Badgers Retreat, East Ruston

Sleeps 2

Ground floor dog friendly cottage annexe

“Wow! I never had such a welcome! Fresh eggs, homemade cakes etc and a genuine welcome too!  The cottage is so dog friendly which is such a change from feeling like a leper in society because of having a dog.  Such great walks on the Weavers Way and so many beautiful beaches!


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 East Ruston village and has oodles of charm and character. A different and easy walk every day is possible or you can 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.
  • Views across the fields from the living room and garden – herds of deer can sometimes be seen!


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 tv with Freeview and Netflix, portable radio, bookshelves and very neatly fitted kitchen including oven, hob, microwave and fridge with plenty of storage space. Off this is the….

Double bedroom 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 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. Please note the conservatory is not heated.



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 front door which is a stable style door, ideal for opening up the top to let the sun in whilst keeping the dogs in too if needed. This leads into the…

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 with barbeque. 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.



Plenty of garden space to sniff about it and very secure.  The front wall is the only possible weak point if you have jumpers.  Otherwise it’s a good size and safe.  Easy walks from the door are quiet and there is little in the way of passing traffic so it’s good for reactive dogs.



  • No smoking in Badgers Retreat please
  • Arrival time is 4pm and departure time is 10am but please do ask if you want different times.
  • The super lovely owners live in the main house and will always respect your privacy but also are very happy to help their guests if needed.
  • The lower part of the boundary fence at the front of the house is approx 3ft so not ideal for jumpers


We Provide:

What we provide for the dogs

  • Dog bowls and throws (in chest below window)
  • Two dog crates available W18 x L29 x H18 and W27 x L41 x H27
  • Great walks from the door
  • Dog biscuits in the welcome pack

What else we provide for you!

  • All heating and electricity is included
  • Bed linen and towels are provided
  • Local maps and leaflets
  • Free wi-fi
  • Wood burner will be set up on arrival.  Additional bags of logs can 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

4 ish dogs welcome


Well, what can I say? What a week, its been fantastic. Weather has been great and there is lots to see and do. Sheringham is my favourite place but loved everything and everywhere we went. Cottage is beautiful and location is ideal for a nice relaxing holiday. Would recommend to anyone to stay here. Big thank you from us.


What a wonderful week we have had! Such a warm and wonderful welcome on arrival and a cake to die for, thank you! Fresh eggs, milk and dog treats too, a real nice touch! I’ve loved watching the birds on the feeders and the regular sighting of the barn owl of an evening on the field opposite the cottage was amazing. Perfect.  



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Location & Directions

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.



Some of the fabulous comments from the Badger's Retreat guest book...

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"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

"It's our second time here and it's been as lovely as the first. Lovely little cottage, so peaceful and beautiful surroundings, and perfect for the dogs, especially the garden! We had another lovely week full of lovely beaches and walks. The dogs have loved it. Thank you to Susan and Craig for being so welcoming and for the lovely cake! Best wishes" - Lynn and Trevor

"Lovely weather, lots of peace and quiet. Craig and Susan couldn’t do enough for you, cottage is beautiful and everything you could need is in there, wish we could have stayed longer than a week! Also thank you for the welcome pack, the cake was beautiful!"- David and Dorothy

"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 Craig and Susan 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, Sue and Craig 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. Thank you Sue and Craig"- Val and Jim

"What a lovely week we have had! Very relaxing holiday and we love this cottage, especially the garden! Found this book very useful so: Sea Palling lovely beach, even at high tide you can get to a quiet sandy beach, lovely walk to the Butchers Arms with excellent food, The Swan at Lessingham is worth eating at – set the sat nav up and its easy to find! Circular walk via Honing lock is lovely! On top of this the home-made flapjacks and flowers made it very special, thank you!"- Jennie and Russ

"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. Susan and Craig 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

"Our first holiday with the dogs, which for all of us was a great success. We walked on Weavers Way and many beaches and for us, the best ones were those close to Badgers, especially Cart Gap and Sea Palling. We saw seals at Cart Gap twice, birds of prey and deer locally. We visited dog friendly pubs which were recommended by Susan and Craig which served great food, this was another first for us, and a great success. We found a seafood shop on the way back from Cart Gap, the seafood from there was great. We have had a wonderful holiday with Badgers Retreat being a beautiful and comfortable place to stay, have loved the area. Susan and Craig have been delightful hosts, the welcome basket and cake were superb. Many thanks"- Marius and Trevor, Mia and Willow and Amber with Bella

