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
The hotel is a truly amazing place, the gardens and grounds are beautiful kept. We were staying just one night. Booking in was very professional we were even taken to our room. We had booked a twin room, very clean and tidy. The bathroom was very dated, but all worked. We had about hour to walk around the ground, beautiful and well kept. So back to the bar for a cup of tea of two. Do you have any biscuits or cake to go with our cup of tea, No very disappointed. Back to our room to put our feet up before dinner.
The dinning room was very strange murals depicting people being attacked by animals. We were taken to our table and given the menu a strewed up A4 sheet of paper, not impressed.
The meat was okay and that is all could be said. Between the main course and dessert the staff were running about getting the tables ready for breakfast, again not impressed.
Not a bad night sleep for a strange room. Our high light of our stay was the breakfast truly amazing. Hot plate, food not over cooked. Just right.
We stayed in The Bubble, at first glance it was incredible and the view of the stars at night were great. Sadly our headboard was thick with dust - likely never cleaned since it was put in and also 3 of the 4 heaters in the bedroom area were dysfunctional and only pumped out cold air making it rather cold at night. This was brought up with reception on checkout and at £409 a night ‘sorry’ doesn’t really cut it.
After one night I think The Bubble is more of a gimmick, and for the same price I would definitely look to stay in the Treehouse Apartment next door if I was to revisit.
Moving on from the room, the park isn’t the best, but the freedom of the golf buggy and the complementary safari definitely elevate it. No doubt I have stayed in better accommodation, been to better zoos, and had more interesting safaris, but to find them all in one place made our stay an enjoyable one.
We ate at the mansion restaurant which was fantastic, the food was presented well and the murals on the wall made for an interesting setting. I would definitely encourage people to try it out.
Just back from a short stay at the Port Lympne hotel for a 50th birthday. Beautiful building with a lovely receptionist who showed us to our room whilst giving us a tour and history of all the paintings & murals. We managed to spot the hologram of Aspinal painted into one of them! Room was comfortable, view simply stunning and we woke up to the roar of lions - what could be better than that! Our room came with the use of a golf buggy - that was a nice touch and thoroughly enjoyed zipping along the buggy trails. Done the AAA safari (2.5hrs) and so glad we did - our guide was super knowledgeable and she really worked hard to make sure we came away with a memorable experience - hand feeding giraffe and rhino whilst learning about their interactions with their environment and what the foundation are doing to support their numbers in the wild was very encouraging - especially with all the negativity surrounding the plight of the world's wildlife. We felt in some small way that being there we were helping support their vital work. The park itself is amazing with so many different options to stay and experience a wild encounter. Will definitely be back!