Cley Windmill

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Perhaps one of the most unique B&Bs in the country, Cley Windmill is certainly very different, and offers a warm welcome and a comfortable stay. On the ground floor, the circular sitting room, filled with antique furniture and comfy sofas, is a great place to sit, relaxing in front of the open fire. The beamed dining room, which forms part of the original warehouse that dates to 1713, is a stylish and relaxing place to eat. Upstairs, the rooms all have superb views out across the marshes to the sea.

What makes a stay at Cley Windmill unique?

The windmill was featured in MGM's 1949 film 'Conspirator' with Elizabeth Taylor and was the scene of various intrigues in the Ruth Rendell Mysteries. It featured extensively in David Bellamy's television series and has been used for several years, apparently turning the sails as a BBC1 continuity link.

What are the rooms and facilities on offer at Cley Windmill?

The ground has a splendid circular sitting area, which is furnished with antique furniture and inviting sofas around a roaring fire. The beamed dining room that was built in 1713 and is part of the original factory, has a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Overlooking the ponds and the sea, the rooms on the upper floor and galleries.

What can guests enjoy when staying in the Holt area?

The windmill is located on the north side of the village within walking distance of excellent and unusual village shops. It has uninterrupted views of the sea, the salt marshes and the Cley Bird Sanctuary, with Blakeney Harbour in the distance. The large walled garden overlooks the river Glaven, surrounded by reeds and tranquilly.

Where can guests enjoy food and drink?

With the exception of events, dinner is cooked almost every night. The Norfolk Taster Menu changes every day. Due to this being a set menu, the Cley will ask for any dietary requirements prior to reservation. You can enjoy pre-dinner drinks in the comfortable lounge and bar or in front of the roaring fire in the circular dining room. Or why not sit on the lawn in the summer months, looking out to the sea over the reeds and marshes.


Based on 7 reviews

Ian and I have just come back from our honeymoon and just wanted to take the time to send you a really big thank you for looking after us all so well during our weekend with you earlier this month. Everyone at the windmill made us feel so welcome and really made our dream wedding a reality. We can't express over email just how happy we were with everything, it was just perfect. The windmill is a perfect location but it is really made special by the people. The food was amazing too, just as we like it! All of our family and friends had nothing but lovely comments about the weekend. Also, the run up to the weekend was fantastic, you made us feel really comfortable about everything and nothing felt like too much trouble. We felt as though we were in safe hands. If you ever wanted any kind of testimonial for any reason we would be more than happy to send anything through to you (or feel free to use anything in this email!). We were also really pleased with Rita at passion of flowers, who we only used based on your recommendation, so thank you again. Brian Egan was our photographer and we have just received the link of the images he took that afternoon and they are wonderful. What was also great about Brian was how comfortable he made everyone feel too. We know he is based in Cley and becasue of that he was happy to charge us for only a couple of hours of his time, something many other photographers were not open to. If you have anyone looking for a similar limited coverage, or anything else, he really is a great recommendation. Thanks again, and hopefully we'll see you again in the not too distant future.

Ellie and IanB

We were unbelievably happy with our day yesterday, it was perfect and totally surpassed our expectations. The Wedding itself was just as we wanted, intimate and friendly, perfect. The refreshments were lovely. Windmill itself FABULOUS. The evening also Fabulous. And thank you so much to Simon the chef for spoiling me on my special day, it was so good of him to humour me and the meal was gorgeous. Your staff are very, very nice. All in all, aside from the sun not being around, but that was partially my fault, our very special day was one we will always tell tales of and hold fond memories close.

Karen and IanT

Tina and I wanted to thank you and all the staff for our recent wedding and stay at Cley Windmill. From the time of arriving, up until leaving, you and your staff made us feel totally comfortable and welcome. The location to get married was better than we could have ever imagined, the accommodation was fantastic and the food was absolutely out of this world. Our wedding day was just perfect and there is nothing we would have changed. Please pass on our thanks to the rest of the staff for making our visit a time we will never forget. We will absolutely be returning.

Max and TinaT

I felt that I must write to you to let you know what a superb time we had at our daughter's wedding last Saturday. The whole occasion was handled so well by all those from Cley Windmill. We really appreciated all the small touches and the huge flexibility that everyone provided. The way that everyone picked up on the tone and ambiance and used their instincts to ensure success was of the highest quality and contributed in no small measure to a very special day. Cley Windmill is not just a wonderful building, the people make it a very special venue.


Gorgeous Windmill, impeccable service, glorious location. I recently arranged a family reunion, of sorts, in this windmill and stayed in the Barley Bin room. The service from a woman named Sarah, who managed our reservations for rooms and dinner was personal and prompt, professional and kind. The place is lovely and we enjoyed the main fireplace room after a very fine dinner together. This is a very special place. I thought it was extraordinary and recommend it with enthusiasm.


Bird watchers nationwide know Cley Windmill as a landmark. Our ambition was to stay in the mill and we jumped at the opportunity when it arose. Since then we've been once or twice a year and LOVE IT! Sheer luxury in romantic, natural surroundings – the sound of the wind through the reeds and geese flying over; the smell of bacon and the taste of good local produce; a warm room full of character; a comfortable bed; friendly, helpful staff… What more could one wish for?

Penny and HarryA

Everyone was great from top to bottom: the chef couldn't do enough for us; the room was immaculate; the waitress service was some of the best I have ever experienced – couldn't do enough for us; the lovely ladies in the shop who welcomed us were so caring and warm; you gave us perfect service, perfect food, in a perfect location. We had a wonderful time.

Ivor and BelindaW

A big ‘Thank You' to you and your staff for the welcome you gave us for our stay …also for the generosity you showed for our Golden Wedding Celebrations. The night in the windmill, the wonderful food and the lovely people we met all made the occasions one we will never forget. Thank you to you all.

John & ShirleyB

Cley Windmill is a truly magical place for a wedding. We would highly recommend it to anyone who seeks something different, intimate, homely and unique. The wonderful atmosphere of the windmill is enhanced by everyone involved.

Rachel and RickW
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Address: The Quay, Cley-next-the-Sea, Holt, Norfolk, HoltNR25 7RP, United Kingdom

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