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Wind in the Willows - East Ruston Cottages , Bristows Farm House, East Ruston, Norwich, Norfolk NR12 9JX

Self-catering - Sleeps 2

Welcomes Adults, dogs (one or two small dogs)

Average Rating from 26 reviews: 4.94
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Wind in the Willows - East Ruston Cottages

Contact Details

Sue Allen - East Ruston Cottages
sue@eastrustoncottages.co.uk
Tel - 01692 650083
or 07766 665 684

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A newly purpose-built Shepherd’s hut with adjoining but separate kitchen, and shower room with toilet, set in open countryside. Ideal for walking and cycling - close to beaches and pubs.

Built-in double bed with storage both inside & out. Walk up the red steps to a small veranda with room for two. Antique stained glass windows give privacy at one end, while the stable door at the other end can be left open for starry skies or sunny mornings. Electric heater to keep you snug. Outside there is a small, well equipped kitchen in a new, beautiful shed with sink, fridge, Baby Belling stove with everything you need to make a meal. Next to this is a shower room with sink, shower and toilet.

The paddock is set in open countryside with views across the fields to the Weavers Way for safe, easy walking. Enclosed grass area, veg and flower gardens, chickens in a run, plus a pond. Chair & tables for alfresco dining. Farm shop nearby at Wayford Bridge, Truly Local in Stalham not for profit shop, will deliver local grocery box.

  • Purpose-built Shepherds Hut - sleeps 2
  • Small dog or two welcome
  • Newly built by local craftsman
  • Built-in double bed
  • Separate Kitchen & shower room units
  • Set in open countryside, enclosed garden
  • Two miles from Stalham
  • Owners on hand to give advice & directions
  • Bikes available to hire daily
  • Truly Local grocery boxes available

“I was a little worried that the hut might be too small for the hound, but actually it was absolutely fine”

“would recommend taking the dog to the sea as it’s only 5 miles away”

“If you are looking for a quiet break and something that is a bit different this could be the perfect place”

“If you’re thinking about it, then do it. You will not be disappointed!”

“It was a lovely quirky caravan which had lots of cleverly hidden space”

“We were made to feel very welcome by Craig on our arrival, he was very helpful and told us about the area”

“very welcoming hosts and absolute facilities make this place one of the loveliest getaways in Norfolk”

Wind in the Willows - East Ruston Cottages
Wind in the Willows - East Ruston Cottages
Wind in the Willows - East Ruston Cottages
Wind in the Willows - East Ruston Cottages

Review Review No. 26 of 26

Recommended by:

Karen N - Hertfordshire

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • Dogs:
  • 2
  • 63 - 67
  •  
  • 1
Stayed:

3 Nights
August - 2016

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

“A unique and wonderful place set in beautiful Norfolk countryside”

We absolutely loved our three day break at the beautiful and unique Wind in the Willows. Dogs are very welcome (even a selection of dog beds are provided) and Domino, our 19 month old Border Collie loved playing in the fully fenced garden.

Susan and Craig were incredibly helpful, providing info on all the best beaches, etc. Susan also made the most delicious flapjacks which she left in the Shepherd’s hut for us on our arrival. The kitchen is small but adequate and there is plenty of seating for al fresco dining.

We would thoroughly recommend Wind in the Willows and can’t wait to go back.

Specifically Recommend:

The very pretty Shepherd’s hut.

Dog friendliness.

Local Gems:

Happisburgh and Waxham beaches.

Karen N from Codicote, Herts - 14th August 2016

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 14/08/2016
By Karen N - Hertfordshire

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Review Review No. 25 of 26

Recommended by:

Julie L - Lincolnshire

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • Dogs:
  • 2
  • 56 - 66
  •  
  • 1
Stayed:

7 Nights
June - 2016

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

“Tranquil, cosy setting that had everything for time away from the rat race”

A wonderful cosy hideaway. This beautiful Shepherd’s Hut was ideal for us as we wanted somewhere our dog would be welcome and where we could totally relax. With no television, Wi-Fi and a very intermittent phone signal it gave us just what we wanted.

