If you’ve always dreamed of going on safari – but the long-haul flight has stopped you in your tracks – consider a break at the brand new Treehouse Hotel Port Lympne in Kent.
When we’re looking for no-fly news, there’s nothing better than finding a slice of the exotic and exciting that you’d usually only associate with a far-flung destination – right on the doorstep!
That’s why there was much excitement when we heard about the brand new accommodation at Port Lympne Wild Animal and Safari Reserve in Kent. Opening in June 2015, the Treehouse Hotel offers a view that is pretty darn special in the UK. The unique and luxurious treehouses at Port Lympne have a thirty mile vista over the English Channel…and the roaming rhino below. Set in the trees above the 600-acre animal and safari reserve, the glass-fronted suites reflect the stunning natural surroundings and will offer space, comfort and a unique sense of serenity.
The treehouses were given a magic touch by interior designer Tara Bernerd. They are simply chic with colours and materials that complement the environment and the ethos of the Port Lympne Reserve. Designed for four they have two bedrooms, a bathroom and an expansive open-plan sitting room and kitchen leading out onto a private balcony.
Guests staying in the treehouses get their own golf buggies and can also choose to book a VIP safari, as well as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to feed a very special family of gorillas. Other activities on offer include archery, fishing, zorbing and cycling – or for a more sedate experience, head down into the reserve to enjoy a tranquil fireside moment in the Treehouse Relaxation Hut before booking a private chef for your treehouse retreat.
If you stay in the Treehouse Hotel you’ll also receive free unlimited entry to Port Lympne and Howletts Wild Animal Park – it’s really (really) wild!
How to get to Treehouse Hotel Port Lympne without flying:
If you’re driving Port Lympne is on the B2067, just past Ashford, Kent and a short distance from Canterbury and Folkestone.
By train, head for Ashford International and then jump on a bus from the domestic side of the station. The Stagecoach East Kent number 10 bus runs between Ashford and Folkestone via Port Lympne.
Staying in the Treehouse Hotel costs from £300 per night in low season and from £600 per night in high season.
Images: Dave Rolfe / The Aspinall Foundation