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The Old Piggery - East Ruston Cottages, East Ruston, Norwich, Norfolk NR12 9HS

Self-catering - Sleeps 6

Welcomes Adults, children, dogs (no limit)

Average Rating from 31 reviews: 4.92
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Review Review No. 31 of 31

Recommended by:

Debbie K - Oxfordshire

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • Dogs:
  • 2
  • 45 - 55
  •  
  • 1
Stayed:

7 Nights
September - 2016

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

“We’ll be back!”

We absolutely fell in love with the Old Piggery from the moment we walked in. Our dog is usually very stressed by new environments but even he relaxed immediately, choosing to sleep in one of the dog beds provided at night, although we had taken his!

The welcome basket was lovely and the building itself beautiful but comfortable. The setting is amazing, and although there is an adjoining barn we were barely aware we had neighbours. We hope to return soon

Specifically Recommend:

Happisburgh beach is a few minutes’ drive. We had a lovely walk at Blickling Hall which was only about half an hour away

Local Gems:

Blickling Hall

Debbie K - Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire - 6th October 2016

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 06/10/2016
By Debbie K - Oxfordshire

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Review Review No. 30 of 31

Recommended by:

Barbara F - Notts

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • Dogs:
  • 2
  • 30 - 65
  •  
  • 2
Stayed:

7 Nights
April - 2016

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

“An excellent place to stay for dog owners”

Return visit to the Old Piggery - it was just as comfortable and warm as we remembered from 2012.

It’s wonderful to be able to relax knowing the dogs are truly welcome, safe and well catered for.

The property is furnished to a high standard with Wi-Fi and modern TV-DVD etc. Unfortunately the weather was too cold to enjoy the enclosed outside space but the location is well suited for accessing beaches and wooded walks for the dogs.

Specifically Recommend:

Very dog-friendly for multi numbers of dogs.

Local Gems:

Bacton Woods

Sheringham Park

Barbara F, Worksop, Nottinghamshire, 3rd May 2016

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 03/05/2016
By Barbara F - Notts

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Review Review No. 29 of 31

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Alison H - Kent

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • Children:
  • Ages:
  • Dogs:
  • 2
  • 45 - 75
  •  
  • 2
  • 11 - 15
  • 3
Stayed:

7 Nights
August - 2015

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

“Amazing in every way - best for kids, best for dogs”

Awesome in every way. An absolutely beautiful converted building surrounded by breathtaking countryside. There is something quite magical about The Piggery - very relaxing and peaceful.

Everything needed was provided - we normally bring so much stuff when we hire a cottage but really, we could have left half of what we brought as Sue has thought of EVERYTHING! We have already booked next year and intend on travelling much lighter.

My kids and dogs have never felt so at home - it takes a special place and host that allows their visitors to truly be themselves. Only real problem was getting out in the mornings - the place is so lovely breakfast just kind of drags on and it was a real wrench to get up and out every day!

Best property we have every stayed in - best owner. Sue’s ethos seems to have permeated the place. Wonderful.

Specifically Recommend:

Walking the dogs and a quick swim at Happisburgh at 7am when the moon was still showing and the seals were out in force. Amazing experience.

Local Gems:

Truly Local shop - gluten-free sausages best I have ever tasted.

Alison H, West Wickham, Kent - 18th Aug 2015

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 18/08/2015
By Alison H - Kent

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Review Review No. 28 of 31

Recommended by:

Lynne W - Devon

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • Dogs:
  • 2
  • 62 - 63
  •  
  • 2
Stayed:

7 Nights
April - 2015

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

“Worth waiting for!”

Excellent accommodation, very dog-friendly, very friendly owners. We can see why you have to book so far in advance.

As our third East Ruston property it is in a peaceful location convenient for all the local brilliant beaches. The track at the back of the property is ideal for the morning and evening walks with the dogs.

Eco-friendly and very suitable for dogs and young children with its very secure courtyard.

