Thursday, 25 June 2009

Level playing field

An email about disabled access in France arrived this week. If anyone has any tips for Pat, please either drop me an email or leave a comment on this blog. Many thanks.

Here it is in full:

We look forward very much to our twice yearly visits to France and have for many years considered buying our own property, but other commitments have somehow got in the way!
We are a couple with an adult disabled son, and have for the past 12 years taken our holidays in an apart/hotel in Evian on Lake Geneva, however it is now necessary that we have specially adapted accommodation - 2 bedrooms with w/chair accessible bathroom and level access throughout. Because of our love for the region I have spent much time e-mailing tourist info sites to find that no specific literature for disabled accommodation exists - is this situation general in France as whole?
Surely we are not the only family to be confronted by this problem, therefore my question is: Is it possible your readers know of, or provide such accommodation, or, has the time come when we have to build from scratch to our own specifications? Have any of your readers done precisely that and are there any obstacles to watch out for?
We are not particularly looking in the Lake Geneva area but we do need to be in a town with level walks (preferably waterside) to shops, market, bars, cafes, etc. within a days drive of Calais.

Pat Powell, Devon

1 comment:

angela bird said...

Pat, are you aware of the "Tourisme et Handicap" label in France? Most - if not all -departemental tourist boards will have some sort of brochure pulling together accommodation and tourist sites that have facilities for those with either - or a combination of - motor/hearing/visual/mental disabilities.

I tried searching by putting into Google
+handicap +tourisme +normandie
(or ending with
+vendee, or +bourgogne, or +somme etc) and got a lot of helpful sites with links to specially-adapted accommodation in those areas.

Good luck with your quest.