It’s Disabled Access Day today so we thought we’d share something a little special! If you’re looking to try something new in the spirit of this national awareness celebration, then this is for you!
Although disabled access probably shouldn’t even be an issue, so many businesses and venues across the UK and even Europe are really making the effort to conquer the problem – which is really great news!
Here it is…
Presenting Bwthyn Creigiau, and old barn and piggery dating back to 1710, renovated into a beautifully designed, easy access cottage with a sensory garden and facilities especially designed for those who are less able.
Want to know more? Here is the owners’ story and after that, get ready to set your eyes on the transformation from old barn to accessible, contemporary comfort.
“Our first visit to South Wales with our 2 young boys was the summer of 1997 where we stayed on a caravan site in Bury Port. Our youngest son had been diagnosed with leukaemia the year before aged 17 months. Leukaemia Care, an organisation offering support to families of children with cancer had caravans on various sites throughout the UK. We wanted some quiet time away so chose the small caravan site in Bury Port for our holiday.
“On our days out exploring we discovered the beautiful village, beach and treasures of Llansteffan and fell in love with the area instantly, so much that we returned for the next 9 years, 3 times a year, always disappointed when we had to leave and excited on our return. We explored different avenues of how we could spend more time here – buying a caravan, joint purchase of a house with family, none of which were viable. However we could move down lock, stock and barrel, and that is what we did.
“On our property search we had decided that we wanted to buy a house with potential of renovating or converting existing buildings into accessible holiday flat/cottage, providing comfort and space. We knew from our own experience how the whole family needed to be nurtured/spoilt through their periods of tremendous stress and exhaustion.
“It took us 3 years to move so South West Wales, never giving up, it was a very deep rooted feeling that this was meant to be. We finally found our house and moved in Dec 2006. After much hard work we completed the cottage in 2014, our first year has been very successful and immensely enjoyable. We have had many wonderful compliments from our guests. This has inspired us to consider whether to further develop our business especially with the lack of facilities for the less able customer.”
When the ‘before’ images landed in our inbox, we could hardly believe our eyes. We clicked through and through, comparing what used to house pigs with what is now a beautifully presented facility for 6, accessible to everyone. See for yourself!