Holmes House, East Ruston

Sleeps 4 plus sofabed

A peaceful and secluded house with a wonderfully secure garden

“What an amazing place to stay! First visit to Holmes House and it won’t be our last. So welcoming. Quiet, relaxing and perfect for 6 dogs! We were thinking of changing the locks and claiming squatter’s rights!! We don’t want to leave!  Home to book again straight away for next year. Thanks”


This is one of our most popular holiday cottages, at the end of a short, dead end private track.  Just yards away is the Weavers Way footpath, a quiet and beautiful dog friendly route that runs through the countryside.

Walks from the door from this house are easy and quiet and rich in birds and wildlife.  Walk through the village of East Ruston and the surrounding countryside.  Enjoy a stroll alongside the old North Walsham to Dilham Canal or onto the common land in the village.  Plenty of wildlife and very few people to see.  There is no passing traffic which makes it a wonderfully peaceful spot, much loved by regular guests.  If you want to have friends or family staying nearby, The Lodge and Badgers Retreat are a very short walk away.

Our lovely sandy, year round dog friendly beaches are a short drive from this house – a great selection to choose from and all easily accessible.  The small town of Stalham is a short drive or a longer walk along the Weavers Way with shops and cafes and pubs to choose from.

When you arrive: Holmes House is just about at the end of the small unmade road and the parking is through the lockable 5 bar gate.  Room for 3 cars on the gravel drive within the grounds of the house itself.  Once you have closed the gate, dogs are safe to be let out into the fully enclosed garden. Follow the path to the front door which leads you straight in the …

Hallway: Spacious downstairs hallway has stone floor throughout and plenty of room for coats, books and dog beds. Open tread  wooden stairs (stair gate at bottom). Turn right and go through the door in the half glazed wall to the….

Kitchen/Dining area: Roomy and airy open plan space with fully fitted kitchen including 5 burner gas hob, electric oven, integrated fridge/freezer, dishwasher and microwave with plenty of cooking utensils. Dining area has settles and carver chairs around large pine table easily seating 6. Large windows run along one side of the dining area, letting lots of light in and with views out onto the garden.

Straight ahead from the hall is the…

Living Room: This is a large, comfy room with low beams, plenty of comfy sofa seating and at the end of the room there is a wonderful feature fireplace with wood burning stove.  Of course there is a TV too, with DVD player and Freeview. There is also a good selection of books and information about the area.

On the way to the living room (and just opposite the kitchen) you pass the..

Shower/utility Room: This room has a large shower with sliding glass door and wall handles, toilet, sink, washing machine and storage space.  Very useful room with a stone floor throughout.

Up the wooden stairs from the hallway….

Gallery landing: At one end of the landing there is a gallery area with large feature window and a seating arrangement that can be turned into a small but comfy double bed to provide extra sleeping with screens for privacy. It’s such a lovely spot to sit and enjoy the sun and look out over garden and fields beyond through the big tree just outside the window.

There is a wardrobe on the landing and separate airing cupboard with room for clothes airer.

Just off the landing are….

Bedroom 1:  Double bedroom with oak framed bed and hanging space. Views from the window are out onto the lane and over the adjacent common land.  There is a door to the bathroom, making this room ensuite though the bathroom is shared so just be sure to make sure both doors are locked when you are in it.

Bedroom 2:  This is a flexible twin room with zip and link bed which can also be made into a superking double.  Of course there is hanging and drawer space too.  Just let us know how you want the beds made up here for your stay and it will be done.

Bathroom:  Lots of character in this very well fitted out room with toilet, sink, bath and large power shower room in cobalt blue. Two lockable doors make it ensuite to bedroom 1 and very easily accessible from bedroom 2 and landing area.  Downlighters and a pitch pine plank ceiling make this room very warm and atmospheric.

Outside: The garden is mostly laid to grass and is fully fenced and gated.  The boundary fence is a mix of solid panel, hedge (reinforced within) and a 5 bar gate that has been reinforced to increase the height and ensure there are no gaps for escapees!  There are paddocks and woodland beyond and not a lot more. There is also a swing seat, 4 lovely comfortable chairs and a table.


