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Cley Windmill
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Reviewed August 19, 2013

Stayed in the Millers room for a 3 nights on a trip around East Anglia

Arrived on a Sunday afternoon on a nice Summers day. Got lucky finding a space in the car park as someone was just leaving. Never had this issue again but since it is a public carpark I expect others have had an issue as Cley was busy on the day.

Beautiful location. Friendly welcome.

Room was ok. For the money you are paying though it is a bit overpriced. Rustic, but you could be anywhere. Unless you are in the tower you pay to 'stay in a windmill' but unless you are outside you wouldn't actually notice it. I guess other rooms are similar. Didn't really hear the noise others have mentioned for this room. My issue with lots of people in the garden and café next to it you are in a goldfish bowl with every one looking in at you. This include the bathroom. Few other niggles. Shower temperature all over the place, one bit of soap for sink and shower most of the time we were there, water and biscuit first day in room but not again until we were about to leave. Three hangers in wardrobe. Advertised as having a separate entrance on website which wasn't the reality when we were there. As a result you have to go through dining room where people were eating breakfast still or evening meal. Minor, but when you are paying top rates you expect none of this. Check out not until 10am , we actually did a bit earlier but still restrictive.

Great breakfast on all three days with choices if you wanted it, some you had to order the night before though. Very pleasant service as well. Lacks personal touch of B&B though as never the same person twice. Slightly annoying that toast was not brought to table like most B&B's. Instead you did it yourself. Couple of days I gave up after breakfast as one large family who clearly liked their toast managed to occupy the one (quite slow) toaster for a very long time.

Ate evening meal their one night also. Excellent food and again very pleasant service. Again bit pricy though for a set no choice menu. One complaint is the 'drinks' in lounge prior. A lot of people cramped into a small space looking like they just wanted to be fed and feeling uncomfortable. Having a drink at your table would be a nicer option to be given and meaning less people sitting on top of each other next door.

Ate at George across road and Red Lion at Stiffkey. Book at height of season in all the pubs or you will find it hard to get a table.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank David W
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Reviewed August 8, 2013

We were guests at the windmill for a wedding and booked for three nights in the Miller's Room which is right next to the kitchen and dining room and, as other reviewers have commented, can be a bit noisy. The room itself was generally fine (although it could do with a proper clean, there were lots of cobwebs on the ceiling) but, being on the ground floor, misses out on the views which rooms in the windmill itself offer. Although the en-suite contains a bath and electric shower, the latter was broken and wasn't fixed until our final evening. We were graciously offered an apology and part-refund for this problem but would have preferred just to have a working shower. As others have commented, though, the number of warning notices about the plumbing do make it feel a bit like an old fashioned B&B.

The wedding venue (the mill's sitting room) is intimate to say the least - with a full complement of 20+ guests some might describe it as crowded - but offers a quirky and romantic venue, and the gardens offer fantastic photo opportunities. The wedding reception was really well done - the food and service were first class.

On the debit side, however, despite ordering fresh smoked haddock for breakfast by 1900 the previous evening (as one is required to do) there was a problem which meant I was only served a very small portion and I'm guessing that this is because they had to divi it up between two people. Shame, I'd rather that they just said they hadn't enough and given me the full English instead. The latter, which I had subsequently, was fine. However, I did find the fact that breakfast is only served between 0830 and 0915 to be a bit restrictive as was the fact that checkout can only be accomplished in a mid-morning window. I'd really expect there to be more flexibility in these areas especially as the former means that everyone arrives in the breakfast room at the same time meaning that the staff, despite their friendliness, are simply unable to keep up with demand.

Although I would stay here again for the location alone, it would be good to think that some of my points could be addressed before I do so.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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1  Thank garybons
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Reviewed July 17, 2013

Took my girlfriend here to dinner for a special night when we stopped in Norfolk for the week if you want a romantic unusual place to eat this is one of the best I have been to, there are only 9 tables so make sure you book as its not open for meals all the time, the rooms look fantastic & I would book it if I came back again. The staff were great & took you up to the balcony of the windmill to enjoy the fantastic view, the food was lovely & the setting couldnt be bettered if your in the area make sure you spoil yourself & go.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 16, 2013

As the weather has been so wonderful we decided on the spur of the moment to head out to the coast and stay over. We chose the Cley Windmill as we saw it mentioned on a few different websites, and luckily they had the Wheat Chamber free that night. Myself, my fiancee and my 3 year old son were in the room.

We found the Windmill very easily (quite hard to miss) and we loved the room as soon as we saw it. Service was excellent, the room was lovely, clean and tidy and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The only thing to be aware of, which is to be expected, is that depending on what room you're in you could have people above and below you, and it can get a bit creaky with people walking around. Even though it was above 80F, the windmill remained cool and there were no issues about being too warm at night.

Breakfast was delicious and service was very quick.

The windmill is probably a 20 minute walk through the marshes to the beach, but I wouldn't recommend Cley beach as it's a shingle beach. Try Brancaster, about 20 mins away.