Specifically Recommend:

Very homely, practical accommodation ...Book it ....it’s worth the wait

Local Gems:

Lord Nelson Pub very dog-friendly near Horsey Mill.

Winterton beach for sand dunes, beach walks and bacon butties at the Dunes caf.

Carp Gap beach and cakes from the Smallsticks caf - both cafes are dog-friendly (outside)

Lynne W, Cullompton, Devon - 21st April 2015

Owner’s Reply:

’’Thanks Lynne for a great review. It was so nice to meet you and the lovely Wilf and Nev and I was delighted with the photos you sent me of them relaxing in the Piggery and for the really sweet little sketch of them both giving the Piggery a 5 Paw rating in the guest book loved it!’’ - Sue

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 21/04/2015
By Lynne W - Devon

I confirm Lynne was a bona-fide paying guest at The Old Piggery. The content of her recommendation was not incentivised and is factually accurate at the time of writing.
Sue Allen, East Ruston Cottages - 24.04.2015
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Review Review No. 27 of 31

Recommended by:

Laura D - Kent

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • Dogs:
  • 3
  • 45 - 75
  •  
  • 2
Stayed:

6 Nights
March - 2015

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

“A perfect retreat!”

Very clean, comfortable and relaxing barn. Everything we needed and more. Really dog-friendly, enclosed garden and walks just from the front door. Beautiful decor, linen, kitchen was well equiped, and great welcome pack with extra treats for the doggies. Lots of games, DVD and endless amount of infomation of surrounding area and places to visit.

Very eco-friendly! Owners nearby for any help you may need who gave us the privacy you would want, but on hand if you need. Nothing too much trouble.

So peaceful, hard not to relax!

Specifically Recommend:

To couples, families, dog owners.

Local Gems:

Nearby beaches, Horsey, Sea Palling & Happisburgh worth a visit, short drive away.

Star Inn Lessingham, local pub - pub grub very friendly and dogs very welcome.

Laura D, Herne Bay, Kent - April 2015

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 01/04/2015
By Laura D - Kent

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Review Review No. 26 of 31

Recommended by:

Lisa L - Sheffield

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • Dogs:
  • 4
  • 40 - 65
  •  
  • 1
Stayed:

4 Nights
February - 2015

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

“A wonderful hideaway in a lovely quiet location”

A wonderful hideaway in a really quiet location.

The Old Piggery is warm and welcoming and extremely comfortable from the moment you walk in.

The restoration feels homely and all mod cons have been included. It is very eco-friendly - details of which are on the website.

The underfloor heating is fantastic, the showers are amazing and the beds are really comfortable. The log-burner is great for the cold nights.

Lovely welcoming touches on arrival - homemade cake and cups for tea laid out - along with local jam, bread and fudge. Also this year there were some fresh eggs laid by the chickens - a lovely touch for breakfast the next day !!

Plenty of dvds and a TV with surround sound, along with full free WiFi.

Loads of books and guidebooks, along with local information to help you make the best of your stay (thatVhApLfs if you want to go out - it would be quite possible to escape the rat race for a few days and not go anywhere !!)

Dogs have everything they need - homemade biscuits on arrival, bowls, spare leads, even holiday collars in case they get lost. There is a lovely walk straight outside the door and the beach is only about 10 minutes by car. Lots of dog blankets and throws, and a big dog bed. The courtyard is completely dog-proof and a great place for them to lie outside.

I shouldn’t really be telling you all this as I would really like to keep it more of a secret !!!

Good Luck in securing a booking - it is booked up months in advance - no surprise really - it is a wonderful place !!

P.S. the owners are currently converting the barn next door - if its anything like The Old Piggery it will be an amazing place to get away from it all.

Specifically Recommend:

Everything !!

Be Aware:

The only slight negative is if your booking coincides with the local farmers harvesting the fields - they start very early!! But it’s not really a negative is it - The Old Piggery is right in the middle of the countryside so it is to be expected!!