Arrival time 4pm – Departure time 10am.
Caz, the wonderfully friendly and helpful owner will be there to greet you on arrival (or not, if you would rather)
Guests are asked NOT to smoke in Holmes House please.
All the main supermarkets deliver to Holmes House, so if you want to arrange deliveries, please ensure you will be there to receive it.

We Provide:


  • Large, medium or small dog crate if required
  • Sofa throws
  • Food/water bowls
  • Dog beds (39 x 28 cm fleece covered memory foam) and dog towel
  • Fully secure large garden with parking within and lockable gate
  • Wonderful, easy quiet walks from the door along the Weavers Way.
  • A good location for reactive dogs


  • Good selection of cooking/serving equipment.
  • All bed linen and bath towels
  • All place settings, glasses, table linen. Tea towels.
  • Basket of logs for fire (additional baskets are £2.50)
  • Free wifi.
  • Information on places to visit.
  • A selection of maps and books.
  • Travel cot and highchair if required.

Max No. of dogs: UNLIMITED

See the Your Dog magazine 5 STAR award for Dog Friendliness awarded to Holmes House here


Another perfect week in sunny Norfolk. Booked for next time before we left. If we can’t live here at Holmes House we’ll just have to visit as much as possible. Thanks to Caz and Sue for the lovely stay, we have 3 very tired doggies and we feel so relaxed. If I could score this holiday it would be 19/10!”


What an amazing holiday! We loved our quiet idyllic dream home away from home, the dogs and cats absolutely love it here. Had wonderful weather, beach trips, owls, boating, seeing the seals, eating in the Ingham Swan and plenty of time chilling out in front of the fire.  Thank you Caz and Sue, see you again next year!

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Location & Directions

How To Find Us:

How to find us: Post code: NR12 9J

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. Turn left at the cross roads. (no through road). Holmes House is the third property along this lane.




Some of the many, many comments from our guestbook - lots of our lovely guests
come back year after year!

Take a look at the independent reviews here too! Up Front Reviews

This is our 4th visit.  Lovely welcome as usual from Caz.  Fantastic weather both weeks, dogs loved Sea Palling smashing dog friendly beach and a dog friendly pub nearby.  Cromer Crab lunch in Cromer.  What more could you wish for!  Thanks Caz xxx
Freddie, Benjie and Maisie with Les, Heather, Ken and Lin

Peaceful and comfortable stay with everything we needed in the house - thank you!
Enjoyed walking and cycling, especially on Weavers Way,  Canoeing on Hickling Broad, visit to Ranworth (church with tower, cafe and nature reserve), pub lunches at Hickling (Greyhound) and Lessingham (Star Inn) and a day in Cromer too!
Carol, Chris and Suzanne with Henry and Digby

Third stay at Caz's lovely property - Weavers Way walks enough for us and our poodles to explore our favourite area. Wonderful crabs to order from Truly Local in Stalham.  Thanks Caz!!
Gill and Stan with 7 Standard Poodles (all related)

Wonderful break, home from home. Thank you. Back next year for visit number 4. Bacton woods every year, Horsey beach too. Truly local small store in Stalham is a must, cakes are to die for.
Marcia, John, Mum, Charley, Flynn, Mini, Pepper and Nessa

We had a lovely stay. Weather was cold and Windy but it didn't rain. Lunch at Byfords Holt was lovely – great food. House was cosy and warm, dogs were relaxed. Very warm welcome from Caz, thanks for being so helpful in our momentary crisis when we arrived, it was so much appreciated. Great host!
Kate and Rodger. Poppy, Daisy and Kip

As always, we have had a lovely time.  Thanks Caz for your warm welcome and caring ways.  Dogs enjoyed all the walks and even found a new game, chasing birds out of the garden! (kept them occupied - lovely!)  Looking forward to the next one in June. Greyhound pub in Hickling, very friendly and lovely food.  See you soon Caz.  Woof woofs from all the dogs! (and us!)
Heather, Lin, Les and Ken with Freddie, Benjie and Maisie

Another super week at Holmes House. It's just home from home. Great weather. The dogs loved their walks: Weavers Way, Sea Palling and Happisbough beaches. Felbrigg Hall – lovely walk through the woods. Enjoyed the independent shops in Holt. Looking forward to returning to Holmes House. Thanks.
Julie and Michael. Gracie, Ali, Millie, Tilda and Dougie (Woof Woof!)

