Four Wheelchair Accessible Dog Friendly Places to Stay in the UK
There’s nothing like a holiday with the whole family – pets included! I regularly travel with my Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Poppy, and I know that finding accommodation that is wheelchair accessible but also dog friendly can be a challenge.
You might be looking for a cosy cottage with level access and an enclosed garden for your four-legged friend, an accessible farm stay with wonderful walkies on the doorstep or even the perfect pub with wet-room showers, to share a pint with your pup.
My list of four wheelchair accessible dog friendly places to stay in the UK has all of these options and more.
Remember, Assistance/Guide dog owners have important rights under the 2010 Equality Act. This law allows people with disabilities to have the same rights as everyone else to use the services supplied by shops, banks, hotels, libraries, pubs, taxis and restaurants. To find out more about The Equality Act and what it includes, visit the Assistance Dogs UK site.
Disclaimer: The properties included in this list previously provided my accommodation on a complimentary basis for review purposes. This list is entirely based on my personal experiences of staying at these properties, and is not intended to be a comprehensive guide to accessibility. Some of the accommodation providers mentioned may charge extra for pets.
The Amble Inn, Amble, Northumberland
The Amble Inn is the Inn Collection Group’s newest property – a contemporary seaside pub with rooms, opened in January 2019. The Inn is accessible, family friendly – with a children’s play area – and dogs are welcome in designated areas and rooms. There’s free on-site parking, including designated blue badge bays.
Cosy yet contemporary, the Amble Inn’s accessible rooms look and feel gorgeous. They’re seriously spacious, with a huge comfy bed. Tea and coffee, hairdryer, TV, desk and free WiFi all available. For those travelling with a larger party or a carer/PA, there are connecting doors to adjacent bedrooms. Spacious bathrooms offer accessible wheel-in showers.
The Anchorage, Cromer, Norfolk
A few minutes from Cromer town centre, tucked away in a peaceful corner of a quiet cul de sac is The Anchorage. Parking is easy with space for two vehicles on the sloping driveway, and a ramp from there into the cottage. Being just on the edge of the town has its benefits – there’s no passing traffic, and gorgeous open views from the enclosed garden which is perfect for dogs.
The open plan sitting room is seriously cosy, with an electric fire that has the look and feel of a woodburning stove, a comfy sofa and a recliner chair. The kitchen/diner has loads of accessible features including an adjustable height hob, side opening oven with pull-out worktop, lowered sink and remote-controlled cooker hood. In the accessible bedroom the bed can be made up as double or twin, and the en suite has a wet room shower with shower chair, wall-mounted sink and all the grab bars you could need – with the option of additional bars if required.
Hoe Grange Holidays, Matlock, Derbyshire
Hidden in the spectacular Peak District hills between Ashbourne and Bakewell, Hoe Grange Holidays offers four stylish self-catering log cabins, and two gorgeous glamping pods, all situated on a working farm. Pets are welcome, so welcome in fact that guests can bring their horse on holiday!
We stayed in the Rainster cabin, which has two bedrooms (one with two single electric profile beds), a spacious accessible layout, and a wheel-in wet room shower with grab rails, adjustable sink and toilet rails, as well as a luxury whirlpool bath in the family bathroom. Hipley, the other accessible dog friendly cabin has a similar layout and accessible facilities, with the wet room having been recently refurbished to include a Clos-o-Mat wash and dry toilet.
Homelands, Fife, Scotland
Homelands sits in mature woodlands in the pretty seaside village of Lundin Links, with panoramic views across Lundin golf course and Largo Bay to Edinburgh and the Lothians. In this beautiful setting, four luxurious lodges have been built, each with a wide range of equipment to suit various disabilities.
Specialist disability equipment, such as ceiling track hoists, profiling beds, clos-o-mat toilet and riser/recliner chairs are provided to ensure all visitors’ needs are met and the dream of a family or group holiday can be achieved. The buildings are architecturally stunning and luxuriously furnished. Homelands has an extremely welcoming environment for disabled people, as well as their carers, friends and family members. They welcome up to 3 dogs/cats in the Drummochy, Cardy and Keil Lodges.
Getting a dog really changed my life in a positive way – I get outside more, I have a constant companion and Poppy brings me so much joy. If you’re disabled, or an older person who’s thinking about getting a pet for the first time, read these tips for retired pet owners.
If you’ve found this list helpful and would like to know more about wheelchair accessible dog friendly holidays feel free to get in touch.