The Lodge, East Ruston

Sleeps 2 + sofabed

Single storey, detached, modern and well equipped

“We arrived to a wonderful warm welcome. The Lodge is beautifully appointed, tastefully decorated, very warm and comfy. The dogs were in heaven, with lovely walks on various beaches, and their absolute favourite was Bacton Woods. We have all fallen in love with the area and have plans to return”

Small but perfectly formed! Very well fitted out inside and the super comfy, superking bed gets a lot of mentions in the comments book.   In a very quiet part of peaceful and rural East Ruston village.

  • Short distance from some great walks on the Weavers Way and the local rural footpaths.
  • Nearby Stalham town has all you need for doggy and human supplies.
  • A great selection of Norfolk sandy, dog friendly beaches are a short drive away.
  • A short drive to several dog friendly pubs and cafes
  • Wheelchair accessible with ramp access from the parking and two sets of double doors to enter.
  • Lots of light and an enclosed garden with decking make it a great summer choice.
  • Modern heating and insulation make it cosy in winter too.



Open plan kitchen/dining/living area
Very light and airy with French doors onto the decking.  Leather chair and matching leather sofa which can also be a comfortable sofa bed.  The wall mounted flat screen TV has a DVD player and a selection of DVDs for you to watch. As well as Freeview, there is Fire TV with Prime Video, Prime Music and Alexa.

A substantial folding table and comfortable chairs are provided in the kitchen area which is neatly and beautifully designed to maximise the space. There is a ceramic hob, electric oven, microwave, dishwasher and fridge and everything you could need for a self-catering holiday including a good selection of cooking utensils and plenty of crockery and cutlery.  There is an espresso machine available which takes Nespresso classic pods (not VertuoLine).

Just off this room is a cupboard containing the washing machine and the table top freezer (34 litres, approx. half size of an under counter freezer) plus iron and ironing board, all neatly tucked away.

Shower Room
Fully tiled modern wet room with a state of the art toilet (ideal for disabled/infirm guests), sink and shower.

Double Bedroom
The bed is a superking zip and link so it can be good sized twin beds if you prefer. Plenty of room and storage space in the wardrobe and under bed drawers. There are French doors in this room which also open out straight onto the decking.



The Lodge is down a private drive with easy parking just outside the front door for 2 cars.

At the back there is a good size enclosed area of decking and grass.  Lights all around the decking edge make it easy to see at night and there is patio furniture for 4 plus a barbecue, plus parasol and two loungers. All around the garden on 3 sides there is chestnut paling, approximately 4 ft.  Behind that is evergreen laurel hedging over 6’ providing a visual as well as physical barrier.  The bottom of the fencing is filled with chicken fencing to stop little dogs getting through and the gates are at least 1.2m high.

There is a tall metal gate in the rear of the garden that leads to a separate garden which contains a Summerhouse with wicker chairs and deckchairs.



  • The Lodge is a non-smoking property.
  • Arrival is 4pm and departure 10am, but this can sometimes be altered.
  • Week long bookings are Friday to Friday and short breaks are available in the quieter months.
  • A great walk from the door along the Weavers Way and back along the canal.  CLICK HERE.



The Lodge suits a lot of dogs.  It is off a private track so there are not likely to be any passing dogs if your dog is reactive.  The garden is a good size and is fully grassed with 2 separate sections that are fully secure all round.  The gates at the front are between 1.2m and do allow views across the fields where they may see deer or hares possibly so perhaps not ideal for active sighthounds.  Small escapees may be able to get out through the front gates. All on one level means no stairs for them, apart from a couple down from the decking to the grass.

The short walk on the very quiet lane to the Weavers Way means that walks are very easy to access and generally quiet.



