Tuesday, 21 August 2012
Wine and a Wheelchair in Stanthorpe
We recently decided to spend a weekend in Stanthorpe. The first place Sully contacted was not wheelchair accessible but they suggested '31 the rocks'. We decided to jump in with both feet and booked a Friday and Saturday stay.
We were greeted by Phil Moyle who, with his wife Beryl, owns and created the place. The place consists of modern self-contained units set in 10 acres of bush. We were given a food basket which contained enough for two breakfasts and then taken to be shown the accommodation. Phil has a friend who is in a wheelchair, and he sought his advice when he was building this particular cabin. We were completely blown away by the place. Not only was it completely accessible, the bathroom was fantastic and even the kitchen was at the correct height. Phil is particularly proud of the cupboard under the sink (his own design) and indeed he should be proud of the whole set - up. Even the laundry is accessible - he attached it to the back of the cabin after realising that changing the central laundry already built was not going to be easy.
The cabin was very easy to move around in and the parking was located just outside. Phil was more than happy to suggest somewhere for tea and he suggested "The Rocks" which has just been taken over by new owners. We had a very pleasant evening there and not only did it have the required ramp to the front door, it also had a disabled toilet.
We spent the next couple of days visiting wineries and enjoying a Christmas in July dinner. On the Sunday we drove down to Wallangara to go to the Markets, which was a lovely way to finish the weekend.
Overall the accommodation was one of the best wheelchair accessible places that we have stayed. I would be more than happy to recommend the place.