What to Look for in Accessible Holiday Accommodation
Where you choose to stay while on holiday depends on a number of factors, with location, proximity to attractions, general amenities and budget being top considerations. But, for many people with disabilities, the right holiday accommodation can hinge on accessibility.
When seeking accessible accommodation, there are several things to look out for to ensure you book somewhere that will cater to your needs and offer everything else you want from a holiday away.
As a provider of holidays for people with disabilities in Devon, we understand how important it is that all guests feel welcome and cared for. Here are some of our top tips for finding genuinely accessible holiday accommodation, no matter what kind of adventure you want to embark on.
First things first, how easy is it to get into your holiday cottage or room via the initial doorways and entrances? Check that all entrances and exits are easily manoeuvrable with ramps and handrails.
Lift access is another thing to look out for.
Doors should allow for easy operation for all guests, not being too heavy or using handles that are hard to grip. Also see if the accommodation is equipped with automatic doors.
Hallways & Passages Between Rooms
The width of hallways, doors and passages will also affect how easy it is to move around and navigate the space. Look out for accommodation that has clear, open passageways that are free of too much obstructive furniture.
Stair lifts and handrails along stairs are another good feature to look out for to see if accommodation providers are thinking about levels of accessibility.
Whether you’re booking an accessible room or renting a holiday cottage, clutter-free spaces should be a given. When looking at pictures of the accommodation, consider the layout of furniture and other items – is there anything that may restrict your mobility or pose a risk to you?
The ability to ask to move furniture upon request is another good marker to check for.
Is there enough suitable lighting installed around the space, and is it easily adjustable? Look out for good outdoor lighting too, checking that accessing doors or making the journey to and from the car is possible and safe, especially in the dark.
Accessible accommodation should always ensure that any appliances are easy to reach and easy to operate. Consider whether there are any handrails or supports on the side of countertops.
Is the height of the bed suitable and will there be enough support for you when getting in and out? Check if there are any rooms that offer electric beds or hoists that would make your stay as comfortable as possible.
Accessible Bathrooms & Wet Rooms
Rooms with en-suite bathrooms can be especially useful. Query whether your potential accommodation offers bathrooms with no-slip mats, handrails, showers seats or walk-in showers.
Offering a wet room rather than a bath can also indicate how much a provider is thinking about accessibility.
Accessible Car Parks or Drop Off Points
Another basic essential includes accessible car parks or drop-off points that are within close proximity to main entrances. Also consider whether outdoor paths and routes are even and easy for you to traverse.
Clear Safety Procedures for Guests With Disabilities
Sufficiently planned safety procedures are the bare minimum for a place you are putting your trust in. However, some accommodation might not be clear about the specific emergency measures in place for guests with disabilities.
Before booking, check any information on the provider’s website or get in touch with their staff about the current safety procedures and whether your needs in the event of an emergency have been considered.
Accessible Holiday Amenities
A relaxing dip in the hot tub or pool is just one of the delights you’re able to enjoy on a trip away. So you want to make sure accommodation that offers this luxury is able to offer it to everyone. Check whether they have hoists or systems in place to assist with accessible swimming or bathing.
An accessibility statement will detail a site’s features and facilities to help you determine whether it meets your needs. We always recommend you review this document when booking a stay to see if everything the accommodation says it offers is in line with your expectations and requirements.
The statement will give you a good overview of the site’s accessibility in its entirety, highlighting everything we’ve covered above and more.
Accommodation at Calvert Exmoor
Here at Calvert Exmoor, we are dedicated to ensuring everyone that stays with us has a comfortable, enjoyable and stress-free stay. Our accessible accommodation caters to a range of abilities, with adaptive equipment to help provide the right support.
You can find out more about our different rooms and accommodation options with our Calvert Exmoor accommodation guide.
If you have any questions about staying with us or would like to talk about booking an accessible adventure holiday, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with the Calvert Exmoor team.