catering Holiday Cottages In Rural & Coastal East Norfolk

Telephone: 01692 650083
Mobile: 07766 665684
Email:
sue@eastrustoncottages.co.uk

East Ruston Cottages
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Running Hare Barn

(See the photo gallery here and some short videos - see below).

Some comments from our first guests......

What an amazing place, the barn wrapped its arms around us as we walked in.  Lovely family week.

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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 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

 

 

See more of what our guests think in our Guestbook

 

NEWS! 
RUNNING HARE BARN GOT INTO THE SEMI FINALS OF THE REGIONAL LABC BUILDING EXCELLENCE AWARD!

 

 

 

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...

Family bathroom
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 ...

 

Lounge
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.  Click here to see more of the amazing mezzanine spaces.

 

 

 

What we provide

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.

 

Please note

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.
 

 

How to find us: Post code: Mill Road, East Ruston NR12 9HS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Enter start address:

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.

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