There is a real lack of holiday accommodation for disabled people, and only one other 'glamping' venue that we've found in the country, despite the fact that 1 in 10 of us would identify as disabled. We're going to change that. We've been working with a company to design a new kind of glamping experience, one that will be accessible to people with disabilities from the outset. You can find us here https://www.facebook.com/Yonder-Meadow-Holidays-882433481866638/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel and in the glorious Exe Valley in the Devon countryside.
We'll have 2 units, and each one will come with its own hot tub, firepit and telescope. They have central heating as well as a wood burner for comfort. Their materials are leather, copper, oak. They are beautiful. Beautiful for EVERYONE to enjoy, without bolted on ramps and rails, or even worse, steps and no hand holds. We've put in pathways, winding through the orchard and woodland for a back to nature experience, disabled parking, planned catering, sorted out accessible experiences. BUT, we are falling at the final hurdle because we are running out of money to finish it all off. We have no loans, we have funded it thus far from savings and the house sale and we need a little push to get it up and running. We are looking for pledges and loans. If you can donate £10 or £20, you will be demonstrating your belief in the project, and we will make a plaque with your name on it for Connie's Cafe on site. If you pledge £500 or more, you will get repaid, and a reward to enjoy during your visit.
So why are we doing this? Well, we have a disabled daughter. Family travel is really hard, and when she grows up we want her to have lovely places to go like the rest of us. After all, why shouldn't people with access needs have the option of going to beautiful, romantic, lovely places too?
And what do we need? The top layer of very fine stone to make the paths truly wheelchair accessible, solar lights to put along the pathways, the firepits, some kind of second hand grass cutting beast, a fab reclining tandem. Planting, and finally but perhaps most importantly a septic tank system. We're also going to convert our old horse trailer into a cafe to be run by our daughter who uses a wheelchair- Connie's Cafe.
Although our spaces have 1 double bed each, we are happy to put up a bell tent to take families too. We want this to be a space that EVERYONE can enjoy, able bodied, access needs, we should all be able to have a lovely time in the Meadow.