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Very old character cottage with views over Cley marshes to the sea

Bedrooms 4
Space 150 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

The North Norfolk coast is outstandingly beautiful with many different holiday activities on offer - beaches, bird watching, sailing, golf, horse riding, walking and sight seeing (National Trust and private great houses, many beautiful churches, the shrine Walsingham , steam railway). Further afield are the unique Norfolk Broads and the city of Norwich.

Cley was once quite an important port (see the customs house and merchants houses and the magnificent church), but is now an attractive village with old cottages down little 'lokes'(passageways), cafes, restaurants (including Cley Windmill) and two pubs, the famous Cley Smokehouse (smoked fish) and a delicatessen which is a gastronome's delight but also sells basics like bread and milk. Cley marshes nature reserve is world renowned. The beach is a pebble beach with sand at low tide, and from the beach it is a good walk to Blakeney Point National Trust nature reserve with its seal colony.

The cottage is on the outskirts of Cley but a short walk to pub and restaurants and has uninterrupted views across Cley marshes bird reserve to the sea. The cottage is set back from the coast road on a dirt track with a grassed area between the track and the coast road for parking. The cottage has a garden, which is enclosed and south facing and filled with scented plants and herbs with an artificial grass play area and a raised, paved terrace with views to the sea.

Originally 2 fishermens' cottages of traditional brick and flint construction, the house is very old with exposed beams, some low ceilings and doorways and 2 'winder' staircases which are steep and with some steps narrow at one end. The cottage has recently been renovated. There are 2 shower rooms (no bath) both with toilets (one upstairs and one downstairs). There is a large double bedroom, with a doorway to a bedroom with a bunk bed, and this bunk bedroom bedroom is also accessed by the second staircase so that the master bedroom is not a corridor. The other 2 bedrooms are best regarded as a family suite as it is necessary to go through the bedroom with 2 ft 6 ins bunk bed to access the small front double bedroom.

From the small porch, there is a door to a single reception room with a dining area (seats 8) and a sitting area centred on a woodburning stove. There is a 32 inch TV, DVD player, CD player, wifi. From the sitting area , a door leads to the small but well equipped kitchen (kettle, toaster, cooker, microwave, 2 undercounter fridges, tabletop freezer, dishwasher, washer dryer). A stable door opens from the kitchen to a short passageway leading to a paved outdoor eating are and the garden. From the dining area, a door leads into a quiet room/ study with a small desk and easy chairs.

All the rooms apart from the shower rooms overlook the marshes.

NOTE: The stairs are difficult and for safety reasons I do not accept children under 5 years of age, except babes in arms.

Low ceilings and doorways and slightly sloping floors

The rooms may look large on the photos, but they are not!

The cottage is terraced



4 slice toaster. Kettle. Electric cooker. 2 under counter fridges (one with icebox) . Tabletop freezer. 8 place dishwasher. Washer-dryer

Washing up liquid, cloths and scourers. Tea towels

Reception room

32" TV FreeSat box with recorder. CD player. Surge protector with USB charging points. Books, playing cards and some games.

From October to end of March an initial bag of logs and kindling for the woodburner is supplied

Master bedroom:

Hairdryer. Cleaning equipment is in the large fitted wardrobe in the master bedroom.


Check in from 16.00 (4.00pm)

Check out by 10.00 am

More Details

Member since: 2017
Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
3 May, 2018

About The Owner

My children are all in their 30s now, but when they were young we spent all our holidays in Cley - cycling, walking, building dens on the marsh, sailing, crabbing and playing card games (no TV or internet then!) when it rained. Then the cottage was rather ramshackle but they and their friends still regard it as an idyllic childhood.

The cottage has been renovated since then, but remains simple in style and suited to guests who enjoy simple seaside /rural holidays.

The Owner purchased this cottage in 1988

Why The Owner chose Cley next the Sea

If you like old cottages with character then Beach cottage fits the bill, and as it was originally two cottages has more space (although the rooms are small) and, in contrast to many cottages in North Norfolk coastal villages has the benefit of a garden and parking.

The 18" thick walls mean that it is cool in summer and, once heated up, warm in winter.

It is exceptionally convenient for birdwatchers .


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Cley next the Sea in Cley Next the Sea

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 150 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Max. adults: 8
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Please mind that this property is not suitable for children under the age of 5. Dangerous stairs.
  • Please mind that this property is only available for not more than 8 travelers.
Location Type:
  • Ocean View
  • village
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , 100cm shower
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , 90cm shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 1 - 2 Child Bed , Bunk bed 2' 6"
    Bedroom 1 - 2 Single Bed , Bunk bed 3'
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Garden ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • sailing
  • swimming


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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Nearest Barpub
250 Metres
The George pub
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Nearest Train
5 Miles
Nearest Beach
0.3 Miles
Car: recommended

Unspoilt rural coast, best known to birdwatchers

Village. Nearest banks and supermarket in Holt 3 miles away. Cley village has a shop (delicatessen) for basics.

3 miles away

Coast hopper bus stop right by the cottage

Info folder in cottage


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £90
Damage Deposit £100

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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