After a long and boring lockdown that turned into multiple lockdowns, I knew my return to travelling had to be special. While scrolling through Twitter one day, I came across a blog post about Congham Hall. A read through and I quickly discovered this gorgeous spa hotel was not too far away from London by train and had some incredible offers available. It was too good to pass up and became my first hotel booked after the lockdowns.
Please note, due to the time of my visit, some things may be different now. The pandemic caused hotel rules to change constantly and I can’t guarantee my visit will completely reflect how things are when you visit. All I can do is give you an honest description of my stay during the pandemic times.
About Congham Hall
This gorgeous hotel in Norfolk, England was once a privately owned Georgian Manor that was built approximately in 1780 by a wealthy King’s Lynn merchant and remained a family home until 1982.
Set within 30 acres of gracious parkland and extensive gardens that blend elegance and luxury with modern amenities with a focus on traditional hospitality. If you are looking for a hotel in a gorgeous setting and a place to relax from the stress of daily life, this is it!
Located near King’s Lynn in Norfolk, Congham Hall is easy to get to no matter what mode of transport you are using.
Congham Hall has onsite parking available for guests who prefer to travel by car. Located off the A148, they are just 6 miles north-east of King’s Lynn. Just remember not to go into the village of Congham as the hotel is actually located in the village of Grimston on Lynn Road, just past the Three Horseshoes Pub. Congham Hall now offers two electric car chargers (one for Tesla and one for all electric cars) but it is recommended you reserve the charger when booking.
If you don’t have a car or don’t want to drive down, Congham Hall is easily reached by train. If you plan to come from London, you can get a train from London’s King Cross to King’s Lynn which takes under 2 hours. Once at King’s Lynn you can hop in a taxi or get the local bus.
The Rooms at Congham Hall
This secluded boutique hotel offers 31 rooms that have been individually decorated but are united by luxury. Each room offers a luxuriously comfy bed, Egyptian cotton bed linen as well as cosy dressing gowns.
Congham Hall offers 15 House Rooms that are located in the Georgian House and 11 Garden Rooms that are located around the Spa Garden. And they now have 5 Orchard Cabins behind the spa in the Apple Orchard.
All the rooms come with free wifi, flat screen TV’s, slippers and robes, complimentary mineral water and a Nespresso coffee machine. Most importantly, each room provides guests with access to the Secret Garden Spa.
I was absolutely blown away by the food at Congham Hall. I can’t remember a time when I talked about the food from a hotel so long after the stay. They have a philosophy that taste is everything and simplicity is the key. Using fresh, locally sourced, seasoned ingredients they create delicious dishes with complex flavours.
Each day of our stay started with the most incredible breakfast. Guests can enjoy tea or coffee and also choose from a wide variety of fruit juices. Toast and pastries are offered while you look at the menu at the hot options available. These include a fry up, warm porridge, grilled kipper, smoked salmon, mushrooms on toast, boiled egg and soldiers and french toast. Staying 5 nights meant I tried a few dishes but my favourite was easily the smoked salmon with avocado and poached egg.
Lunch doesn’t seem to be offered in any of the packages but if you’re looking for something to eat the kitchen is open for lunch. They have a proper lunch menu or a small bites option. Having a big breakfast and three course dinner included in our package, the only lunch we had was a small option. It may have been small in size but it certainly was big on taste.
With the package we booked, a three course dinner was included on three of the evenings. What I liked is that the menu changed slightly each time so you never had a chance to get bored of it. There were so many great dishes available but my favourite had to be the wild mushroom ravioli, although the summer truffle risotto was a close second!
While looking over the menu, guests are given a plate of small homemade loaves and homemade butter. I’m not kidding when I say these were incredible and the thing we talked about most about the dinners. Even now we still talk about the delicious bread and butter we had at Congham and it makes us want to book another stay. It’s that good!
If you have a sweet tooth you are in for a treat at Congham Hall. The three course dinner has several desserts to choose from for the perfect end to your meal. They have light options, chocolate options and even a cheese board. I don’t usually eat a lot of desserts but I enjoyed sampling the different options each night.
Congham Hall also offers an afternoon tea, which being a huge afternoon tea fan you know I couldn’t resist. What’s great is that you get to choose the setting of the afternoon tea from one of the grand looking lounges, or the summer terrace, or in The Samphire Kitchen.
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The Secret Garden Spa
Congham Hall has long been known for its herb garden and The Secret Garden Spa is in the very heart of the garden. The spa includes a 12 metre indoor pool, sauna, steam room, bio-sauna, foot spa and outside hot tub.
What I really loved is that because of the hotel’s size, most of the time we went to enjoy the spa, we were either completely alone or just had a couple of other guests with us. With the small number of people it was easy to enjoy the sauna or steam room alone.
Treatments are also available although these are not included in the room price. However, there are several offers throughout the year which include a treatment in your package like mine did. The treatments at The Secret Garden Spa have been carefully designed to enable you to step off the treadmill of modern life and experience life in the Norfolk countryside.
Treatments available include facials, massages, body wraps, exfoliation, manicures and pedicures. For my massage I was given a short questionnaire upon arrival so they could tailor the elemental need for me. The element chosen was water which helps soothe the body and remove stress and tension. Definitely the right choice for me as working for myself it can be hard to switch off and I even had a work call before heading down to the spa! So the calming lavender water based body oil was just what I needed.
Prices will vary depending on the room and time of stay. The Standard Double rooms start at £159 per night. This is for the Room Only rate that also includes access to The Secret Garden Spa.
There is also a Dinner, Bed and Breakfast rate which starts at £249 per night. Not only does this include access to The Secret Garden, it also includes a full English breakfast and a three course dinner.
As I mentioned, I booked one of the incredible offers they had available on the website. The price for the package was £969 which might seem a lot at first but when you factor everything in it’s really not.
Included in the deal was a 5 night stay for two, with breakfast included every morning and a three course dinner on 3 of the nights. Staying at Congham Hall includes access to The Secret Garden Spa but this offer also included a massage for each of us.
The cheapest price for 5 nights would be £795. That means we got 1 massage, 5 breakfasts and 3 full three course dinners for just £87 each. So as you can see Congham Hall truly spoiled us.
As you can probably tell by this point, I absolutely loved my stay at Congham Hall. For a spa hotel I randomly came across on Twitter, I can’t believe how much I fell in love with the place. Usually we don’t talk about returning to places as we are normally keen to try a new place but both of us have said many times that we would love to return here one day.
- Address: Congham Hall, King’s Lynn, Norfolk, PE32 1AH
- Telephone No: 01485 600250
- Contact Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Check in from 3pm
- Check out before 11am
- Bookings can be made online
- Parking is available
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