Port Lympne Hotel
What We Love
- A unique stay at an Edwardian mansion near the sea, in grounds roamed by African wildlifeAn elegant Edwardian summer home with Italian terraced gardens overlooking the sea
- Entry to two wonderful wild animal parks – one within the grounds of the mansion
- The glittering guest list of visitors past, from Charlie Chaplin to Winston Churchill
What To Know
- Acres and acres of manicured gardens surround the mansion
- Enjoy stunning views across Romney Marsh and the English Channel
- Free WiFi can be hit or miss
A grand Edwardian mansion with a colourful history and its very own wildlife park, Port Lympne is the perfect spot for a luxury country break. This beautiful house was built as a weekend and summer home in 1914 and its original owner hosted the cream of English society, from Winston Churchill and Lawrence of Arabia to Charlie Chaplin.
It has recently been restored to its former glory, boasting six en-suite boutique rooms individually designed to an excellent standard. With wonderful views of Romney Marsh and the English Channel, the house is bordered by an elegant patchwork of Italian terraced gardens and lawns to discover during your stay.
Port Lympne Reserve is home to a magnificent array of wildlife and endangered species. Entrance to the park and to the Howletts Wild Animal Park are included in your stay, so go wild and meet some of the beautiful residents. Whether it’s the majestic black rhinos, awe-inspiring Siberian tigers or the pint-size pudu deer that steal your heart, you’re bound to find a favourite.
How to Get There
What a beautiful place, fantastic location. Staff were extremely friendly and helpful. We stayed in the main hotel for the night in the Prince Philip Sassoon and a lovely spacious suite. We went on the 2.30 safari tour unfortunately it was freezing, nobody’s fault but it meant most of the animals were sheltering away. A great night sleep followed by a lovely breakfast.
Definitely going to be returning once the weather improves to be able to appreciate in its glory.
My husband was delighted with his birthday treat so browny points for me 😁
We stayed here for 1 night as a birthday surprise. The grounds of the hotel are fabulous. Nestled within the Port Lympne reserve you have access to the animals when you want. The grounds are immaculate and well catered for and includes a maze. The views are really good to out over the English Channel.
Check in was a breeze and you are directed to your room. We stayed in the Sir Phillip Sassoon room. It's very large with a four poster bed. As this is an old style Hotel the furniture matches the age of the hotel, but all in good condition. The bathroom is complete with bath (shower over bath), sink and toilet and again is fairly big. Past the bathroom is a smaller separate room which you would probably class as a dress room with fitted wardrobe, dressing table etc.
The onsite restaurant and bar are quaint and as we went in winter it is warm nice and warm with an open fire. There is a lot of outside space with manicured lawns and impressive topiary.
Expect old school at this old hotel, but we thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would definitely go back.
After receiving this as a Christmas pressie, I couldn’t wait to visit in jan. my husband and our 11 month old daughter stayed for one night in tiger lodge then one followed in rhino lodge. From the moment you walk in rhino lodge it’s breath taking! So relaxing, comfy and perfect to spend some quality time as a family - with the novelty of two beautiful rhinos lurking around behind you metres away in the field. You get around on assigned golf buggy’s so can explore the grounds and the wonderful animals. We have already decided to return next year to stay in another two lodges!
Having stayed for two nights, 20th and 21st December I have to say it was amazing, the staff especially sue and her colleague went over and above our expectations, the only problem was the morning of our departure a member of the management team (Bronwyn who was not guest friendly, we never even got a smile let alone a conversation) decided to reprimand sue in the bar while myself and my husband were having breakfast, this was very awkward and embarrassing for us all as we heard every word and it reduced sue to tears, having been front office manager in two hotels in the past I was appalled, having said this we had an amazing couple of days and will definitely be back, Yvonne Wilson
Spent the most wonderful evening here this week. The staff were second to none and could not do enough to make our stay simply perfect. Our room (Charlie Chaplin) was spacious and comfy with lovely views over the fountain. The mansion hotel was decorated so beautifully for Christmas. We awoke to the sound of lions roaring which was a first! The food in the restaurant was absolutely superb- fine dining at its best and we would highly recommend. This really was a very special stay and we were so impressed from start to finish- thank you to everyone who made our Birthday stay so wonderful.