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Running Hare Barn

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7 Nights See prices

  • £987  to  £2309

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Short Breaks

  • £ Enquire
    3 night min. (off peak only)

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£990 Sat, 29 Jun 2024
4 nights - short break

Key Information

  • Sleeps


  • Bedrooms

    5 Rooms

  • Min Nights

    7 (peak)
    3 (off peak)

  • Children


  • WiFi


  • Dogs

    3+ Dogs

  • Bathrooms


  • Access


  • Off-Road Parking

About Running Hare Barn

Running Hare Barn is as dog-friendly as they come, with the owners allowing an unlimited number of dogs to stay for no additional cost. If your pets are a big part of your family then you won't want to leave them in kennels while you enjoy a holiday, but here is a destination you can all enjoy with miles of livestock-free trails and dog-friendly beaches all nearby. The house is a very comfortable thatched barn conversion with space to accommodate up to ten guests in five bedrooms, so it is ideal for extended families and groups of friends who want to explore the beautiful Norfolk countryside and coast.

Running Hare Barn is tucked away down a quiet country lane just outside East Ruston. Suggested walks include the six-mile loop from the village to Weavers Way and Stalham or the five-mile route along the river to Dilham. There are also good walks to Happisburgh Common and Briggate, as well as around nearby Trunch and Bacton Woods.

Winterton-on-Sea is a lovely dog-friendly beach where you can walk with your pets all year round. Horsea and Waxham are also great, but be aware of the restrictions during winter when the beach is a breeding ground for seals. The water at Sea Palling is shallow enough for dogs who love to paddle, while Cart Gap is typically quiet and ideal for those who do not like crowds. Both of these beaches have dog restrictions in place from May to October.

Running Hare has been renovated to a high standard to retain its many amazing original features while providing all the mod-cons modern day guests expect, including eco-friendly features. The barn has a sister property, The Old Piggery, which comfortably accommodates up to six people in three bedrooms. Depending on availability, both properties can be booked together to sleep up to 16 people. Please see the owner's website for more information.

Contact the owner

Owner details:

Dermot Allen joined Independent Cottages in May 2019

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Amenities / Facilities

  • Off-Road Parking
  • Bluetooth
  • Cot
  • Highchair
  • Bike Storage
  • Kingsize +
  • Garden/ Outside Area
  • Enclosed Garden
  • DVD Player
  • Smart TV
  • Washing Machine
  • Microwave
  • Dish washer
  • CD Player
  • Shower
  • Bath
  • Horse Riding Nearby
  • WiFi
  • Eco / Green
  • Electric Vehicle Charging

Location (Norfolk)

Accommodation Comprises:

Running Hare has a wealth of beams and character and enjoys beautiful views of the rolling Norfolk countryside. The barn is exceptionally dog-friendly with the owners providing dog bowls, beds, towels and throws for their four-legged guests to use during their stay.


  • Open plan living/dining/kitchen with original brick walls and beams and lots of natural light and countryside views through the multi-aspect windows. Smart placement of furniture divides the space into "zones", but the area can also be used as one sociable place for everyone to gather.
  • The Atrium seating area has a double height ceiling and glass doors which open onto the patio and private garden, offering a quiet place to chat or read if others are watching TV.
  • Kitchen/diner with a fitted oak kitchen and loads of bench and storage space. A double Rangemaster oven adds that country-chic feel, but because it's electric it is a breeze to use. A full house needs a big fridge so the American style fridge-freezer will be put to good use, while the long dining table comfortably seats up to 16 people.
  • Storage room for drying boots, coats and wet paws.
  • King-sized bedroom with proper storage and great views. The ensuite has a double-end roll-top bath, walk-in shower with grab rails, WC and handbasin.
  • A second double bedroom and ensuite has a similar layout to the first, with equally comfortable furnishings.


