Mill Meadow – accessible accommodation at its best!

You can instantly tell, when speaking to Suzanne and the team at Mill Meadow, that they are immensely proud of their, luxury eco lodges – And rightly so, just by taking a glance at the stunning disabled friendly holiday accommodation on their website, you can understand why!

Suzanne is also very proud that Mill Meadow is very much a family run businesses where everyone has a ‘hands on’ role to ensure that their visitor’s holiday experience is the best that it can be.

Mill Meadow is nestled at the foot of the beautiful Quantock Hills near Taunton, an idyllic location for these superb holiday lodges. The accommodation looks amazing and is fitted out and maintained to the very highest standards – And, if that’s not enough, they’re eco-friendly and very accessible too, with downstairs wet rooms and excellent circulation spaces!

The team at Mill Meadow recognise that everyone’s needs are different. Although there’s loads of information and useful floor plans on their website, they still like to chat through each visitor’s requirements just to make sure the accommodation is suitable for them. No need to worry if additional equipment is required, the staff are more than happy to get this organised with local suppliers so it’s completely hassle free.

If you can prise yourself away from your fantastic holiday lodge, there is so much to see and do in the gorgeous county of Somerset – One visit simply won’t be enough! If you need some suggestions for accessible activities and days out during your stay, these guys have it nailed and can point you in the right direction….from specialist disabled friendly horse-riding to accessible walks and attractions.

As you can probably tell we’re rather smitten with Mill Meadow, but check it out for yourself – we reckon it’s accessible British holiday accommodation at its best!

E-learning Disability Awareness Training is a hit

Equo
Even regular users of the Good Access Guide may not know about the other part of our business.

So now’s the time for a shameless plug!

Equo (pronounced Eck-wo), is the company behind the Good Access Guide, and we also develop and sell e-learning training packages, most notably Disability Awareness Training.

The training is used by companies and local authorities right across the UK as they strive to ensure their staff get it right when dealing with their disabled customers.

And it works!

Long time clients of Equo, Crawley Borough Council, use the training for their taxi and private hire drivers. Here’s what their Licensing Officer, Bill Nailen, had to say about the e-learning Disability Awareness Training:

“Crawley Borough Council has in the past received a few complaints regarding taxi drivers refusing to carry disabled passengers, charging more for wheelchairs etc. so Crawley decided to introduce online Disability Awareness Training and Equo were chosen as they have the most knowledge of disability awareness which was vital in supplying our applicants with the appropriate training.

Since this training was introduced in April 2014 we have had no complaints regarding the drivers who have completed the training.

Equo are very supportive, friendly and knowledgeable in helping to set up the online training and it has been an extremely easy process from beginning to end.”

And we’ve recently introduced two more high-quality e-learning packages.

Equality & Diversity Training has been developed to give a good understanding of what can, at times, be a quite complex and perplexing area to deal with.

Child Friendly Training was conceived by Devon based Child Friendly Matters Ltd and aims to give customer facing staff the confidence to deal with families with children.

Creating a positive experience for children and their parents requires that your staff have a comprehensive understanding of Child Friendly matters.

So there you have it. The ‘other’ side to the Good Access Guide…

If we can help you with any training requirements, please call us on 01502 806906.

Top City Breaks for Tourists with Disabilities

City breaks are an ideal last minute getaway to relax and recharge. In the UK, there are many accessible cities that can make the experience more enjoyable for disabled people or for anyone with limited mobility.

Let’s have a look at a few of the most accessible cities in the UK that can be the perfect destination for a weekend getaway.

 
Birmingham

Britain’s second city, Birmingham is a bustling modern city with a rich heritage and culture. You will find little difficulty getting around as most venues and establishments are highly accessible with friendly staff who are happy to assist. Also the strong public transport links – and especially the newly built intercity tram system – make it very easy to get around.

You’ll find Birmingham is a great city to catch a show with a number of theatres, of which the Hippodrome is the largest. It is one of the most visited theatres in the country. Whether you prefer plays, pantomimes, ballets or musicals, you will be spoilt for choice. And for those with a hearing or visual impairment, the theatre offers assisted performances with sign-language interpreted, audio-described and captioned shows.

During the summer, the Hippodrome hosts a fantastic outdoor arts festival, Summer in Southside, with a range of performances and acts from all over the world.

Besides this, Birmingham also boasts a wide variety of restaurants and bars. A thriving, multicultural city with strong south Asian and Chinese communities, you will be greeted with a very rich cuisine and a wide range of cooking styles.

 
Edinburgh

Edinburgh’s city centre is highly accessible which makes it a perfect holiday destination for the disabled traveller.

One of the highlights is Edinburgh Castle, a historic fortress which dominates the city skyline on Castle Rock. This royal castle was built in the twelfth century and has survived more than its fair share of sieges and wars.

Despite being a medieval castle, it is very accessible for all audiences, with friendly staff always eager to help. You can also expect similar hospitality at a number of Edinburgh’s museums, libraries and galleries.

 

Manchester

Manchester is one of Britain’s most popular cities for short breaks with plenty to see and do. It is easy to see why Manchester is the third most-visited city in Britain among foreign visitors, as there really is something for everyone. Manchester is a very modern city with a strong focus on accessibility.

Football fans should consider a guided guide tour at Old Trafford or watching a game at the Etihad Stadium.

If you are not a football fan, you can head to Media City and discover how your favourite television programmes have been produced. Home to Granada Television and BBC, there is plenty to see. Why not take a tour of the BBC studios or the set of Coronation Street.

