Holidays and respite care

Information about support available to help you to go on holiday

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Hotels and guest houses

The hotels and guest houses listed below are able to cater for guests who have or have had mental health problems. Some of the hotels listed welcome unaccompanied guests who may need a little extra assistance whereas others prefer that guests who need help of any sort are accompanied. The proprietors ask that you telephone or write to discuss any special needs or problems before making a booking.

Inclusion on this list is not to be taken as recommendation, as Mind is unable to inspect any of the accommodation.


Kingfisher Barn Holiday Cottages

Rye Farm, Culham
Oxon OX14 3NN
01235 537 538

Kingfisher Barn Holiday Cottages offers self-managed, self-catering holidays in renovated seventeenth-century barn and farm building conversions for people with special needs and their carers.

Our Bench

Lodge Road, Pennington
Hampshire SO41 8HH
01590 673 141

Bench Cottage and Little Bench are a pair of fully accessible cottage style bungalows. Both have electric foot and head riser beds and a riser/recliner chair. Bench Cottage sleeps up to four people, Little Bench sleeps two. The cottages are situated between the New Forest National Park and the Yachting town of Lymington in the little village of Pennington. A selection of accessible equipment is available, from portable hoist to shower chairs and walking frames, etc.

South West

Churchtown Farm 

Cornwall PL30 5BT
0845 345 1970 (for availability)
[email protected]

Part of Vitalise (formerly the Winged Fellowship Trust), this facility has buildings adapted for different degrees of special need. The centre has its own farm and nature reserve. Respite care and special diets are catered for. Some individuals may have to be accompanied by a carer, depending on the level of need.


Clynfyw Countryside Centre

Abercych, Boncath
Pembrokeshire SA37 0HF
01239 841 236
[email protected]

An all-access residential centre that provides countryside activities, education and short-term supportive care. The centre is set on a working organic farm in North Pembrokeshire, and has easy access to woodlands, coastal paths and bird life. Clynfyw also has four accessible self-catering cottages for families and small groups. Care is arranged through a local registered care agency.

Thomas Shop

Liz and Derek Turner
Penybont, Llandrindod Wells
Powys LD1 5UA
01597 851 951

Maesyfed is situated on the banks of the River Thon in North Wales, and offers respite care for families. The owners, Liz and Derek Turner, have 30 years’ experience in the caring professions. They are happy to provide a respite break for individuals with a disability, but require that people are fully independent, emotionally and physically.

This information was published in November 2016.

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