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Cley Windmill
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Reviewed November 7, 2008

Stayed here after the Victoria Inn at Holkham. Room had a good view and staff were friendly. A little bit creaky and you could hear the people above. The setting is supberb and would visit again. Sadly the evening meals were a bit limited with no choice although very good. Sweets were good if you liked heave chocolate sweets, but not to our taste. Breakfasts were excellent with many choices.

  • Stayed: October 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 11, 2008

Cley Windmill is gorgeous on paper but a little disappointing in reality. We were unlucky enough to end up with the Millers Room, undoubtedly the worst room in the windmill as it is on the ground floor and you can't really tell you are in a windmill! This coupled with the location of the room, next to the office and adjacent to the kitchen, meant a rather noisy morning and that sinking feeling. The en-suite bathroom is very tired too and could do with a good spruce up; plastic accessories, wood effect lino on the floor, nasty fake flowers in horrible wall vases, I mean come on guys, I'm paying £120 for this! The windmill itself is charming and I am sure the upper rooms with their wonderful shapes, balconies and view over the marsh and sea are much bettter. The dining arrangements are rather uncomfortable; a small narrow room which is also the main thoroughfare through to the front door and back to the office is where you eat, but not before you have suffered the uncomfortable truth of taking a drink in the lounge (a round shaped room full of sofas and an honesty bar) and coming very face to face with your fellow guests - who you may not want to talk to! This strange attempt at hotel style leaves one feeling pressurised into making smalltalk; I came on holiday to NOT have to do this. It's a big enough room and one wonders why they don't make this the dining room and turn the dining room into a bar/lounge? That would really make the most of the space, but really this isn't a hotel so why feel the need to even bother having a bar? The food is good enough but it's very off-putting to not be given a choice; you just get what you are given and tough if you don't like seafood/chicken/pork, etc. We sat in an awfully excruciating silence chomping our way through all three courses, feeling terribly uncomfortable in this small room with little or no ambiance. The terror doesn't stop there as coffee is taken back in the round room - we dodged, went back to Miller's Room and waited until everyone had drunk their coffee, then snuck back in for a nighcap! Needless to say, on our second night we fled and dined somewhere else (The Hoste Arms, Burnham Market - amazing) and had a much better and more relaxed evening. Don't bother with the local pub either for food (The George); that had even less of an atmosphere than the windmill. On reflection I wouldn't stay there again. It was nice enough but for £120 a night I was expecting a bit more thought, a bit more finesse and a bit more windmill.

Stayed: September 2008
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Reviewed August 16, 2008

Having never been able to get accomodation here before we were delighted that this year we would stay at Cley Windmill. We took a bit of a chance to travel from Cardiff to North Norfolk by train and CHOP bus from Sheringham (no not as it sounds but Coast Hopper!). A great success. We particularly reviewed the hotel on Trip Advisor and Paddy Burt's Telegraph. We have visited the area before and stayed at The George but oh to stay in THE windmill.
For me it was not disappointing. We had the Stone Room with the bonus of the door to the first floor balcony and the room was small (compact) althogh possibly one of their largest. The bed was extremely comfortable and I liked the quirkiness of it. Location for walkers amazing. Weather very disappointing although no real rain. For 3 nights we never wished we had a car. We dined in the Windmill (see below) at The George and Wiverton, The Bell (pub!). We walked everywhere although we were restricted by husband not liking fish and slowing on the walking.
For me I have ticked the box, stayed in a windmill. It was romantic and idyllic.
Food at the windmill; Butternut squash soup amazing ; Chicken maincourse DRY: Lemon posset OK: Atmosphere very good. I appreciated real food.
Breakfast: No kippers although Cley is famed for its own smokery so all on offer is a full/part English
Amazing do-it-all waitress so busy you did not want to ask too much
More could be done with the lounge as we would have liked company but only visitors to mill on two nights provided conversation
Overall it felt just a little tired, but I have no regrets apart from too little sunshine and would stay again.
My husband 6ft2" says do not forget to say about the guests above us in the wheelroom and above. They had to climb into their room and made a racket at midnight for two nights in a row. He would not stay again and it was a little cramped but I do the bookings!
All spealling mistakes apologised for!

  • Stayed: August 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 4, 2008

Cley Windmill is in the quaint village of Cley-next-the-Sea. A beautiful spot on an unspoilt part of coastline on the North Norfolk Coast.

Enjoy the views over the marshes, listen to the wind blowing the reeds, watch the walkers and birdwatchers amble along the winding routes that lead along the top of the marshes out to sea. Life doesn't get much better than this!

Cley Windmill is a real jewel is the crown. A romantic, quirky, fascinating part of history begging to be discovered....and that's what I did.

I was whisked away for a 1-night stay for my birthday and what better place to stay. A warm welcome, cosy rooms, great food - a real upcoming place to enjoy a special meal with fresh local produce.

The balcony offers breathtaking views out over the marshland and out to sea.

My stay was perfect in every way - I ended up getting engaged!

Charles popped the question to Clare on Sunday March 2nd (Clare's birthday) on the balcony of Cley Windmill on the beautiful North Norfolk coast. She said 'Yes'!

We very much enjoyed our stay and hope to return in the near future.

A must visit!

  • Stayed: February 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 1, 2007

Stayed at Cley windmill for a night in October and would thoroughly recommend the place. River room was loveley, great views and interesting chat with other guests when we returned from a disastrous dinner at the George. Would definitely stay here again. Fab breakfast and really friendly staff.

  • Stayed: October 2007, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 11, 2007

We stayed at the windmill in the Wheat room which was very comfortable. The food was nice and the surrounding area very peaceful which is what we were looking for. We had afternoon tea in the garden and enjoyed copious amounts of jam and cream with a lovely pot of tea. The service was excellent as was the greeting we received on arrival. There wa sonly one downside to the stay, the noise in the bedroom from the floorboards above which woke us on three occassions from what would have been an extremely deep sleep with all the fresh air and the comfortable bed.

I would recommend the Windmill but perhaps not that room if someone is in residence above you.

  • Stayed: June 2007, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 9, 2006

As regular visitors to the North Norfolk coast we know the area well but staying in the Mill was such a refreshing and wonderful change. We stayed in the Stone Room, which was very cosy and novel with it being round! This room has direct access to the balcony around the mill which was fantastic for looking out across the salt marshes. The only downside is it is accessible to other patrons and also the public for a few hours each afternoon in summer, so you need to make sure people don't wander into your room as happened to us twice!! You can also climb up 3 more levels to the fan stage of the mill which sets you high above the roof tops of Cley.
We ate at the Mill one night. The food was local produce and tasty but fairly simply. If you are a real foodie, like us, I would recommend trying some of the other excellent local restaurants such as The George (Cley), The White Horse (Brancaster Staithe), The Hoste Arms (Burnham Market), The Victoria (Holkham), The Crowne (Wells), The Blakeney Hotel (Blakeney) and Morston Hall (Morston) to name but a few...
Cley Mill is excellent accommodation, a good breakfast and the hosts make you feel very welcome. HIGHLY recommended!

  • Stayed: September 2006, traveled as a couple
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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: $103 - $163 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Unique accommodations in a converted 18th-century windmill. ... more   less 
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