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A holiday cottage should be cosy. It should be clean. It should feel like home, because for a week or two that's what it will be. Your holiday may be built around nature watching, shopping, dining and exploring, but underpinning it all will be your accommodation. It's the place where you awaken, refreshed and raring to discover the local area, and it's the place you return to, exhilarated and ready to relive the day's highlights over dinner.
Britain, France and Ireland boast a wealth of pretty holiday cottages, complete with excellent amenities and picture postcard views. For some holidaymakers, however, the perfect cottage offers more than just scenery and modern appliances; it's also accessible. If you're a wheelchair user, you'll require a home with less steps, more ramps.
Aside from that requisite, the other factor to consider is the attractions you're likely to visit. A remote cottage will be quieter, but it will also necessitate more driving. Get away from it all, but don't get too far away. Pick a coastal village or hillside town and make it the base for your stay. Shops, sights and transport hubs will all be close by, enabling you to spend less time travelling and more time enjoying your cottage holiday.
Wheelchair friendly holiday cottages
Cottages for the disabled in Scotland
The Scottish Highlands promise majestic beauty on a grand scale. If you're not into or up to extreme sports, the mountaintop views can still be savoured, provided you don't mind navigating the occasional hairpin bend on your way to the top. The road that leads to the tiny West Coast village of Applecross warrants a special mention – yes the view from the top is epic, but it's a treacherous route at the best of times. To experience a less challenging slice of Scotland's natural beauty, try booking a cottage on the east coast instead. Fife and St Andrews are gorgeous and easy to get about; park up in the town centre and explore the royal burgh where life is good and the air is fresh.
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Cottages for the disabled in South East England
If you're based in southern or central England, you needn't travel far to enjoy a coastal cottage. The South East is not just accessible – it's charming and ever so scenic. Kent is where some of Britain's finest gardens are to be found: The Secret Gardens of Sandwich are intriguing, Hever Castle is beautiful and Brogdale is fruity. Sussex, meanwhile, boasts a number of fine art galleries, including a dazzling collection of Old Masters at Chichester's Pallant House Gallery. Eastbourne is a cheery seaside town that's worth exploring for its waterfront that leads to the iconic chalk cliffs of Beachy Head.
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Cottages for the disabled in Wales
For some people, castles fire the imagination and excite the senses. To others, they're crumbling relics that are best left to the elements and the inexorable creep of nature. Should you fall into the former category – the non-cynical one – Wales is a land of mystery and age-old tales, with more castles than any other country in Europe. If you prefer baths to buildings, however, Wales' spas will ease your aches and pains away while you inhale a soothing blend of oils and spices. Bliss. When hunger takes over, make a beeline for one of the local gastropubs, where Welsh beef, lamb and seafood are treated with the respect they deserve.
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Cottages for the disabled in Brittany
Brittany is surprisingly easy to get to – harder to leave though, once you've taken a shine to its exquisite beaches and walled medieval towns. Bring your appetite, because the food here is something to cherish: the Britons like their pancakes, they like their pork and they love their seafood – rock and flat oysters are landed locally. If you're travelling by ferry, you'll likely alight at St Malo. As industrial ports go, it's quite fetching, but for that Old World experience, drive to Dinan or Vannes to the south. The coastline may be spectacular, but inland Brittany's dense forests and tiny villages are just as striking.
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Cottages for the disabled in Ireland
Ireland is a wild place whose landscape feels untamed and untameable; the only force that can exert itself upon the land is the elements – man's influence is puny in comparison. Take a trip to the West Coast, which runs from Sligo all the way to Kerry. The views are breathtaking, the cliffs are steep and the ocean looms large. A holiday can't run on scenery alone. Thankfully, you'll find some great food to fuel your trip, served with a slice of inimitable Irish hospitality. The countryside may be wild, but the locals are, to a man, woman and child, friendly and welcoming. Thank goodness for that.
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Wheelchair accessible cottages for rent in the UK
Up to £100* off for the coming week in June. (* Depending on numbers and length of stay)
Right on the edge of the harbour, only a couple of minutes level walk from the sandy beach of Portreath is this charming terraced house with all main rooms l...
Park Lodge Apartment (sleeps up to 8 adults):
Entrance hall leading to stairs up to a double bedroom with 5ft. bed with separate adjoining cloakroom. Stairs leading up to:
First Floor: Kitchen/breakfast room, reception room and separate dining-r...
The Badger Sett has been extensively but sympathetically modernised and is luxuriously furnished with a harmonious blend of funky modern, retro chic & antique furniture. It's all on one level (with easy access for wheelchairs) and the safe, enclos...
On line booking on own website : www.finnichcottages.com
The cottages have been created round the courtyard of the beautiful 19th Century red sandstone steading which has recently undergone a total renovation programme. Each cottage has been rebu...
Beautiful 2 bedroom self catering cottage set in woodland near Killin, Perthshire.
Blinkbonnie Cottage is the middle one of seven modern cottages positioned in the beautiful Loch Lomond & Trossach’s National Park. The cottage has lovely open views...
Our charming country cottages, in the heart of Scotland offer a relaxing break away from it all. Situated on the edge of Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, in an area of outstanding beauty, on our working farm, our newly converted cottages ...
Rated **** by Britis Tourism
Recently upgraded but retaining character (some low beams)
Large secluded garden with football goals.
BBQ area and large patio with wooden garden furniture.
Fantastic for walking and cyc...
A 5 bedroom, single storey cottage and a 4 bedroom chalet only 1 mile from the centre of Fordingbridge or 15 minute walks to the Sandy Balls holiday complex famous for its excellent facilities, including a large leisure centre, bike hire centre, r...
**We offer Short Break stays in off-peak periods throughout the year, so please feel free to enquire for information about our 'Less than 7 night' tariffs.**
Boasting an excellent location in the heart of picturesque shaldon, this charming georgi...
Woodview Cottages nestle within the rolling rural valleys of South-east Cornwall, in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and within the Caradon Cornish Mining World Heritage Site.
The 17th century local granite stone farm building has been con...