If you’re looking for a comfortable, cosy, clean and generally accessible luxury cottage in Dartmoor then let me introduce you to Wilson Cottage near Tavistock. As you know, we want to stay in different types of accessible holiday accommodation this year, and the chance to stay at Wilson Cottage in Devon helped us do just that.
The cottage is owned by Lisa and Julian from Dartmoor Accommodation, you can book the cottage through them or by using the booking form on the Wilson Cottage website. Lisa and Julian live close by, if you need anything they are on hand, but they are not intrusive and leave you to get on and enjoy your stay.
In truth, they are the perfect hosts, the tasty chocolates and welcome card are a nice touch and make you feel welcome from the minute you arrive.
Accessible Holiday Cottage
Although the cottage isn’t marketed as fully accessible, it’s more than adequate for people with mobility problems. You can park right outside the front door and it’s no more than 10 feet to the door.
There is a slight ramp to the front door, access to the cottage is by way of one small step.
The patio area can be accessed again by a small ramp from the outside or over a small lip from the inside.
If you are a manual wheelchair user I can’t think of any reason you’d be unable to access the cottage, but you’d need the ability to get out of your wheelchair to use the bed and bathroom facilities.
For large wheelchair or scooter users, again as long as you can get out or off you’ll be able to access the cottage. If you are an electric scooter user, there are storage facilities which I’m sure the Lisa and Julian will let you use.
Once inside the cottage, it’s all on one level. The bathroom, although not adapted, has a shower cubicle with one step into it, grab rails and a shower stool for your convenience. The toilet is a standard toilet with a grab bar to the left and sink to the right. The luxurious bed with memory foam mattress and Egyptian silk bedding was high enough for Bridget to get in and out of.
If you have access needs but are not dependent on a wheelchair full-time, Wilson Cottage should be more than suitable. I would recommend contacting Lisa directly to discuss your needs because Lisa fully understands access issues being disabled herself.
Where is it?
Wilson Cottage is situated down a single track road off the main A386, just outside the village of Mary Tavy and no more than 3 miles north of the historic town of Tavistock.
The cottage itself is at the far end of a farmyard, traditional stone buildings have been tastefully converted into residential and holiday accommodation based around a courtyard.
Due to its position on the courtyard, Wilson Cottage faces out over the fields and valley which give the impression of remoteness. The view from the patio window of a morning, the sound of the countryside and the ambience within the cottage made me want to pack up and move.
The first thing that strikes you is, it’s pretty. Recently refurbished, Wilson Cottage has been finished to a high standard and it shows. The patio area has a table and chairs and you can request a parasol if you need it. The rear facing garden backs onto farmers fields, complete with grazing sheep which is exactly what you want from a country cottage.
The Living Room
The spacious living room comes complete with two seater sofa bed, armchair, coffee table, table and chairs, flat screen TV with Freeview, DVD player, film library, radio and iPod docking station. The room feels homely, opens out onto the patio and has views over the valley and beyond.
The cottage also benefits from central heating and offers free wifi throughout, which is a must for those of us who like to keep some contact with the outside world. Although, once you relax you’ll struggle to motivate yourself to do anything other than chill and enjoy the surroundings.
The large bedroom comes complete with probably the most comfortable bed you’ll ever sleep in. The kingsize memory foam mattress, Egyptian linen and puffy pillows almost guarantee you a good night’s sleep. These are complemented by quality bedroom furniture, tasteful decor and all the home comforts you’d expect in a premier country cottage.
There is a fully equipped and modern kitchen complete with electric oven, microwave and fridge freezer. Every conceivable utensil is on hand, a full dining set and cleaning materials.
Although not fully adapted, Lisa and Julian have done everything they can to make it work for most. The modern bathroom has a decent height toilet, modern fixtures, grab rails and shower cubicle complete with a seat for anyone who needs to sit in the shower. A full set of fluffy towels is also provided as is a laundry service if you are staying for longer periods.
In the area
Lisa and Julian have put together an extensive information folder of things to do, see and experience in the area. Also, especially for those of us with access issues, their local knowledge is second to none. They can guide you to the most accessible places to visit not only in the immediate area but across Dartmoor.
If you are a foodie, you’ll be spoilt for choice with olde worldly country pubs, restaurants serving world cuisine and an award winning chippy all less than 10 minutes away. If you fancy eating in, there are major supermarkets in the town of Tavistock, and many independent retailers and farmers market selling locally sourced produce.
Would we recommend a stay at Wilson Cottage
We were lucky enough to stay at Wilson Cottage for the purpose of this review, as always opinions are my own. The test for me is, would I pay to stay and frankly the answer is yes.
The thought of staying in a country cottage conjures up certain images in your head, I fear some cottages will never live up to those standards. Not Wilson Cottage, it not only ticks all the boxes but adds a few of its own and tick’s them too. It’s comfortable, well equipped, generally accessible, homely and in an ideal position to explore Dartmoor and Devon.
For this and more accessible accommodations in Dartmoor, take a look at the Dartmoor Accommodation website.
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