3G HOLIDAYS FROM PREMIER COTTAGES
An ageing population and a growth in 3G holidays – a trip where three generations of the same family travel together – has seen a rise in those seeking accommodation that’s suitable for large groups of all ages sometimes including wheelchair users and those with restricted mobility.
Premier Cottages (www.premiercottages.co.uk) has a range of luxury properties perfect for a 3G holiday this February half-term. The self-catering collection caters to the multiple needs of all the family, with hundreds of properties boasting ground floor facilities and many having achieved awards for a specific mobility, vision and or/hearing grade under the National Accessibility Scheme.
Kernock Cottages, Cornwall
Located in the Lynher Valley between Dartmoor and Bodmin Moor, Kernock Cottages has five award winning luxurious detached barns each with their own hot-tub, perfect for a family getaway. Set in 25 acres of mature gardens and woodland, the beautiful Heather Barn (1M3a) is fully wheelchair accessible and there are a host of pubs, restaurants and beaches nearby that are accessible for wheelchair users. Kernock’s Orchard Cottage sleeps eight and has a downstairs bedroom with en suite shower room that’s perfect for older less mobile members of the family.
A week’s stay in Heather Barn for four guests costs from £780 and a week in Orchard Cottage costs from £1100. For more information visit www.premiercottages.co.uk or call the owner on 01579 350435.
The Old Winery, Higher Wiscombe
An ideal party house for a family celebration, the Old Winery at Higher Wiscombe is located in a picturesque setting near Devon’s famous Jurassic Coast. Accommodating up to 20 guests in ten luxurious bedrooms, all with en suite bathrooms, this fabulous house features a huge oak dining table that can seat up to 32.
There are also two oak and granite kitchens equipped with rang cookers and large fridges allowing in-house or external catering on a grand scale. Families can compete in marathon table tennis tournaments in the games room, take a dip in the outdoor pool plus Higher Wiscombe is dog-friendly so even pooches can join the party.
A week’s stay in Higher Wiscombe’s Old Winery for 20 guests costs from £2650. For more information visit www.premiercottages.co.uk or call the owner on 01404 871360.
Bardown Farm, Sussex
Set in a beautiful location with panoramic views, Bardown Farm is a child friendly working farm with livestock and panoramic views across the Weald. The Calf Shed is a five-star M3AE cottage that’s ideal for the less mobile with complete level access, a fully accessible kitchen and a pair of electric profiling beds. Fabulous onsite facilities include: an outdoor swimming pool, games room, swings and play area.
A week’s stay in the Calf Shed for up to four people starts from £650. For more information visit www.premiercottages.co.uk or call the owner on 01580 200452.
Wallops Wood, Hampshire
A country retreat in the heart of the South Downs National Park, Wallops Wood offers five stunning four-star H1/V1 classified ground floor cottages. All of the cottages have been designed with accessibility in mind and come complete with spacious wet rooms with adjustable level hand basins for wheelchair users. Everyone can cook up a storm, as the kitchens have areas of lower height work surface and a wheelchair accessible sink.
In addition to three M1 classified properties, Hedgehunter is M2 and Teal is M3. There are plenty of accessible attractions nearby including: Peppa Pig World and Marwell Zoo. The newly resurfaced Meon Valley Trail, just down the road from Wallops Wood, is proof that even the countryside can be accessible. A week’s stay in Teal for six guests costs from £900. For more information visit www.premiercottages.co.uk or call the owner on 01489 878888.
Ffynnon Gron, Pembrokeshire
A beautiful Pembrokeshire Georgian farmhouse, Ffynnon Gron offers stunning accommodation for up to 16 guests in eight delightful bedrooms, and boast- walk-in power showers and roll top baths. There’s also a fun packed games room to keep the whole party entertained.
The spacious kitchen is the hub of the house, with a lovely old oak kitchen table at its heart next to the warm Aga. It also has an open plan sitting area that’s perfect for large groups to socialise in as well as a chic dining room.
A week’s stay for up to 16 guests starts from £1900. For more information visit www.premiercottages.co.uk or call the owner on 0208 1234624.
Trevase Cottages, Herefordshire
Perfect for large family gatherings, Trevase Cottages features traditional stone barn conversions that combine 18th century character with 21st century luxury. The two-Five Star Gold cottages are wheelchair friendly (M2); Trevase Granary features five ground-floor bedrooms – its largest twin room has a super wet room plus the property boasts a stair lift. Penblaith Barn has a ground-floor family suite and wet-room.
Both properties are in South Herefordshire and have plenty of space for outdoor games. Kids will love the pool and ping pong tables whilst adults can relax in the Jacuzzis.
A week’s stay in Trevase Granary sleeping 18 costs from £2600. For more information visit www.premiercottages.co.uk or call the owner on 01989 730210.
Hidelow House Cottages, Worcestershire
Located in the glorious undulating countryside of the Worcestershire and Herefordshire borders and on the edge of an Area of Outstanding Natural beauty, are the award-winning accessible Hidelow House Cottages. The single storey Katherine’s Cottage is graded M3a, V1 and H1, plus Hidelow Lodge and The Farmhouse are both wheelchair accessible cottages (M2) with wet rooms.
Families will love watching buzzards and little owls, spectacular sunsets and the Milky Way directly from the property. Evenings can be spent playing board games in front of a woodburning stove.
A week’s stay in Hidelow Lodge for five guests costs from £422. For more information visit www.premiercottages.co.uk or call the owner on 01886 884547.
Cossington Park, Somerset
An elegant period house Cossington Park promises a family break with a difference. Home to the same family for 400 years, the property is set in 22 acres and offers plenty of space for large multi generational groups. Think roaring log fires, luxurious roll-top baths, cosy four-poster beds and rooms brimming with antiques and portraits.
There is a 250-year old Clementi piano and the grand old drawing room has cosy chaise longues, shiny brasses and a wood burner. The property also boasts a dining room for 22 where guests can host a magical formal dinner.
A week’s stay in Cossington Park’s Park House for 12 guests costs from £2400. For more information visit www.premiercottages.co.uk or call the owner on 08000 433468.
Monnington House and Cottage, Herefordshire
Located on the Wye Valley Walk, the luxurious Monnington House and Cottage is ideal for a big family getaway. Combining peace and tranquility, guests can host a fabulous dinner party for 18 and spend evenings in one of the three reception rooms boasting comfy sofas and woodburners. The ground floor bedroom with M1 status is perfect for those with restricted mobility.
Guests can explore the stunning Wye Valley straight from the doorstep or walk part of The Wye Valley, plus families can visit the bustling market towns of Hay-on-Wye, Leominster and Ledbury.
A week’s stay for 18 guests in Monnington House and Cottage costs from £3,000. For more information visit www.premiercottages.co.uk or call the owner on 01672 563571.
Cwm Pelved, Powys
With unrivalled views over the Black Mountains and the Wye Valley, Cwm Pelved is perfect for a family getaway. Sleeping up to 13, the property has been immaculately restored retaining a wealth of original features and the spacious downstairs double en-suite bedroom boasts extraordinary views. There’s a wide range of local activities for guests to enjoy, including hill walking (Offa’s Dyke is a stone’s throw away), cycling, riding, canoeing and of course exploring the famous book town of Hay-on-Wye (just three miles away). Fishing is available on the River Wye by prior arrangement.
A week’s stay for 13 guests in Cwm Pelved costs from £1450. For more information visit www.premiercottages.co.uk or call the owner on 01497 831045.