These days, vacation companies are doing more to be inclusive and make travel easier for wheelchair users. As more self-catering accommodations become available to people with disabilities, we thought now would be the perfect time to plan an escape from the daily routine and check into an accessible rental.
That’s why we’ve selected some of the best disability-friendly holiday cottages with wet rooms in the UK to inspire disabled travelers to get around to exploring Britain on this year’s staycation.
One company working to make travel more inclusive is Airbnb, which recently launched its own modified category. The rating lists wheelchair-accessible accommodations that have been manually verified by Airbnb to provide step-free paths to homes, bedrooms, and bathrooms, as well as other accessible features.
For the launch, the rental site worked with disability advocate and TV presenter Sophie Morgan, who listed her London home with views of Tower Bridge, St Paul’s Cathedral and Canary Wharf on Airbnb.
London Airport is easily accessible from Sophie
From the bright bedroom to the spacious living room and the wet room she loves the most, Sophie’s apartment is one of hundreds of Airbnbs that include a map of the interior within the listing photos so disabled guests can see if the vacation home meets their needs.
While London offers a great city break in the UK, we’ve scoured through Airbnb’s Adapted Category to bring you more of the best disabled-friendly holiday cottages with wet rooms, accessible parking, and step-free access.
Whether you’re looking to get away from it all in a gorgeous Airbnb beach house with family or friends in West Sussex, or get cozy with a partner in a luxury cabin in Lancashire, these Airbnbs are worth considering for their accessibility. And if you’re looking for a vacation cottage with direct beach access, we’ve found one very close by.
From a luxury Dorset lodge with hot tub and lift, to a dog-friendly Airbnb on the edge of the National Trust Felbrigg Hall estate in Norfolk, these are some of the best disability-friendly cottages with wet rooms and more in the UK.
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TV presenter Sophie Morgan’s one-bedroom cityscape, which she rents while she travels, is an accessible Airbnb with many thoughtful details she’s added to the home. There is step free entry, parking prior to entering the apartment and stepless access throughout the apartment.
The bedroom and bathroom have doorways that are over 32 inches wide, and the large, clutter-free space makes it easy to navigate. The bathroom, as well as the city’s views of Tower Bridge and St Paul’s Cathedral, is a highlight: it’s elegant with beautiful tiles, stable rails and a shower chair.
Sutton Mandeville, Wiltshire
Head to the small Wiltshire village of Sutton Mandeville and check into this modern barn conversion offering open plan living, panoramic countryside views from sliding doors and everything you need in the kitchen for a memorable self catering stay.
There are an abundance of features for a suitable disabled holiday home, including accessible parking, lighted path to barn entrance, step free entrances, wide doorways and stable rails in the wet room, as well as a luxurious double bedroom with bespoke beds.
Surrounded by acres of woodland, this holiday cottage is located in North Norfolk, near the National Trust Felbrigg Hall estate, which offers some visitor access. Just 15 minutes from the sandy beaches of Cromer and Sheringham, the cottage provides an excellent base for exploring the coast and countryside.
There are three bedrooms and a range of accessible features, such as access doors, downstairs bedroom with wet room on wheels, shower seat, hospital grade non-slip flooring and toilet side rail. For guests bringing four-legged members of the family, the owner installed a heated outdoor doggy shower as an added, thoughtful touch.
A luxurious holiday home perfect for a big celebration with the family, Maidensea House has enough space for 16 people to enjoy with its stunning features, including a cinema room and beautiful dining area on the ground floor.
The ground floor accessible bedroom with wet room can be used as a super king or twin room. The eight bedroom home also has underfloor heating, gated parking and sea views from the upstairs bedrooms.
For an exotic country getaway, book a stay at this quiet cabin in Lancashire. House Park Hideaway is an Airbnb for four, with a double bed and double sofa bed, plus a travel cot upon request. You’ll find everything you need to prepare basic meals in the kitchen or fire up a barbecue outside, plus there’s a large outdoor seating area for al fresco dining in the warmer months.
You’ll find an electric heater and a wood-burning stove to keep you toasty during the winter months, too. For accessibility there is a large wet room with shower chair and WC rails, spacious hallway and accessible parking with a step free path.
Just outside Padstow, this lovely stone house is close to the restaurants and activities of the charming fishing harbour. With North Cornwall’s wonderful beaches nearby, it’s a great place for a disabled-friendly beach holiday. You’ll love the stylish interiors, which include the cool, contemporary décor of the den (perfect for teens) and the chic and comfortable living room.
Magnificent views of the Atlantic Ocean can be seen from the terrace and landscaped gardens, and guests in wheelchairs enjoy a large entrance, step-free entry, shower chair, and accessible parking.
Bracklesham Bay, West Sussex
The West Sussex Airbnb is only three minutes from the beach, so close to providing direct access to the sea. The Disability Friendly, Salt Shack Cottage Holiday Home is eco chic, pet welcoming, kid friendly and has beautiful open plan living so you can make the most of your time together.
This gated three-bedroom holiday home is a great place to relax in the summer months, with outdoor BBQ facilities, a fire pit, and landscaped gardens. For access, there is a lighted pathway to the stepless entrance, as well as stepless access to the bedrooms, patio, utility room and dining area.
This wheelchair-friendly lodge in the Ranmore area of Dorset is the perfect place to unwind in a quirky stay. The best part is the hot tub, which comes with a lever for access. This handicap accessible wet room holiday cottage has two bedrooms, so you can travel with friends or as a small family.
Pets are allowed for those looking to bring their dog. The large entrance, accessible parking space, and bright interior make it a great place for disabled travelers to retreat to this year.
Commondale, North Yorkshire
This traditional stone cottage is ideal for an accessible farm stay within the picturesque North York Moors National Park. There is entrance throughout, wide doorways, wet room with WC and grab handle shower. The kitchen has been recently renovated so you have everything you need to enjoy unforgettable holidays with family or friends.
The tiled floor, wood-burning stove, and dog friendly make it a perfectly comfortable place to camp out in any season. Set in the quiet village of Commondale, there are attractive pubs and the seaside town of Whitby is just 30 minutes’ drive away.
Close to Whitstable for the perfect UK seaside getaway, this holiday cottage, with wet room, large entrance for wheelchair users and step-free access, is well suited for couples. Located in Seasalter, just a few minutes’ drive from Whitstable, this beach cabin has a private enclosed garden and is just a few feet from the beach.
There is a large king size bed and dogs are welcome (additional fee) as well. The Airbnb host treats all guests to a welcome basket, including basics like eggs, milk, and bread. They can even arrange to buy your own food so that everything is in the cabin when you arrive.
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