Set close to The Weavers Way and central for touring North Norfolk. The owners Sue and Craig live on site and have put a lot of thought and care into Wind in the Willows there was nothing we could think of that wasn’t catered for. A radio, games, a torch, dog bed, dog treats. Wonderful home made chocolate slices in the fridge together with two pints of milk and a supply of tea, coffee and sugar in the kitchen. Deck chairs and tables and chairs in your own secure private garden. Maps and guide books and helpful tips on dog friendly pubs and beaches. These are just a few of the touches - there are many more.

Specifically Recommend:

Tranquil setting yet easy access to lovely beaches.

Local Gems:

Butchers Arms, East Ruston, good value food, friendly landlord and welcoming locals and dog-friendly. Just be aware it is cash or cheques only.

The Hill House Inn, Happisburgh dog-friendly and lovely food and again very friendly.

Sea Palling beach where dogs are welcomed in designated area.

Horsey Gap wonderful beaches where you can watch the Seals. Dogs on leads

Julie L, Spalding, Lincs - 27th June 2016

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 27/06/2016
By Julie L - Lincolnshire

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Review Review No. 24 of 26

Recommended by:

Laura D - Kent

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • Dogs:
  • 2
  • 47 - 48
  •  
  • 2
Stayed:

2 Nights
August - 2015

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

“A break with a difference - a great experience!”

The Wind in the Willows is such a beautiful cosy Shepherds hut with a very comfy bed. It has a sink and electricity and two comfy chairs and a table. There was enough space for our two dogs too.

Just over a few stepping stones, you find the compact yet well equiped kitchen - everything you need for two. The shower room with a loo, basin and towels is tiny again, but all in good clean working order - all you need for a glamping style break.

When the weather is good it’s a lovely place to sit outside and have breakfast, lunch or even a meal outside too.

The garden is enclosed and gated.

Peaceful and relaxing and a lovely warm welcome and farewell from owners!

Specifically Recommend:

Try Sues ’flapjacks they’re delicious!

Be Aware:

There are a couple of duck and chickens but enclosed so doggies can’t get to them.

Local Gems:

A walk along Weavers Way to the old Station Gate House is worth doing, it takes you to the Butchers Arms pub where you can get a good pint and rest before walking back - the instructions can be found in the hut along with many other walks, this one is practically on the door step. Took us abut 45 minutes but at a leisurely pace. Local homemade jams and veg can be bought along the way, outside a few cottages where you can leave money in honesty boxes.

Laura D, Herne Bay, Kent - 25th August 2015

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 25/08/2015
By Laura D - Kent

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Review Review No. 23 of 26

Recommended by:

Deborah J - Cheshire

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • Children:
  • Ages:
  • Dogs:
  • 1
  • 51
  •  
  • 1
  • 9
  • 1
Stayed:

3 Nights
August - 2015

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

“I could find nothing negative to write all all about the property or the area. All excellent”

We came to relax, walk and explore and in particular spend time on the beaches. Beautiful place, the beaches were plentiful, clean and sands gorgeous. Horsey in particular where we walked as guided to the seals amazing. The Wind in the Willows was situated near to the coast and all beaches accessible by car and some by bike.

The Hut was out of this world. Set in a large garden fully fenced, private and quiet. The facilities were immaculate. The bed extremely comfy. The kitchen so well-equipped. Attention to detail was very good. Even a dog bed.

Just on the doorstep were walks everywhere. Hosts live next door and were on hand giving advice on whatever you needed to ask if wanted. We were given hand written list on beaches, where they were and what facilities they had. Lovely cafe at Winterton beach open 8.30am.

The shepherds hut would be great for a memorable romantic few days or for adult with child and a single person wanting to relax ... oh .. lots of places to eat.

100 per cent recommendation everything was perfect.

Specifically Recommend:

Horsey beach. Water pump at Horsey. Winterton sands and just to walk the surrounding areas.

