|The ramped entrance at the back of Daisy Cottage|
All the light switches in the house are at 'wheelchair' height too.
|The downstairs double bedroom of Daisy Cottage|
So, that aside, we converted two rooms downstairs in Daisy Cottage, one into a bedroom and one into an en suite. The bedroom has access into the double bed from either side and the doorway into both the bedroom and the en suite is wide enough to accommodate wheelchair access.
In fact, last year we had a guest who used a wheelchair and she and her family had particularly chosen Daisy Cottage as it seemed to have what they needed in terms of access and moving about the house for the lady in the wheelchair. They reported back to me after they left that moving around in the wheelchair had not been a problem and went through the doors easily.
The only two points they wanted to point out was one, the tiles in the en suite of the downstairs bedroom felt a little slippy even though the shop we had bought them from assured us they were for use in showers. We quickly replaced the tiles in the shower area with super grip tiny mosaic tiles (see below). And their second point was that the width between the bed and wall was a bit tight for a wheelchair but was solved by their taking out one of the bedside tables. So now for future guests who are wheelchair bound we know to remove one of the bedside tables prior to their arrival. Feedback like this is invaluable to us.
In the en suite there is a 'grab' rail at the side of the lavatory. The lavatory itself is slightly higher than the standard lavatory and suitable for wheelchair users.
This can be clicked down into a horizontal position when needed and can be clicked back up against the wall, as shown in the photograph here, for those who don't need this aid.
It is very sturdy, hygienic and perfect for use in the shower for people who need it. It even has little pockets on the side to hold shower gel, shampoo, etc. It also has, as you can see from the photograph here, arms on the side which is important for safety.
In the shower area of the en suite we have tiled the floor with little mosaic tiles which give much better grip, and therefore security, than larger tiles would, even the "non-slip" versions which we had prior to feedback from a guest who pointed this out (see above).
The en suite and is in fact a "wet room" which means there is no restrictions of shower doors or raised areas to get into the shower and is spacious enough to move around easily.
We certainly hope we have done as much as possible to make Daisy Cottage a good holiday home for guests with some of their party with limited mobility and we will continue to make sure we do our utmost to do so.