It seems a lifetime ago since we stayed at Homelands Trust in Fife. In reality, it was only last December, but as you know, so much has happened since then.

Having read previous reviews I was expecting Homelands to be accessible, but I don’t think I was expecting it to be so fantastically luxurious.

If I was going to retire to write my memoirs, it’d be somewhere like this I’d base myself, imagine a swanky villa or luxury lodge, like what you see in a lifestyle magazine.

As always, I made a meal of the journey up to Scotland and took far too many detours along the way.

This meant, we arrived late in the evening and I couldn’t help notice how dark Scottish skies are at night (who knew). I mentioned this to Jan who’s a trustee at Homelands, I think I said “isn’t the sky dark at night” she must have thought I was a bit strange.

After a warm welcome from Jan and quick tour, we arranged a breakfast meeting with bacon butties then Jan left us to get acquainted with Cardy, our home for the next few days.

Homelands Trust in Fife, Scotland

Homelands Trust is a registered charity in the seaside village of Lundin Links, Fife. The charity owns and manages 4 luxury lodges and a drop-in centre known as The Paxton Centre.

The Paxton Centre at Homelands Trust

The Paxton Centre was named in honour of its generous benefactor Miss Isabel Paxton. The centre is a communal space where everyone is welcome.

We had the pleasure of eating bacon butties in the main room whilst overlooking the local golf course and Forth Estuary… it’s a tough life!!!

Bacon Butties with The Bimblers

Apologies for the photo but the sun was in our eyes…

Driveway to The Paxton Centre

Seating Area in the Grounds of Homelands Trust

The Paxton Centre in the Grounds of Homelands

The centre is a hub, an accessible place where the local community can come together to relax, take part in activities, enjoy alternative therapies and make use of the facilities for training and meetings.

I took a guided tour and given the level of accessibility and facilities; I can see why it’s so popular in the area, take a look:

Relaxation Room in the Paxton Centre

Alternative Therapies at the Paxton Centre

The Local Area

Instead of spending more time in the local area, we foolishly wasted a day by taking a drive into Edinburgh. For one reason or another, Edinburgh always beats us, you can read all about it in Edinburgh Beat us Again.

What we should have done was spend more time on the Fife coast, you live and learn and I know we’ll be visiting again, hopefully later this year.

The area is understandably popular with golfers as Lundin Links has two golf courses. Being a non-sporty type, I opted for a trip into the nearby town of Leven for the chippy and extra supplies.

Whilst we were in Fife we took a drive along the coast, popped into St Andrews and called into Lower Largo and Elie along the way.

Elie on the Fife Coast

Elie Harbour

St Andrews in Fife, Scotland

If you want to explore Fife, there is a comprehensive list of things to do and places to visit on the Homelands website.

Accessible Holiday Lodges at Homelands Trust

There are 4 accessible lodges at Homelands, Drummochy (sleeps 8), Cardy (sleeps 6), Massney (sleeps 6) and Keil (sleeps 6).

In addition to the equipment inbuilt into the lodges there are a number of pieces of specialist equipment included at no extra charge:

  • Rise/ recline armchair
  • Over bed table (height adjustable)
  • Friedland flashing doorbell
  • Vibrating smoke alarm
  • Wet room with non-slip flooring
  • Perching stool (height adjustable)
  • Toilet raiser

There is also an extensive list of equipment which can be hired free of charge (subject to availability) when booking a lodge:

  • Etac Turner stand aid (non-electric)
  • Electric stand Aid – Oxford Journey
  • Electric mobile hoist – Oxford Advance
  • Assisted wheelchair
  • Manual wheelchair
  • Perching stool (height adjustable)
  • Infrared TV listening system: hearing aid users
  • Infrared TV listening system: non-hearing aid users
  • Static bedroom commode
  • Freeway shower chair/ commode (self-propelled)
  • Freeway shower chair/ commode (assisted)
  • Shower trolley
  • Bed lever
  • Side bumpers for electric profiling bed.

Our Lodge – Cardy which sleeps up to 6 people

Outside Cardy Lodge

Outside Cardy Lodge

You are able to park directly outside the lodge in the parking bays adjacent to the front door. The car park is well lit at night, and the surface is compacted gravel in a grid which makes it easy for wheelchair users and the road surface is block paving.

Holiday Cottages in Fife

Disabled Parking in Homelands Trust

The parking bays are close to the front door of the lodges. We parked approximately 12 foot from the entrance to Cardy which meant Bridget could stretch her legs rather than use her chair.

As you enter the modern holiday lodge there is a large porch area. The porch space is ideal for parking your chair or scooter if you can move around without it.

Porch in Cardy Lodge

Also, the porch is great for leaving your mucky boots and wet clothing when you return to the lodge after a day out in the Scottish weather.

I was impressed with the attention to detail as there were a complimentary umbrella and torch. For me, it’s these little things that tell you how important your safety and comfort are to Homelands.

