We pick nine beautiful, cosy cottages across England which are suitable for wheelchair users and those with restricted mobility. The National Access Scheme lists different categories for accommodation:
M1 – Suitable for older and less mobile guests
M2 – Suitable for part-time wheelchair users
M3I – Suitable for independent wheelchair users
M3a – Suitable for assisted wheelchair users.
H1 – minimum entry requirements for guests with hearing impairment, from mild hearing loss to profoundly deaf.
V1 – minimum entry requirements for visually impaired guests.
Located in the Lynher Valley between Dartmoor and Bodmin Moor, Kernock Cottages offers five award winning luxurious detached barns, each with its own private hot tub. Set in 25 acres of mature gardens and woodland, the beautiful Heather Barn is fully wheelchair accessible (M3a) and earlier this year was the only accommodation business to win the national VisitEngland ‘Access for all Tourism Award’. The property also features detailed information on pubs, restaurants and beaches nearby that are accessible for wheelchair users.
Heather Barn, which sleeps four, is available for a week’s stay from £550. Alternatively, a short break in the property starts from £272. For more information visit www.premiercottages.co.uk or call the owner on 01579 350435.
Kerridge End Holiday Cottages, is located in the grounds of a Grade II listed residence, and features a five-star M3a cottage, The Hayloft, and a M1 cottage, The Stables. Both properties have been lovingly converted to retain their charming features. Located on the Cheshire/ Derbyshire border, Kerridge End Holiday Cottages are surrounded by pretty villages, fine pubs, shops and restaurants while being close to the market towns of Macclesfield, Buxton and Bakewell.
A week’s stay in The Hayloft for up to six people stats from £580. Alternatively, a short break for two people in The Stables costs from £260. For more information visit www.premiercottages.co.uk or call the owner on 01625 424220.
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. In addition to three M1 classified properties, Hedgehunter is M2 and Teal is M3. All of the cottages have been designed with accessibility in mind so come complete with a spacious wet room with adjustable level hand basin for wheelchair users and each kitchen has an area of lower height work surface and a wheelchair accessible sink. The newly resurfaced Meon Valley Trail, just down the road from Wallops Wood, is wheelchair friendly, too.
A week’s stay in Teal for up to six people costs from £900. Alternatively, a short break starts from £672. For more information visit www.premiercottages.co.uk or call the owner on 01489 878888.
Nestled in 600 acres of beautiful Warwickshire farmland, Arbour Holiday and Knightcote Farm Cottages comprises 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). There are plenty of places to visit nearby including Stratford, Oxford and Warwick.
A week’s stay in Home Cottage for up to six people starts from £679, with a short break costing from £475. Alternatively, a week’s stay for up to ten people in Oak House costs from £1400, with a short break starting from £980. For more information visit www.premiercottages.co.uk or call the owner on 01295 770637.
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. Hidelow Lodge and The Farmhouse are both wheelchair accessible cottages (M2) with wetrooms. The Farmhouse has six double ensuite bedrooms, with two ground floor ensuite wet rooms. Guests can enjoy watching buzzards and little owls, spectacular sunsets and the Milky Way directly from the property.
A week’s stay Hidelow Lodge for up to five guests starts from £1309, or alternatively a short break costs from £785. For more information visit www.premiercottages.co.uk or call the owner on 01886 884547.
A beautiful estate, with 50 acres of ancient beech woods and 300 acres of parkland and grass fields, Beacon Hill combines peace and tranquillity with superb leisure facilities, with a spa including: wheelchair, swimming pool, sauna, steam room, Jacuzzi and beauty treatment rooms. The property features three wheelchair friendly properties (M2), Curlew, Kestrel and Merlin Cottage, all boasting uninterrupted views across the gardens to rolling fields. The three cottages have roll-in showers with a shower wheelchair. Beacon Hill sits between the magnificent Northumbrian coastline and the Northumberland National Park and the Cheviot Hills; Druridge Bay, with its seven miles of empty golden sands, lies within sight, eight miles to the east.
A week’s stay in Merlin Cottage for up to 4 guests starts from £310, with a short break costs from £350. For more information visit www.premiercottages.co.uk or call the owner on 01670 780900.
Situated on the edge of the Eden Valley, the award-winning Tottergill Farm Cottages has three stunning wheelchair friendly properties, each 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. The cottages offer breathtaking views of the Lake District and are set within 50 acres of unspoilt grounds featuring an abundance of birds and wildlife. Guests also receive a complimentary membership to a local leisure club. Tottergill Farm Cottages are just 10 miles from the historic city of Carlisle, and just half an hour or less from the Lake District, Hadrian’s Wall and the Scottish Borders.
A week’ stay in Ash Cottage sleeping two costs from £474. Alternatively, a short break costs from £261. For more information visit www.premiercottages.co.uk or call the owner on 01228 670615.
Perfect for family gatherings, Trevase Cottages feature traditional stone barn conversions that combine 18th century character with 21st century luxury. The two-Five Star Gold cottages are both wheel-chair friendly (M2); Trevase Granary features five ground-floor bedrooms and its largest twin room has a wet room. Penblaith Barn has a ground-floor family suite and wet-room. Both properties are in South Herefordshire and within five miles of each other, Penblaith is four miles north of Monmouth and Trevase Granary is five miles north west of Ross on Wye, based on a working farm. The two properties boast stunning views and are perfectly situated, in quiet, tranquil locations, yet are easily accessible by car from the motorway network.
A week’s stay in Trevase Granary sleeping 18 costs from £2600, whilst a short break starts from £1500. For more information visit www.premiercottages.co.uk or call the owner on 01989 730210.
Field House Farm Cottages are packed with original features and include two stunning M2 properties. The Roost is a cosy ground floor cottage, with an en-suite wet-room, whilst the spacious Ostler’s Corner has two ground-floor en-suite bedrooms. These beautifully furnished cottages enjoy a lovely rural location, set within 600 acres of farmland, a rich habitat for deer, hare and many species of endangered birds. Flamborough Head, Sewerby and Bridlington are all within 3 miles.
A week’s stay in The Roost for four guests arriving costs from £550. Alternatively, a short break costs from £350. For more information visit www.premiercottages.co.uk or call the owner on 01262 674932.