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Location: East Ruston, Norfolk, United Kingdom

About us, Dermot and Sue Allen and our dog friendly holiday cottages. We started with the Old Forge running it for friends in 2005. In 2007/8 we were able to develop our own holiday accommodation, The Old Piggery. The Garden Room was added, belonging to another friend and the success of these prompted a further request to add Red Roofs at Hickling which has been doing very well. In 2012 we are embarking on our next project, New Barn. It isn't new at all (approx 180 years old) but it will be a fabulous new addition to our dog friendly holiday accommodation. Keep watching this space....!

Friday, August 18, 2006

March 2004 - It all kicks off

We find out that the barn next door to our lovely little cottage is going to be sold at auction - we have coveted it for several years so we need to move fast! During the years between us moving into Gothic Cottage and now we have had a variable relationship with the farmer who owns the barn. It didn't start off too well but we've stuck with it and I think he has realised over the years that we are relatively harmless and are staying for the duration. So, he is approached, with a bottle of duty-free whisky in hand (the first of many over the period of negotiation and beyond!) and, eventually, a price is reached for the barn and approx 2 1/2 acres of land.

The financial effort required to come up with the readies is considerable and involves financial advisors, re-mortgaging other properties, generous and much appreciated loans from relatives and friends but finally the barn (and land) is ours on 16th July 2004!!!!

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