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Holmes House - East Ruston Cottages, The Holmes, East Ruston, Norwich, Norfolk NR12 9JU

Self-catering - Sleeps 4

Welcomes Adults, children, dogs (no limit). Horses welcome

Average Rating from 36 reviews: 4.93
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Holmes House - East Ruston Cottages

Contact Details

Sue Allen - East Ruston Cottages
sue@eastrustoncottages.co.uk
Tel - 01692 650083
or 07766 665684

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Situated at the end of a short track with no passing traffic and only three other dwellings. 2 bathrooms. Gated, fenced, dog-safe. Beams, woodburner, WiFi, travel cot, highchair, dog crate.

Close the double gates and your dogs are safe. Follow the path and enter hallway with room for boots, coats & dog beds. Kitchen-Dining area - fully fitted kitchen and dining area to seat six. Shower-Utility room. Beamed living room with wood burning stove. Up stairs to gallery landing with seating to turn into double bed. One double bedroom and one twin room which can be made into large double. Well fitted bathroom which can be made en-suite to bedroom one.

Grassed garden with paddocks and woodland beyond. Own horses welcome - plenty of grazing and stabling. Weavers Way footpath very close to house. No passing traffic - only three other dwellings in the lane. Adjacent to village heath and common land - rich in birds and wildlife. Locally sourced starter box of groceries can be arranged, or supermarket delivery. Ready-made meals can be delivered to the door.

  • Two bedroomed sleeps four
  • Additional sleeping for extra guests
  • Totally dog-secure garden
  • Quiet location - no passing traffic
  • Woodburner, Freeview TV. Wi-Fi
  • Dishwasher and washing machine
  • Parking for three cars
  • Truly Local Food shop in Stalham
  • Own horse welcome - grazing & stabling
  • Ready made meals delivered to door

“What makes it special is the care and professionalism with which the house is managed”

“I would recommend this property for dog owners - no limit to number of dogs. I would also recommend this for families and couples”

“Fully enclosed garden for dogs, which are really welcomed. Walks right on doorstep into lovely countryside”

“we were delighted with the lovely goodies left for us on arrival”

“Very dog-friendly property (rugs supplied, crates available & you can leave them unsupervised)”

“Holmes House couldn’t have been more perfect for a dog-friendly holiday”

Holmes House - East Ruston Cottages
Holmes House - East Ruston Cottages
Holmes House - East Ruston Cottages
Holmes House - East Ruston Cottages

Review Review No. 36 of 36

Recommended by:

Natalie A - Essex

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • Children:
  • Dogs:
  • 4
  • 32 - 38
  •  
  • 0
  • 2
Stayed:

7 Nights
May - 2015

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Walking
  • Beach / Sea
  • Local Food
  • Touring
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
Summary:

“A quiet, idyllic home-away-from-home - dogs, cats and humans love it!”

We love Holmes House so much we never want to leave! It is in a quiet location, within easy reach of all local amenities. House is equipped with all you need.

Walks on the doorstep and a lovely log burning fire to keep you cosy in the evenings. The garden is large, safe and secure for our dogs (and cats!) to run about and tire themselves out

Specifically Recommend:

Ingham Swan

Sea Palling Beach

AG Meale Farm Shop PYO

Local Gems:

Sea Palling Beach

Happisburgh Lighthouse

Happisburgh Owls

East Ruston Old Vicarage Gardens

Blakeney Point Seal Trips

Ingham Swan

Soyokaze Japanese - North Walsham

Natalie A - Billericay, Essex - 3rd June 2015

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 03/06/2015
By Natalie A - Essex

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Review Review No. 35 of 36

Recommended by:

Marcia T - Lancashire

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • Dogs:
  • 2
  • 40 - 60
  •  
  • 5
Stayed:

7 Nights
May - 2015

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Walking
  • Beach / Sea
  • Local Food
  • Touring
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
Summary:

“Paradise found for greyhounds and their humans”

Relaxation at its best. We had a wonderful stay at Holmes House, you are 20 yards from Weavers Way which is a beautiful peaceful path which goes on for miles.

Weasel in the garden, barn owls hunting at dusk, rabbits, birds. Every home comfort you could ask for. Lots of space for dogs to lol around and play. Comfy beds, great enclosed garden. Perfect peaceful location. Booked for next year already.

Specifically Recommend:

. Weavers Way lovely paths

- Horsey Beach with lots of seals sunbathing

. Cromer Beach with your bucket for crabbing on the promenade.

.Bacton Woods for woody walks...

.The Greyhound pub at Hinckling will squeeze in 5 greyhounds!!!

. Butchers Arms filled with local characters.

. All the beaches are quiet and clean and lovely.

Local Gems:

The Greyhound at Hinckling.

Horsey Beach

Marcia T, Rochdale, Lancs - 14th May 2015

Owner’s Reply:

’’So pleased you found your greyhound ’paradise’ Marcia! And thank you for leaving such a great review Caz, the owner, will be delighted! It’s a very popular place with all sorts of breeds of dogs (and their humans of course!) and you can all relax knowing that it is genuinely dog welcoming and not just dog tolerant! Looking forward to having you back again’’ - Sue

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 14/05/2015
By Marcia T - Lancashire

I confirm Marcia was a bona-fide paying guest at Holmes House. The content of her recommendation was not incentivised and is factually accurate at the time of writing.
Sue Allen, East Ruston Cottages - 22nd May 2015
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Review Review No. 34 of 36

Recommended by:

Kath W - Derbyshire

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • Dogs:
  • 2
  • 57 - 67
  •  
  • 2
Stayed:

7 Nights
April - 2015

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Walking
  • Local Food
  • Touring
  • Beach / Sea
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
Summary:

“A quiet, dog-friendly, well-equipped house in a lovely location”

Everything about our stay at Holmes House was great. From the warm welcome from Caz the owner, the very generous welcome pack,the well-equipped and comfortable house, the much appreciated dog-friendly garden and quiet location.

