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Oak Cottage - East Ruston Cottages, Oak Lane, East Ruston, Norwich, Norfolk NR12 9JG

Self-catering - Sleeps 9

Welcomes Adults, children, dogs

Average Rating from 26 reviews: 5.00
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Review Review No. 26 of 26

Recommended by:

Samantha F - Gloucestershire

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • Dogs:
  • 3
  • 53 - 72
  •  
  • 3
Stayed:

4 Nights
March - 2016

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

“ Prepare to be WOWed”

Oak Cottage is absolutely the best holiday accommodation we have ever been lucky enough to stay in. So quiet and yet only a short drive away from shops, pubs, cafs, beaches etc...

Everything you can think of is in the cottage. Each time I thought ’I bet they don’t have.......’ Erm.... Oh yes they did!

The garden is fabulous and our three Jack Russells loved it, so much space to explore and run around. It is totally safe and secure which was very relaxing for us.

Anything you need or want to ask, Gail, the owner, is only a phone call away and so helpful.

We had some lovely welcome treats and so did the dogs. The downstairs bedroom was perfect for my Mum who can no longer manage stairs, a bathroom right next door with a walk-in shower too.

We were in someone else’s house but felt totally at home.

We cannot wait to go back

Specifically Recommend:

Book early, it’s very popular.

Local walks around pretty East Ruston.

Local Springfield Kennels, in the village, if you want a doggy-free day. Day boarding is welcomed and Ellie is lovely. Felt more than happy leaving ours there.

Local Gems:

Kingfisher Caf - Walcott

The Star Inn - Lessingham

Sam F, Gloucester - 26th May 2016

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 26/05/2016
By Samantha F - Gloucestershire

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Review Review No. 25 of 26

Recommended by:

Gemma B - Essex

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • Dogs:
  • 8
  • 24 - 60
  •  
  • 7
Stayed:

6 Nights
May - 2016

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

“A real home-from-home and hidden gem, we have already been discussing when we can visit next!”

Our expectations were exceeded staying at Oak Cottage - from the delicious welcome basket and helpful hosts, to the friendly locals and brilliant facilities at the cottage, we couldn’t fault anything.

The holiday allowed us to truly rest and relax in the beautiful and quiet rural surroundings. We were lucky with an early heatwave and the secured garden provided a great space for the dogs to let off steam.

We were pleasantly surprised with the hidden extras on offer - a BBQ (which we made great use of in the sunny weather), garden loungers, bikes in the shed and even a skipping rope - hilarious fun for a group of adults!

Beaches, sleepy lanes for bike rides, adventurous dog walks and proper pub grub are all on the doorstep.

A real home-from-home and hidden gem, we have already been discussing when we can visit next!

Specifically Recommend:

Happisburgh beach for the dogs

Honing Lock Circular Walk

Local Gems:

Happisburgh beach for the dogs

Honing Lock Circular Walk

Gemma B - Colchester, Essex - 17th May 2016

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 17/05/2016
By Gemma B - Essex

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Review Review No. 24 of 26

Recommended by:

Deborah A - Hertfordshire

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • Children:
  • Ages:
  • Dogs:
  • 2
  • 40 - 55
  •  
  • 2
  • 14 - 17
  • 1
Stayed:

7 Nights
April - 2016

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

“A perfect cottage for a country getaway near the sea, ideal for dogs”

The cottage was perfect for our holiday. It was in a rural setting but not too far from the sea, which suited us completely. Inside every need had been catered for, and whilst there was plenty of space, the cottage had a cosy feel about it. It is so easy to make yourself at home here.

The beds were huge, and comfy, and yet the bedrooms retained a cottagey feel. The lounge has two comfy sofas and huge TV and on the chilly nights we made use of the log fire. We loved the cakes and biscuits that were left for us and our dog. With milk and tea and coffee we were able to settle in immediately. We even made an online shop before arriving and this had all been put away for us.

We would recommend this holiday to anybody and everybody. Our family were perfectly at home here, but there is plenty of room for extended family too. Dogs are so well catered for with beds and bowls and toys and blankets. The downstairs bedrooms were a bonus as along with the downstairs toilet and would suit anyone unable to use stairs. This holiday was perfect!

Specifically Recommend:

Anybody with dogs will love it here. Our Sheltie is extremely well behaved, but most cottages don’t allow dogs to be left alone in a property. It was lovely to be allowed to leave her for an hour or so whilst we went out for a meal or visited places that don’t allow dogs.