"Thank you - lovely, cosy accommodation. Regular visitors to Norfolk but first time in this area and first time in a cottage,but definitely not the last. The cake left for us was delicious and the eggs and milk was very welcome. Thank you. Very dog friendly, the dogs settled in well. The fire was very welcome. We have had a fab time and we will hopefully be back." - Gill and Gary, Raffles, Scrappy and Ella

"Thank you Craig and Susan for making Badgers Retreat such a super place to stay. Tina and I have so enjoyed our holiday exploring this part of Norfolk, especially coming home to somewhere so cosy, wam and comfortable. Thank you also for the welcome goodies especially the delicious cake. You have thought of everything. We hope to return one day soon to continue our adventures."- Jan and Tina

"Had a lovely and relaxing break. The cottage is lovely and comfortable and has everything you need. Great location with plenty of places to visit in the local area. The dogs have had a whale of a time - Ive never seen them so tired - they'll sleep for a week when we get home. Thank you Craig and Sue"- Lisa, Cleo and Megan

"Thoroughly enjoyed the holiday as did the dogs. Lovely cosy cottage and quiet location. Craig and Susan made us feel very welcome. The home made cake was delicious. Thank you very much for the fresh eggs and milk. Thank you for providing such a dog friendly place. Would seriously consider coming back."- Trevor, Lynne, Leanne, Jessie, Eric and Monty

"Not my first time visiting Norfolk but first time in this area and I love it! Peace and quiet but easy to get to busier places and beaches. Its great having Weavers Way on the doorstep - made a lovely circular walk for the dogs. The cottage is perfect, it just feels so calm and colourful and the conservatory make it special. I didnt know my batteries were so flat! I have really relaxed and unwound - so I know where to book next time I need some rest! Sue and Craig and Poppy you are lovely hosts. Thank you so very much" - Cath, Lillie and Gracie

"We have fallen in love with Norfolk on our first visit. The beaches a Waxham, Happisburgh and Horsey (loads of seals!!!) are great. Cromer was very busy but a few nice shops. Sheringham was so busy we only had a pub lunch, didnt do the shops because we had the dogs and the streets were so narrow so too busy for them. Sheringham Park was a nice walk - the parking is £5. On our first night we walked to the Butchers Arms. HUGE portions of nice food, good prices, very friendly staff and locals. Wroxham has a fab little pet shop and big Roys department stores and other shops! We will be back to Norfolk next year!" - Jill, Alison, Paddy, Dotty and Missy

"We had a sunny week at this lovely cottage. Weavers Way is very close, where we saw Barn Owls, deer and bitey flies. 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 Pigney Woods where we saw a little eagret. Sea Palling is a beautiful beach. Sheringham Park has many pathways and views of the steam train and surrounding landscapes. Had a drink at the Butchers in the afternoon - it seems friendly there. Went to Winterton On Sea (Friday), nice cafe there (Dunes). It started to rain slightly, drove through Hemsby but didnt 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. Thanks Craig and Susan and Poppy". - 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 

"Well, what can I say? What a week, its been fantastic. Weather has been great and there is lots to see and do. Sheringham is my favourite place but loved everything and everywhere we went. Cottage is beautiful and location is ideal for a nice relaxing holiday. Finally, Craig and Susan are lovely, lovely host. Nothing is too much trouble. Would recommend to anyone to stay here. Big thank you from"- Tracey, Mum and Paris (puppy)

"A lovely dog friendy cottage (very important to us), with a secure sunny garden with Weavers Way on our doorstep, so handy for those evening and morning walks. Lots of places to eat and visit. Sutton Pottery well worth finding. Will never forget the seals at Horsey and so lucky with the weather - sunny and dry. Thank you Susan and Craig" - Maggie, Ray, Daisy, Nula and Blarney

"Wow! I never had such a welcome! Fresh eggs, homemade cakes etc and a genuine welcome too! The cottage is so dog friendly which is such a change from feeling like a leper in society because of having a dog. The weather - being Bank Holiday - Storm Katie etc, didn't spoil our short break in Norfolk. And what a quiet location. Thank you"- Jen, Doug and Molly 

"Thank you so much for a lovely stay. The cottage is delightful - so peaceful and cosy! It was so nice to sit and watch the birds outside the window and read a book in the conservatory on the comfy day bed. We took a few walks along Weavers Way and visited the beach at Happisburgh and Sea Palling. Baxter was worn out. Hope to come back again"- Gemma, Wayne and Baxter

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