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The Big Cat Sanctuary

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Utopia for Big Cat Lovers

It is difficult to describe in a few short sentences our Lodge experience at BCS. This is a rare... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Lamby64
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Grimsby, United Kingdom
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Forever cherish my lodge stay

We visited the sanctuary back in July 2018 for their open day, where we discovered and signed up... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Chubby81
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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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+44 1233 771915
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

It is difficult to describe in a few short sentences our Lodge experience at BCS. This is a rare chance to be guided around some of the most beautiful creatures on the planet by the passionate and friendly team that have the privilege to work...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Lamby64
TheBigCatSanctuary, Public Relations Manager at The Big Cat Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

We are so glad that you found your recent visit to The Big Cat Sanctuary such an amazing experience and appreciated our staffs’ knowledge and enthusiasm as well as getting a real insight into our conservation work. We are pleased you found the food served...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited the sanctuary back in July 2018 for their open day, where we discovered and signed up for the overnight lodge stay experience which we came back yesterday for. This was a gift to one another for our 11 year anniversary and I can...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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TheBigCatSanctuary, Public Relations Manager at The Big Cat Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you for taking the time to write a review of your recent Overnight Big Cat Safari. We are delighted to hear how much you enjoyed every aspect of celebrating your 11th year anniversary with us at The Big Cat Sanctuary and that you found...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I would absolutely recommend a trip to The Big Cat Sanctuary. I want to go back already! Such friendly and knowledgeable staff who had an informative answer for every question we asked. And the cats are all absolutely wonderful of course. I was a Ranger...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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TheBigCatSanctuary, Public Relations Manager at The Big Cat Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for recommending your recent Ranger for the Day experience at The Big Cat Sanctuary. We are pleased to hear how much you enjoyed all the aspects of your day and that you appreciated our friendly and knowledgeable staff. Having the opportunity to get...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

we have just returned from an over night stay at the big cat sanctuary and we thoroughly enjoyed it the staff were excellent and professional the food was very good and the accommodation was lovely every one went the extra mile to make it a...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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TheBigCatSanctuary, Public Relations Manager at The Big Cat Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to review your recent Overnight Big Cat Safari here at The Big Cat Sanctuary. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed all the varied aspects of your visit so much and found them to be of such a...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Wow!! I have recently come back from doing the big cat encounter at the big cat sanctuary and it was amazing! Exceeded all my expectations! The park itself is perfect so neat and tidy and well set out. The keeper who took me and my...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank nicolah151
TheBigCatSanctuary, Public Relations Manager at The Big Cat Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to write a review and recommend The Big Cat Sanctuary. It’s so good to hear that your visit exceeded your expectations and that you noticed how well cared for and content our big cats are and appreciated the immense...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I have just come back from the overnight lodge experience and can’t recommend it enough. The accommodation, food and service are all 5* but it’s not about that - it’s all about the cats. Maddie led our group of 8 and was so knowledgeable and...More

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

Thank you for taking the time to review and recommend The Big Cat Sanctuary. We are very glad that you found the whole experience to be 5-star and that you appreciated the amount of time you were able to spend with the cats on our...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

An amazing once-in-a life-time opportunity to get up close with the big cats. It was the perfect gift for my 40th birthday! The tours of the site were brilliant, the lodge accomodation was excellent, the food was great, and the staff were all friendly, helpful...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank KirstyandDave1
TheBigCatSanctuary, Public Relations Manager at The Big Cat Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your review. We are very happy to hear that you so enjoyed celebrating your 40th birthday with us at The Big Cat Sanctuary and that you appreciated the standard of all aspects of your stay from the accommodation to the hand-feed. Hearing...More

Reviewed 18 December 2018

I've lived in Kent for a long time and I have to say of all the wonderful places you could visit (mostly castles or vineyards) I can safely say this is the most interesting and the best. Go!More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank 731samb
TheBigCatSanctuary, Public Relations Manager at The Big Cat Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 19 December 2018

Thank you for taking the time to write a review of The Big Cat Sanctuary. We do indeed strive to offer unique experiences around our cats and are very pleased to hear how much you enjoyed your visit. Thanks again for your recommendation and we...More

Reviewed 17 December 2018 via mobile

For my 50th birthday I decided I wanted to do something completely different. Having seen the photography workshop on the website I decided that was what I was going to do and asked friends and family for contributions, rather than the usual materialistic presents. Due...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Andyb0607
TheBigCatSanctuary, Public Relations Manager at The Big Cat Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 19 December 2018

We are very happy to hear that you so enjoyed celebrating your 50th birthday with one of our Photographic Workshops and found that it enhanced your photography skills and also resulted in some fantastic shots. Thank you for taking the time to review and recommend...More

Reviewed 12 December 2018

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
Thank paulthompson01
TheBigCatSanctuary, Public Relations Manager at The Big Cat Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 17 December 2018

We are pleased to hear how much you enjoyed celebrating your son's birthday with an Overnight Big Cat Safari. Thank you for taking the time to review us and your feedback regarding the hand feeds. We are lucky enough to have increasing interest in The...More

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amylwright
21 December 2018|
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Response from TheBigCatSanctuary | Property representative |
Hello, thank you for getting in touch. The sanctuary is accessible throughout; there is wheelchair access to all public areas, and disabled toilet facilities in Heritage Lodge, our visitor centre. Please make our customer... More
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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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