Congham Hall – King’s Lynn, Norfolk
This calm and handsome Georgian house, beautifully cared for by owners Nicholas and Ruth Dickinson, has a special feature: its acclaimed herb gardens, containing several hundred varieties, plus orchards and a kitchen garden. Inside, a lovely stone floor graces the elegant hall with its grey-green walls, antique furniture, sofas in front of the fire and vases of fresh garden flowers. To either side is a drawing room and library, and there’s also a slick bar. The Samphire Kitchen restaurant is airy and relaxed with locally sourced dishes like pressed beetroot with goats curd followed by baked hake with parsnip velouté and rhubarb crumble tart. The bedrooms are all impeccable and comfortable, divided between those in the house (the top floor rooms are small but charming) and others in the garden wing, next to the pampering Secret Garden Spa. The house rooms are cool and classical in style, making lovely havens in which to relax. Afternoon tea is a delight here, and then it’s back to those 30 acres of gardens and woodland, among the best in England.
Doubles from £159
+44 (0)1485 600250; conghamhallhotel.co.uk