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.
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.
“Cley-Next-The-Sea is a timeless North Norfolk seaside brick and flint village with a traditional red telephone box and storybook streets. The George Hotel at Cley dates back to 18th Century. The building has 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.
Its subsequent planning and operation has become the blueprint for all forms of nature conservation across the UK.
Over the years more and more people are spending short breaks in Norfolk, and Cley marshes has become increasingly popular with bird watchers, wildlife photographers and nature lovers. Ever watchful of the delicate balance between nature and human activity, in 2007 the Trust opened its visitor centre. The centre is eco-friendly and has a shop, viewing areas and cafe.
The Cley Marshes in North Norfolk is a 400-acre expanse filled with breath-taking sights, beautiful species of wildlife and endless opportunities for fun for the whole family. There’s the fresh breeze coming from the sea across the Cley Marshes which are ablaze in the sun and a picture-perfect peaceful spot. Exploring the Cley Marshes might just be what you need to unwind, so book your stay at an excellent place like The George Hotel at Cley, and enjoy a few other activities beyond the scenery.
Watch Birds All Year Round
Cley Marshes was purchased by the Norfolk Wildlife Trust in 1962 for the sole purpose of turning the place into a bird breeding sanctuary. Today, it is known as one of the best spots for bird watching in all of Norfolk and beyond.
When you think of spending a short break in Norfolk, what comes to mind? Perhaps you think of Blakeney’s incredible wildlife reserves, the internationally renowned Cley Marshes and staying in one of Norfolk’s hotels overlooking the long stretch of North Norfolk’s coastal path. Indeed, Norfolk is highly visited for its idyllic, natural landscape and stunning seaside views but its pretty brick and flint villages are just as amazing and perfect for exploring and mooching around.
Sightings of these two rare birds attracted over a thousand people, as most of them haven’t seen these species up close. Aside from citril finches and Moltoni’s warblers, Norfolk has also played host to a flock of dotterills, further proof that the county is the destination of choice for a top birdwatching experience.
With the long summer holidays almost upon us, where better to plan a short break than in Norfolk to have an up-close and personal encounter with various species of birds. You don’t need to worry about accommodation, for hotels like the George Hotel at Cley can happily provide you with the perfect place to stay.
Head to Norfolk within the East of England for the perfect short break destination staying in North Norfolk’s Cley-next-the-Sea, a pretty village on the edge of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty known for its birdwatching and top nature reserves. The pretty village boasts some impressive architecture including Georgian or Flemish designs. Here you’ll find heritage buildings that each tale a story of Cley’s important past. In Cley’s narrow and winding streets, visitors will find a popular hotel near Holt, a large church, and an old windmill among others.
The village centre itself has an interesting mix of shops to explore, these include the Picnic Fayre Delicatessen and Cley Smokehouse. The village also comprises some wonderful art galleries, such as Made in Cley which showcase the work for several local artisans ranging from pottery, jewellery, prints, and sculpture.