Would wholeheartedly recommend and we will definitely be back.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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Thank Phoenixm34
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Reviewed July 16, 2013

Briefly – Great location – Fabulous Stay – Staff could not have been friendlier. Our trip was aided by fantastic weather (bearing in mind what has passed this year - Lucky Us)
We, Mum and Dad, Daughter and Fiancé, Son and his girlfriend have just returned from a three night stay at the Windmill. We had a great time up in North Norfolk generally but our choice of accommodation put the icing on the cake. It is fair to say it is ‘quirky’ but then that adds to the fun. When booking people must remember that this is a conversion of an old building so there will be odd bits which may not look to be finished. The furniture was all in keeping and to provide more light into the room mirrors had been placed either side of the small windows, which worked well. It is true that most of the floors had a slope ‘built in’ but again the age of the building must be considered. There are some nice touches where old wooden mechanical components from the mill have been used to good decorative effect and built into the fabric of the building.
The dining area is very well presented and there is a lovely large garden in which to relax should you so desire. There is also a good sized lounge should you similarly wish to relax away from your room.
The trip was to celebrate our daughter’s birthday and therefore she had choice of the three rooms electing for the Wheel Room which is definitely for the young and/or fit as access is via a carpeted ladder, through the old grain hoist trap door. Then to get to the bathroom up it’s up another ladder. You have to sign a disclaimer before you can take this accommodation which we fully understood.
The son elected for the Stone Room which has access to the balcony around the outside while the old ‘uns selected the Wheat Chamber which proved all but a suite.
All of the rooms we had offered good comfortable accommodation and were clean. We in the Wheat chamber had a sofa and plenty of clothing storage although we would ask the management if they might consider supplying a few more clothes/coat hangers. I would have preferred a little more pressure on my shower but the shower itself was fine with dual heads and of course shower gel and shampoo were supplied.
To the staff – I have read elsewhere in trip Advisor of surly and rude staff. We cannot understand such a comment as all of the staff we met were most polite, friendly and welcoming. Nothing was too much trouble. I do not believe we saw anything other than smiles throughout our stay.
We were there on a B&B basis and the breakfasts were excellent.
This is the fourth time we have visited to our recollection – twice on separate occasions for tea and cake in the afternoon, as guests (Best Man) at a wedding (the venue is sought after for weddings) and this latest three night stay.
A word of advice to those travelling to North Norfolk, not specifically the windmill. If you are addicted mobile phone users or 3G users the signals up here are not so good. We had two airtime suppliers O2 and Vodafone and spent most of the three days in communicado. We were not bothered by this but you may be if trying to do business while in the vicinity. The Windmill however does supply Broadband Wi-Fi, should you need.
Will we be back? I sincerely hope so. Many thanks to all at Cley Windmill.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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Thank WillandBud
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Reviewed July 14, 2013

This is a really lovely place to stay for a romantic break, or for a few days with friends or family. The mill has been really nicely converted to provide rooms for about 20 people. There is a cosy living room on the ground floor which would be really lovely in winter. We were there this weekend, the hottest of the year and we really did not want to use the car in the heat. No matter, Cley is a great base for a few days, there is loads to do without using the car. The Mill has a peaceful garden which you can laze in for hours. There are two pubs, a fishmonger, two cafes and a really foodie heavenly deli, in the village, as well as twitchers paradise on Cley marshes, the beach and Blakeney and another pub in Wiveton all within walking distance. And an amazing cafe at Wiveton Hall pick your own farm, a complete revelation to us. You can jump on the little coast bus route as well if you want to go further afield.
I am not sure I would call the mill a hotel, more a glorified bed and breakfast, though they do serve an evening meal which you need to book in advance for about £30. We stuck to fish and chips in the pub garden. The price for b &b is like a hotel - you are paying for the most amazing location overlooking the beautiful marshes towards the sea, and it must cost a fortune to maintain the 16th century landmark. Treat yourself to a spot of Norfolk relaxation and beauty. Gorgeous.

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  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 6, 2013

We were fortunate enough to visit Cley Mill for our nephew's wedding on 4th July. We had never been to this venue and were absolutely stunned at its uniqueness. The wedding ceremony took place on the ground floor circular room of the mill and was, indeed, a very special occasion. We were fortunate enough to have a glorious day and afterwards it was a delight to take photographs of the happy couple and family in the grounds of the mill. The three course meal was wonderful served by extremely friendly staff. All the guests stayed overnight and the rooms were a delight. We had the River Room from where views of the surrounding area were amazing. We were able to sit in the garden until quite late and then ended up in the beautiful circular lounge where the wedding ceremony had taken place. The next morning all guests enjoyed an excellent breakfast to finish off what was a truly wonderful wedding experience. We are sure the bride and groom will always carry such precious memories of their very special day at Cley Mill. Not living too far away in Norwich, we really hope to return to Cley Mill either for a meal or to have a special weekend. Thank you Cley Mill for making this wedding a never-to-be forgotten experience.

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  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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Thank Robbez
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Address: Cley Windmill The Quay, Cley Next the Sea, Holt NR25 7RP, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > East Anglia > Norfolk > Holt > Cley Next the Sea
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service
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Ranked #1 of 6 B&Bs / Inns in Cley Next the Sea
Price Range: $105 - $166 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 6
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