Birchcroft [Accessible Accommodation] is set in 1 1/2 acres of rhododendron woodlands and gardens but within easy access both to Bournemouth, New Forest, Jurassic Coast and all the beauty of the Dorset countryside. Enjoy the gardens, watching the wildlife and the lovely sunsets. It is 4 star rated by Visit England and holds M2, H1 and V1 ratings for Accessible Accommodation. A new ramp to the front door was installed this year. A kids playhouse with toy kitchen, etc is a great new addition.
You can relax in the large lounge looking out over the sweeping lawns and rhododendron hedges, copper beach trees and hydrangeas. Birds such as green woodpeckers, blue tits, great tits, nuthatches and robins feed at the edge of the terrace in easy sight of the lounge. Early in the morning you can sometimes glimpse the small deer in the wild flower dell or eating the geranium flower heads. For our less able guests we have a wet-room equipped with supports, low level mirrors and electric pull shower. Other equipment can be added at no extra cost, such as a wheelchair, folding walkers, toilet risers, commode, etc.
You are hiring the complete house with access to all rooms, except our store rooms on the top floor. The front is accesses by a new ramp, bordered by summer flowers, as well as steps. Though access to the terrace from the lounge has one step, wheelchair access is available for the terrace via the side arch next to the conservatory. Whereas the lounge faces the setting sun, the conservatory faces the morning sunshine and proves a little hide-away for adults wanting to relax but still keeping an eye on the children in the children's playhouse. This has now been done up and has kitchen play furniture, as well as small tables and chairs.
Interaction with guests
You can always contact the owner, Sonia and her assistant Mary, if you have any queries throughout your stay. This is usually by telephone but they can easily visit the property should a physical attendance be needed.
Other things to note
If you wish to stroll through the woods for a visit to the local pub, The Angel, then please remember to bring a torch with you for the return journey - we would hate you to get lost!
During the Christmas period we decorate the house, complete with real Christmas tree, table settings and a Christmas hamper. Why not join us next Christmas and New Year for a family reunion. You are only 6 miles from the golden beaches of Bournemouth and you can hire our beach hut during your stay.
Extra guests are not normally allowed as we are only licenced for 8 people and 2 babies in cots. However we will consider any reasonable requests.
We send details of key safes, WiFi codes, etc just 2 weeks before our guests are due to arrive.