We enjoyed the close proximity of the Weavers Way and did many walks both from the house and travelling a short distance in the car.

I would happily recommend Holmes house to anyone wanting a quiet holiday in Norfolk

Specifically Recommend:

The attention of the owner and dog-friendliness

Local Gems:

The Star at Lessingham
Smallsicks caf at Cart Gap
Cross Keys at Dilham - all within walking distance (for us anyway)

Kath W, Buxton, Derbyshire - 27th April 2015

Owner’s Reply:

’’Thanks Kath for your great review. Glad you enjoyed the peace and quiet of the house. Interesting that you mention those places to eat that are within walking distance. They are a good walk but certainly do-able via quiet lanes and footpaths, especially on holiday when you have lots of lovely spare time! Butchers Arms (dog friendly) and the pubs and cafes in Stalham are a shorter walk, but the three you mention are super places’’ - Sue

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 27/04/2015
By Kath W - Derbyshire

I confirm Kath was a bona-fide paying guest at Holmes House. The content of her recommendation was not incentivised and is factually accurate at the time of writing.
Sue Allen, East Ruston Cottages - May 2015
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Review Review No. 33 of 36

Recommended by:

Linda and Kenneth - Kent

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • Dogs:
  • 2
  • 63 - 70
  •  
  • 2
Stayed:

7 Nights
January - 2015

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Walking
  • Touring
  • Beach / Sea
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
  • Local Food
Summary:

“Absolutely ideal house and location for a home-from-home holiday ”

Holmes House is worth a visit. It is in a lovely quiet location. Weavers Way on doorstep. For dog owners it is a dream, and the owner Caz is a helpful and welcoming host. Nothing is too much trouble.

Everything you need is in the house. If you have dogs or children the garden is a dream for them to run around and play.

Specifically Recommend:

The comfort and location of the house.

Local Gems:

All pubs are dog-friendly

Linda & Kenneth - Herne Bay, Kent - 25th Jan 2015

Owner’s Reply:

’’’’Kind words thank you Linda and Kenneth. Glad you and the dogs enjoyed your holiday at Holmes House. Really appreciate you taking the time to write a review too!’’’’

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 25/01/2015
By Linda and Kenneth - Kent

I confirm Linda and Kenneth were bona-fide paying guests at Holmes House. The content of their recommendation was not incentivised and is factually accurate at the time of writing.
Sue Allen, East Ruston Cottages - 26th Jan 2015
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Review Review No. 32 of 36

Recommended by:

Emma W - Herts

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • Dogs:
  • 4
  • 44 - 77
  •  
  • 5
Stayed:

7 Nights
January - 2014

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Beach / Sea
  • Walking
  • Touring
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
  • Local Food
Summary:

“A cosy house with all our needs catered for”

The property was very dog-friendly with no charge for the five dogs that we took. The garden was suitably enclosed so the dogs could wander freely around and a poo bin supplied for disposing of dog waste. There was also plenty of parking available.

We went for Christmas week and the house was lovely and warm with a log burning stove for extra cosiness. The property was clean and tidy with a well-equipped kitchen and supplies of washing up liquid, dishwasher tablets and washing liquid for the washing machine.

Specifically Recommend:

Dog friendliness

Local Gems:

The property is right on top of Weavers Way disused railway line so great walks.

Happisburgh beach is close by and brilliant for the dogs

Emma W, Stevenage, Herts - 29th December 2014

Owner’s Reply:

’’A smashing review thank you Emma. So glad you enjoyed your Christmas week there. We aim to meet guests’ needs and it sounds like we managed it on this occasion!’’ - Sue

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 29/12/2014
By Emma W - Herts

I confirm Emma was a bona-fide paying guest at Holmes House. The content of her recommendation was not incentivised and is factually accurate at the time of writingSue Allen - East Ruston Cottages - 1st January 2015
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Review Review No. 31 of 36

Recommended by:

Graham M - Norfolk

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • Dogs:
  • 2
  • 40 - 50
  •  
  • 4
Stayed:

7 Nights
November - 2014

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Walking
  • Touring
  • Beach / Sea
  • Local Food
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
Summary:

“Always enjoy our stays with East Ruston Cottages in this area.... Hate to recommend it too much though as it’s hard enough to get a booking as it is ha ha ”

Have had several stays in the area all through the fabulous East Ruston Cottages. The owner, Caz, was there to meet and greet us. Lovely cottage with a lovely enclosed garden for our four dogs.

Lovely welcome pack waiting for us all, great walks and pubs all very close. Very comfortable cottage with a great log burner. and very comfortable beds.

Would strongly recommend a stay here, we will be back, Thank you.

Specifically Recommend:

Weavers Way for walking dogs

Sea Palling beach

The dog-friendly Butchers Arms for a lovely stew.

