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Bench Cottage, Lodge Road, Lymington, Hampshire SO41 8HH

Self-catering - Sleeps 4

Welcomes adults, children, wheelchairs

Average Rating from 14 reviews: 4.89
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Bench Cottage

Contact Details

Mary Lewis
mary@ourbench.co.uk
01590 673141 or
0781 628158

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A semi detached bungalow providing wheelchair-friendly self catering accommodation on the outskirts of Lymington, 2 miles from the New Forest National Park. It has been purpose built to cope with nearly everyone’s needs, especially those less able.

The accommodation comprises an open-plan kitchen, lounge and dining area, two bedrooms and fully accessible shower room. Sleeps up to four people including well behaved children and babies. Electric foot and head riser beds in both bedrooms and an electric riser-recliner in the lounge. Also a list of mobility equipment including hoists, monkey poles, rota stand, shower chairs and wheelchairs all available at no extra charge if required.

The New Forest National Park is only 2 miles away with 93,000 acres of Forest to explore. Catch the New Forest Ponies wondering through some of the villages, walk through the enclosures and see if you can spot a Fallow or Red Deer. The ferry leaves Lymington for a day trip to the Isle of Wight or take a river cruise from Lymington Quay.

  • Level parking and entrance throughout
  • Electric riser-recliner in Lounge
  • All beds electric foot and head riser
  • Fully accessible modern kitchen
  • Washing machine, access to tumble drier
  • LCD digital television with DVD.
  • 5 minutes by car to Lymington
  • 2 miles to New Forest National Park
  • 4 miles to beaches
  • Accessible walks along Lymington river

“Mrs Lewis is very helpful and has made every effort to provide exactly what we need”

“Even better than the advert thanks to the facilities available for my disabled wife”

“Was more spacious than expected”

“We were able to borrow aids for our disabled son from the owner”

“Owner very friendly, helpful and welcoming”

“Everything was as stated in the advert and exactly as expected”

“The bungalow is very well suited to wheelchair users”

“Mrs Lewis is a charming lady who was readily available to offer advice and assistance at all times”

“property in a very quiet road, so it is very peaceful”

“Well adapted for disabled”

“Lots of additional equipment provided free of charge”

Bench Cottage
Bench Cottage
Bench Cottage
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Review Review No. 14 of 14

Recommended by:

Debbie M - Croxley Green

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • Children:
  • Ages:
  • 2
  • 50
  •  
  • 2
  • 14
Stayed:

7 Nights
October - 2013

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Touring
  • Walking
  • Beach / Sea
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
  • Local Food
Summary:

“Ideal for disabled users”

Booked this property because it was disabled-friendly. The owner is fully aware of the needs of the disabled. Lots of equipment available at no extra cost.

The owners live on site so are available if needed. Very well cleaned and well supplied with household appliances along with kitchen equipment.

Electric shower providing constant hot water. Level entrance to building although the key safe is a bit tricky to open. Owners took in the home delivery and put it away.

Specifically Recommend:

Ideal for wheelchair users.

Within walking distance of town

Local Gems:

Fresh fish and chip shop in High Street

En Route:

Museums in Southampton

Debs M, Croxley Green, Rickmansworth, Herts - April 2014

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 01/04/2014
By Debbie M - Croxley Green

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Review Review No. 13 of 14

Recommended by:

Valerie M - Basingstoke

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 66 - 95
  •  
Stayed:

7 Nights
September - 2013

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Touring
  • Local Food
  • Walking
  • Beach / Sea
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
Summary:

“Excellent accommodation providing comfort for anyone with a disability”

Bench Cottage is a brilliantly designed bungalow for people with disabilities. From an easy-acess shower, riser-recliner chairs and wide doorsways, to lever taps and touch-sensitive lamps - everything has been carefully thought about and provided. There was also a long list of additional equipment which could be requested at no extra cost.

Bench Cottage is situated a short distrance from both the New Forest and the coast, and has many places of interest to visit nearby.

It has enabled us to have a lovely holiday which otherwise would have been denied us through disability.

Specifically Recommend:

The knowledge that someone with a disability can have a comfortable holiday.