Local Gems:

Happisburgh Beach is beautiful, unspoilt and perfect for dogs

Deborah A, Stevenage, Herts - 17th April 2016

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 17/04/2016
By Deborah A - Hertfordshire

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Review Review No. 23 of 26

Recommended by:

Robert L - Norfolk

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • Children:
  • Ages:
  • Dogs:
  • 6
  • 63 - 19
  •  
  • 4
  • 3 - 17
  • 1
Stayed:

6 Nights
December - 2015

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

“A nice dog-friendly place to stay for a break”

Would recommend this property to dog owners, families with children or if you just want to chill out and recharge the batteries.

It has two bedrooms on the ground floor with toilet and shower. A luxury bathrom on the first floor looks out onto unrestricted views.

I would recommend this cottage to people with mobility issues but there is a small step in the living-dining room

Specifically Recommend:

The amount of difrent walks in the area.

Close to the sea

Local Gems:

There is a pub The Butchers Arms just down the lane within walking distance with good food at reasonable prices

Robert L, Kings Lynn, Norfolk - 7th January 2016

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 07/01/2016
By Robert L - Norfolk

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Review Review No. 22 of 26

Recommended by:

Kerry L - Nottinghamshire

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • Children:
  • Ages:
  • Dogs:
  • 7
  • 30 - 83
  •  
  • 2
  • 6 - 12
  • 5
Stayed:

7 Nights
December - 2015

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

“An excellent, well-equipped and welcoming property”

This is an excellent property to use for family and dogs.

The house was very clean and welcoming on arrival and we were surprised by how many things had been thought of to make our stay enjoyable.

Even though the owner was also on holiday she bent over backwards getting back to us re our additional requests.

Definitely recommend a stay.

Specifically Recommend:

Excellent facilities for guests and dogs alike

Local Gems:

Was Christmas, so lots of places closed

Kerry L, Newark, Notts - 1st Jan 2016

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 01/01/2016
By Kerry L - Nottinghamshire

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Review Review No. 21 of 26

Recommended by:

Prue T - Australia

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • Children:
  • Ages:
  • 6
  • 35 - 71
  •  
  • 4
  • 5 - 8
Stayed:

4 Nights
September - 2015

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

“Lovely, comfortable family home with a very helpful, friendly owner ”

We visited the area to attend a special wedding. There were three generations sharing the house from Australia. The house was super for all of us and we really enjoyed our stay.

It was very well-equipped to meet everyone’s needs and the owner Gail, was sensational. She baked lovely goodies for us when we arrived and even helped out by minding some of the children when the reception was held. Great house for families!

Specifically Recommend:

Lovely comfortable house with a friendly and welcoming owner

Local Gems:

East Ruston Gardens are near by and are a real treat.

En Route:

The Swan at Ingham serves excellent food.

Prue T, Brighton, Victoria, Australia - 15th September 2015

Owner’s Reply:

’’Thanks for such a lovely review of Oak Cottage, and I am so thrilled you all had a great time at the wedding. Even though your time was short in Norfolk, you certainly made the most of your time - the Vicarage Gardens and The Star Inn are two lovely local places well worth the visit.

I had a lovely time babysitting the boys, playing football in the garden and being instructed in the finer points of lots of sports - very knowledgeable children who were wonderfully articulate and a joy to be with. I hope you might come back to Norfolk for another visit soon. Best wishes’’ - Gail

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 15/09/2015
By Prue T - Australia

I confirm Prue was a bona-fide paying guest at Oak Cottage. The content of her recommendation was not incentivised and is factually accurate at the time of writing.
Gail Adams, owner - 15th September 2015
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Review Review No. 20 of 26

Recommended by:

Nigel T - Essex

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • Children:
  • Ages:
  • Dogs:
  • 5
  • 36 - 64
  •  
  • 4
  • 2 - 7
  • 1
Stayed:

7 Nights
January - 2015

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

“Well appointed, spacious, comfortable, dog-friendly - and with an owner who clearly enjoys welcoming guests”

First pleasant surprise on arrival - welcome pack including scones, carrot cake, white wine chilling in the fridge, and even home-made dog biscuits!

The house is large, comfortable and well laid out, with a decent garden which is safe and securely fenced so that children and dog could play freely.

