The cottages at Wallops Wood were designed to be welcoming to all, regardless of age or ability. Many features were designed and built in for our accessible guests, but without compromising on style or comfort. In fact much of our accessible design is barely noticeable to our guests, but it makes a big difference to those staying with us who need a bit of extra help.
What the Ratings Mean
Although all of our cottages have a level of accessibility, some have more features built in than others, therefore being more suitable for those with more needs such as wheelchair access. Our most accessible cottages are Woodbrook, Teal, Hedgehunter and Silver Birch.
The cottages are scored on a rating according to how accessible they are. The ratings are as follows:
M1 (One step ahead) – Older and less mobile guests
Typically suitable for a person with sufficient mobility to climb a flight of steps but who would benefit from fixtures and fittings to aid balance.
M2 – Part-time wheelchair users
Typically suitable for a person with restricted walking ability and for those who may need to use a wheelchair some of the time and can negotiate a maximum of three steps.
M3A – Assisted wheelchair users
Typically suitable for a person who depends on the use of a wheelchair and requires assistance from a carer, and maybe a hoist, when transferring to and from the wheelchair in a seated position.
V1 – Visually impaired guests
Minimum entry requirements to meet the standard for visually impaired guests.
H1 – Hearing impaired guests
Minimum entry requirements to meet the standard for guests with hearing impairment from mild hearing loss to profoundly deaf.
Depending on your requirements, some cottages may be more suitable for you than others. You can find out more about the accessible features on our Accessibility page, but here is a summary of some of the features in our cottages:
- Touch activated lamps by the bedside in the master bedroom and the main lights also have switches by each bed.
- En-suite wet room/ bathroom with non-slip flooring, alarm pull cord and height adjustable basin.
- Kitchen sink set into the work surface and the under-sink cabinets can be removed to enable wheelchair access.
- Two 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 king size double beds. They also have a TV and en-suite shower/bath rooms, so they are ideal for accommodating guests travelling with a carer.
- All furniture can be moved to suit your requirements.
- Smoke alarms flash to alert guests with impaired hearing.
- Our indoor swimming pool is heated to between 30 and 31 degrees and we have installed a moulded seat hoist which allows access to the pool and the jacuzzi with ease and comfort.
If you require additional equipment, this can be provided on request. We have a list of equipment available to our guests, so please get in touch before your arrival and we can ensure it is ready in your cottage.
A full list of equipment can be found here. Here is a short summary:
- Suspended bath seat
- Furniture raisers
- Walking aids
If more specialist equipment is required, we recommend contacting Solent Mobility who can supply equipment for you on arrival. Please contact them direct to discuss your requirements. You can find out more on their website. Some of the equipment they can provide includes:
- Profiling beds
- Mobility scooters
If you have any questions regarding the accessible features in our cottages, please get in touch to discuss your requirements and which cottage may be the most suitable for your needs.