Bristow’s Barn

  • Dogs: 6 but flexible / reactive dog friendly

  • Sleeps Max: 8

  • Bedrooms: 4

  • Bathrooms: 3

Beautiful barn conversion surrounded by Norfolk countryside

Bristow’s Barn is sympathetically converted, very spacious and light-filled listed barn.   It was renovated in 2022 and very well designed with the comfort of both humans and dogs in mind. The views over the quiet fields are just what you need for a relaxing break away in the Norfolk countryside.

  • Round the corner from the Weavers Way footpath, a quiet and beautiful dog friendly countryside route.
  • Walks from the door from this house are easy and quiet and rich in birds and wildlife.
  • Plenty of dog friendly pubs and cafes nearby – more details here.
  • Our lovely sandy, year round dog friendly beaches are a short drive from this dog friendly Norfolk barn. See this page of the website for more details.
  • Want to order some pizza or fish platters for your holiday treats?  Our Guest Goodies page has all the details
  • The small town of Stalham is a short drive away with shops, cafes and pubs.   Also can be reached on foot – 1.5 miles (see here for the route)
  • The ground floor is textured Karndean throughout, making it easy and practical for dogs.
  • Ideal for reactive dogs – read more on our blog post here.
  • If Bristow’s Barn is booked for your dates, try our other lovely big family houses – Thatch Cottage, The Farmhouse, Fenside and Red Roofs.


For the dogs:


  • 2 x Large, 2 x Medium, 2 x Small crates (please specify when booking)
  • 2 x stair gates
  • 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 check this page for our recommendations.
  • Sofa throws
  • Food/water bowls
  • Fully secure garden with 6ft high solid fencing
  • Dog towels
  • Warm doggy shower outside
  • Wonderful, easy quiet walks from the door along the Weavers Way, just down the road
  • Feed raw?  We have a good amount of freezer space and a partnership with the Raw Dog Food Company for free delivery and a £10 min order.

For the humans:

  • All bed linen and towels supplied (bath and hand towel per person)
  • Wifi included
  • Separate gallery working/study area
  • Outside seating courtyard area
  • Hairdryers in every bedroom
  • Travel cot and highchair available on request
  • Underfloor heating throughout the downstairs / radiators upstairs
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Hello! I’m Stephen and Tiggers and I are the proud owners of Bristow’s Barn. As a farmer, I am very interested in the natural world and the fantastic wildlife of Norfolk – Tiggers is also a big fan of a good run in the great outdoors. I enjoy riding his motorcycles on-road, off-road and on the racetrack, although Tiggers isn’t as much of a fan of this as she can’t join in! I have trained a number of working dogs. Tiggers is a German wirehaired pointer – here she is in the photo enjoying a retrieve along with a swim on a summer’s evening.

About the property

All about the inside:

Enter through the double doors from the rear paved courtyard into …

Kitchen and dining room: 
A beautiful open plan room for entertaining is at the heart of this gorgeous house. The kitchen has a large five ring gas burner with double oven and separate grill. There is a large American style fridge freezer with plenty of room to store yours or your dog’s food. The island has the dishwasher and sink built in. There is stool seating on the other side of the island so you can chat to the cook and washer upper!  The large dining table seats 8 with a large Smart flat screen TV on the wall.

Front stairs…

Above the kitchen is the main bathroom with sink, WC and bath with a shower over.

Bedroom 1 has two full size single beds which can be zip-linked together to form a superking double. There is a large chest of drawers, bedside tables with lamps, mirror and hanging space for clothes.

Bedroom 2 has two full size single beds, large wardrobe, bedside table and lamp.

Back downstairs and through the kitchen to the…

Sitting room. There are 2 x  two seater sofas, 1 x three seater sofa, two beanbags for the children and a further armchair and rocking chair.  All surrounding the huge Smart TV loaded with all the apps for guests to log in to their accounts.  A cupboard under the stairs is where you will find the washing machine and laundry utilities. There is a back door to the fully fenced lawned garden and the front barn doors lead to the parking area.

Bedroom 3 is located downstairs with a kingsize bed, bedside tables with lamps, wardrobe and chest of drawers. This bedroom has an ensuite shower room with sink and WC.

