- Bedrooms: 4
- Sleeps: 10
- Approximate Pricing: £52 - £60 P.P.P.N.
- AA Award: 5 Stars
Four en-suite double rooms.
All of our rooms are en-suite, with either high quality power showers or a generous bath, fluffy white Egyptian cotton towels and luxurious toiletries.
Beds are king sized, hand made traditional Norfolk cast iron, with top quality pocket sprung mattresses, high thread count Egyptian cotton sheets and duck down duvet and pillows. Rooms have a kettle and a selection of teas, as well as a nespresso coffee machine, Roberts wifi radios, and access to free wifi.
Experienced chef James Walker cooks a delicious range of breakfasts, including a full English with locally sourced ingredients, smoked salmon and scrambled eggs, American pancakes with bacon and maple syrup, Eggs Benedict and Arlington or Cley Smokehouse kippers with poached eggs. Also included is a generous continental breakfast with freshly baked croissants and home made preserves, sourdough toast, fruit salad and home made granola with organic yoghurt. All breakfasts are included in the price of the room.
Residents' fixed menu evening meals (normally £25 / guest) are available to book up to 48hours in advance on Sundays and Wednesdays. On Fridays we offer a supper club evening meals for up to 8 resident or non resident guests - a delicious gourmet menu for around £35 / guest. See website for our current menus:
There is no dedicated off-street parking at Old Town Hall House, but parking is free on the High Street outside Old Town Hall House. In addition, there are two free village car parks within a short walk of the house.
There is so much to discover in this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty - from shopping to seal spotting, you will find a wide variety of activities to keep you inspired during your stay!
For a small coastal village, Cley offers a great choice of independently run shops. There are delightful local souvenirs and keepsakes to be found in the Cley Windmill shop, and tucked behind the High Street is the newly opened Artemis Antiques, where you can browse carefully sourced furniture, objets d'art and homeware. You'll find interesting vintage books, as well as maps and newly published books on the surrounding areas, at the Crabpot bookshop on the High Street, and you'll arrive at foodie heaven in the delightful Picnic Fayre deli, housed in the Old Cley Forge. More delicacies are on offer at the Cley Smokehouse, where their famous kippers are smoked daily on site, as well as a variety of other fish and seafood.
Arts & Crafts
Contemporary local artists exhibit in the Pinkfoot Gallery and there is beautiful stoneware pottery on offer at the Made in Cley workshop.
Bring your binoculars and visit the NWT Cley Marshes Nature Reserve - unofficially known as the bird watching Mecca of the UK! This stunning area has just been nominated for Nature Reserve of the Year in BBC Countryfile Magazine's Awards, and is positively teeming with wildlife. The recently completed, eco friendly visitors' centre includes the fantastic Simon Aspinall Wildlife Education Centre, a courtyard and viewing deck with breathtaking views across the marshes, and an excellent cafe offering the opportunity to watch Spoonbills in the reeds whilst sipping tea by the panorama viewing window.. Committed 'birders' can buy day passes for the nature reserve hides, or walk through the reeds for even more up-close wildlife encounters!
If you're coming to Norfolk to experience the natural world, seeing the seals in their natural habitat is a must. The best place to access the seal colonies by foot is from Cley beach, following the 4 mile-long (6.4km) shingle spit to the sand dunes of a magical place - Blakeney Point. This can be a challenging trudge across unforgiving shingle - but if you time your walk for when the tide is low, you will have access to firm sand for much of the way, making it possible to reach the Point in around 1 hr 20 minutes. The seal colony at Blakeney Point is made up of Common and Grey seals and in the Winter of 2014/15 became the biggest colony in England.
You could also choose the convenient option of going out to the point on one of the Seal Boats from Morston Quay – Choose from Temples, Beans, Bishops.
Starting from Cley, there is a great a network of paths, crossing over creeks and marshes that head towards the sea. The walk over the marshes is superb and you get fabulous views back towards Cley village and Windmill.
This network is linked with the Norfolk Coast Path, which runs 45 miles from Hunstanton to Cromer, with Cley being one of favourite stopovers for walking holidays along the beautiful North Norfolk coast - but for guests looking for local walks, there are plenty of shorter, circular routes starting in Cley and incorporating some lovely places to linger along the way. Popular routes are the Cley to Blakeney village walk (2.5 miles), the Cley to Salthouse route (3 miles) and the Cley to Wiveton walk via Glandford (4.7 miles). OS Maps available to borrow by request, and we are very happy to point out places to pause for refreshments along the way!
The splendid St Margaret’s Church of Cley was built in the 14th and 15th centuries. It is an ornate church of almost cathedral-like proportions - a reflection of the wealth of Cley in its time as a medieval port. It stands on an elevated site, offering breathtaking views across the Glaven Valley to Wiveton Church and Blakeney Church - both equally fine examples of medieval architecture, all within walking distance of each other. In the Middle Ages the valley between Cley and Wiveton was navigable water, used by coastal and foreign craft and bringing considerable wealth to the area.
A visit to Cley would be incomplete without a visit to see the iconic windmill, built c.1819. Standing five storeys tall, and twenty feet above ground, it is a well loved landmark, and one of the most photographed buildings of North Norfolk. It was a functioning mill until 1921, when it was converted to a holiday home, and it is now a guesthouse, wedding venue and cafe.This B&B has its own website: http://www.oldtownhallhouse.com
We offer our guests a special gourmet dining experience - Fridays, Wednesdays and Sundays.
Ask the owner, Jennie Walker a question...
Don't forget to mention Glaven Valley when calling.