The village of East Ruston is quiet and relatively free of traffic, while also being within easy reach of main roads and local amenities.

While none of the fixtures or items of furniture appeared to be particularly new, all were of good quality and in good condition.

Specifically Recommend:

The house’ USP appears to be dog-friendliness.

Be Aware:

Even boiler trouble halfway through our stay didn’t spoil our enjoyment - owner Gail was on the case immediately and a friendly and efficient local plumber had it fixed within 36 hours.

Local Gems:

One rainy day spent at North Norfolk heritage railway, Sheringham - interesting and enjoyable.

Bewilderwood - fun for children of all ages, including old ones like me!

Blakeney seal boat trip fairly pricey at 10GBP per head but has to be experienced.

My grandchildren loved the free entertainment at the Lighthouse pub nearby.

En Route:

Outward journey - Framlingham Castle and restored windmill nearby.

Return journey Wroxham Barns - craft shops, restaurant and mini-funfair with very child-friendly staff.

Nigel T, Manningtree, Essex - 9th January

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 01/09/2015
By Nigel T - Essex

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Review Review No. 19 of 26

Recommended by:

Jeanette S - Lancashire

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • Children:
  • Ages:
  • Dogs:
  • 6
  • 24 - 70
  •  
  • 2
  • 14 - 17
  • 5
Stayed:

7 Nights
August - 2015

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

“Have a large family with dogs, disabled parents. This is the place for you. ”

This was by far the nicest and most welcoming cottage we have ever stayed. It truly was home-from-home.

Gail, the owner, baked us some beautiful cakes and scones to arrive to. The garden is huge and ample for all the family and our five dogs.

We will definitely be back. We had two disabled family members with us there is brilliant access to downstairs bedrooms and shower facilities.

Specifically Recommend:

Huge garden.
Walcott beach and chippy.
Dilham cross keys food

Local Gems:

Butchers Arms at end of our lane

Jeanette S, Ashton in Makerfield, Lancashire - 30th August 2015

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 30/08/2015
By Jeanette S - Lancashire

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Review Review No. 18 of 26

Recommended by:

Madge and John Mcc - Lincolnshire

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • Children:
  • Ages:
  • Dogs:
  • 4
  • 23 - 68
  •  
  • 3
  • 13 - 16
  • 6
Stayed:

4 Nights
June - 2015

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

“A fantastic, lovely, homely, spacious, brilliant holiday - loved every minute of it”

Our stay at Oak Cottage was fantastic. The cottage was spacious and very comfortable with every thing was well laid out.

The dogs thoroughly enjoyed themselves in the garden with all the dog toys. The welcoming cakes and the eggs went down a treat.

We would go again and will recommend it to all our dog friends. After a long day at the beach it was good to go back to the quietness of the cottage,.

Specifically Recommend:

A walk along the beach with your dogs

Local Gems:

The beach

Madge & John McC - Boston, Lincs - 30th June 2015

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 30/06/2015
By Madge and John Mcc - Lincolnshire

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Review Review No. 17 of 26

Recommended by:

Sarah W - Buckinghamshire

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • Dogs:
  • 2
  • 35 - 45
  •  
  • 3
Stayed:

6 Nights
June - 2015

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

“Perfect for all - especially big groups and those with dogs”

Great cottage - well equipped and safe outside space for the dogs. Gail was so welcoming and friendly and her cakes were an added bonus.

Beaches in the area were perfect - wide, sandy and clean with very few dog restrictions.

Local pub does a great pint of beer. A walk around East Ruston is also recommended - it is a charming village with lovely countryside views.

Specifically Recommend:

Beaches, pretty villages, countryside views.

Local Gems:

Waxham beach is lovely and the walk along the old railway track is great to see some more of the village and take a break from beach life.

Sarah W, Farnham Common, Bucks - June 2015

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 19/06/2015
By Sarah W - Buckinghamshire

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Review Review No. 16 of 26

Recommended by:

Catherine J - Leicestershire

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • Dogs:
  • 2
  • 45 - 59
  •  
  • 3
Stayed:

6 Nights
May - 2015

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

“Fantastic dog-friendly cottage in wonderful location, had everything we wanted and needed”

Very nice and comfortable cottage.

The large, secure garden, proximity of dog-friendly beaches and wonderful rural walks on the doorstep made this an ideal location for us and our three dogs to have a great holiday.