Inside Cardy lodge

As you step inside, the first thing that hits you is the space. The sheer size of the lodge is impressive, clever open plan design, high ceilings, light wooden floors, bright decoration and large windows all work in harmony to give you the feeling of freedom.

Although I’m a bit weird, the second thing I noticed was the smell. And by smell, I mean it smelt like home. I hate going on holiday and compromising, yes we need an accessible property, but what we don’t need is a sterile environment and I’ve spent enough time in hospitals to smell the difference.

As you know, I’ve got Fibromyalgia, it would be impossible for me to type a report of every single appliance, facility and quirk, my arms just couldn’t take it. So take a look at the photos and let me say this – it is equipped with everything you need and some stuff you didn’t know you needed.

Downstairs

The stunning open plan living area is a cavernous space. The sheer height of the ceiling is impressive. I was particularly fond of standing on the first-floor viewing gallery and surveying my Kingdom.

Balcony in Cardy Lodge

Looking Down Over the Living Area

On more than one occasion, much to Bridget’s disgust, I stood on the balcony and recited Romeo and Juliet and told the story of Rapunzel, anyway I digress!

Living Room

The living area which looks out over the garden through huge patio windows and includes a two-seater couch, a rise and recline chair, TV with Freeview, Blu-Ray player and discs,iPod docking station and of course the all important super fast wifi.

Comfortable Seating in Living Area

Dining Table in Cardy Lodge

TV Lounge

Kitchen

Bridget and I played a little game, we tried to think of an appliance or utensil that wasn’t already supplied in the kitchen, we couldn’t think of any. I was particularly taken with the ice dispensing American style fridge and luckily for me, it came with instructions.

Kitchen in Cardy Lodge in Homelands

Open Plan Kitchen in Holiday Cottage

Bedroom

The downstairs bedroom is accessible through sliding doors in the living area. It also has access to the garden straight from the bedroom. The twin bedroom with Invacare Medley Ergo electric profiling bed with pressure relief Airflow mattress plus Guldmann H-frame ceiling tracking hoist (looped slings for hoist are not provided).

Ground Floor Twin Bedroom

Profiling Bed with Ceiling Hoist

Wetroom with Toilet

The spacious wet room features a Guldmann H-frame ceiling tracking hoist (no sling provided and a ‘Clos-o-mat’ ® toilet.

Ground Floor Wet Room

Fully Accessible Wet Room

Disabled Toilet in Wet Room

Ground Floor Toilet

The separate toilet on the ground floor features a toilet with multiple grab rails and hand basin.

Accessible Ground Floor Toilet

Utility Room

When I stay in a hotel I hate having to ask for an iron. In Cardy’s utility room, I had not only the iron but the full works to do the washing, the drying and ironing. And the great news is, it’s all in a separate room so it doesn’t interfere with your comfort in the living area.

Utility Room

Upstairs

Ordinarily, Bridget wouldn’t entertain climbing stairs, but as she wanted to lay in bed and stargaze she pushed herself (with a little help from me) to sleep upstairs.

We basically did everything downstairs and made sure she only had to climb them once a day, it worked out fine and I’m glad it did because we got to sleep in the most comfortable bed we have ever slept in.

Bedroom

The large bedroom featured a super king size bed with quality linen, beanbag and chair, plenty of wardrobe space, floor to ceiling windows which are not overlooked and the best sunrise of a morning you’ll ever see.

Super King Size Bed

Luxurious Bedroom in Homelands

Large Windows in Cardy Bedroom

Bathroom

The upstairs bathroom included a bath which was a low level although not advertised as accessible. Bridget was unable to use the bath, but I loved it because we had to get rid of our bath at home to make way for the wet room.

Bath with Shower Screen

The bathroom also included a wash basin and toilet.

Toilet and Wash Basin

Garden

The large garden is accessed through the patio doors in the living and downstairs bedroom. Although we did not benefit with it being December, I can imagine sitting out on a hot summers evening, cold drink in hand and looking out over the Forth Estuary.

Patio Area in Cardy Lodge

Access to Garden from Bedroom

Garden in Cardy Lodge in Homelands Trust

Overall Feel and Would We Recommend Homelands

You know, when I review a holiday property I want my review to be more than a list of features.

Be honest, who really goes on holiday for the features?

Instead, I like to talk about the benefits and a stay at Homelands Trust in Fife is full of them. Some I have touched on, cleanliness, comfort, homeliness and accessibility to name a few but the main benefit for me was relaxation.

We go on holiday to relax and boy was I able to relax in Homelands. Functionally, everything we needed was already there so I wasn’t lugging “stuff” with me. This meant I was able to enjoy the lodge, the area and of course time with Bridget.

Massive thanks to Jan and the team at Homelands for hosting us and making our stay a great one. And, special thanks to Jan and Kitty for a very tasty breakfast, it was a pleasure to meet you both and we look forward to seeing you again soon.

Resources

Website: Homelands Trust in Fife

Facebook: Homelands Trust on Facebook

Twitter: Homelands Trust on Twitter

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