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Cley Windmill

Holt, Norfolk, England

An 18th century windmill on the Norfolk coast, now a bed and breakfast with incredible views over the salt marshes and out to sea.


Cley Windmill dates from the early 18th Century and is a well-known landmark on the north Norfolk coast. It commands breathtaking views over the salt marshes to Blakeney Point and the sea, while nestling comfortably by the old quay, and alongside the flint-walled cottages of the village.

The windmill itself has been converted into a guesthouse of immense character, charm and comfort. The old stables and boathouses are now stylish bedrooms and Dovecote, a self-catering retreat for independent holidaymakers.

Cley Windmill welcomes both B&B and self-catering guests. The windmill stands on the north side of the village within walking distance of the excellent and unusual village shops. It has uninterrupted views over the sea, the salt marshes and Cley Bird Sanctuary, with Blakeney Harbour in the distance. The large walled garden abuts the river Glaven, surrounded by reeds and tranquillity.

The ground floor includes a magnificent circular sitting room where antique furniture and inviting sofas nestle comfortably around a roaring open fire. The beamed dining room, part of the original warehouse built in 1713, has a warm and friendly atmosphere in which to dine. The upstairs rooms and galleries have stunning views over the marshes and the sea.

There are 10 rooms available on bed & breakfast basis priced from £159 per night with The Dovecote and The Old Cart Shed also being available as self-catering properties and priced from £100 and £295 per night respectively. The Dovecote is a self-catering cottage, originally the stables, which sleeps 4 people with a minimum 3-night stay. The Old Cart Shed is luxurious and offers pure romance with a spiral four poster bed for 2 adults. For groups, they can accommodate a maximum of 20 adults.

Weddings can be arranged. Dogs welcome in Dovecote and the Boathouse. 

Room Types

Double Ensuite
Family Rooms
Whole property for 5 or more

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