Port Lympne Hotel & Reserve

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Port Lympne Hotel & Reserve Lympne Nr Ashford Kent CT21 4PD
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About Port Lympne Hotel & Reserve

Port Lympne Hotel & Reserve, Lympne, Nr Ashford
Kent, CT21 4PD

Port Lympne Hotel & Reserve is Kent’s largest wildlife park.  Home to amazing animals and the county’s only safari experiences, the 600 acre country estate is also an award winning wedding venue, offering couples an incredible location filled with romance, adventure, luxury and glamour.

Situated within one of the most picturesque and unique areas of the County, couples can choose to say their vows and celebrate their special day at a variety of locations around the reserve, ranging from four star luxury at Port Lympne Hotel, to more intimate ceremonies at Giraffe Cottage or the Treehouse Hotel and nature inspired, country style weddings at Bear Lodge.

The Grade 2 Listed Port Lympne Hotel and surrounding gardens provide couples with a choice of indoor and outdoor areas to say their vows, including romantic Italian inspired terraces and the exotic Moroccan Courtyard decorated with handpicked antiques from the souks of Marrakesh.  Indoor options include the muralled reception rooms, or spacious Aspinall Suite.

The hotel can be booked exclusively and the lovely Port Lympne Hotel gardens with colourful borders, statues, water features, fountains and glorious views offer a wonderful backdrop for photographs and unmissable Instagram moments.

Giraffe Cottage, with its pretty cottage garden and incredible views over The African Experience offers couples a charming venue with private ranger guided safari, personal chef and overnight accommodation for eight people, whilst the Treehouse Hotel with views over the rhino paddocks is perfect for a relaxed celebrant led ceremony with a contemporary feel, reflecting the natural surroundings.

Bear Lodge, with its private entrance, parking, spacious clubhouse and overnight glamping accommodation is ideal for natural themed, rustic style weddings with incredible views over the spectacled bear habitat to the coast beyond.

Surrounded by some of the world’s most endangered animals, couples and their guests can enjoy a private safari after their ceremony to see free roaming wild animals or get up close and personal with their favourite animal with an exclusive animal encounter!


With a range of completely unique and effortlessly chic overnight accommodation available, couples can opt to spend their first night together, either star gazing at The Bubble, or curling up together in a shepherd’s hut, or even sleeping within a whisker of tigers or lions in a luxury lodge.

Our team will be on hand to help from the very beginning of a couple’s wedding journey and our variety of wedding packages available, including last minute and bespoke options, are designed to make the day run smoothly and suit a variety of budgets.

There’s also a wide variety of special touches available and with menu tastings included in some packages, or dry hire for those who want to bring in their own caterers, it’s easy to see why Port Lympne Hotel & Reserve is a destination of choice for couples looking for a unique venue.

For more information, please visit www.aspinallfoundation.org/weddings  or call the team on 01303 234111

• Kent Wedding Award winners for 2016, 2017, 2018 & 2019 - Wedding Venue of the Year- Something Different • Unique accommodation set across 600 acres, accommodating over 300 guests per night • Licensed for a variety of locations both inside and outside ceremonies across the reserve • VIP private Safari's to take your guests around the South American, African & Asian experience on your wedding day • Venues to suit all wedding requirements and styling • We work with the very best Kent suppliers to ensure all your requirments are exceeded

Facilities at Port Lympne Hotel & Reserve

Venue Type :
Civil Ceremony Licence
Exclusive Use
In the Country
Stately Home
Small Hotel
Outdoor License
Marquees and Tents
Unusual Weddings
Unique Weddings
Evening Entertainment :
Evening Reception Facilities
Marquee Available
Entertainment Licence
Live Band Facilities
DJ Facilities
Overnight Accommodation :
Overnight Accommodation for Wedding Couple
Overnight Accommodation for Guests
Other Features :
Confetti Permitted
Changing Room for Guests
Disabled Facilities
Car Parking
Dining Options :
Seated Meal Facilities
Buffet Meal Facilities
In House Catering
Allows Private Catering
Alcohol Licence
Corkage Option
Capacity :
Less than 30 guests
30 to 50 guests
50 to 75 guests
75 to 100 guests
100 to 150 guests
150 to 250 guests
Venue Staff Assistance :
Wedding Coordinator

Port Lympne Hotel & Reserve Reviews (64)

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By Nick and Amy, on 23 May 2019Date of Wedding - 18 May 2019

Nick and I got married here on Saturday and well what can I say. INCREDIBLE! I want to say a huge thank you to all of the staff, the cleaners were so kind and informed me personally when the room was ready, the restaurant staff went above and beyond to make sure my dress was in a safe place, the rangers were on time to pick us up from bear lodge in the morning and for our giraffe encounter and were genuinely excited for us. I want to mention a special thank you to Jess our wedding organiser who’s calm personality is just what I needed!! She has been an absolute star from day one when we booked (which was about a year ago). She replies to all my questions, and believe me I do go on and on! The day was 10000% better than I expected, I thought I was going to be stressed the whole day but nope not at all! Not to mention how absolutely stunning the venue is! We are lucky it didnt rain but if it had done you have no worries, its stunning in every room. I honestly cannot recommend having your wedding here enough, they were so so accommodating and we will definitely be spending every anniversary here that is for sure! I want the day to happen 100 times over again! Thank you so so so much it really was the best day of our lives xxx

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By Liz and Maz, on 17 Sep 2018Date of Wedding - 09 Sep 2018

