This review is especially helpful for those who have or use the following: Assistance Dog, Long Cane, Walking Aid, Wheelchair, Powerchair, Mobility Scooter, Hidden Impairment
We often have problems finding suitable holiday accommodation as we require an electric profile bed with cot sides, hoist, wet room with wheel-in-shower chair and a designated parking spot for our Wheelchair Access Vehicle (i.e. Van). Normally this is like “Gold Dust” to find, but Our Bench have it all covered. We had a wonderful week in Bench Cottage. The Accommodation was very clean and modern and had all the extras and essentials (e.g. grill, cork-screw, can-opener, microwave cooker, hair-dryer, washing machine, tumble dryer, rotary washing line, etc.) that often get forgotten about by some self-catering establishments. It was really home from home, the bungalow was fantastic, all that was required was catered for, and there was ample turning space for the wheelchair user. Bench Cottage is a well-designed cosy bungalow which is excellent accommodation for the severely disabled wheelchair user. It is situated in a peaceful quiet location in the New Forest, just a short walk away from the village pub, village chippy and convenience stores. Initially our first impressions was that the accommodation was too far away from Lymington to walk, but it only took 20 minutes to reach the town by electric wheelchair, and we did this on numerous occasions. The place is ideally situated for visiting New Forest attractions and places further afield like Bournemouth and Portsmouth. There are lots to do in such a wonderful area and our week was not enough time to do all we wanted, so would wholeheartedly recommend Our Bench and look forward to booking again in the near future.
Transport & Parking
Each Cottage has its own designated parking space, suitable for Wheelchair Access Vehicles. Disabled "Blue Badge" Parking in the district was mostly Free. There is a bus stop outside the property.
Disabled Access of "Wide Doors" and "Ramps", just doesn't cut it for the Severely Disabled Person, as more facilities are needed - This accommodation caters for the Severely Disabled person who is confined to a Wheelchair 24hours , 7 days a week!! The accommodation has Profile Beds, Ceiling Hoists, Wheel-in-Shower Chair and Wet Room. It has everything that a disabled person would want including a changing places Wet Room. The accommodation is flat throughout except for the front door threshold and a small ramp is available if required.
The Toilet has grab rails and there was ample turning space to manoeuvre in the wet room.
The Proprietors, Helen and Matt are very friendly and are only a phone call away if needed and do call in to introduce themselves to see you during your stay to ensure all is OK
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Overall we felt the “Our Bench” family team provide a service second to none and would highly recommend them.