7 wheelchair-friendly accommodations
accessible holiday suggestions
The Flemish Ardennes are becoming increasingly popular as a destination for a (short) holiday in Belgium. It’s a beautiful region due to its nature and tranquillity. There are also a number of cities here that are well worth a visit. But what if you are a wheelchair user or otherwise restricted in your movements? Then it’s important to find accommodations that suit your limitations and an environment where there’s something for everyone. Below are 7 locations that have been specially adapted to make you and your travel companions feel comfortable.
1. B&B and holiday home Het Natuurlijk Genot
This spacious holiday home is centrally located in an ecological garden in Maarkedal. There is room for a group of 16 people here. But let’s start with the room that’s specifically intended for people with disabilities. This is what makes the holiday home so special for wheelchair users.
This room has been awarded an A label by the Flemish government. Everything has been thought of for the users of this room. A car can be driven right up to the entrance. The wheelchair-friendly room is on the ground floor. A wheelchair can easily glide under the table in the dining area and there is enough space to manoeuvre around the room. When the weather is nice, you can access the terrace without any problems (no threshold). There are grab bars in the bathroom and toilet and enough space to move around with your chair. The washbasin is at the right height to be wheelchair accessible, and the shower has an adjustable seat.
The base of the bed is electrically adjustable so you can get a good night’s sleep. This room, named Morning Star, is also suitable for a couple or a family. Two beds can be separated, and a door can even be placed between them. Adding a third bed is not a problem. The other three rooms have double beds, and there are two single beds in a separate room. All rooms are therefore suitable for a family. A cot can even be added. The bathrooms are luxurious, as is the entire interior. The holiday home has Wi-Fi but it can be switched off in two rooms, if required, for extra peace and quiet.
Maarkedal offers beautiful surroundings so there is something for everyone. The Muziekbos, for example, is very close by. The name alone appeals to the imagination! In Oudenaarde, you can choose the Historic Oudenaarde walk, which is suitable for wheelchair users.
2. Prinsenhof ‘care hotel’
Prinsenhof is a brand-new accommodation on the outskirts of Ronse. The surroundings are characterised by nature and tranquillity. The hotel is intended for people for whom care is important, for example, for rehabilitation after hospitalisation. The rooms and common areas are all wheelchair-accessible. But the hotel also has a tourist side.
For example, it offers a gourmet weekend. You’ll be pampered with culinary delights for two days with the cooperation of the renowned restaurant Maison D. Would you prefer a cultural outing? The hotel has thought of that. Upon arrival, you’re given a drink and there is a surprise in your room. There is much to discover in the area, such as the MUST Museum of Textiles. It’s advisable to enquire in advance whether your excursion is suitable for people with disabilities.
If you are looking for a walk in the area suitable for wheelchair users, you can choose the Oude Hoeve buggy walk. This 5.5 km walk is suitable for buggies and wheelchairs and runs along the old railway line. It’s quite unique!
3. De Kleppe holiday home
De Kleppe is in the middle of the beautiful Flemish Ardennes and is a great starting point for hikers and cyclists. In the summer, many domestic and foreign tourists stay in the former monastery, which now accommodates 57 guests. But De Kleppe is much more than just a tourist residence. It’s a location for the vulnerable in our society. One of De Kleppe’s assets is its beautiful, large experience garden that’s fully wheelchair accessible. This holiday home and the large garden are accessible by wheelchair and even by bed. Those who need care can use the necessary devices during their holiday at De Kleppe or enlist the help of a professional care network.
Many volunteers, some of them vulnerable themselves, provide a good atmosphere and care. What makes De Kleppe even more remarkable is the care taken for people with autism. De Kleppe is the first holiday home in Belgium to have been awarded the Autism-Friendly label by Autisme Centraal. Farm animals are used when working with people with autism and elderly people with dementia.
It’s always a special experience to see what working with animals can bring out in people of all ages. If your movements are limited, De Kleppe has a special offer for you: taxi vouchers worth a total of €40. If you book a stay of minimum two nights in the holiday home, you are eligible for these vouchers. If you want to eat well during your stay, there are no less than 3 caterers to choose from.
