Top 5 Accessible Rural Retreats
If there’s one type of holiday that’s guaranteed to relax and refresh you to the utmost, it’s a rural retreat. Fortunately, with the continent right on our doorstep, the choice of sumptuous countryside landscapes is vast and varied with a range of excellent, accessible accommodation that offers a little something for everyone. Whether you’re looking for a cosy cottage with nothing more to do than soak up the spectacular surroundings, or an active outdoorsy holiday that allows you to learn a new skill or practice one of your favourite old ones, here are five top accessible rural retreats to consider for your next big trip:
1. A country cottage in France
The unspoiled countryside of Normandy makes for a wonderful escape from day-to-day life with all the convenience of being a short hop, skip and jump across the Channel. This is a land of rolling green hills, streaked with silvery canals and dotted with historical highlights such as Mont Saint Michel, Chateau Gaillard and the Normandy Landing beaches. Disabled visitors will find Normandy a welcoming region – look for the Tourism and Handicap logo which demonstrates that accommodation, restaurants and attractions are accessible to all. This stunning cottage in the heart of Normandy, La Fresnale, boasts fully accessible accommodation that doesn’t compromise on charming French style. Perfectly suited to four to six guests, La Fresnale provides a rural escape you’ll never want to leave.
2. A horse-riding holiday in Spain
The active outdoorsy traveller might want to consider getting in touch with Mother Nature on horseback, and there’s no better place to do this than the rugged wilds of sunny southern Spain. Beautiful Andalusia is a far cry from the built-up resorts, with its whitewashed towns and dramatic mountain scenery – just the place to reap the therapeutic benefits of horse-riding. Hacienda Horses provides specialised horse riding holidays for adults and children with disabilities as well as the chance to pet and groom the ponies and horses to build bonds and strengthen your connection. This magical experience can include carriage rides, countryside treks and accessible accommodation in a specially equipped garden room.
3. An Italian villa holiday
When you think of the most scenic countryside spots in Europe, Tuscany surely has to come one step ahead of the pack. Gently undulating hills, blanketed with vineyards and olive groves, provide the perfect backdrop to a number of enchanting, historic residences, farmhouses and castles, steeped in romance and mystique. Tuscany Now & More offers a range of exceptional, accessible Italian villas, designed for larger groups of up to 26 guests. Think breath-taking views of farmland and forest, luxurious interiors and private pools. We can all do with a little bit of the high life every now and then.
4. An island getaway in Greece
If being surrounded by heavenly blue waters as far as the eye can see appeals, a villa holiday in the world famous Greek Islands will make all your dreams come true. Choose a rural spot for your hideaway holiday, far from the hustle and bustle of the core tourist centres, where secluded olive groves, a private pool and breath-taking sunsets provide all the company you’ll need. Enable Holidays offer accessible holidays in a variety of destinations all over the world, explore their Greek collection and you could find yourself enjoying a safari in Crete, a glass-bottom boat ride in Corfu or soaking up the sights in beautiful Athens. Be sure to send us a postcard!
5. A hotel break in Mallorca
Just a short flight away from the UK, the popular Balearic Islands offer the chance to get back to nature, recharge your batteries and up your sunshine quota with a minimum of hassle. Many of the local Mallorcan beach resorts pride themselves on being wheelchair accessible and are equipped with wooden platforms that are ideal for days out on the sand. Choose to base yourself away from the madding crowds in an intimate country retreat such as those offered by Sawdays. Their wheelchair accessible hotels in Mallorca provide a selection of boutique accommodation that ranges from a sanctuary in the foothills of the Serra de Tramuntana to a family-run, eco-friendly hotel set in stunning countryside just a mile out of town.
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