If you want to get away to the countryside  but are dissuaded by the lack of accessible and stylish, rented accommodation, read on……………

People have written to us and recommended two places in the North of England, first in the Yorkshire Dales and second in N.E. Lincolnshire.

If you follow the BBS Awards 2017 – Cottage in the Dales, The Dairy, was nominated for Best Boutique venue. It’s a self catering cottage in Newbiggin, Leyburn in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. See our previous review and the pictures below tell the story of what is a well designed, accessible and stylish self catering, cottage…….

The Dairy, From Cottages in the Dales. Located in Yorkshire Dales National Park
The Dairy, From Cottages in the Dales. Located in Yorkshire Dales National Park

But where to go if you’re in need of some good food or distractions, well there’s the Black Swan at Olstead which is excellent for food not so for accessibility and got just 2 BBS Ticks.

Black Swan at Olstead Has a Michelin star, 4 AA Rosettes & Voted Best restaurant in The World By Trip Advisor Travellers' Choice Awards. Access is OK But No Disabled Toilet
Black Swan at Olstead Has a Michelin star, 4 AA Rosettes & Voted Best restaurant in The World By Trip Advisor Travellers’ Choice Awards. Access is OK But No Disabled Toilet

However, it was voted the world’s best restaurant by TripAdvisor users in their 2017 Travellers’ Choice awards and it also has a Michelin star and four AA rosettes. It’s an hour away by car and if you see our detailed review it will be worth the trip as it’s a friendly & exceptional food experience.

Somewhere nearer (in Leyburn, 15 mins by car) which offers a different kind of experience, is Tennants Auctioneers. It’s is fully accessible, has disabled parking, disabled toilets and lifts to the upper floor where you can view the auctions. There are plenty of events and exhibitions plus a cafe and restaurant. Sounds really interesting and they get 2.5 BBS Ticks.

The second accessible self catering accommodation is near Grimsby, N.E. Lincolnshire, it’s Thorganby Hall and their Marris Barn that has an accessible annexe in its Wagon Shed. You can see a video of the accommodation and the accessible bit is at 2min 30 secs (approx.).

They describe it as

“A single storey spacious building specially commissioned for disabled access, however a romantic retreat for any couple. Garden room with french doors to the terrace, beautiful open plan kitchen, dining and sitting room. Bedroom with twin 3′ zip and link beds making a 6′ double on request. Ensuite very large bathroom/WC with additional wet room section. A smooth ramped pathway links this accommodation with the main barn. Please note that there are low beams that may be restrictive for some hoists (please contact for more information if required)………………………….graded level M3I suitable for independent disabled visitors”.

If you feel like a change from self catering you can always visit the Michelin Star restaurant at Winteringham fields, (45min by car, accessible with a disabled toilet 2.5 BBS Ticks) or for something more casual and nearer there’s the New Inn at Great Limber. The Guardian said of The New Inn,

“The pub’s 10 bedrooms have more of a Kensington pied-à-terre vibe………………….Despite all this titivation, the New Inn is no stage set. Particularly in the public bar (dartboard, Magic FM, farm workers in muddy boots), this is a lively village boozer. Staff were unusually helpful and (shout out to Sharon, who jumped-in to ferry me to Barnetby station) seem like a team who take great pride in this pub. Next door, in the quieter snug, you can sit by the log-fire, nurse a pint and browse bookshelves with biographies of great lives – think Gladstone or Churchill”.

There’s flat access everywhere and they have a disabled toilet so The New Inn gets an unaudited 2.5 BBS Ticks. Even more casual is The Ship Inn at Barnoldby Le Beck but although it has great British food, seafood in particular, and access (we spoke to someone who has a wheelchair), it doesn’t have a disabled toilet so an unaudited 2 BBS ticks for them.

These are our latest finds for self catering accessibility with style, if anyone knows a great find let us know and contact us. More to come I hope???

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