New Forest – Lymington
Bench Cottage is a semi detached bungalow providing self catering holiday accommodation on the outskirts of Lymington, just 2 miles from the New Forest National Park. It is purpose built holiday accommodation with modern furnishings and all those home from home touches that help make your holiday easy and relaxing.
Bench Cottage has 2 ceiling hoists available along with a height adjustable profiling bed, a changing table, electric head and foot riser beds, a riser recliner chair, central heating, off road parking and free Wifi as standard.
All the accommodation is on ground floor, with level access through out – Bench Cottage sleeps up to 4 guests –
Bench Cottage is an ideal base for the New Forest, Hampshire and Dorset. Fantastic day trips include trips to the Isle of Wight, Portsmouth, Southampton, Salisbury, Bournemouth and Winchester. There are lots of places to visit nearby from theme parks to ornamental gardens, crazy golf to museums and more. Bench Cottage welcomes all families, not just those who specifically benefit from the accessible nature of the cottage
Please feel free to take our 360° tour and look around the different rooms in Bench Cottage.
Things you may need to know
Please see below regarding our property visits during this time. Bench Cottage is a semi detached bungalow (next to Bench Cottage) which is set back from a residential street down its own private driveway. The back gardens are shared between the 2 cottages. Pennington sports and social club is on the same street as Bench cottage. Outside of the pandemic the club hosts live music events and children’s fun days however they are running a reduced timetable for the foreseeable future and limiting events and customers. No children or dogs are allowed in at present.
The Spectrum Set-up
Usually we would visit each accommodation to assess suitability and to take note of any details our families may need to know. During the Coronavirus pandemic this has not been possible as government restrictions have prohibited travel. We have carried out a great deal of research on the local area as well as the property itself. We have spoken to the owners and asked the questions we feel our families would want to know. If you have any questions that have not been covered here, please get in touch and we will be more than happy to speak to the cottage owners on your behalf. Find out more about what equipment will be available and how we prepare all our properties for your stay here.
The accommodation comprises of an open-plan kitchen, lounge and dining area, two bedrooms and a fully accessible shower room, all to a very high standard of decoration and comfort. Sleeping up to four people.
The kitchen is fully equipped, having split level work surfaces, electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge with small freezer, dishwasher and washing machine. All kitchen utensils, cutlery and china are supplied, in fact everything you are likely to need to make your stay pleasant, relaxing and enjoyable.
The lounge and dining area have comfortable seating, including a electric riser/recliner chair, leather style suite and a television with DVD. A selection of books on the New Forest to help plan your holiday. A gate leg dining table and four dining chairs make this a delightful room.
Master bedroom is a twin bedded room – one single bed is a full profiling bed (electric foot and head riser bed with added height adustability) and the other single is an electric head and foot riser bed. Both beds can be accessed via the ceiling hoist that is fitted – you will need to bring your own slings. The ceiling hoist is a Westholme transactive hoist, with a two point spreader bar. There is also a wardrobe, bedside units with an alarm clock, for a perfect nights sleep.
The second smaller bedroom is a twin, access to the beds is from the centre of the room with a bedside cabinet, alarm clock and bedside light and chest of drawers. These beds also have electric head and foot risers. All beds will be made up with fresh linen, duvets and pillows before your arrival.
The modern fully accessible wet room has a ceiling hoist (H-Hoist). The toilet is wheelchair friendly with space both sides for lateral transfer or you can choose to transfer on with the ceiling hoist. We can provide a shower chair which you can wheel over if required, and there is freestanding toilet frame if grab rails are required. There is a large shower area and intergreated grab handles. The adjustable washbasin can be lowered for your comfort. We can have a wall mounted hinged changing stretcher (Changing bed) with adjustable back rest, which folds back against the wall, which can be used in the shower area. The H-Hoist can be used to position the guest as required.
All bed-linen, towels and tea towels along with gas central heating and hot water is included in our tariff.
To the outside there are garden tables and chairs, a parking and turning space, all hard standing with tarmac and easy level access to your front door.
We have a range of accessible equipment available to make your stay more enjoyable.
