Here at Accomable, we know you love browsing our listings to find the accessible holiday destination that’s right for you. We also know that when it comes to choosing the perfect accessible property, the devil really is in the detail - so we’re bringing you more of it.
Meet The Vendors is a series of interviews designed to take you behind closed (fully accessible) doors and give a more in-depth look at some of the properties we feature. Today, Shona takes you behind the scenes with Kate from The Wheel On Inn in New Zealand.
Hello, can you introduce yourself to the Accomable masses?
My name is Kate and I am a stay at home mum with a 16-month old. Our place is called ‘The Wheel On Inn’ a wheelchair accessible two bedroom house.
Kate at The Wheel On Inn
Is there an interesting story behind your property?
The Wheel On Inn has been inspired from our own life experiences. My brother had an accident coming up 9 years ago and is a high level tetraplegic. With him living up north and us down south, we experienced first-hand how hard it is to find accommodation for people in wheelchairs, especially if they have full time careers as well.
How have you The Wheel On Inn it to enable people with disabilities to stay?
Having a brother who is a wheelchair user, I have seen first-hand what he needs for a living space to work and we wanted our place to feel just like anyone else’s. . .a home away from home. So we have wide doorways, a wet room bathroom with plenty of room, spacious living areas and raised beds to get hoists under. But at the same time, it hopefully also feels like a really homely holiday house.
Double bedroom at Wheel On Inn
Why did you think it was important to have adaptations?
We want to make sure that The Wheel On Inn can accommodate everyone, whether you have disability or not. It’s a welcome place for all to stay and feel relaxed.
Have you ever had anyone famous stay?
Well, I think appearing on TV could definitely put him in that classification!
What is your favourite thing to do in the local area? And also, what exciting activities are then in the area that are adapted for people with disabilities
I just love the parks. They are so relaxing and accessible for all. They're a great space for my little guy to run about in with all the freedom in the world. Even though Hagley Park is not local it’s only about 10-20mins from our place.
In terms of adapted activities, I guess it depends on what you're in to. Orana Wildlife Park is not too far from us and very accessible with a great variety of animals and a lovely open zoo. Hornby Mall has just been renovated so it's a nice new mall with shops to explore and Dress Smart shopping centre over the road. Or sit back and relax at Wheel On Inn and enjoy the outdoor dining area and BBQ!
Orana Wildlife Park
Have you got any tips for travellers staying with you, anything they should bring with them or plan for in advance?
Not really, as I've mentioned, we've done our best to make The Wheel On Inn a ‘home away from home’ and you should find everything you need when you arrive. But if there us anything in particular, just send us a message in advance so we can help with any queries.
And finally, what sort of a traveller are you, where do you like to go and what sorts of things do you like to do on holiday?
With having a young family, it’s nice to go away to relaxing places with plenty of activities for the kids, and places that have that homely feel. Just like The Wheel On Inn.
Thanks so much for sharing the story of Wheel On Inn with us Kate, it's great to be able to showcase a property on the other side of the world from the Accomable base!
If you'd like to find out more, or book a stay at The Wheel On Inn click here.