100 Hitchcock, Barwon Heads, Victoria – Accessibility Review

Time with my adult daughter is always a treasured activity and I had the joy of sharing a weekend not only with Amy but my new daughter in law , my other son’s girlfriend and their Mum’s too. Once ensconced in our temporary home there was no need to get into the car for the weekend.

Talking, laughing, rolling/walking, eating and window shopping were high priorities on this beautiful winters weekend. Wheelchair accessible 100 Hitchcock was the perfect base for such a relaxing time . This wheelchair accessible holiday accommodation oozes picture book street appeal with it’s white weatherboard double pitched roof facade. I was immediately excited about our break as soon as we turned into the driveway.

Location

Date of Stay – July 2019

100 Hitchcock Ave, Barwon Heads, Victoria

Booking

Super easy process online with lovely personalised emails and the chance to make any requests or discuss any part of your visit particularly regarding accessibility items. 

The payment process is very streamlined and professional. 

Best of all this is one website that lists all its property features and has multiple pictures. Other accessible accommodation places – take note!!!

We had very easy instructions regarding key collection. After loading up with my equipment we headed down to the glorious Bellarine Peninsula.

Accommodation

The seaside village of Barwon Heads is a short 1 ½ drive from Melbourne . The driveway of 100 Hitchcock is super flat gravel with a  lovely flush timber path leading to the front door. This does have a slight lip on it which is still easy to get over in a power chair but the internal garage doorway provides completely flush entry as well.

All space saving cavity slider doorways have a clearance width of between 115 – 130 cm. The exception is bathroom 2 which has an effective doorway of 77cm. This bathroom is not the prime accessible bathroom. But it does sport a lipless roll in shower, bench height of 66cm and rollunder of 55cm and is good size.

The main accessible bathroom is the ensuite off the huge master bedroom . Bathroom total length is 5 metres, width 155cm. The roll in shower has depth of 125cm, width of 188cm and entry of 88cm.

The main bedroom is huge with a 60 cm high queen size bed that has welcome room underneath for the all important hoist clearance.

The separate sinks are 70cm roll under clearance and height of 83cm with no bench ether side of them. The low profile toilet has a portable floor toilet roll holder which is super handy when using an over the toilet shower/commode.

There is plenty of storage space throughout the house for those staying for longer and the ensuite has a hairdryer, non slip shower mat and portable grab rails.

The garage has equipment to use at no extra costs such as a modern, electric lift hoist (BYO sling for hygiene reasons ), 2 types of toilet frames, a rollator, highchair and a pushbike among other things. So much has been thought of including front and rear door access.

In Summary

Barwon Heads is truly beautiful little village that I have always enjoyed and now accessible beach house, 100 Hitchcock, has made it easy for me to revisit this special hamlet. We loved having such easy access to the centre of the Barwon Heads township within 100 metres roll of dining, viewing and shopping and the estuary. 

The concrete and grassy paths are very wheelchair friendly . The main street including crossovers is wonderfully accessible and only a few shops have a step up to the entrance . There is a lovely walk along the bridge towards the Ocean Grove surf beach and an accessible concrete path along the sand on the ocean side. The jetty restaurant is a lovely place to dine or while away an afternoon looking out at the water and fishing activity.

An accessible beach break is a wonderful rejuvenator – thanks 100 Hitchcock. We shall return.

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