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When staying in hotels, whether for business or pleasure, one always hopes for comfort and an element of luxury or indulgence. By choosing North Norfolk as a destination and staying in a Cley, Blakeney or Holt hotel visitors are already off to a good start as this area of the country is a stunning place to spend a trip.
So having chosen a perfect location, the next step is to make sure the hotel is just as appealing. Many hotels in Holt and nearby are set in villages or old Georgian towns amongst the gentle hustle and bustle of local everyday life. It is great staying in hotels with a story or history behind them. One such hotel is The George Hotel at Cley. The hotel dates back to 18th Century. It survived World War II bombing and the 1953 floods. In 1926 The George hosted the inaugural meeting of the Norfolk Wildlife Trust – or The Norfolk Naturalists Trust as it was called then – after their purchase of 407 acres of the nearby Cley Marshes for £5,160.
Short breaks in Norfolk can be filled with endless tourist attractions and sights to see. The stunning countryside and coast of North Norfolk has long been admired by ornithologists, artists and photographers.
Norfolk is home to the lovingly preserved North Norfolk railway. The coastal railway, also known as the Poppy Line because of the flowers that bloom along the track, operates both steam and historic diesel engines and connects the town of Sheringham to Weybourne and Holt. Further afield, there is the Bure valley railway with a steam train that tootles along the track and the restored mid-Norfolk railway also operates steam-hauled excursions.
The secret to enjoying a hotel is to indulge in all aspects on offer and make the most of the surrounding area. Hotels in Norfolk are perfect both for wildlife enthusiasts and for keen foodies as the area is thriving in nature and rich in delicious local produce.
For nature lovers North Norfolk is a perfect holiday destination. Many visitors to the area are attracted by the exceptional views and the stunningly expansive Norfolk Skies. Cley Marshes in particular tends to attract birdwatchers as North Norfolk is a very popular migration site. This coastal area is considered one of the best bird watching sites in the U.K., boasting a rich diversity of bird species, both native and migrants. Some of the common bird sightings in the area include barn owls, skylarks, Mediterranean Gulls, spoonbills, and many more. For those intrigued by nature but a novice when it comes to birdwatching, Norfolk is the ideal place to begin taking part in this peaceful activity.
A break in North Norfolk has a huge amount to offer nature-lovers all year round. Even in the winter months, the landscape of coast and countryside has a unique charm. Around the coast of Cley and Blakeney hotels can have views overlooking the reed beds and marshes and are an ideal place for ornithologists or wildlife enthusiasts to stay when visiting the area. Blakeney Point Nature Reserve is somewhere to view large flocks of lapwing, knot and starlings wheeling in intricate formations against the magnificent and expansive Norfolk skies.
While being well-known as a magnet for birdwatchers Blakeney Point is also home to the largest colony of grey seals in England, with more than 2000 pups being born there in 2014. Grey seal pups who have thick, white fur coats are born on land during autumn and early winter and feed on their mother’s milk for three weeks, by which time they have trebled in size.
Accommodation is a very important part of a trip away from home. North Norfolk is a beautiful place to stay and there are a great many reasons to visit this wonderful county. When looking for a hotel or bed and breakfast there are three main elements that contribute to a perfect stay – location, food and comfort.
A picturesque, storybook village is one description of an ideal location for an English countryside holiday. The town of Cley next the Sea on the North Norfolk Coast, with its windmill and brick and flint cottages fits well into this category. The George Hotel at Cley is one of the most welcoming and delightful hotels in the area. Thanks to the birdwatching and wildlife spotting opportunities, The George is also home to a hand written and illustrated ‘Bird Bible’ where guests can jot down their sightings.