Rick Wakeman and Rachel Wakeman said: ‘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.’
Ian and I have just come back from our honeymoon and just wanted to take the time to send you a really big thank you for looking after us all so well during our weekend with you earlier this month. Everyone at the windmill made us feel so welcome and really made our dream wedding a reality. We can't express over email just how happy we were with everything, it was just perfect. The windmill is a perfect location but it is really made special by the people. The food was amazing too, just as we like it! All of our family and friends had nothing but lovely comments about the weekend. Also, the run up to the weekend was fantastic, you made us feel really comfortable about everything and nothing felt like too much trouble. We felt as though we were in safe hands. If you ever wanted any kind of testimonial for any reason we would be more than happy to send anything through to you (or feel free to use anything in this email!). We were also really pleased with Rita at passion of flowers, who we only used based on your recommendation, so thank you again. Brian Egan was our photographer and we have just received the link of the images he took that afternoon and they are wonderful. What was also great about Brian was how comfortable he made everyone feel too. We know he is based in Cley and becasue of that he was happy to charge us for only a couple of hours of his time, something many other photographers were not open to. If you have anyone looking for a similar limited coverage, or anything else, he really is a great recommendation. Thanks again, and hopefully we'll see you again in the not too distant future. Kind regards, Ellie and Ian
I can't begin to tell you what an amazing time we all had last weekend at what must be one of the most magical, accommodating and friendly destinations we have ever stayed at. The feedback we have had from everyone was without doubt a great tribute to you all and we were thrilled with everything you provided us with over the weekend. From the booking of the Windmill last October, to the organising of menus and rooms and the resulting weekend away, your attention to detail was second to none. On our arrival, Simon greeted us all personally, showing everyone to their fabulous rooms and making us all very welcome. The lounge made a great focal point for our get-togethers and was witness to much singing, games and revelry. The meals both at breakfast and in the evening were truly wonderful and the staff were a credit to you. The girls who looked after us in the evenings were really lovely and friendly and helped make the weekend the special occasion it was. The only problem now is that I am under pressure from everyone to do it all again. So be warned, we may be back. So a great big thank you to you all for allowing us to relax and enjoy the beauty of Cley Windmill. With kind regards. Jill and Willis 30/11/10
Many thanks for organising this splendid event (Birdwatching Event). It was absolutely first class and I hope you will repeat it - perhaps in the spring to see the return of the summer visitors. Andy could no doubt advise on the best time. Every aspect was extremely well done: the ambience of the mill and its location, the catering, the speakers, the excursions, the size of the group and its composition (in part this was a happy accident; although in my experience a group assembled to indulge a common avocation is usually compatible). Our only reservation - which is intended constructively - concerns the facilities in the Barley Bin. It is a lovely room but it only offers a bath. Although a bath is a traditional English ablution it is not to everyone's taste - my wife abhors the notion. The shower head could at most only be used to rinse the hair. I realise that you don't want to do violence to the structure, but a proper shower could be put over the bath with provision for a shower curtain on all sides. This is quite easy to arrange with a little ingenuity. A hand basin with a mixer tap would also be a great improvement, providing warm running water for those with sensitive teeth. Once again, congratulations on a successful and enjoyable event. Best wishes. Timothy 29/11/10
Hi, Tina and I wanted to thank you and all the staff for our recent wedding and stay at Cley Windmill. From the time of arriving, up until leaving, you and your staff made us feel totally comfortable and welcome. The location to get married was better than we could have ever imagined, the accommodation was fantastic and the food was absolutely out of this world. Our wedding day was just perfect and there is nothing we would have changed. Please pass on our thanks to the rest of the staff for making our visit a time we will never forget. We will absolutely be returning. Max & Tina. 18/11/10
Dear Charlotte & Simon – a big 'Thank You' to you and your staff for the welcome you gave us for our stay ...also for the generosity you showed for our Golden Wedding Celebrations. The night in the windmill, the wonderful food and the lovely people we met all made the occasions one we will never forget. Thank you to you all. John & Shirley. 15/11/10
To all the staff at Cley Windmill
You gave us perfect service, perfect food in a perfect location. We had a wonderful time. Thank you very much. Everyone was great - top to bottom. The chef couldn't do enough for us, the room was immaculate, the waitress service was some of the best I have experienced - couldn't do enough for us. The lovely ladies in the shop and office who welcomed us (and at the end took our money!) were so caring and warm. 07/09/10
Everyone was great from top to bottom: the chef couldn’t do enough for us; the room was immaculate; the waitress service was some of the best I have ever experienced – couldn’t do enough for us; the lovely ladies in the shop who welcomed us were so caring and warm; you gave us perfect service, perfect food, in a perfect location. We had a wonderful time. Ivor and Belinda 3-5th Sept 2010
I felt that I must write to you to let you know what a superb time we had at our daughter's wedding last Saturday. The whole occasion was handled so well by all those from Cley Windmill. We really appreciated all the small touches and the huge flexibility that everyone provided. The way that everyone picked up on the tone and ambiance and used their instincts to ensure success was of the highest quality and contributed in no small measure to a very special day. Cley Windmill is not just a wonderful building, the people make it a very special venue.
Please pass on our heartfelt thanks to all involved.
