The Old Piggery (Sleeps 6 in 3 Bedrooms)

The Old Piggery is a single storey barn conversion with an open plan living area/kitchen and wood burner.  It has three bedrooms, one en suite, plus a family bathroom.

  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 bedrooms
  • Unlimited dogs at no extra cost
  • Fully enclosed outside space
  • Free Broadband and WIFI (recently upgraded to super-fast fibre)
  • Off road parking for up to 4 cars
  • Free electric vehicle charging (using on site generated electricity)
  • Saturday changeover



When you arrive:

From Mill Road turn into the short track beside The Old Piggery.  The concrete parking area is on your right and has sufficient parking for 4 cars.  There are also charging points for electric vehicles.  A short path across a small grassed area leads to the front door and into the open plan living area.

Kitchen/dining area:

The open plan kitchen/dining area has a large breakfast bar and separate dining table and chairs.  It has a well equipped, fully fitted kitchen including electric oven and hob, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, washing machine and microwave oven.

Living area:

The sitting area has comfy sofas and arm chairs, plus a large flat screen TV/DVD/CD/home theatre.  In the reclaimed brick fireplace is a wood burning stove for colder weather (wood supplied).  French doors open out into the secure yard.

At the far end of the sitting area is a large cupboard full of dog towels, throws etc.  and there’s plenty of room here for dog beds/crates.  Another set of French doors lead out into a covered area with an additional fridge and freezer.

A hallway leads to…..

Bedroom One with en suite shower room:

This room overlooks the garden at the front and has a king sized zip and link bed, which can be converted to twin beds if required.  There is also a wardrobe and drawer units.  The en-suite shower room has a large, walk in shower with rainfall shower head, wash basin, toilet and storage unit.

Bedroom Two:

This room also overlooks the garden at the front and has a Victorian style double bed, wardrobe and drawer unit.

Bedroom Three:

The smaller bedroom looks out onto the yard space.  It has twin beds, which can be linked together into a king sized if required, hanging space and a chest of drawers.

Family Bathroom:

The bathroom has a rainfall shower over the bath, an old fashioned high line toilet and built in sink unit with plenty of storage.


There is underfloor heating throughout, from a ground source heat pump powered by our own on site renewable generation.  The wood burning stove if you need a little extra cosiness.

Garden/Outside Areas:

The large paved yard is fully enclosed, providing a secure area for your dogs.  The raised and cobbled flower beds add a bit of extra character.  There is gas barbeque and outdoor furniture for you to relax in and watch the sunset after a busy day’s exploring.  At the front of the Old Piggery there is a small grassed area. 

Running Hare Barn is on the east side of the yard, however every effort has been made to ensure that the Old Piggery yard is not overlooked and that the two barns have minimal impact on each other.

What else we provide:

  • All bed linen and towels
  • All heating and fuel for wood burner
  • Gas barbeque
  • Doggie paraphernalia – throws, dog towels, beds, bowls etc
  • Dog crates – various sizes available on request
  • Information on places to visit/things to do in the local area.  Most of the local beaches, cafes and pubs are dog friendly
  • Although completely self contained and private with separate outside areas, if booking with Running Hare Barn both properties can be easily opened up to share the space

Please Note:

  • The Old Piggery is a non smoking property
  • If you would like your dogs to sleep on the beds please use the throws provided or if you prefer, bring your own bedding
  • The Old Piggery will be available any time from 4.30pm on the day of your arrival and we ask that you vacate by 9.30am at the end of your stay to allow us plenty of time to prepare it for the next guests
  • All the major supermarkets deliver to East Ruston
  • Mobile phone signal in rural Norfolk can be variable


Please contact us for details of off peak short break rates.

Location & Directions


The Old Piggery | Mill Road | East Ruston | NR12 9HS


From the A149 Stalham bypass take the B1159 turning signposted Happisburgh/Walcott/Bacton (Stepping Stone Lane).  At the t-junction turn left (B1159) and stay on this road for approximately 2 miles.  After passing East Ruston Church on the brow of the hill take the second road on the left, signposted Byway to Fox Hill. You’ll see ‘Elsie’ our wind turbine as you head down the lane. As the road bends sharply to the right, The Old Piggery is on your right. The postcode will bring you straight to the Old Piggery.