Local Gems:

The beaches are great - dogs and children will love them

Lisa l, Sheffield, South Yorks - March 2015

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 08/03/2015
By Lisa L - Sheffield

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Review Review No. 25 of 31

Recommended by:

Moira G - Surrey

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • Children:
  • Ages:
  • Dogs:
  • 2
  • 41 - 52
  •  
  • 2
  • 10 - 12
  • 3
Stayed:

3 Nights
January - 2014

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

“Exceptional accommodation and beautiful beaches”

We love The Piggery! Exceptionally high standard throughout with such beautiful treats when you arrive.

Everything the dog and owner could possibly need..... pubs, restaurants, walks, beaches and attractions easily found in their up-to-date folders.

Fully enclosed courtyard gives 100 per cent reassurance that your dogs are totally safe.

Beautiful, quiet location. Very highly recommended to anyone - with or without dogs.

Specifically Recommend:

Visiting the beaches

Local Gems:

Happisburgh beach and Lighthouse, and Great Yarmouth for kids’ entertainment.

Moira G, Redhill, Surrey - 31st December 2014

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 31/12/2014
By Moira G - Surrey

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Review Review No. 24 of 31

Recommended by:

Evonne T - Hampshire

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • Dogs:
  • 2
  • 59 - 62
  •  
  • 3
Stayed:

7 Nights
November - 2014

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

“If Carlsberg made dog-friendly holiday accommodation.... this would be it”

Superb dog-friendly accommodation. Walks on our doorstep, felt like a home from home.

Lovely welcoming touches, cake, home made fudge, jam and dog biscuits. The Old Piggery wanted for nothing....if Carlsberg made holiday dog-friendly places this would be it.

Owners are warm and friendly. Location-wise it is convenient for beaches (saw some seals!) lovely woodland walks...dogs were exhausted..result!!

Would highly recommend whether you have dogs or not....five stars...

Specifically Recommend:

Just to relax and enjoy.
Take enough coins for pay and display parking.

Local Gems:

Sheringham Park...dogs were exhausted after this walk and most of it was off lead.

Sea Pallings for miles of clean beach and seal watching.

The Star pub at Lessingham, great food and very dog friendly.

Evonne T, Ashley Heath, Ringwood, Hants - 9th November 2014

Owner’s Reply:

’’Wow! What a great review Evonne and I love the Carlsberg comparison! We set out to make The Old Piggery as dog AND people friendly as possible and it looks like we have got it right. A huge thank you for your generous review and support it was lovely to meet you all’’ - Sue

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 09/11/2014
By Evonne T - Hampshire

I confirm Evonne was a bona-fide paying guest at The Old Piggery. 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. 23 of 31

Recommended by:

Debra D - Northamptonshire

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • Children:
  • Ages:
  • Dogs:
  • 2
  • 40 - 50
  •  
  • 2
  • 16
  • 3
Stayed:

6 Nights
October - 2014

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

“If I could retire there I would.......”

This was a re-visit to this property and still as relaxing as the first time.

Everything you could ask for for a quiet get back together family chilled out time.

Dogs loved our undivided attention.

Home from Home. Excellent.

Specifically Recommend:

Seal Beach at Horsey

Local Gems:

Beaches excellent, Woods excellent. Locals friendly.

Debra D - Kettering, Northants - 3rd Nov 2014

Owner’s Reply:

’’I think that says it all Debra. The Old Piggery is such a quiet and comfortable home in such a lovely rural area that retiring there would make for a very peaceful retirement one that your dogs would enjoy too. All those lovely long easy walks....doggy heaven!’’ - Sue

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 03/11/2014
By Debra D - Northamptonshire

I confirm Debra was a bona-fide paying guest at The Old Piggery. The content of her recommendation was not incentivised and is factually accurate at the time of writing.
Sue Allen, East Ruston Cottages - 10th November 2014
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Review Review No. 22 of 31

Recommended by:

Caroline M - Wiltshire

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • Children:
  • Dogs:
  • 2
  • 48 - 49
  •  
  • 0
  • 2
Stayed:

7 Nights
October - 2014

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

“Very dog-friendly accommodation in peaceful rural location”

Extremely dog-friendly accommodation but not dog eared at all! This allows you to really relax without having to follow strict rules, which always seem to accompany holiday rentals that apparently welcome dogs.

