Good Hotel Guide Review
'One of Britain's quirkiest, most characterful B&Bs', this five-storey, 19th-century tower mill is set ‘in an idyllic spot’, amid reed beds on the former quayside of the River Glaven. ‘There is a certain romance to staying in a windmill,’ say our inspectors, who signed a waiver to sleep in the Wheel Room, reached via a steep, carpeted ladder, with 'another steep ladder to a shower room, where you can see the old mill machinery in the ceiling’. The 'pleasant but not perfect' room had 'lovely views beyond the windmill sails of the river, village and marshland', which were also on show from the mill's wraparound balcony. Amid the room's slightly tired cottage-style decor was a small four-poster, a wood-effect fire, a mini bar with fresh milk and cookies, and an extra loo behind a screen – 'which lowered the tone a bit' but 'was practical'. There is less hazardous, more modern accommodation in the old storehouses and boathouses, which 'have a bit more New England chic about them'. Breakfast is served in the ‘cute, curved dining room’ and included salmon from Cley’s famous smokehouse. Birdwatchers flock here as well as walkers and summer tourists exploring the Norfolk coast.
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.
in dining room, soft classical and jazz.
all ages welcomed, extra bed £35.
allowed in 1 room (Boat House) and Dovecote (B&B or self-catering cottage).
B&B doubles from £215. Min. 2-night stay at weekends.