We only stayed three days and spent most of our time on beaches all perfect and never over-crowded.

The nearest beach at Happisburgh - two miles away - also had two seals swimming in the sea at the edge.

Local Gems:

Beaches and the walk to the seals at Horsey.

Deborah J, Northwich, Cheshire - 17th August 2015

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 17/08/2015
By Deborah J - Cheshire

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Review Review No. 22 of 26

Recommended by:

Helen H - Lancashire

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • Dogs:
  • 2
  • 52 - 53
  •  
  • 1
Stayed:

2 Nights
August - 2015

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

“Truly fab place to stay !”

A truly magical, fantastic place to stay. Very well thought out with tasteful and quality fixtures and fittings, bedding and towels. Thoughtful little extras such as torches, tea lights, extra blankets, cushions for outside chairs and Susan’s home made goodies chilling in the fridge.

There are about 4-5 steps up to the Shepherds hut, but banisters on both sides. Kitchen and shower room on ground level. It was extremely peaceful and quiet in the deep countryside, but near to a town (Stalham) that has great local shops and a supermarket

We have had lots of UK holidays and breaks and always look for something a bit different and special - this is certainly one of our best finds ! Would certainly recommend for romantic break, honeymoon or just a place to get away from the stress and demands of everyday life. We will be back.

Specifically Recommend:

Extremely helpful and knowledgeable owners, who are happy to answer any questions about the area and your stay. They own beautiful property that they are happy to share with guests and take great pride in providing comfort and quality for your stay, to ensure you have a memorable holiday or short break

Local Gems:

Loved a shop called Truly Local on Stalham High Street, beautiful in-season pea shoots, lovely pork burgers and sausage for the BBQ.
Home grown herbs, jams, chutneys and free range eggs readily available from locals’ houses - look out for stands and signs on ends of drives

En Route:

Blakeney, Cley and Salthouse - beautiful villages by the sea and salt marshes

Helen H from Colne, Lancashire - 10th August 2015

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 10/08/2015
By Helen H - Lancashire

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Review Review No. 21 of 26

Recommended by:

Victoria E - Hampshire

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

4 Nights
July - 2015

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

“Totally charming and unique!”

We stayed at the Wind in the Willows caravan for four nights with our two dogs Ben and Max in July. What a pleasure. It is a charming caravan. Perfect for us. Really comfortable bed and such cute decor. The separate kitchen and toilet had everything we needed.

The garden was pretty with a picnic table to eat our meals at and it is completely secure, very important for us as our Jack Russells will find a gap anywhere and be off exploring in the blink of an eye!

The nearby dog-friendly beaches are beautiful and not crowded even in July so are great for letting the dogs run and play. It is a beautiful, unique place to stay and they genuinely want you to bring your dogs with you. We could not fault it. Stay .... You won’t be disappointed.

Specifically Recommend:

Everything

Local Gems:

Happisburg beach is fab to walk your dogs.

Victoria E - Hirndean, Hampshire - 4th August 2015

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 04/08/2015
By Victoria E - Hampshire

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Review Review No. 20 of 26

Recommended by:

Gary B - Nottinghamshire

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • Dogs:
  • 2
  • 45 - 46
  •  
  • 1
Stayed:

4 Nights
April - 2015

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

“An amazing experience”

An amazing experience. Absolutely loved this place. The owners were brilliant in being close enough to be helpful but not too close they were overpowering. They were great in offering advice on what to go and see.

The place itself had all the facilities you would need and was well equipped. Couldn’t fault the place and found it to be real value for money.

We will certainly go back there again in the future and would recommend this place to anyone.

Specifically Recommend:

The location

Local Gems:

The pub at Horsey

Gary B from Mansfield, Notts, 9th June 2015

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 09/06/2015
By Gary B - Nottinghamshire

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Review Review No. 19 of 26

Recommended by:

Kathy B - Norwich, Norfolk

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • Dogs:
  • 2
  • 50 - 51
  •  
  • 1
Stayed:

2 Nights
May - 2015

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

“Total bliss”

Total bliss! So much so that we found it hard to get going on our first day as it was so wonderful and relaxing having breakfast outside and listening to the birds.

