So having researched and researched to find a place that would have lots of family friendly activities plus an accessible holiday property for our Easter break, we finally settled on somewhere just outside Stratford-upon-Avon. Imagine our dismay when this was cancelled the day before due to flooding!! The owner was great and gave us a full and immediate refund.
However…..this then left us with less than 24 hours to track down a new property which could meet our many and varied requirements!
It always takes hours of searching online and lots of email sending to holiday home owners when looking for a stair-free and level property. We have sometimes stayed in places which have looked really suitable in the photos and when reading the description; only to arrive and realise the 3 large concrete entrance steps without a handrail weren’t quite visible in the many photos……..
So with approximately 14 hours to go till we hoped to leave snowy Wales, I somehow stumbled upon the website for Skipbridge Farm, a complex of holiday cottages just outside York. www.skipbridgefarmcottages.co.uk . The website described Number 1 The Stables as all on one level, and it looked like just a couple of small steps in through the front door. Gill was great and accepted our booking at 8pm the night before, and said we would be welcome from 12pm onwards the next day!
No 1 was a lovely cottage, spotlessly clean and really warm and cosy. Comfy beds, warm bedding, squashy sofas, and a woodburner made for the ideal mini break (I would say Spring break but we negotiated Britain’s highest motorway in snow on the way there). The rate includes towels, bedding, loo roll, kitchen roll, tea/coffee, etc, etc. Sounds obvious but in our experience less and less holiday lets now seem to do this and you end up taking half the house with you. There were even bottles of water provided by the bedside.
Parking for the cottage is right outside. The entrance to the front door starts with 1 small step from the drive, a paved and gravelled path, and 2 small steps into the cottage. Emily was able to use the steps and go up the path with hands held. It’s a level walk to meet Dave the Llama and Bob the Pony.
It is all level within, although there are small (approx. 1 inch) steps into the kitchen, bathroom and one of the bedrooms, so Emily needed help with those. The wooden floors were tricky for Emily as she kept slipping but that was soon solved with socks-off! The bathroom was spacious, and big enough for our toilet step; and the lovely big P shaped bath could accommodate the bath board. (I didn’t take any internal photos sorry – will remember next time!).
Skipbridge Farm is just 10-15 minutes from York by car, or 5 minutes from the cottage is Poppleton Bar Park and Ride, which has lowered access onto buses. www.itravelyork.info/park-and-ride/park-and-ride-sites/poppleton-bar/
There is an M and S Foodhall 5 minutes or so away, and in the other direction and also 5 minutes away is a Co-op and Chinese Takeaway. There are lots of suggestions for local pubs in the cottage.
We were lucky to find a nice cottage available at such short notice, and glad to say that the snow eventually turned to sunshine.