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Cley Mill, Cley-next-the-Sea 

England NR25 7RP
Tel: 44 1263 740 209
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This 18th-century windmill, standing just outside the flint town of Cley next the Sea (pronounced "Kly," and actually about a mile away from the sea), is one of the most recognizable structures on the North Norfolk coast. Inside, there's a charming, traditional dining room (nonguests can reserve for dinner) and an almost circular lounge crammed with grain-colored sofas, Windsor chairs, and black-stained oak beams: the very definition of cozy. The English country signifiers—more oak beams and Windsor chairs, plus wainscoting and whitewashed walls—continue upstairs in the six sweet rooms, which have names like Wheat Chamber and Barley Bin, reflecting their former grain-processing lives. Enormous families can rent out the entire place, including two cottages converted from the former stables and boathouse. In summer, the gardens and views over the marshes to Blakeney Harbor come into their own. This place is always booked solid, by families and romantically minded couples alike, so think ahead.

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