How one of the country’s most unique Airbnbs in Lincolnshire was just the ticket to the father and son break

Whether it’s a yurt, glamping, or treehouse, vacations in quirky accommodation have proven to be popular due to international travel restrictions in place as the coronavirus pandemic wears off. continues.

But staying at the old RAF Wainfleet base is definitely something different and for Adam and his son Ryan it was the perfect stay.

Dad Adam said he spent a year planning the trip to make sure it would be right for Ryan, 24, who has autism.

They traveled from Gloucestershire to spend quality time together in the converted Lincolnshire helicopter to the former RAF base.

Comprised of a tower, two-bedroom bunkers, an autonomous helicopter and an airplane, the site has received dozens of positive reviews.

Adam and Ryan took turns sleeping in a converted helicopter at the site, which has a double bed, TV, and fridge.

They also had a hot tub, BBQ area, and a secure, private, enclosed area which Adam said was very important to Ryan as he enjoys walking around and investigating the area.

Adam, 48, said: “It took about a year for this vacation to plan for Ryan as a young man with autism with a learning disability.

“RAF Wainfleet ticks a lot of the boxes and is really unique with the helicopter, plane, and tower. It’s all self-contained so there’s no line up for the pools or anything that might upset Ryan.

“While waiting in busy places he would bite himself and get stressed and upset and especially in this climate we really didn’t want that.

Diane Fryer, who manages The Tower RAF Wainfleet, said they have seen how the unique vacation experience benefits people with autism and others with disabilities.

She said: “Staying at RAF Wainfleet gives people the ability to see and stay in a helicopter when they might not have had the option of going flying in one.

“We hope Adam and Ryan enjoyed their experience.”

During their time in Lincolnshire, Adam and Ryan visited several locations including the Ritz-Carlton Cinema in Boston and the Kids Kartz on the seafront in Skegness, which Ryan said was his favorite part besides eating. a delicious burger.

Adam said: “Normally we have guardianship and stares because Ryan is vocally strong, or people address me or talk to Ryan like a kid, which is pretty common.

“But it was so nice to see the people of Lincolnshire engaging, smiling and talking to Ryan.”

Adam said Ryan was a very happy person and had a great personality.

“He can be mischievous and cheeky. He likes to explore places, so I have to be really quick because he’s not really aware of the danger,” he said.

“He loves everything from the 80s and really enjoys his mini DAB radio.

“He has a fantastic memory with maps and zones.”

Adam has his own autism blog and Twitter account where he raises awareness about autism. He has also appeared on BBC Politics to discuss the need to prioritize people with learning disabilities during Covid-19.

“Having OCD and anxiety myself, I can understand a lot of issues Ryan has. I’m talking about the struggles we have, but I’m also talking about the amazing experiences we have together,” he added. .

“It takes a lot of work, discussion and planning with Ryan.

“A lot of families can’t do this, people may be very anxious or they might not be able to afford it.”

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