Local Gems:

The White Hart, Pennington

The Smugglers Inn, Milford

En Route:

-

Valerie M at Basingstoke, Hants - April 2014

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 01/04/2014
By Valerie M - Basingstoke

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Review Review No. 12 of 14

Recommended by:

Jo B from Clapham, Beds

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 3
  • 27 - 45
  •  
Stayed:

7 Nights
May - 2013

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Touring
  • Walking
  • Beach / Sea
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
  • Local Food
Summary:

“One of the best holidays we have ever had!”

As someone in our party has a physical disability and uses a wheelchair, wheelchair access was an important factor in the suitability of our holiday accommodation.

We were not disappointed by Bench Cottage. It has provided us with everything we needed to make our stay comfortable. The layout is superb. We especially liked the layout of the wet room and the fact that the wash basin is height adjustable. The electrically adjustable beds were very comfortable.

We would have no hesitation in recommending Bench Cottage to others and are already saving in order to come back ourselves!

Specifically Recommend:

The cottage is in a lovely peaceful location, away from busy main roads.

Local Gems:

You will need to bring your own toilet rolls as you are only provided with one by the owner.

JB, Clapham, Beds - 13th May 2013

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 13/05/2013
By Jo B from Clapham, Beds

I confirm Jo was a bona-fide paying guest at Bench Cottage. The content of their recommendation was not incentivised and is factually accurate at the time of writing.
Mary Lewis, owner Bench Cottage - 14th May 2013
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Review Review No. 11 of 14

Recommended by:

Sandra S from Kent

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 3
  • Snr Citizens
  •  
Stayed:

7 Nights
July - 2010

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Touring
  • Beach / Sea
  • Walking
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
  • Local Food
Summary:

“Excellent”

A disability-friendly bungalow with own parking space. The bungalow had everything we needed for someone in a wheelchair with limited mobility.

Quiet residential area with nearby local shops. The owner provided details regarding accessible local sites, shops, restaurants etc.

Owner provided an extensive list of equipment that could be provided in advance at no extra cost. All equipment was in the cottage on arrival and made things so much easier for the disabled visitor

Specifically Recommend:

Disability-friendly

Lots of additional equipment provided free of charge

Be Aware:

There was a huge choice of additional equipment provided in advance

Local Gems:

Wallampton Arms PH - Tuesday and Thursday ’Theme Night Buffets’ are excellent value. Carvery on a Monday

En Route:

We travelled from Kent to the New Forest and finding somewhere to stop that was suitable for a wheelchair user was difficult

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 11/08/2010
By Sandra S from Kent

I CONFIRM that this review is authentic, having been written by a bona-fide paying guest, and is factually accurate at the time of posting - Mary Lewis, owner
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Review Review No. 10 of 14

Recommended by:

Brenda J from Ruislip

Our party:
  • Adults:
  •  
  • 3
  •  
Stayed:

7 Nights
July - 2010

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Touring
  • Golf
  • Walking
  • Beach / Sea
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
  • Local Food
Summary:

“Excellent”

Pleasant private location

Easy parking

Short walk to Lymington

Many places of interest to visit

Local shops & Chinese takeaway (will deliver) nearby

Specifically Recommend:

Well adapted for disabled

Be Aware:

Shower is rather small
(NB - Please see Owner’s Reply at foot of review)

Local Gems:

Bolderwood Arboretum

The walk from Barton on Sea to Milford on Sea - very wheelchair-friendly

High Corner Inn, Linwood

Owner’s Reply:

Please note that this Winter (2010) we will be altering our showers into wet rooms - Mary.

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 05/08/2010
By Brenda J from Ruislip

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Review Review No. 9 of 14

Recommended by:

Marty H from Chelmsford

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 4
  • 24 - 95
  •  
Stayed:

7 Nights
July - 2010

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Touring
  • Beach / Sea
  • Shopping
  • Local Food
  • Walking
  • Entertainment
Summary:

“It was perfect and caters for the disabled very well”

Bungalow is situated at back of owner’s property in a very quiet road, so it is very peaceful. It’s like home from home.

