Garden Bench

Sophia Ainsworth


Lymington – The New Forest


Garden Bench is a fully accessible detached self catering cottage, on the outskirts of Lymington, surrounded by the New Forest National Park. This 1920’s style bungalow has been completely renovated to offer purpose built self catering accommodation – it offers ground floor accommodation with level access throughout with its own private drive and secure rear garden with large paved patio area.

It is the ideal location for a quiet relaxing holiday – being fully detached, you can enjoy a BBQ on the patio in the sunshine without worrying about being overlooked or you can curl up in the lounge and take time to unwind with a flat screen television, free wifi and the watch the flames flicker from the wood burning stove. Garden Bench welcomes all families, not just those who specifically benefit from the accessible nature of the cottage

You can interact with our 360° tour, look around the different rooms in Garden Bench. Garden Bench was made up with a twin bed (a super king is available) and some additional equipment was placed inside the cottage for this tour.

Things you may need to know

Please see below regarding our property visits during this time. Garden Bench is a detached bungalow on a residential street. The driveway is open and there is a farmyard style gate that encloses the back garden from the driveway. Pennington sports and social club is on the same street as Bench cottage. Outside of the pandemic the club hosts live music events and children’s fun days however they are running a reduced timetable for the foreseeable future and limiting events and customers. No children or dogs are allowed in at present.

The Spectrum Set-up

Usually we would visit each accommodation to assess suitability and to take note of any details our families may need to know. During the Coronavirus pandemic this has not been possible as government restrictions have prohibited travel. We have carried out a great deal of research on the local area as well as the property itself. We have spoken to the owners, Helen and Matt and asked the questions we feel our families would want to know. If you have any questions that have not been covered here, please get in touch and we will be more than happy to speak to the cottage owners on your behalf. Find out more about what equipment will be available and how we prepare all our properties for your stay here.

More information

The self catering accommodation comprises of an open-plan kitchen, lounge, dining area, small conservatory, large wet room and two bedrooms, all facilities are on the ground floor in this detached bungalow.

Garden Bench sleeps up to five people.

The kitchen is fully equipped, having split level work surfaces, electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge with small freezer, dishwasher and washing machine. All kitchen utensils, cutlery and china are supplied. We aim to include everything you are likely to need to make your stay pleasant, relaxing and enjoyable.

The dining area includes a gate legged dining table and four chairs (additional chairs in the conservatory). This is stored folded down to maximise space as a lot of our guests enjoy dining Al Fresco on the patio.

Leading off the kitchen is a small conservatory area with seating for two people – ideal for morning coffee as you can sit and watch the birds, or your children playing outside.

The lounge has comfortable seating, including a electric riser/recliner chair and 2 two seater leather style sofas and a wood burning stove – perfect to relax in front of during an Autumn or Winter break. There is a television with DVD. A selection of books and leaflets on the New Forest to help plan your holiday. There is free Wifi available.

The master bedroom has an electric profiling / carers bed which has foot and head risers and is fully height adjustable and is fixed with bed guards. There is access to a ceiling hoist over this bed. The second bed is a single electric foot and head riser bed. This room is furnished with a chest of drawers, and bedside units with alarm clock.

Garden Bench’s second bedroom is a triple bedded room. This includes 2 electric foot and head riser beds which work independently and can be a made up as king or twin, there is a third bed – a standard single. There is a wardrobe, chest of drawers. bedside cabinets, an alarm clock. This room can accommodate a baby in a travel cot if required.

All beds will be made up with fresh linen, duvets and pillows before your arrival.

The modern fully accessible wet room has a large shower area and grab rail. The adjustable washbasin can be lowered for your comfort. The standard height toilet is access friendly too with drop down rails and space both sides for lateral transfer, a raised toilet seat is available if you need it.

Outside is a lovely level patio with a table and chairs in the secure private garden which is mainly laid to lawn. There is a garage which contains a tumble drier which you are welcome to use, as well as space and charging point for any scooters or wheelchairs you may bring with you. You will also find a small supply of wood for the fire.

There is off road parking for your car on the driveway and easy level access to your front door and garden.

We are able to accept dogs in Garden Bench, as it has its own private garden – although they are subject to additional charge of £100 for up to 2 dogs and the completion of a pets booking form which highlights that no dogs go on the furniture, you clean up after your pet etc. Our additional charges enable us to clean the carpets, etc prior to the next guests arrival.

All bed-linen, towels and tea towels along with gas central heating, hot water and Wifi is included in our tariff.

