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The Big Cat Sanctuary

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Luxury encounter with big cats

We have been here before and stayed in the 1 bedroom lodge which was brilliant but this time it was... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
paulthompson01
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essex
Amazing overnight stay

We stayed overnight as a ten year wedding anniversary present to ourselves and i'm struggling to... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
SHG1974
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London, United Kingdom
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The Big Cat Sanctuary The Big Cat Sanctuary is a conservation charity, home to over 50 big and small cats across 16 different species. We are proud to have the most diverse collection in the UK, from the largest, to the smallest, to the most...more
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Marley Farm Headcorn Road, Smarden TN27 8PJ, England
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We have been here before and stayed in the 1 bedroom lodge which was brilliant but this time it was my sons birthday and so we had the 2 bedroom lodge which is pure luxury even so, you could live in it. The hand feeding...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 5 days ago

We stayed overnight as a ten year wedding anniversary present to ourselves and i'm struggling to find the words that does this experience justice. Yes it's expensive, but in my opinion worth every penny. The work the Sanctuary does is phenomenal and to know you're...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank SHG1974
TheBigCatSanctuary, Public Relations Manager at The Big Cat Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

We are really happy that you and your husband so enjoyed celebrating your tenth wedding anniversary with us at The Big Cat Sanctuary and that you found it such a magical and unforgettable experience. We are glad to hear that you found your Lodge comfortable...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

I bought a 'keeper for the day' experience for my OH's birthday and tagged along. It was a great day. Got a sneaky stroke of a basking lion's back through the wire, and got to hand feed the white tiger. The staff gave us lots...More

Date of experience: January 2018
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TheBigCatSanctuary, Public Relations Manager at The Big Cat Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

We are glad to hear that you so enjoyed your Ranger for the Day with us and learnt a lot about our cats. Thank you for taking the time to review us and we hope to see you again in the future.

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I booked an overnight stay for my hubbys birthday and our wedding anniversary combined. On arrival we were met by the lovely hospitality manager Karen, we were made to feel extremely welcome and we were shown to our lodge, we had chosen the leopard lodge,...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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TheBigCatSanctuary, Public Relations Manager at The Big Cat Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you for taking the time to review your recent Overnight Big Cat Encounter, it is very much appreciated. We are very happy that you so enjoyed celebrating your husband's birthday and wedding anniversary with us at The Big Cat Sanctuary and that you found...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The whole experience at the Big Cat Sanctuary was brilliant. The moment you enter you feel like you are immersed in the world of the cats, as we entered the car park turning to our right we saw the newest Jaguar Neron just feet away....More

Date of experience: December 2018
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TheBigCatSanctuary, Public Relations Manager at The Big Cat Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We are pleased you so enjoyed your recent Big Cat Encounter. The hand-feeds are indeed a special experience and we are glad you also liked getting to know our cats' individual personalities and picking your favourites to hand feed. It’s so good to hear that...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Booked an overnight stay. Although it appears expensive when you fully understand what your money is helping, it is pence. Absolutely everything is FIRST CLASS, wish you could stay two nights in the accommodation it is outstanding. Food fantastic, Service amazing. Staff purely wonderful. Cannot...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We thoroughly enjoyed our tour and afternoon tea yesterday! this is a truly amazing place to visit with lots of happy and healthy cats being taken care of in a lovely environment. We really appreciated that Giles went ahead with his talk despite the fact...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank Lisa_LTN
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Well the visit was all that we hoped it would be...…..and then some We arrived a little early and were well looked after until we were able to check in. The lodge was warm clean and welcoming with all that was needed for a one...More

Date of experience: November 2018
4  Thank stevieboyUk
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Had the Big Cat Experience - absolutely brilliant. Becky was a fantastic tour guide during our private tour. We learnt so much about conservation, breeding programmes and the animals. Would totally recommend this experience.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was a truly wonderful experience. We arrived at the gates as the heavens opened and honestly wondered if the weather would pick up. We parked and headed to the reception area where the friendly staff said take a seat and we dried off. The...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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KathyMayJohn
14 November 2018|
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Response from Bathnimlet | Reviewed this property |
What a banal question when you are reviewing a place that is saving endangered species. Why don't you visit Disneyland instead?
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KathyMayJohn
14 November 2018|
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Response from TheBigCatSanctuary | Property representative |
Hello, thank you for getting in touch. The afternoon tea usually finishes around 3.30-3.45, after which you would go out for your first tour of the sanctuary. The tour tends to finish at 5.15-5.30. Guests at this point would... More
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Margaret E
17 October 2018|
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Response from TheBigCatSanctuary | Property representative |
Hi Margaret, unfortunately, we aren't able to accommodate dogs on site, with the exception of working or assistance dogs.
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