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

01489 878 888

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

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.

"Our cottages are the perfect getaway for families, carers and friends alike. We can accommodate several accessible guests and their carers in the same cottage with everyone enjoying privacy and comfort." Katherine Graham

Please be aware that we are M3A rated under the NAS scheme. We offer a large range of accessibility aids however do not offer specialist equipment such as profiling beds, ceiling or mobile hoists and changing tables. This equipment needs to be hired direct with a specialist provider. Please contact us on 01489-878888 for more details.

 

"Hoist for the pool"

There were 8 of us staying in Early Mist to celebrate one of our friends 40th. We wanted to do something memorable, fun, relaxed and different and that’s what we got at Wallops Wood.

Prior to our arrival Emma and the team were so helpful. Nothing was too much whether it be obtaining information about things to do, questions about the tv so we could connect devices to it or obtaining extra logs for the wood burner. Nothing was too much and they were so responsive and helpful. Upon our arrival the lovely lady who met us was so kind. One thing that everyone had in common was their pride and sincerity, just made a huge difference.

Thereafter the stay was fabulous. Great quality kitchen and equipment, hot tub, most comfortable beds, fab wood burner, games and so much more...just every detail taken care off. Hardly heard anything in the cottage next to ours and the views were spectacular.

We used the indoor pool and jacuzzi which is so clean and fab temperature. Even had a hoist for disabled people and floats for those needing help/fun. We went for walks, relaxed plenty and had the most wonderful weekend

After we left the great service continued with caring emails to check we had a great time and deposit was refunded so quickly.

If you’ve disabled people attending they catered for them too. Just everything thought off and more.

We will most definitely be back, this is our go to place as so easy to get too for everyone yet you feel a million miles away to switch off and enjoy. C. Jackson

"Great accommodation"

 
It is difficult to find accommodation that is suitable for wheelchairs and which will also take dogs. Wallops Wood ‘ticked all the boxes’ for our family group.
We stayed in Teal, which is excellent for wheelchairs, accessible and spacious throughout, with the bonus of a shower chair provided free of charge.
The kitchen was very well equipped to a high standard.
The swimming pool was a great facility.
The enclosed garden and dog walking field were very good. With only a half hour drive to all the museums in Portsmouth and to other sites such as Winchester and NT Hinton Ampner Wallops Wood is in an excellent location. There are also some very good walks from the cottages. Not cheap, but worth the money for the standard of accommodation and facilities.
D. Higgs

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 guide, 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 guide which can be downloaded and printed from the website.

The cottages

Our Accessible Holiday 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

Woodbrook (M3, H1, V1)
Woodbrook is a 2 bedroom cottage with the same facilities as the M1 and M2 cottages. The door of the oven is side opening and a lower work top in the kitchen where a hob and 2 ring electric hob can be placed upon request. The under-sink cabinets can be removed to enable wheelchair access upon request. One bedroom has a wet room shower room and there are French doors to a patio. View floor plan.

View Floor Plan

Silver Birch (M3, H1, V1)
This 4 bedroom cottage has all the facilities of the M1 and M2 cottages, but it has an extremely large kitchen/dining room and lounge. There are two ovens with a microwave / conventional oven at a lower level and upon request, a 2 ring electric hob can be placed on the lowered section of the worktop. A single sink with a mixer tap is situated in a lower worktop. Two of the bedrooms have wet room / shower rooms.

View Floor Plan

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 Guide 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.
  • 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.
  • The local GP surgery is happy to accept emergency appointments from non-residents and with our proximity to Southampton, Portsmouth and Winchester there is easy access to excellent hospitals in the case of an emergency. There is also space adjacent to the cottages for an air ambulance to land if necessary and the emergency action sheet includes longitude and latitude for this purpose.
  • Our brand new 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.

Please see our list of equipment which is downloadable for you ACCESSIBILITY EQUIPMENT with photos.

Wallops Wood Cottages is now able to offer our accessible guests a carer for all your needs whilst visiting us!

Verina Daly Care , based at Wallops Wood, can offer short and longer term care from 30 minutes to 1 hour and block shifts as well as bank holidays. Verina Daly Care offers 24 hour care and can help with :

  • cooking for you or your loved one
  • companionship for a few hours or a whole day
  • outings to the many wonderful attractions we have here in Hampshire

Please do contact them directly to enquire about other services you may need or if you have any questions on 02392-632 393, they are based at Wallops Wood HQ, so just 1 minute from our cottages. Alternatively just call us on 01489-878888 to chat about your needs, we are always here to help!

 

Verina Daly Care at Wallops Wood Cottages for our accessible guests

Verina Daly Care at Wallops Wood Cottages for our accessible guests

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.

  • ACCESSIBILITY EQUIPMENT with photos 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 Guide. 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 for everyone at Wallops Wood

Accessible attractions

There are many accessible attractions within easy distance of the cottages. Here are just a few examples:

  • 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.
  • Visit Portsmouth Dockyards for a fun day out with a whole range of activities and sights to visit, they have a web page on accessibility which describes the many attractions.
Winchester Cathedral

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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