Venues Cley Windmill
Cley Windmill
  • Licensed for civil ceremony
  • Beautiful walled garden
  • Quaint marquee option available
  • A range of packages to choose from
  • Inviting on-site accommodation
  • Spectacular balcony for photographs
  • A historical backdrop
  • Scrumptious dining options on offer

Just on the edge of the Norfolk coast is the village of Cley-next-the-Sea, where Cley Windmill stands tall. It provides a truly stunning backdrop for any wedding, with its startling red-brick walls matching the red roofs of the houses around it.

There is a balcony perfect for photographs, and a walled garden ideal for drinks and canapes, or even a marquee wedding. Situated just a five minute drive away from the shingle beach, it's an idyllic venue for couples looking to have an alternative setting for their marriage.

History

Cley Windmill has a rich backstory that will give your wedding a historical atmosphere.

The windmill itself dates from the early 18th century. It stopped operating as a windmill in 1921 when the Blount family took over and converted it into accommodation. Since then, it has gathered significance and celebrity interest - among others, Elizabeth Taylor stayed and filmed there, and musician Rick Wakeman was married there.

If you join their ranks, your wedding can't fail to be a truly stand-out occasion.

Facilities

Cley Windmill has a series of rooms, and a beautiful garden on the tip of the marshes, that would suit an intimate wedding.

The Sitting Room

This circular room is ideal for a tranquil ceremony. The wedding day atmosphere is heightened by the tall windows, natural light and antique furniture. For colder winter weddings, a roaring fire is available to keep your guests nice and toasty while you say 'I do'.

Civil ceremony capacity - 20 guests

The Marquee

If you'd rather have a bigger wedding, then you are welcome to install a marquee just outside the windmill. This allows your guests to spill out into the garden behind, and enjoy the sun while you say your vows.

Civil ceremony capacity - 44 guests

The Windmill Dining Room

The beamed dining room, originally built in 1713, is a wonderful space for a small wedding breakfast, and if you stay the night they can also provide a delicious dinner.

Wedding breakfast capacity - 24 guests

Packages

Cley Windmill offers a range of different packages depending on when and what you wish to hire.

Ceremony only hire - This includes use of their wedding licence, garden, grounds and communal rooms for three hours.

Weekend wedding hire - This offers exclusive hire of all of the above from Friday to Sunday, as well as breakfast and accommodation for 20.

Leisurely weekend wedding hire - This also includes all of the above, as well as a late breakfast on the Sunday.

Midweek wedding 1 or 2 night hire - This option allows you to hire two bedrooms, includes breakfast, accommodation for 20 and exclusive use of their wedding licence.

Leisurely midweek 2 night wedding hire - This includes all of the above, but offers a late breakfast on the day of checkout.

Catering

Cley Windmill has talented chefs that, depending on the time of year, can arrange tasty canapés or an afternoon Norfolk cream tea for your reception.

They are also happy to create a wedding breakfast from their scrumptious suggested menus. These come with a range of delicious main courses, for example their roasted strip-loin of local beef, or pan roasted loin of cod.

Accommodation

If you chose to stay the night at Cley Windmill, you will be treated to a uniquely designed room. The B&B rooms accommodate 16, and the self-catering cottage another four.

The beautiful Dovecote room is ideal for the bridal party to get ready in, or equally for the newlyweds to spend their evening.

If you think this venue is the one for you, then click on the buttons to the side or below this listing and find out more.

Address
Cley Windmill
Cley-next-the-Sea
Holt
Norfolk
NR25 7RP

Reviews

  • A Happy Bride

    Cley Windmill is a truly magical place for a wedding. We would highly recommend it to anyone who seeks something different, intimate, homely and unique. The wonderful atmosphere of the windmill is enhanced by everyone involved.

  • Rachel and Rick Wakeman

    We were unbelievably happy with our day yesterday, it was perfect and totally surpassed our expectations.
    The Wedding itself was just as we wanted, intimate and friendly, perfect. Refreshments were lovely. Windmill itself FABULOUS. Evening also Fabulous. And thank you so much to Simon the chef for spoiling me on my special day, it was so good of him to humour me and the meal was gorgeous.

  • Stella Carroll

    Just spent the weekend at the Windmill for my sisters wedding It was spectacular. Can't say enough about the gorgeous room, the attentive staff, delicious food and the stunning views. We will definitely make a return trip next time we are in the UK.

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