“We enjoyed meeting Jan and John and they were very friendly and welcoming and available should we have any questions.”
The bedrooms were more than adequate with comfortable beds and lots of storage space. However no mention was made in any description of the property of the close proximity of the A66 and the subsequent traffic noise during the night when the windows needed to be open for ventilation.
The wet-room facilities for an independent wheelchair user were manageable but as space was limited after transferring from wheelchair to the provided shower seat it was difficult to ensure the wheelchair was away from the shower area which resulted in it getting wet each day.
A sideways transfer from wheelchair to the toilet was also a little hampered as the fold-down grab-rail is on the only side available for transfer.
The kitchen area does have a height adjustable sink and hob unit. Which was most welcome. However to make the kitchen area more wheelchair-user friendly perhaps more consideration could be given to the placement of kettles etc. But we realise these are easily movable.
If there is opportunity to improve the kitchen facilities in updating the built-in oven, another very useful appliance would be a dishwasher.
All in all the stay afforded a good base from which to explore the Lake District.
Thank you for pointing out these inconveniences in the kitchen and wet-room. We had considered a dish washer but could not see where it could be situated without compromising other accessible features. The wet-room does fully comply with all the national accessibility scheme requirements but we do accept that everyone's needs are different and one layout does not suit everyone. This is why we have added the height adjustable sink in the wet-room. Did you also have a problem with the shower curtains?
Apologies for the road noise. Highways England are replacing the road surface along the whole of the Appleby bypass with a 'low noise' surface but doing all the work overnight, until November 2021.
We are glad that Holly Lodge was a good base for your explorations. The property owner.