The garden is fully enclosed and Scrumpy (dog) loved boggling about in the garden. She was fascinated by the ducks and chickens and thought that they might want to play with her as she kept play bowing at them - fortunately they are very well fenced in.

The hut is absolutely gorgeous and is so cosy and comfortable. It is fantastic having the Weavers Way so close and it was very easy to walk to Stalham using it. We will definitely be returning.

Specifically Recommend:

Peace and tranquillity

Local Gems:

The Butchers Arms is very dog-friendly and the food is fab with ginormous portions!

We would also recommend the Broads museum in Statham, this is also dog-friendly and obviously run by someone with a great sense of humour.

A must to visit in Stalham is Truly Local which is a dog-friendly shop selling amazing everything! And also the pet shop.

Kathy B from Norwich, Norfolk - 3rd May 2015

Owner’s Reply:

’’Thank you once again for the lovely feedback. We are very lucky to have such appreciative guests’’ - Susan & Craig

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 03/05/2015
By Kathy B - Norwich, Norfolk

I confirm Kathy was a bona-fide paying guest at Wind in the Willows. The content of her recommendation was not incentivised and is factually accurate at the time of writing.
Susan Ruttley, owner, 13th May 2015
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Review Review No. 18 of 26

Recommended by:

Helen V - Essex

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • Dogs:
  • 2
  • 48 - 68
  •  
  • 1
Stayed:

2 Nights
April - 2015

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

“Lovely short break in a unique setting in North Norfolk”

Fantastic location to walk the Weavers Way....we chose to walk South for 15 miles and then caught the bus back to Stalham.....we were blessed with glorious weather too. On arrival we did a shorter 6 Mileish walk at Horsey...we parked at the Mill and headed to the beach where we saw a large colony of seals!!

The hut was cosy and comfy and has everything that is required. An enclosed garden so safe for the dog too. Local pubs were very good and dog-friendly, the food at The Star Inn was very good and worth a visit.

Overall a brilliant short break.

Specifically Recommend:

Take your walking shoes!!!

Local Gems:

The Star Inn for food, Beach near Horsey Mill to see the seals

En Route:

We took our own rations, the only tea shop in Stalham was closed on Friday afternoon!!

Helen V - Toppesfield, Essex - 13.04.2015

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 13/04/2015
By Helen V - Essex

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Review Review No. 17 of 26

Recommended by:

Sharon D - Essex

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • Dogs:
  • 1
  • 51
  •  
  • 1
Stayed:

2 Nights
March - 2015

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

“My stunning stay in Norfolk”

I had high hopes for this getaway and it did not disappoint... Wind in the Willows is charming, adorable, super comfortable and well thought out.

Nothing was too much trouble for the hosts and I will definitely return with pleasure. I stayed for two nights but it felt like a week, such is the tranquility.

I highly recommend a stay in this unique little haven.

Specifically Recommend:

Super-comfy unique vacation

Local Gems:

Cart Gap beach
Horsey beach & getting to see the seals sunbathing and swimming just off shore
Sea Palling beach
Weavers Way
Star Inn Pub food

Sharon D, Maldon, Essex - 8.3.15

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 08/03/2015
By Sharon D - Essex

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Review Review No. 16 of 26

Recommended by:

Andrew E - Norfolk

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

2 Nights
November - 2014

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

“The Wind in the Willows... an ambition wonderfully fulfilled”

Staying in a Shepherd’s Hut has been a dream I have long cherished.... the Wind in the Willows was a perfect place to make that dream a reality.

It is cosy, warm and we spent two lovely nights within its walls. It is a wonderful and idylic place to rest and relax, and we enjoyed it completely... we are seriously thinking of returning, there can be no better recommendation than that.

