Ladies you don't need to leave Norfolk to find a five star spa experience. Congham Hall is one of my favourite luxury spa hotels - oozing both style and sophistication!
This multi award winning hotel is based just outside Kings Lynn in West Norfolk, (the most accessible side of the county for those visiting the area) and is a great base from which to explore the North Norfolk coastline.
Surrounded by mature trees, gardens and 30 acres of beautiful countryside, this privately owned 26 bed Georgian manor house is a real haven for relaxation.
The hotel perfectly balances stately decadence with an intimate homely atmosphere. The reception desk is cute and unassuming, creating a family rather than corporate feel to the place.
The open plan foyer is flooded with natural light from the floor to ceiling glass doors at both ends of the room. It’s a lovely airy space to relax, with a large fireplace, flagstone floor, sofas and lots of fresh flowers.
There are two lounge areas both with a classic country decor, very much in keeping with the Georgian surrounds. I will stress however, these are rooms for calm chatter, perhaps a little quiet reading or a sophisticated Afternoon Tea.
The smaller of the lounges is an ideal place to collapse after exploring the gardens. In the colder months, I could imagine getting lost in a good book or catching up with friends over a bottle of wine in front of a roaring fire.
Children are welcome at the hotel and this space would be perfect for some after dinner board games or dare I say it – plug them into a device while mum and dad have a little nightcap.
The bar is bijou and has a nice buzzy vibe, perfect for pre and post dinner drinks. If you’re a large group or looking for lively entertainment, I’d start here with a cocktail before heading into Kings Lynn. There’s a great selection of local gins on offer and a certain top shelf bottle of Hennessey Paradis caught Mr O’s eye and wallet.
THE SCOFF & QUOFF
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served in the large conservatory room which is light and airy with great views across the terrace and gardens. At night the subdued lighting and beautifully dressed tables create the perfect ambience for a romantic date night.
The restaurant has 2 AA rosettes and their philosophy for taste and simplicity was clear to see. Too much choice can be a little off putting and this menu was perfectly portioned with a choice of six starters, main courses and desserts.
Like all good restaurants the majority of the produce is sourced locally and I liked the fact that the hotel’s kitchen garden provides many of the fresh vegetables, salad and herbs.
I started with Asparagus, Serrano ham, Regato cheese and capers while Mr O opted for the Salmon pate, toasted ficelle, cucumber and micro herbs. Both beautifully presented and a great mix of flavours.
For main we had the Grilled fillet of Sea Trout with pea puree, asparagus, samphire, pink fir potato and wilted greens. Light, delicate and perfectly cooked.
I must have been a little off colour as I couldn’t manage a dessert. However, Mr O took one for the team and couldn’t resist the extensive cheese board with a nice glass of red.
If you’re looking for a little private dining, The Writing Room is rather plush and is available for exclusive hire.
The hotel has 26 individual bedrooms split between the main house and the spa garden area. They range from Standard, Good, Better and Best. There are two suites available and some interconnecting rooms for families. It’s a rare thing these days and as a mum of three, something I really rate when looking for a family friendly hotel.
Quick Muddy check list; comfy bed, Eygptian cotton linen, cosy dressing gowns and slippers, wifi, flat screen tv, coffee machine, cookies and fresh milk, bottled water and nice toiletries (elemental herbology) – tick, tick, TICK!
I loved our modern room, the block colours and rich sumptuous furnishings contrasted fabulously with the period features. Mr O boldly stated that it might be his favourite room to date, which I can understand as the feel was masculine with feminine touches with the beautiful floral drapes and touchy feely cushions. I’m a sucker for a secret cubbie and the headboard/wardrobe is a brilliant space saving design feature. I’ve logged this and the free standing yellow bath tub for future home renovations!
The garden rooms have a more classic feel and are perfect in the summer as they have their own terrace with patio furniture. Plus they are disability and dog friendly.
What lies behind this cute little barn conversion is a state-of-the-art spa and quite frankly a little slice of Muddy heaven.
You could easily spend a day floating between the gorgeous spa pool with water jets, out door hot tub, sauna, steam room and bio-sauna and foot baths. I actually lost 20 minutes in the rain forest shower – a complete sensory experience.
The changing rooms were a little claustrophobic, so you might need to stagger your exit but you won’t find me complaining about an extra 10 minutes in the pool!
The Secret Garden Spa has a range of treatments and therapies, some of which incorporate the seasonal herbs and fresh blossoming flowers making them unique to Congham Hall. I had an Elemental Herbal Facial, great for putting the glow back into tired skin and I would highly recommend it for anyone feeling a little drained.
Clean, nice sized treatment rooms all decorated to a high standard and away from the main foyer. Big bugbear of mine is being able to hear people chatting in reception while you’re trying your hardest to switch off – shhhh!
OUT & ABOUT
If you do find time to venture off site, this is a great base for exploring the Norfolk Norfolk coastline and market towns such as Burnham Market, Wells-next-the-Sea and Holt. There’s an abundance of stately Halls – Holkham, Oxburgh and Houghton and Sandringham Estate are all within a stone’s throw.
Congham Hall have detailed some great local walks on their site including local art, nature and garden trails.
Good pub grub nearby – The Rose & Crown in Snettisham and The Dabbling Duck in Massingham are worth the drive. Or if you fancy a cheeky brunch, visit our Muddy Award winning Cafe – Old Town Beach Cafe in Old Hunstanton.
If you have the pleasure of your children’s company – Pensthorpe Natural Park is great for little Mudlings or for slightly older more daring children, check out Extreeme Adventure – the highest ropes course in the East of England.
Good for: Girly getaways and couples wanting to feel spoilt and pampered.
Not for: Big groups wanting to party, this is more about relaxing and revitalising with great food and beautiful spaces to enjoy. Although it is family friendly, I wouldn’t bring my kids – there have got to be some places us mums can keep for ourselves!
The damage: Starters from £8.00; Mains range between £18.00 – £25.00; Desserts range between £8.00 – £12.00. Room rates include dinner, bed & breakfast and are based on two sharing. A Standard room is £235, the Best room we stayed in is £365 and a Suite is £450. Room only is available Monday – Thursday.
Spa treatments range from £20.00 – £195 which includes various daytime packages. My 60 minute Elemental Herbal Facial was £65.00