Although dog-friendly the house was in excellent order and would equally suit families or a larger group including those wanting downstairs accommodation, having two bedrooms and a bathroom on the ground floor.

The best equipped house we have stayed in and the homebaked goodies in the welcome pack from the owner were a lovely extra.

Would highly recommend

Specifically Recommend:

Excellent accommodation

Safe, dog- and child-proof garden

Fantastic rural location with beaches a short drive away

Local Gems:

Happisburgh and Sea Palling beaches

Local walk from Weavers Way along Dilham canal to Honing locks

Nice local pub a few minutes’ walk away.

Catherine J, Nailstone, Nuneaton, Leicestershire - May 2015

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 24/05/2015
By Catherine J - Leicestershire

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Review Review No. 15 of 26

Recommended by:

Pam S - Norfolk

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • Dogs:
  • 7
  • 56 - 87
  •  
  • 1
Stayed:

7 Nights
May - 2015

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

“Comfortable and welcoming house ideal for families or groups of friends, particularly those with dogs”

Lovely house with such a welcoming and helpful owner and the flexibility of the beds made it particularly helpful for us as we need single rather than double beds.

Generous Welcome Pack with homemade goodies for two and four legged visitors set the scene for a lovely holiday. Peaceful setting with access to many walks and places to visit and the enclosed garden is an extra bonus for dog owners.

Everything needed is nearby, the Butchers Arms being only down the road and we had a really good week.

Specifically Recommend:

The helpful and welcoming owner

Proximity to the pub - we already enjoy going to the Quiz night on first Tuesday of every month and were able to do this on our visit

So many lovely walks nearby

Everything needed is provided in the house

Local Gems:

Old Vicarage gardens

The Butchers Arms Quiz Night - first Tuesday of every month

Bacton Woods

Dilham canal walks

En Route:

We are all local and know the area well

Pam S, Gorleston, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk - 10th May 2015

Owner’s Reply:

’’Hi Pam, so happy to hear you all had a lovely time and thank you so much for the lovely review. I really do love looking after our guests and I know how nice it is to have some lovely goodies waiting after a long journey.

There are so many super walks locally, often where you can let the dogs off the leads and let them roam about to their heart’s content. Keeping the dogs secure in the garden is really important so I’m really glad that this was useful for you.

The Butchers Arms couldn’t be nearer, could it It’s lovely to have a pub right at the end of the road. I LOVE the Vicarage Gardens - such a great place to see how all the plants change over the course of the year.
Thanks again’’ Gail x

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 10/05/2015
By Pam S - Norfolk

I confirm Pam was a bona-fide paying guest at Oak Cottage. The content of her recommendation was not incentivised and is factually accurate at the time of writing.
Gail Adams, owner, Oak Cottages - 11.05.2015
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Review Review No. 14 of 26

Recommended by:

Lorraine B - Herts

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • Dogs:
  • 2
  • 45 - 49
  •  
  • 2
Stayed:

7 Nights
April - 2015

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

“A fabulous week of country living in delightful surroundings”

Oak cottage is set in beautiful, green countryside with views over the fields from every window. The property is spacious, beautifully decorated and homely. The welcome we had was exceptional and was met with a table full of goodies including homemade scones, carrot cake, shortbread, wine, and even homemade dog biscuits.

The location of Oak Cottage is perfect for walking and the beach. Bacton woods is nearby and is a fantastic place for walking dogs or for families, and Sea Palling beach was just perfect, sandy and went on for miles.

There is a local pub just down the lane and although we didn’t find the time to visit, we were told it was lovely and also dog-friendly.

Specifically Recommend:

The huge bath in Oak Cottage was fabulous

Local Gems:

The Vicarage gardens, Bacton Woods, Sea Palling beach, Smallsticks cafe, the Ingham Swan pub-restaurant

En Route:

Thetford for walking the dogs

Lorraine B, Letchworth, Herts - 5th May 2015

Owner’s Reply:

’’Thank you so much Lorraine for your super review of Oak Cottage. Glad you liked the bath - we thought an extra big bath is a nice luxury so glad to hear it hit the mark. I do enjoy spoiling our guests with home baking, so again, it’s smashing to hear you enjoyed it.
Bacton Woods is brilliant for long leisurely dog walks and at Sea Palling there are several dog-friendly places to eat and drink so I am really glad you found it.
Some lovely restaurants round about too - the food at the Swan is lovely!
The Vicarage Gardens is our own little treasure, and as you have found out, it’s well worth a visit.
Lovely to have met you both and your super duper dogs - they are truly gorgeous!!
Hope to see you again’’ - Gail

