It has been longer than I can remember since I last had a chilled couple of days at a spa hotel. Last week, I took a fifty minute drive from my home in Norwich to stay at Congham Hall in King’s Lynn, and as luck would have it our time was blessed with plenty of sunshine.
The hotel is tucked out of the way of the market town and is nestled between fields and amongst nature, yet is still close to the seaside and some of Norfolk’s best attractions and country houses.
We stayed in one of the hotel’s ‘better house’ rooms, which have all recently been refurbished to a minimal, cosy style. The bed was plump and left me wanting to spend a fortune to replicate it at home. I always think you can assess the standard of a hotel in an instant based on the fluffiness of the bed and how long it takes you to drag yourself back out once you’ve jumped in.
The spa includes an indoor pool, sauna, steam room, outdoor jacuzzi and treatment rooms. If you pick your moment right you’ll be able to enjoy the jacuzzi alone and we found the pool area remained peaceful and fairly empty for most of the afternoon.
Since launching myself into a plant based diet around a year ago, I’ve been feeling my way with asking for vegan options in restaurants and hotels. I emailed the hotel ahead of my stay and was delighted to hear they offer a whole vegetarian/vegan menu. At dinner, each member of staff made a noticeable effort to inform me as to what was and wasn’t vegan coming to the table and they even had dairy free butter to slather on sourdough. Such a result for someone who is as much of a carb loader as I am. The food was excellent, as was the house wine and I’d be back in a heartbeat, especially since they were kind enough to offer to bring our dessert up to the room. Brownies in bed. Life doesn’t get much better.
Congham Hall ‘better house’ rooms are priced at £175 for a room only rate and £269 to include a three course meal and breakfast. All of the food we tried was cooked to perfection and is truly worth considering shelling out the extra for. The hotel also welcome dogs, Milo is giving me side eye as I type this for not taking him along this time.