Access Statement For The Cider House

Accommodation on 2 ½ floors

Introduction

The Cider House is a large stone and half-timbered self-catering cottage, sleeping a maximum 10 people (9 in bedrooms and 1 on a sofa bed). It is quite an ancient building, probably built in the 17th century. All rooms are heavily beamed with ancient timbers, many having interesting carpenter's marks and some which clearly came from an even older building. We have tried to provide as much information as possible in this statement, if you have any queries please do call or e-mail us. We look forward to welcoming you.

Pre-Arrival
We have our own website www.hidelow.co.uk and are also listed on www.premiercottages.com.

  • Bookings / enquiries can be made online, via email, fax, phone.

  • The nearest bus stop is 400 yards away in Acton Green but buses do not run from here regularly and usually are not adapted for wheelchair users. A better bus-stop with more frequent services is in Bromyard, 5 miles away and would require other transport to reach it; we have telephone numbers for accessible taxis if one is required.

  • The nearest train station (Malvern Link) is 7 miles away; there are usually taxis at the station however it is recommended to book accessible taxis in advance; we have numbers for accessible taxis if one is required.

  • We offer the facility to hire wheelchairs and other aids and also equipment (such as profile mattresses and hoists), please ask for a price list when booking.

  • We can arrange for shopping to be delivered, please advise of your requirements. We can also arrange for some freezer meals as well as beverages from the shop to be in the cottage when you arrive, please ask for a menu and order form.

Arrival & Car Parking Facilities

  • Luggage can be unloaded at the front or back of the cottage

  • There is parking space at the rear of the cottage for 2 vehicles. Other vehicles can be parked alongside the wall that borders the cottage.

  • The entrance at the front has 2 shallow steps. There is also a step up over the lip of the doorframe. There are no handrails.

  • The entrance at the rear has 3 steps from the parking area onto the patio area, at the top of the steps there is a gate with a standard garden flip latch. There is a handrail on the left hand-side of the steps. Once on the patio the main entrance is 2 metres away. There is also a lip on the doorframe to be stepped over.

  • Parking is 5 metres away from the rear entrance and has passive infra-red lights that are activated at night for your safety.

  • The cottage is approached from a gravel drive.

Main Entrance & Reception

  • The entrance at the rear has a door is 82cm wide and is hinged on the right. It opens into the dining area and the lounge, kitchen and upstairs bedrooms radiate from here.

  • Inside the front entrance is a corridor 85cm wide with upstairs and downstairs bedroom radiating from it.

  • The front door is 80cm wide, it is hinged on the left and there is a step up.

  • The rear entrance has laminate flooring and the front entrance flooring is short pile carpet.

Lounge

  • Accessed through door to the dining room (width 85cm).

  • Flooring is short pile carpet.

  • Furniture is moveable and there are plenty of non feather cushions provided.

  • Upright easy chairs provide armed alternatives (non feather filling)

  • A coffee table is provided, cm wide and cm long, standing cm off the floor.

  • Digital TV with integrated Freeview and Teletext provided with remote control (also available are DVD, stereo with CD)

Dining Room and Kitchen

Dining Room:

  • The dining room has a door to the lounge (width 85cm) and a door to the kitchen (width 80cm).

  • Table (immoveable) legs on each corner, 65cm floor to lowest point of table (underspace), 3.4 metres long, 2.6 metres wide and 80cm high.

  • Free space between table and walls is 95cm either side and 1 metre at the top of the table.

  • Chairs (all moveable) - 8 chairs with no arms and 2 carver chairs with arms.

  • There is a laminate floor.

Kitchen

  • Kitchen entrance 78cm from corridor that leads to upstairs and downstairs bedrooms.

  • Worktop height 93cm.

  • Oven door is drop down, height of lowest shelf 1.12 metres, can be accessed from the side

  • Sink is 88cm high with no clear height under space (54cm wide)

  • Hob is 93cm high

  • Flooring is tiled.

  • Evenly lit kitchen with spotlights above work surfaces where required

  • Good contrast between floor, cupboards and other surfaces

  • Larder fridge freezer, highest shelf in fridge 87cm and lowest drawer in freezer 95cm.

  • There is also a dishwasher available with a drop down door.

Bedrooms

General

  • Non Feather duvets and pillows can be provided in each room.

Sheets, duvet covers and pillow cases are polycotton or cotton.

Ground Floor:

Bedroom 1 (Ensuite twin)

  • Accessed through lounge. Suitable for someone with limited mobility and using a walking aid e.g. stick or zimmer. Twin 3' beds, height 48cm floor to top of mattress. Height can be raised if advised before arrival. 1.5m clear space between beds.

  • Sliding door (75cm wide) to ensuite shower cubicle with folding door and 20 cm high shower tray, washbasin, toilet and electric towel rail. Suitable for a person with a walking aid to manoeuvre; but there are no grab rails. Free space in shower room (free of doors and furniture) is 2.1 by 1 metres

  • Toilet seat height 46cm

  • Space to right of toilet is 83cm, no available space to the left

Staircase 2 from inner hall - 4 carpeted stairs with handrail on one side.

To:

 Bedroom 2 (Ensuite twin)

  • Twin 3' beds, height 54cm floor to top of mattress

  • Largest space available to left of one bed is 1.2metres

  • Largest space available to right of one bed is 1 metre

  • Beds may be made up as one 6' superking bed.

