The house is currently the residence of the Alexander George Thynn, 7th Marquess of Bath (herein known refered to as Lord Bath). You know when people say that British people can be quite"quirky"? This is the kind of guy they are talking about!
|Lord Bath in his signature colourful vests|
The house itself a worth a visit and the chance of running into Lord Bath whilst there is definitely reason to go, but the real reason is the drive-thru Safari Park. It was managed by Lord Bath until 2010, when the reigns were handed over to his son, keeping the first-ever safari park outside Africa in the Thynn family.
Seals in the lake (clearly this is on a boat, not in the drive-thru bit). They give you fish to feed them!
After going through some hippos, zebras, vultures and even lions and tigers, you'll come to the wolf enclosure. We spotted some wolves fighting over what looked like an animal pelt (no flesh, just the fur) and they were really riled up -growling and snapping at each other. One wolf won the fight and ran off with the pelt and the others came to inspect the passing cars. When one came to our car, he sniffed the mirror (seen in the poor quality photo below) for a second and then bit it with his giant wolf mouth!
What are you waiting for? Borrow a friend's car and head to Longleat! You owe me one for this recommendation.