  • Bedroom with height adjustable profiling bed and a head & foot riser electric beds, with a ceiling hoist available over the profiling bed.
  • Adjacent wet room with optional shower chair and grab handles.
  • Plenty of turning space for wheelchairs
  • Master bedroom with two head and foot riser single beds (can be made into a super king on request) and a 3rd standard single beds.
  • Open plan Lounge with riser recliner and two sofas
  • Wood burning stove
  • Modern Kitchen – Dishwasher, washing machine
  • Flexible Dining area
  • Small conservatory overlooking secure garden
  • Dogs welcome (extra charge)
  • Free Wifi

Local Amenities

Lymington has many restaurants, public houses and takeaways and lots of individual shops, as well as a number of national stores. Discover the hidden park behind the shops or visit our market which is held every Saturday from 8am till 4pm, where you can purchase everything you need for your perfect holiday. All within a 20 minute walk or 5 minutes by car. A map giving directions can be found in your cottage.

The New Forest National Park is on your doorstep, where 93,000 acres of forest are waiting for you to explore. Catch the New Forest Ponies wondering through some of the villages, walk through the enclosures and see if you can spot a deer – there are four species of deer in the New Forest.

Come in the spring when the young foals can be seen everywhere, sit in the shade of the forest or on the cliff tops in the summer sun. In the autumn come and see the splendor of the autumn colours, and in winter the forest is a magical place and there are so many attractions and museums to visit whilst you are here – you will find all the details in your cottage.

Explore the local area further and visit Beaulieu, one of south England’s top family days out and includes the National Motor Museum, Palace House and Gardens, Beaulieu Abbey and World of Top Gear! Save your feet, and ride on the “Sky train” (Monorail) and enjoy a birds eye view of Beaulieu grounds, or enjoy a more down to earth view on the veteran bus!

Take a day trip to Monkey World- Ape Rescue Centre. visit Gibbons, Orang-utans, Chimpanzees and lots of monkey species and see the rescue, and conservation work they do at the centre.

You can even have a free family photo shoot at your cottage by Helen who is not only the owner, but also a photographer at RenoufDesign. Helen understands how hard it can be for some autistic children to sit still for a “staged” photo shoot, so she comes to you while relaxing in the garden or exploring the New Forest to capture natural shots while you are enjoying your day! Full details can be found here

Included in your stay

Sensory equipment and toys as part of our Spectrum Pack including –

  • A selection of handheld fidget toys
  • Light projectors
  • Easy hold mirrors
  • Sensory light toys
  • A range of sensory tactile toys
  • Visual resource pack

Freeview and DVD player. Selection of children’s toys/books/DVDs.  Duvets, pillows and bed linen are provided and beds will be made up for when you arrive.

Before and During your Stay

We understand that preparing an autistic person for a holiday can be challenging. At spectrum holidays we are always looking for ways to make this process easier for our families. We have visited each of the holiday homes personally and have put together a social story for each one. Just let us know how we can best support you in your holiday preparation and we will create personalised visual countdown calendar or timetable for you!

Inside the holiday homes you will find a set of visuals to help support you while on holiday, there is also a “now, next, later” travel keyring to take out and about with you as well as some information about the local area.

We work closely with all of our holiday home owners so there will always be someone available to help should you have any problems during your holiday. Please contact Spectrum Holidays in the first instance with any queries or issues and if applicable we will contact the holiday home owner on your behalf. We can also provide information on the surrounding area, local amenities or visitor attractions

Access statement

The access statement for Garden Bench can be found here

Additional equipment

Accessible Equipment – We have a large range of equipment to make your stay easier – this is not stored on the premises and is only made available on request. Some of our images on our web site and facebook page show our equipment in situ, but we do not include any aids as standard, as they take space you may need for your own possessions. We have limited quantities of some equipment – so this is booked on a first come first served basis. If it is not available we will let you know, if your booking depends on it – please check equipment availability first.

If you need different or more specialised equipement – you are welcome to hire it and have it delivered to the cottages on the Friday prior to your arrival between 10am and 1pm. Please let us know if you arrange this – so that we can ensure it is ready for your arrival.

You can discover more detailed information about our equipment here, unless it is a fixture in the cottage (riser recliner chair, ceiling hoist, changing table etc) then details will be on the access statement for that cottage.

How to book

Bookings are usually based on a minumin 7 day stay (Friday to Friday) however short breaks may be available upon request and depending on availability.

For up to date availability and pricing or to make a booking please contact us here

Please read the full booking terms and conditions here before making your booking by proceeding with a booking you agree that you have read and agree to the terms.

Availability Calendar




Calendars are currently being updated. Please contact us for booking information.