Congham Hall in West Norfolk has now been given planning permission for its ambitious development plan, which will see new bedrooms, self-catering cabins and a new spa and café created on site.
Local councillors gave the proposal the green light this month, as owner Nicholas Dickinson explained that the plans had been in the pipeline for more than two years with the hotel already operating consistently at full capacity.
The work will see the number of letting units increase from 26 to 44 with the addition of new bedrooms and self-catering cabins, plus the new spa and café within the 30 acres of parkland in which Congham Hall sits.
Eight orchard rooms will be constructed near the swimming pool, while six two- and three-bedroom parkland cabins and a further five woodland cabins will be built in the grounds, meaning the hotel will be able to host up to 138 guests.
A new spa, overlooking the herb garden, will feature six treatment rooms and an outdoor thermal suite, and the pool area will be remodelled to include a gym and café.
A new garden reception will welcome residents and day guests to these facilities.
The development, which is based on a landscape appraisal carried out by local landscape architects Sheils Flynn, has been designed by Norwich-based architects Feilden and Mawson, working closely with Congham’s management team to ensure that the transformation is sensitively applied with minimum impact on the wider landscape and hotel setting.
The orchard bedrooms and the new spa will be first off the drawing board, due to open by summer 2019, and the parkland and woodland cabins will follow.
“We have been planning this development for more than two years, so we are delighted to be given the green light to enable us to bring our dream to fruition,” said owner Nicholas Dickinson. “Congham’s increasing popularity means we are already operating at capacity. Adding bedrooms and treatment rooms in the spa is the logical next step and the self-catering cabins will enhance and augment the holiday experience that we can provide.”