Characterful yet accessible: a rare find!
This review is especially helpful for those who have or use the following: Powerchair, Hidden Impairment
I had a wonderful five days based in Thistle Flat, which was so sensitively adapted to be welcoming to everyone without screaming out 'equipment' - I could just relax in a bright comfy traditional building with a gorgeous view. I'm an ambulatory wheelchair user who struggles with stairs and distance. Helen was very helpful and communication was great. She kindly blocked off the space right outside with cones so I could use my blue badge and put a little threshold ramp into the bedroom so I could use my chair if needed. There was plenty of room to leave my powerchair out the way by the dining table to charge. The bed is two singles that join to a double so there's flexibility there and my friend found the modern sofa bed very comfy. The insulation was good (not always a given in stone cottages!) and heating easy to adjust, helpful on rainy days with joint pain. The bathroom was compact but well designed height-wise with easy taps for stiff fingers. I enjoyed using the bench outside, watching the wildlife and chatting to walkers on their way past. In terms of getting around, I was so thrilled that the Fife coastal path was accessible for my folding powerchair with big wheels - I got half way to St Monans, taking in both clifftop and rockpools. It's also easy enough to wheel around the harbour and the people at the chippie were friendly and happy to help given the step in. I had a great afternoon wheeling around the Elie paths (the public car park by the sailing club had great views on both sides so I could rest in the car in a nice environment) and a lovely kiosk cafe. Using my blue badge I parked right outside the Ship Inn which had flat access into the bar. I think this is a real gem for a relaxing break by the sea where you won't necessarily feel like 'that awkward disabled one!'