Church Fields Cottage, East Ruston

Sleeps 6 in 3 bedrooms

Single storey, luxurious barn conversion

“We have just returned from a 2 night break and I can not recommend these beautiful cottages enough.
Often when you stay at a property where dogs are allowed you get a 2 star but believe me, not the case here it is definitely a 5 star”

Church Fields cottage is the largest cottage on Church Farm, which is perfect for a large family of 6, or two smaller families to go away together.  This modern converted barn is a very comfortable and easy place to stay.

  • The beaches we are so famous for – dog friendly and sandy – are a short drive away.
  • Many local dog friendly cafes and pubs to choose from too.
  • The nearby towns of Stalham and North Walsham are good for any shopping.
  • The Norfolk Broads are very easily accessible from here.  Why not take your dogs out on a boat and see this beautiful waterland area we are so lucky to have.
  • National Trust houses and famous gardens are also nearby
  • Sailing, paddle boarding, wild swimming and canoeing all easy to do here too.



Hang your coats and leads on the antler hooks on the wall next to the front door and use the master light switch that will turn on (and off!) all the lighting throughout the property. Each additional room has its own master switch where the individual room lights can be controlled from.

Opposite the front door is the main open plan living area.

Kitchen area
Open plan with high oak beamed ceiling. Fully fitted and very well equipped. Includes a built-in electric oven, gas hob, microwave, under-counter fridge with icebox, Freezer (63L), dishwasher and washer/dryer. Dining table and chairs to seat six.

Sitting area
Comfy leather seating with a large smart TV with DAB radio, DVD player and Freeview via a Sky box. The TV unit is stocked with DVD’s, books, magazines, games and information on places to visit. The double patio doors lead out on to the courtyard area which is for your sole use and surrounded by a 3ft high wall. From here there is access to the large communal grassed area.

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Family bathroom
A traditional sandstone tiled bathroom with an over the bath shower, basin, toilet and heated towel rail.

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Double en-suite bedroom
Modern grey fabric double bed, solid pine chest of drawers and matching bedside table units. Hang your clothes on our antique rack and hooks, with further hooks behind the door.  This room has patio doors leading out to the courtyard. The traditional sandstone tiled en-suite shower room has a large shower, basin and heated towel rail.

Double bedroom
Faux leather double bed, solid oak tall chest of drawers with matching bedside tables. Antique rack and hooks for hanging clothes, with further hooks behind the door. There is also patio doors leading out to the courtyard.

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Our most versatile bedroom
The bed is a single trundle bed. This allows the room to be made up as a single, twin or the beds pushed together to make a large double. There is a chest of drawers, bedside table, boxes of toys and books, along with hooks on the back of the door to hang coats.

Under floor heating, gas central heating and solar power. There are thermostats in the kitchen to help adjust the temperature.


Parking is off road, on our land, gated and right outside your cottage.  From parking your car, a ramp or two small steps will lead you to your cottage door.  There is plenty of room for parking and turning.

The courtyard is all yours to use and is walled to approx. 4ft.  There is also access, via a gate to a safe communal grassed area, with the perimeter up to 8ft. Seating is at a wooden garden table set with a parasol and a gas barbecue for those warm days!

Beyond the parking area and separate to the cottages is a dedicated secure enclosed large paddock for guest use.  Very big, well cared for and with a warm doggy shower to use too.

Shop: 2.5 miles Pub: 1.5 miles


The immediate outside area is a courtyard so it will be possible to hear other dogs and people (and see them over the top of the wall) but they are secure areas and a good size and if your dogs are sociable and not worried by others, it will be ideal for them.

What is good for a lot of dogs is the separate paddock just a few steps away from the cottage – it’s huge and well fenced all round with a warm shower area and seating too!


  • We ask that you do not smoke in our cottage.
  • If you would like your dog to join you on your bed, please let us know and bring your own bedding.
  • Mobile reception in this part of rural Norfolk can be variable.
  • We do have to ask that dogs are not left unattended without being crated.

Interaction with guests
The owners live in Church Farm, so are on-site when and if required.  You are most welcome to come and knock for a chat.

Other things to note
Tesco, Morrison’s, Sainsbury, Asda and Waitrose all deliver to our cottage. Please feel free to arrange a delivery, but please ensure you are here to receive it. We can also take in any parcels for any special occasions during your stay, we can either have these ready for you in your cottage on arrival or at the main farmhouse for you to collect when you are ready.

