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Congham Hall Hotel & Spa | An Early Christmas Staycation

Congham Hall for Christmas

A few years ago Jamie and I began our own tradition. Each new year, we take time out in the form of a one-night-staycation in order to mentally refresh. A Center Parcs Spa Suite is usually our destination of choice, but this year we headed to Congham Hall early instead. On check-in we switched off from the outside world in the best way possible, embracing a cosy atmosphere, great food, and even better company.

Congham Hall


Congham Hall is a Georgian Manor turned hotel, in rural Norfolk. Set within its own grounds and boasting a number of rooms, various lounge areas, a bar, restaurant, spa, and gardens. I’ve visited plenty of times for dinners and spa days, so I knew to expect an impeccable standard.

One of their main strengths is undeniable attention to detail. The staff are attentive yet unobtrusive and the many cosy communal rooms host umbrellas, Dubarry boots, and plenty of books, which are all readily available for guests to borrow. These touches encourage a home away from home feeling, with the added benefit of hotel luxury.

Congham Hall Fireplace Hotel Details, Umbrellas

We booked a package. A one night stay inclusive of a crumpet tea on arrival, a three-course a la carte dinner in their restaurant, and breakfast. Any stay is also inclusive of access to their Garden Spa. It was an opportunity for a much needed break before the hectic Christmas period.

Hotel Library

The various communal living areas are large, yet simultaneously cosy and charming. All boast sofas and comfy chairs that turn in to each other, ensuring a little more privacy and a comfortable separation from other guests.


There are rooms within the manor house as well as standalone, bungalow-style rooms which are situated outside. These ones are slightly closer to the gardens and the spa. We chose the ‘better garden view’ room type which I believe is the middle tier available. This was perfect for us as it was on the outer part of the hotel, nearer to the gardens and spa and away from the noise of the restaurant. A benefit to being within the hotel at this time of year was that we only had to dress for indoors. We didn’t have to don sensible shoes or coats as we didn’t have to brave the outside.

Hotel Bedroom   Congham Hall Bath

Our room had a large wardrobe and a fridge with complimentary refreshments. Its en suite boasted a large vanity, a shower, and, my personal favourite feature, a gorgeous standalone bath. The bed was massive and looked incredibly comfy, but if I had one complaint it’s that neither the pillows or mattress were anywhere near as comfortable as those on my own bed.


We’ve been to the Congham Hall restaurant plenty, most frequently for Norfolk Restaurant Week. The food on their a la carte menu, whilst limited, is always to the highest standard. A small bar area is available for drinks pre or post-dinner, and the communal lounges are great places to enjoy post-dinner coffees.

Bar Area


Congham Hall’s spa doesn’t compare well to Center Parc’s Aqua Sana, but then again, where does? That’s not to say that we didn’t enjoy a relaxing morning, dipping in and out of the pool, outdoor hot tub, and saunas, in turn. Oh, and there’s the financial consideration too, our stay at Congham Hotel & Spa was half of the cost of a stay in the Aqua Sana Spa suite, give or take. Although the Garden Spa is quite small, it’s been quite quiet each time I’ve been. For that reason, I’ve never found its size to be an issue.

Various treatments are available, but as there were no two times together we chose not to indulge. However, they offer reasonably priced Leighton Denny nail treatments and I’ve had a wonderful facial there in the past. In hindsight, we should have booked ahead, but we weren’t too bothered that treatments weren’t on the cards this time. The rest of the stay was enough for us to leave feeling rejuvenated.

The Garden Spa Outdoor Hot Tub

If you’re local to Congham Hall then their restaurant is well worth a trip (but booking ahead is advisable). I’d also recommend their spa for simple and affordable treatments and relaxation. Despite it being close to home, and even closer to Jamie’s work, its private and secluded location secures a ‘we could be anywhere’ kind of feeling. A one night stay was perfect, and just what we needed for some pre-Christmas relaxation.

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  • Reply Ana C

    Awww this looks precious!

    December 30, 2019 at 3:06 am
  • Reply Riana Ang-Canning

    I love the idea of doing a staycation! So fun to enjoy a fancy hotel and treat yourself without going away. This place looks great – especially that tub! I might need to start a staycation tradition too!

    December 30, 2019 at 9:17 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      Thanks- me too! I totally agree, haha it’s a great tradition. We find it a great way to set ourselves up for the new year! x

      January 2, 2020 at 9:21 pm
  • Reply Barbara

    This is such a cute place! My fiancé and I do something like this after Christmas to unwind and celebrate that we got everything done. Haha.

    December 31, 2019 at 12:22 am
    • Reply sophhearts

      It is, isn’t it?! We usually do it after Christmas but thought we’d get it in early so that we could enjoy the hotel while it was festive. It’s such a great way to set yourself up for the new year, isn’t it? x

      January 2, 2020 at 9:22 pm
  • Reply Melissa Cuentas

    That’s such a lovely place for a staycation! Love it!

    XO, Melissa

    December 31, 2019 at 1:15 pm
  • Reply Sophie Wentworth

    What a lovely tradition. This place looks amazing, I love the decor.Seems like a perfect country glamour setup. I’m glad you had a good time even without any treatments booked x


    December 31, 2019 at 4:00 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      I’m so glad you think so! It was a great stay, looking forward to the next one now- I think we’ll have to book something soon x

      January 2, 2020 at 9:28 pm
  • Reply Deborah Kos

    Congham Hall looks like such a nice place for a quick getaway especially around Christmas time when things get hectic. What a great memory!

    December 31, 2019 at 6:26 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      It definitely is- I love a staycation! x

      January 3, 2020 at 6:11 pm
  • Reply Melissa Kacar

    This sounds like it was such a fun trip! Thanks for sharing your experience! Happy New Year! 🙂

    January 1, 2020 at 8:54 am
  • Reply Nancy

    It is great that you have a staycation as a tradition with Jamie! This is a big plus when you want to explore areas around your town. Love that there are nice communal places to check out. The rooms look great as well. Glad you enjoyed your stay overall! Happy New Year!

    Nancy ♥

    January 2, 2020 at 3:32 am
    • Reply sophhearts

      I totally agree! Thanks Nancy, Happy New Year! x

      January 3, 2020 at 6:15 pm
  • Reply Lea-Mai Carter

    This looks beautiful! Definitely going to check this out for a weekend away in March x

    January 5, 2020 at 9:43 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      It’s such a lovely place, I definitely recommend it! x

      January 7, 2020 at 10:08 am
  • Reply Megan

    That Garden Spa looks gorgeous! I’ve been to Centerparcs with family before but never stayed through the Aqua Sana Spa as my fiancé and I just can’t justify the price. Being from Norfolk, I will definitely check Congham Hall out! x

    Megan Elizabeth

    January 6, 2020 at 9:02 am
    • Reply sophhearts

      It’s great and the treatments are quite affordable too! The Aqua Sana suites are definitely pricey but we justify it by breaking it down and considering everything thats included like the treatments and meals etc! I hope you love it as much as we do- it’s definitely worth a trip for the restaurant if nothing else x

      January 7, 2020 at 10:23 am
  • Reply katy gilroy

    sounds like you had the most gorgeous time here! it looks stunning x

    January 7, 2020 at 2:39 pm
  • Reply Gemma

    It looks so lovely and cosy, a perfect weekend getaway x

    January 13, 2020 at 7:02 pm
  • Reply Subrosis

    Fabulous pics! Such a beautiful place!

    January 30, 2021 at 11:09 am
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