Wheelchair accessible holiday villa in the Algarve
Your accessible home from home in the sun
We offer wheelchair accessible holiday accommodation for the disabled and can arrange wheelchair accessible transport for you too. The property has been totally refurbished inside and out and made wheelchair accessible and includes free 500Mbps fibre optic speed WIFI. Two of our three twin bedded rooms are wheelchair and disabled accessible with wheel-in showers, 2 electric profiling beds, a pressure relieving mattress is available and an electric mobile hoist provides extra assistance for getting in and out of bed. The large 10x4m swimming pool is equipped with a hoist for easy accessibilty into the heated water. A full description can be viewed here.
Our location in Alto do Relógio, just outside of Loulé, offers spectacularly stunning 180º views out and across a valley and towards the sea. It is a rural location, set on the edge of an ecological zone. Just a litte further down the road you will find a cafe/bar and small shop selling essentials. There is large supermarket 2 minutes drive away offering anything you might need and open 7days a week. A few more minutes away is the market town of Loulé. This offers easy access to a daily indoor market, shops and restaurants. In 20 minutes you can be at our local beaches and Faro airport. You will find all the detailed information of the property contained on the site. We hope you will like what you see and come to experience it first hand.
The villa is light and spacious and has been carefully refurbished to provide quality accessible accommodation with 3 en-suite bedrooms, including 2 wheelchair-accessible bedrooms with en-suite wet-rooms and wheel-in showers. The property has a large private pool with hoist (heated to 25C May to October), and a wide range of specialist equipment including 2 electric profiling beds, pressure relieving mattresses, 2 mobile hoists, 2 self propelled shower chairs and tilting shower chair. There is also complimentary use of a wheelchair-accessible vehicle. Ourico do Mar is just 20 minutes from Faro Airport and wheelchair-accessible transfers are available.
The villa has a spacious south-facing living/dining room which opens onto a large terrace with stunning views. The living area has comfortable seating and TV offering full Sky with sports and films, and leads into the dining area with large wooden table and seating for 6 (blocks can be provided to raise the height of the table). The villa has a modern fully-equipped kitchen also leading out onto the sun terrace with BBQ and outdoor dining furniture.
The master bedroom has 2 electric profiling beds with memory foam mattresses (including one with integrated bed-sides), and either bed can have a grab pole attached. There is a wheel-in wardrobe with dual-height hanging space, and a height-adjustable wheeled bed table. The master bedroom en-suite has a wheel-in shower with grab rail, wall-hung washbasin, WC with grab rails either side (one retractable), and lever-style taps.
The second accessible bedroom has 2 single beds (height 55cm), wheel-in wardrobe, and en-suite bathroom with wheel-in shower with grab rail, wall-hung washbasin, WC with retractable grab rail on the right and static to the left, and lever-style taps. The third bedroom non accessible is up a few steps, and has 2 single beds with space for a fold-up bed if a 7th guest is required. The en-suite bathroom has a shower over bath, WC, and washbasin.
We have beautiful outdoor spaces, including a large terrace leading off the living area and kitchen, and a large south-facing pool area accessible by a lift. The pool and surrounding terrace have breathtaking views across the valley, and there is a hydraulic pool hoist with seat or sling an option that is much better for any disability causing upper body balance issues. Guests can enjoy sunbeds (including one with larger wheels and thicker mattress) and a pool-side room with fridge.
The property is situated in a beautiful rural location at the edge of an ecological zone in Alto do Relógio, with a cafe/bar just down the road, and a large supermarket just a few minutes drive away. The villa is just outside the market town of Loule with daily indoor market and much bigger Saturday outdoor market, its shops, restaurants and cafes. It is just 20 minutes drive to the beautiful sandy beaches of the Algarve.
I was paralysed from the neck down in 1983 following an accident playing rugby for my school first XV at the age of 18. I was taken to the Spinal Unit at Oswestry, Shropshire where I spent 9 months. I am a complete C4 tetraplegic (quadriplegic) requiring a chin controlled electric wheelchair.
While I was in hospital, I met my wife Denise who worked on the spinal unit. She is a Registered Nurse with experience in spinal injuries, orthopaedics and cardiology. We initially bought a bungalow near to my parents house in Birmingham and lived there for some 16 years before we decided to move abroad at the beginning of 2001. We bought Ourico do Mar with the purpose of converting it to allow other disabled people to come here on holiday.
Our motivating force in this move was to provide something we had found lacking in all our own holiday experiences. We always came away with the feeling that it could be done better. So here we are, we hope you like what you see. Over the 19 years we have added the loan of most of the equipment you may need and can advise you about getting an adapted WAV and accessible transfers from Faro airport.