Cley Windmill is one of the most memorable and enchanting places to stay in Britain. In the late afternoon, when the wind whips across from the sea, there are few greater pleasures than stowing away hats, coats and binoculars (this is bird-watching country) and coming home to this beautifully restored old windmill, complete with sails. Echoes of children’s adventure stories crowd in as you climb higher and higher in the mill, finally mounting the ladder to the lookout room. Downstairs, there’s a beamed, lived-in circular sitting room with blazing fire, antiques and comfortable sofas; and a cosy dining room, part of the original 1713 warehouse. Candlelit dinners are just right: convivial affairs with proper country cooking. There are three circular bedrooms in the tower itself, their bathrooms ingeniously fitted into challenging nooks and crannies, and six rooms in other parts of the building. All are charming and full of character with views over the waving reed beds to the sea.
Doubles from £159
+44(0) 1263740409; cleywindmill.co.uk
Climb to the viewing gallery for fabulous views of the sails, the salt marshes to Blakeney Point and the sea.
Windmill dinners are simply divine. The fixed menu changes each day and it’s all local, fresh produce. And the chefs do a mean breakfast too.
Book a boat trip to spot the seals or treat yourself to a glorious painting of the windmill.
CLAIM TO FAME
James Blunt used to live at Cley Windmill… his parents owned it before the Godlees.
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