Relaxing nights in front of a log burner

Local Gems:

See above

Graham M, Gorleston, Norfolk - 11th December 2014

Owner’s Reply:

’’A great review thank you Graham. Sounds like you got the very best out of your holiday at Holmes House!’’ - Sue

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 11/12/2014
By Graham M - Norfolk

I confirm Graham was a bona-fide paying guest at Holmes House. The content of his recommendation was not incentivised and is factually accurate at the time of writing.
Sue Allen - East Ruston Cottages - 1st January 2015
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Review Review No. 30 of 36

Recommended by:

Joanne C - West Sussex

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • Dogs:
  • 2
  • 46 - 47
  •  
  • 3
Stayed:

7 Nights
November - 2014

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Walking
  • Beach / Sea
  • Touring
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
  • Local Food
Summary:

“Comfortable, home-from-home, fab location - our dogs loved it!”

We were greeted by the owner of this lovely cottage, Caz. He gave us a fab tour and lots of detailed information about the property.

It really was like home from home. Our three dogs settled immediately and loved the garden.

The comfort and thought put it in to this property is brilliant, so much so, we’ve already booked to go back in Feb next year

It’s peaceful, quiet and is in a great location for trips to the beach and Weavers Way is out the gates, turn left and you’re on a walk - perfect!

Specifically Recommend:

Horsey Beach
Waxham Beach
Bacton Woods
Thetford Forest

Local Gems:

Horsey Beach and Waxham Beach and the beautiful seals (at a distance and with our dogs on lead)

En Route:

Thetford Forest

Joanne C, Bognor Regis, West Sussex - 23rd November 2014

Owner’s Reply:

’’Ah Jo, home-from-home. That phrase is music to my ears and I know Caz tries so very hard to make his old home welcoming to all the guests who stay in it. It suits SO many people with its quiet location, comfortable furnishings, secure garden and walks from the door and I am glad you liked it so much that you have booked your return visit already’’ - Sue

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 23/11/2014
By Joanne C - West Sussex

I confirm Jo was a bona-fide paying guest at Holmes House. The content of her recommendation was not incentivised and is factually accurate at the time of writing.
Sue Allen - East Ruston Cottages - 1st January 2015
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Review Review No. 29 of 36

Recommended by:

Andrea N - Beds

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • Children:
  • Ages:
  • Dogs:
  • 2
  • 45 - 51
  •  
  • 2
  • 10 - 15
  • 6
Stayed:

6 Nights
January - 2014

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Walking
  • Beach / Sea
  • Touring
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
  • Local Food
Summary:

“Very relaxing, very dog-friendly, loved it”

Holmes House is just amazing. The location is beautiful with walks just on your doorstep. We loved walking along Weavers Way at dusk watching the owls and other wildlife.

The dogs had a lovely enclosed garden to run around in and the house was very spacious fully equipped with everything you could possibly need. Just a couple of miles from lovely dog-friendly beaches where you could see lots of seals. Very relaxing, loved it.

Specifically Recommend:

Great for doggie people

Local Gems:

Kingfisher caf in Walcott

Winterton on Sea beach

Andrea N, Kempston, Beds - 3rd November 2014

Owner’s Reply:

’’Thanks Andrea for taking the time out to write a review and share it with others. So pleased you enjoyed the house and the location and hope to see you back here again’’ - Sue

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 03/11/2014
By Andrea N - Beds

I confirm Andrea was a bona-fide paying guest at Holmes House. The content of her recommendation was not incentivised and is factually accurate at the time of writing.
Sue Allen - East Ruston Cottages - 1st January 2015
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Review Review No. 28 of 36

Recommended by:

Annie T - Herts

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • Dogs:
  • 2
  • 55 - 60
  •  
  • 1
Stayed:

7 Nights
October - 2014

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Walking
  • Beach / Sea
  • Touring
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
  • Local Food
Summary:

“A fantastic dog friendly stay at Holmes House”

There was a lovely welcome with local produce and useful items supplied, such as tea, coffee and milk, plus homemade dog treats.

A useful addition was the provision of a temporary dog tag, so that should the worst happen and your dog gets lost, contact details will be on the collar.

Lovely walks along Weavers Way right on your doorstep and local beaches just down the road. A very peaceful and restful setting.

Specifically Recommend:

Any number of coastal walks within a short drive.

Be Aware:

The open stairs could be a problem for dogs or young children but there was a baby gate fixed at the bottom of the stairs. Our dogs don’t go upstairs anyway, so that was not a concern for us.

Local Gems:

Walcott Beach, Bacton Woods, Cromer, Sea Palling

Annie T from Bishops Stortford, Herts - 26.10.2-14

Owner’s Reply:

’’Thanks Annie for a great review. Holmes House steadily plods along providing year round (and is booked year round!!) properly dog-friendly accommodation with just the right amount of care and comfort. So glad you enjoyed your stay’’ - Sue

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 26/10/2014
By Annie T - Herts

I confirm Annie was a bona-fide paying guest at Holmes House. The content of her recommendation was not incentivised and is factually accurate at the time of writing.
Sue Allen, East Ruston Cottages - 10.11.14
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Review Review No. 27 of 36

Recommended by:

Steve W from Somerset

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • Dogs:
  • 2
  • 50 - 60
  •  
  • 1
Stayed:

14 Nights
September - 2014

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Walking
  • Touring
  • Beach / Sea
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
  • Local Food
Summary:

“A very peaceful location in which to spend a relaxing holiday with our dog”

This was our second visit and again we had a very relaxing time. The peaceful location is perfect for our needs, i.e. dog walking straight from the cottage or on a nearby beach.

