Ironsides Blog

My blog is very eclectic and blog articles include angling, what's been on the television and basically anything else that comes to mind

  • Home
    Home This is where you can find all the blog posts throughout the site.
  • Categories
    Categories Displays a list of categories from this blog.
  • Tags
    Tags Displays a list of tags that have been used in the blog.
  • Bloggers
    Bloggers Search for your favorite blogger from this site.
  • Team Blogs
    Team Blogs Find your favorite team blogs here.
  • Login
    Login Login form

The lack of holiday accommodation for disabled people in Torbay

Posted by on in Torbay Related Issues
  • Font size: Larger Smaller
  • Hits: 1703
  • Subscribe to this entry
  • Print

Torbay is one of the most popular and well-known holiday resort in the whole of the United Kingdom. Thousands and thousands of people visit the area every year and many of them are returning visitors. However, there does not appear to be a single holiday rental accommodation home that is fully accessible and equipped for a wheelchair bound person.

Brixham Cottages are a well-known company who have several holiday homes in the Torbay area on their books. Unfortunately, the ones I am aware of can not be classed as being suitable for disabled wheelchair users. They have one property on the books which they state is wheelchair accessible. I've been to this property on a few occasions and I would probably give it about 3/10 as a holiday home suitable for wheelchair users. A suitable holiday home that is being marketed suitable for wheelchair users should have the following merits.

The house should be on the level to the road so that a wheelchair user doesn't have to struggle to try to wheel up a steep hill to get to the house.

It's imperative that the house is completely accessible to both manual and power wheelchairs. This means that the disabled person should be able to enter and exit the property without anyone having to tilt or lift the wheelchair. Therefore the front door should be wide and on the level without any steps. If modifying the front door is difficult then there should be another door on the house that allows easy access.

Once inside the property the wheelchair user should have full and easy access to the lounge, at least one bedroom and the toilet and shower/sink area.

In an ideal world, holiday home owners would do what my parents did when they bought a French gite and modified it so it was fully accessible to wheelchair users. They modified it so that I could spend as much time as I want on holiday there and feel just as comfortable as I do in my own home. The first floor of the gite was completely accessible in all areas including the lounge and kitchen. They put in a wet floor in the bathroom and supplied a shower chair to enable wheelchair users to shower in comfort. The bedroom was large and had beds which could be made slightly higher or lower with the aid of special raisers that are attached to each leg. They also supplied a portable hoist for those wheelchair users who cannot transfer themselves. 

I appreciate that the extensive adaptions my parents made cost a lot of money, money which a lot of people haven't got. But if you are going to market a house for disabled users then it's got to meet a certain requirement which will give them a good degree of comfort while staying there. Simply adapting a front door so somebody in a wheelchair can gain access is not anywhere good enough for you to be able to market a holiday home as suitable for wheelchair users.

I think it's a real shame that there are no suitable holiday homes in the Torbay area. If I had the money then I would buy a bungalow and adapt it so it was as accessible and comfortable as my own bungalow. I'm absolutely confident that there's a lot of money to be made from disabled holidaymakers who require specialised holiday accommodation in the Torbay area. 


I live on the south-west coast of England in a small town called Brixham.  I been confined to a wheelchair 1986 after breaking my neck in a swimming pool accident.  Computers are my saviour and I spend most days doing one thing or another on my PC.  Other interests I have include angling and amateur radio.  I also run a website and forum dedicated to looking after and caring for the Oscar fish cichlid


  • No comments made yet. Be the first to submit a comment

Leave your comment

Guest Thursday, 19 July 2018