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CONGHAM HALL, near King's Lynn, Norfolk

At-a-Glance Guide

AA 3 Red Stars
26 bedrooms (inc 2 suites)
bar, AA Two Rosette restaurant, private dining
spa, pool, thermal suite, treatments
gardens, parkland, orchard, woodland, tennis court, putting green, clay-pigeon shooting
Check in / out: 3pm / 11am

CONGHAM HALL, near King's Lynn, Norfolk


This late-Georgian manor house, built in about 1780 by a wealthy King's Lynn merchant, was a private family home until 1982, when it was bought by Trevor and Christine Forecast who turned it into a hotel. Christine transformed the herb garden to international acclaim and, when sold in 1999, the hotel had a handsome reputation.
Its next 13 years, as part of the von Essen hotel group, saw some significant changes. With the expansion of the restaurant and kitchen, the development of the spa and swimming pool, and the addition of 11 new gardens rooms, Congham Hall almost doubled in size.
A team of investors, headed by Nicholas Dickinson, purchased Congham Hall in March 2012. Nicholas is a renowned hotelier, having started his career at Chewton Glen and Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons before developing Luxury Family Hotels and Alias Hotels.


Winner of Best Small Hotel UK 2012-2013 at the International Hotel Awards, Congham Hall retains its graceful, classic interiors and many period architectural features, such as the portico, the oriel windows and the main staircase, which remain unaltered.


Choose this elegant Georgian manor for the appeal of a fine country house, and the feeling that you're there as a treasured guest of the family - and to enjoy rural England at its best. Situated at the edge of the Sandringham Estate, the hotel is well-placed for visiting the famous royal residence, its gardens and museum, as well as North Norfolk's sandy, beaches, charming villages, bustling market towns and nature reserves. Garden-lovers will also appreciate the hotel's renowned herb garden, where over 700 varieties are grown. The General Manager's English springer spaniel, Ollie, will gratefully oblige guests who wish to take him for a walk. The hotel is also dog-friendly (please scroll down for more details).
Congham Hall welcomes children - who stay for free when sharing their parents' room - and is happy to organise baby-sitting with a registered childminder, with advance notice.
The hotel is licensed for civil weddings.


The lounge is a peaceful place to sit in comfort, with views of the gardens, and a log fire for warmth in winter. There is a resident cat (only in the lounges) named Marley. In summer, the terrace is a delightful place to sit and relax - perhaps over afternoon tea or, later, a champagne cocktail.

With morning coffee or afternoon tea, you may choose to enjoy homemade biscuits, a selection of homemade cakes, freshly baked scones, or all three. With 24 hours' notice, a full afternoon tea including a selection of freshly made sandwiches, homemade cakes, freshly baked scones with clotted cream and homemade jam, chocolate eclairs, mini tartlets and mini desserts can be served; as can a Champagne afternoon tea, consisting of all the above plus a glass of Pol Roger champagne.

Drinks are served in the elegantly furnished bar, where there's an open fire. A bar and lounge menu is available.

The Restaurant offers fine dining using locally sourced ingredients including game - sometimes from the nearby Sandringham estate - and the fresh-daily catch from the fishing fleet at King's Lynn, such as Cromer crab, or King's Lynn shrimps.
The hotel smokes its own fish, and makes its own honey and preserves. Most of the speciality fruit and vegetables used are grown in the kitchen garden, while herbs for not only menu dishes, but also scented oils and vinegars, dried flower arrangements and pot pourri, are grown in the famous herb garden.
The hotel's chefs are able to cater for any food intolerance, allergies and diets as well as vegan and vegetarians. It is helpful if you could let us know when making a booking so we are able to provide a more interesting choice of menu.
We recommend booking a table in our restaurant in advance to avoid disappointment. Whilst we keep a table for all our residents, if you have not made a reservation, we cannot always guarantee the time that you would ideally like (especially at weekends and during peak times). We also ask that should you wish to cancel your dinner reservation, you give us plenty of notice to allow us to offer the table to our reserve list.

The 15 bedrooms in the Main House and 11 in the garden are invidually decorated, vary in size and enjoy different aspects of the garden. They are priced according to size. There are two interconnecting rooms, suitable for families.
All rooms feature a comfortable bed, Eygptian cotton bed linen, cosy dressing gowns, and a 'larder' housing a Nespresso coffee machine, kettle and mini fridge with complimentary water and fresh milk. There is also free Wi-fi - although due to the rural location, the signal can at times be intermittent.

The House Rooms are in the main house and, in keeping with its period character, are more traditionally styled with floral prints, fine antiques and paintings. They fall into three categories: Good, Better and Best.

Good House Rooms are Congham Hall's standard bedrooms, located in the old Georgian manor and arranged across the first and second floors.
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Better House Rooms are slightly larger. They are also located in the old Georgian manor and arranged across the first and second floors.
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Best House Rooms are larger still, and located on the first floor of the old Georgian manor.
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The Garden Rooms are either located located to the rear of the old Georgian manor, on the ground floor of recently converted barns. They are either around the courtyard garden, or look onto the Herb Garden. Each has its own terrace with garden furniture - perfect for sitting out in the summer months. All are furnished in a more contemporary style, and feature luxury bathrooms with free-standing baths and waterfall showers. There are two categories: Better and Best.