Also visiting the Broads area, having a nice pint by the river. Nearby Stalham is convenient for extra provisions. The garden is great for our dog to safely explore and play in and owner Caz is very friendly without being intrusive.

Specifically Recommend:

None of the usual hassles about bringing one’s dog on holiday.

Local Gems:

Sea Palling beach great for dog walking and the cafe does nice coffee and bacon rolls.

Radar Museum & Museum of Broads worth a visit.

Steve W, Bristol, Somerset - 29.9.14

Owner’s Reply:

’’Thanks Steve, lovely review of a lovely house! Glad you all enjoyed it and look forward to seeing you back there next year!’’ - Sue

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 29/09/2014
By Steve W from Somerset

I confirm Sue was a bona-fide paying guest at Holmes House. The content of her recommendation was not incentivised and is factually accurate at the time of writing.
Sue Allen, East Ruston Cottages, 3rd October 2014
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Review Review No. 26 of 36

Recommended by:

Susan W - Lancs

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • Dogs:
  • 2
  • 66
  •  
  • 2
Stayed:

7 Nights
September - 2014

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Walking
  • Beach / Sea
  • Local Food
  • Touring
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
Summary:

“A happy holiday at Holmes House for dogs and humans”

An extremely dog-friendly property. Totally enclosed garden with safe walks from the door. Spacious rooms with very comfortable settees and beds. Lovely bathroom and two showers.

Lots of local dog-friendly beaches nearby - Sea Palling is especially good. A very quiet location with little traffic. The owner is very helpful and provides a welcome pack. Particularly suited for dog owners. We would not hesitate to revisit this property.

Specifically Recommend:

Quiet and relaxing with lots of places to visit.

Local Gems:

The Star at Lessingham for an excellent meal.

Sea Palling - the beach is clean and sandy and is suitable for swimming and taking dogs on.

Hire a boat for a trip on the Broads. Wroxham is a bustling village and hires out lots of different size boats.

En Route:

We stopped at Kings Lynn and Norwich which were both interesting to look round.

Sue W - Bolton, Lancs - 7th September 2014

Owner’s Reply:

Thank you for yet another great review of Holmes House. I know the owner, Caz (who often gets mentioned in these reviews as he is so nice and helpful) really appreciates everyone taking the time to add reviews after their holiday. What lovely guests you all are. Many thanks Susan for taking the time to tell others about what there is to do in the area and how much you enjoyed the house.

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 07/09/2014
By Susan W - Lancs

I confirm Sue was a bona-fide paying guest at Holmes House. The content of her recommendation was not incentivised and is factually accurate at the time of writing.
Sue Allen, East Ruston Cottages - 10th September 2014
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Review Review No. 25 of 36

Recommended by:

Clare H - Herts

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • Children:
  • Ages:
  • Dogs:
  • 2
  • 41 - 43
  •  
  • 2
  • 3 - 8
  • 1
Stayed:

7 Nights
August - 2014

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Walking
  • Beach / Sea
  • Touring
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
  • Local Food
Summary:

“We selected the property as it provided a large enclosed garden, making it safe for our young children and dog. A wonderful, relaxing holiday, close to the beach”

We selected the property as it provided a large enclosed garden, making it safe for our young children and dog. We were delighted with the property and the garden.

The welcome from the owner was friendly and warm. It was quiet and Weavers Way provided us with a pleasant and peaceful daily walk.

The house was stocked with kitchen and bathroom equipment. A very special place to stay and relax in.

Specifically Recommend:

Quiet location

Friendly owner

Log burning fire

Large enclosed graden

Local Gems:

Fish and chips in Stalham.

Happisburgh beach.

Clare H from Ware, Herts - 2nd September 2014

Owner’s Reply:

’’Thanks Clare for a great review. The fully enclosed garden is safe and easy to play in for dogs and children alike. The fish and chips in Stalham often get a mention in these reviews (they are excellent!!) and you could walk there from Holmes House very easily on the Weavers Way. We are very lucky to have such an easy, safe and quiet footpath (and old railway line) running through the village and it is virtually on the doorstep of 4 of the properties on the website! Very glad you had a relaxing and enjoyable week’’ - Sue

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 02/09/2014
By Clare H - Herts

I confirm Clare was a bona-fide paying guest at Holmes House. The content of her recommendation was not incentivised and is factually accurate at the time of writing’’ - Sue Allen, East Ruston Cottages - 10th September 2014
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Review Review No. 24 of 36

Recommended by:

Deb B - Benfleet

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • Children:
  • Ages:
  • Dogs:
  • 2
  • 17 - 41
  •  
  • 1
  • 14
  • 3
Stayed:

7 Nights
August - 2014

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Walking
  • Beach / Sea
  • Local Food
  • Touring
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
Summary:

“Home-from-home, Holmes House!!!”

A truly beautiful place to stay, felt at home straight away. Greeted warmly by Caz and given a tour of his lovely house. Every need is catered for, it’s the perfect place for dog owners.

Plenty of space both inside and out. Great location for picturesque walks, Weavers Way practically on the doorstep and the fab beaches nearby with expanses of sand to tire out the dogs.

