Accessibility 2017-05-11T13:30:00+00:00

Accessibility

Birchill Cottages is a complex of self-catering cottages, sleeping between two and six people, in a rural setting. We have tried to provide as much information as possible in this statement, if you have any queries please do call. We look forward to welcoming you.

Our email address is
holidays@birchillcottages.co.uk

our phone number is
01805 601 623

The nearest bus stop is in Langtree, approximately 1 mile from our cottages.

The nearest train station (Umberleigh) is approximately 18 km away.

Home delivery of groceries from Sainsburys, Waitrose or Tesco is available – please ask for details.

A home-cooked meal service delivered to your cottage, an organic vegetable delivery service, and a range of ‘welcome hampers’ are also available.

There is a car park, with easy access to vehicles at all times. Its surface is gravel but fairly even and easy to traverse. Spaces near to the entrance can be reserved if necessary.

The car park is lit using a PIR floodlight. PIR lights are fitted to the front of all cottages, although guests are advised to keep a torch handy at night if they feel they need extra light.

Luggage, etc can be unloaded directly in front of all of the cottages except Bryony and Hazel. However, help with luggage is available.

Should you need assistance or wish to tell us that you’ve arrived, a doorbell is situated on the front of the farmhouse, directly opposite the car park. The farmhouse is reached via a small area of grass, then four steps (ranging between 6 and 18cms) and a gateway (1.02 metres wide). A concrete path leads to the front door.

The Granary is approximately 20 metres from the car park and is approached via a gravel drive and down a gentle slope.

Bryony and Hazel are accessed via the same slope, Hazel being the farthest away, approximately 50 metres from the car park.

Oak Apple, Bramble and Willow are accessed across a gravel drive and then concrete yard. Oak Apple and Bramble have fenced, gravel terraces in front of them, held back by railway sleepers.

Oak Apple has two steps up to the threshold whilst Bramble is on a level with the gravel terrace.

Willow is farthest away of these three cottages at the lower end of the concrete yard. The yard surface is fairly even but Willow is at the bottom of a gentle slope. There is level access to the front door.

All duvet and pillow fillings in Birchill Cottages are non-feather and sheets are cotton or poly cotton.

The Granary

The Granary is a two storey cottage.
The entrance is on the first floor, as is the kitchen, lounge, dining room and downstairs WC.
The entrance hall is tiled, as is the kitchen. The lounge and dining room are carpeted. All door widths are standard – 830mm – with the exception of the lounge which is a double door, both of which open.
The kitchen is large and airy, with standard height worktops built in on two walls of the kitchen. There is easy access to all the ground-based units although all the worktops (including the sink) have cupboards built under.
The downstairs WC is on a level access but is quite compact and unable to accommodate a wheelchair.
Access to the rear of the cottage is through a door leading from the kitchen to the outside patio and by a French window from the lounge. Both doors have a step (5cm-10cm) to the patio. The slabbed patio borders a lawned area. The paddock beyond is accessed by a narrow gate.

The second storey is accessed by a flight of ten steps, each approximately 18cm deep, with a stair rail on the left hand side. The stairs are carpeted and are approximately 90cm wide. The second storey gives access to three bedrooms and the family bathroom. The master bedroom has an ensuite, with a shower, sink and WC. Again, the ensuite is fairly compact and does not allow wheelchair access. All door openings are standard. The family bathroom is bigger than the ensuite but would not comfortably allow access to a wheelchair user.

Bryony Cottage

The entrance to Bryony leads on to a small tiled hall (approximately 1 sq metre in size) with a doorway directly opposite leading to the kitchen. There is easy access to all the ground based units, although all the worktops (including the sink) have cupboards built under.

From the tiled hall, a step (23cm) leads to the ground floor level. A door (83cm) leads to the lounge which has a wooden polished floor. The lounge is a light and airy space with easy access for all, with two sofas and dining furniture for four. A glazed door leads to the garden, with a 15cm step to the door. The garden has a lawned area and gravel patio.

Immediately outside the lounge is a flight of ten steps leading to the second floor where there is a family bathroom and main bedroom with ensuite bathroom. Door openings are standard, although the ensuite is compact and not accessible to anyone in a wheelchair. The family bathroom is also fairly compact and unsuitable for wheelchair users. From the second floor, a step (approximately 23cm) leads to the second bedroom.

Hazel Cottage

The entrance to Hazel Cottage leads to a narrow hallway from which the kitchen/dining room and lounge are accessible. All floors on this level are wooden with rugs covering parts of the floor in the lounge. The lounge is large and airy with easy access to all. There are units on one wall of the kitchen. All worktops, (including the sink area) have cupboards built underneath.

A step (approximately 15cm) leads from the hall to the bedroom via a standard doorway – however, this doorway is at right angles to the step. The bedroom is large and airy, with easy access to a variety of furniture. Access to the back garden (a graveled area bordering a sloped lawn), is via a stable door leading off the bedroom.

The ensuite is accessed via a further two steps (both approximately 18cm) and a standard door. The step is carpeted as is the metre-square area outside the bathroom where a further door can be used to exit the cottage in an emergency. This door leads out to the front of the cottage and has an 8cm step to the paving stones below.

The bathroom has a separate shower and bath. It is however, fairly compact and may not allow room for a wheelchair user.

Willow Cottage

Access to Willow Cottage is via a concrete yard, down a gentle slope. The entrance is at right angles to the approach and is accessed via a concrete ramp, wide enough for a wheelchair. Entrance to the single storey cottage is via two double doors. The lounge and kitchen are open plan with easy access to all. The kitchen is built on two walls of the cottage. All worktops (including the sink area) have cupboards built under.

The bedroom is easily accessed via the lounge through a wider than standard doorway. There is adequate space on both sides of the bed for a wheelchair user. The ensuite also has a wider entrance and can accommodate a wheelchair if necessary. However, it does have any disabled support mechanisms to allow use by a disabled person at the moment.

Access to the garden is to the front of the cottage, either via steps, or via the concrete ramp and down the slope before reaching the grassed area. The grassed area is bordered by a row of railway sleepers. A seating area is available at the bottom end of the concrete slope.

Oak Apple and Bramble Cottages

Both of the these cottages are mirror images of each other except with regard to the décor, but any minor differences are detailed.

Oak Apple and Bramble are accessed via the concrete yard, 20 metres from the car park across the gravel drive. Both are bordered by railway sleepers that hold back a gravel seating area which forms the patio for each cottage. Oak Apple has one step (approximately 9cm), up to the door.

The doors to both cottages lead into an open-plan lounge and kitchen/diner, all on wooden laminate flooring. Bramble has no step other than a raised threshold. Oak Apple has a standard door width while Bramble’s door is wider.

A central staircase, with an 180 degree turn in the middle, leads to the first floor where the are two bedrooms. One is ensuite and the other has an adjoining bathroom. Doors are also narrower than standard.