  • The parking at the front of the property has level access ramp leading to the level decking and access doors. The main door has a width of 69cm, or entry can be made by the rear double patio doors with a minimum route width of 1m.
  • The inside of the property is step-free with kitchen/living/dining space, bedroom and bathroom.
  • The bedroom door is 79cm wide, and has at least 1.2m x 3m space by the bed. Access to the wardrobe is past the end of the bed with a width of 60cm.
  • The bathroom is a wet room with level access shower, shower stool and Gerberit Aquaclean toilet and handrail; there is more than 1.2m free space. The door is 71cm wide.
  • There are steps down from the decking to the lawn, or step-free access via the ramp and the gate.

We Provide:

This is how dog friendly we are!

  • Dog bowls and towels
  • Hot and cold outside dog shower
  • Great walks from the door onto the Weavers Way
  • Off road parking
  • Fully enclosed garden

What else we provide for you!

  • Fresh towels, sheets and linen
  • Sofa bed linen if needed
  • Tea, coffee, sugar and a small gift from the owners on arrival
  • Free Wifi
  • Information on places to eat, walk and visit
  • Walking maps and guide books (showing local walks).
  • Disabled/wheelchair access


Approx 4 dogs welcome

Taking bookings for 2022


We have loved staying in The Lodge!  It’s our first time at the Lodge and in Norfolk and it is just breath taking! Thoroughly enjoyed the beaches, the crafty/arty shops and places to eat/drink, so dog friendly!  I can’t believe it!  Lady (black lab) has been welcomed everywhere. Will definitely stay again, we love it here!!  Many thanks.



“We arrived to a wonderful warm welcome. The Lodge is beautifully appointed and tastefully decorated, very warm and comfy. The dogs were in heaven, with lovely walks on various beaches, and their absolute favourite was Bacton Woods. We have all fallen in love with the area and have plans to return. Many thanks”.

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Location & Directions

How To Find Us:

How to find us: Chequers Street, East Ruston, NR12 9JT
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Or – From the A149 which bypasses Stalham take the road signposted to Bacton/Happisburgh (Stepping Stone Lane).  At the T junction turn left onto the B1159 and take the first left, just after SAM business premises.  Stay on this small, tree lined road, bearing left over a small bridge into open farmland. Continue along this road as it passes Springfield Kennels and Broadland Eggs.  Just opposite Broadland Eggs there is a small access road that leads to The Lodge (black wood clad building) with the house beside it being called Poplar Farm House.


Some of the fabulous comments from The Lodge's guest book...

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"Thank you so much for our welcome pack – wine was lush.  We have had the best week’s holiday ever.  The Lodge was like home from home, the bed was so comfy.  We have been all over the place and still didn’t see everything.  There is so much to see, so we shall be back.  Our poor dog needs to go home to recover but she loved all the walks." Bob, Elaine and Lulu (rating the Lodge 5*, 5*, 5*!)

"First time we have been away for Christmas and we couldn’t have picked a better place.  Spent most of the time just relaxing and going on lovely walks – our little dog just loves the Weavers Way and all its smells.  The only disappointment was that she didn’t see any squirrels or rabbits so had to make do with chasing the blackbirds into the undergrowth!  The welcome to The Lodge was lovely with sparkling lights and a lovely welcome pack.  A very comfy, cosy place – we couldn’t have asked for more. Thank you John and Jo." Pauline, Laurie and Cocoa

"We have had the most wonderful holiday in “The Lodge”.  It has gone far too quickly, although we have enjoyed so many outings i.e. Hillside Sanctuary, Horsey Windpump, the absolutely gorgeous beaches and lovely market towns. I think we have nearly walked our dogs’ legs off!  Three very tired pups going to Wales this morning!  We have all loved our first stay in Norfolk and will definitely be back to do all the things we couldn’t fit into our week"
Liz and Bob with Alfie, Eddie and Sandy xx

"Our second time here. Just as comfy! Appreciated the wine and flowers very much thank you. Our dog very much made himself at home at home and again was very reluctant to let us leave! Favourite beach is the stretch from Waxham Barn down the seal colonies. Had an occasion to celebrate so treated ourselves to a meal at the Gunton Arms which was lovely! Will be back again next year!" Andrea and Phil and Al