A very, quiet, relaxing place to stay.

Specifically Recommend:

Smallsticks Cafe, near Cart Gap beach was a particular favourite. Fantastic food and lovely and clean too.

Local Gems:

Again Smallsticks, Cart Gap....recommend their big breakfast, with added black pudding..yum!! Oh and the cream tea....the scones were huge!!

The Butchers Arms, great pub...really friendly, both dog and human!!! Had a lovely roast and pint of cider...and literally staggering distance from home

The Greyhound, Hickling....gorgeous food, oh and another cider!!!

Deb B - Benfleet, Essex - 25th August 2014

Owner’s Reply:

’’A smashing review thanks Debbie. So glad you enjoyed the house and the area. Glad you got to try so many of the very local eating places. Despite being so tucked out of the way in this part of Norfolk (away from the summertime crowds in North Norfolk) we do have some good places to eat and drink and most of them are dog-friendly too. Smallsticks is a great little place for a meal after a long beach walk as it’s just on the coast and, as you say, The Butchers Arms is within an easy walk of Holmes House. Back home to the diet now then! Thanks for your booking for 2015’’ - Sue

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 25/08/2014
By Deb B - Benfleet

I confirm Deb was a bona-fide paying guest at Holmes House. The content of her recommendation was not incentivised and is factually accurate at the time of writing.
Sue Allen, East Ruston Cottages - 3rd September 2014
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Review Review No. 23 of 36

Recommended by:

Gini A - Padiham

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • Dogs:
  • 2
  • 47 - 75
  •  
  • 1
Stayed:

7 Nights
August - 2014

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Walking
  • Beach / Sea
  • Local Food
  • Peace
  • Touring
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
Summary:

“A perfect, relaxing holiday”

Just back from a week at Holmes House, I was a little nervous as I tend to avoid the busy holiday times. Neither this part of Norfolk nor Holmes House let me down.

The week started with Caz showing us round the property and pointing out all the good-to-know things like how to turn on the heat if needed, how to work the cooker etc. Caz then became totally unobtrusive until we were leaving - and only then to wish us a safe journey.

The house is very comfortable and almost hugs you on arrival, the garden is large and totally dog safe once the main gates are closed.

The Weavers Way is right on the doorstep and it’s a lovely walk either into Stalham to sample local produce or to East Ruston.

There are plenty of places to eat out who welcome you and your dog. I’ve eaten at The Pleasureboat, Hickling, The Star, Lessingham, Hill House, Happisburgh, Poppylands, Horsey. All have been incredibly welcoming and served good food.

I don’t think I’ve ever been as relaxed as I was at Holmes House. There’s no artificial noise and no passing traffic. To me it was perfect.

I would recommend this house to anyone (and already have!).

Specifically Recommend:

The peace.

The walks

Moonfleet Dayboat Hire, Stalham

The friendliness The beaches The local produce

Local Gems:

Cawdrons in Stalham

The Star, Lessingham

Happisburgh & Sea Palling Beach

Winterton on Sea

Gini A, Padiham, Lancs - 10th August 2014

Owner’s Reply:

’’What a lovely review Gini! So pleased you enjoyed the peace of Holmes House. Love the quote about the house hugging you on arrival. It certainly is a very welcoming place. Some great recommendations for places to eat and visit too, so useful for future guests. Many thanks’’ - Sue

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Recommended on 10/08/2014
By Gini A - Padiham

I confirm Gini was a bona-fide paying guest at Holmes House. The content of their recommendation was not incentivised and is factually accurate at the time of writing.
Sue Allen, East Ruston Cottages, 14th August 2014
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Review Review No. 22 of 36

Recommended by:

Maggy G - Morden

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 5
  • 18 - 83
  •  
Stayed:

7 Nights
July - 2014

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Walking
  • Beach / Sea
  • Local Food
  • Touring
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
Summary:

“Brilliant and very good value for money”

Lovely comfortable well-equipped and roomy accommodation. Large private garden was a bonus. Beautiful walks, close to sandy beaches. Friendly locals, good food and a relaxing and peaceful environment.

A dog-friendly cottage-house.....we had planned to take our dog but sadly he died suddenly a month beforehand. We will definitely book again !!

Specifically Recommend:

The large lounge area which is ideal for social evenings when you are too whacked to go to the pub.

Local Gems:

Winterton Beach is particularly marvellous.

The cafe at Happisburgh beach does great breakfasts

Wildlife lovers will be in their element.

Maggy G from Morden, Surrey - 7th August 2014

Owner’s Reply:

’’Thank you so much for your review Maggy. So very sorry about you losing Merlin and I hope that Murphy (Holmes House owner’s Afghan) was at least able to give you a bit of doggy company on your holiday. Both Caz and I very much appreciate your tolerance with the works going on outside the house too that week a one off job which at least will mean mains drains for the future rather than a septic tank! Delighted that you were still able to enjoy the house and the area for your week and hope to see you back again’’ - Sue

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Recommended on 07/08/2014
By Maggy G - Morden

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Sue Allen, East Ruston Cottages - 10th August 2014
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Review Review No. 21 of 36

Recommended by:

Deborah C from Sheffield

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • Dogs:
  • 3
  • 20 - 61
  •  
  • 2
Stayed:

7 Nights
February - 2014

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Walking
  • Beach / Sea
  • Local Food
  • Touring
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
Summary:

“True peace and relaxation!”

