We stayed here one night, after returning from 7 days in Masai Mara. Coming from the bush to this five star luxury was pure indulgence, and such a wonderful return to "civilization."
You are greeted with fantastic home made lemonade spritzers. We were then shown around the home (yes, this is a true manor house, not a hotel) and all the amenities were nicely explained. We were even offered a choice of rooms, as there was a suite available for a complimentary upgrade! We declined, as we still preferred the second floor view of the standard room to the much larger suite that had less of a view.
After getting settled in, we walked down to the courtyard seating area and were treated to an absolutely lovely and relaxing lunch. Very high quality food, very high quality service. Everything done the way you would expect at a 5 star. The environment in the courtyard is just super.
After lunch we walked down to the giraffe visitor center -- literally a 3 minute walk across the lawn. After learning everything we never knew about the lives of giraffes, we did some shopping at the vistor center's excellent gift shop, and came back to the Manor.
That's when we were greeted with.... home made chocolate chip cookies, straight out of the oven! Brilliant! That with a coffee and tea brought right to our room. What a nice welcome back!
That afternoon we sat outside in the back yard, playing with the manager's dog. He's a cheeky fellow and loves to fetch. It was highly entertaining, as he'd often chase the wandering warthogs while retrieving the ball. We really loved being able to play with the dog, while sitting outside in the yard and reading, reviewing our safari photos, etc. You really feel like you're staying at a private home, versus at a hotel or B&B. Around sunset, one of the giraffes made his way up to the backyard area, and we spent about an hour feeding and photographing her.
After enjoying the cocktails and hors d'oeuvre in the fireplace room, we retreated to our room, where we were served a private, four course dinner. The perfect cap to the perfect day at Giraffe Manor.
Next morning we got downstairs early, and were treated to up close and personal time with about 5 giraffes who joined for breakfast. We fed them through the windows in the breakfast room. Highly entertaining. Once again, the food was excellent. Five star food indeed.
If you're like me, you're looking at the price of this place and asking yourself, "How in the world could it be worth that much money?" After staying here, I can tell you, it's worth it. But only if you love animals and giraffes in particular. If you don't love animals, you may not find the same magic at Giraffe Manor that we, and so many others, have found during our stay. But even if you remove the giraffes from the equation, at the very least, this place is a highly enjoyable, well-run, five-star boutique B&B. Now you add in the giraffes, and it's a magical place that offers experiences like no other.
Well done Giraffe Manor! We can't wait to visit again, and have already recommended you to our friends and family.
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