Vineyard Cottage

  • Dogs: Unlimited dogs

  • Sleeps Max: 4

  • Bedrooms: 2

  • Bathrooms: 1

Single storey luxury countryside cottage on English vineyard

“Wonderful stay.¬† Property is beautiful and within a short drive of many beaches.
Hosts fantastic and really helpful.¬† Would love to visit again.”


* Mentioned in the top places to stay in The Guardian – July 2023*
Not just dog welcoming but “dog obsessed”!


Vineyard Cottage is a well-planned, single storey, dog friendly holiday cottage.  It is on the quiet edge of East Ruston village and has oodles of comfort and style. A different and easy walk from the door every day is possible or you can drive to an amazing variety of different dog friendly beaches and local walks each day!  Fancy finding out more about a working English Vineyard?  The owner, Graham, will be very happy to give you a free tour and is offering bee-keeping/apiary tours too.  You are welcome to enjoy the orchard picnic area with the use of their vintage picnic hamper.  A wildlife pond and meadow with firepit area has been added  for guests to enjoy.    Read more in the cottage blog here.

  • Fully enclosed private garden (see below for fence details)
  • Off-road parking with EV charging point (super fast 22kw)
  • Many aspects of the cottage are suitable for guests with limited ability (see Accessibility section below)
  • A short drive to the local, sandy, dog friendly Norfolk beaches and woodlands.
  • Many of the Norfolk Broads are nearby and ideal for dog friendly boat hire.
  • Easy walks from the door, along the quiet Weavers Way just yards from the door and Dilham Canal.
  • Views across open fields from the bedrooms and garden.
  • The internationally famous Old Vicarage Gardens are very close for a visit.
  • Read our blog to find out just how dog friendly Norfolk is
  • Have a look at our website page for walks, places to eat and beaches to visit – beaches, walks and more!.
    If Vineyard Cottage is fully booked or you want to have some friends staying nearby, The Lodge is next door (sleeps 2 + sofa bed) and Badger’s Retreat (sleeps 2) and Bristow’s Barn (sleeps 8) are a short walk away.
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For the dogs:

  • 1x small, 1x medium and 1x large dog crate (on request).
  • Dog treats, dog bowls, dog toys and poo bags.
  • Dog beds, cool mat and doggy throws for sofa and beds.
  • Outside dog shower area with spray hose.
  • Plenty of dog towels.
  • Dog buggy (on request).
  • Fully enclosed secure and private garden with up to 6ft high fencing.
  • Separate large litre capacity freezer specifically for raw feed.
  • Wonderful, quiet countryside walks from your doorstep (Weavers Way is 300m away) and a mass of sand covered beach walks a matter of minutes away.
  • please look at our It’s A Dog’s Life page for dog sitter recommendations.
  • Feed raw?¬†The Raw Dog Food Company delivery to all ERC properties with a min order charge of ¬£10.
  • Dog shower area in the garden via the garden tap and hose assembly (cold water only).

For the humans:

  • All our guests are welcome to wander throughout the 6 acre farm and take in the small but perfectly formed Vineyard, the dedicated picnic area in the apple orchard, the wildlife pond, camping meadow and kitchen garden ‚Äď the big skies and sunsets are something to savour
  • Private parking area for 2 cars (3 if needed)
  • 11kw electric vehicle charging unit ‚Äď guest use at super low rates.
  • All washing and dishwasher detergents, kitchen paper and toilet rolls
  • Electricity and heating
  • Egyptian cotton bed linen and towels
  • Superb selection of speciality teas, coffees, hot chocolate, milk
  • Tassimo coffee machine and cafetiere
  • Selection of Norfolk made goodies (cake, apple juice etc)
  • Fresh produce from our garden ‚Äď jams, honey, apple juice (when available)
  • Information pack about the cottage and the surrounding area
  • Walking books, maps, local history and guides
  • Games, puzzles, reading books
  • Tower fans and/or air conditioning unit (on request)
  • Free Superfast WiFi ‚Äď Upload 18Mbps, Download 70Mbps
  • Smart TV with Netflix and Prime (etc) enabled
  • Washing machine, dishwasher, large fridge/freezer
  • Hairdryers, clothes horse, iron and ironing board
  • Travel cot and highchair on request

About the property

All about the inside:

You enter the property via the stable style door, into this neatly and well designed area.  There is a ceramic hob, electric oven, stainless microwave, a dishwasher and a large fridge and normal sized freezer. There is everything you could need for a self-catering holiday including an excellent selection of quality cooking utensils, pots, pans and plenty of crockery and cutlery. Also provided is a slow cooker for those colder months.  Also supplied is a huge selection of speciality teas and coffees (for the cafetière) as we know how important a fine cuppa can be. There is plenty of storage space too. Tiled floor.

