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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
Maes y Gwy is one of two self-catering Monmouthshire cottages set on a working farm in 126 acres of beautiful open meadows, woodland and rolling hills. With a wood burner and an outdoor hot tub, the cottage is perfect for relaxing and is ideally l...
Bwthyn Gwyr is a 3 bedroom cottage with a swimming pool in the quiet village of Southgate on the Gower, Wales. Just a stone’s throw from Pennard Golf Club and just a 5 minute walk from the coast and some of Wales’ most spectacular scenery at Pobbl...
The cottages are situated on a hillside overlooking the Royal Burgh of Linlithgow, birthplace of Mary, Queen of Scots, and near Edinburgh, Scotland's capital city. Built in 2006, the cottages were architect-designed to fit the character of the ar...
Seal cCottage stands on beautifully kept gardens with plenty of open space for children to play or for relaxing and dining outdoors. There is a private path at the bottom of the garden leading down to the shore. There are panoramic loch views from...
Beautiful stone cottage in traffic free location offering 5 star self catering accommodation for eight and benefiting from excellent amenities including use of heated indoor swimming pool and WI-FI. The property is equipped with dishwasher, large ...
Newhill Farm Cottages are 2 warm and most comfortably furnished cottages, with thick stone walls and feature windows. The cottages are graded 4 star by Visit Scotland and provide a perfect get away for holidays or short breaks. It is a lovely quie...
Railway Crossing Cottage, as it's name suggests, is a lovely stone built, detached former railway cottage which was used by the crossing keeper in the days of the St. Andrews to Anstruther Railway. It has just undergone a complete renovation and e...
With indoor swimming pool and 5 seater Hot Tub Cinema/Games room,and every conceivable extra WiFi and direct Internet connection, Flat Screen TV in all bedrooms, The Cottage is sheer luxury even if the great British weather does not hold.
Set on the edge of meadowland with stunning views over an expanse of open countryside, Lark Meadow cottage is a special place to enjoy your self catering holiday at any time of year.
Lark Meadows is set in the heart of the Lune Valley adjacent to...
4 bedroom 3 bathroom with the best of features and fittings. Nice and warm with underfloor heating, open kitchen / living room. Wi-Fi, ipod smartphone docking sounds, 60" plasma with Sky Now and BT Sport, television and dvd in every bedroom. Can b...