Wallops Wood, Sheardley Lane, Droxford, Hampshire, SO32 3QY

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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.
Independent expert, Emma Bowler, reviewer for ’Rough Guide To Accessible Britain, Family Days Out’ said:
When you have a disability, checking out access before you go on holiday is essential - good access makes a holiday enjoyable and hassle free, which is what holidays are all about. When you’re looking to book somewhere ask to see their accessibility statement, it should give you a clear indication of what to expect - including what specialist adaptations have been made to a property and what equipment is available. I was very impressed with Wallops Wood Cottages’ accessibility statement which can be downloaded and printed from the website.

About our accessibility standards

  • Each cottage is individually rated under the National Accessible Scheme.
  • Awarded Gold in the Access for All Tourism at the Beautiful South Awards 2015 - the mystery shopper report states: "The cottage visited provided an immediate WOW factor and continued throughout the premises. Although the facilities provide for people with special requirements there isn’t a clinical feel."
  • There are 2 designated block-paved disabled parking spaces adjacent to Teal and a level block-paved path to all cottages. Oak floors, non-slip surfaces in the kitchens and bathrooms, and paved patio in the garden make 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 Statement includes floor plans of Hedgehunter and Teal so you can get a feel for the space before you arrive. 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.

The cottages

Early Mist, Glenside and Sundew (M1, H1, V1)
All the cottages have a carver style arm chair in the dining area. There are touch activated lamps by the bedside in the master bedroom and the main lights also have switches by each bed. There is a swing-top bin in one bathroom and non-slip bath mats in all the bath/shower rooms.

Hedgehunter (M2, H1, V1)
This 4 bedroom cottage has a spacious master bedroom with en-suite wet room/ bathroom, with non-slip flooring, alarm pull cord and height adjustable basin. Plus all the facilities, as available in the M1 cottages. View floor plan.

Teal (M3, H1, V1)
Teal is a 3 bedroom cottage with all the facilities of the M1 and M2 cottages. In the kitchen the sink is set into the work surface and the under-sink cabinets can be removed to enable wheelchair access. Upon request, a convection oven, microwave and 2 ring electric hob can be placed on the lowered section of the worktop. There is an electric reclining chair in the sitting area. In the accessible bedroom, there is also a lower rail in the wardrobe. View floor plan.

The equipment

All the cottages have a carver style arm chair in the dining area. There are touch activated lamps by the bedside in the master bedroom and the main lights also have switches by each bed. There is a swing-top bin in one bathroom and non-slip bath mats in all the bath/shower rooms.

  • A list of the equipment available to use, from wheelchairs and perching chairs and removable grab rails, bed raisers and rails, toilet raisers and commodes to a vibrating alarm clock and hand bell is included in the Accessibility Statement. Please let us know what you would like and they will be waiting for you upon arrival.
  • If you require additional equipment such as bed hoists or profiling beds, which we do not have, we can help you to arrange for these to be hired and installed prior to arrival through Solent Mobility (107 High Street, Lee-On-the-Solent PO13 9BU), Tel: 023 9200 9999 or www.solentmobility.co.uk

Accessible attractions

There are many accessible attractions within easy distance of the cottages, here are just a few examples and the Accessibility Statement includes a list of useful links.

  • Visit Winchester has produced a Visitor Trail by wheelchair which passes some of the city’s major attractions.
  • Tourism South East’s website provides a comprehensive list of local attractions and their accessibility from Paulton’s Park, to Winchester Cathedral.
  • The wonderful Hampshire countryside is more accessible than you might think and Accessible Countryside for Everyone provides a comprehensive list of accessible greenspaces including country parks, beaches, nature reserves and National Trust properties.
  • There is accessible cycling in the New Forest, riding in Eastleigh, power boating or sailing on the Solent and an adapted barge on the Basingstoke canal.
  • Several of the local pubs and restaurants are wheelchair accessible including The Shoe Inn in Exton, The Bat and Ball on the way to Clanfield, Greens Restaurant in Wickham or for fine dining there's JSW in Petersfield.

Don't take our word for it?

Chris Cusack of Accomable stayed in Teal and shared his experienced insights in a blog and youtube video, he 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.


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