There’s somewhere to suit every taste when staying on the Isle of Wight. Here are a few top class options that everybody can enjoy.
With a Spa
Pamper yourself at the West Bay Club’s spa with sauna, steam and treatment rooms and a 20m heated indoor pool. One or two storey New England style ‘cottages’ and chalets are the accommodation at the West Bay Club but there are also two single storey Munday cottages that are fully disabled compliant, with room for four guests. These two self-catering holiday cottages are specifically designed for use by guests with mobility difficulties and are conveniently located close to the allocated disabled parking area.
Lakeside Park Hotel Spa has four treatment rooms, a 10 x 5m heated indoor hydro-pool with integrated shoulder massage jets, spa pool, sauna, steam room and the ultimate in hydrotherapy – a fragranced ‘Experience’ shower to stimulate, awaken and revitalise the senses. Three of their bedrooms are specially designed and equipped for disabled access and pathways through the hotel grounds are also DDA compliant.
On the Farm
Now with an award winning restaurant/café and heritage centre the Garlic Farm also has a tractor and trailer ride around the farm along with walks that you can follow. The accommodation here is marketed as Mersley Farm Self Catering Barns and Cottages and there are six from which to choose. Of these Little Mersley Farmhouse has a downstairs master bedroom for those who find stairs a problem and Mill Cottage has a disabled-friendly bedroom with separate vehicle access and a walk in shower in the en suite bathroom.
Nestled in the heart of the rolling south west countryside about half a mile from the village of Whitwell, Nettlecombe Farm has nine different self-catering options with the farm house, two cottages and converted barns and stables. The Forge is on one level, as is Wren and Heron and Corner Cottage has a twin bedroom downstairs.
To the Manor Born
Weston Manor was built in 1871 by William George Ward and his wife Francis Mary Ward and it’s situated on Moon’s Hill with extensive views of inland west Wight and beyond to the Solent. A private chapel was built for the family and is decorated in the medieval style of A.W.Pugin is listed as a heritage site by the National Trust as it is the only example of its kind in England. Part of this famous Grade Two listed manor has been converted into a bed a breakfast and one bedroom is on the ground floor and has good disabled access.
Northcourt Manor is a Jacobean Manor House in the picturesque village of Shorwell surrounded by fifteen acres of beautiful gardens. These include a pretty stream, walled kitchen gardens and terraced walks that are recognised nationally for their historic importance by English Heritage. Amongst the bed and breakfast accommodation is a ground floor bedroom with shower room for less able visitors. Self-catering accommodation is available in the west wing that was built in the 16th and 17thcenturies and remodelled in 1905. A recent refurbishment (2009/2010) has created quality and comfortable accommodation and includes one downstairs bedroom with shower room suitable for less-abled visitors.
Blow the budget
Yafford Mill Barn is a new conversion in the extensive grounds of Yafford Mill, an 18th century restored mill, set amidst the beautiful countryside of the coastal area of south west wight. Architecturally designed and skillfully renovated to provide lovely light and spacious accommodation the barn can accommodate up to five people with three bedrooms and three modern well equipped Travertine tiled bath/shower rooms. The accommodation is all on one level and has sloping entrances, wide doorways and no problems with steps.
The Blue House is a pretty and completely private cedar clad house, set on the wooded cliff above Gurnard Bay with a private two acre garden and part of the beach below. It has four double bedrooms overlooking the garden, a large contemporary living area with vaulted ceiling, and a wrap-around deck with fabulous westerly views over to the New Forest. The house is very suitable for wheelchairs as it’s all on a single level.