Accessible B&Bs, holiday cottages and their local attractions
We’re lucky enough to have worked with clients who are committed to offering holiday accommodation that is both stylish and accessible and we wanted to feature some of our favourite more remote spots.
But now you’ve found a beautifully accessible place to stay, what is there to do nearby that also has good access? We thought it would be useful to highlight some local attractions a short distance from these B&Bs and holiday cottages that are suitable for visitors who have additional needs.
One Shore Street, Northern Ireland
This boutique guest house in County Down, on the Northern Irish coast, dates back to the 1800s and has been lovingly refurbished to retain and restore many of the original features. There are five bedrooms and the one situated on the ground floor, with views of the Irish Sea, is accessible.
Less than 20 minutes away, on the banks of beautiful Strangford Lough, is the National Trust property Mount Stewart. The property is famous for its world class gardens and the one mile path around the lake is accessible to wheelchair users. Disabled parking and toilets are available and guide dogs are permitted in the house and Temple of the Winds. There’s a lift to the top floor of the house.
The newly opened Copeland Distillery is a stones throw from the B&B and they provide wheelchair accessible tours.
The Brisley Bell, Norfolk
This historic country pub and B&B in the heart of Norfolk has been around since the 17th century. As well as delicious food and thirst-quenching drink, The Brisley Bell also has six en-suite rooms. ‘Hindol’ is their super-king or twin room that is access and dog-friendly with a large en-suite wet room.
Norwich is a 40 minute drive away and is a city rich is culture, arts and heritage. The Norwich Theatre Royal has a wide range of assisted performances including ones that are signed and dementia friendly and they offer complimentary tickets to carers. The Sainsbury’s Centre for Visual Arts has specially trained guides who can provide tours from blind and partially sighted visitors. Their cafes, shop and toilets are wheelchair accessible and guide, hearing and assistance dogs are allowed in the galleries.
For those wishing to get outside, Norfolk has much to offer from the extensive coastline to the many nature reserves. Nearby Sculthorpe Moor Nature Reserve is one of the most accessible nature reserves in the UK. Boardwalks make access easy for everyone and all hides are wheelchair-friendly. There are also places to sit and relax along the way. Barton Broad Boardwalk and Pensthorpe Natural Park both also have good accessibility. If you’re looking for more sand and sea, Holkham Beach has a one-mile wheelchair friendly walk along the boardwalks. Holkham Hall has a stair-climbing machine to allow wheelchair users to access their grand marble hall.
The Old Club House, Isle of Wight
The former clubhouse for the Royal Isle of Wight Golf Club and now a quirky holiday cottage, the Old Club House has been thoughtfully adapted for guests with access needs.
Osborne House, the palatial holiday home of Queen Victoria, is a must see attraction. As well as accessible toilets and adult changing facilities, there’s an adapted minibus to take people to Queen Victoria’s Beach and the Swiss Cottage (the Swiss style chalet built for Queen Victoria and Prince Albert’s children). Benches and rest points can be found throughout the beautiful, extensive grounds which also provide a range of sensory experiences. The Rhododendron Walk has a nature trail with tactile sculptures. A model of the estate is located near the main entrance. Within the house, there’s a lift to the first floor rooms.
Mollett’s Farm, Suffolk
Mollett’s Farm dates back to the 1600s and lies alongside the Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The farm offers a range of luxury holiday cottages and fully accessible studios.
RSPB Minmere is 25 minutes away and an opportunity to learn more about some of the UK’s rarest wildlife. The coastal lagoons are home to a wonderful array of birds including avocets, the recognisable bird in the RSPB’s logo. If you keep your eyes peeled, you might even see an otter! Some of the nature trails and hides have been adapted for wheelchairs and there are benches on many parts of the trails.
The Long Shop Museum showcases the agricultural engineering feats of the Garrett family, and those they employed, and how this shaped the small Suffolk town. Visitors with disabilities pay a reduced admission and have free entry for one companion. There’s level access to most of the displays and many items in the museum’s collections can be touched. Hands-on activities are also offered.
The Sail Loft, Cornwall
Accessibility has definitely not compromised style in this modern, spacious holiday cottage which can sleep up to seven people.
There are plenty of accessible places to explore not too far from The Sail Loft. The Eden Project is an hour’s drive and they work with the Sensory Trust to find creative approaches to physical access and sharing information. They were the worthy winner of the Inclusive Tourism Award by Visit England in 2017. They have an excellent team of volunteers to assist visitors with mobility or sensory impairments around the project. If you visit in the winter, manual wheelchair users are welcome onto their ice-rink. Other adventures that can be accessed include the Rainforest Canopy Walkway and the Zipwire.
The Lost Gardens of Heligan is a romantic and mysterious Cornish Estate. The majority of the estate is accessible and admission includes an additional, free ticket for those bringing a carer. There’s a Changing Places loo on site and wheelchairs and mobility scooters can be borrowed, free of charge, on a first-come, first-served basis.