Bedroom 4 Head up the large staircase in the living room to this bedroom where there is another kingsize bed with bedside tables and lamps, chest of drawers, wardrobe and amazing views across the fields. This bedroom also has an en suite shower room with sink and WC.

Outside Bedroom 1 there is a mezzanine level overlooking the lounge which has a desk, chair and bookshelf for a quiet work area and great views of the beamed roof.

All about the outside:

There is a huge walled courtyard area with large table and benches for dining al fresco.  There are also four sun loungers for guest use.  The courtyard is fully fenced with 6ft solid wood fencing.

Round to the side is a separate large, secure grassed garden, again with 6ft solid fencing with wooden mesh on top to allow for the view across the fields (for humans, not dogs!).  There is seating in the grassy area too with some shade from the trees.  In the fields you can often see herds of red deer, single muntjac and Chinese water deer as well as running hares.

Plenty of off road parking and field views.

Will this property suit my dogs?

Will it ever!  With SO much space inside and out, dogs love this place!  Totally secure outside areas for them too with plenty of grass.  The walks from the door go on for miles into the deep Norfolk countryside and are very quiet – making this a perfect location for reactive dogs.  There are farm barns opposite one line of the courtyard fence and these are used for storing machinery so there will be times when there are vehicle movements so do just bear this in mind for dogs who are reactive to noises.  The grass area is separated from the farm yard by the barn itself so is a quieter environment for them.

Please note:

  • Check in is from 5pm, departure at 10am please.
  • Low occupancy discounts in place for the quieter winter months.
  • No smoking allowed at Bristow’s Barn please (due to the thatched roof).
  • Crates.  We would prefer that your dogs are not left alone in the property unless you are 100% confident that they will not get stressed.  If they are crate trained and you would like to use a crate, please do ask us for what you need.  We know how bulky they are to pack!
  • Electric car, bike or scooter charging is NOT available or permitted at this property.
  • All major supermarkets deliver here, if you do make an order – please make sure it is delivered after your arrival.
  • Maps may show the Springfield Kennels next door – these have been closed since 2021.


The gravel parking area is directly beside the barn and there are two steps to the front door or guests can go up one step into the paved area at the back and then in through the kitchen door (step over threshold).

Bedrooms:  A ground floor bedroom is available with a walk in shower in the en suite which may be useful for some mobility issues.

The floors are solid wood and there is plenty of space in the open plan living areas.

The property does not cater specifically for mobility, audibly or visually impaired guests but please do contact us if you would like to know more –

Reviews / Testimonials


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“Great location. So peaceful yet near our favourite beach at Cart Gap. Friendly host made it easy when we needed crates. Thank you so much for Bertie’s first holiday. He loved the sea! Very comfortable and restful week.” – David, Julia, Emma, Lisa and 4 dogs Noodle, Katie, Minnie and Bertie!

“Lovely peaceful location, very relaxing. Enjoyed local walks on Weaver’s Way and Stalham. Stephen is a fabulous and caring host.” 

“Wonderful barn. We have had a very relaxing week. Lovely quiet location. Buzz and Ozzy loved the secure garden. Very much looking forward to coming back in October! Thank you. PS – thank you for the welcome pack. Lots of treats for both humans and dogs!” – Vickie, Gloria, Bob, Buzz and Ozzy

“It is a bit daunting being the first person to write in the guest book but luckily its not difficult to say how wonderful our stay has been! High quality fixtures and fittings, comfy beds. So relaxing. We expected to have teething problems but we had none! Couldn’t fault anything. Couldn’t think of anything we would have changed or needed. Maybe a bottle stop for my Prosecco (but meant I HAD to drink it all – haha!) Lovely welcome pack and lovely owners. Five star all the way! We would love to come back if you’ll have us! Thank you.” – Pat, Jeff and Peggy


How to find us

Bristow’s Barn, Chequers Street, East Ruston, Norfolk, 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. Bristow’s Barn is the second property on the right hand side (the first is Springfield bungalow) after you have followed the road round to the left at the small bridge (there are other properties before this point).