A lovely week in Shropshire last New Year; but with a fairly significant disadvantage of a non-accessible cottage. Two steps down to get in, and a picturesque but not pretty precarious steep wooden staircase to get to the bedrooms.
Beechenhill Farm made up for all of that.
Their Cottage by the Pond is an accessible, 3 bedroom cottage converted from an old cowshed. It's beautiful. Big, wide, sliding doors. A bathroom approximately three times the size of ours (although a hoist over the bath would have made it perfect), shower chair and mobile hoist and profiling (though not height adjustable) bed. Two downstairs bedrooms, so neither Friend C nor myself had to be noble and volunteer to carry children upstairs.
Plenty of space for all three wheelchairs (unless one of the three is a six year old who drives a tank and insists on sitting in doorways in it), and a very beautiful wood burning stove in the sitting room.
Stomach food too; we were able to buy milk straight from the milk tank, and had eggs, sausages, bacon, so-fresh-it-was-still-warm bread and a nice pile of readymeals all waiting for us when we arrived.
We will be back; a thick folder full of ideas for accessible outings and even rating accessible pubs and restaurants (we decided to avoid the one where only the crisps were recommended) and we didn't begin to scratch the surface of it. I think we may need to see this place in all its various seasons.
And then a nightmare of a run home, with a poorly Mog who decided the vibrations of the van were the perfect percussive chest physio. This would have been helpful, if it didn't mean we needed to pull in every 15 minutes or so to suction the loosened gunk, turning a predicted 2.5-3 hour journey into an epic 6 hour marathon. She's looking great now though; it was clearly exactly what she needed.
Oh - and how could I forget? A new first for us; enough electrical sockets in the bedrooms that we could hook up CPAP, ventilator, humidifier, 2 feed pumps, sats monitor, video monitor, and still have a spare socket for reading lamp without having to use a single extension cable. We can't do that at home!
We will be back.