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Autism friendly holidays in the Peak District

Holidays for autistic people

Our self-catering log cabins are situated on a working farm on the southern edge of the Peak District, and are a fantastic holiday option for autistic people and their families.

Near to Ashbourne and Bakewell, Hoe Grange Holidays is an ideal base from which to explore everything the area has to offer. The natural environment around Hoe Grange is calming and you'll discover the many reasons why the Peak District was the first designated National Park!

Award winning autism friendly holiday accommodation

Autism Friendly Award

We are proud to have won national awards for our accessible self-catering holiday cottages, including the Autism Friendly award 2023 from the National Autistic Society and try our best to be as inclusive as possible.

We welcome people with all types of disability, including those with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other hidden disabilities. We are extremely lucky that Derbyshire is one of the most accessible tourist destinations in the UK. You’ll be sure to find suitable places to visit and activities for all interests and abilities.

For someone on the autistic spectrum we understand that a change of environment can be challenging and consequentially trigger anxiety. By holidaying in one of our self-catering log cabins you are able to set your own timetable and keep your regular routines without external influences. This means you can keep a calm atmosphere and allow everyone to relax and enjoy their stay.

Finding holiday accommodation suitable for an autistic guest

Finding holiday cottages in the UK that are suitable and welcoming for people on the autistic spectrum can be difficult and we realise that organising a holiday break can be stressful. To help you plan ahead you'll find lots of useful information here on our website.

Through experience with regular returning guests we understand some of the challenges for autistic people and feel well placed to ensure that they have a wonderful holiday at Hoe Grange.

Virtual tours of our log cabins, so you can look before you book!

We know how important it is for autistic people to become familiar with where they will be staying before arriving for their holiday in our log cabins.

To help reassure you, our website has helpful information about each log cabin, including floor plans and virtual 3D tours. The photo galleries also help people on the autism spectrum to visualize where they will be staying, thus reducing anxiety and stress.

After you’ve booked your holiday you can view the 3D tours and photos many times before you arrive to give a feeling of familiarity. From our website and Facebook page you can create your own visual guide to help the autistic person know where they will be staying and what to expect. This reduces stress as there will be no surprises. We have also created a Sensory Story to introduce the sights, sounds and smells of a holiday on our farm.

Safe parking next to your holiday accommodation

Our site is only small so there is no mass hustle and bustle when you arrive, just a friendly welcome from David and Felicity, who will show you to your cabin. There is no need to worry as each cabin has its own parking space with level or gentle ramp access right to the door.

Spacious ground floor bedrooms and bathrooms

The log cabins have level thresholds throughout and are easy to get around. Three of them have spacious wet rooms with grab rails. The bedrooms have blackout blinds providing a dark space to relax.

Enjoy the stunning views from the open plan kitchen/lounges, whilst easily being able to keep an eye on your autistic child.

Things to see and do

We can recommend lots of autism-friendly places to visit or things to do in the local area, depending on what your interests are!

If you're looking for some adventure, contact Acclimbatize to find out about bespoke packages for activities with autism friendly instructors.

Enjoy the peace and quiet

Safe enclosed decking areas 

You will have your own safe enclosed decking area set apart from the other cabins. The gates to each cabin can be securely locked if needed, just ask.

The cabins are spacious and clutter free providing a calm environment. If requested we can remove non-essential items or furniture. No need to overload the car as our holidays cottages are fully equipped with everything you need.  However you are welcome to bring personal items with you that are familiar to the autistic guest to help them cope and feel at home. There is plenty of space in the cabins if someone needs a little quiet time out.

The overriding comment from guests is the peace and quiet they experience while on holiday at Hoe Grange. No traffic noise, few people about, just the natural sound of birds singing and farm animals grazing in the surrounding fields, with the occasional passing tractor. Guests can spend quality time together relaxing on the decking and enjoying the views.

As well as cows, sheep and pygmy goats we also have a wealth of wildlife on the farm including, buzzards, magpies, pheasants, foxes, rabbits, and hares, so keep your eyes peeled!

Sensory aids

We have a range of sensory aids you can book for your holiday so you don't have to pack everything in the car! You can reserve a sensory shower head, a weighted blanket or an autism-friendly sensory activity box when you book your holiday so you know what to expect when you arrive.

Autism friendly sensory activities pack at Hoe Grange Holidays, including light, sound, textures and grounding cards

Bring your dog on holiday

Dogs are so much part of the family, and for autistic people they often provide much needed reassurance. Our pet friendly accommodation is ideal with wonderful walks from the door. As part of our dog-friendly holidays we also provide a doggy welcome pack and we can tell you the best dog-friendly places to visit.

With us it’s personal!

We know that it can be challenging for people on the autism spectrum, their families and friends and that everyday is different. But we also know that with the right planning and preparation and use of our visual materials it can be a positive experience for the whole family. You will go home with memories to treasure.

We are here to help if you have any questions or specific needs. We are happy to rearrange furniture, receive delivery of additional equipment ready for your arrival or help arrange cakes and flowers to make your celebrations extra special. Let us know how we can help by calling David and Felicity on 01629 540262 or email info@hoegrangeholidays.co.uk

Helping Autistic People

We appreciate that people on the autistic spectrum see, hear and feel the world differently to others and can become overwhelmed by things around them. We are a small family run business who are passionate about being inclusive and welcoming everyone. Unlike the big online booking agents we have time to help you make the most of your stay in the Derbyshire hills.

Accessible Holiday accommodation in The Peak District, Derbyshire.

A staycation in the Peak District can provide opportunities for positive experiences and create memories to treasure for families and friends. Our accessible log cabins are also suitable for wheelchair users, and people with visual or hearing impairments too.

