To offer holiday accommodation that suits the family, and offers more of what is needed for children and adults with complex needs, for whom "wheelchair access", is just not enough.
Wilbur, Eldo, Rose, David, Nellie, Zelda, Tailah and Jubilee provide all of your accessibility needs away from home - accessed via a ramped, with terrace, and offer premium facilities!
Holistic Thinking Holidays offer accommodation that is equipped to meet the needs of people with disabilities and complex mobility issues for whom “wheelchair access” just isn’t enough.
We provide holiday homes with, or giving access to, equipment that meets as many of their mobility and complex needs as possible.
We locate them in holiday parks that have greater accessibility, including on to the beaches. All on site shops, entertainment venues, pubs and take away food outlets are fully accessible. They all either have on site, or are located close to, accessible swimming pools with hoisting facilities.
Many other accessible holiday providers don't accept dogs, but we accept up to 2 pets for no additional charge!
Our caravans are in multiple coastal locations, in different areas of the country keeping traveling times down, but also offering variety and choice.
Short breaks starting at £150 or even FREE for a family of up to 7.
Claire Welsh is the brains behind the project, bringing over 30 years’ experience as a Paediatric Occupational Therapist, 15 years as an Expert Witness and, more recently, as a Case Manager, where she has witnessed first-hand the struggles that families with extraordinary disability challenges face when they try to book a holiday. Then, husband Steve retired from a career in Electronic Manufacturing to manage the operations of Holistic Thinking Holidays in 2021.
We bought our first standard wheelchair accessible holiday home at the end of 2019, at Caister on Sea Holiday Park in Norfolk. They added ramped access and full room coverage ceiling hoist to the master bedroom, along with a profiling bed. In the large wet room, they provided a shower commode chair and there is a mobile hoist for other transfers around the accommodation – as well as transfers into the beach wheelchair that was made available for exclusive use for their visitors.
In the past 3 years we have added a further 7 accessible holiday homes on the coast, at Burnham on Sea Holiday Village in Somerset, Golden Palm Resort, Chapel St Leonards in Lincolnshire, Oakfield Caravan Park, Towyn, in North Wales. And New for the 2023 season, at Seal Bay Resort in Selsey, West Sussex, Newquay Holiday Park in Cornwall, Chery Tree Holiday Park in Norfolk and Lido Beach Holiday Park in North Wales.
By the end of 2022, we had provided more than 175 family holidays, more than 40 of which were offered FREE by working with charities and directly with families with a member who has higher level of care needs. We now have capacity for up to around 300 TRULY accessible holidays every year.
Where more specialist equipment is required, we can arrange for the hire from local suppliers, or even purchase the equipment that can then be used by future guests. Holistic Thinking Holidays aim to ensure that their holiday is as stress free as possible, in a comfortable and homely environment, with facilities on hand to keep travel to a minimum on arrival at the resort.
Uniquely, we are proud to offer a FULL cancellation refund policy, right up to the day of the holiday, as recognition of the families’ need for confidence when booking an accessible holiday, more than any other, without the inflated insurance cost. We recognise that our guests can often not control when events might prevent them from taking that holiday.
In addition, Holistic Thinking Holidays now also offer an accommodation management service for owners of similar UK properties as they press forward with their plans to make UK coastal holidays accessible to all.
Contact: Steve Welsh
Company: Holistic Thinking Holidays Limited