The Lodge, East Ruston

Sleeps 2 + sofabed

Single storey, detached, modern and well equipped Lodge.

“Thank you for a lovely stay at the Lodge. Very comfortable and homely. Great dog friendly and garden and probably the most comfortable bed we have had in a holiday let. We’ll be back!”

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 East Ruston village, The Lodge is a short walk from some great walks on the Weavers Way and the local footpaths through the fields.  Nearby Stalham town has all you need for supplies and the great selection of Norfolk sandy, dog friendly beaches are a short drive away.

Lots of light and an enclosed garden with decking make it a great summer choice whilst modern heating and insulation make it cosy in winter too.  It is wheelchair accessible too.

** Dogs love the walks straight from the door, the warm outside shower
and the fully enclosed garden! **


When you arrive… The Lodge is down a private drive with easy parking just outside the front door. Access is up a ramp so easy for disabled or infirm guests. The door opens into…

Open plan kitchen/dining/living area: Very light and airy with French doors onto the decking. There is a leather chair and matching leather sofa which can also be a very comfortable sofa bed (see notes below if you would like to make use of this). The wall mounted flat screen tv has a DVD player and a selection of DVDs is provided.

A substantial folding table and very comfortable chairs are provided in the kitchen area which is cleverly 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 (more than enough for four).

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

Shower Room: Fully tiled modern wet room with a state of the art remote controlled toilet (ideal for disabilities/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 including drawers. There are French doors in this room which also open out straight onto the decking.

Outside: Good size enclosed area of decking and grass. Lights all around the decking edge and patio furniture for 4 plus barbecue and washing line.

The garden is surrounded by chestnut paling, approximately 4 ft, and evergreen laurel hedge 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 approx. 3.5 ft high.

Heating: Electric radiators heat The Lodge and with a good level of modern insulation it will never be cold.  If it does get a bit warm you can always open the remote controlled skylight!

Please Note:
The Lodge is a non smoking property.
Arrival is 4pm and departure 10am (but can be different if there are no adjacent bookings).
Week long bookings are Friday to Friday and short breaks are available in the quieter months.

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 (and for sofa bed 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) available for loan.
  • Access ramp

Max No. of dogs: 4 (But we can be flexible on this so please do ask!)

Taking bookings for 2020 and beyond!


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”.

Availability & Book Online

Your widget will appear here.

Location & Directions

How To Find Us:

How to find us: Chequers Street, East Ruston, NR12 9JT


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...

And if you want to be doubly sure, check out the independent Up Front Reviews here and on these sites too...
Facebook  | Edog Advisor | The Good Vet and Pet Guide  | Dotty4Paws.| The Good Dog Guide | Dog Friendly

"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*!)

"Had a wonderful relaxing week.  Visited the seals at Horsey and had lovely walks on the beaches at Winterton and Happisburgh (via Cart Gap).  Weather to begin with was lovely and warm.  The rear garden is a wonderful sun trap.  Have seen a variety of wildlife including owls, bats etc.  The Lodge is very comfortable and very well appointed.  And that bed!!!! (need I say more!?)  The dogs were really happy here.  Thank you so much for the welcome pack, the wine went down perfectly." Paul and Pauline with Fudge, Cocoa and Truffle

"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

"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." Laura, David and Lady

"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

"Had a great time and stay at the lodge, such a lovely quiet, comfy and relaxing place to stay. We had a lovely walk from the lodge and been to several different beaches and also went to Great Yarmouth. Dogs have had a lovely time too, thoroughly enjoyed it and hope to come back in the future. Thank you John and Jo for letting us stay at the lovely Lodge." Tom and Sophie with Roxy, Max, Jess and Buster

"Thank you for a lovely week in the Lodge, such a beautiful place and setting, we have been made to feel very welcome. The location is excellent and the dogs loved the beaches, we will be back again!" Lou and Donna

"Thank you for a lovely stay at the Lodge. Very comfortable and homely. Great dog friendly and garden and probably the most comfortable bed we have had in a holiday let. We'll be back." Pete and Tracy

"Thanks for a lovely few days in The Lodge. Feels really at home. Simba and Mia settled here too. Very comfortable dog-friendly and welcoming. Will be back for longer next time." - Sarah, Malcolm, Simba and Mia

"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

"One word - wonderful! We will be back asap!"Paula, Bogie and Chaos

"Our second relaxing visit to The Lodge. Great weather for walking the dogs. morning bike rides and 'talking turkeys'. The Lodge = home from home, walk through the door and the kettle on. Thanks again for a wonderful stay." Kate, Si, Wally and Charlie

"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

"Absolutely amazing time had by all including the 2 dogs! All things covered in the Lodge for human and animals alike. Beautiful place, lovely hosts, can't wait for our next visit!" Clare, Sharon and Lisa with Buster and Alma

"Enjoyed our week here, very safe and snug from the rain at the start of the week. Our first stay here, having been to the Old Piggery a number of times. Won't be our last stay, we've been very comfortable. Dogs have enjoyed themselves as usual, Cart Gap, Happisburgh beach, Bacton Woods. Nice meal at the Star and breakfast at the Smallsticks Cafe. Thanks." Julie and Hugh with Finn and Stanley

"Thanks for a superb holiday. You have supplied a fantastic holiday home together with great weather. Restful peace and great places to go. We have had a great time. Thank you." - Phil and Lynn

"Thank you, what a lovely surprise, this was our first doggy holiday with Monty and we were made so welcome by all. Not knowing the area, the information folder provided was brilliant. We only stayed 3 days this time but next year will definitely come for longer. Many thanks." Dave, Mags and Monty

"Thank you for another wonderful stay in The Lodge, made even better this time by fantastic weather. Your hospitality was fantastic as always." Jane, Clive and Jack the Greyhound

"We really have enjoyed our visit to the Lodge. The weather has been fabulous. The Lodge is beautiful and well equipped, the welcome basket and flowers were most appreciated. We enjoyed walks around the village and the Weavers Way and ventured into nearby villages and Cromer. Barney enjoyed the biscuits so much we bought 4 packets of them. We hope to return in the future." Kirsty and Colin with 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

"We have had a fabulous week here at 'The Lodge'. The welcome basket was appreciated; also the flowers were a lovely homely touch. The weather has been amazing so no long walks were done. Been to Happisburgh, Walcott and Sea Palling beaches (dog friendly). Looking forward to visiting you all again next year." - Belinda, Mick and Toffee

"We have enjoyed a very comfortable week at the Lodge, with lots of warm and sunny weather. We recommend a round of golf at Cromer and dinner at Bure River Cottage. Harry and Polly recommend the dog treats and watching out for visiting pheasants from the decking!" Ali and Bob

"What a fantastic holiday we have had! The weather has been perfect - despite Sahara dust. The Lodge is so comfortable and quiet until my dogs start barking .... sorry. Please, please, pretty please can we come back." Dawn and Graham with Millie, Charlie and Socks

"Loved the peace, loved the quiet and loved the beautifully appointed Lodge!" - David, Inya and Denzil

"Thanks for a great break, we will be back. P.S. Dylan the dog enjoyed all the walks." - Roy and Steph

"Thank you for a thoroughly enjoyable few days break here at the Lodge. The eggs were lovely and Milo loved his treats. We'll definitely be back! x "Sue and Andy with Milo

"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


“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
Check Availability

Looking for a dog friendly holiday cottage in Norfolk?

View our availability calendar...