Review: Purely Polished, Burnham Market
Seeking relaxation in the chicest of settings? With its vintage glamour inspired decor and innovative treatment list, this bijoux beauty salon and spa in a famously pretty Norfolk village is the ideal place to zen out.
Purely Polished is tucked inside a pretty Georgian building in Burnham Market, a North Norfolk village that’s famed for its unspoilt beauty and fantastic independent shopping.
In fact, the salon is in the same business family as the village’s cool restaurant-with-rooms No.Twenty9, neighbouring artisan bakery No.Thirty3 and the fabulous doggy boutique Eric and Dolly’s – all Muddy favourites!
There’s no parking on site (standard for Burnham Market), but you can easily pull up nearby or in the Foundry Place car park a five-minute stroll away. With a village this picturesque, the walk’s no bother at all.
Old school glamour with some cheeky twists. There are black and white prints, chandeliers and lots of pink – but think chic, dusky tones, not Barbie. We especially love the punky use of neoclassical sculptures, and the classic quotes from style icons such as Coco Chanel on the walls.
With an airy open-plan reception and manicure space, plus one sizeable treatment room, this is a petite salon with an exclusive feel – it’ll immediately put you in the mood for a pre-drink pamper.
All treatments are overseen by the lovely expert aesthetician and therapist Alison, who can help you decide on the perfect spot of pampering to suit your mood and needs.
As well as the usual manicures and pedicures, using high-end brand Mii nails, Purely Polished offer a pleasingly quirky range of indulgent treatments – from a diamond facial to reiki sessions.
As I was feeling seriously stiff after basketball sessions (and lots of hunching over steering wheels and desks), Alison recommended a Bamboo Fusion Massage, one of Purely Polished’s range of “alternative” massages.
After taking clean bamboo poles in various shapes and sizes out of a special heated bag, Alison gave me a fabulous hour-long massage using both the poles and her hands in combination.
For the most part it felt just like a regular massage (blissful!), but the bamboo rollers seemed to unlock my knots much more deeply. In the places where I was particularly tense or sore it felt ultra intense – in a good way!
While bamboo massages are great for this kind of deep tissue work, Alison revealed that they can also help tackle anxiety or depression while making you feel more alert – plus, over the course of multiple treatments, they could help to break down fat cells.
Afterwards I wobble out the door feeling like a new, and much more relaxed, woman.
Out and about
While you could happily potter around Burnham Market all day it’s definitely worth venturing out, especially with the truly beautiful coastline at Burnham Overy Staithe just a ten minute drive away.
The Muddy verdict
Good for: Glamazons and zen-seekers looking for a private, intimate salon-spa – especially those who like slightly off-the-wall treatments. It’s also in a great location if you’re on holiday in the area, or just looking to make a day out of it.
Bad for: Big groups who need lots of space, or those who want their spas ultra minimal and high-tech.
£££: Treatments cost from £20 (no polish manicure) to £125 (diamond facial). A bamboo fusion massage costs £65.