Landal GreenParks has opened a Vision Villa in its Landal Hoog Vaals Park, the first holiday cottage at this location that is suitable for guests with visual impairments and the second in Landal’s portfolio. Landal GreenParks has opened a Vision Villa in its Landal Hoog Vaals Park—the first holiday cottage at this location that is suitable for guests with visual impairments and the second in Landal’s portfolio. The bungalow park operator decided to bring this type of holiday cottage to a second destination after seeing the great success of its first Vision Villa that was introduced last year in Landal Landgoed ’t Loo.
The interior of the cottage was adapted in conjunction with Visio, the center of expertise for the blind and visually impaired. Adaptations were also made to improve the accessibility, signage and paving in the Park and the location of the cottage was carefully selected to be close to the clubhouse. At first glance, the Vision Villa at Hoog Vaals differs little from other Landal vacation homes. But for people with a visual impairment, the difference is significant especially in and around the bungalow itself.
Specially Adapted Facilities
“With regard to the interior of the Vision Villa we considered contrasts, among other things. There is an advanced lighting system and specially adapted equipment. The garden has been enclosed for a guide dog. The bungalow is fitted with dimmable light fittings, a large flat screen television and easy-to-operate radio. The alarm clock has a large display and is designed with contrasting control buttons, volume switch and voice button. In the kitchen there is a gas cooker fitted with a thermocouple, which shuts off the gas supply when the lit hobs are switched off. The PenFriend talking label reader and a Vision Villa Compendium of Games, offering games and easy listening, are some useful and fun extras. Essential information for a guest’s stay, including the menu and information about the surrounding area, are available in Braille and large print.
Although the Vision Villa has primarily been designed for guests with a visual impairment, the bungalow is also suitable for other target groups requiring additional comfort needs or specially adapted facilities. Combined, for example, with the services of Comfortzorg, the chance to enjoy a vacation is now available to groups for whom this was previously not an option,” said Thomas Heerkens, CEO of Landal GreenParks.
The Vision Villa also has the Wii game ‘De Ontdekker en het Mysterie van de Diamanten Scarabee’ (The Explorer and the Mystery of the Diamond Scarab) which was specially developed by Visio for children ages 7 to 12 years. It is the first Wii game made for and by visually impaired and blind children together with children with good vision.