Crathie Opportunity Holidays Crathie Opportunity Holidays

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Crathie Opportunity Holidays

The Manse Courtyard, Ballater, AB35 5UL, United Kingdom | 01339742100 | Website
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This review is especially helpful for those who have or use the following: Wheelchair


The location was beautiful. We stayed in Girnock and so looked onto the river. My mother can't walk but transfers by standing and shuffling round. She managed well here although toilet was a little high the grab rails helped. She didn't use the armchair as she was afraid it would move as she got in or out of it. I did say I'd steady it or position it against the wall or settee or fit the elephant feet I'd taken. I had to rotate her bed so she could get into it from the left handside (that's from the lying in it point of view) but as it was on big casters that was easy. I loved the fact I did not have to take lots of bits and pieces I've had to travel with on previous occasions. If there had been four of us (the full capacity for Girnock) we might have found the living space cramped. Even for just the two of us it represented very good value for money.

Transport & Parking


We drove. I could park the car a few yards from the cottage and get close up to unload. The roadway and paved areas were in very good condition so no bumps to avoid.



Hoists in bedroom and shower room. Profiling bed so could be height adjusted to suit. Lots of extras available should one need. Hob and sink lowered with knee holes. Oven built in at the lowered work top level. Pantry cupboard made lots of storage accessible from the wheelchair but some was higher.



Grab rails provided but was a little high, possibly as a result of being Closomat variety. Not impossible to cope with but I'd advise checking out the access statement to check height.



Very friendly staff. They were in obtrusive but there each weekday if you had questions.

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The furnishings were attractive with interesting pictures and small items of china on windowsills which gave the place a homely appeal. I thought the sharp knives could be sharper and I'd have liked some covered bowls for the microwave. I'd taken Cling but don't like using single use plastic. I'd recommend this place and consider going again.

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