12 of the most handicap accessible places to stay in Britain

Cringletie House Hotel is a Scottish baronial castle in 11.5 hectares (28 acres) of gardens and woodlands. The castle was built in 1861 and the 4* hotel is fully wheelchair accessible with a wide range of facilities for guests with mobility, hearing, sight and other disabilities.

Cringletie House won this year’s Caterer and Hotelkeeper award for best accessible hotel in Britain. It is 32km (20 miles) south of Scotland’s capital and Edinburgh International Airport.

Cringletie House Hotel, Edinburgh Road, Peebles EH45 8PL
Tel: +44 1721 725750
Website: www.cringletie.com
Twitter: @CringletieHouse
Facebook: Cringletie House Hotel, Peebles

The 4* Copthorne Tara Hotel in London’s Kensington has ten adapted rooms with wide doorways, open frame beds and automatic doors. The ten rooms are a mixture of singles, twins and doubles, some with level-floor showers, some with baths and two with hoists from the bed to the bathroom. The hotel’s conference and banqueting facilities are also accessible and assisted listening systems are available.

Copthorne Tara Hotel, Scarsdale Place, Kensington, London W8 5SR
Tel: +44 20 7937 7211
Website: www.millenniumhotels.co.uk/Tara 

Mortons House in Corfe Castle village in the west of England is a 16th-century manor house that has been converted into a 21-bedroom luxury hotel and restaurant. It has four new accessible rooms built in a walled garden next to the hotel. All have walk-in wet rooms. The hotel’s restaurant has a 2 AA Rosette award for its fine dining. The hotel is on the Isle of Purbeck. The Purbeck coastline is designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Mortons House, East Street, Corfe Castle, Dorset BH20 5EE
Tel: +44 1929 480988
Website: www.mortonshouse.co.uk
Twitter: @MortonsHouse
Facebook: Mortons House Hotel

Hoe Grange has four fully-equipped and accessible self-catering 4* log cabins on a working farm in the Peak District countryside. Accessible specialist equipment including a mobile hoist and electric profile beds is included. Guests can treat themselves to on-site spa treatments and there is a log-fired, outdoor Swedish hot tub.

Hoe Grange won this year’s (2011) Enjoy England Excellence Access for All Gold Award.

Hoe Grange Holidays, Brassington, Matlock, Derbyshire DE4 4HP
Website: www.hoegrangeholidays.co.uk
Tel: +44 1629 540262
Twitter: @HoeGrange
Facebook: Hoe Grange Holidays

The Hytte is a 5* luxury timber lodge in Northumberland. The Norwegian-inspired self-catering accommodation sleeps eight people and is rated Access Exceptional in the UK’s National Accessible Scheme. The Hytte has a grass roof and a large decked verandah with views over the open countryside. Two of the bedrooms have electric beds.

The Hytte, Bingfield, Hexham, Northumberland NE46 4HR
Tel: +44 1434 672321
Website: www.thehytte.com
Facebook: The Hytte

Park House Hotel is a Victorian country house in its own grounds in the parklands of the Sandringham Royal Estate in West Norfolk. It has been adapted for people with mobility difficulties and is fully wheelchair accessible. Care is on hand if required, and charged for accordingly. The hotel has eight single and eight twin-bedded rooms.

Park House Hotel, Sandringham, King’s Lynn, Norfolk PE35 6EH
Tel: +44 1485 543000
Website: www.parkhousehotel.org.uk
Twitter: @LCDParkHouse

Burleigh Court in Leicestershire is a residential conference hotel and winner of the 2010 Access for All Gold award. There are 13 rooms designed for accessibility needs. There is also a pool and therapy centre offering aromatherapy massages and Reiki. The hotel is in the grounds of Loughborough University, host of the UK Corporate Games in July 2011. Burleigh Court is 2km (1 mile) from the M1 and 13km (8 miles) from East Midlands Airport.

Website: www.welcometoimago.com
Tel: +44 845 036 4624
Twitter: @imagolboro

The Big Sleep Hotel in the Regency town of Cheltenham is simple, modern and central. The hotel has four adapted rooms for guests who use wheelchairs or have mobility difficulties. These standard suites are larger than usual, with roll-in wet rooms and grab rails in the bathrooms.

The Big Sleep Hotel, Wellington Street, Cheltenham GL50 1XZ 
Tel: +44 1242 696 999
Website: www.thebigsleephotel.com
Twitter: @BigSleepHotel
Facebook: The Big Sleep Hotel

Double-Gate Farm B & B in the west of England is a Georgian farmhouse on a working farm. There are four adaptable riverside suites on the ground floor of the farmhouse. The suites have large wet rooms. The farm is on the banks of the River Sheppey with views across open countryside to the Mendip Hills. Double-Gate Farm has a VisitBritain Breakfast award.

Double-Gate Farm, Godney, Nr. Wells, Somerset BA5 1RX
Tel: +44 1458 832217
Website: www.doublegatefarm.co.uk

St Michaels Hotel and Spa in Cornwall is a contemporary 4* hotel with sea views and tropical gardens. It has an adapted room on the ground floor with an en suite roll-in wet room with support rails. Guests who can’t manage the steps down to the spa can ask for in-room treatments. The hotel’s Flying Fish restaurant has views of the ocean, Falmouth Bay and the Cornish coastline.

St Michaels Hotel and Spa, Gyllyngvase Beach, Falmouth Cornwall TR11 4NB
Tel: +44 1326 312707
Website: www.stmichaelshotel.co.uk
Twitter: @StMichaelsHotel
Facebook: St Michael’s hotel & spa

The Guoman Tower Hotel at London’s St Katherine’s Dock has three rooms with wheel-in showers adapted for guests with disabilities. The hotel also offers accessible facilities in the bar, restaurant and meeting rooms, induction loops and menus in braille and large print. The hotel is next to two World Heritage Sites, Tower Bridge and the Tower of London, and has panoramic views over the bridge, the River Thames and St Katharine’s Dock.

The Tower, St Katharine’s Way, London E1W 1LD
Tel: +44 845 305 8335
Website: www.guoman.com/en/hotels/united_kingdom/london/the_tower/index.html

West Shore in the popular seaside town of Llandudno in north Wales is a 3* hotel specially adapted for disabled customers. There are 18 accessible bedrooms with wheel-in showers, overhead and mobile hoists, facilities for hearing impaired people and electric adjustable beds. The hotel is on the west shore of Llandudno with views across the Conwy Estuary towards the Snowdonia National Park.

West Shore, Llandudno, Conway LL30 2BB
Tel: +44 1492 876833
Website: www.livability.org.uk/page.asp?id=84

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  1. avatarLaura says

    Thanks everyone at Anglotopia for including a post intended for people with disabilities. Travel planning is particularly difficult when you’re bringing a wheelchair along for the ride. Thanks for considering this issue and making some suggestions!