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Accessible luxury - Malcolm's Story

Date: September 14, 2021

My wife and I have just returned from celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary at the Ecopia Retreat in Kangaroo Island.

I have been a manual wheelchair user since a spinal cord injury in 1980, and love it when I find great accommodation so am really excited to write about Ecopia Retreat.

The owners, Robert and Yaely, have done an outstanding job in creating a luxury experience in a rural setting. There are two villas on the property, we stayed in the Villa May which has no step access, Robert has built a fabulous ramped boardwalk from the car park to the veranda.

The open plan with the large windows is perfect for me, there was nowhere in the large space that I could not access! The views out of the windows are beautiful, in fact when the site was cut for the villa no trees were removed.

The shower is a large open wheel in space, perfect for my needs. A large veranda with a gas bar-b-q was another fantastic place to be, with good breezes coming down the valley. It is extremely private, we felt like we had the world to ourselves. Within the villa Yaely and Robert have used quality fittings, furniture and decorative items. The kitchen is well fitted out with an excellent gas cook top and every utensil we needed. While the Villa May was perfect for my wheelchair needs, guests with no mobility issues would probably not be aware that it was built with access in mind.

This was written by Malcolm Turnbull. You can find the complete blog Malcolm has written here

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