Peaceful and quiet location which overlooks farmland. Walks straight from the door. Beautiful sandy beaches a short drive away.

Welcome goodies second to none, including doggy treats. Lots of thoughtful doggy accessories provided such as bedding, towels, leads, water bowl, poo bags, toys, leads etc.

Have already booked a week next year.

Specifically Recommend:

Local beaches are varied and plentiful

Local Gems:

Truly Local, a co-operative food and provision shop in Stalham.

Caroline M, Pewsey, Wilts - 28th October 2014

Owner’s Reply:

’’Thank you for your great review Caroline. You are right, no rules. None are necessary. We find that dog owners are always so pleased to find nice quality properties for them to stay in with all the little dog-friendly touches that they always look after the properties and often come back year after year as you do on both counts!’’ - Sue

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 28/10/2014
By Caroline M - Wiltshire

I confirm Caroline was a bona-fide paying guest at The Old Piggery. The content of her recommendation was not incentivised and is factually accurate at the time of writing.
Sue Allen - East Ruston Cottages - 11.11.14
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Review Review No. 21 of 31

Recommended by:

Penny H - W. Yorks

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • Dogs:
  • 2
  • 48 - 60
  •  
  • 2
Stayed:

7 Nights
August - 2014

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

“Could not fault the property - did not want to leave!”

A fabulous place to stay with dogs. Was spotlessly clean with lots of doggy towels, throws, and beds provided, even dog treats made locally! Walks straight from the door. Plenty of local pubs that accept dogs. Has a very secure area for dogs and a nice place to sit with a glass of wine.

Very peaceful location. Lovely, good quality bed linen and towels. A wonderful welcome basket on arrival, full of local goodies! If you are a dog owner you must visit Kisi a local dog shop - never seen so much doggy kit!

Beaches are wonderful and sandy and not crowded even in height of summer. Cannot fault this property, didn’t want to leave.

Specifically Recommend:

To dog owners

Local Gems:

Kisi dog shop.

Nelsen pub at Horsey

Fish n Chip shop top of Stalham High Street

The Cliff Top Cafe at Overstrand

Penny H from Huddersfield - 2nd September 2014

Owner’s Reply:

’’It was a pleasure to meet you and your husband Penny and I am so glad you had a lovely holiday. Thank you very much for taking the time to put such a glowing review on here and thank you for leaving The Piggery so clean and tidy when you left. We really do find that the majority of our dog owning guests make an effort to leave it clean and tidy and it is always much appreciated’’ - Sue

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 02/09/2014
By Penny H - W. Yorks

I confirm Penny was a bona-fide paying guest at The Old Piggery. The content of their 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. 20 of 31

Recommended by:

Claire E - Dorset

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • Children:
  • Ages:
  • Dogs:
  • 2
  • 45 - 56
  •  
  • 2
  • 14 - 17
  • 2
Stayed:

7 Nights
August - 2014

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

“5 star very dog-friendly accommodation!!”

This was a really lovely property. Very comfortable, a real home from home. Dog biscuits, homemade cake, flowers and tea and coffee were all awaiting our arrival. I was also impressed that I ordered a supermarket shop and they are happy to put it all away for you so the cupboards are all stocked on arrival.

The location is good, dog walks from the back door but village pubs near, and Stalham 5 minutes away in the car. The property is wonderful and very dog-friendly, providing dog beds, blankets, towels etc.

5 star stuff!!!

Specifically Recommend:

Very dog-friendly

Local Gems:

Happisburgh beach, Blakeney Point.

