Venues Port Lympne Hotel & Reserve
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Port Lympne Hotel & Reserve

Port Lympne Wild Animal Park and Mansion

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Port Lympne Wild Animal Park and Mansion

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  • Stunning Grade II-listed mansion
  • Wildlife safari and conservation park
  • On the edge of the stunning Kent Downs AONB
  • Luxury hotel wedding venue
  • Licensed to host civil wedding ceremonies
  • Home to over 700 endangered animals
  • Selection of licensed venues to choose from
  • Licensed for indoor and outdoor ceremonies
  • Delicious food created by in-house chefs
  • Amazing options for your accommodation

Port Lympne Hotel and Reserve is a stunning Grade II-listed wedding venue that offers guests a totally unique experience with a selection of beautiful wedding venues to host your celebrations. With inspiring spaces both indoors and out including terraces, a Moroccan Courtyard, and plenty more, you will be spoilt for choice at this striking wedding venue.

Choose from the boutique hotel or several other venues across the 600 acres of parkland to say your vows and hold your reception at a wedding that is planned to perfection by dedicated coordinators to ensure everything goes smoothly on your special day.

About

Port Lympne is a stunning venue that is surrounded by beautiful parkland and acres of natural countryside. The venue was bought by John Aspinall who went on to set up The Aspinall Foundation, an honourable foundation dedicated to conserving wildlife and their reintroduction to the wild.

Continuing in his father's footsteps, Damian Aspinall now heads the foundation which is dedicated to creating natural habitats for endangered species as well as creating awareness among the public. As a wedding venue, this is unlike any other. The incredible vision that drives to protect wildlife makes it a magical place to host your wedding, perfect for any animal loving bride and groom.

The 600 acre country estate has won the Kent Wedding Awards for four years in a row and is well recognised as a luxury wedding venue which offers adventure, romance and glamour.

Facilities

There are a range of licensed spaces to choose from for your wedding ceremony, including outdoor terraces and beautiful rooms indoors. Of course, you can also use these facilities for your wedding breakfast and evening reception.

Bear Lodge

Overlooking the bear enclosure, this spacious clubhouse can be exclusively yours for your wedding day and also for the night. You and your guests have your own private entrance to the venue, with stunning views of the Kent coast and - of course - the bears. This venue is ideal for a natural themed wedding and is truly something unique.

Civil ceremony capacity - 70 guests
Wedding breakfast capacity - 70 guests
Evening reception capacity - 180 guests
Sleeping capacity - 152 guests

Moroccan Courtyard

Bring elegance and exuberance to your wedding in a Moroccan setting in Kent. The Moroccan courtyard has been expertly restored with marble floor and pillars, a stunning octagonal fountain, and antiques from Marrakech.

Civil ceremony capacity - 20 guests
Wedding breakfast capacity - 30 guests
Drinks reception capacity - 40 guests

Spencer Roberts Room

The Spencer Roberts Room is an atmospheric space with murals on the walls of animals from around the world. It is a great option for couples looking for an intimate and ornate setting.

Civil ceremony capacity - 40 guests

Giraffe Cottage

The charming Giraffe Cottage overlooks the reserve's African Experience. Ideal for a secluded and intimate wedding, the cottage offers luxuries such as a personal chef and a private ranger guided safari, all within a quaint setting. You can even have a relaxed ceremony led by a celebrant on the lawn.

Wedding breakfast capacity - 8 guests
Sleeping capacity - 8 guests

The Aspinall Suite

Ideal for a wedding reception, The Aspinall Suite is a spacious room with a private bar and dance floor. The space can become a blank canvas to decorate as you wish for your special day.

Civil ceremony capacity - 150 guests
Wedding breakfast capacity - 180 guests
Evening reception capacity - 200 guests

There are plenty of other areas that can be used for your wedding ceremony and reception; more information can be found on the website.

Packages

Depending if you hold your wedding at the hotel, Giraffe Cottage or Bear Lodge, there are a range of packages to make sure you have everything you need for your special day. There is also a bespoke option to have a wedding perfectly tailored to you.