Better Garden Rooms are smaller in size.
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Best Garden Rooms are larger.
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There are also two Suites located in the main house, arranged across the ground and first floors. Each has a separate sitting room and a bedroom with en-suite bathroom.
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Single-occupancy rates are available on request. All rates are subject to availability.
NB To ensure their desired time of eating, it is important that guests book their table when booking their room.

Cots and Z-Beds are provided free of charge for children aged up to 12 when sharing their parents’ room. Children’s meals are not included in the room rate.
For younger diners, aged up to 7, high tea is served daily from 5.30pm until 6.30pm. Older diners, aged 7 and above, are welcome to dine with their parents in the restaurant in the evening.
We are happy to organise baby-sitting with a registered child-minder with advance notice.

CANCELLATION POLICY: Guests are respectfully reminded that a reservation constitutes a contract. A deposit of £100 per room is payable upon confirmation of a booking. For any reservation cancelled the non-refundable deposit will be retained. Please ask when booking for details of further charges which may become liable. We regret there can be no allowance or reduction for curtailment of your stay. We advise insurance cover to be taken out at the time of booking.

The Secret Garden Spa offers the perfect synergy for relaxation: 12-metre swimming pool, with floor-to-ceiling windows; an outdoor hot tub; a thermal suite comprising sauna, steam room and bio-sauna; experience showers and foot baths.
Signature treatments, ranging from facials and massages to body rituals, incorporate some of the seasonal herbs and fresh blossoming flowers from the herb garden for which Congham has long been known. The specialist brand Elemental Herbology, have developed the products used, which are rich in vitamins, anti-oxidants, essential fatty acids and proteins, and formulated to counteract the impact of age, lifestyle and the environment. It is advisable to book spa treatments well in advance, especially at weekends and during peak times.

Located on the edge of the Sandringham Estate, Congham Hall is set in 30 acres of parkland, orchard, lawns and gardens (open to the public April to September 10am-3pm) which provide homegrown produce for the restaurant and fresh-cut flowers to fragrance the rooms. The renowned Herb Garden, which has featured in television programmes, calendars and magazines as well as books such as Crabtree & Evelyn’s Fragrant Herbal, and attracts visitors from far and wide. Many of the herbs are available to buy. Guests are free to explore the Herb Garden at any time, but a stroll at dusk or in the early morning will awaken the senses as the heady aromas fill the air.
The hotel has a tennis court, a putting green - and private access to the adjacent village cricket ground with its thatched pavilion. Clay-pigeon shooting is available on the estate, subject to prior booking.
Guests who bring their dog will can discover many interesting walks in the area, and the hotel can provide a list of dog-friendly walks, beaches and places where they can run off the lead.
There are four golf courses within easy reach of the hotel: The Royal West Norfolk, Hunstanton Golf Club, Sheringham Golf Club and King's Lynn Golf Club - some of which require a handicap. (For more information, click on the links above.)
The Royal West Norfolk, near Brancaster, and neighbouring Hunstanton are ranked in the “Top 100” as some of the best 18 hole layouts in the UK. (We recommend that you check tide times before playing at Hunstanton, as parts of the course can be cut off by the tide.) Sheringham's cliff-top course unfolds through an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, offering a spectacular vista. Hotel guests enjoy a 10% discount on the already-discounted midweek rates. Kings Lynn's 10th hole is regarded as one of the best in the East of England. The course also includes the woods of 12th-Century Castle Rising, which is steeped in local history.

If you are looking for the perfect wedding venue in Norfolk, Congham Hall is sure to meet and exceed your expectations, and offers a backdrop of spectacular gardens, parkland and herb garden for superb photo opportunities.
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By car: Congham Hall is off the A148, 6 miles north-east of King’s Lynn and 100 miles from London.
At the interchange of the A47/A149/A10 on the outskirts of King’s Lynn, follow the A149 (sign-posted Hunstanton) to the interchange with the A148 (Cromer/Fakenham/Sandringham)and take the third exit at the roundabout onto the A148. Follow the A148 for approx 300 metres and turn right - it is sign-posted Grimston and Congham Hall Herb Gardens. After approximately 2.5 miles, you will see the entrance to Congham Hall on your left as you enter the village of Grimston. NB Do not go into the village of Congham, the hotel is located in the village of Grimston. Satellite navigation systems will often try to take you to St Andrews Lane which is located at the rear of the estate, the hotel is on Lynn Road, Grimston.

By train: 110 minutes from London King’s Cross to King’s Lynn.

By air: 45 minutes from Norwich Airport, 125 miles from London Heathrow, 155 miles from London Gatwick. There is a heli-pad on site, and the hotel can provide coordinates. Please call reception on 01485 600250 to give your estimated time of arrival.

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