accessible holidays

Gitcombe retreat offers accessible holidays in Devon

Gitcombe retreat offers accessible holidays in Devon

Gitcombe’s exclusive collection of nine 4* and 5* luxury self-catering properties now includes a 'Retreat' ideal for those with mobility needs to take accessible holidays.

To mark its recent expansion, owners father and son, Rodney and Peter O’Brien, have partnered with national holiday letting agency cottages.com. The partnership will bring guests from across the UK to their luxurious holiday properties in South Devon, including its newly built Retreat for large gatherings.

Making accessible holidays easier to find

accessible holidays – the Rings interior of a cottage

Moira Henderson has dedicated herself to making accessible holidays easier to find in Fife, for as many people as possible. And she’s doing such a great job, Prince Charles recently presented her with an MBE. Editor Victoria Galligan asked Moira about her crusade and her cottages The Rings, which can sleep up to 16 people.

Q&A with accessible holidays champion Moira Henderson

When did you first become involved in the hospitality industry?

Revitalise Accessible Breaks

Hampshire - Revitalise Accessible Breaks

Every Revitalise break includes a package of accessible excursions, live entertainment and activities, supported by CQC-regulated nurse-led care.

Each holiday centre in Chigwell, Southport and Southampton is purpose-built, offering fully accessible accommodation on a full-board basis.

Other features of the holidays include specialist equipment, five different Care Support Packages to ensure every guest has the care they need, and dedicated volunteers who add to the fun-filled environment.

The charity’s holidays provide much-needed opportunities to make memories or try something new. The three, four and seven-night packages will mean exciting shared experiences, respite and new friendships for those who are disabled and for the friends and family who join them. 

Vulcan Lodge Cottages

Vulcan Lodge Cottages Exterior

Vulcan Lodge Cottages was created by the conversion of a lovely old country inn.  It sits just off the A470 which gives easy access yet is only 100 metres from the River Wye which runs at the rear of the cottages.  

Each cottage has its  own private entrance and four of the cottages are located entirely on the ground floor.  Two of these – the MIDDLETON AND TUDOR have been specially adapted to provide for guests with disabilities and have easy level access from the car park, large wet rooms and a range of equipment to assist guests – a wheelchair, shower chair, shower wheelchair, shower/commode wheelchair, walking frame, mobility scooter.  The Tudor has an electric tip and tllt easy chair.

The Lin Berwick Trust - the disabled holiday accommodation specialists

The outside of The Lin Bewick Trust House

The Lin Berwick Trust has the highest standard of facilities and equipment for those with disabilities who need 24/7 care. We have three self-catering properties all sleeping six people in Norfolk, Cornwall and on the Firth of Forth in Scotland. Each property has a disability suite that is second to none both in equipment and space.

 

All our properties are furnished to VisitBritain’s four-star self-catering standard and considerably better equipped than is required for VisitBritain’s accessibility rating of “Access Exceptional”. The spacious properties have been designed for the comfort of the disabled visitor as well as that of their family members or carers, and are in attractive village or country settings.

 

Helsey House Cottages

Helsey House Cottages

As parents of two special needs children our own holiday experiences have been stressful and challenging.  In 2002 we decided to try and change holidays for people with disabilities and provide high quality, accessible and welcoming self-catering accommodation for families like ours.  It took us 2 years to find Helsey House and its outbuildings.  We started work on converting the cattle stalls into cottages in December 2004 and welcomed our first guests in August 2005. 

The founder of accessible holiday accommodation bookings portal Handiscover, Sebastien Archambeaud talks to UCan2

Little boy on a Handiscover holiday

The founder of accessible holiday accommodation bookings portal Handiscover, Sebastien Archambeaud talks to UCan2 about how he created a whole community for travellers with disabilities and special needs, following his own family’s experience…

When did Handiscover begin and what was the reason for setting up business?