Brimming with old-fashioned charm, this wonderfully renovated mill in North Norfolk is great for country and coast.
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Just outside the pretty Georgian town of Holt on the North Norfolk coast, Cley Windmill has seen an eventful history unfold since it was built in the early 19th century. Today, many renovations later, it stands proudly as one of the most endearing and unusual places to stay in the county, featuring self-catering and bed and breakfast accommodation to remember.
Surrounded by the marshes of Cley-next-the-Sea, the windmill’s location will score points with nature lovers. One of the country’s best birdwatching spots, Blakeney Nature Reserve, and the River Glaven lie close by, and the beaches along this stretch of largely undiscovered coastline are well worth exploring too.
Looking for some peace and quiet? Then the self-catering Dovecote cottage is for you. A beautiful flint-walled retreat for two, separate from the mill itself, it features a spacious living area and open-plan kitchen on the ground floor, and a mezzanine double bedroom beneath the beams above. Right beside the mill’s walled garden, it’s the perfect combination of comfort and privacy.
A number of bed and breakfast rooms are full of the character of the five-storey mill itself. Names like the ‘Barley Bin’, ‘Wheat Chamber’ and ‘Stone Room’ denote the building’s history, and each one of these en suite rooms has been beautifully furnished. No two are the same, but they all deliver on charm.
For the ultimate mill experience, the ‘Wheel Room’ sits right at the top of the mill, and boasts the most spectacular views of all. You will need to climb a pretty steep ladder to reach it, but once up there you can enjoy an oak four-poster bed as well as some stunning panoramas.
You may also like to take advantage of the tempting dining opportunities at Cley Windmill. Their renowned chefs serve some top-notch menus most nights, and their reputation is spreading fast – so be sure to book your places for dinner well in advance. Self-catering guests are also welcome to book breakfast, if required.
Around 4 miles away, the town of Holt is a rewarding place to visit – a smattering of bookshops, cafés and antique shops make it a relaxing place to potter about, and Holt Country Park has more than 100 acres of woodland to explore. A drive along the coast can take in Brancaster, Wells-next-the-Sea, Holkham and, of course, Cley itself – and if you prefer a day in the city, Norwich continues to draw in the visitors just 25 miles south.
Romantic, relaxing or reinvigorating, Cley Windmill is the place to be for an idyllic slice of East Anglia.
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