"Wake up to bird song
in the heart of
the Cairngorm National Park"
There are two Woodhead Cottages - Woodhead 1 and Woodhead 2. Both are fully accessible, self-catering, holiday cottages for physically disabled people. They are situated close to each other, but far enough apart to be completely private, in the picturesque village of Dulnain Bridge, in the Scottish Highlands.
Both cottages, which are virtually identical, are fully adapted for wheelchair users and other forms of disability. The accommodation in each cottage comprises three bedrooms sleeping a total of six people. The main bedroom in each cottage has twin beds and one of the beds is electrically adjustable. The other two bedrooms have a double bed and bunk beds respectively.
Each main bedroom also has an electric, tracking hoist which takes someone directly from the bed to the ensuite bathroom. If you are likely to need to use the hoist during your stay it is strongly recommended that you bring your own slings to use with it, since everyone's requirements are different in this regard.
The kitchens are adapted so as to be easily accessible to wheelchair users and feature a lowered ceramic hob with knee space beneath and a separate, built-in, fan-assisted oven. A fridge, dishwasher, microwave oven and a washing machine are all included. Each cottage has a tumble dryer, located in the bunk bedroom
The living rooms are well equipped to make your stay more like home. There is a television and video and a mini hi-fi system for those quiet nights in, with a small choice of videos and CD's already supplied. There is a coal effect electric fire as well as electric storage heating and, as you can see from the pictures in the Woodhead 1 Photo Gallery and the Woodhead 2 Photo Gallery, they are very comfortable rooms!
As well as a bath, each bathroom has a wetfloor shower area and there are full handrails for the toilet, bath and shower. A shower wheelchair is provided. The wash-hand basin is extended to provide knee space for wheelchair users
Just outside the cottages there is a wide variety of wildlife to discover and observe, from red squirrels to roe deer! Of course some are rarer than others but just opposite both kitchen windows there are bird feeders which attract all sorts of feathered friends including finches, tits and woodpeckers. Red squirrels are also regular visitors to the feeders, and tawny owls live in the surrounding woods. There is even a circular woodland walk with a concrete surfaced path which is fully accessible to wheelchair users
The original Woodhead Cottage was built in 1999 by Ian and Catriona Shearer, a local Speyside couple. Woodhead Cottage 2 was added in 2004. Both cottages have been built in the grounds of the Shearer's own house. However there is plenty of space and as woodland separates all three houses privacy is assured - see the site plan
Choosing a holiday cottage is always difficult, especially so if you are disabled and need to be confident beforehand about access and suitability. This website aims to give you a complete picture of the cottages as well as information on how to book them, how to get there and, on the 'Local Interest' page, things you might do during your stay
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