Would you fancy B & B at an author`s home?
In Europe I am the leading author writing about dreams and symbols. If you have any dreams while you stay here we can talk about them.
I offer B & B in double and single rooms with bathroom en-suite or shared bathroom in a quiet area of Cley. A big en-suite family room sleeping four is also available. Children are welcome.
The main street of Cley, the Mill and the sea are all only a few minutes’ walk away. I have ample parking space for car and dinghy trailer if required.
For further details please write, phone or email
I serve continental or vegetarian breakfasts. And if you like you can try my home-baked bread.
Welcome to my cosy home. Would you like to have a look around?
This is the rear of my house. It is situated in the middle of my garden with apple trees, herb garden and roses. In the fifties this was the place where children climbed the apple trees and played with a donkey.
I have lived in Cley for more than 30 years now. I write my books here
enjoy my library
and rent out rooms.
Would you like to see the rooms?
Here they are:
This is an annexe to my house - the ideal family room.
It is private and self-contained. It comprises a very light and spacious bed-sitting room with king-size bed, a comfortable bunk bed sleeping two, and bathroom with W.C., shower, wash hand basin and a kitchenette and a private place in the garden.
Ample parking, even for a dinghy trailer.
GBP 35 p.p./night for 2, for a family with 2 children GBP 100/night; and for family of 3 GBP 85/night.
Also I rent out two other rooms – a double and a single. If you rent those rooms you have to share a big bathroom with me. While brushing your teeth you can have a great view of my garden.
This is my double room
GBP 30 p.p./ night
And this my single room
GBP 35 p.p./ night
In my kitchen guests have breakfast and lots of fun.
In the same house I offer private and self-contained accommodation, too. The accommodation comprises a very light and spacious bed sitting room with king-size bed and a comfortable bunk bed, bathroom with W.C., shower and wash handbasin and a private place in the garden.
I love my garden.
When you will come in late summer you must not leave without pockets & bags of apples. In summer we enjoy the fine scent of lavender and roses.
In the kitchen I like to use my own herbs
my home-baked bread is liked by my many of my guests (some leave with loaves of it).
The beach is easily reached. It is within walking distance. And what a walk that is! Through the salt marches on the coastal path. This is one of the biggest and oldest bird sanctuaries in Europe. Since the end of the 19th century Cley has been the "Mecca of Birdwatching”.
It is fascinating that between Cley beach and the North Pole there is only unbroken open sea.
Cley had a famous harbour up to the 17th century but then declined but trade did not end before 1914. The harbour became silted, and the old wharf was abandoned. The present bank was built in 1824 - and hastened the final end of Cley as a port.
After the fire of 1612 which reputedly destroyed much of the old part of the village. Cley was moved to the north, where it is now.
The main street of Cley (Coast Road) has not changed much since the late 19th century. It's not even five minutes walk from my house.
On the main street you find most amazing shops for a village this small. There is Picnic Fayre, the best delicatessen in East Anglia.
Made in Cley, a gallery and pottery selling high-class pottery and other works of art, www.madeincley.co.uk
and the Smoke House producing all sorts of fish from kippers and bloaters to salmon.
Not far from the Pottery you will find Whalebone House.
The front of Whalebone House shows an extraordinary combination of carved bones and natural and cut flints.
This is the George – a hotel and restaurant serving delicious meals. www.thegeorgehotelatcley.co.uk
I live in Church Lane. At the end of this quiet lane you find the imposing St. Margaret`s Church, the dimensions of which still remind you of the flourishing harbour.
The nave of St Margaret`s is so big because the wealthy merchants, who made a fortune from the wool trade, could afford to make it big - to impress their neighbours. The ruined transepts are an indication of the decline in prosperity.
The church was situated in the middle of the old village, just high enough to miss the worst floods. Don`t forget to have a look at the weathered tombstones in the church yard.
Even more famous than our church is Cley Mill. It`s the mill – the classic mill attracting all romantic projections. You find it on tea towels, mugs and hundreds of postcards.
You can visit it.
Below the mill there is a small harbour in which I moore Circe, my beloved boat.
At Blakeney Point there is one of Britain`s biggest breeding grounds for terns - living in harmony with about 500 common and grey seals. The vast sand beaches out here are loved by seals and people as well.
There is a ferry service to the seals - depending on the tides.
To walk to Blakeney Point (the end of a narrow tongue of land at the seas edge) is a great experience. You will enjoy the landscapes clear lines.
You will understand that some writers coined the phrase: "Cley is on the edge". And some describe how small they feel at Blakeney Point.
Common, sandwich, and arctic terns fish here by diving into the sea – the end of small fish, crab and mussels!
By choosing the right time such a walk is easy and fun and takes no longer than five hours to return (with some breaks).
What else is to say about Cley?
A novel about the life in Cley "The Rain on My Face" by Quentin Quatermain was published in summer 2004. It has hints of a famous Shakespearian play based on an ideal way of living. You find in detail how some of us live here, why we are living here and what the magic of Cley is. In this novel Cley is seen as the heart of "Merry England”. And when you have read it you know all the local gossip – well, fiction & truth...
Do you know who I am in this novel?
There were some famous novels before (all suspense – because it is so quiet here) where the story or parts of it was placed in Cley. The criminal story "The Murder in the Hide” was such a success that it was filmed by the BBC. Jack Higgins in "The Eagle has Landed” tells you the place where the agents of the Germans met – of course, five minutes’ walk from where I live (are you surprised? ☺)
Cley next the Sea has attracted so many creative people that it is sometimes called "Cambridge next the Sea”. Well, Cley has a lot of names. I remember one morning when the village signs were changed to "Cley ecstasy”.
Cley is the centre for an ideal holiday. Walkers, sailors, birders, anyone who likes to potter around with boats and those who like nature will love it. Also you find in and around Cley everything from exclusive restaurants to old pubs.