A fantastic chilled week, just what we needed. Caz was great telling what we needed to know. Lovely house and dog proof garden. Totally a house for dogs, would recommend to everybody. Thanks Caz.
Steve, Claire and the pups

Had a lovely week weather was good. Nice and cosy log fire was hot and cosy. Caz keeps the house impeccable, everything here you need. Second visit here. We will be back. 3 dogs say thanks you.
Lisa, Ken, Heather, Leo, Berogie, Massie and Freddie

How lovely to stay in a cottage that is truly doggy friendly (not just doggy tolerant) Lovely walks and bike rides on the door step. The Kids and dogs loved it! We will share the cottage details with www.ukgsr.co.uk (German Shepherd Rescue) who are always looking for dog friendly places. Thank you, Caz!
Tony, Rachel, Becca, Tom, Judith, Idny and Jenson

Another wonderful week for us and the dogs. Visited Vicarage Gardens, saw plenty of seals at Horsey. Lovely walk from Horsey to Winterton and breakfast at Winterton café. Our boys loved the dog biscuits as much as we enjoyed cake, jam and lovely bread. Can recommend a visit to Happisburgh owls, this was a birthday present for Pete from Gill and Dave (here last week) A wonderful experience if you love owls! See you next year.
Carol, Pete and the Collies

We have thoroughly enjoyed our first visit to Holmes House. It is a fantastic house in an extremely peaceful setting. We loved just relaxing in the huge garden and the walks from the door. Lovely welcome on arrival and a very tasty basket of goodies too! Blickling Hall and pub worth a visit - good walk and food. Planning a return visit to Holmes House. Thank you!
Anne, john, Naomi, Holly and Bracken

Our 2nd visit to the fabulous Holmes House. Fantastic in every way Caz! Had some fab trips to the beach (Horsey, Cart Gap, Winterton & Happisburgh). Can't recommend the following pubs enough... Nelsons Head at Horsey, Greyhound at Hickling and Hill House Inn at Happisburgh... lovely, lovely food... huge portions... PERFECT relaxing holiday a real home from home.
Deb, Rosie, Tom & Tommy

What an amazing place to stay! First visit to Holmes House and it won't be our last. So welcoming. Quiet, relaxing and perfect for 6 day! We were thinking of changing the locks and claiming squatter's rights!! We don't want to leave :( Home to book again straight away for next year. Thanks
Debbie, Roy, Charlie, Finn, Chico, Teddy, Tabby and Milly

Wonderful stay we all loved it. 2nd visit to Holmes House booked for next May. 2 weeks gone already!! Horsey beach for seals and Bacton woods are our favourite. Cromer's really dog friendly, loved it. Weavers Way on doorstep is a safe lovely walk. Garden really safe! Enjoy!
Marcia, John, Mum, Charley, Holly, Mini and Flynn

A wonderful week! The dogs loved the freedom of the enclosed garden and their walks along Weavers Way and the beaches at Happisburgh and Wells Next The Sea. We enjoyed the warmth of Holmes House and cosy evenings by the fire. Walks at Felbrigg and Blickling Hall were followed by coffee and cake in the tearooms. Holt was a nice place to wander around independent shops. We had a great afternoon at North Norfolk Railway. 4 dogs on a steam train! The Star Inn at Lessingham is well worth a visit, great food, good beer and a friendly atmosphere. Holmes House is a great place for a dog friendly holiday. Thank you.
Julie and Michael with Gracie, Ali, Millie and Tilda

Another wonderful week at our second home!! Lovely weather, beach walks, trip to Norwich, seen the seals, lots of good food, Ingham Swan, Lessingham Star, Soyokaze, fish and chips and naughty prosecco and gin in the evenings by the open fire - heaven. Thanks again Caz, see you in October, much love!!
Andy, Natalie, Ma, Christine, Loki and Maya,Oscar, Willow, Raymond and Rollo

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