PORT LYMPNE HOTEL & RESERVE
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This place is so relaxing and it being surrounded by tall pine trees makes it the more relaxing. The pine scented breeze (I think that it is more psychological lol) and the sunlight streaming through gives you the feeling of forest bathing. We love living the ZEN lifestyle, and this kind of accommodation will let you realise you need fewer things in life to survive- SURVIVE!
They have a clubhouse, barbecue/campfire area where the guests roasts their marshmallows, communal toilets & shower areas, and as for the kitchen, we haven’t inquired whether you are actually allowed to cook on site or not.
They have Pinewood Cafe just near the Reserve’s Visitor Centre and they have lots of outdoor seating surrounded by beautiful potted flowers.
This pod can sleep up to 4 adults we were told. You can fit in 2 single mattresses and sleeping mats on the floor. You can squeeze a family of 4 or have a fun outing with your friends.
They have tea/coffee making facilities inside the pod and nothing else fancy. Don’t expect to find your 5 star hotel room inside, this is camping only that you don’t have to pitch a tent yourself.
We are not sure whether you have to purchase a separate admission ticket for the park if you are a guest in their accommodations (they have several luxury accommodations scattered all over the park, they also have a hotel if camping is not your thing) or if they have included everything in the accommodation price.
Anyway, once you’re inside the park, you are free to explore the whole of it so it is a really worthwhile experience as you shall soon see in the photos that will follow.
Its early springtime and and this busy bee is already busy with its work. Bless your heart, you will be richly rewarded for your hard work.
AMUR OR SIBERIAN TIGER
(Panthera tigris altaica)
I love this shot of this tiger. It looks cute I could easily be tempted to keep it for a pet. As they say, looks can be deceiving. These cuties are famous hunters for a long long time. Unless you’re a pro, stay away unless you want to be its next meal.
PORT LYMPNE HOTEL & GARDENS
In the horizon is the coastline of Kent. We were told that on a clear Sunny day, we can see France from the Reserve–spectacular!
Looking back to the pine trees we’ve just left. The left enclosure is where the tigers belong, while the right enclosure is where the lions are kept. You will normally hear them roar, scary in the wild but quite therapeutic in the reserve. Nature is indeed therapy!
These potted plants add a touch of elegance to the gardens.
The tiered gardens remind us of the biblical Hanging Gardens of Babylon!
This ornamental pond adds a very romantic water feature to the property.
Its still early days of spring so very few flowers are in bloom. The first once that usually appear are snowdrops, crocuses, and daffodils. Didn’t get the name of this flower but perhaps Google Lens can help you lol. They stand out in the flower bed because actually the flower beds are looking a bit empty at the moment as the plants think it is still winter time. You’ll see the flower beds transformed in a few weeks when the weather is all lovely warm & sunny.
I just love taking macro shots of these delicate beauties. That actually translates to appreciate whatever little you have in life. Inspiration is everywhere, you just need to be more appreciative. If you are feeling uninspired, maybe you have a chronic disorder of just being boring lol, peace!
These hyacinths add a pop of colour to a rather tired looking winter garden. Those flower heads just look gorgeous and full of life and hope.
This common purple rock cress is like a maiden’s hair accented with purple flowers. They just make the stonewall full of life and character.
Pretty and delicate flowers juxtaposed against a sturdy stone wall highlight the beauty of life.
There is beauty in everything, you just need to look closer and be more appreciative. If you look closer, the water just trickles down just enough to create a ripple effect. When the sun hits the water, it gives a pretty reflection against the brick wall, it is decadently pretty.
This romantic alcove is where dreams are made of. Imagine yourself having a glass of orange juice or having a cup of tea or coffee armed with your laptop. Give yourself an hour or two to daydream and you can come up with best writing you have done in ages. Sometimes inspiration can come from the divine, other times it comes from the environment. That is why it is important to expose yourself to tidy, peaceful, and inspiring landscapes to harness the inspiration of nature. When the inspiration from nature and from the divine intersect, you can expect magic brewing somewhere.
This alcove is way too sweet its almost like a setting for a film. You know what Im thinking, its the scene with Lucy, Mina and Jonathan just enjoying the beautiful gardens in the film and novel of the same title, Dracula. That’s my all time favourite novel by the way. For me the book is better than the film only because the film ends up scaring me rather than entertaining. The story is full of noble traits of self-reliance, long-suffering, and hardwork.