Right on the edge of the New Forest, so there are plenty of nice little rides and villages to visit.

There’s a local shop and a chip shop five minutes’ walk away.

Only a 10 minute drive to the town of Lymington (what more could you want)

Specifically Recommend:

Owner is very obliging

Specially adapted for disabled people - you can borrow everything to help with one’s needs.

Be Aware:

Nothing - it was perfect

Local Gems:

There are so many local gems....

Walk along the seafront at Barton Milford

Gardens at Bournemouth

Deer feeding at Bolderwood

En Route:

We were travelling from Chelmsford, Essex and we didn’t stop until we got to the New Forest as we had a 95 year old in a wheelchair, so we found lots of parking areas in the forest, rather than keep getting her out of the car.

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 05/08/2010
By Marty H from Chelmsford

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Review Review No. 8 of 14

Recommended by:

Mrs M.J.W from Rainham

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 80
  •  
Stayed:

7 Nights
July - 2010

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Walking
  • Touring
  • Beach / Sea
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
  • Local Food
Summary:

“Good”

Mrs Lewis is a charming lady who, despite her own disability, was readily available to offer advice and assistance at all times.

5 star plus for disability assistance

Specifically Recommend:

Comfort

Be Aware:

Only problem was inability to use the toaster because it set off the smoke alarm, but the alarm was placed where the fire authorities insisted, so owner could not be held responsible!

Local Gems:

The area generally - excellent Waitrose for shopping!

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 10/07/2010
By Mrs M.J.W from Rainham

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Review Review No. 7 of 14

Recommended by:

Susan B from Portslade

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 3
  • 20 - 69
  •  
Stayed:

14 Nights
June - 2010

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Touring
  • Beach / Sea
  • Shopping
  • Local Food
  • Walking
  • Entertainment
Summary:

“Excellent”

The bungalow is very well suited to wheelchair users.

A lot of thought has gone into the decor and contents.

The kitchen is accessible for use by a wheelchair user, as is the bathroom.

A lot of attention has been paid to detail, to make the accommodation ’Home-from-Home’ - little details well thought out - eg digital clocks at bedside

Specifically Recommend:

Very well adapted for wheelchair user

Be Aware:

Many extra aids available eg hoist, shower chair

Local Gems:

Mudeford Quay

Lymington Quay

Burley Village

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 07/07/2010
By Susan B from Portslade

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Review Review No. 6 of 14

Recommended by:

Brian H from Uppingham

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 4
  • 55 - 62
  •  
Stayed:

7 Nights
November - 2009

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Touring
  • Beach / Sea
  • Shopping
  • Local Food
  • Walking
  • Entertainment
Summary:

“Even in November, excellent!”

Everything was as stated in the advert and exactly as expected.

All our needs were catered for, plus easy access and off-road parking. Bungalow was warm and comfy.

There are plenty of places to see and visit. My favourite, apart from The Forest, was Beaulieu Motor Museum.

For disabled guests, it is worth noting they are registered with the local doctors, and a hospital is close by if needed. - (NB - Please read Owner’s Reply (1) at foot of page)

I will go again.

Specifically Recommend:

Quiet, peaceful.

Plenty to see locally

Be Aware:

The beds are electric, but did not rise (NB - Please read Owner’s Reply (2) at foot of page)

Local Gems:

Restaurant in sea front car park - Highcliffe

En Route:

Travelling from Rutland. Needed disabled toilet and snack so stopped in service station on the M3

Owner’s Reply:

(1) - With regard to the local doctors, they have changed their procedure recently and this means you need to register with them either prior to staying, or during your stay with us in order to use them.

(2) - Please note that the reviewer is quite right in saying that they are not Profile beds, but nor do we advertise them as such. They are standard size beds with an electric control to either raise the feet or the head end ie. electric foot and head riser beds - which work independently of each other when used as a double.

