Beech Eco Lodge Access Statement

“You’re welcome”

All sorts of people have all sorts of access needs, and we want to you have a wonderful and accessible Devon holiday at Wheatland Farm. Whether you’ve got limited mobility, can’t drive, are holidaying in Devon with young children, have someone with you who has learning difficulties, dementia or some other difficulty, we’re keen to help. If you don’t find the information you need here please just ask via email or phone: info@wheatlandfarm.co.uk or 0183783499.

Available to borrow at Beech Lodge (no charge)

Available on a first come first served basis, and subject to availability (request when you book): cot, high chair, baby carrier, perching stool, raised toilet seat in toilet surround, walking frame (please note Beech Lodge has three steps up, and an internal step between the main living room and the bathroom / lobby – our Balebarn Ecolodge is suitable for more marked mobility problems).

Car free Devon holidays

Can’t drive? No problem, we’ll pick you up from the station or bus and drop you back at the end of your holiday (arrange this with us when you book). But please bear in mind we’re rural. More on car free holidays in Devon here.

Arriving at Beech Lodge by car

Pick up the keys for Beech Lodge from main house. Come down the drive and turn right at the fork, into the old farm yard, then return to the car park. Please come to the back door on the farm yard side, or ring us and we’ll meet you. Parking is approx 100m from the lodge in a small car park. Closer drop off point approx. 30m from the lodge, through a gate (75 cm wide) and along a surfaced path. There is path lighting from the car-park side, and external lighting for the lodge. We can provide a trolley/wheel barrow to help with luggage, please just let us know you’ll need it.

Entering Beech Lodge

Beech Lodge entrance has three steps up onto a veranda, each step approx 20cm. There is a hand rail on the right hand side. Steps to and opening in the veranda are 124cm wide. The balastrade is 110cm high from the decking.

Main door has an internal width of 70cm, with a low sill. Light switch in vestibule is at 130cm from the floor.

90 degree turn into main living area, up a step of 25cm and through a door of 60.5m internal width.

Alternate entrance is along the veranda, up a further step of 18cm (ramp can be provided if requested at booking) and a 107 opening, along the veranda at the front of the lodge and through a door of 70cm internal width directly into the living area. Door handle is 104cm from the floor.

Inside Beech lodge

‘L’ shaped living area with sofa, dining table, full kitchen. Counter height in kitchen is 91cm.

Door to main bedroom (double) is 60.5cm internal width. Room itself is 259 x 230cm. Light switch is at 130cm from the floor.

Door into second (twin) bedroom is 60.5cm wide. Room itself is 259×292 cm. Light switch is at 130cm from the floor.

Door into third bedroom (bunk) is 60.5cm wide. Room itself is 203x230cm. Light switch is at 130cm from the floor.

Bathroom is off the vestibule, internal door width 60.5cm. Standard toilet and basin, full length bath with integral hand grips, over bath shower.

A non-slip mat is available if requested.

Dining chairs have firm back support.

WiFi available (no charge) but it’s not super-fast due to our rural location.

Please ask if you need extra bins for dressings etc.

Shared washing machine in outbuilding, £2 per load, line and pegs provided, or dryer in the owners house (£3 per load).

Owners live on site and are happy to help make your stay as comfortable as possible.

Wheatland Farm Grounds

Across from the lodge and near the swings and slide there is a wet corner of the field which supports a seasonal pond. This is accessed through a pedestrian gate to avoid a safety risk to young children.

 

A path runs along the back of the lodges, leading to the driveway and old farm yard. This will be the firmest route for those with mobility restrictions.

 

Near the farmyard is a small fishing pond, accessed through a gate 123cm wide with a catch at 71cm. Guests are welcome to explore the farm and there is a bench by the larger wildlife pond.

 

The most accessible section of our farm walk is along the lodge path, down to the fishing pond (suitable for buggies and wheelchairs). For those who can manage some uneven ground, continue across the larger field containing our wildlife pond (on a mown path). When the weather has been dry, this will also be suitable for wheelchairs and it will be possible to circle the wildlife pond. However, wet weather can make this section inaccessible.

 

Popehouse Moor SSSI is to the south of the pond but is untamed, with narrow uneven and often muddy paths. We offer free guided walks, and can tailor these to suit many physical abilities. Popehouse Moor is not wheelchair friendly, but if you’re keen to get there let us know and we’ll see if we can get you there somehow. There is one backpack adults can borrow to carry very small children. If you can’t manage Popehouse Moor we’d be happy to take you pond dipping or accompany you on another part of the farm walk. Please note that many parts of the farm, though less challenging than Popehouse Moor, are still uneven ground.

Assistance dogs welcome – plenty of room to exercise them.

Near Wheatland Farm

2 miles to village with convenience store, post office, 2 pubs and doctor’s surgery. Nearest chemist North Tawton (8 miles). Nearest vet Winkleigh Village (2 miles).
Groceries, farm shop supplies, wine and supermarket shopping can all be delivered.
Bus stop is 1.5 miles away, with regular buses between Exeter and Barnstaple. Eggesford station is about 4 miles away. We recommend you check online for the latest timetables. If you come without a car we offer a free pick up when you arrive and drop off at the bus/train when you leave. Please note this is in a standard vehicle and is not adapted to carry occupied wheelchairs.

Please ask if you need more information or want pictures of something specific – we’re happy to help. info@wheatlandfarm.co.uk or 01837 83499.

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