- Ceiling hoist
- Master bedroom with profiling bed and head & foot riser bed
- Turning space for wheelchair
- Accessible wet room with ceiling H-Hoist and changing table
- Open plan lounge with riser recliner chair
- Modern kitchen – dishwasher, washing machine, microwave
- Second bedroom is a twin with electric head and foot riser beds
- Flexible dining area
- Off road parking and shared garden
- Free wifi
Lymington has many restaurants, public houses and takeaways and lots of individual shops, as well as a number of national stores. Discover the hidden park behind the shops or visit our market which is held every Saturday from 8am till 4pm, where you can purchase everything you need for your perfect holiday. All within a 20 minute walk or 5 minutes by car. A map giving directions can be found in your cottage.
The New Forest National Park is on your doorstep, where 93,000 acres of forest are waiting for you to explore. Catch the New Forest Ponies wondering through some of the villages, walk through the enclosures and see if you can spot a deer – there are four species of deer in the New Forest.
Come in the spring when the young foals can be seen everywhere, sit in the shade of the forest or on the cliff tops in the summer sun. In the autumn come and see the splendor of the autumn colours, and in winter the forest is a magical place and there are so many attractions and museums to visit whilst you are here – you will find all the details in your cottage.
Explore the local area further and visit Beaulieu, one of south England’s top family days out and includes the National Motor Museum, Palace House and Gardens, Beaulieu Abbey and World of Top Gear! Save your feet, and ride on the “Sky train” (Monorail) and enjoy a birds eye view of Beaulieu grounds, or enjoy a more down to earth view on the veteran bus!
Take a day trip to Monkey World- Ape Rescue Centre. visit Gibbons, Orang-utans, Chimpanzees and lots of monkey species and see the rescue, and conservation work they do at the centre.
You can even have a free family photo shoot at your cottage by Helen who is not only the owner, but also a photographer at RenoufDesign. Helen understands how hard it can be for some autistic children to sit still for a “staged” photo shoot, so she comes to you while relaxing in the garden or exploring the New Forest to capture natural shots while you are enjoying your day! Full details can be found here
Included in your stay
Sensory equipment and toys as part of our Spectrum Pack including –
- A selection of handheld fidget toys
- Light projectors
- Easy hold mirrors
- Sensory light toys
- A range of sensory tactile toys
- Visual resource pack
Freeview and DVD player. Selection of children’s toys/books/DVDs. Duvets, pillows and bed linen are provided and beds will be made up for when you arrive.
Before and During your Stay
We understand that preparing an autistic person for a holiday can be challenging. At spectrum holidays we are always looking for ways to make this process easier for our families. We have visited each of the holiday homes personally and have put together a social story for each one. Just let us know how we can best support you in your holiday preparation and we will create personalised visual countdown calendar or timetable for you!
Inside the holiday homes you will find a set of visuals to help support you while on holiday, there is also a “now, next, later” travel keyring to take out and about with you as well as some information about the local area.
We work closely with all of our holiday home owners so there will always be someone available to help should you have any problems during your holiday. Please contact Spectrum Holidays in the first instance with any queries or issues and if applicable we will contact the holiday home owner on your behalf. We can also provide additional information on the surrounding area, local amenities or visitor attractions
The full access statement for Bench Cottage can be found here
Accessible Equipment – We have a large range of equipment to make your stay easier – this is not stored on the premises and is only made available on request. Some of our images show our equipment in situ, but we do not include any aids as standard, as they take space you may need for your own possessions. We have limited quantities of some equipment – so this is booked on a first come first served basis. If it is not available we will let you know, if your booking depends on it – please check equipment availability first.
If you need different or more specialised equipment – you are welcome to hire it and have it delivered to the cottages on the Friday prior to your arrival between 10am and 1pm. Please let us know if you arrange this – so that we can ensure it is ready for your arrival.
You can discover more detailed information about our equipment here, unless it is a fixture in the cottage (riser recliner chair, ceiling hoist, changing table etc) then details will be on the access statement for that cottage.
How to book
Bookings are usually based on a minumin 7 day stay (Friday to Friday) however short breaks may be available upon request and depending on availability.
For up to date availability and pricing or to make a booking please contact us here
Please read the full booking terms and conditions here before making your booking by proceeding with a booking you agree that you have read and agree to the terms.
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