out of 10
I booked a 'Wheelchair Friendly' accommodation, as I am a scooter user and have difficulty with stairs. As the batteries don't come off my scooter, I had to bring it inside the van each night to charge, so needed a ramp in order to do so.
We were given Bluebell 46, which was a two bedroom van with wide sliding doors and a wet room. Both bedrooms are wheelchair accessible. In the main bedroom, it was a zip and link bed; so you had two three foot wide beds that could push together to form a 6ft wide bed. I have to say that although the mattress was not that comfortable, I have slept on far worse. I did manage to sleep fairly well, other than when branches and other tree related foliage kept falling onto the caravan roof from the trees above. There was plenty of room to put the scooter in the bedroom to charge during the evening. In the twin room, there was plenty of space between the beds, but it wasn't as spacious as the main bedroom.
The bathroom had a shower with pull down seat. Personally I felt this needed replacing as it didn't look inviting. There were plenty of grab rails and the only things wrong were that the floor just inside the door felt very 'spongy' and rather unsafe, and the door had to be 'lifted' to get the bolt to go in. Saying this, all three sliding doors were very difficult to move. They didn't glide easily and had to be forcefully pushed. I think they were off their runners.
The dining area was a standard table and four chairs, which meant you could easily move the table over to the settee are. We found this ideal, as we could watch TV whilst doing some craft work. The TV was a good size - at least a 32". TV Reception was good, although phone signal was only possible if you moved to higher areas of the park near the camping field or Reception. I gave up trying to pick up the free Wifi, as lots of people were having issues with it. The 'small charge' to use the internet over a bigger area is not so small, so I didn't bother.
Where Bluebell 46 is situated, the nearest parking area was across the road a little further up. Too far for me to walk. I parked on the grass beside the van, and the only time I was asked to move was when they wanted to bring a caravan through. The ground slopes, and to get off it after getting out of the car, I had to go down towards the next caravan, off onto the road, then walk back up to get onto the small uneven tarmac area and then onto the ramp up to the van. Trying to get my scooter out of the car was a mission in itself. It needs to be on flat level ground as it is lowered out on a hoist. Being uneven and quite muddy, it was difficult to get the hoist to go low enough to unhitch the scooter. Then I had to try and keep myself steady to put the hoist back in and get the boot closed before driving down the hill a little, bump off onto the road and then turn to go back up the hill, over the badly thought out speed hump, then bump back onto the kerb/tarmac, then try to keep my balance as this was very uneven, before getting onto the ramp. From the point of view of a disabled person, this matter needs urgent attention before someone has a nasty accident. My scooter tipped three times during our four night stay there. Fortunately I managed to save myself, but the issue of parking and the area around the bottom of the ramp needs addressing urgently. There needs to be a flat, level parking space next to the 'disabled friendly' van, allowing an extra 3ft either side for a wheelchair to be pulled up next to the door for those unable to walk. It needs a drop kerb, and the area getting to and from the van needs to be flat and wide enough for a wheelchair, with no sideways slope that could cause a nasty accident. I'm not sure where any of the other WF vans were, but I did see plenty of other pitches that would have been a better spot for a WF van than where this one was sited.
I do think some of the trees around the vans need a good pruning, as there were many dead branches, and also a rather large one over the bedroom where I was sleeping that looked like it was struggling to hang on to the tree. Every time something hit the roof, it woke me up and I was getting rather worried about it. The other annoyance was the speed hump right outside of the front end of the van. We heard every car go over it. Some slowed down, other's didn't. Several scraped the underside of their car on it.
Confirmed guest, 2018-09-07