This is an amazing property! In beautiful, quiet location with pleasant surroundings.

The Weavers Way walk literally on the doorstep.

The owner, Caz, was brilliant welcoming us and explaining everything on arrival.

The garden is large and safe for both children and dogs. There is a combination of walks, beachs and local attractions.

What a lovely welcome, a table set out with local goodies for people and hounds!

This was exactly what we wanted, a quiet get away from it retreat with walks on the doorstep. We took our hounds but Holmes House is also suited to families.

We also found it suitable for people with limited mobility problems.

Hasten to add we are going again next year! Can’t wait!

Specifically Recommend:

Peace and quiet!

Enjoyable walks within sight and literally a minute from the house at the end of the lane.

Local Produce.

Beaches.

Local Gems:

Truly Local in Stalham.

Greyhound pub.

We loved all the local beaches.

Deborah C, Sheffield, South Yorks - 24th July 2014

Owner’s Reply:

’’What a lovely review Deborah, thank you! You can certainly tell that you enjoyed the house and area! If you want a relaxing, easy, comfortable holiday with your dogs then Holmes House has everything you need with the walks from the door and the enclosed garden and quiet location. All comfy and easy with the added bonus of Caz being there if you need anything but never intrusive. He will be delighted to see you back next year - 2015 is filling fast!’’ - Sue

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Recommended on 24/07/2014
By Deborah C from Sheffield

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Sue Allen, East Ruston Cottages - 10th August 2014
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Review Review No. 20 of 36

Recommended by:

Gillian N - Chesterfield

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • Dogs:
  • 2
  • 70
  •  
  • 7
Stayed:

7 Nights
July - 2014

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Walking
  • Touring
  • Beach / Sea
  • Shopping
  • Local Food
  • Entertainment
Summary:

“Perfect holiday home with everything!”

This is the very best property my husband and I have stayed at with our family of Poodles.

The location is ideal, so peaceful and the immaculate property has everything one would ever need - two showers, one downstairs with toilet and washbasin, and one upstairs,with bath and toilet in a large bathroom, having access to one of the bedrooms, making this en suite.

A large, totally enclosed garden with access from the front of the house onto Weavers Way, where one can walk to Stalham or into the pretty village of East Ruston, on a short circular route. So, ideal for parents with young children and dog owners.

The property also has information of activities and many walks within this area, with several beaches,and the Broads a few miles away! There are local food shops with homemade produce but also a supermarket in Stalham, a few miles away. The property also has a Wi-Fi connection - such a must these days!

Caz, the owner of Holmes House is so helpful, and a mine of information!

Specifically Recommend:

Perfect location and a safe, enclosed property with quiet lanes to walk, and nearness to Weavers Way.

Local Gems:

Fabulous pubs with good food and some allowing dogs into the bar areas.

Many clean, sandy beaches in this area.

Local food shops.

En Route:

During the summer months there are many locally-grown soft-fruit shops, with vegetables, plants and flowers.

Gillian N from Chesterfield, Derbyshire - 20th July 2014

Owner’s Reply:

’’A really glowing and very useful review thanks Gillian! If that doesn’t persuade others that Holmes House is the place to come on holiday with multiple dogs I don’t know what will!
Thank you so much for taking the time to do such a great review and delighted that you enjoy your holidays at Holmes House’’ - Sue

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Recommended on 20/07/2014
By Gillian N - Chesterfield

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Sue Allen, East Ruston Cottages - 25th July 2014
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Review Review No. 19 of 36

Recommended by:

Linda P from Lincoln

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • Dogs:
  • 4
  • 42 - 63
  •  
  • 2
Stayed:

7 Nights
July - 2014

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Beach / Sea
  • Walking
  • Touring
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
  • Local Food
Summary:

“You have to visit this place - it is amazing”

This really is an amazing property. Very high quality, with all amenities you could need. Lovely garden for dogs and walks and beaches all very close.

Super host who can never do enough for you. Our second visit and the next one is already booked. Quiet, peaceful surroundings and good walks in all weather.

Specifically Recommend:

Particularly suitable for large dogs.

Local Gems:

Beach at Happisburgh

Linda P from Lincoln - 13th July 2014

Owner’s Reply:

’’Thank you Linda for your review. Everyone does seem to love Caz, the owner, who is very proud of his property and thoroughly enjoys all his guests human and canine. He has the knack of being both helpful when needed but unobtrusive when not needed, allowing guests to get on with relaxing in the house and garden. So glad you are becoming a regular!’’ - Sue

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 13/07/2014
By Linda P from Lincoln

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Sue Allen, East Ruston Cottages - 25th July 2014
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Review Review No. 18 of 36

Recommended by:

Ruth H - Bilston

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • Dogs:
  • 2
  • 55 - 60
  •  
  • 1
Stayed:

7 Nights
June - 2014

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Walking
  • Beach / Sea
  • Touring
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
  • Local Food
Summary:

“Dog lovers and walkers paradise!”

Holmes House couldn’t have been more perfect for a dog-friendly holiday. It was exactly as described on the web site, with Weavers Way literally right on the doorstep, a fully enclosed garden, and the most fabulous beaches at Happisburgh and Sea Palling.

The property had everything we could possibly have needed. Caz the owner left us a lovely welcome pack and was extremely helpful and friendly.

