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Assisted Living Lodge Owner Shares Her Views

Michelle owns one of our Residence Assisted Living lodges and she's kindly shared some insider information on what you can expect when staying in one of these lodges

Nowhere else compares…

I used to spend hours and hours of searching for an assisted place to have a family holiday. I would search for ground floor bedrooms to be met with upstairs lounge. I’d type in profiling beds and get absolutely nothing. I won’t even tell you how frustrating it is searching for holiday accommodation with a ceiling track hoist! It’s just 20+ websites of companies that sell, maintain and fit them – nothing for holidays.

So much time wasted!  I gave up and embarked on holidays that provided space and some that claimed ‘accessible’ and again found the whole thing traumatic, back breakingly hard work and in need of a holiday from the holiday. We as a family, with our disabled son and adventurous daughter, gave up the whole idea of ever having a holiday that met our needs.

Then I discovered Landal Gwel An Mor in beautiful Cornwall…

We couldn’t believe our luck! Not only do they have lodges that are accessible with a profiling bed, a ceiling track hoist that goes from the bed to a fully equipped wet room, a kitchen with lowered appliances and worktops that a wheelchair user can cook in, but all of the above is blended in with luxurious attention to detail. Hot tub, log burner, TV in the bathroom and Sonos speakers which are amazing when you need to play meditation music and not move from your bed at 2am!

Also the site is accessible, from the restaurant to the indoor pool which even has a hoist chair to allow guests with physical needs the ability to get in and out of the water. They’ll even do massages in your lodge if you don’t fancy going into the spa. A take away service from the restaurant to your lodge is another wonderful offering. And the list is growing along with Landal Gwel An Mor’s future vision.

Finally a 5 star, exceptional place where we could rest, recuperate and then explore…

Exploring Cornwall

You can also hire specific things like reclining comfy chairs, shower seats and a whole range of handy extras. There is a local hire place in nearby Hayle. The beach at Portreath has a concrete ramp so wheelchair users can access it. The beautiful Godrevy is close by which has an accessible path for breathtaking views of St Ives, Gwithian and the famous Godrevy Lighthouse and seal colony.

Cornwall has many accessible towns and ports, beaches and even woodlands that we have managed to access. It’s a really special place to enjoy a holiday. Like all those people who take flying off to foreign lands for granted, we now get that same sense of a much-needed holiday, with fresh sea air, nature, fun, fabulous views, rest, great local food and much much more!

Inside the Lodges

In your lodge they give you vouchers, ideas for walks of which some are accessible and a huge amount of literature to explore near and far… that’s if you can peel yourself away from such a cosy lodge! Each lodge has parking and the accessible lodges have ramps. Spacious and clean, modern and comfortable.

We had such a great time that we actually bought one of the lodges! Now we enjoy holidays at our convenience, at our pace, on our terms. These lodges are available to rent for anything from a weekend or mid-week break to a week or two (or three!), and are the perfect way to enjoy a holiday when you have physical needs.

You can even take a 3D tour of the lodges below, so you don’t need to just take my word for it!

If you decide to enjoy an accessible holiday in Cornwall, it doesn’t get any better than this

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