Hi Jess, We had the most amazing day! Absolutely perfect. The weather was incredible and the hotel and grounds just shone! We were so so happy and couldn’t have dreamed it would go so well. Thank you to you and your whole team - amazing. After the first hour of sheer panic I was able to relax and enjoy the whole thing - from the ceremony onwards I had the best time and Maz did too! I hope everything was cleared up ok? My aunt and uncle and mum were left with instructions! We’ve arrived in Inverness after catching the sleeper! All went to plan. Thanks so much again - incredible All the best Liz and Maz xx

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By Hannah and Ben, on 17 Sep 2018Date of Wedding - 12 Aug 2018

Hi Jess, Ben and I just wanted to thank you and all of the staff at Port Lympne for helping us to have such a magical wedding day. We loved every minute of it and really did have the best day ever. We have many happy memories to take away from the day and all of our guests commented on the venues location, the efficiency of the staff and the good food that we enjoyed. We will definitely be back to stay at some point. Thank you again. Kind regards, Hannah and Ben

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By Dawn and Tom, on 17 Sep 2018Date of Wedding - 03 Aug 2018

Bronwyn Thank you so much for all of your help to create an incredibly memorable day. We all had such an amazing time and we couldnt have asked for it to have been more perfect. We have had so many comments as to how beautiful the venue is and we couldn't agree more. All the best Dawn & Tom

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By Nick and Sam, on 17 Sep 2018Date of Wedding - 29 Jul 2018

Hi Jess, What can we say about our wedding! WOW! I think sums it up. We had a great time. Everything went very smoothly. We didn't have any worries or concerns. It flowed beautifully. Everyone thought the venue was stunning, the food was fabulous, the wine was excellent. The DJ hit the feel and tone we wanted right on the nose. He even played a tune at the very end that we had considered for a long time for our first dance and Sam wanted it to be played during the reception and no one had briefed him. The rooms were dressed just as Sam wanted them. The guest rooms. Fantastic. All the feedback we got was they were gobsmacking. We were stunned by the size, the furniture and the facilities in our room. The Safari was an added bonus we really enjoyed I know the weather wasn't ideal but we saw a couple of sights that we will remember forever. The giraffes running along beside the truck and the views. Jess many thanks for the work you and team put into our wedding. Please pass onto those who were involved our sincere thanks. You played a blinder that day. All in all WE HAD A FANTASTIC WEDDING and A GREAT TIME. Thanks Nick and Sam

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By Tor and Martin, on 30 Jul 2018Date of Wedding - 22 Jul 2018

Hi Jess, No honeymoon as yet! Waiting until our daughter has bit more of a routine or we wouldn't enjoy a holiday anyway. We had an a amazing day thanks so much for all your hard work! So many people have told me weddings are very stressful and you don't get to enjoy it as so busy on the day however this definitely wasn't our experience. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves; perfect setting and a perfect day! We look forward to our next visit to Port Lympne Take care Tor and Martin

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By Tim and Louise, on 30 Jul 2018Date of Wedding - 21 Jul 2018

Hi Jess, Happy for you to use anything in your testimonies. Port Lympne provided the perfect venue for the perfect day. The venue itself is beautiful with a scenic view beyond comparison. Our wedding was suited on the iceberg terrace which provided an amazing entrance for my wife to be. All staff, including our wedding coordinator were on hand to deal with any minor issues we encountered. They were adaptable and incredibly accommodating. I have nothing constructive to provide, everything was ideal. Thank you for everything. Tim & Louise

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By Millie and Lee, on 30 Jul 2018Date of Wedding - 12 May 2018

Hi Jess. We wanted to just say a massive thank you to yourself and all the staff. You were amazing in every detail of the day, which helped it all run smoothly. Everyone has praised the food and service they received. We want to do it all again!!! Many thanks Millie Walker

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By Sarah and Terry, on 30 Jul 2018Date of Wedding - 29 Apr 2018

Dear Bronwyn and Team, We had a wonderful wedding and would like to express our sincere thanks to you and everyone for the preparation and day itself. Although the naughty rain tried to spoil things, our friends and family created such a smashing atmosphere, even the weather was not an issue. Your assistant and guidance made the whole experience a pleasure. We will certainly be back to visit again. The honeymoon was a welcome break after all the wedding fever and we are now settling into married life. Our warm thanks once again. Warm wishes, Sarah and Terry xx

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By Sarah and Dean, on 01 May 2018Date of Wedding - 27 Apr 2018

Hi Jess, We just wanted to say a massive Thank You to you and the team at Port Lympne for helping to make our wedding day so special! We really had a brilliant day, and you particularly, were excellent, both in the build up and on the day :-) So thank you! Sarah and Dean

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By Andy and Sarah, on 30 Jul 2018Date of Wedding - 03 Apr 2018

Dear Bronwyn and the team at Port Lympne Hotel, We wanted to write to thank you for all your help towards our wedding on the 3rd April 2018. We had a fabulous day and are so grateful to everyone at Port Lympne Hotel. Bronwyn, thank you for all your time given to our day. Andy and Sarah x

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By Sam and Matt, on 28 Nov 2017Date of Wedding - 30 Oct 2017

Hi Kayleigh, Thank you so much, you were amazing, we couldn’t have pulled it off without you! I am so pleased we got you to help us out, and thank you for being so accommodating with everything. Everyone had an amazing time and matt and I couldn’t be happier! Of course we will add a review for you, it may just take a couple of days but don’t fret it will be on there! Thanks again, I really can’t express how grateful we are that you were there to help us. Speak soon :) Sam x

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