Long Weekend in Winchester

VFMLID=32890079Jean and I and other family members travelled to England at the end of May to help my nephew Mark Egan celebrate his marriage to the love of his life Lucy Anderson.

We stayed in The Holiday Inn Winchester for three nights and so had ample time to critique the hotel. Click here for further information. The hotel is both modern and roomy in all areas and caters well for people with disabilities. The Holiday Inn group are obviously aware that people with disabilities make up approximately 15% – 17% of the population and that is too big a market segment to ignore. There are ample designated parking spaces adjacent to the front door of the hotel.

Our Bedroom

Our Bedroom

Our room was totally wheelchair accessible with more than enough circulation space and had the best accessible shower/toilet area that I have ever seen. 

En-suite En-suiteThere were 2 sinks, one low for me and one normal height for Jean. There were more than enough drop rails and hand rails in the shower area and 2 emergency pull cords. There was also a pull cord to the side of the bed. The wheelchair accessible washroom in the public area is of a very high standard.

Public Accessible Toiet

Public Accessible Toilet

Accessibility Rating: 5 Stars

Mark & Lucy Egan

Mark & Lucy Egan

Mark married Lucy on May 29th 2015 in St Peter’s Church, Winchester. The church, though old, is nicely ramped to the front door and is spacious inside. After the beautiful personalised service was finished and Mark and Lucy had been declared husband and wife we headed for Clock Barn for the reception. This was just a 20 minute drive from the church.

Supporting Cast Alex and Katya

Supporting Cast
Alex and Katya

Clock Barn is a barn conversion set right out in the countryside and as Thomas Hardy would have described it ‘far from the madding crowd’. Click here for further information. The access ramps are a bit steep but doable with assistance. One section of the hall had steps to it but the main action area was all level. The wheelchair accessible toilet was exactly that, accessible in every way. The food and entertainment and company were excellent. Accessibility Rating: 4 Stars

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2 thoughts on “Long Weekend in Winchester

  1. What a great bathroom at the hotel. I have a pull-down bar at home but have never seen one in a hotel or public restroom. I’ve not seen a curved bar like the one shown either. I appreciate the pictures. Fun that you dubbed the girls as “supporting cast”.

    • Declan Groeger

      Bathroom definitely the best I’ve seen and not difficult to do. Just a bit of thought needed by the architects

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