Walks from the door
The owners have put together a couple of local routes to walk which can be found below.


The Risbys –  From Left to Right – Andy, Eloise, Lauren, James, Chris, Sandra & Arna the GSD.

Once we started staying with East Ruston Cottages, we were hooked and instantly knew that this was “our” part of the world. After quite a few years of Sandra and Andy holidaying here with Lauren their daughter and her family tagging along, we stumbled across this property and it all just clicked. The main Farmhouse was big enough for our 3 generations, a big field for the dogs to run and the holiday cottages, all the boxes were ticked. So we all sold our houses in Sidcup, Kent and jumped at the move and we haven’t looked back. We love living here every day, it is like a dream come true! Sea Palling and Happisburgh beaches are our favorites, along with The Star Inn or as a special treat, The Gunton Arms for food. We hope whatever cottage you choose, you enjoy the area as much as us!

We Provide:

This is how dog friendly we are!

  • Dog towels, throws, bowls, poo bags, toys and a medium size dog bed.
  • Dog crates available on request.
  • Secure courtyard area, shared grass area and large shared paddock

What else we provide for you!

  • 400 Thread Count Egyptian Cotton bed linen
  • Towels – bath, hand and tea towels
  • Beach towels.
  • Throws.
  • All heating including underfloor.
  • Tea, coffee, sugar.
  • A welcome pack.
  • A comprehensive information folder about your cottage.
  • Information on places to visit.
  • WIFI – up to 40Mbps
  • Cot and high chair available on request.

Max No. of dogs: 4 ish. But we can be flexible.

Short breaks available October to end May (excluding school holidays)


“We have just returned from a 2 night break and I can not recommend these beautiful cottages enough. Often when you stay at a property where dogs are allowed you get a 2 star but believe me, not the case here, it is definitely a 5 star 🌟”

“A lovely couple where nothing is to much trouble, everything has been thought out down to treats for the doggies. Whilst there it was my husbands birthday and on arrival a birthday banner was up and a card. We will definitely return and will be recommending this to all of our friends and family.   Well done Lauren, Chris and Family you have a little hidden gem keep up the good work.”
Maxine, March

“Fresh country & sea air, peace & tranquility allied to luxury accommodation The area has enough variety to make your stay as relaxing or otherwise as you could wish. We returned home with batteries charged & were fully invigorated. To quote Arnold Schwarzenegger – We will be back!”
Mark Visaya & Co, November 

“Where do I start! Its beautiful, everything about it is amazing! Stunning place, so calm & quiet and very very dog friendly! It’s a home from home… A****** couldn’t recommend enough.”
June 2019

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How To Find Us:

Church Farm, Church Farm Road, East Ruston
NR12 9HJ

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Some fabulous reviews from Church Fields Cottage guest book!

“Our first time at Hidden Gem but not East Ruston Cottages.   The cottage is absolutely wonderful and has a very homely feel.  We have had a really relaxing holiday in a stunning location and Hidden Gem is like a home from home.  The beach and dunes are beautiful and the garden has been perfect for our two hounds!  A very dog friendly holiday cottage. All the extra little touches and the welcome gifts have been much appreciated!  We will definitely be back!! "

Phil and Clare with Pepo and Molly
Testimonial for Hidden Gem (Dog friendly holiday cottage in Norfolk)

“Our first stay at Red Roofs and we will definately be returning. Beautiful house and location. Garden is perfect for the dogs, house is well equipped and the welcome pack is a great gesture. We will be back next year ..... just hope you aren't fully booked!"

Vicky and Colin
Testimonial for Red Roofs

“Thank you so much for allowing us to be your first guests in Corner Cottage. My first impression was "WOW!". The cottage is amazing, you have thought of everything (even supplied fantastic weather!). The decoration is lovely, beds so comfortable. It was so nice to be able to bring the dogs so they could have a holiday with us and experience the beach for the first time."

Sandra and Steve
Testimonial for Corner Cottage
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East Ruston Cottages Limited
Reg.No. 10048164 at Companies House, Cardiff

Registered address:

Sea Lows, Crowden Road, Eccles, Norfolk NR12 0SJ