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Ruston Reaches - Gatekeeper

East Ruston, Norfolk
Grade 3 Star rating


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Sleeps 4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms 1
Pets 0
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This property is part of our Cottages4you collection

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Overlooking lake, this family cottage is ideal for birdwatching and walking, Weavers Way close by, Sea Palling easily reached.

Ground Floor:
Living/dining room: With Freeview TV, DVD player, CD player and patio doors leading to garden.
Kitchen: With electric cooker, microwave and fridge/freezer.
Separate toilet.
First Floor:
Bedroom 1: With double bed.
Bedroom 2: With twin beds.
Bathroom: With shower over bath, and toilet.

Electric central heating included. Cot and highchair. Patio with garden furniture and barbecue. Private parking.

All properties: Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Laundry room with washing machine (shared with other properties on-site). No smoking. Please note: There is direct access to the lakeside (maximum depth 8ft).

Superb walking and cycling area
Lovely birds and wildlife

Only 2½ miles from Stalham, on the Northern Broads, these adjoining holiday cottages (refs 13245, 18853, 26422 and 29243) enjoy a rural and peaceful setting overlooking a lake. Ideal for birdwatching, walking on Weavers Way, or passing the time with your own barbecue - the cottages have south-facing patio areas facing the lake. Explore the Norfolk Broads with many popular towns and villages within a short drive. Wroxham, with its shops, restaurants and terraced water front bars is only 10 minutes’ drive. Motor launches are available for hire in Stalham or Wroxham. Norwich, 18 miles. Sandy, uncrowded beaches can be found within 2½ miles; Sea Palling and Mundesley are easily accessible. Cromer and the rest of the North Norfolk Coast can be explored. All cottages are furnished in traditional style with co-ordinated prints and are constructed to very good specifications. Shop 2½ miles and pub serving food ½ mile.
Gatekeeper (ref 13245), Skipper (ref 18853), Wall Brown (ref 26422) and Peacock |(ref 29243) can be booked together to accommodate up to 16 guests.

Show amenities 


  • Barbecue
  • Garden / Patio
    Garden / Patio
  • Highchair
  • Pub within 1 mile
    Pub within 1 mile
  • Cot Available
    Cot Available
  • Washing Machine
    Washing Machine
  • Pets – not allowed
    Pets – not allowed
  • Coastal within 3 miles
    Coastal within 3 miles
  • Coastal within 5 miles
    Coastal within 5 miles
  • Parking - On Site
    Parking - On Site

Customer Comments

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 16/02/2019
    A fantastic cottage in an idyllic setting. Everything you need, comfy beds, lots of wildlife and close to the beach.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 28/07/2018
    Very enjoyable stay, perfect for discovering East Norfolk. Would stay again and would recommend.

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 21/07/2018
    Good COTTAGE but the lake was unfisherbale due over growth of weed and lily pads this not the lake I saw on pictures Online but the fishery next door was excellent which was nearly a 100 yards from the cottage not 50 yards

  • 5

    Confirmed guest, 07/07/2018
    Some positives - plenty of crockery, cutlery and cooking equipment. Pleasant position. Nice little patio area with umbrella. Good parking and provision of entertainment (DVDs, books etc) although TV needs updating. Disappointing consumables - toilet rolls, hand soap, washing up liquid - no kitchen roll, oven gloves or small sharp knife. Kitchen cabinet door was not rehung - still in the cupboard under the stairs. Patio door extremely difficult to lock and a large crack in the lounge ceiling. No welcome pack or sign of anyone to welcome us. Biggest issue was lack of wifi. As other adjacent properties had access it is difficult to see why it wasn't feasible to instal wifi at the Gatekeeper. Not up to usual four star standard - hence low rating of value for money.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the owner; Thank you for your review, and glad that in most features Gatekeeper was a pleasant, clean and well equipped cottage. Though not sure where the small sharp knives have gone. On the two specifics you mention: I have enquired regarding the kitchen cabinet door and understand that it was broken by a previous guest and no fitter could be in to repair it soon enough, though it should now be repaired and functioning correctly. Very sorry it was not ready for your visit. As a group of cottages we are working on getting Wifi and at present we are waiting for a new connection that should provide a workable speed. Generally people with Vodaphone and G4 are able to connect well and this would be what was in adjacent properties, but all cottages are waiting for a speed worth offering and it will then be worth upgrading the TV to include features needing internet. As a self catering cottage we regularly review what is included, and while new toilet rolls are always provided we do not regularly provide the other consumables mentioned, though there is usually some of each remaining from previous guests. Also with a welcome pack we have found that individuals have different views on what should be included, white or brown bread, full or fully skimmed milk etc, and with uncertain travel times and delays the freedom of arrival time is appreciated rather than a shorter slot when someone can be present, even though a personal welcome can be very pleasant and beneficial in other ways. As I say we regularly reconsider these details and your comments will be included in our deliberations. We would love to see you back at Gatekeeper sometime.

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 09/06/2018
    Kitchen cupboards kept falling off . It was a problem other people had commented on. Garden furniture needed updating. On the whole it was a beautiful cottage with an amazing view.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 05/05/2018
    Fantastic place to stay - wildlife close up and fascinating. Very close to beaches also. Every thing I needed to hand. Two minor grumbles - the neighbours were noisy over the first weekend and a kitchen cupboard collapsed and I was unable to contact owners. No phone number for housekeeper either - fortunately it did not inconvenience me and I met the housekeeper during the week so was able to report it. Small things and overall the holiday was amazing.

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8.2 out of 10 – based on 12 reviews collected by Reevoo
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