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Hunter’s Inn Wins Accessibility Award

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Devon Property Honoured at Bespoke Hotels’ Annual Awards

The Heddon Valley’s historic Hunter’s Inn has received the “Accessibility Award” at the 2018 BeFactor Awards, hosted by Bespoke Hotels. Competing against over 100 properties from across the UK, Hunter’s Inn – a National Trust-owned hotel – was singled out for praise as a disable-friendly venue, located in an area containing two dedicated accessible routes, enabling all guests to explore the stunning scenery of the Heddon Valley and nearby Woody Bay.

Fully wheelchair accessible across its public spaces, with the self-catered disabled accommodation at the neighbouring Heddon Lodge furnished to a high standard, Hunter’s Inn was recognised as providing an attentive, relaxed welcome for all its guests, with the knowledgeable and attentive staff singled out for particular praise.

Alongside this, the surrounding area of the Heddon Valley and Carriageway is eminently explorable for all guests, with the National Trust partnering alongside Country Mobility South West to introduce two dedicated accessible routes, suitable for pushchairs and all-terrain mobility scooters. Two of these all-terrain scooters, known as “trampers”, are available to hire in the Heddon Valley itself, enabling all guests to access both the two mile route to Heddon Mouth, as well as the five mile trek to Woody Bay.

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We are delighted to have been honoured in this way”, commented Hunter’s Inn General Manager Simon Lover. “My staff are passionate about providing all our guests with the highest levels of service, regardless of disability, and we have moved to ensure the team is educated, confident, and attentive at all times. Thanks to the efforts of the National Trust in recent years, both Hunter’s Inn and the surrounding Heddon Valley are readily accessible to all.”

“Hunter’s Inn has set the standard in 2018 for disabled accommodation within the Bespoke Hotels family”, added Robin Sheppard, Chairman of Bespoke Hotels, who was recently named Hotel Sector Champion by the Government’s Office for Disability Issues. “The team are informed and supportive, without being overbearing or patronising to guests, while both the building and rooms are comfortable to travel through and stay in, whether on foot or wheels.”

Find out more at: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/heddo...



About Bespoke Hotels:

Formed in 2000, Bespoke Hotels has grown to represent over 200 properties worldwide, and now stands as the UK’s Largest Independent Hotel Group. Ranging from specialist golfing hotels, to award-winning spa resorts and chic city centre properties, the group prides itself on a diverse roster and a unique, individualised management style.

About the National Trust:

The National Trust is a conservation charity founded in 1895 by three people who saw the importance of our nation’s heritage and open spaces and wanted to preserve them for everyone to enjoy. More than 120 years later, these values are still at the heart of everything the charity does.

Entirely independent of Government, the National Trust looks after more than 250,000 hectares of countryside, 780 miles of coastline and hundreds of special places across England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

More than 26 million people visit every year, and together with 5.2 million members and over 61,000 volunteers, they help to support the charity in its work to care for special places for ever, for everyone.

For more information and ideas for great seasonal days out, visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk

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