5th Jun 2021 - 15th Jul 2021
Probably the best !
Probably the best self-catering we have ever stayed in for 45 years. The Windmill itself is absolutely delightful and a wonderful experience to stay there. This is matched by the quality of the property and what is provided, with so many really thoughtful touches, by the owners. They could not have been more helpful, both before the Corona virus got going and afterwards. It is scrupulously clean - and this was before the virus. We highly recommend staying there - for the Windmill itself, for the owners and for its position which makes it easy to get to so many great places/beaches/walks.
Katharine C - March 2020
The stylish self-catering accommodation at The Aylsham Windmill in North Norfolk is on four floors. The stairs are the 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 Gaunt 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.
|Per Night||Per Week||From||To|
|From £102||From £675||Sat 5th June 2021||Thu 15th July 2021|
|From £160||From £1120||Thu 22nd July 2021||Thu 2nd September 2021|
|From £160||From £1120||Tue 27th July 2021||Thu 2nd September 2021|
|From £102||From £675||Fri 3rd September 2021||Thu 21st October 2021|
|From £102||From £675||Fri 3rd September 2021||Fri 15th October 2021|
|From £115||From £760||Wed 20th October 2021||Sun 31st October 2021|
|From £80||From £532||Sat 30th October 2021||Wed 22nd December 2021|
|From £80||From £532||Mon 1st November 2021||Wed 22nd December 2021|
|From £89||From £500||Mon 31st October 2022||Tue 20th December 2022|
Unusual and well equipped
March 3rd 2019
We really enjoyed our stay at The Old Windmill. Aside from the unusual nature of the accommodation, this was probably the best equipped self-catering accommodation we have stayed in. The owners seem to have thought of everything. Our two daughters really enjoyed staying in the windmill, so much so, that the youngest kept asking when we were going back to our accommodation when we were out for the day. I have already recommended the windmill to others and it is located in a really interesting part of the country. 5/5
Lovely, characterful accom.
February 20th 2019
The windmill at Aylsham is truly a wonderful place to stay. Very friendly and helpful owners. The town has lots of amenities and was only a 10-15 minute walk away. We had a day out in Cromer and some amazing fish and chips at No. 1 Cromer and we were lucky that the local narrow gauge railway was having a half term event. The Teddy Express was marvellous and our 2 and a half year old son loved it too. All in all unusual, quirky accommodation that is well presented and a great location.
January 27th 2019
What a fabulously quirky holiday accommodation. Very homely and would highly recommend a stay here.
A great property
December 27th 2017
A great property! Our stay at Aylsham Windmill has exceeded our expectations. The property is better than what's apparent from the photographs and Tim and Janet are wonderful hosts and always available for last minute requests. I would thoroughly recommend it!
November 27th 2017
Brilliant stay Review Loved staying in The Windmill a nice change from a cottage. Great location near to town centre so walking was not a problem and lovely food at The Black Boys pub there. Appreciated our welcome pack of essentials with added sweets and wine. Enjoyed looking for the creatures kept us busy for quite some time, however we didn't find them all. Owners Janet and Tim very helpful would definitely recommend to family and friends and hope to return in the near future. 5 ⁄ 5
The best self catering experience ever!
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
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
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
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)