Here are some of the establishments I have visited during my travels that have some accessible facilities. As a Jo’burg landlubber, I am always looking for properties at the coast that actually offer you the sights and sounds of the surf pounding onto the beach.  It is also important for me to be close to amenities and the two properties I’ve featured in this edition offer both of these aspects.

On the Beach B&B, Glen Ashleigh, KZN

Located on The Promenade, between Durban & Umhlanga Rocks, an ideal location for those who want to hear and see the surf. This guest house has a total of seven rooms including an accessible en-suite ground floor room that has its own covered patio accessed via a glass sliding door. There is parking and the entrance to the building is accessible.  It also has a swimming pool and braai area, as well as a communal TV/lounge and dining area.  This section is tiled and has movable furniture that can be adjusted. Although the general coffee and tea cabinet is not at a compliant height, there is always a friendly staff member who is more than willing to assist.  The room itself is simply furnished with the basics - a fan, TV and tea and coffee making facilities. A choice of two singles or a double bed is available. All linen is supplied except beach towels.  Rates include a daily Continental breakfast. Access to the beach is directly opposite the B&B, although this is not a swimming beach. This establishment is suited to those who prefer basic comforts with a spectacular sea experience  

Cotsworld Guest House, Milnerton, Cape Town 4

A classic Cape Dutch homestead, with stunning views of the mountain is situated just off Marine Drive, opposite the Woodbridge Island. The guest house is situated in a quiet cul-de-sac and has added an annex on the opposite side of the road. This annex has an accessible room with the following features. There is a covered parking bay which is personalised, and access to the room is along a paved pathway. The en-suite room is spacious with the usual amenities although the side tables and bedside lights are not compliant. There is a large wet room, with a roll-in shower which has a built-in wooden seat. The room also contains an inter-leading door to the next standard room which is useful for family members or assistants. With a few minor adjustments, this room will be completely accessible and the owner has already given assurances that the changes will be made. This annex also has a pool, but wheelchair access is only available to the accessible room as there are steps leading to the rest of the facility. The main house has a temporary ramp at the main entrance and internal access on the ground floor to the library, lounge and dining area, with only a small step out onto the paved patio and pool. Breakfast is served in the main house, which means crossing a quiet road that has steep drainage areas and going through two electric gates.The owner is already looking at making rooms in the main house universally accessible at the next renovation.

Should you come across any establishments that offer some facilities – please send me the names and contact details & we will attempt to get there to check them out!

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