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 05/05/2015
By Lorraine B - Herts

I confirm Lorraine was a bona-fide paying guest at Oak Cottage. The content of her recommendation was not incentivised and is factually accurate at the time of writing.
Gail Adams, owner, 6th May 2015
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Review Review No. 13 of 26

Recommended by:

Marc B - Somerset

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • Dogs:
  • 2
  • 60 - 63
  •  
  • 2
Stayed:

7 Nights
April - 2015

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

“Relax with you dogs!”

Lovely peaceful setting

Great welcome pack,

Spacious rooms,

Large dog proof garden

Close to beaches and woods

Excellent customer service!

Specifically Recommend:

Wonderful dog-friendly holiday

Local Gems:

Old Vicarage Garden in the village

Marc B - Clevedon, Somerset - 27th April 2015

Owner’s Reply:

’’Thank you so much, Marc, for the lovely review of Oak Cottage. It was so lovely to meet both of you and your beautiful dogs - it’s not often I have a chance to meet with our guests so I was thrilled to meet you all and I am so glad you had a nice, relaxing time here at East Ruston. The village is really quite tranquil with hardly any traffic, which is lovely for when the dogs are roaming around the large secure garden.

I do love looking after our guests so I am so pleased that you felt the customer service and welcome pack were excellent. (They don’t call me the crazy baking lady for nothing!!)’’ Gail xx

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 27/04/2015
By Marc B - Somerset

I confirm Marc was a bona-fide paying guest at Oak Cottage. The content of his recommendation was not incentivised and is factually accurate at the time of writing.
Gail Adams, owner, Oak Cottage - May 2015
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Review Review No. 12 of 26

Recommended by:

Tessa T - Surrey

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • Children:
  • Ages:
  • Dogs:
  • 8
  • 33 - 68
  •  
  • 2
  • 6 - 9
  • 4
Stayed:

7 Nights
March - 2015

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

“Great doggy holiday”

Great cottage for families with pets.

The customer service was excellent from the moment of booking and upon arriving ar the cottage we were met with a lovely array of home-baked goods.

The dogs had a wonderful time and the local area was very dog-friendly. I would happily recommend.

Specifically Recommend:

This is a great cottage for families with dogs and beautiful walks at both seaside and countryside locations in close proximity.

Local Gems:

Sea palling beach was a lovely beach

Nice food in Butchers Arms which is a short walk away

Tessa T, Hooley, Surrey - 6th April 2015

Owner’s Reply:

’’Thanks for a lovely review and so thrilled that you have enjoyed your stay at Oak Cottage. Really pleased the dogs had a lovely time too - it’s really important to us that our two-legged and four-legged guests all have a great time. The garden is really big and well dog-proofed so it’s lovely to just let them run loose and run off energy. We are in a great location for beaches, countryside walks which are all super dog-friendly, so really pleased you managed to get out and about to enjoy it. Very handy having a pub just at the end of the road too’’ - Gail

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 06/04/2015
By Tessa T - Surrey

I confirm Tessa was a bona-fide paying guest at Oak Cottage. The content of her recommendation was not incentivised and is factually accurate at the time of writing
- Gail Adams, owner, Oak Cottage - 8th April 2015
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Review Review No. 11 of 26

Recommended by:

Laura C - London

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • Children:
  • Ages:
  • Dogs:
  • 8
  • 22 - 55
  •  
  • 2
  • 12 - 16
  • 3
Stayed:

3 Nights
April - 2015

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

“Great place for a largish group”

What a fab place! The cottage is really comfortable and cosy.

Great welcome package and cheesy biscuits for the dogs.

Situated 10 minutes from the beach and great walking from the house.

We all had a great time and would recommend!

Specifically Recommend:

Comfy beds, lovely garden

Local Gems:

Beach and pubs!

Laura C, London E4 - 6.4.15

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 06/04/2015
By Laura C - London

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Review Review No. 10 of 26

Recommended by:

Simon S - Leics

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • Dogs:
  • 5
  • 28 - 62
  •  
  • 5
Stayed:

12 Nights
December - 2014

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

“Peace and relaxation in country comfort ....guaranteed”

This just simply ticked all the boxes - you just felt at home and relaxed here, quite amazing. We spent Christmas here and it was superb.

