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Barnham Broom Hotel
Tel: 01603 759393
Contemporary luxury hotel with excellent spa break packages at affordable prices; the perfect pamper. Golfing breaks also available.
Where to find it
The hotel complex is situated just a few miles from the main A47 road from Kings Lynn to Norwich (10 miles away). In the middle of 300 acres of countryside, it really feels like you’re escaping from the world as you wind down the lanes to your destination. The reception area is warm and welcoming and there’s an instant feel of luxury and professionalism as you are checked in and informed of the facilities for your stay. The place is classy, organised and chic. Hurry to your room and let the relaxation begin.
What to expect
With 46 bedrooms (ranging from standard doubles to luxury suites) this is no small hotel yet it has an intimate and cosy atmosphere. The rooms are decorated to high standards with elegant furnishings and a contemporary design. A 42inch wall mounted TV, 24 hour room service of both hot and cold food and big fluffy robes make for effortless relaxation without even leaving your room but it’d be a shame not to make use of the excellent surroundings too.
There are two 18hole golf courses, practice facilities and a refreshment buggy plus a well stocked golf shop and large sports bar serving excellent food ranging from sandwiches, soups and snacks to over a dozen choices of main meal. A large gym, regular keep fit classes, squash and tennis courts are all available plus a pool, excellent steam room and sauna. There’s also a Jacuzzi but being within the pool itself isn’t as warm as they usually are.
Flint’s restaurant is a classy award winning affair and offers a 2 course meal for £23. Expect the likes of crab cocktail and Norfolk wood pigeon for starters, fillet of sea trout or pork 3 way (belly, fillet and cheek of pork served with mushroom powder, apple chutney, colcannon and red wine jus) for main and desserts such as strawberry mille feuille and peanut butter parfait. The head chef, Jon Batchelor, is bursting with creative flair and oversees a high standard of cuisine and service. There is a large lounge area outside the restaurant with wood burners and low level lighting that provide the perfect place to unwind with a drink before retiring to you room. The hotel also offers a turn down service which is a welcome indulgent treat.
If you are looking for a hotel spa break this place should undoubtedly be on your shortlist though. With low lights, relaxing music and a warm environment, the spa is a wonderful place to spend time. Facials, massages and body wraps are available as well as reflexology, reiki and Indian head massage. Whilst the treatments are expensive on their own, as part of a spa break package they are of exceptional value. During the winter months, Sunday to Thursday prices are as low as £74 each for an overnight stay, full breakfast and two 30 minute treatments (£99 Friday and Saturday). Or starting from £160, you can have bed and breakfast, a 3 course meal, afternoon tea and 4 treatments – an impressive package you’ll find hard to beat elsewhere.
The back, neck and shoulder massage and facial I had on my last visit were lovely. Espa products are used in the facials and it even included an essential oil scalp massage. I would highly recommend this hotel for pampering experiences and shall be returning myself again very soon.
Room prices start from £69, 2 day golfing breaks from £168. There are always special offers on; check out their website for more information.