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Cley Windmill :: Bed and Breakfast :: Self Catering :: Dining :: Weddings :: Private House Parties :: Holt :: Norfolk

Unique and stylish accommodation in Blakeney, Norfolk...

Some recent comments and / or feedback...

"We all had a lovely time here. The cottage is one of the nicest we have ever stayed in - very homely and comfortable." (The Lakin family)

"There's lots of love in this house. I can sense it on entering. Most comfortable. Enjoyed the log fires." (The Collicott family)

"We are a party of five adults and between us we have stayed in many cottages - UK and abroad. None of us has ever had such a homely, comfortable, welcoming, well functioning and attractively decorated place before." (March 2005)

"The Old Bakery has been lovely and spacious and well equipped. We have been very comfortable here and enjoyed the location. We will look forward to coming again." (The Day family)

"Beautifully clean and tidy cottage. We had a great time. The piano was an extra delight." (The Phillips family)

"Thankyou. We've had a wonderfully relaxing holiday in such a clean, tidy and well equipped house. Daniel would have spent all week playing with the cars and garage (not forgetting the huge fire-engine!) if we had let him. We hope to come back again." (The Giddins family)

"A lovely house. Everything of the very best for a top-hole holiday. Thanks so much." (The Kellett family)

"We have spent a delightful holiday in your superb cottage. Every convenience, and beautifully clean and inviting. Thankyou for putting in so much effort for our comfort. We shall certainly come again." (The Campbell family)

"A fantastic spot for a British summer holiday; enjoyable whatever the weather and it feels like a home from home. It is a real bonus to have the bird books to refer to after a sunset marsh walk, as well as the lovely grand piano for the wet days in this extremely well equipped house. I hope we too can come again!" (The Chester family)

"We had a lovely summer holiday. The cottage met our every need and the information you left was very useful. We could not think of a more convenient place to stay than The Old Bakery, and if possible we will certainly come again." (K Rowland -age 11)

"Had a wonderful and relaxing holiday. The cottage is so pretty and centrally placed - deceptively spacious and so well equipped - and we loved having the piano!" (The Meakin family)

"Thankyou. We very much enjoyed your lovely Blakeney house and after coming to Balkeney for over 30 years, we really appreciated that everything worked." (The Reynolds family)

"We have very much enjoyed staying in your spacious, uncluttered house. The children have enjoyed crab-fishing. We loved Holkham beach, the boat trip out to see the seals and the Three Swallows pub at Cley came up trumps." (The Shaw family)

"Thoroughly enjoyable stay - lots of places of interest to visit, and a well equipped kitchen made crab and lobster preparation a pleasure!" (The Madeley family)

"Another wonderful holiday in Blakeney - enjoyed by all. The Old Bakery has been very comfortable and well equipped - Thanks a million." (The Wilson family)

"Well, we all had a fabulous holiday. The Old Bakery is delightful and so spacious. It was warm and welcoming when we arrived and very well equipped. Our son loved all the toys. Blakeney is a very special place. We enjoyed every minute." (The Hartwell family)

"This is an idyllic retreat from the hurly burly of metropolitan life. We felt cosy and very much at home. The piano is a wonderful adjunct and the plentiful music stands came in handy, as did, in all probability for their sakes, the relative paucity of near neighbours. The new shower is a great boon, as is the broadband connection." (The Riley family)

"I love it here. We have been everywhere almost - except Africa- and here in Blakeney is the best - and the best in Blakeney is The Old Bakery!" (CR)

"We have stayed in many holiday cottages over the years, including in Blakeney, this has definitely been the best." (The Thompsons)


Some History

Some recollections of Phyllis Scott (granddaughter to the original baker, Charles Russell)

"My father, Charles Russell, was the youngest of 16 children .He himself had 5 children, one of whom was my mother - born in The Bakery in 1900.

The front room was the site of the bakery shop itself, and the back room was where the ovens were situated. The downstairs bedroom was the office.

My grandfather had the entire building, so that there was a door at the bottom of the stairs that led to the kitchen. Charles Russel passed The Bakery onto my aunt and uncle - Albert High. Albert High made all the cakes for the troops stationed in Stiffkey, Weybourne and Langham during the war. His brother Tim also had a bakery further down The High Street. Bread was delivered to six villages every day, the men not getting home until late at night.

I lived in The Bakery during World War 2. My bedroom is now the bathroom. Just inside the yard on the right is the well. I remember buckets of water being fetched all afternoon to make dough at night. Bakery Cottage was the wash house with a 'copper' and coal fire under it to do the washing.A lady came each Monday to do the washing.

The first garage, the one without a door, was the stable, and beyond that were the cart sheds.On the opposite side was the granary where all the flour was kept, and next to that, the cottage that now has a yellow front door, was the Barber's Shop!

Have a good holiday!"


Phyllis Scott

Cley Windmill - B&B, Self Catering, Dining, Weddings and Private House Parties in Holt, Norfolk...