Time for a walk? Then choose the Walmke Brandpad. This walk is 12 km long and passes through beautiful landscapes. This walk has been specially marked out for wheelchair users.
4. De Poort holiday home
De Poort is a brand-new holiday home in Zottegem. This city is also called the gateway (poort in Dutch) to the Flemish Ardennes, which was one of the reasons for the name of this holiday home. A second reason is the use of the building in earlier times. Fruit and vegetables were traded here. Only the walls of the original building remain. Seven spacious rooms are now offered.
A full renovation enables the holiday home to meet all modern fire safety requirements and offer the luxury you expect for a pleasant holiday. The rooms on the ground floor are specially adapted for wheelchair users. The sanitary facilities have also been adapted for people with mobility impairments. It’s not difficult to feel at ease in De Poort. The grounds are enclosed, so privacy is guaranteed. The terrace and beautiful garden are also fenced off. Various facilities are available for guests, including the kids. Conviviality is guaranteed.
5. Mareon holiday home
Mareon is in the heart of the Flemish Ardennes. You’ll encounter the beautiful nature of the Flemish Ardennes as soon as you step out of the door.
The accommodation is brand new and equipped with the luxuries that tourists expect nowadays. There is room for 24 guests in 11 different rooms. The two rooms on the ground floor are suitable for wheelchair users (with an attendant), as are the other facilities on the ground floor. The kitchen is equipped with the latest appliances, including two dishwashers and a freezer. The dining area offers ample space and is comfortably furnished. There is a special bar area for guests who would like a drink before bed.
The living area is equipped with a TV and comfortable seating. Wheelchair users can also relax here. When the weather is nice, you can use the terrace overlooking the well-tended garden.
Because the holiday home is in the middle of the tourist area, plenty of activities are available. They focus on culture and nature as well as holiday entertainment. If you are a wheelchair user and would like to take part in these activities, please enquire locally about the various possibilities. In the holiday home, you’ll also find a list of tips for the surrounding area. That’s nice if you want to eat out, for example. This luxury accommodation also offers a jacuzzi, which can be reserved in advance.
6. Vierkantshoeve Molenzicht holiday home
As the name suggests, the Vierkantshoeve (Square Farm) used to be a farm. But the agricultural activities have ceased, and the farm has been converted into a luxury holiday home in a beautiful location.
Molenzicht is suitable for 1 to 10 people. There are two rooms on the upper floor and two on the ground floor.
It’s therefore suitable for families and groups of friends and is frequently rented out for reunions. Both floors can be rented separately or as a whole. One room on the ground floor has been adapted for wheelchair users, as have the sanitary facilities. Vierkantshoeve Molenzicht has been awarded an A label for accessibility by the Flemish government. Rest and relaxation are keywords for this holiday home.
7. De Gavers holiday homes and campsite
Provincial Domain De Gavers in Geraardsbergen offers different types of holiday homes and a campsite, ensuring a fun weekend away.
The holiday homes are cool bungalows for 4, 6 or 8 people and offer every modern convenience. Each bungalow has a living area, bathroom and kitchenette. They are in a quiet corner of the domain with a fantastic view of the recreational pond and the Dender River. One of the holiday homes is accessible for people with a disability and was awarded an A label by Tourism Flanders.
The 15 ha four-star campsite welcomes tents, motor homes, caravans and mobile homes. All pitches have an electricity connection, and sanitary facilities are always nearby. In addition to toilets, washbasins, and showers, you’ll also find sanitary facilities for babies and the disabled, washing machines and dryers, a car wash and a grocery shop. In short, everything you need for a comfortable and clean stay. And that’s certainly not a needless luxury once you start enjoying the numerous activities on the domain!
Make a choice and book your stay in the Flemish Ardennes
If you want to recharge your batteries and enjoy beautiful landscapes, the Flemish Ardennes is the place to be. Have you made your choice? Book your stay via the website of the accommodation of your choice. You’ll find information about prices and availability on the website.
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