We were delighted to be invited to stay at Croft Bungalow in the pretty village of Birchover in Derbyshire, a short drive from the popular town of Bakewell and it’s famous pudding! We are fans of Derbyshire and have visited Bakewell a couple of times, so were excited to be heading back and staying in one of the accessible properties listing on our website www.accessibleholidayescapes.co.uk. Not so much a business trip though, more a family with accessibility needs having the chance to see this lovely bungalow for ourselves!
Steve gave us a warm welcome on our arrival on a cold, dark Friday night. Croft Bungalow is tucked away in a peaceful spot overlooking uninterrupted views of local farmland, and the beautiful garden and view awaited us in daylight the next morning…(I’ve mixed in some of our winter photos with Steve’s lovely summer photos below so you can admire it in all seasons!)
We have made a short video of Croft Bungalow, hop over to our Accessible Holiday Escapes FB page, photos are brilliant but I think videos really help you to decide if a property is going to work for you. Croft Bungalow is lovely and spacious, hopefully this comes across in the video – I will add a few photos though!
Croft Bungalow is a wheelchair accessible property which has been carefully renovated and adapted, and has 2 spacious bedrooms, a modern kitchen/diner, a spacious, light living room with countryside views, and a stylish wet-room. It is really comfortable and cosy even in winter, with lovely beds and sofas to help you chill out! The lounge has not one but 2 riser/recline chairs which are really comfortable (tip – unplug these if you have a small person who will be intrigued by the power at their fingertips….)
The main bedroom has twin/double beds but a wide variety of configurations can be arranged for you (see website!), and the second bedroom has a single electric profiling bed, and plenty of room for a camp bed. (This room can also be turned into a pop-up sensory room). There is lots of equipment available to loan including an Oxford mobile hoist, wheeled shower chair/commode, static shower chair, zimmer frame, and more. Details of local care agencies can be provided.
So to the award-winning wheelchair safari sensory garden! It’s very rare (or possibly unheard of) for us to find a garden that is completely accessible to Emily, other than our own which involved major groundworks to make it accessible and safe; so it was an amazing experience to be able to stand still and watch both our children just explore and play together. The story of the garden and the artists impression framed in the kitchen, tells you just how much planning and care went into it.
The private parking space is next to the back door, if you require ramped access, it’s a short distance along the side of the house to the ramp leading in through the front door.
Croft Bungalow is a lovely place to stay in all year round and you will feel yourself switching off to the stresses of the outside world! It is in a peaceful spot (with 2 foodie pubs within 100m) but is only 10 minutes from Bakewell, and 15 minutes from Chatsworth and Matlock.
Thanks again Steve and Ruth!
Find out more about Croft Bungalow on https://accessibleholidayescapes.co.uk/escapes/croft-bungalow/ or www.croftbungalow.co.uk
*We were invited to stay at Croft Bungalow for the weekend but all views and opinions are of Team Flying Bumblebee*