The Star pub at Lessingham

En Route:

Just the services, all we needed

Claire E, Weymouth, Dorset - 17th August 2014

Owner’s Reply:

’’ Thank you Claire, 5 star is a real compliment! Delighted to put away your shopping for you (and any other guests) We want people to be able to relax as soon as they get here and that is one of the things that helps. So glad you enjoyed your holiday here ’’ Sue

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 17/08/2014
By Claire E - Dorset

I confirm Claire was a bona-fide paying guest at The Old Piggery. 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. 19 of 31

Recommended by:

Stewart T - Melton Mowbray

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • Children:
  • Ages:
  • Dogs:
  • 5
  • 34 - 90
  •  
  • 1
  • 3
  • 1
Stayed:

7 Nights
July - 2014

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

“Outstanding holiday home for families with pets”

The Old Piggery is well equipped and safe for children, elderly people with mobility problems, and especially people with dogs.

The location is quiet and within easy reach of beautiful beaches. Stalham is close by for all food requirements - shops ranging from a supermarket to a shop selling local produce.

I would recommend the Old Piggery to anyone who is interested in eco-friendly properties.

Specifically Recommend:

Ideal location for dog=friendly beaches.

Nothing is too much trouble for the owners who will go out of their way to help you.

Local Gems:

The Ship Inn at Mundesley is good for food, dogs allowed in the bar and a play area for children.

The beach at Sea Palling is particularly good, blue flag with life guards. Look out for the seals.

The old Vicarage Gardens at East Ruston are worth a visit.

En Route:

Sherringham Park - good stop for a break, again dog-friendly.

Stewart T from Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire - 29th July 2014

Owner’s Reply:

’’Stewart, thank you for your review. It is always a pleasure to have you and your family here to stay you are always so engaged with what there is to do in the area and interested in what we have going on here. Obviously we are very dog-friendly but it’s good to know that you can bring all ages of children here too and they can enjoy their stay. The ’green’ side of things isn’t something we particularly promote as yet but I know you are interested in the wind turbine and solar panels, rainwater harvesters, ground source heat pump, locally sourced materials and the wildlife planting and I am sure others are too, so we might make a bit more of that one day when Running Hare Barn is up and running with all her ’green’ systems and input. Plus we are getting an electric car charging point installed soon! Thanks again Stewart and see you next year too I hope ’ ’ - Sue

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 29/07/2014
By Stewart T - Melton Mowbray

I confirm Stewart was a bona-fide paying guest at The Old Piggery. The content of his recommendation was not incentivised and is factually accurate at the time of writing.
Sue Allen, East Ruston Cottages - 10th August 2014
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Review Review No. 18 of 31

Recommended by:

Sarah P from Cambridge

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • Children:
  • Ages:
  • 3
  • 44 - 70
  •  
  • 2
  • 9 - 12
Stayed:

7 Nights
July - 2014

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

“Relaxing break with family and dogs”

We have stayed here many times. Very easy place to unwind with kids (two) and dogs (three) at the start of the holiday as nice walks and long beaches within easy reach.

Property is presented nicely, is in a quiet rural location, and is particularly welcoming for dogs.

Specifically Recommend:

Dog-friendly, quiet location

Local Gems:

The Old Vicarage gardens are always well worth a visit.

The RAF Air Defence Museum in Neatishead was a new find but a great place to learn about UK air defences through WWII and the Cold War - brought to life by former servicemen and enthusiasts who run it as volunteers.

Seal-spotting on the beach at Waxham.

Sarah P from Cambridge - 28th July 2014

Owner’s Reply:

’’Thank you Sarah for your great review. It is good that you can still find places of interest to visit in the area even after coming for a few years. Lots of little gems hidden in the Norfolk countryside as well as the better known ones like the Vicarage Gardens, Blickling, Felbrigg, Sheringham Park etc. Add to that the villages and small towns, safe, sandy beaches, quiet countryside and easy access to the city of Norwich and you know why it is such a popular place to holiday with children and dogs! See you again’’ - Sue

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 28/07/2014
By Sarah P from Cambridge

I confirm Sarah was a bona-fide paying guest at The Old Piggery. The content of her recommendation was not incentivised and is factually accurate at the time of writing.
Sue Allen, East Ruston Cottages - 10th August 2014
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Review Review No. 17 of 31

Recommended by:

Gail W - Warrington

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • Dogs:
  • 2
  • 47 - 55
  •  
  • 2
Stayed:

7 Nights
June - 2014

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

“I always knew pigs had good taste in interior design!”

