Giraffe Hall: the hotel in Kent where you can see giraffes up close has a waiting list of 25,000 people

A lavish mansion where guests can feed giraffes through their bedroom window has a waiting list of over 25,000 people. Giraffe Hall is set to be the newest safari-inspired accommodation to open in Port Lympne Reserve next year.

The 15th century period property is being renovated to have 10 luxury rooms and five cabins on site and a plan has been in the works since 2018, with proposals to open it in 2019 and 2020. But the pandemic has halted all progress for the better part of a year.

Now there’s a loose opening date of 2023 written in the diaries of excited animal lovers. Those staying in the recently refurbished house, near Hythe, will be able to admire the site, with sprawling countryside outside their window.

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But right next to them, giraffes will roam as they explore their enclosure – and risk poking their heads into their rooms. Guests may have a wait to stay at the period property, as Port Lympne is still taking details from interested parties.

It is dubbed the first of its kind in the Western Hemisphere and will be a huge attraction for tourists coming to Kent. It is one of many luxury night attractions.

Although a price list has yet to be released, people can expect to pay £1,650 for a night at the nearby Lion Lodge, one of the reserve’s quirky animal experiences.

The restoration has been described by the reserve as “tricky” in recent years, with much of the 15th century features retained. Styling and design is by Victoria Aspinall.

Giraffe Hall at Port Lympne

Port Lympne described the accommodation, at the top of the reserve, as having “a luxury safari feel, whilst incorporating the comforts and decor of an English stately home”. Besides getting up and getting acquainted with the giraffes, people will also be able to see the savannahs roaming freely.

Over the years, work has also included familiarizing the giraffes with their new enclosure, which included creating a walkway to Giraffe Hall.

While a waiting list of thousands isn’t daunting, the reserve is always keen to hear from anyone else interested in an overnight stay. You can do this by tapping here.

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