Sitting quietly between the promenade at Shoreham-by-Sea and the River Adur, Palm Tree is a welcoming self-catering apartment for one or two people. The owners saw the struggle their friend had finding wheelchair accessible holiday accommodation, so they created a place where everyone, regardless of their level of mobility, can enjoy a relaxing holiday by the seaside. The seafront is only 50 metres away, while shops, cafes, and pubs are around a 15-minute walk/wheel. Brighton and Worthing are nearby for a day out, as is the beautiful South Downs National Park.
Take a relaxing holiday or break by the sea in one of eight pretty holiday cottages that sit in tranquil grounds in a secluded valley just 200 yards from the sea, between Ilfracombe and Combe Martin on the North Devon coast. Plenty of attractions close by including Watermouth Castle adjacent.
Oakview is a contemporary barn built using traditional materials and techniques to sit gently in its environment. The holiday cottage has been furnished with couples in mind, featuring a wall of windows overlooking rolling fields and woodland, a copper bath in the bedroom, and a luxurious outdoor hot tub. It's quiet, private, and exactly what you need to unwind and relax with your favourite person. It's only two miles from Newtown and within easy reach of Welshpool and Llanidloes. Local attractions include Powis Castle, the Forest Rally Driving School in Carno, and Glansevern House and Gardens. Walking, cycling, mountain biking, kayaking, fishing and golf are just a few of many activities you can try.
Couples searching for a luxurious retreat need look no further than The Hideaway. Tucked away at the end of a country lane two miles from Newtown, it's a gorgeous, oak-framed barn built to take advantage of beautiful views and the private location. You can enjoy features like an outdoor hot tub, a copper slipper bath in the bedroom, and an onsite spa with heavenly treatments. There are stunning walks from the door, and the cottage welcomes one well-behaved dog. Welshpool, Powis Castle, and the River Severn are all nearby.
A choice of one, two and three bedroom luxurious Five Star sea-front holiday apartments in the popular seaside town of Scarborough on Yorkshire's glorious East Coast. Available for short breaks of one night or longer holidays with all the comforts of a hotel and the space of self-catering. Tourist board rating: 5 Star
Enjoy a luxurious Highland holiday on the shores of Loch Awe. The three-bedroom Premium timber lodges at the Portsonachan Hotel sleep six people with extras that include a covered outdoor hot tub, private sauna, outdoor fireplace and a TV with satellite channels. They are set amongst 100 acres of pristine wilderness with spectacular views, seasonal fishing, hiking, boating and mountain biking. The self-catering holiday homes welcome children and well-behaved pets and suit families or groups of friends. You're only a short stroll from the hotel bar and restaurant for nights you don't want to cook.
Perfect for family get-togethers, special celebrations, or even team-building events and corporate retreats, Quarnford Lodge is a fantastic self-catering property for groups in the Peak District. There is loads of space with ten bedrooms that can sleep up to 28 people, three separate living rooms and a central dining area with a vaulted ceiling that is ideal for entertaining. The village of Flash and two pubs are within walking distance, with Buxton, Bakewell, Chatsworth House and Alton Towers also within easy reach. The Peak District is beautiful in every season and there are lots of walks and mountain bike trails close by to help guests to explore.
Offering single level self-catering that is fully wheel-chair accessible, The Stables is perfect for couples having one bedroom, as well as families happy to use the sofa bed. Stylish throughout, The Stables has been beautifully presented to a high standard and sits amongst glorious countryside in South Cambridgeshire. Fabulous local walking, cycling and horse riding and just fourteen miles from Cambridge City centre. Tourist board rating: 4 Star Gold
Wootton Lodge is a newly refurbished holiday home in the grounds of Wootton Manor, surrounded by 90 private acres of grounds with stunning walks and bike rides from the door. It sleeps eight people in four bedrooms and is ideal for families or friends planning a self-catering holiday in Devon. Nearby are beautiful beaches and favourite attractions, though you could easily spend your holiday sleeping late, lazing around the house and garden, walking through woodland and meadows, and enjoying having time together with the people you love.
Big groups love The Bluebell. The large holiday home is in the quiet village of Burton Agnes, barely six miles from the Yorkshire coast and less than an hour from York and Castle Howard. It's a former pub and hotel with space for up to 52 people to sleep in 20 bedrooms, most of them ensuite. Amenities include a catering standard kitchen, spacious living/dining space with a bar, games room with pool, table tennis, and air hockey, and parking for up to 30 cars. It's a fantastic venue for a family reunion, celebrating a milestone birthday, hosting a wedding, or running a work team-building event.
The South Downs and the New Forest are both fantastic places for a holiday so where better to stay than between them in the Meon Valley, within easy reach of beautiful forests, favourite attractions and excellent amenities. Kiss Cottage is a quiet, one-bedroom property at the end of a private drive and within walking distance of the centre of Waltham Chase. There are lovely walks, traffic-free cycling routes and opportunities to play golf and horse ride close by, while Portsmouth, Salisbury, Chichester and the Solent are all only a short drive away.
