Badgers Retreat

  • Dogs: 3 but flexible

  • Sleeps Max: 2

  • Bedrooms: 1

  • Bathrooms: 1

Single storey dog friendly cottage annexe

Badger’s Retreat is a very colourful, spacious and well-planned single storey, dog friendly holiday annexe.  It is part of Bristow’s Farmhouse on the edge of one of the quiet Norfolk village of East Ruston and has oodles of charm and character. A different and easy walk every day is possible from the door or you can easily drive to a different dog friendly beach each day!

  • It is perfectly located for a really easy and lovely dog walking and cycling.
  • Near dog-friendly, sandy beaches and woods.
  • This quiet corner of North Norfolk is a real hideaway, yet only two miles from the market town of Stalham.
  • The Weavers Way footpath is just yards from the house and is great for quiet and easy dog walks.
  • The Norfolk Broads are nearby and a huge selection of footpaths and bridleways run all around the area.
  • Hire a boat from the local dog friendly boat yards, maybe paddle board or canoe too.
  • Views across the fields from the living room and garden – herds of deer can sometimes be seen!
  • The on-site owners are very helpful and hospitable and will help you or leave you to your own devices.

For the dogs:

  • Dog bowls and throws (in chest below window) – welcome to join you on the sofas.
  • Two dog crates available W18 x L29 x H18 and W27 x L41 x H27
  • We would prefer that your dogs are not left alone in the property unless you are 100% confident that they will not get stressed. Please let Terri and Richard know you are going out and ensure they have your telephone number so they can call you if needed.   If they are crate trained and you would like to use a crate, please let us know and we will leave either of the above for you.  If you need a different size, do ask us as we have other sizes.
  • Dog sitting.  If you would like to go out for a few hours and leave the dogs but are not confident they will settle, please contact
  • Great walks from the door
  • Dog biscuits in the welcome pack
  • Fully secure garden – see below for more details

For the humans:

  • All heating and electricity is included
  • Bed linen and towels are provided
  • Local maps and leaflets
  • Free WiFi
  • Wood burner will be set up on arrival.  Additional bags of logs can easily be obtained locally.
  • Crochet blankets for guests
  • Tea, coffee, sugar and milk
  • Welcome basket often including local paper, eggs, biscuits or cake and a pot of preserves

About the property

All about the inside:

This is a high ceilinged, generous sized room with amazing inglenook fireplace, lots of interesting art and decorations and comfy sofas and coffee table. There is a flat-screen smart TV, portable radio, bookshelves and very neatly fitted kitchen including oven, hob, microwave and fridge with plenty of storage space. Off this is the….


Bedroom (double bed) with hanging space and window seat. Off the bedroom is the ensuite shower room with toilet, sink, chair and pine wardrobe with hanging space.


This generous and light-filled room contains a metal-framed sofa, coffee table and table and chairs. The conservatory is fully fitted with blinds to ensure privacy. French doors open out onto the spacious lawn of the private garden – a lovely place to sit and enjoy the sunlight and peace.

All about the outside:

Off-road parking is on the shared driveway from which guests can access their private garden through the picket gate. There is a path leading to the conservatory access door.

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


If your dog loves a good sniff round the garden then this will be for them!  Large enough for some zoomies too and mostly laid to grass.   The front wall and gate are not suitable for sighthounds/jumpers as it can be cleared easily at approx 3ft and the fields beyond do sometimes have deer in them.  But if you have dogs that are content to sniff around and lie in the sun after a long walk on the Weavers Way or a day at the beach, then this is perfect.   Perfect inside too as all on one level with solid floors + rugs.  Diggers will struggle to get out of this garden too.

Will this property suit my dogs?

Please note:

  • No smoking in Badger’s Retreat please.
  • Arrival time is 4pm and departure time is 10am but please do ask if you want different times.
  • The lower part of the boundary fence at the front of the house is approx 3ft so not ideal for jumpers.
  • We do not have a BBQ at the property, but guests can bring their own to use.
  • All major supermarkets delivery to Badger’s Retreat.  If you would like us to put it away, please book a slot between 10 and 2.
  • If this is not the pawfect place for you then please have a look at our other properties.


The annexe is on one level. There is a small step into the conservatory.  The doorways are not wide enough for wheelchairs as this is an older property.  The shower room is ensuite to the bathroom and the shower has a small step in.

Reviews / Testimonials


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“A very enjoyable stay in a comfortable cottage. Terri and Richard were very welcoming, nothing was too much trouble. We did a lot of exploring, including the Weaver’s Way walk which is very good for dog walking. We also visited the Old vicarage Gardens which opened on 3rd March and is only a short distance away. It is an amazing place and a must visit if you like gardens – or even if you don’t!” – Angie, John and Jango, March 2022
“Badger’s Retreat, a pleasure to be here. Such a sweet little cottage, warm, cosy and inviting. Thank you Terri and Richard for making us feel so welcome. Great welcome pack for humans and our three 4-legged girls. We have enjoyed the cosy fire and grateful for the wood and kindling. Loved the Weaver’s Way and nearby beach walks, in fact we loved it all so thank you both and wish you happened and good health for 2022.” – Graham, Sandra, Savvy, Serena and Sahara, Jan 2022
“This has been our second visit to Badger’s Retreat and has been just as relaxing as the first. The cottage has been warm and cosy and a lovely base to return to after exploring the Norfolk beaches and countryside. We have walked parts of the Weavers Way and we visited Cart Gap and Happisburgh beaches everyday. A highlight of the week was a drive to Holkham and a walk on the huge expanse of beach there Bonnie, Murphy and Roo have loved their holiday too! We will be back soon!”– Liz and Ray

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

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

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

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

“We had a sunny week at this lovely cottage. Weavers Way is very close, where we saw Barn Owls and deer. Went to Happisburgh – the lighthouse is open Sundays. The beach there is nice, turn right along the beach and off the next opening and you’ll get to Smallsticks Cafe which is dog friendly. Went to Richardsons boatyard and found the Museum of the Broads and that was interesting. Went to Pigneys Woods where we saw a little egret. Sea Palling is a beautiful beach. Sheringham Park has many pathways and views of the steam train and surrounding landscapes. Went to Winterton On Sea (Friday), nice cafe there (Dunes). It started to rain slightly, drove through Hemsby but didn’t stop, went to Great Yarmouth where plenty of entertainment can be had. On the way back we stopped at Horsey Water Pump which is being renovated, walked to the beach and after a short walk, came across 100 seals on the beach or swimming close to the shore. The seals were the highlight of our week. “. – Greg, Carole, Flint and Barley

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



How to find us

How to find us: Post code: Bristows Farmhouse, Chequers Street NR12 9JX
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Or – From Stalham. From the A149 which bypasses Stalham take the road signposted to Bacton/Happisburgh (Stepping Stone Lane). Turn left onto the B1159 and take the first left again, just after SAM business premises. Stay on this small, tree lined road until you come out into open farmland. Bristows Farmhouse where Badgers Retreat is located will be the second property on the right hand side.