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.
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.
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.
“The allure of Norfolk can be tempting to any prospective visitor; the stunning coastline, the historic attractions and sites, and all those fun events taking place throughout the county – perfect for anyone seeking to enjoy a short break. North Norfolk is the perfect place to enjoy all that Norfolk has to offer with pretty seaside villages and charming towns like Sheringham and Hunstanton.
There’s no better place to base yourself during your stay in the area than around Holt. A picturesque market town, it also happens to be where the North Norfolk Railway begins and ends. Staying at a hotel close to Holt provides you with easy access to many of the area’s lovely sights and top attractions; however, you’ll need to select the right accommodation that’s perfect for you.”
Birdwatching can be done any time throughout the year in Norfolk, there’s always something to spot however there are key times of the year that make the birdwatching experience that much more special. Birders who are looking to expand their sightings of certain species are encouraged to research when best to visit to ensure optimum sightings. Successful and experienced birdwatchers will know what to spot when.
For its part, the area of Norfolk in East England is a birdwatcher’s haven all year round. No matter what season, you can find some interesting and unique species of birds here; often more than 100 species in any given day if you know what you are looking for which is really quite remarkable. Having some basic bird know-how will help you recognise the best time of the year or day to watch which.