Once a working flour mill for over 100 years, Aylsham Windmill now offers luxurious family-friendly self-catering holidays (with Wi-Fi) for 2-6 guests in Aylsham, a picturesque rural market town in Norfolk midway between Norwich and the coast at Cromer.
- Sleeps 6
- Bedrooms 3
- Bathrooms 2
The stylish self-catering accommodation at The Aylsham Windmill is on four floors. The stairs are normal domestic size, and follow the curve of the external wall.
On the first floor is a fully equipped fitted kitchen and lounge (with folding dining table). With three settees.
Next floor up there is a double bedroom and a twin, sharing an en-suite shower room. Above is another double (king) bedroom with en-suite bathroom.
There is also a utility room (ground floor) with washing machine and tumble dryer, and a fridge freezer, useful for larger parties. Also on the ground floor is the cloakroom.
There is a private walled patio garden with furniture and gas barbeque.
The mill is situated on the outskirts of the historic market town of Aylsham. The town is the centre of a rural community of scattered farms and villages. Only 10 miles from the city of Norwich, Wroxham and the Broads, and the coast at Cromer, it is the ideal base from which to explore North Norfolk, Broadland and the miles of beautiful sandy beaches.
Bure Valley steam railway station is in Aylsham, and provides a 9 mile trip to Wroxham on the 15-inch gauge track. Aylsham is an ideal base for cycling, with plenty of quiet lanes and cycle trails to navigate. The mill is 100 yards from Marriott?s Way cycle trail. Weavers Way is also close as it passes by Aylsham.
The National Trust?s historic Blickling Hall is 5 minutes by car or a very pleasant 45 min walk. Another National Trust property, Felbrigg Hall, is between Aylsham and Cromer, about 10 minutes by car.
Aylsham is about 40 minutes drive from the North Norfolk coast, where you can visit such gems as Blakeney, Wells-Next-The-Sea, Moreston, and of course the lovely beaches such as those at Stiffkey and Holkham.
Aylsham itself dates back to prehistoric times. As a market town it is named Aegel's Ham in the doomsday book. The Manor of Aylsham was gifted to John of Guant in 1372 by his nephew Richard II.
Now Aylsham is a proud member of the Cittaslow 'slow food ' movement, started in Italy. There is a fortnightly farmers' market and a good selection of food shops selling local produce.
The best self catering experience ever! by Gill L on September 12th 2016
Well, I just have to say that this is the very best self catering accommodation we have ever rented. Tim and Janet, you are far too modest in your achievements as to what you have created. The windmill is beautiful inside and out. It is amazingly well equipped and I could not find a single thing I missed from home. Chris and I both came away thinking we wanted to live there forever. Thank you for your wonderful kindness and allowing us to stay at your amazing accommodation. Thank you also for the amazing welcome gifts .... It seemed so apt to open the bottle of bubbles upon arrival that you had put in the fridge for us! Only problem? We will find it hard for the future to find accommodation to match the perfect standards you have set! BTW, loved the Danielle mirrors .... First thing I did on returning was to try and buy one. A fantastic stay in your windmill! 5/5
Fantastic Windmill Experience by John B (Upfront Rewievs) on August 20th 2016
I've always wanted to live in a windmill or a lighthouse since I was a little kid and I found this place whilst deciding where to take the family this summer. Staying in England for a holiday is always a gamble but it all paid off for us here. This windmill has been beautifully converted and we found it very comfortable for the 6 of us. The hosts Tim and Janet were extremely friendly and helpful and left us a very nice welcome pack on arrival, even some bubbly to celebrate. They had placed little toy animals in all the nooks and crannies of the windmill and we had fun finding them all. Aylsham itself is a lovely little town also and we were well placed both for a short walk to the shops and also to drive to on e of many amazing sandy beaches. All in all a fantastic holiday in an amazing windmill. A marvellous experience, thoroughly recommended!
Our Week At the Old Windmill in Alysham by Darren M (Upront Reviews) on August 13th 2016
Fantastic experience in staying at this converted Windmill in Norfolk. We were looking for something a little different and it delivered, it's the kind of place you see on telly presented by George Clarke or Kevin McLeod and was spot on. The place was full of character, steeped in history, very quiet/private and an excellent location for reaching places we'd targeted for days out. The weather held good and that was the cherry on the top.5/5
Great time at the Windmill by Ali (Upfront Reviews) on July 30th 2016
The windmill had everything we needed for our self catering holiday in Norfolk. Nothing was too much trouble for the owners. Would recommend the windmill to anyone looking for a relaxing comfortable holiday with family and friends. (4.7/5)