Cley Windmill  (Shortlist*)

Overlooking the salt marshes and the sea, this characterful B&B and restaurant occupies an 18th-century grinding mill standing among the reed beds by the River Glaven. It is managed by Simon Whatling for the owners, Julian and Carolyn Godlee. There are sofas, antiques and an open fire in the circular sitting room at the base of the mill. Upstairs, and in converted buildings in the courtyard, charming, country-style bedrooms are individually decorated. ‘Only for the adventurous’, the top-floor Wheel Room, accessed via a steep ladder, has a different panoramic view out of each of its four windows. In the candlelit dining room, part of the original granary, chefs Emma Wedderburn and Jimmi Cubitt produce daily-changing three-course menus which are served communally. Locally smoked kippers and haddock may be pre-ordered from the village smokery for breakfast. Sitting room, restaurant (background music; open to non-residents); ¼-acre garden. Free Wi-Fi. Civil wedding licence. Children welcomed in some rooms (early supper by arrangement). 9 bedrooms (3 in converted boathouse and granary). Per room B&B £159–£219, D,B&B £217–£277. Set menu £32.50. 2-night min. stay on Fri and Sat nights.

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Cley Windmill

The Quay, CLEY-NEXT-THE-SEA Norfolk England NR25 7RP


01263 740209