SEVEN GREAT ACCESSIBLE COTTAGES
From cosy boltholes to family-friendly farmhouses and large houses perfect for multi-generational stays, Premier Cottages highlights its top accessible places to stay. More options can be found in its accessible collection.
Kernock Cottages, Cornwall
Located in the Lynher Valley between Dartmoor and Bodmin Moor, Kernock Cottages boasts four award winning luxurious detached barns, each with its own private hot tub.
Set in 25 acres of mature gardens and woodland, the beautiful single-storey five star Gold Heather Barn is fully wheelchair accessible (NAS M3a) and has won several awards for accessibility. The threshold to the cottage is level entry as is the shower in the ensuite bathroom in one of the two bedrooms and there is a self-propellled shower wheelchair or a static shower chair can be put in the room on request.
Kernock offers equipment such as a bed grab rail, a hard armed chair and medication fridge free of charge. There’s also an information folder in the cottage that provides Access Notes on nearby pubs, restaurants and visitor attractions. Kernock welcomes both families and dogs and all guests enjoy complimentary membership to the China Fleet Country Club during their stay, which is fully wheelchair accessible and has a water wheelchair and ramp to the pool. Heather Barn, which sleeps four, is available for a week’s stay from £982. (www.premiercottages.co.uk, 01579 350435)
Arbor Holiday and Knightcote Farm Cottages, Warwickshire
Nestled in 600 acres of beautiful Warwickshire farmland, Arbor Holiday and Knightcote Farm Cottages comprise five cottages all graded five-star Gold. Each cottage has been lovingly restored and three are wheelchair friendly. Home Cottage is suitable for independent wheelchair users (M3I), with Oak House and Chestnut Cottage being a great choice for part-time wheelchair users (M2). On site there is also a must see accessible model train, vintage tractor collection and boat club. Places to visit nearby include Stratford, Oxford and Warwick.
A week’s stay in Home Cottage for up to six people starts from £837, with a three-night short break costing from £586. Alternatively, a week’s stay for up to ten people in Oak House costs from £1656, with a short break starting from £1159 and a week’s stay in sleeps four Chestnut Cottage is £699 and £585 for a three night break. (www.premiercottages.co.uk, 01295 770637)
Tottergill Farm Cottages, Cumbria
Situated on the edge of the Eden Valley, the award-winning Tottergill Farm Cottages has three stunning wheelchair friendly properties, two with their own hot tubs. Oak Cottage and Ash Cottage each have an open-plan lounge and kitchen and these properties and Watson Cottage offer an accessible bedroom on the ground floor.
Tottergill has breathtaking views of the Lake District and is set in 50 acres of unspoilt grounds featuring an abundance of birds and wildlife. Guests receive a complimentary membership to a local leisure club. The cottages are just 10 miles from the historic city of Carlisle, and half an hour or less from the Lake District, Hadrian's Wall and the Scottish Borders. A week’ stay in Ash Cottage, which sleeps two, costs from £525. (www.premiercottages.co.uk, 01228 670615)
With over 1,000 years of history and in perfect harmony with its surroundings, Mendham Mill is set in beautiful Waveney valley on the Norfolk / Suffolk border. The enormous watermill and slow moving river transports guests to a world of relaxation and adventure. Artist Sir Alfred Munnings PRA was born here and the surrounding water meadows are virtually unchanged since he painted them. The river can be explored by canoe or rowing boat and guests can see wildlife up close, including otters, kingfishers and other birds.
North Meadow Cottage is a high-tech, super luxurious accessible cottage with a five star Gold Award from VisitEngland. It is step free with wheelchair friendly access and its interiors are designed to maximise its amazing views down the valley. The large, vaulted kitchen/living room forms the hub of the cottage and boasts a fully accessible wet room with Aqualisa Quartz digital high-pressure showers.A week’s stay in North Meadow Cottage for six guests costs from £908. Alternatively, a three-night short break costs from £636. (www.premiercottages.co.uk, 01379 855282)
Lower Wood Farm, Norfolk
Nestled in the tiny hamlet of Mautby with views of rolling Norfolk countryside, just two miles from sandy beaches and bordering the waterways of the Norfolk Broads, Lower Wood Farm has eight luxury holiday cottages.
Cape Cottage has a five star Gold award from VisitBritain and has been specially designed for wheelchair users, seamlessly meeting the needs and comforts of both able and less able guests. It has the highest quality furnishings, an open-plan living area and well-planned kitchen and dining areas plus under-floor heating throughout. Vaulted ceilings and oak beams are in keeping with the old farm building style of the cottage.
Lower Wood Farm is family-friendly and has a superb indoor heated pool and new Play Barn with a safe outdoor grass play paddock. A week’s stay in Cape Cottage for five guests costs from £750. Alternatively, a three-night short break costs from £525. (www.premiercottages.co.uk, 01493 722523)
Thatch Close Cottages, Herefordshire
Thatch Close Cottages lie within an area of outstanding natural beauty, close to Symond’s Yat, The Wye Valley and the Forest of Dean. The three self-contained cottages have achieved a National Accessibility Grading up to V2, H2, M1 and M3.
One of these is Valley View, which overlooks picturesque Garron Valley and has been beautifully restored to allow full wheelchair accessibility. The beamed lounge has ample seating and an adjacent private patio that’s easily accessible for wheelchair users. The fully equipped kitchen has been skillfully designed to incorporate rise and fall work surfaces with a fully accessible sink and hob. The bedroom wardrobe is fitted with easily accessible rails and shelves and there’s a large wheelchair accessible wet room. The dressing table and wet room basin both have a rise and fall facility.
Thatch Close has a collection of equipment to help guests with disabilities such as talking microwaves, kettles, and measuring equipment for the visually impaired. Inductive hearing aids are also available. A week’s stay in Valley View for two guests costs from £580. Alternatively, a weekend short break costs from £380. (www.premiercottages.co.uk, 01989 770300)
Wallops Wood, Hampshire
A country retreat in the heart of the South Downs National Park, Wallops Wood nestles in the beautiful Meon Valley.
These luxurious, accessible, child and pet-friendly self-catering holiday cottages have spectacular views across the countryside to the South Coast. Within easy reach of Winchester, Petersfield, Southampton and Portsmouth, they boast wood burners, individual gardens, hot tubs, underfloor heating and ensuite facilities. An indoor heated pool and a jacuzzi are also available which can be accessed by seven steps or a hoist.
All cottages are accessible, with Teal, Silver Birch and Woodbrook being M3i-rated, Hedgehunter M2-rated and Early Mist, Glenside, Sundew and Skeldale M1-rated under the National Accessible Scheme. There is a comprehensive range of accessible equipment that guests can book free of charge. A week’s stay for six in Teal starts from £1074 and a three-night weekend break from £752. (www.premiercottages.co.uk, 01489 878 888). https://www.wallopswoodcottages.co.uk/accessibility.html