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Derbyshire cottage awarded best rural business 2017

Unique Derbyshire holiday cottage disabled access specialist wins Britain’s best rural business 2017

A Derbyshire farm with cosy holiday log cabins specialising in high quality disabled access is officially Britain’s countryside-based business of the year after being crowned “champion of champions” at the prestigious UK-wide Rural Business Awards 2017. At a glittering ceremony on October 5 hosted by Jules Hudson of BBC Escape to the Country fame, Hoe Grange Holidays at Brassington, near Matlock, won Best Rural Tourism Business, before going on to win the coveted overall “champion of champions” accolade after judges deemed Hoe Grange’s entry the best they received. The only UK-wide programme dedicated to showcasing the success of rural businesses, the awards are now in their third year and are run in partnership with the CLA and Amazon.


Late availability at Helsey House Cottages August Bank Holiday

Helsey House Cottages now has availability for 7 nights from 25th August in The Dairy cottage due to a late cancellation. The price for the cottage for the week is £520. Helsey House Cottages are in a quiet rural location close to sandy beaches on the Lincolnshire coast with Chapel St Leonards, Skegness and Mablethorpe nearby. The award winning single storey cottage, The Dairy, has two bedrooms, sleeping 4 people, with an open plan kitchen and lounge area. There is a wheelchair accessible shower with a separate bath in the bathroom and a shower wheelchair is available for our guests to use.



Roadchef, one of the UK’s leading Motorway Service Area (MSA) operators, has announced the opening of a Changing Places facility at its Norton Canes site, on the M6 Toll.


Cairngorm holidays with superb facilities for disabled people

This is the time of year when many of us look forward to a change of scene, a short break away from the routine, somewhere to stay where we can relax but with all the comforts and facilities of home! Crathie Opportunity Holidays is available all year round and short breaks can be arranged.


Irton House Farm: Accessible Staycation

Back in June I was chatting to the lovely Lindsay from Irton House Farm, Cumbria. After confirmingtheir listing on the OpenBritain website, and chatting about the benefits that they can access as a Partner of Tourism for All, Lindsay very kindly invited me to spend a weekend in one of their cottages.  Irton House Farm is a working sheep farm of 246 acres in the Lake District National Park, commanding superb views from the farmstead over Bassenthwaite Lake and Skiddaw.

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Cottage Gems Wheelchair Friendly Accommodation with Hot Tubs

Having a specific need or requirement when planning your holiday should not mean that you have to compromise on your expectations or the quality of the accommodation you use. Luxury self-catering site, Cottage Gems, aims to cater for all, whatever your needs or wants.


Delightful Derbyshire - a weekend at Croft Bungalow

I was lucky enough to be the first ever guest at Croft Bungalow, in the Peak District, back in April. I was encouraged to fill the lodge, which had 2 bedrooms, so along came my husband Darren, friends Rachel and Alastair, and of course, Poppy the puppy.  Croft Bungalow is a level access bungalow that can sleep 3 or 4. It has been recently refurbished (completed October 2015).

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Homelands Trust-Fife: luxury and accessibility combined

The lovely people at Homelands Trust-Fife invited me there back in February. I was encouraged to fill the lodge, which had 2 bedrooms, so along came my husband Darren, friends Chris and Kate, and the newest addition to our family, Poppy the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel puppy!

Homelands sits in mature woodlands in the pretty seaside village of Lundin Links, with panoramic views across Lundin golf course and Largo Bay to Edinburgh and the Lothians.

Sandcastle Waterpark

Sandcastle Waterpark the people's choice for Changing Place Facilities

Sandcastle Waterpark Blackpool is delighted to announce that we have been awarded the Changing Places People’s Award for most popular Changing Places Toilet Facilities in the UK from more than 800 facility providers.  Sandcastle Waterpark MD John Child said, “we are proud to receive this award which has been voted for by members of the public” We are a business that wholeheartedly supports Changing Places as they strive for every town in the UK to provide this facility.

Saga Magazine Rates The UK's Top Accessible Attractions

Saga Magazine Rates The UK's Top Accessible Attractions 

The UK can sometimes be an intimidating location for accessibility, with often cramped roads and even busier public transport. But despite the ancient heritage of many the nation's biggest cities, special care has been taken in many cities across the country to give wheelchair users and individuals with mobility issues full access to the storied spectacles of Britain.

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Accessible New Forest Cottages Upgraded

Our accessible holiday cottages in the New Forest have been upgraded and we now have two cottages with profiling / carers beds available. Bench Cottage sleeps up to four people – the master bedroom has twin beds – one of which is a profiling carers bed – fully adjustable and the 2nd bedroom is also a twin.

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There Are Many Reasons to Visit Homelands

Lundin Links based charity, Homelands Trust-Fife (SC027281), would like to welcome guests to their purpose-built, fully accessible self-catering lodges and drop-in centre. The Homelands estate has four wheelchair-accessible lodges, specifically designed to meet the needs of people with a range of disabilities and long-term health conditions.

Ta Mill Dairy Cottage

Escape to Cornwall this Summer!

Ta Mill is the perfect location for a secluded rural hideaway retreat in North Cornwall. Escape this summer to the wonderful Cornish Countryside. Only a 15 minute drive from the stunning and rugged coastline and set on the edges of Bodmin Moor.  The Dairy Cottage which sleeps 4/5 guests has been graded under the National Accessible Scheme. This unit is suitable for older and less mobile guests, and assisted wheelchair users.  Other cottages and lodges on site offers accommodation all on ground level which is more suitable for those who want to avoid stairs.

Changing Places in in Wetherspoon’s new ‘The Velvet Coaster’ pub, on Blackpool Promenade


JD Wetherspoon, already a champion in its provision of accessible toilets, is setting new standards by becoming the first major national pub chain to open a Changing Places.  The ‘all-singing, all-dancing’ assisted accessible toilet- supplied and installed by Clos-o-Mat- is in Wetherspoon’s new ‘The Velvet Coaster’ pub, on Blackpool Promenade.

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Heath View - Access as described

Lynne Goodwyn, owner of Heath View holiday accommodation in Suffolk, tells us about searching for accessible holidays with her daughter Holly, who is a wheelchair user. Read how these experiences lead to Heath View - a home from home that really is as described.

Inclusion and warmth – Emily’s stay at Bwthyn Creigiau

Inclusion and warmth – Emily’s stay at Bwthyn Creigiau

On the 9th February, I was invited by the Vickridges family for a three night stay at Bwthyn Creigiau, inclusive accommodation for holiday makers with additional needs and their families. After an incredibly sunny drive from Leeds to Llangain, Carmarthenshire via the A483, I was to discover that I’d gain much more than an accessible stay in beautiful surroundings.  On arriving at Bwthyn Creigiau in the evening, I was greeted by Clare and Monty the dog, who was delighted to meet me, if slightly confused by my wheelchair!

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