Beech Farm is perfect for a family holiday on the Norfolk Broads. The 17th Century barn conversion has been lovingly updated by its owners to provide a high standard of self-catering accommodation for up to six people in three bedrooms, with lots of space to relax indoors and outside and welcome touches that include a wood burner and an outdoor hot tub. The barn is in Neatishead, within walking distance of the village shop and the White Horse Inn. The Broads, Norwich and beautiful Norfolk beaches are all close by for a fun day out.
Four spacious holiday cottages, comfortably furnished with exposed beams and original features providing a peaceful retreat within walking distance of the historic market town of Thame in Oxfordshire. Within easy reach of the Cotswolds for day trips out and a great self-catering base for exploring Central England. Tourist board rating: 4 Star
The Old Dairy is a comfy welcoming holiday cottage in the pretty tranquil Oxfordshire hamlet of Moreton. Comfortably furnished with lovely character features and a peaceful setting to relax with the many amenities of Thame within walking distance, and an abundance of attractions in the nearby Cotswolds and Central England just waiting to be discovered. Tourist board rating: 4 Star
Located in the pretty hamlet of Moreton in Oxfordshire, Byre Cottage provides a warm welcome and enjoys a lovely peaceful setting from which to relax and explore Central England. With many original features, this cosy character cottage is conveniently placed within walking distance of the market town of Thame with a good range of amenities. Tourist board rating: 4 Star
There is plenty of room for everyone at Willow Barn. This lovely 17th Century barn conversion is in the peaceful village of Neatishead, within walking distance of the village shop and pub. There is space for up to 12 people to sleep in five ensuite bedrooms, and a big garden with a hot tub. Go boating on the Broads, sightseeing in Norwich and even enjoy a day at the seaside at Great Yarmouth. Willow Cottage is ideal for extended families and groups of friends.
Sitting in an enviable position on the Bolton Abbey Estate, Barden Bunk Barn is a great venue for large groups of friends, families, outdoor enthusiasts and team building events sleeping up to twenty guests. Surrounded by glorious Yorkshire Dales scenery, this historically significant Grade I barn has four bunk rooms for sleeping, open-plan living with pool table, self catering facilities, and magnificent views. Priest House Restaurant is on the estate for catering.
All of our owners are keen to ensure their guests can relax and enjoy their holiday to the fullest and can provide information about hiring extra equipment, as well as suggesting activities and venues for fun days out. Here are some ideas to help you plan your next accessible holiday.
Accessible City Destinations - Oxford is a favourite wheelchair friendly city for a holiday. It is an old city with a vibrant feel thanks to its world-famous university that has educated some of the world’s greatest minds. Aside from being steeped in history with extremely gorgeous architecture, it is flat and easy to navigate by bus, with a very efficient Park and Ride system so that drivers can avoid the warren of narrow city streets. The biggest obstacle visitors who use wheelchairs may face is the number of people who visit the city every year, so it is wise to plan sightseeing to popular destinations earlier in the day to avoid crowds.
Although many of the buildings in Oxford city were designed and built centuries before wheelchairs were invented (1655, in case you were wondering), it is still possible to sightsee far and wide with a little planning. The City of Oxford has published a comprehensive guide to Accessible Oxford for visitors, listing not only wheelchair accessible sights and restaurants but also those with hearing loops. Towards the back of the guide is a suggested self-guided route of the city that includes Merton College and the Ashmolean Museum, and a list of numbers for organisations who can provide advice and guidance.
In East Anglia, Cambridge has a similar vibe to Oxford and is also simple to navigate; while if you’re heading down the M4 to West Wales for a holiday then consider stopping off for a day in Cardiff - another beautiful city that is very accessible for people who use a wheelchair.
Accessible Countryside Locations - You can’t beat Norfolk for a relaxing holiday in the countryside. This quiet county is home to the stunning Norfolk Broads National Park and boasts a beautiful coastline as well as miles of peaceful countryside with lots of easy access paths to make exploring stress-free and pleasurable. A robust wheelchair can help to open up even more of the countryside and there are mobility equipment businesses around Norfolk, like Active Trails and Broadland Mobility, who hire Powerchairs, Mountain Trikes and other robust wheelchairs designed for rugged terrains. The Norwich Access Group is an excellent source of information about getting around.
Alternatives to Norfolk include the New Forest National Park in Hampshire, where there is a wide array of accessible holiday accommodation, and Dumfries and Galloway.
Wheelchair Friendly Beaches - Devon and Dorset lead the way when it comes to wheelchair accessible beaches and beauty spots. Bournemouth has a high concentration of beaches with access and amenities for people who use a wheelchair, including those at Durley Chine, Alum Chine, Bournemouth Pier, Boscombe Pier and Southbourne. There is a cliff lift at Fisherman’s Walk that allows visitors in wheelchairs and one carer to travel free of charge.
The beaches on Dorset’s southern coast are more wheelchair friendly than those on the north. Consider beaches around Paignton, Dawlish, Salcombe and Torquay. If you are on the north coast, then Woolacombe Beach has a Beach Easy wheelchair and a Tramper to hire.
West Wales and the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park is also an excellent spot for a holiday. Beach wheelchair hire is available at Saundersfoot, Broad Haven, Whitesands and Poppit Sands. There is a list of providers with contact details provided by disability-grants.org.
Whatever your needs, there is a gorgeous holiday cottage just waiting to welcome you. The best way to check whether a property is suitable for you and your party is to contact the owner directly.