Friday, 12 April 2019

The Pigs, Norfolk

The Pigs is an independent luxury spa with accommodation on the Norfolk coast. I've seen it pop up as a competition prize in my Facebook feed a few times over the last couple of years, and after not winning any of them, I thought y'know what, I'm just gonna book it. (I'm an advertiser's dream, apparently.)

Many of you will know that I live in Norfolk. Despite living here, we actually used to camp on the North Norfolk coast once or twice a year throughout my childhood, which I loved, so going anywhere near the coast always feels like a holiday to me and is full of memories. That said, it's been a long time since we holidayed here. We started camping in Cornwall instead, and then I got older and started travelling other countries rather than other counties. Because of that, it was really nice to stay so close to home again -- not far away, so no stressful travel, but far enough to feel suitably 'away' from everything.

Edgefield is in the middle of nowhere, but it's only a 10 or 20 minute drive to many nearby coastal towns. We were in the area before we could check in, so we went to Sheringham for a walk, a go in the arcades (shush, they never get old) and lunch at The Two Lifeboats which does great veggie options.

Warm and full up, we made our way to The Pigs! Our room led into a private spa, which led onto a private patio with a fire-pit. Just outside our room was a treat station, with sweets, marshmallows, biscuits and homemade body butters and lotions from which we could help ourselves, as well as extra fire supplies and a selection of board games.

In terms of the spa, I loved that we had some private facilities as I'm pretty introverted. Not really into having a stranger massage lotion into my naked body to be honest. I used the sauna, and our bath WITH A TV IN IT, and we also had a private 45-minute slot in the hot tub.

They do offer lots more, but like I said, I'm pretty introverted (and poor). I would've liked to get my nails done but work would actually kill me, so that was a no go...

We could have had dinner at The Pigs in their gorgeous restaurant, but we decided to have good ol' fish and chips by the sea in Cromer. Why yes I will have a large portion with lots of salt, get in my belly, thank you.

When we got back, I thought I'd be really hygge and shit, so I made us hot chocolates and quickly nipped to the treat station for some marshmallows while Alex got the fire going outside. And then I realised I was locked out. Without my phone. The receptionist had to call him like he was my parent. I think I actually died?

So that happened, and that's why I shouldn't be let out of the house. It was such a chilled and relaxing day though. The week previously, I had been struggling with some health stuff and work was also pretty full-on, so our stay at The Pigs was well-timed and much needed.

I ended the night falling asleep in front of a film.

The next morning arrived, and breakfast was amazing! It was free, so obviously I ate everything in sight. I had a full (veggie) English, as well as watermelon, a homemade 'white chocolate cluster', yoghurt and granola, and a thick slice of toast smothered with raspberry jam. Hotels probably hate people like me, but how could I resist? It was so beautifully presented, too, and with a fire burning in the corner it was a really cosy atmosphere.

Before we checked out, we spent some time in the games room, playing shuffleboard, Jenga, and retro arcade games like Pac-Man and Donkey Kong. I really liked that The Pigs subtly encouraged visitors to get away from screens for a bit (well... aside from having TVs in their baths, but you know what I mean). It's a good thing to do every now and then.

I cannot wait to return to The Pigs one day. It was a lovely 'life reset' with lots to do, lots to eat, and in a beautiful rural location that I've grown up loving. I would also like to add that nothing in this post was sponsored, gifted, or any of that jazz -- I just really, really liked it and appreciated the chance to slow down in a world that is constantly telling us to speed up.

Have you been to The Pigs?

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