This page gives a detailed access description for Beech Eco Lodge at Wheatland Farm.
All sorts of people have all sorts of access needs, and we want to you have a wonderful and accessible Devon holiday. 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 challenge, we’re keen to help. If you don’t find the information you need here please just ask via email or phone: email@example.com or 0183783499.
Summary for Beech Eco Lodge
This lodge is mostly on one level, but there are steps up, and an internal step to get to the bathroom. It’s not suitable for wheelchair users.
Available to borrow at Beech Eco 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 Eco Lodge has three steps up, and an internal step between the main living room and the bathrooms / lobby – our Balebarn Ecolodge is suitable for more marked mobility challenges.
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 Eco Lodge entrance has three steps up onto a veranda, each step approx 20cm. There is a hand rail on both sides. Steps are 124cm wide. The railing 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 107cm opening, along the veranda at the front of the lodge and through a sliding door (low sill but not seamless) 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 292cm. Light switch is at 130cm from the floor.
Door into second (twin) bedroom is 60.5cm wide. Room itself is 259×230 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 and a step down. Standard toilet and basin, full length bath with integral hand grips, over bath shower.
Additional separate toilet and wash basin room (new for 2022) also through 60.5cm internal door with another 90 degree turn and a sliding door. This additional toilet is more confined than the one in the main bathroom.
A non-slip bath mat is available if requested.
Dining chairs have firm back support. There is one ‘carver’ style dining chair with arms to help people with limited mobility get up and down.
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.
Outside Beech Eco Lodge
Beech eco lodge has a small mown lawn around it, which is not fenced. However, the main veranda steps have a slide-able guard, to help keep young children and dogs where you can see them. Wheatland Farm supplies a BBQ and an outdoor table with integrated seating on the grass. If you need something different for someone in your party, please ask and we’ll see what we can do.
In addition to the main steps up to the veranda, there are steps down to the Beech Lodge hot tub area. They have a handrail on one side at 65cm height. Steps are each about 20cm high. There is a small latched gate at the top. The gateway is about 70cm wide.
Beech Lodge Hot Tub stands 82cm above its decking. The surroundings extend to about 83cm around the hot tub. There is a moveable dual step available to help you get into the hot tub (one step at 19cm, the other at 38cm). Within the hot tub, one seat is 30cm below the water, and the main seat is 46cm below the surface.
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 minimise safety risks for 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 and 1/2 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. firstname.lastname@example.org or 01837 83499.