  • Master bedroom reached by a central oak staircase. The super-kingsized (6ft-wide) bed can be separated into two single beds if preferred. There is plentiful storage and a small sofa. An ensuite has a large shower with a rainfall shower-head, WC and handbasin.
  • Comfortable seating and a 65" curved TV/DVD and home cinema system that is perfect for family film nights, and the barn also has WiFi.
  • Family bathroom with bath, WC, wash basin and separate rainwater shower.


  • There are two mezzanine areas (one at each end of the barn) providing two bedrooms, each with original beams and stunning views of the surrounding countryside. A thick curtain provides privacy from the ground floor. One bedroom has a kingsized bed while the other has two small doubles.

Outside: The enclosed garden is dog and child-friendly, with secure fencing and a flat lawn area to play. The patio has garden furniture and a gas barbecue so that guests can make the most of good weather. A covered space next to the house has an extra fridge/freezer as well as warm water for washing dogs. There is ample parking for several cars and electric vehicle charging points.

Additional Information: All utilities, sheets and bath towels are included, with guests required to bring beach towels if they are needed. Running Hare Barn is next to but separate from The Old Piggery. However, the properties are linked and can be opened up to share space for groups of up to 16. The balconies mean the property may not be particularly suitable for children, and young guests should be supervised closely. As the barn is thatched, smoking is strictly prohibited inside the building, and guests should take extreme care if smoking outside. Double external doors allow wheelchair access into the property from outside, however, once inside, doorways are standard size. Travel cot available by arrangement. Unlimited dogs are welcome.

Running Hare Barn Tariff & Supplementary Information

Season Weekly Rate Short Breaks

Sat, 15th Jun 2024 - Fri, 28th Jun 2024
Changeover: Saturday, Min Nights: 7

7 Nights

Short breaks
not available

Sat, 29th Jun 2024 - Fri, 19th Jul 2024
Changeover: Saturday, Min Nights: 7

7 Nights

Short breaks
not available

Sat, 20th Jul 2024 - Fri, 30th Aug 2024
Changeover: Saturday, Min Nights: 7

7 Nights

Short breaks
not available

Sat, 31st Aug 2024 - Fri, 6th Sep 2024
Changeover: Saturday, Min Nights: 7

7 Nights

Short breaks
not available

Sat, 7th Sep 2024 - Fri, 13th Sep 2024
Changeover: Saturday, Min Nights: 7

7 Nights

Short breaks
not available

Sat, 14th Sep 2024 - Fri, 4th Oct 2024
Changeover: Saturday, Min Nights: 7

7 Nights

Short breaks
not available

Sat, 5th Oct 2024 - Fri, 25th Oct 2024
Changeover: Saturday, Min Nights: 3

7 Nights

Min. 3 nights:
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Bedroom Configuration:
Sleeps 10 in 5 bedrooms (3 Kings, 1 Twin & 1 Super-king/Twin)
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3 or more dogs welcome
Wheelchair accessible, but check requirements with owner
No smoking
Preferred Arrival Day:
Payment Options:
Cheque, Bank Transfer
Group Booking Details:
Please note - Running Hare Barn sleeps 10 people.The owner has 2 properties which, when booked together, can accommodate up to 16 guests.
Dining capacity - Up to 16 (guests can be seated together for meals).
Pricing - Contact owner for group prices.
All male groups - Please enquire with owner.
All female groups - Please enquire with owner.
Catering available - No.
Booking Conditions:
Please refer to the owner for accessibility requirements, booking terms / conditions and cancellation policy.
Help combat online fraud. Speak to the owner on our officially verified number: +44(0)1692 650083 before paying by bank transfer.
Please discuss any requirements regarding your pet(s) with the property owner.
Independent Cottages recommends that you take out holiday cancellation insurance.

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Dermot Allen
Member Since May 2019

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Last Minute Offers

Sat, 29 Jun 2024 for 4 nights, £990
short break
Sat, 20 Jul 2024 for 7 nights, £1724
Save £575. 25% discount

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Running Hare Barn 18 Month Availability Calendar

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* Calendar last updated: 24th June 2024