Co. Down Holiday Adventure for Cedar’s Christopher and Gail

Friday 29 September 2017

Christopher and Gail are both residents at Twisel Lodge Residential Home, Holywood and both recently enjoyed a short holiday to Newton Lodge, Castlewellan in County Down, recommended by Sharon Butler, Director of Living Options here at Cedar.


Christopher and Gail have been telling all us all about their experiences and particularly about access to some of the local attractions.  They told us they delighted with the venue and loved the open fire on the first night as the house was warm and cosy. It was huge and said they loved that it was spacious so that moving around with their wheelchairs was easy. It included a purpose built room which included a wet room and a ceiling mounted hoist.


On the first afternoon Christopher and Gail enjoyed heading to Newcastle and playing the penny machines in the amusements where they won plenty of tickets swapping them for prizes which they chose.  You can’t go to Newcastle and not enjoy an ice-cream so Gail opted for a Blue WKD one!  Following the ice cream were plenty of giggles and shopping ending up with a meal in Hugh McCann’s in Newcastle. Cedar staff said, “They were very accommodating in finding us a table which had plenty of room for us and we had a really nice dinner….Full!”


Christopher and Gail also headed to The Butterfly House in Seaforde which they especially liked as it was very peaceful. Christopher enjoyed watching the Butterflies flying about and Gail enjoyed spending her money in the gift shop. Lunch in Murphys Bar and restaurant followed.  The lunches were very generous and the staff were very friendly spending time talking to Gail, Christopher and the Cedar staff.  Gail commented “I liked the waitress in Murphy’s, she asked me what I wanted to eat and drink and I enjoyed a beer and the tomato soup in a mug.”


Next stop, Downpatrick Gaol.  It was a great place to go and learn what prisons used to look like. Christopher and Gail enjoyed the displays and interacting with them.  Another shopping trip ensued where plenty of purchases were made.


Dinner at the Burrendale Hotel that evening was lovely and the venue proved to be great for wheelchair users as the front restaurant is very big with plenty of room around.  There were lots of laughs and conversations about the days out and bellies were filled with lamb shank, potatoes and fresh seasonal veg all followed by ice cream. 


On the last morning both Gail and Christopher were full of smiles and very relaxed.  They said they had great fun with the staff and enjoyed all of the activities and wanted to come back again.  After speaking to the owners, who are a pleasure to deal with and a lovely couple, Gail and Christopher have penciled in next year’s holiday to the same house. There are still plenty of different things to see and do in the area.  Once back on the bus we played the new CD’s that were bought and had a sing along and once back at Twisel Lodge, excitement flared again when telling everyone what a fantastic time we had!


Twisel Lodge provides residential care for up to eight people who have Learning Disabilities and associated conditions aged between 18 and 65 years on the first day they move in. If you would like to know more about our accommodation service visit our website.

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