A hotel is due to open at Port Lympne wildlife park next year offering guests the unique chance to experience giraffes close up while staying in luxury accommodation.
Set within the parks’s 600 acre site, Giraffe Manor is a grade 2 listed Wealden hall house dating back to the 16th century. Currently undergoing extensive restoration, the lodge will be transformed into a hotel where guests can feed giraffes through open windows.
A first for the western hemisphere, the 10-bedroom luxury accommodation, plus 6 additional cabins, will feature safari themed rooms similar to lodges in Nairobi, together with the comforts of an English stately home.
Situated at the top of the Port Lympne Hotel & Reserve, Giraffe Lodge overlooks The African Experience, where animals roam freely, and offers 30 mile views over the park’s savannahs to the coast beyond.
The original hall house was extended by Philip Sassoon during the 1920’s, where two further sections were added. Sassoon was a Member of Parliament and used the estate at weekends to entertain guests including Winston Churchill, Lawrence of Arabia and Charlie Chaplin.
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