An example of what you can expect includes:

  • A wedding coordinator to assist in the planning and organisation
  • Exclusive use of the area for your wedding ceremony
  • Exclusive use of the area for your wedding breakfast and evening reception
  • Full use of the beautiful landscaped gardens for your photographs
  • Tables, chairs, white linen, glassware, cutlery and crockery
  • Ivory coloured post box
  • Silver cake stand and knife
  • Complimentary parking
  • Wooden easel to display your seating plan
  • Microphone for the speeches
  • Docking station for wedding breakfast music

Other services include a tour of the venue, gardens and accommodation, a consultation with your chef to decide upon your menu, providing information about the local area, including recommended suppliers, coordinating any deliveries on the day, and setting up a back-up plan in case of any unforeseen circumstances.

Contact the venue for prices and more detailed information about the packages available.

Catering

The catering team at Port Lympne Hotel pride themselves not only on the quality of their cuisine but also their ingredients. They select the best seasonal, local produce for all of their meals and work closely with a range of suppliers in Kent. Bridal couples will have the choice between a traditional wedding breakfast, a buffet, a hog roast or a barbecue to keep all of their guests fed after the ceremony. You will be invited to a tasting session to get to know the chefs and your food preferences.

However, you are not restricted to using the in-house caterers. If you wish, you can bring in your own team with an additional dry hire fee.

Accommodation

For a wedding night to remember, Port Lympne Hotel has a stunning variety of rooms available.

The hotel itself has gorgeous rooms with luxury facilities but for something a little different there are an array of lodges available as well as a beautiful treehouse hotel. The happy couple can sleep in the luxury lodge close to the lions and tigers, keep each other warm in the shepherd's hut, or go glamping under the stars.

Lion and Tiger Lodges

Perfect for fans of animals, these individual lodges overlook the habitats of some incredible animals. Wake up in the morning to see an inquisitive tiger at your window, or to watch lion cubs playing outside.

Giraffe Cottage

The former keeper's cottage can sleep up to eight guests in cosy double and twin bedrooms. Not only will you have your own kitchen, but you'll have a personal chef, too, and a dedicated safari guide.

Treehouse Hotel

Set among the trees, the Treehouse Hotel has far reaching views over the rhinos and cheetahs. Each suite sleeps four guests and has a glass front to make the most of the incredible view, along with a private balcony and open plan kitchen and living area.

Port Lympne Hotel

The venue's boutique hotel has fantastic views from each of its bedrooms. Each room benefits from a smart TV, an ensuite bathroom, and use of a buggy to get around the 600 acre reserve.

For more information on the mansion and the safari park, visit their website or click on the enquiry options above.

Address
Port Lympne Hotel and Reserve
Lympne
near Ashford
Kent
CT21 4PD

Reviews

  • Mark and Laura - 14/11/2016

    I would like to personally thank you very much on behalf of my wife & I for such an outstanding job coordinating and organising our fantastic wedding. It was truly a fairytale wedding which everyone enjoyed. The day was truly perfect and your hard work made our day that extra special complementing such an amazing venue. Thank you for all your up front planning and organising and support to us and our guests on the day. Please pass our thanks to your teams and thank you for making our special day perfect.

  • Simon and David - 14/11/2016

    From the moment we met Sarah we were very impressed with her. Her attention to detail was impeccable and this really showed on the day. She was solutions focused and gave us lots of ideas and inspiration that helped us to develop our vision and come up with a truly unique and unforgettable day. We are both very meticulous and know what we like and want. We were blown away with the smooth running of the day. The feedback from our family and friends has been incredible. They have all commented on how professional all of the staff were and how well run the day was. We had a number of guests who had special requirements and Sarah personally made sure each one of them was well looked after and cared for. She really went the extra mile! In short we found Sarah, helpful, insightful, patient, funny, calm, caring and we would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending Sarah to anyone. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  • Mr and Mrs Powell - 14/11/2016

    I just wanted to thank you for helping us plan the most special day of our lives. We don't know what we would have done without you! Thank you so much for remembering all of the small things that made up our big day! There were so many things we had not thought of so we really appreciate everything you did for us. You could not have made it a better process. You kept us calm and really helped us with budgeting. You went above and beyond your job description. You really cared about us! We will always remember you!

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