Find out more about our accessible holiday cottages and read our accessibility guides.

For more help and support visit the National Autistic Society

Accessible holidays

See our 3D tours

Read our Sensory Story

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Hoe Grange Holidays Tripadvisor Comments...

  • star rating  Myself and my sister travelled to Costa Rica and Panama via Viva Holidays Ltd. The holiday was exceptional and one to be treasured forever. Andrew at Viva Holidays... read more

    Paula C
    July 4, 2019

    star rating  What a wonderful find. As our first experience of needing accessible accommodation we could not have wished for better. Beautiful well equipped lodges in lovely surroundings. We stayed in both... read more

    April 3, 2020

    star rating  Another great holiday at Hoe Grange - such a great place for us all to holiday as a family - this time with a baby, a 3 yr old, a... read more

    October 4, 2019
  • star rating  We stayed in the Skylark pod last October (2018) and had a lovely time. There was homemade, rustic goods (bread, biscuits etc) when we arrived. Felicity and David who run... read more

    September 15, 2019

    star rating  We spent four nights at Hoe Grange and had a lovely time. The location is fantastic and right next to the High Peak Trail. The cabin was very clean and... read more

    July 16, 2019

    star rating  We wanted a complete break and some peace and quiet and this was perfect. The caravan was secluded with beautiful views over the countryside. Everything was spotlessly clean and well... read more

    joanne B
    June 4, 2019
  • star rating  It's been three years since we last visited but once we arrived it certainly didn't feel like it!
    We stayed in Hipley again which had had a refurbished wet... read more

    September 21, 2019

    star rating  We stayed in Rainster cabin for a long weekend 6 th to 9 th September. This was my 5 th visit to the amazing Hoe Grange. I had visited before... read more

    Jan Horsman J
    September 17, 2019

    star rating  We love this place. Very wheelchair friendly, really well equipped and comfortable, with easy access by car to lots of places of interest particularly Crich Tramway Village, Chatsworth, Bakewell and... read more

    David H
    October 25, 2019
  • star rating  Felicity and David made us feel very welcome right from our booking. The pods are well equipped and spotlessly clean. The area is very peaceful with great views and we... read more

    January 30, 2020

    star rating  We have just returned from a short stay in one of the pods on site at Hoe Grange Holidays. We couldn’t recommend them enough. The pod has everything you could... read more

    August 17, 2019

    star rating  Stayed last week, from 6th to 13th September in the log cabin called Hipley. This was amazing, it was our first visit but certainly not our last. Gold standard disability... read more

    September 14, 2019
  • star rating  Recently spent a week in "Pinder" and had a lovely time. The location is stunning - the site is nestled in a beautiful valley on the edge of the Peaks... read more

    July 16, 2019

    star rating  For the second year running, we have had a great family holiday at Hoe Grange. We had one cabin for the week, for two sisters and our elderly wheelchair-using... read more

    June 25, 2019

    star rating  Arrived and was shown to our pod, fantastic location and the pod was very good indeed plus we had home made bread and milk and tea and coffee. A... read more

    July 28, 2019
  • star rating  We love this place. Very wheelchair friendly, really well equipped and comfortable, with easy access by car to lots of places of interest particularly Crich Tramway Village, Chatsworth, Bakewell and... read more

    October 25, 2019

    star rating  What can I say?
    Absolutely superb!
    We have just returned from a family weekend staying in Daisybank cabin and the Skylark pod.
    It was our first trip away with my... read more

    June 13, 2019

    star rating  What a lovely weekend away! We stayed in the lovely gypsy caravan, which was a wonderful and really unique experience. We took along our two horses, who also had a... read more

    June 18, 2019
  • star rating  A beautiful place to stay! Amazingly run family business! Everyone were very welcoming, friendly and cozy! The skylark pod we stayed in was very clean, cozy and well equipped! The... read more

    January 2, 2020

    star rating  We've just returned from our second visit to Hoe Grange. The suggested riding routes with stunning scenery were enjoyed by my daughter and I while the menfolk were delighted with... read more

    July 11, 2019

    star rating  Second visit to the accessible holiday cabins at Hoe Grange. David and Felicity were as helpful and friendly as ever. We had a welcome pack of freshly baked bread, butter,... read more

    Charlotte M
    August 7, 2019
  • star rating  lovely surroundings real farm country with chickens paying you a visit nice decking area to chill at the end of the day accommodation very good plenty to do nearby... read more

    vincent s
    July 28, 2019

    star rating  Lovely place to holiday near to interesting locations and easy access to the High Peak trail and Carsington Water. Part of a working farm with fresh produce to enjoy during... read more

    Angie B
    August 3, 2019

    star rating  We stayed for a night in one of the cabins . The cabin was spotless and very well equipped , lots of extra touches were added like fresh eggs and... read more

    February 3, 2020
  • star rating  On arriving at Hoe Grange in a downpour, we doubted if we’d made the right decision to go glamping, but after the warm welcome from David and a quick tour,... read more

    June 25, 2019

    star rating  We stayed in Pinder cabin and had a lovely stay, the cabin was spacious and comfortable, nice and warm after cold days out. The children loved meeting the animals and... read more

    November 5, 2019

    star rating  Loved every minute of our stay, and so did the family and friends that came to stay. Excellent facilities in our cosy Hipley log cabin. By far the best... read more

    October 25, 2019
  • star rating  We stayed in Skylark, one of the two glamping pods available at Hoe Grange in February 2020.

    Felicity & David welcomed us when we arrived to show us around... read more

    February 6, 2020

    star rating  We had a lovely time staying in one of the incredibly well equipped pods. I bought my pony along and we had some great rides on the high peak trail.... read more

    June 7, 2019

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