Community Case Management Services (CCMS) has transformed a dilapidated farmhouse in an idyllic corner of Normandy into an accessible holiday venue.
The property offers people with disabilities a place in which to relax on holiday with friends and loved ones in the heart of picturesque northern France.
With a fully accessible ground floor living area and five en-suite bedrooms, it enables families to enjoy an overseas trip together; something they may have avoided previously due to the perceived challenges of travelling abroad with a high level of disability.
The retreat has a private, disabled-friendly living area on the ground floor with an adapted kitchen, ceiling track hoist, specialist bathing facilities, profiling bed and access to two bedrooms for carers.
The once-derelict property has been restored to its former glory as a classic French farmhouse, but now boasts expansive kitchen, dining and lounge areas and a solid fuel hot tub.
It sleeps 16 people overall, comfortably in large en-suite bedrooms, whilst larger parties can take advantage of the external yurt and a camping ground that is being developed within the four acres surrounding the property.
The house stands among secluded walled gardens, with sweeping countryside views, near the village of Camprond – about an hour from Cherborg ferry port. Local places of interest include the Mont Saint-Michel island commune, the Christian Dior Museum and the D-Day landings site. It is also a short drive from the wild beach, Plage de la Vielle Eglise, where thrill-seekers can experience the exhilarating sport of sand surfing.
CCMS co-founders and owners Kate Russell and Maggie Sargent say: “Holidays are so important for everyone, irrespective of health restrictions; they allow people to spend precious time with loved ones, unwind and escape everyday life.
“Of course, disabilities bring extra challenges, especially when travelling abroad, but they shouldn’t stop families from getting away together.
“Our new farmhouse is designed to remove any of the fears disabled individuals, or their families and friends, may have about going on holiday. It is equipped with everything needed to support people with disabilities, from subtle walking wounded to high level catastrophic complex injuries and high-level care needs, for whom a separate annexe has been provided with state of the art overhead tracking, Aquanova bathing facilities, wet room, double profiling bed and an adapted kitchen area to allow for as much independence and privacy as possible.
“There are two twin en-suite bed sitting rooms above the ground floor adapted area to provide for the client’s own support team/personal assistants to be accommodated and contacted as required at any time. A hot tub is currently being installed and a swimming pool is planned for the future.
“While we hope people will come back to the farmhouse again and again, we also hope it acts as a confidence-building stepping stone to further trips overseas for clients.”
CCMS provides case management rehabilitation services in the UK, Europe and further afield, working with severely injured children and adults to improve their quality of life and become more independent.
Camprond Farmhouse is now open for individual, family and group bookings. Email email@example.com or call Gill Bryan on 01608 682 522 to enquire. See www.ccmservices.co.uk for more information.