As a full-time powerchair user, I used to think that any sort of camping would be off-limits. And even though glamping is a much fancier set-up than camping, it still didn’t seem likely that it was going to be fully wheelchair accessible to me.
I’m happy to admit when I’m wrong and on this occasion I was. The reason I know this is because we have recently enjoyed a fantastic four-night stay in a safari tent that was wheelchair accessible.
We set off on our road trip from Scotland with a two night stopover in Liverpool before heading on to south west Wales. Our stunning glamping home was in a wheelchair accessible safari tent at the amazing family run, Canvas and Campfires.
Nestled among the beautiful landscape and hillside of their smallholding in the town of Lampeter it really is the perfect spot for luxury glamping.
Arriving during ‘golden hour’ only made the views look even more amazing. We couldn’t wait to look inside our tent. Rolling my powerchair up the wooden decked ramp into the safari tent, with two sliding doors for easy access, was incredibly smooth.
Once inside, you really get to appreciate the sheer size of the tent. Huge high ceilings draped in canvas material provide a cosy feel. The kitchen, living and dining area are fully open-plan with plenty of space to move around easily in a wheelchair.
Most of our time was spent relaxing while staying warm next to the log fire. It was great fun cooking our meals on the log burner especially the nights we made pizza and burgers. The kitchen is fully equipped with accessible countertops and a large cool box for storing food and drink supplies.
We were impressed that the tent could sleep six people in two large bedrooms, one with a superking bed and one twin room with bunk beds as well as a double cabin bed. The most amazing room was the spacious wetroom bathroom with electricity, a flushing toilet, a roll-in shower and a roll-under sink. It was better than most hotels I’ve stayed in and pure bliss to be able to enjoy glamping without sacrificing on accessibility.
When we weren’t enjoying the peace and quiet of the safari tent, we were off exploring the surrounding area and along the Ceredigion coast. The weather was great for our trips to the accessible beaches and picturesque harbour towns we visited. Our favourites were Aberporth, New Quay, Aberaeron, Aberystwyth and Llangrannog. It was easy to find disabled parking bays and accessible toilets in the towns, which was great.
Before the long car journey home to Scotland, we stopped off at the Elan Valley to admire the amazing dams and reservoirs. The scenery was breath-taking and a perfect end to an amazing trip.
About Emma Muldoon…
Emma created her blog, Simply Emma, to share her life and experiences of being a powerchair user and encourages others to see more of the world, whether that means international travel or being a little more adventurous in their home town. The blog, founded in 2014, has grown to become one of the UK’s leading travel and accessibility blogs.