Andy Lane 29/6/10
Hi Charlotte and co
Just a quick email to say that 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. Your staff are very, very nice. All in all, aside from the sun not being around, but that was partially my fault, our very special day was one we will always tell tales of and hold fond memories close.
We will be back x
Karen & Ian Wilton 21/1/10
On hearing that Cley Windmill was runner-up in the 'Best Hotel or Inn' award organised by Alistair Sawday, we received this lovely email from Lisa Chadwick. "Congratulations on the runner-up award. Is the place that won in 'paradise'??????!!!!! It must be to be any better than Cley Windmill!!!! Thanks. Lisa!"
There is little to improve... maybe moving Norfolk a little closer to us??
Staying at the Mill was like being at home, but someone else was also looking after you!
Bird watchers nationwide know Cley Windmill as a landmark. Our ambition was to stay in the mill and we jumped at the opportunity when it arose. Since then we've been once or twice a year and LOVE IT! Sheer luxury in romantic, natural surroundings - the sound of the wind through the reeds and geese flying over; the smell of bacon and the taste of good local produce; a warm room full of character; a comfortable bed; friendly, helpful staff... What more could one wish for? (Penny and Harry Savill)
I wanted a unique place to propose to my girlfriend. A fantastic experience - would recommend to anyone looking for a unique place to stay (Mr Donaldson)
I love the fact that the mill just gently evolves, keeping its essence intact, it is one of the most romantic, cosy and unique places in the whole wide world. WE love it here. The food and service is amazing. THANK YOU!
In a weekend of extreme winter weather - the windmill was a warm, welcoming sanctuary.
Everytime we rounded the corner of the drive, the sight of the windmill took our breath away. Will definitely be back with the kids.
DON'T CHANGE ANYTHING
Perfect retreat. Should come on prescription.
Can't think of anything that would have made my short stay any better other than more time. I stayed for 2 days but wish it had been at least a week. (Mr B Modermott)
A fantastic experience to stay at the top of a windmill - well worth the climb. (Claire Paratt)
WE have returned for the 3rd time and it is still as enchanting and delightful as the first (Mr and Mrs Alloway)
Would I come again ? - TRY STOPPING ME!!! (Mike Robinson)
The food was cooked to perfection.
A wonderful, relaxing home from home but with someone to cook, clean and tidy! I wore my slippers to brekkie and dinner! NOTHING was too much trouble.
How can you improve on perfection! (but.. can you do anything about my husbands snoring??!!) We are always impressed with how wonderful the staff are - this year they have excelled. (Lisa and Hugh)
A truly unique experience with warm hospitality. (Kevin Slater)
Cley Windmill is the perfect place for a wedding, stunning location, windmill beautiful, food was excellent, staff very friendly and helpful - we had a wonderful day and night. (Mr Russell and Miss Gray, Stockton-on-Tees)
I am writing with regards to the night my partner and I spent in the Wheel Room of the windmill on Friday the 13th. We both wanted to say thank you so much for such a wonderful evening – everything from the accommodation and dining to the warm welcome we received was fantastic and we are very grateful to you and the rest of your staff for such a wonderful stay. Our expectations of the windmill itself were exceeded in every way and we could not have wished for a better night away. Our sincerest thanks again and we look forward to seeing you again in the near future!
Guests are encouraged to treat the place like home - lighting the fire in the sitting room for example. After dinner coffee was served in the sitting room and the atmosphere was lovely, everyone talking to each other. Breakfast was the same - when guests came along, everyone said good morning and chatted. Dinner was excellent. Staying at the windmill was like being at home but with someone else looking after you!
It's a stunning Norfolk landmark, breathtaking scenery and wonderful homely ambience. Don't change anything.... we love the fact that the Mill just gently evolves, keeping its essence intact. It is one of the most romantic, cosy and unique places in the whole wide world, we love it here! The food and service are amazing. Thank you! Would we come again? Yes, Yes, Yes!
We just wanted to let you and all the staff know what a fantastic wedding we had on Monday 27th October. Everything was perfect and you were all so kind and helpful. Although we were more nervous than we had anticipated it was such a relaxing atmosphere - like home but a more stunning setting and no clearing up to do!
My daughter's wedding, without any doubt; it was the ideal venue in an ideal location, nothing was too much trouble and it appeared as though we were left to enjoy the 3 day stay as though it was our own home. A magical venue for a very special event. Thanks to all the staff at Cley Windmill.
Such a wonderful peaceful place in superb surroundings.
Our stay has been perfect and couldn't have enjoyed it more.
Don't change anything.
All wonderful and we'll be back Please don't change a thing.
The windmill staff were delightful and charming.
Lovely, friendly, warm atmosphere at all times. We felt very welcome here.
The general atmosphere is great, relaxed.
Wonderful dinner. Superb standard - original and delicious.
Thank you for making our son's wedding so enjoyable, an ideal setting for a wedding.
A cosy refuge... Friendly staff... Loved the fire in the evening.
Everything was perfect.
Leave it as it is!
Most enjoyable and relaxing. V comfortable bed.
I saw the barn owl!
It's wonderful, a special place and such friendly excellent staff.
This is a very special place and we loved it.
A splendid place to stay.
Dinner was amazing - best I've had in months.