We found some great places to eat, particularly the Star at Lessingham and Smallsticks Caf at Cart Gap Beach and everywhere was dog-friendly. We had beautiful weather, so chose to sit outside all the time, but everyone invited us in and provided water (and sometimes biscuits!) for our dog Sadie.

Thoroughly recommended for anyone with a dog, or for a relaxed walking holiday.

Specifically Recommend:

Walks on Weavers Way, Sutton Fen Nature Reserve, Bacton Woods.

Food at The Star at Lessingham

Oasis Indian Restaurant at Stalham

Smallsticks Caf at Cart Gap Beach.

Local Gems:

Truly Local Grocery Store

Ruth & Sadie - Bilston, West Midlands - 30th June 2014

Owner’s Reply:

’’Thanks Ruth, what a super review. I am so pleased you found that everything was as described I do try to let people know as much as possible what they can realistically expect at one of East Ruston Cottages properties and Holmes House is definitely one of the firm favourites. Thank you for taking the time to do this review and hope to see you back here’’ - Sue

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Recommended on 30/06/2014
By Ruth H - Bilston

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Sue Allen, East Ruston Cottages - 10th July 2014
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Review Review No. 17 of 36

Recommended by:

Ruth G from Leek

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • Dogs:
  • 2
  • 45 - 48
  •  
  • 1
Stayed:

7 Nights
June - 2014

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Walking
  • Beach / Sea
  • Touring
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
  • Local Food
Summary:

“Very dog-friendly accommodation in a fantastic part of the country”

This was our second stay at the very dog-friendly Holmes House. It’s perfect if you are looking for a very quiet, relaxing break but with nearby beachwalking options for the dog.

It’s a well equipped property with all-important dishwasher and dog-secure garden. The owner is on hand if you need anything but not in your face.

Well definitely be back for a third visit next year.

Specifically Recommend:

Very dog-friendly property (rugs supplied, crates available & you can leave them unsupervised).

Local Gems:

Waxham and Cart Gap beaches (for less social hounds as they are very quiet).

Broadlands chippie in Stalham (for whale and chips!).

Little fudge stall in Sea Palling.

Hong Kong Chinese takeaway and Oasis Indian restaurant both in Stalham.

Ruth G from Goreham, Leek, Staffs - 22nd June 2014

Owner’s Reply:

’’A great review thanks Ruth. Really appreciate you taking the time to do it. Holmes House just does sit quietly down that track leading onto the Weavers Way steadily and consistently providing proper dog-friendly holidays year in, year out, pretty much for 12 months of the year too. Glad you enjoy it enough to keep coming back. Over 50 per cent of the bookings are now from regulars!’’ - Sue

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Recommended on 22/06/2014
By Ruth G from Leek

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Sue Allen, East Ruston Cottages - 25th June 2014
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Review Review No. 16 of 36

Recommended by:

Irene F - Peterborough

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • Children:
  • Ages:
  • Dogs:
  • 2
  • 42 - 45
  •  
  • 2
  • 7 - 8
  • 1
Stayed:

7 Nights
May - 2014

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Walking
  • Beach / Sea
  • Touring
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
  • Local Food
Summary:

“Great cottage to use as a base to explore the lovely Norfolk area”

A lovely cottage set in a quiet area, with great walks right on the doorstep. Everything was provided for us, and we were delighted with the lovely goodies left for us on arrival.

A great base to explore the surrounding area, with wonderful beaches only a short drive away. There is plenty to see and do to keep young and old entertained. Our dog particularly enjoyed watching and chasing the rabbits in the back garden, she was exhausted!

Specifically Recommend:

Great local beaches

Local Gems:

Great beaches at Sea Palling and Happisburgh.

The trip to the Happisburgh Lighthouse was good, with wonderful views from the top.

Irene F, Peterborough, Cambs - 1st June 2014

Owner’s Reply:

’’Thank you Irene for your great review and for taking the time to add it to this site. Glad you and your dog enjoyed your stay at Holmes House and I bet you had some great views from up the lighthouse with the good weather you had in your week. I have never been up it must get on and do it. Glad you liked the goodies on arrival too all local produce, we have some very good small local producers here, everything from dog biscuits to beer!’’ - Sue

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 01/06/2014
By Irene F - Peterborough

I confirm Irene was a bona-fide paying guest at Holmes House. The content of her recommendation was not incentivised and is factually accurate at the time of writing.
Sue Allen - East Ruston Cottages - 03.06.2014
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Review Review No. 15 of 36

Recommended by:

Gill D - Birmingham

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • Children:
  • Ages:
  • Dogs:
  • 3
  • 28 - 55
  •  
  • 2
  • 7 month - 1 yr
  • 1
Stayed:

7 Nights
May - 2014

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Walking
  • Touring
  • Beach / Sea
  • Local Food
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
Summary:

“A great place to stay, with a very warm welcome”

Our second visit to Holmes House. A warm welcome from Cas on arrival and as usual a fabulous welcome pack. It was like coming home. The house is so clean and comfy and, importantly, very dog-friendly. We all enjoyed Weavers Walk which is right on the doorstep.

We had glorious sunshine most of the week and made good use of the garden.

The local area has some very dog friendly pubs and cafes.The beaches are fabulous for dogs, our favoutites being Walcot, Sea Palling and Winterton.