  • Available space free of door and furniture 1.9 by 3.1 metres

  • Door to Shower room 80cm wide

  • Shower room contains shower cubicle with folding door, toilet, wash basin and towel rail.

  • Free space in shower room (free of doors and furniture) is 2.1 by 1 metres

  • Toilet seat height 46cm

  • Space to right of toilet is 83cm, no available space to the left

  • Non slip laminate flooring in shower room

  • Good colour contrast between floor, walls and furniture.

 Staircase 1 from kitchen - 14 stairs with a small landing at the top (2.8m wide by 95cm deep). Steps are 18cm high, 31 cm deep and 1.2 wide.

To:

First Floor Bedrooms:

Bedroom 3 (Ensuite Kingsize)

  • King-size Bed 5' wide; height 46cm, space each side of bed more than 1.5m.

  • Free space clear of doors or furniture 4 x 3.2 metres.

  • Ensuite bathroom with bath, toilet, shower over bath and basin

  • Door width 76cm

  • Bath with flexible power shower over bath, toilet, wash basin

  • Bath height is 46 cm. Integral bath rails available on both sides

  • Available space free of door and furniture 1.9 by 3.1 metres

  • Non slip laminate flooring

  • Good colour contrast between floor, walls and furniture

 Bedroom 4 (Twin with adjacent Shower room)

  • Twin 3' beds, height 48cm floor to top of mattress.

  • 1.9m clear space between beds.

  • Free space clear of doors or furniture 2.8 x 3.1 metres. This room also has a walk-in wardrobe with folding doors.

  • Doors to landing and Adjacent Shower room 76cm wide

  • Shower, toilet, wash basin and towel rail.

  • Available space free of door and furniture 1.9 by 3.1 metres

  • Non slip laminate flooring

  • Good colour contrast between floor, walls and furniture

Staircase 2 from inner hall - 6 carpeted stairs leading to a small landing 80cm wide by 150cm long, then 3 more  stairs.) Handrail is on one side of the stairs. Short pile carpet from stairs and throughout first floor (not bathroom).

To:

First Floor Bedroom:

Bedroom 5 (Ensuite 4-poster)

  • Doors to the bedroom and bathroom are 78cm wide

  • King-size Bed 5' wide; height 46cm, space each side of bed 76cm, free space clear of doors or furniture 4m by 1.2m.

  • Ensuite bathroom with toilet, shower over bath and basin (limited space) door width 76cm.

  • Bath with flexible power shower over bath, toilet, wash basin.

  • Bath height is 46 cm. Integral bath rails available on both sides

  • Available space free of door and furniture 1.9 by 3.1 metres

  • Non slip laminate flooring

  • Good colour contrast between floor, walls and furniture

Bathrooms & WCs

WC

  • There is no separate WC in the cottage, but bedroom 1 has an ensuite toilet which is accessible without need to negotiate stairs.

Laundry

  • There is a standard size washer dryer in the cottage itself which is front loading, provided in a room adjacent to the rear entrance.

  • There is also a separate laundry available which is situated next to the main office.

Shop

  • The shop is situated to the left of the office and can be accessed from the cottage via a paved wheelchair-friendly pathway.

  • The shop has oak flooring and all units are accessible by wheelchair users, with plenty of turning space.

  • A computer is available for internet access and is set on a corner desk, space underneath the surface.

Additional Information inc. Outdoor and Leisure Facilities

  • Access to children's play area on a slightly sloping lawn with swings, climbing frame and slide.

  • Also provided outside is a large wooden table 300cm long and 70cm wide with 2 integral benches, 2 armed wooden chairs and a barbecue.

  • The cottage has exclusive access to a hot tub at the rear of the cottage on a paved patio area, it is 200cm from the ground and is cm square, there are two plastic steps up into the hot tub, however there are no handrails and any disabled guests would need to be aided in entering and exiting the hot tub. If assistance is not available then it is not recommended that disabled guests use the hot tubs. We have a strict set of rules for the hot tub which can be found in the information folder and posted next to the hot tub. These include the rule that no children under the age of 12 use the hot tub.

Grounds and Gardens

  • Large patio and a large private garden (grassed) which can be accessed by 2 steps with a slightly uneven surface (old paving slabs), there is also a fishpond which can be covered if advised before arrival.

  • Narrow gateway into children's play area.

  • Recycling area can be accessed by a hard, paved pathway, no steps

Additional Information

  • Information folder is produced in size 14 font (can be increased on request)

  • Reasonable mobile phone reception

  • Wireless internet connection provided

Contact Information

  • Address: Hidelow House Cottages, Acton Beauchamp, Worcester, Worcestershire, WR6 5AH

  • Telephone: 01886 884547

  • Fax: 01886 884095

  • Email: info@hidelow.co.uk

  • Website: www.hidelow.co.uk

  • Hours of operation: Phones - 8.30-21.00 every day

  • Local carers- contact Pauline or Stuart on 01886 884547

  • Local equipment hire companies: TPG 01432 351666

  • Local public transport numbers: Bus 0870 Train 0870

  • Local accessible taxi numbers: The Accessible Taxi 01

  • Local Tourist Information Centre: TIC 01684 892289

Future Plans
We are continually improving our services and cottages as a result of guest feedback.

We welcome your feedback to help us continuously improve if you have any comments please phone 01886 884547 or email info@hidelow.co.uk     

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