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 12/12/2009
By Brian H from Uppingham

I CONFIRM that this review is authentic, having been written by a bona-fide paying guest, and is factually accurate at the time of posting - Mary Lewis, owner
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Review Review No. 5 of 14

Recommended by:

Mary H from Chelmsford

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 4
  • 24 - 94
  •  
Stayed:

7 Nights
August - 2009

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Touring
  • Beach / Sea
  • Shopping
  • Local Food
  • Walking
  • Entertainment
Summary:

“Excellent holiday - catered for all our needs”

Very well maintained two-bedroom bungalow on the edge of the New Forest.

Close to shops and lots of picturesque villages, with coastline nearby.

Specifically Recommend:

Owner very friendly, helpful and welcoming.

Accommodation very accessible for wheelchair users

Local Gems:

Walk along Milford on Sea coastal path with views of the Isle of Wight

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 27/08/2009
By Mary H from Chelmsford

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Review Review No. 4 of 14

Recommended by:

C.H from Yate

Our party:
  • Adults:
  •  
  • 4
  •  
Stayed:

7 Nights
July - 2009

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Touring
  • Beach / Sea
  • Shopping
  • Local Food
  • Walking
  • Entertainment
Summary:

“Well up to expectations”

The bungalow is very comfortable and clean.

Proximity to Lymington - fair.

Access by car to the New Forest - excellent.

We were able to borrow aids for our disabled son from the owner

Specifically Recommend:

Provision made for disabled visitors

Be Aware:

Better access to garden would be great

Local Gems:

Cafe Uno, Lymington - very obliging staff and food excellent. Good access at rear (ask them)

The Fighting Cocks pub near Fordingbridge - as above!

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 28/07/2009
By C.H from Yate

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Review Review No. 3 of 14

Recommended by:

J. P from Frimley Green

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 3
  • 51 - 82
  •  
Stayed:

7 Nights
June - 2009

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Walking
  • Touring
  • Beach / Sea
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
  • Local Food
Summary:

“Comfortable, peaceful, excellent”


Bench Cottage has everything to suit a wheelchair user, as well as being clean, comfortable and having everything we required.

Was more spacious than expected

Well situated near The New Forest.

Specifically Recommend:

Everything was suitable for the disabled person

Local Gems:

The White Hart, Pennington, Lymington - great food

En Route:

From Frimley Green, Camberley - no stop required

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 17/07/2009
By J. P from Frimley Green

I CONFIRM that this review is authentic, having been written by a bona-fide paying guest, and is factually accurate at the time of posting - Mary Lewis, owner
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Review Review No. 2 of 14

Recommended by:

D.W. from Bognor Regis

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 4
  • 65 - 76
  •  
Stayed:

3 Nights
May - 2009

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Touring
  • Walking
  • Beach / Sea
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
  • Local Food
Summary:

“A complete success!”

Even better than the advert thanks to the facilities available for my disabled wife.

Without exception, we found the accommodation and surroundings superb

We have recommended Bench Cottage to all our friends.

Specifically Recommend:

Comfort

The equipment available, if required

Local Gems:

Exbury Gardens

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 03/07/2009
By D.W. from Bognor Regis

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Review Review No. 1 of 14

Recommended by:

Linda N from Tadley

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 4
  • 32 - 55
  •  
Stayed:

7 Nights
April - 2009

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Walking
  • Beach / Sea
  • Shopping
  • Local Food
  • Touring
  • Entertainment
Summary:

“Excellent. Very good value for money and have already recommended to friends!”

Bench Cottage is an excellent cottage that is very well equipped for people with disabilities. It provides everything you need for a comfortable stay.

The accommodation is very clean and welcoming, providing everything you need for your stay.

It’s in a perfect location for days out, close to lots of tourist attractions.

Mrs Lewis is very helpful and has made every effort to provide exactly what we need for our group.

We have had two wonderful holidays at the cottage and will be returning soon.

Specifically Recommend:

Location

Cleanliness

Relaxing and well-equipped

Local Gems:

Lymington Market is excellent

En Route:

Travelled from Tadley in Hampshire, we had two wheelchair users with us and we stopped off at Lyndhurst

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 05/05/2009
By Linda N from Tadley

I CONFIRM that this review is authentic, having been written by a bona-fide paying guest, and is factually accurate at the time of posting - Mary Lewis, owner
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