"Our third visit to The Lodge and it’s as good as ever. Great touches with lots of lovely walks nearby. The Lodge has everything we need and is very comfortable. plus it is so peaceful and quiet - the dogs loved it." Ann, Helen and Sprocket

"We came here last year for a week and enjoyed it so much we booked for 2 weeks for this year. My daughter and her new hubby joined for the first week as it was their honeymoon. Jo and John left a very nice touch (a wedding card with silver confetti). My grandson joined for the second week. He is 16 and he has autism and can be a bit picky but he thoroughly enjoyed himself and he didn’t want to go home. This property is fab and you get peace and quiet in the countryside but not too far from dog friendly beaches. Fab property, fab location and fab owners. Already booked for 2 weeks in 2017." Lesley and Andy, Mr and Mrs Davies and the dogs, Patrick, Blossom, Molly Moo Moo and Heidi

"Thank you Jo and John, we had a fantastic stay. We even had sunshine mixed with everything else the weather could think of. Brilliant place to stay with dogs, many thanks for allowing us to bring our five. Not many places do, especially in such a nice, clean and tidy lodge. The best we have stayed in. So many places to mention which were all lovely and so dog friendly. Would love to come back if you would have us." Tye and Kerry with Bracken, Josie, Taggy, Connie and Alfie

"Our 6th visit to The Lodge and it certainly won’t be our last. We all had a wonderful relaxing week with great weather for the time of year. Thank you so much Jo and John for your hospitality. The Lodge is truly magical. See you soon." Vicky, Tony, Gracie, Maddie and Bod - who had a fantastic time on the beach.

"What a wonderful break at The Lodge - a real home from home and the wonderful touches of biscuits for 3 cocker spaniels, welcome pack and flowers. Fantastic walk at Wels Next The Sea to Holkham - walk through the forest and then back along the beach and then a cup of tea and cake at the welcoming cafe. All very dog friendly. Wonderful meal at The Star Inn Lessingham but do book as it is very busy. Other places visited Cromer, Bacton Woods is worth a visit and a long walk with the dogs along the beach at Sea Palling. We have to come back as so much more to see. Sams Pets in North Walsham very helpful." Kim, Richard, Bramble, Bracken and Huxley

"This is our third visit to The Lodge. Need I say more?? May the person reading this love it as much as we do. May you find all the home comforts, hidden treasures and friendly people we love so much that keeps us coming back time and time again. Enjoy!" - Patrick, Sophie and Barney

"Well where do we start? 1st thank you for letting us stay at this lovely little lodge. As has been said before, you have thought of everything, the welcome pack, the flowers, Boris loved his biscuits. We could have asked for no more. 2nd, loved our chats with your Mum, a lovely lady, and last but not least with your permission, we will be back, best holiday for us this year. So a big thanks to the owners." Lesley and Andrew with Boris

"What a lovely and peaceful holiday for us all. And what a superb place the Lodge is. We were very impressed from the moment we came in the front door for the first time and this feeling did not diminish the whole time we were here. The thought and touches that John and Jo had put into the design is second to none. The welcome pack was a lovely touch. Everything was so perfect for us. Thank you. There are lovely walks around the countryside near the Lodge. Other areas we liked were Bacton Woods and the walks along the Weavers Way. We also liked the beach at Happisburgh which is very dog friendly and, at low tide, there is a big expanse of sand for your dog to run around. Can I suggest, though, that you check out the high tides before you go as the sea does come in a long way! Also worth a mention is the Star at Lessingham for a fantastic Sunday roast. Great food and you can take your dog too!" Geoff, Ginny, Hettie and Blue

"Thank you for fitting us in at such short notice! The Lodge far exceeded our expectations; it is so well planned and finished with plenty of room for our 3 greyhounds and whippet. We will definitely be back! The area is lovely, the beaches are fantastic, loved the welcome treats and flowers and the dogs say their treats were lovely. Many thanks." - Vicky, Tony and the hounds


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Phil and Clare with Pepo and Molly
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“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
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Sandra and Steve
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