Beautiful accessible holiday cottages

Fine & Able products are all about helping you to make your home more accessible. However, lots of our products are perfect in other settings too – not least beautiful, accessible holiday cottages. We recently worked on a holiday cottage project with one of the UK’s most loved brands, the National Trust.

Fine & Able products are ideal for making spaces more welcoming to guests with physical, sensory and cognitive disabilities or impairments, while maintaining a wonderfully homely feel.

Where is it?

The Old Club House, one of The National Trust’s beautiful, accessible holiday cottages on the Isle of Wight.

What was the brief?

The project was to improve the accessibility and style of the shower room of The Old Club House on a tight budget.

What does it look like now?

National Trust accessible holiday cottage bathroom after transformation, focussing on comfort height toilet.

The new look bathroom with comfort height, long projection toilet and wall hung basin.

National Trust accessible holiday cottage bathroom after renovation.

The new shower enclosure with bi-folding doors and slip resistant vinyl flooring.

View from National Trust accessible en-suite bathroom into holiday cottage bedroom, through a wide, zero threshold pocket door.

Beautifully finished with lever taps, illuminated mirror and heated towel rack.

What are the new features?

The walls in the shower area, behind the WC and the washbasin, were built out to conceal the unsightly pipes and reinforce the walls for mounting grab rails. This gave the room a neater, cleaner finish.

Bi-folding shower screens replaced the previous shower enclosure which restricted space for wheelchairs. The bi-folding shower screens can be folded back on themselves to allow a wheelchair user to easily transfer to the toilet and to the shower seat. They also free up the space, maximising the circulation.

The shower area has been improved by adding a folding shower seat for guests who cannot stand for long periods of time. We added a thermostatic electric shower valve to prevent scalding as well as a supportive shower riser rail which reduces the need for multiple support bars, providing discreet support for guests who need it.

A lever tap and push button plug were fitted to the basin to make it easier for guests with limited dexterity or arthritis to operate. By removing the pedestal, there is now more space under the basin for seated access while the insulated bottle trap reaches the risk of shin scalding on hot pipework. 

High quality slip resistant vinyl was chosen to ensure no unnecessary trips or falls. The finishes have also been carefully selected to provide sufficient visual contrast between the floor and walls.

Get in touch with us if you’re interested in how you can use Fine & Able in an accessible holiday cottage or hotel project.

Find out more and book your stay in The Old Club House now!