I am David Woodcock a professional Cley property photographer specialising in hotels and holiday lets. Cley lies between the award winning beach town of Wells Next The Sea and the popular seaside town of Sheringham. It is also about 7 miles North East of the traditional working market town of Fakenham and approximately 5 miles north of the popular shopping town of Holt with it’s antique shops, book shops and art galleries.
I can highly recommend, the windmill as a wedding venue and as holiday accommodation. The area is also ideal for a family photo shoot either at the Mill or on the beach.
Cley Windmill Gallery
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As you can see from the images above, the windmill is a super landmark and can be seen from miles around. It is a converted flour mill with 5 stories and 4 white sails. From a gallery platform you can view the marshes. There is a small shop in the grounds. Facilities include nine bed and breakfast rooms, self catering and private house parties where you can hire the entire windmill. The Mill sleeps up to twenty people. Lunch and evening meals can be taken in the dining room. The premises also has a licence for weddings.
The Mill voted “50 best British hotels” by the Independent is non profit making. All profits are used to maintain and repair the property.
You can find out lots more about this property and the facilities available by visiting the Windmill’s website.
Cley to Blakeney Point
If you are staying at the Mill I highly recommend walking to Blakeney Point. This is a shingle spit about 4 miles long although if you walk at low tide the walk is mainly hard sand. It is much easier to walk on hard sand and of course when the tide is low boats cannot get to spit. Once you have walked about 2 miles you seldom see anyone else.
What you will see is lots of sea birds, grey and common seal plus a variety of unusual plants including Samphire. The lush green Samphire beds look stunning on a summers day against a blue sky.
Please note that seasonal dog restrictions are in place between 1 April and 15 August. During this time dogs are not allowed on Blakeney Point. This is to protect breeding birds.