Cley Windmill

Cley-next-the-Sea, Norfolk

All hotels demand upkeep, though it is rare for owners to have to replace a fan wheel or fit new sails. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

All hotels demand upkeep, though it is rare for owners to have to replace a fan wheel or fit new sails. But, then, there is nothing ordinary about Julian and Carolyn Goldee’s B&B. A ‘beautifully converted’, five-storey tower mill overlooking the River Glaven and reed beds, it achieves main entry status this year. Our inspectors were ‘greeted cheerfully by the receptionist, who came out when she saw us arrive’. Bedrooms, some in outbuildings, are intensely characterful, from the ground-level Boat House, with four-poster and courtyard access, to the circular Stone Room with wrap-around balcony, and the Wheel Room, reached by a ladder. ‘Our first-floor room was large, with a sofa, super-king-size bed, antiques, individual touches, a fridge with fresh milk, a roll-top bath (no shower).’ A three-course dinner brought ‘delicious scallops and pancetta in a light sauce, a sublime dish of pork three ways, Bakewell tart with berry sauce’. Everything is cooked from scratch; let them know ahead of time if you wish to dine. Breakfast, too, proved ‘lovely’, with ‘local kippers and kedgeree’. A walk to Cley beach was ‘exhilarating’. (SF)

Hotel details

Address

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

Telephone

01263 740209

Bedrooms

9. 1 in boathouse, 1 in long house, 2 self-catering apartments, some ground-floor rooms suitable for more able wheelchair-users, but bathrooms not adapted.

Open

all year, self-catering only over Christmas/New Year.

Facilities

bar/lounge, dining room, Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), civil wedding licence, ¼-acre garden.

Background music

in dining room at dinner.

Children

all ages welcomed, sofa or air bed £30.

Dogs

allowed in 1 room.

Credit cards

MC, Visa.

Prices

per room B&B £159–£245 based on 2 sharing. Set menu £32.50. Min. 2-night stay weekends.