As if our children don’t already feel like royalty, why not treat them like it!
And, so it was that I celebrated my 40th birthday properly. Not rushed in a quick meal down the road. Not rushed with a toast over dinner sitting in front of the television. I took myself and my family and friends and stayed in a palace, Hampton Court Palace, for the weekend.
Children pick up on the atmosphere of their parents. May, too. She has a long history of sensing negative situations. I worried that the kids wouldn’t enjoy it, because after all – despite what I said above, I would struggle to put them down if they became distressed. I certainly could not guarantee that May or Ieuan would appreciate the historical significance of Henry the VIII’s palace. But, I hoped they might like at least like the garden attached to the house.
And, they did! May delighted at the cobblestone and pebbled paths throughout the palace. She loved the vibrations of her buggy juttering over stones. I could never have predicted that. Sensory experiences included ingredients in the King’s kitchen to hold and sniff, and beautiful walks through the expansive gardens. May’s wheelchair could even access the famous garden hedge maze. And, Ieuan loved the house with its many doors and trying to out run us to the grand staircase that was just perfect for climbing. It was baby paradise.
More importantly – and it was – we enjoyed it. We deserved it.
Selfishness is gooooood.
Despite Hampton Court Palace being built by Henry the VIII access is completely modernised for disabled princesses and princes. We were personally escorted around the Palace, behind roped off areas and into lifts that allowed us to reach all the rooms on the higher levels of the Palace. The eateries and toilets also have level access.
Click on the photos to see the Georgian House where we stayed!
For more information on disabled access to the Hampton Court Palace see their web site for disabled access information.
And, if you want to stay for a week or the weekend in the Georgian House on the grounds of Hampton Court Palace, like we did, visit the web site for the Landmark Trust who run the property. Be warned, the property itself is not accessible. We had to lift May up and down stairs, a minor inconvenience for us but probably not so minor if she was five years older!