Dining/Living Room
This is a spacious, light and airy place to relax and enjoy.  There is a sofa, armchair and a large dining table to seat four guests.  Plenty of throws are provided so your dogs can share the sofa with you and scatter cushions add to the luxury.  There is an electric log effect stove and a large flat screen Smart TV with DVD player and a selection of DVDs for you to watch. The TV has Netflix and Prime (plus other paid services if you have an account).  The cottage also includes fibre broadband WiFi. The view of the sunsets in this room are particularly fabulous.
Bedroom One
There are no stairs in the cottage so easy access to both bedrooms is possible. This is a large double room with a very comfortable double bed. The double French doors allow light to flood in and offer an excellent view across the garden and open field beyond. The sun rise views from this room are fantastic. There is a chest of drawers a wardrobe and 2 bedside cabinets for storage. The floor is carpeted.

Bedroom Two
This is a large light and airy bedroom with views across the garden and lovely sun rises too. There is a large comfortable double bed, a bedside table and a chest of drawers for storage. This bedroom also has a carpet.

The bathroom is located in between both bedrooms. There is a modern white suite of toilet, basin and walk-in shower with sliding doors.  There is also plenty of cupboard space for storage.

Storage Cupboard
There is a small storage cupboard in the hallway which houses the cordless vacuum, ironing board, mop and bucket and airer. There is room in here to store some luggage as well.

Heating and Hot Water
The new heating and hot water system is powered by a gas combination boiler and is controlled remotely by British Gas installed Hive technology. This cottage is never cold and enjoys excellent insulation throughout and double glazing, so they’ll be no worries if you book during the colder months.

Non-slip LVT flooring throughout living areas. Bedrooms are carpeted.

All about the outside:

Access is shared with the main farmhouse but there is dedicated parking for the cottage guests, next to the cottage.  There is a 22kw super fast electric vehicle charger available for guests to use (payment required).  Access to the cottage door is through a small gate and along a gravelled path to the kitchen door.

The spacious, enclosed and dog friendly garden is to the East of the cottage so enjoys spectacular sunrises and sun throughout the day.  There is a patio area with a circular dining table with seating for four. The spacious pergola over the patio provides shade from the Japanese Wisteria over the dining area and creates the perfect area for Al fresco dining.

There is also a lounge area on the lawn which faces East, with a small exterior sofa and two chairs; ideal to enjoy your favourite tipple as you watch the sun go down. There is also a separate bistro table for two.  All furniture has comfy outside pads/cushions. Enjoy the planted borders where mature shrubs and trees grow and offer tranquility and privacy, not to mention the spectacular wisteria which surrounds the patio area.

There is 56″ fencing enclosing the garden with a fine mesh backing it up to ensure little dogs can’t escape along one boundary. The rest is enclosed with 6ft+ hedging or solid fencing. ¬†We also have a doggie shower area (cold water).

Will this property suit my dogs?

Vineyard Cottage is well away from any passing traffic – car or foot – so is very peaceful.¬† The owners have dogs and whilst they cannot be seen from the property they may occasionally be heard.¬† The 56″ high picket fencing is reinforced with mesh to make it as safe as possible for small dogs.¬† If your dogs are happy to sniff and bumble about in a quiet and interesting garden then it will be ideal for them!¬† Lots of shrubs and interesting corners. The walks from the door are very easy and quiet too, again well suited to reactive dogs.¬† The footpaths are generally only used by the locals and this is a very low population area. Outside doggie shower provided.

Do note that The Lodge Рanother ERC property Рis next door and there is one short length of shared fenceline.  Both properties are detached and do not overlook each other.  The shared fenceline is several feet from the back door of Vineyard Cottage and is very well screened by solid fence.

