Sunday, September 18, 2011

The Way Things Should Always Be.

It is always refreshing to learn of a new B&B which is wheelchair accessible. It is even more enjoyable when a B&B is located in our favourite town of Robertson, in the heart of the Western Cape and on the famous Route 62. A tremendous amount of good work has been put into making as many of the wine farms in the Robertson Valley accessible as possible, and in the process a number of accommodation establishments have also modified the facility to more easily accept disabled tourists.

GUBAS DE HOEK is located in the heart of the town yet provides a level of peace and tranquillity which allows one to fully relax and shake off the stresses of work. As we have come to experience in our country towns our hostess Balbina made us feel most welcome on arrival, helped along with a much-needed cup of tea and delicious biscuits!

Balbina had of course already been in communication with me when I made my first enquiry. At that point she e-mailed me an extensive and detailed document outlining the accessible facilities that she was able to provide. When someone goes to this level of care you sit up and take note! Balbina explained all the facilities, which ranged from the accessible parking through to a well thought out and fully equipped bedroom and bathroom. A great deal of consideration appears to have gone into the construction of the work areas, cupboards, hand basins, shower, etc. All too often we have encountered accommodation where the rooms have been modified in order to try and provide accessibility. Somehow they never seem “right” and important features are often omitted. In the case of GUBAS DE HOEK accessibility appears to have come first, and the rooms are designed from that point forward. Everything works well together and there is a logic and flow to the rooms which make them easy to live in. It really is the way things should always be.

Paved paths lead through the garden and connect to the main house which offers a lounge and dining area, all of which is accessible. We were provided with a remote control for the front gate, which allowed us to come and go as we pleased. A measure of the standard of accessibility is usually the ease with which one relaxes and settles into a holiday mode. Whenever we have looked back, whether it be a long weekend getaway or a multiweek holiday, and commented about how easy it was to travel, that invariably was as a result of the accommodation being wheelchair friendly. When one's holiday “home” is welcoming and comfortable it sets the right tone for all else that follows.

I can strongly recommend GUBAS DE HOEK in Robertson is an excellent base from which to explore the valley and everything it has to offer a disabled tourist.

Gunther and Balbina Huerttlen
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