The owners went the extra mile and left treats for the dogs and some alcohol for the others! You really feel that this is a holiday home and not a property rented out for holidays.

The new log burner made us want for cold days, which we got, and it just made the atmosphere even more relaxed We miss the house already and so do the dogs who enjoyed the freedom of the house and garden - a rarity in today’s holiday market

If you want comfort in a quiet location this simply has to be it

Specifically Recommend:

There are some really nice walks around East Ruston itself, but put the dogs in the car and go to Happisburgh or Sea Palling beaches great for both man and dog

Cawdrowns the Butchers in Stalham is fantastic, they have a hot counter and the breakfast rolls are perfect

The Butchers Arms is literally 2 mins walk from the cottage and has cheap, good and plentiful food, but our favourite was the Hill House in Happisburgh, full of locals with character and very friendly and great beer too!

Local Gems:

Hill House at Happisburgh

Butchers Arms at East Ruston Star at Lessingham

All good and dog-friendly

Simon S, Bagworth, Leics - 1st January 2015

Owner’s Reply:

’’Thank you Simon for a lovely long review of Oak Cottage. So pleased you enjoyed your Christmas at the house it really is a very relaxing home from home and I know Gail’s home baked goodies would have been impressive! The new log burner is proving a great hit (Gail is always reviewing what the house needs to make sure it suits as many guests as possible) so I am glad you were able to enjoy it’’ - Sue

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 01/01/2015
By Simon S - Leics

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Sue Allen, East Ruston Cottages - Jan 2015
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Review Review No. 9 of 26

Recommended by:

Jackie K - Lincolnshire

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • Dogs:
  • 4
  • 47 - 64
  •  
  • 5
Stayed:

4 Nights
November - 2014

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

“Fabulous dog- & child-friendly comfortable, clean cottage”

We had a fabulous time at Oak Cottage. We were two couples and five dogs. The Cottage is very dog-friendly and very clean. There was a welcome basket full of scones, bread and home made doggy biscuits.

The garden was fully enclosed ideal for dogs. There was also wine in the fridge for us humans.

This place would suit all, dogs, kids and people with mobility issues. Fabulous place and surrounding areas.

Specifically Recommend:

Lovely area for dogs walks, Local pub very friendly - have toys for kids and treats for dogs. Can have a meal with your dogs.

Local produce for sale at very reasonable prices people tend to use honesty boxes.

Lovely beaches close by

Local Gems:

Loads of interesting places to visit whether it be country side, beaches or woods. Also lots of dog-friendly pubs.

Jackie K, Ruskington, Lincs - 23rd November 2014

Owner’s Reply:

’’ Delightedyou enjoyed your stay at Oak Cottage and found it to be so adaptable and family and dog friendly. It’s a great place for a family booking or group but just as good for a smaller group (or for those with limited mobility) with two of the bedrooms and a shower room being on the ground floor. Glad you were able to get out and about to enjoy all the nearby interesting places as you say, the house is well located for some great days out and well equipped for when you are in it!’’Sue

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 23/11/2014
By Jackie K - Lincolnshire

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Sue Allen - East Ruston Cottages - November 2014
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Review Review No. 8 of 26

Recommended by:

Adrian P - Wilts

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • Children:
  • Ages:
  • Dogs:
  • 7
  • 30 - 60
  •  
  • 1
  • - 1
  • 1
Stayed:

7 Nights
October - 2014

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

“You will not be disappointed”

A very comfortable property with all you need for a great holiday. The beds are large, adaptable and comfy. The garden is large and secure, very dog-friendly.

An ideal location for touring Norfolk. Very close to the Broads and the sandy North Norfolk beaches. Or the bright lights of Great Yarmouth. This property will not disappoint in location or amenities.

Specifically Recommend:

Go to Blakeney and go on a boat trip to see the seals. Hire a boat and explore the Broads.

Discover historic Norwich. The sandy beaches and the bright lights of Great Yarmouth.

Local Gems:

The Butchers Arms, very good, very cheap, ample meals and a warm welcome.