Please note:

  • Check in is from 4pm, check out by 10am please.
  • EV charger – 22kw super fast (please contact us regarding charges)
  • Electric bike charging is not supported.
  • Dogs are welcome to sleep on your beds but please do use the throws provided.
  • If you would like for them to sleep in your beds, please bring your own bedding and let us know.
  • Shop: Tescos 2 miles Pub: 1.5 miles
  • Most supermarkets deliver here – do please arrange for any deliveries to be received when you are here.
  • Extra airbed for an additional child can be provided on request.


The cottage is all on one level and modern so could be well suited for those with limited mobility.  Please read more to see if this property will suit you.

Parking:  Gravel parking and 2 entrances.  One is on solid stepping stones and gravel via the garden to the kitchen door.  The other is via the side hallway door.  Approx 10m from the parking.

Steps:¬† There is an approx 4″ step up into the property but a ramp can be supplied on request.

Door widths: Interior and exterior (tba)

Flooring type: Tiled and laminate in living room, kitchen, hallway and bathroom.  Carpets in bedrooms.

Bathroom: Walk in quadrant shower with a grab rail or over bath.  A shower stool can be provided on request.  Toilet frame/raised seat can also be provided on request.

Mobility scooter charging:  This is not permitted inside the property due to insurance limitation but a pop up frame area can be provided for this on request.

Please do contact us if you would like to know more –

Reviews / Testimonials


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“We have just returned from a lovely long weekend in¬†Vineyard Cottage. Owners Graham and Collette live¬†next door on site and cannot do enough for you.¬†After a long journey the welcome basked was very¬†much appreciated. The cottage is very well¬†equipped, clean and quiet with great access to¬†beaches. Our fur babies definitely gave it high five.¬†An added benefit for us was being able to charge our¬†car before heading home. Will definitely return.”

“Fantastic stay at Vineyard cottage. The cottage was perfectly located for enjoying Norfolk, being right by the Broads and Beaches and close to Norwich too. The cottage was really comfy and cosy with plenty of space for 4 adults and a good-sized kitchen. Being all on one floor meant it was perfect for our toddler. Outside was a lovely private and secure garden, great for the dog to run around and with lovely views of the surrounding countryside and incredible sunset and sunrises. A perfect place for days out, and a little peace quiet and seclusion.”¬†– Duncan

“Loved the cottage, close to Weavers Way and the canal for great dog walks. Lovely secluded garden to enjoy the sun. Recommend Watsons in Bacton if you want a hearty breakfast. Also wildlife trip at Horsey was very enjoyable. Hopefully we will return!” – Mark and Geraldine

“Lovely cottage in a beautiful part on the country. Thank you for a lovely stay!” – Catherine, Chris and James

“Wonderful accommodation with everything you and your dogs could want.¬†Beautifully decorated and cosy. Fully enclosed garden is great for the dogs. Thank you for having us as your guests – we would love to come¬†back again!”¬†– Angie Brothers

“Just to say how much Geoff and I enjoyed staying in Vineyard Cottage. We have stayed many times at The Lodge, so we know the area quite well.¬† The dogs especially enjoyed the rambling garden, which must look lovely in the summer when all the plants are flowering. The weather has been quite kind to us and we took advantage of sitting on the patio area whilst it was sunny and enjoying the birds and the butterflies.” – Ginny and Geoff


How to find us

Vineyard Cottage by Poplar Farm House, Chequers Street, East Ruston, NR12 9JT
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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 called Common Rd, bearing left over a small bridge into open farmland and this road is called Chequers Street. Continue along this road as it eventually passes some large woode sheds which is Broadland Eggs on your left. As you pass Broadland Eggs look out for a large white stone on the floor on your right and a wooden sign with ‚ÄėPoplar Farm and Snowdrop Cottage‚Äô on. Turn up this shingle drive towards the black garage doors (5mph speed limit pls). Once you approach the garages you can bear right and follow the shingle drive up until the end. The parking for the cottage is in front of the cottage garden gate and there is a turning area for you to use.

Please do NOT go up the driveway with signs ‚ÄėGoosander and The Lodge‚Äô as this is incorrect.