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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
This property was converted from an Old Steading in 2008 to a very high standard and truly deserves it's 5 star grading. All accommodation is at ground floor level so ideal for anyone with walking difficulties. There is a double bedroom and nex...
Our Creme de le creme No 4 Coach house was originally created as Coach houses to store the horse drawn Carriages for the 19th Centuury Kinfauns Castle. The Traditional stone built B listed buildings in attractive courtyard setting has an idyllic...
A truly beautiful countryside setting
With five comfortable bedrooms, a modern kitchen, a big bathroom, a dining room, a lounge with a log burner and a garden to play in, Thornbury Barn has everything you could need in a family holiday house!
The cottage is in the village of Frogmore, a pretty Devon village and one which has managed to hang on to its pub, the excellent Globe Inn just one minute's walk, its Post Office and the locally renowned Frogmore Bakery & General Stores. You can e...
¾ miles west of East Allington along a no through road, on an organic 300 acre sheep/beef farm which you are welcome to wander, four excellent, well thought through cottages converted from handsome Victorian barns, with ample parking: two ‘upside-...
Lukesland is a fine Victorian house with a magical 24 acre garden, 1½ miles towards Dartmoor from Ivybridge. The present family has lived there since the 1930s, perfecting the wonderful garden of woodland, shrubs, roses, little lawns and flower bo...
Beside a scarcely-used lane on a valley-side a mile north of Aveton Gifford, two barns excellently converted into two detached cottages on a 20 acre farm (sheep). The welcoming owners live close by. You are welcome on the farm (stationary vintage ...
Off a quiet lane, on the edge of the exceptional Cadhay estate (G100, tours on Fridays) in Ottery St Mary (town centre, 1 mile), a smart, detached, single-storey, red brick cottage. Once the estate’s cider press, now completely renovated and refur...
2 miles from Honiton and 200 yards (private drive) off a lane, two cottages close to the charming owners�� 17th cent. farmhouse. They are in a brilliant, peaceful position with fine views, on the side of that beech-tree-crowned landmark, Dumpdon H...
At the end of Combwich village and right next to the Parrett Trail, an ancient stone barn beautifully and carefully converted into this pretty cottage. Snug behind the owners’ pretty farmhouse, it has rural views of an orchard and horse paddock (w...