We will definitely visit again, thank you

Specifically Recommend:

Beaches

Wroxham Barn for children

New Inn pub Horning for food and dog-friendly

Fish and chips at Winterton on Sea

Local Gems:

see above

Gill D from Birmingham, West Mids - May 26th 2014

Owner’s Reply:

’’Thanks Gill for your great review! You certainly do make the most of all the dog friendly places cafes, beaches, pubs and walks while you are here. So glad you had good weather, all the better for enjoying the garden at the house. Glad you had such a good stay’’ - Sue

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Recommended on 26/05/2014
By Gill D - Birmingham

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Sue Allen - East Ruston Cottages - 28.5.14
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Review Review No. 14 of 36

Recommended by:

Lynn M from Kent

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • Dogs:
  • 2
  • 52 - 57
  •  
  • 2
Stayed:

7 Nights
May - 2014

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Walking
  • Beach / Sea
  • Touring
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
  • Local Food
Summary:

“Very dog-friendly accommodation”

Totally relaxing. Fully enclosed garden for dogs, which are really welcomed. Walks right on doorstep into lovely countryside.

The property is set in beautiful surroundings, very peaceful and rural yet within easy reach of towns and beaches. The house is fully equiped with everything you could ever need.

On arrival we were greeted with a welcome pack which even included hand made biscuits for our dogs. This is our second visit, a real secret haven

Specifically Recommend:

Walks along the Weavers way, abundant in wildlife.

Lovely local beaches

Local Gems:

Local market towns, Weavers Way

Lynn M, Sittingbourne, Kent - 18th May 2014

Owner’s Reply:

’’Thank you Lynn for your lovely comments and I am so glad you enjoyed the home made dog biscuits. They come from a local lady who makes them with the proceeds going to a dog recue charity. Along with the local jam, eggs, bread and cake we do like to support local small businesses. Hope to see you back again at Holmes House’’ - Sue

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 18/05/2014
By Lynn M from Kent

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Sue Allen, East Ruston Cottages - 28.05.14
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Review Review No. 13 of 36

Recommended by:

Lesley B - Bolton

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • Dogs:
  • 2
  • 55 - 60
  •  
  • 1
Stayed:

7 Nights
May - 2014

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Walking
  • Local Food
  • Touring
  • Beach / Sea
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
Summary:

“Happy dog = happy owners”

The cottage exceeded our expectations. It was warm, clean, bedding and lots of towels and throws. The owner was welcoming, friendly and met us at the end of our holiday to see if everything was satisfactory. The welcome pack was lovely and showcased local produce, cakes, bread, eggs, jam and doggy treats.

The garden was fully fenced and secure. There was lots of info about places to go, local walks etc. A long distance footpath The Weavers Way is literally on the doorstep. The cottage is very quiet situated near the end of a no through road so the only passing traffic is going to the two properties lower down.

I would recommend this property for dog owners - no limit to number of dogs. I would also recommend this for families and couples. My only comment for families with really small children would be the stairs are open tread so they would need to be supervised. There is a stair gate fixed to the bottom of the stairs. The owner was clearly proud of his cottage.

Specifically Recommend:

Dog friendly. There are no lists of rules about dogs not sitting on chairs, wiping paws before going in, staying out of bedrooms or being left alone. The owner left guests to use their common sense to decide what was acceptable. It is nice to stay at a cottage that isn’t filled with secondhand furniture on the assumption that dogs will damage it!

Local Gems:

Truly Local Shop.

Lesley B, Bolton Lancs - 11th May 2014

Owner’s Reply:

’’Thank you so much Lesley for your great comments about Holmes House. Really delighted that enjoyed your holiday so much and you are right, the owner is very proud of his properly dog-friendly cottage and loves having guests who enjoy it too’’ - Sue

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 11/05/2014
By Lesley B - Bolton

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Sue Allen - East Ruston Cottages, 14th May 2014
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Review Review No. 12 of 36

Recommended by:

John T - Ashford, Kent

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • Dogs:
  • 2
  • 40 - 60
  •  
  • 2
Stayed:

7 Nights
March - 2014

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Walking
  • Beach / Sea
  • Local Food
  • Touring
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
Summary:

“Tranquility and comfort in beautiful Norfolk, a paradise for beaches, walkers and unlimited dogs!”

The property is beautifully presented
Everything we needed was there
Beds very comfortable - all rooms excellent
Well-equipped kitchen
Big private garden with furniture, very safe for dogs
Walks on the Weavers Way 100 yards further down the lane
The wood-burner, TV and Wi-Fi all added to the comfort of the house

Good honest local pubs, most dog-friendly
Good shopping in Norwich and fantastic beaches within five miles
We’ve stayed here twice now and will stay again
What makes it special is the care and professionalism with which the house is managed
The owner is available if needed and the local manager is superb

Specifically Recommend:

Peace, quiet, comfort

Local Gems:

Beaches at Mundesley, Horsey, Happisburgh

Pubs in village

Cromer (stop at the Gunton Arms en route)

Holt

Great Yarmouth for a little kiss-me-quick

En Route:

Came up the A12 from M25 - Colchester worth a look

J.P.T. - Ashford, Kent - 28th April 2014

Owner’s Reply:

’’Thank you very much John for your kind review of Holmes House. It was lovely to meet you all during your stay and I know Caz will be very grateful for the review too. Looking forward to seeing you back here’’ - Sue

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 28/04/2014
By John T - Ashford, Kent

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Sue Allen, East Ruston Cottages - 29.04.14
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