 
London

Our busy metropolitan capital can seem a daunting travel destination, especially for anyone who may require special access, but London is in fact very accessible and a very easy city to get around. You’ll find buses, taxis and the Underground very accommodating with helpful staff ready to assist should you need it.

Most of London’s main attractions, such as the National Portrait Gallery, the Tower of London and the Tate Modern, offer guided tours and activities with support for disabled people. Don’t miss out on a boat tour, as ‘City Cruises’ are highly accessible and even offer a 50% discount for disabled passengers. Finally, ‘Original Tours’ offer bus tours that are accessible for wheelchair users.

Looking to book your next weekend break? Revitalise offers a wide range of accessible city trips and holidays across the UK. For more details, visit the Revitalise website: revitalise.org.uk

Granary Cottage – disabled friendly holiday cottage in Pembrokeshire

We’re pleased to welcome Granary Cottage at Clynfyw to the Good Access Guide.

Clynfyw Countryside Centre has offered accessible farm based holiday cottages here for over 25 years, winning numerous awards over the years!

The cottages are available to everyone; they just happen to have excellent access to make holidaying easier for those with additional mobility needs.

The Granary Cottage (sleeping 6) is a disabled friendly holiday cottage on one level with excellent access throughout. It is homely and recently renovated, making a super place from which to base your holiday.

Based on a 200 acre family-run organic farm and woodland, a holiday at Granary Cottage allows you to relax in a quiet, beautiful environment with stunning views of the Cych valley and north Pembrokeshire countryside.

As well as being based in such a stunning location, you’re only eight miles from Cardigan Bay and the great natural attractions of Cenarth Falls, Preseli Mountains and the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path.

So if you’re looking for a disabled friendly holiday cottage in Pembrokeshire look no further than Granary Cottage at Clynfyw Countryside Centre.

Eden’s Retreat – disabled friendly luxury holiday cottage near Richmond, North Yorkshire

We’re pleased to welcome Eden’s Retreat to the Good Access Guide…

Eden's Retreat - Clover CottageClover Cottage has recently been renovated to a high standard. This is a disabled friendly holiday cottage that nestles in the glorious North Yorkshire countryside, close to Richmond.

Great attention to detail has resulted in contemporary accommodation all on one level.

This disabled friendly holiday cottage in North Yorkshire is owned by Eden’s Retreats, a family owned company, committed to providing the best possible accommodation and facilities for people with or without restricted mobility.

There are two bedrooms with the first, a twin room, providing a variety of options.

The room can offer a single bed together with specialist electric profilinClover Cottage - bedroom 1g bed, two specialist electric profiling beds or simply two twin divan beds.

A ceiling track system has been installed in this room to allow handling assistance and transferring into the wet-room facility.

If the system is not required it will be disconnected before arrival.

There is also a 32 inch freeview wall mounted television. A guest bed may be provided suitable for additional guests.

Clover Cottage - loungeThe living area in Clover Cottage is spacious with two large settees and additional seating, a log burning fire, 48 inch flat screen television with Freeview package, DVD player, cabinet and sideboard containing a wide variety of games, DVDs and books for all the family.

Clover Cottage - kitchenThere’s a large kitchen and diner with dining table and chairs, washer, dishwasher, fridge, freezer, two cookers, two hobs, large extractor and a variety of units containing a wide variety of kitchen crockery and utensils.

Moving outside now…

To the front of the property is a courtyard with a seating area, a paved footpath leads to a ramp at the front entrance. To the rear of the property is a large decking leading onto a small grassed area with barbecue with views of open countryside. Access is available to a three acre paddock for anyone wishing to bring dogs.

And to top it all, you’re slap bang in the middle of some of England’s most stunning scenery. This is James Herriott country, so you’ll know what I mean!

Visit the Clover Cottage page on the Good Access Guide for more details and how to contact Eden’s Retreat.

Clover Cottage – luxury disabled friendly holiday cottage in North Yorkshire

Disabled-friendly Holiday Accommodation in North Norfolk with Level Access

Boundary Stables is set in the beautiful, peaceful North Norfolk countryside, close to the wide expanses of this stunning coastline.Boundary Stables - wet room

All of Boundary Stables self-catering disabled friendly holiday cottages are single-storey, level access and equipped with wet-rooms! Ideal for people of all ages and abilities.

You will find Boundary Stables in the idyllic, unspoilt Norfolk countryside. The grounds include a grassy paddock, gas barbeque and sauna to relax after a busy day out.

There are concrete and smooth paved areas surrounding Boundary Stables’ accommodation, making easy access for wheelchairs, pushchairs and luggage. Car parking is close by, with a concrete disabled bay for disabled guests.

Boundary Stables can accommodate up to 22 guests, with 5 holiday cottages to choose from, making it ideal for families to enjoy a holiday in Norfolk together.

Inside are bright, spacious open plan layouts, combining well-equipped kitchens with dining and living areas. There’s plenty of natural light, as all holiday cottages have patio doors and skylights.

With level access throughout, it’s ideal for wheelchair users or those unsteady on their feet.

All properties have wet-rooms with showers (shower seats available.) There are enclosed patio areas, with picnic table and parasol, giving you peace of mind if you have pets or young children.

If you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact the team at Boundary Stables and they’ll do their very best to accommodate your needs.

Find out more about Boundary Stables – disabled friendly holiday cottages in Norfolk.