Everything you might need for that perfect trip away from home…
By Steve Craven
Taking a break at The Moat House proves that disability friendly accommodation doesn’t need to be stark or unappealing. Indeed, the historic Georgian period building has been uniquely adapted into a spacious holiday home with outstanding facilities whilst maintaining an uncompromised luxurious look and feel. That said, it isn’t overly traditional either but uses bright and refreshing decor to make a place that sings, a place that’s exhilarating, functional, relaxing and importantly: utterly without a trace of ‘clinical’.
Designed and built with disabled people in mind, whether you have reduced mobility, have difficulty managing stairs, need assistance with everyday tasks, are a wheelchair user or have complex care needs – The Moat House is uniquely equipped to
make your stay so much easier.
I met up with my parents, my brother and his family (and dogs) since The Moat House is the ideal base from which to explore Annan – famed for its association with Robbie Burns. It’s a short stroll into the charming town or on a bit further to the coast.
Despite its age, there’s level access around almost the entire premises as well as floors designed to be suitable for powerchairs. The ground floor incorporates a spacious, welcoming reception hall with seating and enough space for parking/charging powerchairs or mobility scooters as well as an impressive farmhouse kitchen dining room with wheelchair accessible facilities, including rise and fall sink, hob and work surfaces. As the ‘heart’ of the accommodation, the extendable table can seat up to 14 for meals before guests make their way to the lounge, where they can choose to relax on sofas, beanbags or rise and recline chairs.
Accommodation is situated on both floors, which are linked by a lift and there are a range of differently accessible bedrooms incorporating features like profiling beds and ceiling track hoists.
The wetroom style bathrooms are equally well appointed featuring raised seat Clos’o’mat toilet with support rails, rise and fall shower/changing bench, ceiling track hoist, shower commode chairs for adults and children, as well as level access shower and lowered basin with grab rails. (A host of other equipment is available by request.)
Outside, you’ll find a fully accessible, multilevel courtyard style garden area with colour differentiated (for visually impaired guests) ramped/level areas, patios, sensory garden, gazebo, barbecue area, benches and other outdoor furniture. This is one of the very best accessible properties that I have ever visited. The spacious building means that it’s possible for The Moat House to easily accommodate three different families here without them getting under each other’s feet.
The owners of The Moat House clearly pride themselves on offering an unforgettable holiday experience and the ideal environment to make memories to cherish.
We won’t forget our lovely stay here.
Prices from £1,019
Short breaks from £549
Book now for the Moathouse Annan Christmas Offer: Five nights (22-27 December 2017) for £1,495
Tel: 0800 024 8641