Specifically Recommend:

The whole package

Local Gems:

Good walking

Andrew E, Fakenham, Norfolk - 1st December 2014

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 01/12/2014
By Andrew E - Norfolk

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Review Review No. 15 of 26

Recommended by:

Jim M, Norfolk

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • Dogs:
  • 2
  • 39 - 42
  •  
  • 2
Stayed:

2 Nights
September - 2014

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

“A Caravan made with gifted hands with love and care to give to you!”

A truly amazing experience of old time living with some modern comforts, very welcoming hosts and absolute facilities make this place one of the loveliest getaways in Norfolk.

A taste of rural - sometimes a little too much as there’s a pig farm at the rear - but our dogs Molly & Angel were literally jumping for joy most of the time (apart from the steps at first).

We will come back and admire the efforts of the traditionally tended gardens and wonders of the sea at Happisburgh, not forgetting the local bounce of Stalham folk, even the dustmen gave our dogs biscuits in the town!

Well done you, you’ve made us a haven!

Specifically Recommend:

Happisburgh beach!

Local Gems:

Field walks

Jim M, Thetford, Norfolk - Sept 2014

Owner’s Reply:

’’Jim, what a marvellous review! Sounds like you enjoyed every moment (well maybe not the odd whiff from the pigs but it is the countryside!) Would be delighted to have you and Molly and Angel back again’’ - Sue

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 22/09/2014
By Jim M, Norfolk

I confirm Jim, Molly & Angel were bona-fide paying guests at Wind in the Willows. The content of Jim’s recommendation was not incentivised
and is factually accurate at the time of writing. Sue Allen - East Ruston Cottages
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Review Review No. 14 of 26

Recommended by:

Darran KC - Yorkshire

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • Dogs:
  • 2
  • 45 - 49
  •  
  • 1
Stayed:

4 Nights
September - 2014

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

“A Great Little Place To Take Your Dog Too”

Hi,
We had a 4 night stay after spending a week on The Broads. We were made to feel very welcome by Craig on our arrival, he was very helpful and told us about the area.

We took our dog Tessa with us, who loved the freedom of the fully enclosed garden, she just couldn’t understand what the scarecrow was and growled at it constantly. Haha

Every day we did something different in the area, and The Wind in the Willows was always a welcome sight on our return, really comfy and nice and quiet.

It was fantastic to be in the countryside for nearly two weeks, a different world.

Specifically Recommend:

The quirkiness and good to relax, it was a great little place and even better because you can take your dogs.

Fully enclosed garden is great.

Local Gems:

Beach at Walcott

The Norfolk Broads

North Walsham

Banks Canoe Hire

Darran, Hull, East Yorkshire - 14th September 2014

Owner’s Reply:

’’Darran, thank you so much for your review. Sounds like your little stay at Wind In The Willows was the perfect end to a Norfolk holiday! Glad you liked it so much and enjoyed the quirkiness, friendliness of the owners and that Tessa loved the garden (even if the scarecrow bothered her!) Hope to see you all here again’’ - Sue

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 14/09/2014
By Darran KC - Yorkshire

I confirm Darran was a bona-fide paying guest at Wind in the Willows. The content of his recommendation was not incentivised and is factually accurate at the time of writing.
- Sue Allen, East Ruston Cottages - 29th September 2014
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Review Review No. 13 of 26

Recommended by:

Sarah M - Staffs

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • Dogs:
  • 2
  • 29 - 31
  •  
  • 2
Stayed:

4 Nights
August - 2014

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

“A lovely holiday . . . ”

We had an absolutely wonderful time at the Wind in the Willows. Craig and Susan were perfect hosts. The accommodation was very clean and well kept. It was a lovely quirky caravan which had lots of cleverly hidden space.

It was in a good area to do exploring of the local beaches - Happisburgh is only five mins drive away, Cromer and Sheringham approx half an hour away, and Old Hunstanton was over an hour away!

It was great for dogs as the enclosed garden meant they could roam around and we didn’t worry. I would really recommend it and look forward to our next visit to Norfolk!

Specifically Recommend:

The beaches!!