Ade P from Highworth, Wilts - 3rd November 2014

Owner’s Reply:

’’Delighted you enjoyed your stay at Oak Cottage and found it to be so adaptable and family and dog friendly. It’s a great place for a family booking or group but just as good for a smaller group (or for those with limited mobility) with two of the bedrooms and a shower room being on the ground floor. Glad you were able to get out and about to enjoy all the nearby interesting places as you say, the house is well located for some great days out and well equipped for when you are in it! ’’ - Sue

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 03/11/2014
By Adrian P - Wilts

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Sue Allen - East Ruston Cottages - 11th November 2014
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Review Review No. 7 of 26

Recommended by:

Lyn P - Suffolk

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • Dogs:
  • 2
  • 55 - 67
  •  
  • 1
Stayed:

7 Nights
January - 2014

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

“Beautiful, comfy beds and sofas, dog-friendly cottage with a very safe garden”

Beautiful cottage with comfy sofas and beds, ideal for a large family. Very dog-friendly - large, safe garden, dog beds, bowls, toys and extra throws.

The owners have thought of everything with a delicious welcome pack of homemade goodies, wine, flowers and even a jar of homemade dog treats!

There are two downstairs bedrooms so would be ideal for the less mobile guests. Very quiet location but only a 10 minute drive to nearby beaches, shops, woods, etc.

Highly recommended.

Specifically Recommend:

Local beaches and woods

Local Gems:

Sea Palling, Happisburgh and Cart Gap beaches.

Bacton Woods

Lyn P, Ipswich, Suffolk - 1st November 2014

Owner’s Reply:

’’Thanks for the review Lyn. So pleased you appreciated all the little touches that make this really comfy, well equipped holiday house and real home from home’’ - Sue

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 02/11/2014
By Lyn P - Suffolk

I confirm Lyn was a bona-fide paying guest at Oak Cottage. The content of her recommendation was not incentivised and is factually accurate at the time of writing.
Sue Allen - East Ruston Cottages - 11.11.2014
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Review Review No. 6 of 26

Recommended by:

Lynne W - Devon

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • Dogs:
  • 2
  • 60 - 63
  •  
  • 2
Stayed:

7 Nights
January - 2014

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

“Lovely comfy and homely cottage ideal for a relaxing holiday”

A very comfortable and homely cottage-house set on the edge of a quiet and friendly village, close to some fantastic beaches.

Very suitable for dogs with a great large, secure garden, and clay tiles in the kitchen areas. Lovely quality of fittings, sofas and beds very comfy, lots of throws available and even dog beds were provided.

Fantastic welcome pack for both adults and dogs made you feel all guest are really welcome.

Specifically Recommend:

With a bathroom and two bedrooms downstairs it would suit those with limited mobility

Local Gems:

Winterton on Sea for beaches and dunes and the Dune Caf for cakes and butties.

Also the local butchers in Stalham

Lynne W - Cullompton, Devon - 22nd October 2014

Owner’s Reply:

’’A great review thank you Lynne, I feel we will be getting many more for this house which hasn’t been available for holidays for long but is already impressing guests with the comfort, space and genuinely dog friendliness. I think all the reviews also mention the fabulous welcome pack that Gail, the owner, leaves she is a demon baker and loves to treat her guests. Glad you enjoyed the beach at Winterton, one of the best in an area of many, sandy dog friendly beaches and the butchers in Stalham, that you also like, do a huge selection of things including hot meat rolls at lunchtime and dog bones!’’ - Sue

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 22/10/2014
By Lynne W - Devon

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Sue Allen - East Ruston Cottages - 11th November 2014
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Review Review No. 5 of 26

Recommended by:

Jo C - Derbyshire

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • Dogs:
  • 2
  • 47 - 60
  •  
  • 3
Stayed:

4 Nights
October - 2014

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

“Fantastic dog-friendly cottage with superb facilities in a wonderful location”

Fantastic cottage, very spacious and comfortable. As only two of us we only used the downstairs two bedrooms and it was very well equipped and user-friendly. Warm and cosy at night with a great roaring fire! Dogs thoroughly enjoyed it and relaxed at night on the sofas.

We found it very close to Stalham with all the shops and takeaways etc that you could want. Sea Palling is one of the best beaches for dogs we have ever been to and only 10 minutes’ drive away. Charity car park for GBP1 all day then a 3 minute walk to the beach where the dogs ran themselves silly for hours every day. The reefs make it a safer area of sea as the waves and current are diluted. Dog-friendly cafe and pub-restaurant right at the beach entrance. No problem taking sopping wet and sandy dogs inside and letting them sit on the carpets!

