Disability Friendly Vacations

 

Finding hotels that are wheelchair accessible is not as difficult as you may think. What is even more exciting is the fact that many of the smaller boutique hotels and bed and breakfast inns are becoming more accommodating. If you call ahead, you can reserve some of the most beautiful rooms across the U.K. that are wheelchair friendly. 

 

Cumbria – Meadowcroft Country Guest House 

 

The Meadowcroft Country Guest House is a stunning property that has two main floor rooms designed for those who are in wheelchairs. The main suite has large doorways, a roll-in shower and drawers and other fixtures are all designed to be lower for easier access. If you are traveling with a caregiver, they can stay in one of the upper rooms and remain connected with you via intercom. 

 

Falmouth, Cornwall – St. Michaels Hotel and Spa 

 

This beautiful seaside hotel has a perfect room for travelers in a wheelchair. Room 53 has wide passageways, low fixtures and drawers, and a roll-in shower area. The spa area of the hotel does require you to walk steps. However, if you cannot manage steps, the hotel will send an attendant to your room to perform all of the routines. 

 

Scottish Border – Cringlitie House 

 

This beautiful mansion that is located 20 miles south of Edinburgh has had several rooms carefully designed to accommodate people in wheelchairs. For those with hearing impairments the home has vibrating pillows and flashing lights for emergency notification. The home has automatic doors, remote controlled lighting, and roll-in showers. There is also a chair lift for guests so that they do not have to climb the front stairs. This mansion is located in a beautiful wooded area that has wheelchair accessible trails. 

 

Ludlow, Shropshire – Fishmore Hall 

 

This beautifully redecorated country cottage has a beautiful main floor suite that has been made wheelchair accessible. You can enter the cottage through the restaurant area, or one of the employees will bring out a ramp so that you can enter through the front doors. The room has handrails and other accommodations that make your stay comfortable and convenient. There is a lift that can be taken to the first and second floor for those who wish to avoid the stairs but do not necessarily need other adaptations. 

 

London – Copthorne Tara Hotel 

 

The Copthorne Tara Hotel is a very large four-star property that has dedicated a large portion of their main floor rooms to guests who need wheelchair accessibility. These rooms have many different amenities, such as automatic doors, low bathtubs, and roll-in showers. 

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