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Cley Windmill

UK England East Anglia Norfolk

01263 740 209   The Quay Cley NR25 7RP

  • 9 En-Suite Rooms & Cottage

  • Quirky & Unique
A gorgeous converted windmill that makes for a spectacular place to stay

It was a brilliant idea to turn this old windmill into a B&B – and a very successful venture it has proved too. Fabulously restored, the windmill sits among the reedy marshes on the edge of the village of Cley and the interior is simply charming, its best guest rooms set beneath ancient beamed ceilings. The location is sublime too, right on the edge of the NWT reserve of Cley Marshes, and perfectly placed for the delights of the rest of the North Norfolk Coast

There are nine guest rooms in all – six in the windmill itself and three in various outbuildings. Plus there's the Dovecote, a charming self-catering cottage with two double bedrooms. It's of course a big draw to stay in the mill itself, where the rooms are all different, though each is beautifully furnished in a sympathetic country-chic style, with rugs, kilim cushions and whitewashed walls, and equipped with en-suite bathrooms. It won't suit everyone – there are plenty of stairs to climb! – but the upper rooms in particular have spectacular views over the coast and marshes, the two most vertiginous connected by a step ladder and making for an exciting place for a family of four to sleep.

The outbuildings – the Boat House with a four-poster and the flint-walled Long House – are equally comfortable and well-appointed. The most recent addition is The Old Cart Shed, a spacious suite with its own kitchenette and living area. Breakfast is served in the beamed dining room and all guests have access to the wonderful circular sitting room with open fire on the ground floor.

The mill is also licensed for weddings, and you can book the whole lot if you want, whether for a wedding or just a rather fabulous house party. It's surely one of the most unique places to get married in the UK and is indeed perfect for any occasion – and not just because of the building.



Open all year


Double rooms with breakfast from £179 per night.


Contact Website  01263 740 209  Cley Windmill, The Quay Cley NR25 7RP

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Getting There

If you're coming from the south or west head for the town of Holt, on the A148, and on the roundabout on the northern edge of town take the second exit (straight ahead), then the second right by the war memorial and left opposite the Kings Head Pub.  Follow the road for about 5 miles, heading down the hill past the church to the junction on the main coast road. Turn right here through the village and the windmill is on the left, after about 300m, past the George and Dragon pub.


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Rated ★★★★★ over 2 reviews


Top Sails

This is one of the most imaginative places to spend a weekend break. But it is incredibly popular for its location and originality. So if you want to book a room for a special occasion - book early !!
Nov 12, 2013 by FreshadventuresMedia


We stayed here with kids – who loved the whole idea of a windmill. The food was pretty good, too!

Apr 1, 2012 by Mark Ellingham

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