Some great inland walks around the area such as the woods at Bacton. We also explored around Hickling and Barton broads but found the beach and woods the best for dogs. The cottage provided a wonderful base and was superb for both dogs and humans. Safe secure dog-proof garden and very quiet location. Would recommend to anyone and already have done!

Specifically Recommend:

Would recommend to dog owners and anyone with limited mobility as two large double rooms on ground floor and a wet room.

Safe, dog-proof garden.

Close to amenities but quiet location.

Best dog beach 10 minutes away with cafes etc. which dogs can go inside.

Local Gems:

The beach at sea palling is superb for dogs with 9 reefs diluting the effect of the current and waves somewhat and creating sort of pools which seem a little safer for dogs to swim in than the full-on sea. Great expanse of golden sand and plenty of room to feel like you have the beach to yourself even when around 30 other dogs there! Dog-friendLy caf and pub right by the beach and toilets too. There is a charity car park on the right as you approach the beach which is GBP1 for all day and the money this year goes to the homeless but changes each year.

Bacton Woods close by is superb with ample parking and wide all ability trails with many smaller paths snaking off all over the woods. Lots of deer and rabbits so be careful if your dog is a chaser.

There’s a Chinese takeaway, Indian takeaway and chip shop in Stalham 10 minutes’ away and a Tesco for all your needs with a petrol station. There are several pubs too. The butchers Arms pub is just a few yards from the cottage at the end of the lane.

Jo C from Swadlincote, Derbyshire - 17th Oct 2014

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 17/10/2014
By Jo C - Derbyshire

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Review Review No. 4 of 26

Recommended by:

Brenda G - Leics

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • Dogs:
  • 3
  • 52 - 64
  •  
  • 4
Stayed:

3 Nights
January - 2014

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

“Beautiful, comfy, cosy, exceptionally dog-friendly cottage in peaceful location”

Beautiful, cosy, spacious and comfortable cottage with lovely views in a very peaceful location. Very well equipped and finished to a high standard. Owner has thought of everything to make sure guests are comfortable. The welcome basket was exceptional.

Very safe and interesting garden, and dogs are obviously very welcome and catered for with beds, bowls, etc provided. Wonderful local walks and uncrowded, dog-friendly beaches. Highly recommended!

Specifically Recommend:

Dogs very welcome - owners don’t mind them on sofa, throws provided.

Safe garden for dogs.

Local Gems:

Beaches.

Bacton woods.

Weavers Way for dog walks.

Brenda G, Coalville, Leicestershire - 6th October 2014

Owner’s Reply:

’’Thanks Brenda for a great review. I know that you found the house to be one of the best of the ERC properties that you have stayed in and I know how important proper dog friendliness is to you too so pleased that Oak Cottage fitted the bill!’’ - Sue

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 06/10/2014
By Brenda G - Leics

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Sue Allen - East Ruston Cottages - 11th November 2014
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Review Review No. 3 of 26

Recommended by:

Nicola B - Shropshire

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • Dogs:
  • 3
  • 40 - 70
  •  
  • 4
Stayed:

10 Nights
September - 2014

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

“Great house in a relaxing location”

Oak Cottage had everything we needed for a comfortable relaxing holiday. On a lovely quiet lane with a pub a few minutes’ walk away. The welcome pack was better than ever expected, homemade scones, jam, cake, wine and doggy biscuits for the pooches.

We wanted a relaxing holiday away from the hustle and bustle and Oak Cottage was perfect. The garden was ideal for our four dogs, plenty of room for them to run around and play.

We would definitely return. It would be a suitable property for anyone with mobility issues as it has a shower room and two bedrooms downstairs.

Specifically Recommend:

Book a stay and see for yourself!

Local Gems:

Visit the Butchers Arms for a meal. Lovely homemade food.

Nicola B, Shrewsbury, Shropshire - 30th September 2014

Owner’s Reply:

’’Thanks Nicola for making the first review of Oak Cottage such a good one. Very pleased you enjoyed your stay and found it so suitable for you and your dogs. I am sure this will be the first of many great reviews for this lovely house so spacious and well located, so easy to live in with plenty of light but cosy in the winter too with the open fire. Great walks from the door and a pub at the bottom of the lane make it just about perfect!’’ - Sue

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 30/09/2014
By Nicola B - Shropshire

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Sue Allen, East Ruston Cottages - 2nd October 2014
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