The Old Piggery is a wonderfully successful blend of tradition and modernity.

Lovely character features combine with modern conveniences and the decor and furnishings are a very high standard. The overall result is a lovely comfortable environment.

The Old Piggery offers amenities to occupy visitors during their stay, but the owners also seem to have thought about what gets left behind when you pack for your holiday, so you find things like spare dog leads and dog blankets too.

The cottage caters extremely well for four-legged occupants - there is a secure garden and easy clean floors throughout.

The welcome pack was the most generous I have experienced and quite delicious!

Many holiday rentals advertise themselves as dog-friendly but the Old Piggery really and truly means it. Fabulous.

Specifically Recommend:

The dogs loved Bacton Woods

Local Gems:

The Hong Kong Garden in Stalham - fab food

Gail W, Warrington, Cheshire - 13th June 2014

Owner’s Reply:

’’Gail what a super review, thank you. That’s exactly the sort of thing that people looking at these reviews will need to know. We do pride ourselves on being genuinely and properly dog-friendly and I do like to spoil our guests a little with the home made cake and dog biscuits, the local jam, eggs, bread and milk as well as the fresh flowers. We’ve just introduced local fudge too! Hope to see you again’’ - Sue

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Recommended on 13/06/2014
By Gail W - Warrington

I confirm Gail was a bona-fide paying guest at The Old Piggery. The content of her recommendation was not incentivised and is factually accurate at the time of writing.
Sue Allen - East Ruston Cottages - 16.06.2014
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Review Review No. 16 of 31

Recommended by:

Lesley G from Hastings

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • Dogs:
  • 2
  • 54 - 64
  •  
  • 2
Stayed:

7 Nights
May - 2014

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

“Utterly dog-friendly cottage in tranquil countryside”

This property is particularly suited to people taking dogs on holiday. The garden is completely safe and as it is entirely concrete, there are no muddy paws to worry about. Being on one level and paved throughout is also excellent for dogs.

The beaches are very accessible and very dog-friendly. The location is utterly peaceful. It just felt like home as soon as we got there. Very little traffic and no farming noise at the time we went.

Specifically Recommend:

The Star at Lessingham was very dog-friendly and served superb food.

Local Gems:

All of the beaches nearby are lovely.

Norwich is well worth a visit, in particular Macarons and more, owned by Tim Kinnaird, a runner up in Masterchef.

En Route:

Birchanger services couldn’t be faulted.

Lesley G, Hastings, East Sussex - 29th May 2014

Owner’s Reply:

’’Thanks Lesley for the great review. Glad you enjoyed your holiday and the genuine dog-friendliness of The Old Piggery. I have visited the macaroon shop in Norwich on your recommendation!’’ - Sue

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 29/05/2014
By Lesley G from Hastings

I confirm Lesley was a bona-fide paying guest at The Old Piggery. The content of their 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. 15 of 31

Recommended by:

Tracy W - Co. Durham

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • Children:
  • Dogs:
  • 2
  • 51 - 54
  •  
  • 0
  • 3
Stayed:

7 Nights
May - 2014

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

“Perfect dog-friendly cottage”

The cottage was perfect, very dog-friendly and very homely. Had everything you needed and lovely welcome goodies for us and the dogs.

The location was great, very peaceful with plenty of walks straight from the cottage. The cottage is suitable for everyone as all on one level and the garden is enclosed, which is great for dogs and children.

Plenty of information provided on the local area and surrounding areas. No negative points at all!

Specifically Recommend:

Very dog-friendly, great local walks and dog-friendly beaches

Local Gems:

Sea Palling Beach

Tracy W, Ebchester, County Durham - 27th May 2014

Owner’s Reply:

’’So pleased your enjoyed your stay at the Piggery Tracy and thank you for taking time to write a review.