Local Gems:

Lots and lots of lovely beaches

Sarah M, Tamworth, Staffs - 7th September 2014

Owner’s Reply:

’’Thank you for your great review. You liked the beaches then! We are so lucky to have such a fabulous selection of sandy, easy to access, quiet and dog friendly beaches within just a few minutes’ drive of all of the properties. From Winterton near Great Yarmouth to Holkam way up in the north, they are all well worth a visit with lots of little gems in between’’ - Sue

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 07/09/2014
By Sarah M - Staffs

I confirm Sarah was a bona-fide paying guest at Wind in the Willows. 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. 12 of 26

Recommended by:

Larry R - Kent

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • Dogs:
  • 1
  • 64
  •  
  • 2
Stayed:

3 Nights
September - 2014

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

“Highly Recommended”

!!Wind in the Willows !!
A picture book existence here, I had a wonderful time here with my two miniature Schnauzers - Ben n Glady. Everything better than described

Highly Recomended
Larry

Specifically Recommend:

An amazing experience

Local Gems:

Local views

Location!!

Peace !!

Larry R - Sevenoaks, Kent - 7th September 2014

Owner’s Reply:

’’Thanks Larry, so pleased you and Ben and Glady had such a good time!’’ - Sue

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 07/09/2014
By Larry R - Kent

I confirm Larry, Ben & Glady were bona-fide paying guests at Wind in the Willow. The content of their recommendation was not incentivised and is factually accurate at the time of writing.
Sue Allen - East Ruston Cottages - 10th Sept 2014
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Review Review No. 11 of 26

Recommended by:

Sue S from Brighton

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

3 Nights
August - 2014

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

“A lovely place, can highly recommend to anyone looking to get away for a few days. And to those who can appreciate a simple & beautiful place to stay in...”

A really lovely place to stay. Everything done with real attention to detail, even down to colour-matching bench outside the kitchen.

A lovely place to relax, perfect glamping for me and my greyhound. I was a little worried that the hut might be too small for the hound, but actually it was absolutely fine - it probably helped that that weather was quite nice so we could spend most of the time outside. That said, it was also fine to sit indoors and eat on the little table on the evening when it rained.

The place is in a real rural location, complete with chickens in a run and farms surrounding the place. Presence of chickens and family cats meant my greyhound stayed on the lead in the garden, just didn’t want to run any risks... but that was fine, she had runs on the beach

It was also great to not have internet access, great to be forced to switch off!

Specifically Recommend:

Happisburgh beach was great for dog walks.

Local Gems:

Beaches a little drive away, but not far. Happisburgh beach was great for dog walks.

Sue S, Brighton, Sussex - 11th August 2014

Owner’s Reply:

’’A lovely review thank you Sue. So pleased you found you had the space you needed and enjoyed being without WiFi! Sometimes we all need to switch off a little and Wind In The Willows is just perfect for that’’ - Sue

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 11/08/2014
By Sue S from Brighton

I confirm Sue was a bona-fide paying guest at Wind in the Willows. The content of her 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. 10 of 26

Recommended by:

Ian L from Bromley

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • Dogs:
  • 2
  • 39 - 49
  •  
  • 1
Stayed:

1 Nights
August - 2014

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Beach / Sea
  • Weekend Away Near Family Holidaying In Bacton
  • Walking
  • Touring
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
  • Local Food
Summary:

“It’s a must-do experience ”

We both enjoyed the stay at Wind in the Willows hut, even though it was only one night. This was a unique experience in a hut that has been refurbished to a high standard. The attention to detail is amazing and the use of space is very clever.

Normally on a weekend trip away I find I don’t really relax but here I found work was quickly forgotten and I even found myself inspired to sketch our dog with the pencils and pad provided.

Earl, our dog, enjoyed the paddock, and loved going up to the chickens and ducks adjacent.

Before we stayed there we were concerned about the space with a dog at night but found we could easily get past the large dog bed (provided) and get to the door. The kitchen and shower room in the shed adjacent were also of a good quality and very clean.

