CONGHAM HALL HOTEL AND SPA
on a dreary, rainy day, which felt more like winter than spring, we arrived at Congham Hall Hotel and Spa looking forward to an uninterrupted morning of relaxation and lazing around having a gossip. Surrounded by glorious parkland, deep in rural west Norfolk, the grand, elegant Georgian manor house (quietly) shouts luxury the moment you walk in the front door.
In the Secret Garden Spa, we donned our fluffy robes and slippers, and made our way to the pool. Surrounded by floor to ceiling windows with glorious views of the parkland, even the lack of sun didn’t spoil the fabulous setting. After a brief swim
– it’s important to at least pretend to do some exercise – we made our way outside into the cold air, immersing ourselves in the steaming, bubbling water of the hot tub, surrounded by nature and not caring about the odd spit of rain. Then it was on to the saunas and steam room, but not before sampling the ‘experience’ showers, advised between each activity. Step underneath and be transported a world away, well almost, from a tropical rain shower to a powerful Caribbean storm, complete with thunder, lightning and even bird song, as well as some aromatherapy scents.
Focusing on relieving daily stresses and tension, using essential oils chosen – by you – to suit your mood, my 45 minute quick fix massage feels anything but quick. From the moment it started, my shoulders began to unwind from my ears, by the time my massage had ended, they were virtually on the floor, unknotted and noticeably less creaky. I left feeling so gloriously relaxed I could have almost melted into a bed and slept for a week. After some (more) chill out time and some peppermint tea, I returned to the poolside loungers for another round of relaxation – then it was time for lunch. There is no lounging around in robes, you need to be dressed for lunch in the elegant dining room – but it is in no way stuffy and the food is absolutely delicious. We finished with a pot of tea, just to squeeze in a few more minutes of luxury and relaxation before heading back to reality.
The soothing setting of Congham Hall’s treatment room