Cley Windmill

Cley-next-the-Sea, Norfolk

A Norfolk icon, this19th-century windmill, rising from reed beds by the River Glaven, has wonderfully characterful guest rooms in the tower and converted outbuildings. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

A Norfolk icon, this 19th-century windmill, rising from reed beds by the River Glaven, is now under new owners Natalie and Varian Bush, who say they will maintain the wonderful character of the place. The Stone Room, with high, oak-beamed ceiling, has a door to a platform that encircles the mill. The Wheat Chamber, with twin beds/king-size double is ‘furnished with lovely antiques and individual touches’. The Boat House, with four-poster, has a glazed stable door to the courtyard. An amuse-bouche and three-course dinner can be delivered to your bedroom on earthenware plates, or taken by candlelight in the circular dining room at the tower base. It is supplied by respected local caterers, one a former chef here, and might include mushroom velouté, feather blade of beef, spiced fig and berry Eton mess. Let them know if you’re vegetarian. Breakfast brings locally smoked fish, a full English, ‘eggs in a variety of ways, a bacon or sausage sandwich’. Afterwards you might explore the ‘pretty village with dinky craft and art shops’, or follow the footpath through salt marshes to the beach – it’s ‘well worth doing’. Reports, please.

Hotel details

Address

The Quay
Cley-next-the-Sea
Norfolk
NR25 7RP
England

Telephone

01263 740209

Bedrooms

10. 1 in Boat House, 1 in Long House, 1 in Cart Shed.

Open

all year, usually self-catering only over Christmas.

Facilities

bar/lounge, dining room, in-room TV (Freeview), civil wedding licence, ¼-acre garden, ground-floor rooms suitable for more able wheelchair-users.

Background music

in dining room, soft classical and jazz.

Children

all ages welcomed, extra bed £30.

Dogs

allowed in 1 room (Boat House) and Dovecote (B&B or self-catering cottage).

Credit cards

MC, Visa.

Prices

B&B doubles from £159. Set menu £37.50, hampers £65–£95. Min. 2-night stay weekends.