Guest Comments

Had such an amazing time staying at The Old Piggery!  Perfectly situated to explore Norfolk but also an amazing hub to chill by the log burner and relax.  Loved taking the dog to the beaches and Bacton Woods.  Walcott beach was a particular favourite! – Lesley, Heather and Dennis the dog, March 2024

Had a great week, thank you.  Love the cottage and area surrounding.  Welcome pack amazing, log burner great – Steve and Jane, October 2023

Had a great time, very relaxing and felt really at home even though we had 4 dogs!  Beach walks and Bacton Woods lovely or the dogs!  Thanks so much! – Elaine, July 2023

Really enjoyed our stay at The Piggery.  Peaceful and relaxing.  Extremely dog friendly.  Close by beaches, loved Happisburgh beach.  Visited a few National Trust places, including Horsey Windmill and beach.  Recommend Vernon Arms at Southrepps.  Close by Bacton Woods for a good shaded dog walk. – Lyn, Steve and Kali, June 2023

Really enjoyed our stay at The Old Piggery.  Lovely comfortable property, lots of beaches close by.  Extremely dog friendly.  Would definitely recommend The Old Piggery to friends and family.  No doubt we will be back in the future.  Thank you Dermot and Caroline – The Godden family with Woody and Archie, May 2023

A fantastic stay at The Piggery, everything was perfect for us.  We were very comfortable, loved the walks with Pepe the pooch in the countryside and on the beaches.  A very relaxing stay with great food, great views and great friends.  We are all looking forward to coming back soon – The Murphys and Pepe, April 2023

Another lovely relaxing week in The Old Piggery.  The weather was kind to us and we had some lovely walks.  We were very happy to be back and hopefully will be back again.  Thanks for a welcoming, cosy place to stay – Mick, Mandy and Poppy, March 2023

Our first visit to The Old Piggery and hopefully not our last!  A great base to explore different areas of the region.  We loved Happisburgh and so did the dogs.  A great trip to Horsey beach where we saw hundreds of seals.  Well worth a visit.  Lovely trips to the Broads, fish and chips in Bacton.  Wonderful place to come back to each day.  Thank you – The Adams family, February 2023

Well, what can we say?  Once again an amazing 2 weeks.  Glorious weather once again, but cool enough to walk the dogs this time.  Can’t wait for our next visit which is already booked – Jane, John, Julie and Richard and our 16 dogs, October 2022

Oh what a wonderful holiday break we have just had.  The Old Piggery is superb and perfectly located between the Broads and the golden coast.  Our three monkeys have loved swimming in the sea and are now depressed that we have to leave.  In fact so are we ……. but we will return!  – Martin and Jenny, June 2022

A great week at The Old Piggery as usual, the dogs regard it as their other home now!  Good weather for getting out and about and wonderful moonlit nights for stargazing.  Thank you Dermot and Caroline for everything you do – Cara, Dizzy, Wags and Flick, May 2022

Fabulous cottage, so comfortable and very well appointed.  Loved the sustainable features – lots of them.  Loved the area, would love to come again – Sarah, Ed, Leo and Alice, April 2022

Really enjoyed our stay.  Weather was great, welcome pack was excellent and loved the Binham Blue!  The Piggery is excellent, very comfortable for humans and dogs.  Everywhere very dog friendly, loved the beaches – Jean, Peter and Emily with Millie, Rufus and Rudy, March 2022

Yet another lovely relaxing stay.  This must be our 7th or 8th stay here over the years and we still love it.  Will definitely be booking again.  Thank you very much, see you next year – Kelly and Gray and the Doodles, January 2022

Another 17 satisfied ‘customers’ at The Old Piggery!