The Piggery was the one we started off with and is very popular with a repeat booking rate of something like 70 per cent! We love having guests to stay there who like it as much as we do. It does seem to have a very relaxing affect on both people and dogs so I am glad you were able to enjoy its charms’’ - Sue

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 27/05/2014
By Tracy W - Co. Durham

I confirm Tracy was a bona-fide paying guest at The Old Piggery. The content of her recommendation was not incentivised and is factually accurate at the time of writing.
Sue Allen, East Ruston Cottages - 2nd June 2014
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Review Review No. 14 of 31

Recommended by:

Gini A - Lancs

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • Dogs:
  • 2
  • 45 - 73
  •  
  • 1
Stayed:

7 Nights
November - 2013

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

“I’d go again anytime”

The Piggery is a gorgeous cottage in the heart of rural Norfolk. The cottage itself is incredibly comfortable and well equipped. You feel at home as soon as you walk through the door.

There are quiet walks straight from the door and the beach is only 5 minutes away in the car. A truly people- and dog-friendly holiday.

I’d happily recommend East Ruston Cottages to anyone.

Specifically Recommend:

Go for lovely long walks - the silence reinvigorates.

Local Gems:

The Star, Lessingham.

The local beaches.

Gini A, Padiham, Lancashire - 8th May 2014

Owner’s Reply:

’’Gini, thank you very much for your review. I am delighted you had such a relaxing time here. It is not until I go to other parts of the country that I realise how quiet and peaceful it is here in our little corner of Norfolk. What with the country walks, woodland and all those quiet sandy beaches we are very lucky. Really pleased you enjoyed your stay and thank you for your recommendations. Hope to see you here again’’ - Sue

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 08/05/2014
By Gini A - Lancs

I confirm Gini was a bona-fide paying guest at The Old Piggery. The content of her recommendation was not incentivised and is factually accurate at the time of writing.
Sue Allen - East Ruston Cottages - 2nd June 2014
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Review Review No. 13 of 31

Recommended by:

Gary S - Lincs

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • Dogs:
  • 2
  • 42
  •  
  • 1
Stayed:

7 Nights
April - 2014

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

“An absolute must for everyone to experience The Old Piggery and North Norfolk”

Another visit to the fantastic Old Piggery. This holiday let is a gem for anyone who visits. It is in a beautiful spot with great views. As the owners know, we lived just around the corner many years ago and know the location really well.

The nice surprise this time was local cider and cake but the dog treats always go down well.

The Old Piggery is just a homely and relaxing place where you can just unwind and enjoy the beautiful Norfolk skies and scenery.

It is suitable for everyone and meets all your needs.

Specifically Recommend:

The walk around Blickling Hall near Aylsham.

The walk from Overstrand along the beach to Cromer then back along the top.

Walks around North and Southrepps.

Everywhere really - just so much to do.

Local Gems:

The food @ the Nelsons Head was good (Horsey)

Sea Palling beach.

Winerton beach.

Burnham Market for a bit of retail therapy.

Moulton St Mary garden centre and cafe.

En Route:

We stopped en route at Castle Rising for coffee and short dog walk, and Hunstanton for lunch and beach walk.

Gary S Grainthorpe, Louth, Lincs - 8th May 2014

Owner’s Reply:

’’Gary, your enthusiasm for this part of Norfolk really shines through in that review (and I share that enthusiasm!) So glad you have found somewhere you like where you can stay when you re-visit the area and I am sorry we didn’t get to say hello to you this time. Thanks very much for taking time to put your review on here and for the interesting places you mention to stop en-route. Hope to see you again’’ - Sue

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 08/05/2014
By Gary S - Lincs

I confirm Gary was a bona-fide paying guest at The Old Piggery. The content of his recommendation was not incentivised and is factually accurate at the time of writing.
Sue, East Ruston Cottages - 2nd June 2014
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