The information provided here has been kindly supplied by the Royal National Institute for the Blind www.rnib.org.uk

This information has been researched with the needs of blind and partially sighted people in mind.  The hotels included have been recommended by visually impaired people for a variety of reasons including the warm welcome and the willingness of staff to overcome obstacles that a blind or partially sighted person might face whilst using their service.  Each recommendation given has been followed up by a visit from an experienced RNIB hotel inspector

Devon

Colyton

Smallicombe Farm
Northleigh
Colyton
Devon
EX13 6BU
Tel: 01404 83 13 10
Fax 01404 83 14 31
Website www.smallicombe.com

Set in beautiful but remote countryside, this is a working farm with a herd of prize winning rare breed pigs. There are also goats, sheep and cattle, geese and turkeys a children's play area and evening entertainment.

Open all year 

Six bedrooms.

Four self catering apartments in a barn conversion. Two on ground floor with wheelchair access and ramps.

Lots of natural light with good colour contrast. Guide dogs welcome by prior notification

Croyde

Combas Farm
Putsborough
Croyde
Devon
Ex33 1HP
Tel 01271 89 03 98

An extremely attractive Devonshire Longhouse with climbing roses, wisteria and fuchsias at the front.  This is a working farm is set in a quiet, beautiful valley with beaches nearby.  Meals served are good farmhouse fare, home cooking with large portions.  A friendly atmosphere encourages conversation amongst guests.

Open all year

Five bedrooms. Three en-suite TV Lounge

Small house easy to negotiate. Guide dogs are welcome.  Some good use of colour contrast

Exmouth

Cavendish Hotel
Morton Crescent
The Esplanade
Exmouth
Devon
EX8 1BE
Tel 01395 27 25 28
Fax 01395 26 93 61

Away from the town centre, the road which separates the hotel from the promenade and the sandy beach has a fairly light flow even in August. This grand Victorian house has a number of very comfortable lounges and neat, if smallish bedrooms.  Very nice garden in front, entertainment in the evenings and a friendly atmosphere.

Open from March to October and Christmas

Seventy three bedrooms all en-suite fourteen of the bedrooms are on ground floor. There are six interconnecting bedrooms. In house entertainment. Several years experience with visually impaired groups. Clear Floor numbering. Guide dogs welcome

Torquay

Victoria Hotel
Belgrave Road
Torquay
Devon
TQ1 3BR
Tel 01803 29 13 33
Fax 01803 40 01 20
Web: www.tlh.co.uk

' Excellent staff, fully conversant with the needs of the blind or partially sighted, nothing is too much trouble for them' said one guest.   There's a bit of a slope down to the sea front and a fifteen minute walk or short bus ride to the town centre, but with so many facilities and so much in-house entertainment you can have an enjoyable and relaxing holiday without ever having to leave the hotel complex.  Open all year

Ninety four bedrooms all en-suite. Indoor swimming pool, outdoor children's pool, whirlpool bath, three outdoor pools, adventure playground, sauna, sun beds, spa pool.

Many years experience with visually impaired guests.  Guide dogs are welcome and water bowls can be provided. There is a park to exercise dogs fifty yards away.

Large print menu by arrangement. In house entertainment. Task Lighting (manoeuvrable lamps) available by prior arrangement

Torquay

Lincombe Hall Hotel
Meadfoot Road
Torquay
Devon
TQ1 2JX
Tel 01803 21 33 61
Fax 01803 31 14 85

Although the hotel is on the outskirts of Torquay, it is possible to walk to the centre and beach promenade about half a mile away.  Lincolme Hall consists of two adjoining houses standing in about five acres of gardens and flowerbeds.  The restaurant is ideally positioned to make the most of the view across the attractive gardens and swimming pool.  The hotel has received several recommendations from visually impaired people.  One guest said she couldn't recommend it enough.

Open All Year.  Forty two bedrooms, all en-suite.  Small outdoor swimming pool in spacious gardens and patio area. Indoor gym and sauna. Some evening entertainment in season. Small in house cinema.

Nine bedrooms have access via a ramp. Guide dogs are welcome. There is room service but not 24 hour. Easy access around the garden area but some steps from the patio.  Good colour contrast in public areas and rooms.

Woolacombe

Wollacombe Bay Hotel
Woolacombe
Devon
EX34 7BN
Tel 01271 87 03 88
Fax 01271 87 06 13

This large Victorian Hotel leads straight onto the wide, sandy, surfing beach at Woolacombe.  It would be difficult to be bored here. There is so much to do and it is all on the doorstep. As well as the optional activities, evening entertainment is provided in season in a large spacious ballroom on the lower ground floor.  A quiet adult only lounge provides a peaceful refuge for the less sporty.  Bedrooms are spacious and airy and the restaurant is luxurious, overlooking the beach and gardens. Self catering apartments are also available.

Closed from 2 January to the 24 February

Sixty four bedrooms all en-suite.  Out door and indoor swimming pool.  Dress code for dinner.  Clearly lit hotel.  Good use of colour contrasting.  Guide dogs welcome

Cornwall

Newquay

The Great Western Hotel
Newquay
Cornwall
TR7 2PT
Tel 01637 87 20 10
Fax 01637 87 44 35

The Great Western takes it 's name from the beach that it overlooks and not, as you might think from the proximity to the railway station.  There are several spacious lounge areas as well as an indoor pool if you want to work off the calories.  The attitude of the staff and the management has received special mention 'When they realised we had two dogs they upgraded us to a family room' said one guest.  There is a gently sloping walkway down to the beach.

Open all Year

Seventy two rooms all en-suite. Indoor swimming pool and Jacuzzi. Excellent public transport. Guide dogs welcome. In house entertainment six nights a week. Raised numbers on hotel doors. Large print menus by prior arrangement

Penzance

Chy An Mor Hotel
15 Regent Terrace
Penzance
Cornwall
TR18 4DB
Tel 01736 36 34 41
Fax 01736 36 34 41

This is a converted Georgian House, which has been totally refurbished by the owners.

The accommodation is of a high standard and is immaculately kept throughout.  It is rated five diamonds in the AA Guide, the highest standard for a B & B establishment.  The lounge is spacious and comfortable while the dining room on the ground floor (a flight of stairs down) is fresh and bright.  Close by, the beach is pebbly and you may wish to travel out of town if a sandy beach is important to you.

Closed November to February

Ten bedrooms all en-suite.  Hotel is situated one hundred yards from the sea front.  A non smoking , non allergenic hotel.  Parking is restricted in Penzance but the hotel has a car park. Three ground floor bedrooms. Good bright colour contrast. Flat promenade one hundred yards away.  Dining room well laid out and clearly lit.

No guide dogs as the hotel tries to be anti allergenic for asthma sufferers.

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