Design for Accessibilty

Eildon Holiday Cottages were originally designed from the realisation that it was impossible for families with disabled and severely disabled members to find any suitable self-catering holiday accommodation with facilities for all the family to take a holiday together. The strength of the complex is that able-bodied and disabled visitors can holiday together without differentiation. Disabled people can holiday alone (independent wheelchair user), with family, or with professional carers living in the cottage to provide the necessary support.

  • Five of our six cottages are graded Category 1 – the best possible Tourist Board grading for wheelchair accessibility. When the complex was first built it won several awards for accessibility including best self catering for disabled people in Britain. The cottages were designed specifically for wheelchair users.
  • All have at least one bedroom on the ground floor level, with either a bathroom or wheel-in shower room. There is a range of shower chairs or a bath bench available to use free of charge.
  • Grab rails in bath and shower rooms and let-down rails beside WCs.
  • Ample side-loading to WCs.
  • Two Cottages have optional ceiling tracking hoists (Langrig has a Spectra hoist and Single Tree Cottage has a Freeway P-200 hoist – £12.00 hire charge per day). Portable hoists are also available to hire.
  • Electric profiling beds and pressure relieving mattress systems available to hire. Electric profiling beds can be installed in Hamiltons, Single Tree Cottage, Howlands and Langrig. It is not possible to install electric profiling beds in The Croft or The Granary.
  • All cottages have one high back armchair. An electric rise and recline armchair is available to hire (£25.00 hire charge).
  • Ground floor beds are height adjustable – if you need a specific bed height for easy transfer just tell us when booking.
  • The Borders General Hospital is less than 1 mile away.

To view our Holiday Cottage Accessibility Guides please click on the links below:

View our accessible equipment list

Recommended local Carers who can tailor their service to suit guests’ individual requirments:

  1. Independant Living Services £17.52 per hour –
  2. Border Caring Services – 01750 505068
  3. Caddon Healthcare – 01896 820333              
  4. Donna Boak (live in carer) – 07825 127624

Shower Chairs available to use free of charge




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More Accessible Features

  • All doorways at least 780mm wide, most over 800mm.
  • Low-level switches.
  • Low-level windows.
  • There is one high-level high-back arm chair in each cottage, 22 inches from the ground.
  • Level throughout the ground floors. No ramps or steps.
  • Accessible kitchens with some low level worktops.
  • Accessible sinks and hobs. No low-level cupboards.
  • All accessible bedrooms have the minimum required wheelchair turning space.
  • Overhead electric ceiling hoists are available in Single Tree Cottage (‘Wessex’ Hoist) and Langrig (‘Spectra’ Hoist); Single Tree Cottage from bedroom to bathroom, Langrig from bedroom to wheel-in shower room. Most downstairs beds are height adjustable (manual).