The Carr-Hartley family share their home with eight Rothschild giraffes, some of the rarest on the planet.

In the shadow of Kenya's Mount Kilimanjaro, the giraffes are free to roam their 140-acre estate, but regularly visit their English-style manor built in the colonial era.

Every day before 9am, the animals poke their heads through the windows and doors in search of morning treats.

Tanya and Mikey Carr-Hartley are now opening up the manor gates to guests at the "giraffe hotel". The couple, both 38, had spent their childhood living close to the house in Nairobi and have both always been fascinated with  the tallest animal in the world.

Tanya said: "Mikey and I grew up near to this manor house when we were children. We are both third generation Kenyans who have always wanted to work in conservation. Mikey's family have been involved in the protection of animals for many generations."

"His granddad was even involved in the relocation of giraffes as far back as the 1930s. Moving the giraffes ensured their protection and continued existence. When the house came up for sale, we jumped at the chance to buy it as we had always dreamed of one day owning it."

"We are now absolutely overjoyed to be involved with the protection of this very endangered species. Having the giraffes so close is very special and something which people can now experience by staying in one of the six rooms at the hotel."

[via DailyMail]