A family has begun work to establish a vacation rental in Old Fort that will be fully accessible for persons with disabilities.
Dave and Emily Schissler have broken ground for Isobel Acres, located one mile from the trail head to Catawba Falls. It is at 259 Denny Bean Drive in Old Fort.
It will be a rental home that will be fully accessible for persons with disabilities. The rental will feature a handicap accessible home and features such as a wheelchair swing, accessible hot tub, a pond and a terrace roof, according to a news release.
Isobel Acres is named in memory of their daughter who passed away in 2015 at age 4. It is the memories of her brief life that inspired them to undertake this venture.
“It was always difficult to find a place to vacation that we could navigate with ease,” said Emily. “We did the hard work as a family to make places work for vacation because we knew the memories we made would be worth it. Isobel passed away in 2015 at age 4. We didn’t know what to do with our grief but we knew we wanted to do something to help her memory live on. It is our dream to provide a place where families can stay and focus on relaxing and enjoying each other rather than how they are going to make a place work for them.”
The Schisslers have a survey link on their Facebook page where they have been collecting ideas from families with special needs. Many families have responded saying they have never been able to go on a vacation because it is too difficult to figure out. Families have responded saying another thing they look for in a vacation is areas nearby, according to the news release.
“We chose Old Fort because of its proximity to fun things for families and individuals to do,” said David. “Whether you are looking for adventure with a hike in the mountains, unique shopping, or great a restaurant, it’s all a short drive away.”
The Schisslers are from the south suburbs of Chicago and have not yet relocated to Old Fort.
Isobel Acres is grading where the house will be built and has put up a Pacific Dome that is serving as a temporary shelter for them while they work and will be transformed into a sensory play area.
They have a Go Fund Me page set up to help achieve their goal to acquire as many handicap accessibility options as possible at www.gofundme.com/isobelacres. They are hoping to make connections with local businesses to help families have an experience of a lifetime while on vacation, according to the news release.
David said they hope to have Isobel Acres ready by next spring.