Are you fed up with mundane hotel rooms?
Do you fancy trying alternative accessible accommodation?
Have you ever considered staying on a farm?
Do mobility problems limit your holiday options?
If you can relate to any of the above, let me introduce you to a luxury accessible cottage The Room For All Seasons in Derbyshire.
Frankly, the standard of accommodation at Lane End Farm blew me away. I was gobsmacked by the beauty of the Peak District National Park and frustrated that we haven’t explored Derbyshire before.
Lane End Farm Trust
Lane End Farm is a working hill farm in the Peak District National Park, an area of outstanding natural beauty in Derbyshire.
Perched high up on a hill in Hope Valley, Lane End Farm is much more than a farm. It’s a charitable trust set up to help disabled and disadvantaged young people have a holiday.
Throughout the year, the farm run a range of indoor and outdoor group activities. Activities which have been specifically designed to encourage inclusion and personal development. For example:
- Vegetable and Herb Gardening
- Horse Riding and Pony Trekking
- Cooking Lessons in the Farmhouse Kitchen
- An Introduction to Animal Care
- Countryside Conservation Work
- Seasonal Logging
- Sheepdog Training
- Wool Spinning and Knitting
Although there is no obligation to participate in activities during your stay, I would encourage you to find out what’s on and get involved if you can.
The purpose of our visit was to review the accessible accommodation on the farm, so here goes …
The Room For All Seasons
I don’t know about you, but when I stay in an adapted property, I don’t want it to feel like a hospital. This is always a fear because heavily adapted properties often do, but not The Room For All Seasons.
From the ground up, the old barn has been designed for wheelchair users. The level of detail and thought which has gone into the design is impressive.
For example, I asked Viv the farmer why they’d installed underfloor heating. Viv explained that heat rises, wall mounted radiators don’t heat the lower half of the floor. By installing underfloor heating it ensures wheelchair users, who are obviously lower down, benefit from the heating system… I mean cmon, I’d of never even considered that!
OK, let’s look at the accommodation…
Access to the farm is by way of a pleasant drive up the side of Hope Valley. If you haven’t got a car the trust has a minibus which they can use to collect you from the nearest train station.
When you pull into the courtyard you are met with this…
And look at the views…
I look at a lot of holiday accommodation and frankly, The Room For All Seasons is one of the prettiest and luxurious I’ve seen so far.
Once you step inside, you just know you’re somewhere special. In all honesty, equivalent spec cottages would cost you about £800 a week and even then you’d be getting a bargain.
The trust charges nowhere near that amount to stay in The Room For All Seasons, you can see their current prices on their website: Lane End Farm Trust Prices
The accommodation is open plan, all on one level and includes:
The spacious living area is finished to a high standard. Quality slate flooring, rustic beams and plenty of comfortable seating. The touch button controlled underfloor heating gives off a comfortable heat and the views through the expanse of glass doors is a sight to behold.
There’s a full local information folder, books, magazines, Sky TV and free Wifi …
There is even a Rise and Recline chair…
Kitchen and Dining Area
If you crave a country kitchen, here it is… and every single kitchen appliance you could think of is here too!
You can even wind the hob and sink up and down to suit your height.
In the living area, there is a cleverly hidden double bed. The bed is ideal for carers, larger families or if the disabled person needs the specialist bed all to themselves. Also, there is a small toilet and sink right next to the bed which means there’s no need to disturb the person in the main bedroom.
In the main bedroom, you have an electric bed and ceiling hoist. If you don’t need the hoist it can be removed.
And a low-level wardrobe …
Probably the most important room is the fully accessible bathroom. I especially liked the blue lights, I’m not sure if they’re some kind of sensory light, but they do set the scene for a relaxing shower.
Lane End Farm was many times better than I was expecting.
The level of thought and detail that has gone into creating The Room For All Seasons is fantastic.
The variety and amount of activities the trust and Viv put on are brilliant.
The Peak District National Park really is an area of natural outstanding beauty.
Whether you want a full holiday, short break or simply want to get away from it all, we highly recommend The Room For All Seasons.
Disclaimer: We visited The Room For All Seasons as guests of Accessible Derbyshire, as always, all views are my own.