Accessiblilty

"A Personal Note About Accessibility"

If you have any specific accessibility requirements, please be sure to specify that when making your reservations, whether online or by phone. And please be sure to check with us if you have any questions about specific cabins.

Five Points was built in another era ~ long before the need for accessibility standards was widely understood or recognized. That certainly doesn't mean that people of that time weren't compassionate towards the needs of those who were handicapped or disabled: My dad, Rex Houston, often carried polio-crippled servicemen (being treated with the thermal waters at the Army-Navy Hospital in Hot Springs) from their vehicle down to the fishing boats, and back again after they had enjoyed fishing on the lake. As a young boy, I remember a number of our guests who had physical limitations, including some afflicted with polio before that terrible disease was conquered, one man who would remove his artificial leg and leave it in the boat while he swam ~ quite well, I might add ~ with his family, and a blind gentleman who had a fascinating Braille watch with a pop-up face and high-strength hands that he could touch ~ state-of-the-art for the 1950s.

When we restored the original cabins (built in the 1930s and 40s), it was determined that it was impractical to make any of them fully handicapped accessible (up to ADA standards). The doors were too narrow for wheelchairs, the bathroom floor plans limited, some had steps to negotiate, etc. Although most people would have no problems, they simply weren't designed to modern ADA standards.

Accessibility

We resolved that when we built additional cabins, we would address this issue. And that's exactly what we did. From 2007-2012, we added six more cabins. The new cabins are labeled as A through F, to distinguish from the original cabins, which are numbered. Of those, Cabin B, which is a mid-size one-bedroom cabin styled after the original Cabins 1 & 2, is fully accessible, including a wheelchair ramp. It has two queen beds in the one bedroom, a full kitchen (as do all our cabins), a stone fireplace with gas logs in the living room, and a bathroom (accessible from either the living room or bedroom) with plenty of room to maneuver a wheelchair. (NOTE: This cabin does not have a roll-in shower, but does have full grab railings around the toilet and tub/shower, and a chair that fits in the tub.)

Additionally, the downstairs of Cabin F, one of our new three-bedroom cabins, can be accessed without climbing any stairs. The downstairs level includes the living room and kitchen, two bedrooms, and one of the two baths. Parking is behind the cabin, which sits on a gently-sloping area, and there's a boardwalk down the side of the cabin, connecting to the lake-facing front porch, where the entry door is located.

The original cabins are accessible to most people, but here are some specific limitations you should be aware of:

  • Cabin #5 ~ This is a two-story, two-bedroom cabin, with the living room and kitchen area upstairs. Entry doors are downstairs into the bedrooms (one door into each bedroom), and the bath is downstairs as well. In addition, there is a fairly steep sidewalk leading up to the cabin from the parking area. There is a child gate that can be put in place at the top of the stairway, so generally speaking, infants and toddlers will be quite safe; however, parents of small children should be aware of the stairs.

  • Cabin #6~ This is a one-story, two-bedroom cabin, so everything's on the same level. However, there are about a half dozen steps from the parking area, a short sidewalk that slopes slightly, and three more steps up to the porch of that cabin. People who cannot navigate steps at all would probably want to avoid this cabin as well.

  • The large deck and gazebo down by the lake does have several levels. However, a good part of the deck is on one level, and can be accessed from ground level by wheelchair.

Our objective is to make the Five Points experience available to everyone possible, so if you do have any questions about specific cabins or any other accessibility issues, please don't hesitate to contact us.

Best wishes, Skip