With many of us confined to our homes for a chunk of 2020, with long-awaited holidays cancelled and plans put on hold, it’s no surprise that lots of us are looking forward to 2021 and making the most of our travel opportunities.
For those of us who prefer a stay-cation, we’ve teamed up with DisabledHolidays.com to give you a run-down of some of the best wheelchair-accessible hotels and holiday destinations in the UK.
These accessible log cabins and lodges in Looe are nestled in two acres of quiet Cornish countryside and sleep up to six people. Built in 2008, facilities include electric profiling beds, electric hoists/slings, riser chair and shower chair, while additional mobility aids available on request and without charge. The popular Looe & Plaidy beaches are close by, where you can hire a sand wheelchair, watch the sunset or enjoy a traditional cream tea. You’ll also be within travelling distance of The Eden Project, as well as South East Cornwall’s array of great houses and gardens, including the grand Lanhydrock House.
These countryside log cabins are perfect for those who want to combine a relaxing retreat with a fun-packed activity holiday. Located on an animal farm the cabins offer luxury living with high quality décor and under-floor heating throughout. A river meanders through the farm – perfect for fishing – and there’s a range of on-site activities including canoeing, kayaking, archery, target shooting, cycle hire, wildlife safaris, and pottery. Nearby you can visit the sandy beaches or the world-famous Cheddar Gorge, Wells Cathedral, Glastonbury Abbey, Glastonbury Tor, the RSPB Nature Reserves at Ham Wall, Grey Lake or the Steep Holm Island boat tour.
Although it sleeps up to 16 people, the stunning self-catering barn conversion can also be rented as apartments for two, four or six people (the price is adjusted according to the occupancy level.) The bedrooms have been designed to a high standard, have adjustable beds, and are ideally suited for wheelchair access. There’s also level access patio areas to sit and enjoy the countryside views. Facilities include a fully accessible hydrotherapy swimming pool, and there’s also a restaurant on site if you don’t fancy cooking. Fabulous dishes include Scarning ‘Asparagus’ when in season, Slow cooked Lamb Fillet, Norfolk Sausage & Mash, Cromer Crab, indulgent chocolate tart and delicious desserts.
For exploring the unspoilt Scottish Borders countryside, this ground-level cottage is the ideal choice. Snuggled in a fold of the Eildon Hills, it boasts magnificent views from the cottages over the Tweed Valley to the Lammermuir and Moorfoot Hills, with Galashiels in the distance. Edinburgh isn’t too far away, nor is the great castle of Northumberland, although there’s lots of interest in the immediate locale – particularly for naturalists, historians, gardeners, architectural enthusiasts and sports people. The self-contained facilities are fully accessible, though there is an additional charge for use of the hoist and electric bed.
A flagship 4-star Quality in Tourism rated easy-access cottage, it’s easy to see why this destination is so popular with families. Its up-to-date facilities are regularly reviewed for wheelchair users, older persons, persons with a visual or hearing impairment, or persons with a learning disability or memory difficulties. Whitby, famous for its connection to Captain Cook and his ship the Endeavor, is the perfect location for exploring the spectacular North York Moors National Park. You can travel on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, visit Robin Hood’s Bay, or visit the many friendly pubs, tea rooms and other attractions in the surrounding area.
If you’re looking to explore the south of Windermere, this accessible self-catering caravan could be just the thing you’re after. The accessible caravan sleeps up to four in two separate bedrooms. There is a mobile electric hoist available, should you need it.
The separate accessible wet-room with height-adjustable shower chair is located off a corridor with wide frame doors throughout the interior. A fully equipped kitchen, complete with low level appliances leading into open plan diner and living room provides you with everything you could want to entertain. Ramped access located to the front of the property, with level tarmac parking for one vehicle means there should be no struggle getting in and out of the accommodation.
The Park covers 25 acres, parts of which are completely undeveloped and form a natural wildlife habitat. Accommodation on the Park consists of self-catering caravans, one lodge, and one cottage. The majority of the Holiday Homes on the Park are privately owned.
Nestled in six acres of beautiful grounds in the Lancashire countryside, this stunning cottage has been purpose built to facilitate wheelchair users. The cottage is one of 12 located on the grounds and comes equipped with a private patio overlooking the stunning fishing lake. Why not relax under the stars in your own hot tub with a hoist for ease of access?
There’s an electric track hoist, spacious wet room, and even an 8-metre private hydrotherapy pool for your use!
This holiday cottages offer self-catering accommodation in the beautiful Welsh countryside, set in large private gardens for you to enjoy, whatever the season. This holiday cottage in Wales is available for long let, large groups and has been designed to suit a range of needs, including people with disabilities or older people.
This cottage is surrounded by acres of beautiful gardens and fantastic views of the Towy Valley and Black Mountains. The five-star Welsh Tourist Board graded property has a long sloping tree-lined driveway and backs onto a copse of beautiful trees. A great place for a picnic. Beyond this haven for birds is a spacious field complete with children’s swings, trampoline, activity trail, slides, balancing beams and tumble bars.
This property has a light open plan living dining kitchen area and can seat 8, Blocks are provided to raise the table to enable everyone to eat together. Sleeping up to 8 people in the property. There are two bathrooms one of which is an accessible wet room with grab rails, higher toilet, low sink with no pedestal and a wheeled shower chair that is provided with or without wheels.
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