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


The Quay
NR25 7RP


01263 740209


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


all year, usually self-catering only over Christmas.


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.


all ages welcomed, extra bed £30.


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

Credit cards

MC, Visa.


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