Specifically Recommend:

As we were only staying one night and visiting relatives who were holidaying in Bacton we would recommend taking the dog to the sea as it’s only 5 miles away.

Local Gems:

The paddock - watching the wildlife whilst having a drink of beer.

The sea - as it is quite lively, even in summer.

En Route:

The beer garden and food at the Saracens Head, Wolterton

Ian, Alison & Earl, Bromley Kent - 11th Aug 2014

Owner’s Reply:

’’A great review Ian, thank you for taking the time to do it. I have seen the lovely sketch you did too so kind. I am glad you found everything you wanted in Wind In The Willows. It really is the most relaxing and beautifully put together place and hopefully you will be able to come back again for a longer stay’’ - Sue

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 11/08/2014
By Ian L from Bromley

I confirm Ian was a bona-fide paying guest at Wind in the Willows. The content of his 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. 9 of 26

Recommended by:

Richard and Karin P from Norfolk

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • Dogs:
  • 2
  • 50 - 55
  •  
  • 1
Stayed:

4 Nights
June - 2014

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

“A porch with a view”

Our stay was fantastic and exceeded our expectations in that we were not sure how much room we would actually have and if the dog - a medium sized Lab - would fit on the floor without being a health & safety hazard!... we need not have worried. Our hosts even provided a perfect sized dog bed which we were not expecting. We watched Duke become the most chilled dog ever.

Wind in the Willows is set in an idyllic spot and totally self contained. The garden is secure and perfect for picnics and chilling out with a drink. It is also perfectly located for exploring Norfolk.

If you are looking for a quiet break and something that’s a bit different this could be the perfect place. You will also receive a fantastic welcome from hosts Susan and Craig. We will be going again.

Specifically Recommend:

Sitting in the garden or on the porch listening to the radio and watching the birds.

In the evening we saw owls and bats.

Be Aware:

This property is ideal for couples with dogs, however if we had had bad weather it might have been hard to keep the dog dry and the hut clean. Also a very large or very lively dog in the hut might be a pain!

The steps up into the hut are fairly steep and the bed, while one of the most comfy we’ve slept in, is also quite high off the ground, so if you have mobility issues this could be a problem.

Local Gems:

For dogs Sea Palling & Happisburgh beach, Happisburgh also has a really friendly tea room.

The Ship Inn, Mundesley for lunch.

En Route:

Hickling Broad & Pleasure Boat Inn for lunch.

There is also a permissive access area to walk dogs off the lead by the community centre

Richard, Karin & Duke - Hethersett, Norfolk - 29th June 2014

Owner’s Reply:

’’ Richard and Karin thank you for your enthusiastic and realistic review of Wind In The Willows, it really does help to have independent reviews like these where people can read ’tried and tested’ comments from others. Susan and Craig do work hard to make the Shepherd’s Hut and the surrounding area as charming and comfortable as they can and really do look after their guests well. Glad you want to come back. I think I might be booking in myself for a couple of nights even though I live in the same village!! No TV, no WiFi, birdsong and a beautiful garden bliss! It was lovely to meet you and Duke too as you were packing up to go. ’’ - Sue

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 29/06/2014
By Richard and Karin P from Norfolk

I confirm Richard & Karin were bona-fide paying guests at Wind in the Willows. The content of their recommendation was not incentivised and is factually accurate at the time of writing.
Sue Allen, East Ruston Cottages - 10th July 2014
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Review Review No. 8 of 26

Recommended by:

Ruth B - Bixley

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 28 - 33
  •  
Stayed:

2 Nights
May - 2014

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

“Perfect place for our honeymoon!”

This was simply the most unique place I had ever stayed! If you’re thinking about it, then do it. You will not be disappointed!

Specifically Recommend:

Just relaxing!

Local Gems:

Weavers Way!

En Route:

Stalham Farm Shop

Ruth B, Bixley, Norfolk - 30th May 2014

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 30/05/2014
By Ruth B - Bixley

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