So lovely to be back at the Piggery again after we had to postpone our trip last year.  A nice change of scene and so nice to see that the Piggery is just as perfect as it has always been.  Can’t wait to be back again next year!  Fantastic time was had by all.  Thank you! – Kev, Bev, Steph, Dan and the dogs, July 2021

A wonderful week at the Old Piggery.  A beautiful place to stay for complete peace and relaxation.   Everything we could possibly want was included for both ourselves and our dogs.  Welcome pack was much appreciated.  Thank you – The Webbs and our dogs, May 2021

Another stunning, relaxing and enjoyable stay.  Our third here at the Piggery and not the last.  Everything felt safe and clean from a Covid perspective – have no worries!  The dogs recognised their holiday home and it was thoroughly fabulous to see countryside, long beach walks and so much fresh air.  Humans enjoyed it too, just to get away and do something ‘normal’ in these times – Paula, Glenn and the dogs, April 2021

We had a lovely week.  Felt at home as soon as we arrived.  Lovely quiet location with everything you need for a break away.  Lots of good walks which the dogs enjoyed.  Would highly recommend and will definitely return!  Thanks – Cliff, Judy, Adrian, Alison and the dogs, Oct 2020

Really wonderful – home from home!  Dermot was a pleasure to deal with and we can’t recommend The Old Piggery enough!  – Oct 2020

What to say as we wouldn’t want to make you blush with all the praise we could leave!  We had another fantastic visit to The Old Piggery and enjoyed our many trips to the local beaches.  Lovely to come home to the cottage at the end of a busy day – August 2020

What can we say? 4 adults and 13 dogs! Perfect size accommodation for the humans and the dogs loved the garden. Lovely and quiet to sit and relax, but close enough to explore without travelling miles. We have revisited old haunts – Horsey Gap, Nelson’s Head, the seals, and discovered new ones – Walcott, Mundesley and Overstrand. Counting the days to being back!! – Jane, John, Julie and Richard with Kiki, Kuma, Kelsi, Ice, Tiva, Indu, Pasha, Maia, Raven, Nox, Meg, Millie and Bella, September 2020

We thoroughly enjoyed staying at the Old Piggery.  The location is stunning and the courtyard a lovely place to sit in the evening.  Thank you very much for letting us stay, we will be back – Lisa, Duncan and family, August 2020

Another wonderful week at the Old Piggery.  The kids love it here and so do we.  Hope to be back again soon.  Thanks for a fabulous stay – Oscar, Kate and family, July 2020

It’s a lovely place to stay and Happisburgh beach is brilliant for all, even the dogs didn’t want to leave.  Adore the countryside around the Old Piggery and beyond.  Thanks for making our stay so enjoyable – Mick and Edwina, July 2020

First visit to the Piggery and it’s been fab.  Very comfy, couldn’t ask for more!  Enjoyed the use of the BBQ, thank you.  Great location.  Found some lovely walks and enjoyed walking here too, right out of the Piggery!  Fun filled week, well rested and with two exhausted cocker spaniels!  Thanks for everything Dermot, will sure to be back.  Thank you for the lovely welcome pack too – Jules, Jen, Carol and John with Teddy and Angus (June 2019)

Thank you, thank you, thank you for a wonderful break in fabulous surroundings.  Tess and I have been thoroughly spoilt in this cosy, thoughtfully equipped and beautifully clean ‘home from home’.   Ambling along the loke we have seen deer and birds of many song, and the skies ….. well just perfect!  A special mention for our oh so comfortable beds!  Thank you – Michelle and Tess.

Our first visit to the Piggery and we loved it!  Very welcoming and so dog friendly.  A week wasn’t long enough to do everything we wanted, so we will most definitely come back in the summer months.  Thank you very much from all of us – Steve, Nikki, Bec, Amy, Kate, William and dogs.

Another fantastic stay at the Old Piggery.  We look forward to our holiday here and even after coming every year since 2012 we are never disappointed.  The welcome pack is a lovely touch and us humans and the Doodles love the treats.  Once again a lovely relaxing holiday.  Many thanks – Kelly, Gray and ‘The Doodles’ (Dec 2018).

My first holiday in The Old Piggery and from the minute you step through the door everything you could want or need is taken care of!  The welcome pack is perfect, the furnishings are gorgeous, beds more than comfy and towels fluffy and plentiful.  A fabulous base to explore the East Norfolk coast.  Lovely walks from the front door, beaches just a short drive away – heavenly. Sue, Milly the Whippet and Harry the Greyhound (May 2018).