Accessibility

“From the outset it was our intention that the cottages would be designed with mobility, hearing and vision impaired guests in mind, not just as an after thought.” Katherine and Andrew Graham, owners.

Wallops Wood is the perfect getaway for families, carers and friends alike. Our cottages have been designed to accommodate several accessible guests and their carers in the same cottage with everyone enjoying privacy and comfort.

Please be aware that we are M3A rated under the Visit England NAS scheme. We offer a large range of accessibility aids, however, we suggest ordering all specialist equipment such as profiling beds, ceiling or mobile hoists and changing tables from Solent Mobility on 023-92009999 who are very reliable and always deliver on time. Please book your equipment prior to your visit so that we can make up your bed to your specification.

Please note we cannot accept clinical waste. 

You can always contact us directly at Wallops Wood Cottages on 01489-878888 for any help you may need or to order some of our own equipment.

There is an Accessible Trail in Winchester around the pedestrianised streets making the City wheelchair-friendly.

Here is a list of accessible attractions around Wallops Wood.

All major supermarkets deliver to our cottages.

About our Accessibility Standards

  • Each house is individually rated under the National Accessible Scheme.
  • Awarded Gold in the Accessible and Inclusive Tourism Award 2019-2020 at the Beautiful South Awards 2019 – The judges noted:  “Each customer is considered on an individual basis and a bespoke booking made based on the needs of the group. The range of equipment available is impressive as well as aiding guests to book specialise equipment locally.
  • Outside each house there is block-paved disabled parking spaces with a ramp to each house.
  • We have added two disabled parking spaces to cater for our accessible guests’ needs. These are opposite the games/event room and in front of the the tuck shop.
  • Throughout the house, there is luxury vinyl tile flooring, non-slip surfaces in the bathrooms, and recycled slip-resistant timber and plastic composite decking in the garden, making it easy to move around.
  • All bedrooms have zip and link beds that can be made up either as twin or super kingsize double beds, they have TVs and en-suite shower/bath rooms, so they are ideal for accommodating guests travelling with a carer.
  • Guests retrieve their keys from a key safe by the door on arrival and we pop in to answer any questions about the facilities once they have had a chance to settle in. However, we are happy to help guests with their luggage on arrival and departure, and to take delivery of groceries, by prior arrangement.
  • The Accessibility Guide includes floor plans of the houses.
  • All furniture can be moved to suit your requirements.
  • There are Dymo embossed labels on the taps, the print in our information brochure in the cottages is a 14 font, and the smoke alarms flash to alert guests with impaired hearing.
  • Whatever your request, large or small, please do ask and we will endeavour to help.
  • We encourage people to visit our premises before they book. We can take them on a tour of our facilities and discuss any particular requirements they may have.
  • Our indoor swimming pool is heated to between 30 and 31 degrees, a very comfortable temperature for our accessible guest and we have installed a moulded seat hoist which allows access to the pool and the jacuzzi with ease and comfort. Our beautifully designed changing room and toilet are fully accessible.
  • The local GP surgery is happy to accept emergency appointments from non-residents and our proximity to Southampton, Portsmouth and Winchester makes easy access to excellent hospitals in the case of an emergency.

Please look through our FREE ACCESSIBILITY EQUIPMENT list and email us at unwind@wallopswoodcottages.co.uk to reserve your items when you book.

All equipment is booked on a first come first serve basis.

Don’t take our word for it?

Able Magazine sent one of their journalists to stay in one of our accessible cottages. She said: “It’s really only if you’re in the know and looking for specific adaptations that you’d notice things like waist height power sockets or that some of the kitchen work surfaces are roll under“. Read the full article here.

And Chris Cusack of Accomable stayed in Teal and shared his experienced insights in a blog and said: “…the facilities and layout of Wallops Wood were to such a high standard, that it allowed me to concentrate on enjoying the holiday rather than stressing about my care and needs, and we’re already planning our next trip!?

As well as several TripAdvisor reviews praising the adapted facilities, we’re also listed and reviewed on Euan’s Guide which features disabled access reviews from disabled people and their friends and families.