Holiday Stories

Egalite Absolue, Cheltenham

The opportunity to go on holiday in a Jumbulance was just too good to miss, so on the afternoon of May 13th, Égalité Absolue – 10 VIPs, 13 helpers and our chaplain set off from Cheltenham with Martin Blocksidge and Kingsley Lloyd sharing the driver’s seat, bound for the Austrian Alps. Fitting 10 wheelchairs and two hoists in the luggage storage required some judicious packing, but we managed.


  Image of Jumbulance parked outside hotel.
Sonneschein Hotel with the Jumbulance parked outside

18 hours later we arrived at the Sonneschein Hotel, Niederau, where we received a warm welcome, and once unloaded, tucked into the most delicious lunch – the first of many wonderful meals. The hotel has a purpose built extension with extremely comfortable and spacious bedrooms and accessible bathrooms.   The hotel owner, Gill, remained as helpful and accommodating throughout our stay as she had been (via e-mail and phone) during the preparations for the trip.

All our needs were catered for, even down to the arranging of a memorable and very entertaining Tyrolean evening, at a neighbouring hotel.

We enjoyed 3 day trips – the first to Lake Achensee, Pertisau.   The spectacular views were shrouded in cloud but we still enjoyed an outdoor picnic, and a very comfortable boat ride around the lake. In Innsbruck, in bright sunshine we had a fascinating walking tour and time to do some shopping.   In Saltzberg there was more to do than we had time for, but it was lovely to get a flavour of the city.

Our final day was spent at a more leisurely pace: a morning swim in the lovely heated indoor pool, and the afternoon walking around the village, enjoying the spectacular scenery, before loading back into the Jumbulance for the return journey.   The whole group had enjoyed a wonderful week and look forward to another visit in the future.

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