History Of The Mansion

The Port Lympne Mansion was built in 1912 for the Right Honourable Philip Sassoon and took the two architects, Herbert Baker and Ernest Willmott two years to construct. The exterior reflects the Dutch Colonial style of architecture and the Mansion was often said to be the last historic house of that century. The walls are made from 2 and a half inch bricks, the roof from old Kent tiles and the window frames from solid oak.

The interior was designed to Sir Philip’s requirements and has the essence of a Roman villa, with marble columns, sweeping stone staircase, and tessellated hall. The hallway floor is made from black and white marble in concentric curves and is fascinating to the eye. The Mansion was used as a billet for troops during World War II and during this time a lot of the original art work and features were damaged. Since then the Tate Gallery have organized a lot of restoration work and the Mansion is now in its prime.


Contained within the Mansion are many artifacts of differing type. There are examples of ornamented ironwork made by Berube Reynolds and designed by Philip Tilden, who later was also responsible for the Moorish patio and the swimming pool outside (now a decorative pond with fountain). There are many fantastic pieces of art mostly depicting wildlife from across the globe. The Mansion houses three Churchill paintings (loaned by his daughter) which depict the Mansion and the view over the Romney Marshes. Of the original artwork designed for the Mansion, there is a Glyn Philpot freeze remaining, depicting Egyptians.

There are three mural rooms in the Mansion one painted by Rex Whistler, one by Spencer Roberts and the third by Martin Jordan, the latter of whom incorporated his own experiences of traveling the world and from right here in the Park. Martin Jordan now has the honor of revitalizing the other mural rooms when required to do so.

Port Lympne Country Park & Gardens

The Port Lympne Country Park & Gardens are set in 15 acres of beautifully landscaped terrain and include a vineyard, figures, a chess board and the stripe garden. Vistors can enjoy breathtaking panoramic views from the Trojan stairway across Romney Marsh and the English Channel.

Attention to detail within each section of the gardens is exhibited by a complementary grouping of color. The gardens are of interest throughout the year with spring bedding and summer bedding.

Stunning Art Deco Murals

The mansion house is located in 600 acres of its wild animal park in Kent and consists of the delightful mural painted rooms by famous English artists such as Rex Whistler, Spencer Roberts, and Martin Jordan.

Guided Tours

A typical guided tour will include talks about the ambition and achievements of the Late John Aspinall and his wild animal parks. Our tour guides will also detail the history on each of the mansion’s painted rooms and artifacts and the history of the garden. Tours can be tailored to your specific requirements and are available all year-round.

Customers can roam freely and enjoy the wild animal park at Port Lympne during their visit. Customers taking guided tours around the Mansion and Gardens receive 10% discount in the gift shop.