Balebarn 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: or 0183783499.

Available to borrow (no charge)

Perching stool, raised toilet seat in toilet surround, shower stool, walking frame, cot, high chair, baby carrier.

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 Balebarn Eco Lodge

Pick up the keys for Balebarn Lodge from main farmhouse: turn right off the drive into the farmyard. Look left as you come down the hill and you’ll see a passage way and a conservatory. That’s the farmhouse back door and you can pick up the keys there (if we haven’t already heard you arrive and come out to meet you). There are no steps. Parking is right outside the door of the lodge and there is an automatic outside light. If you have a disability, we’ll be happy to help you carry things in.

Entering Balebarn Lodge

Balebarn Lodge has a back door with a wide permanent ramp.

This main door has an internal width of 94cm. Light switches are on your left at 115cm from the floor.

The living / kitchen area is straight ahead.

There is an alternate entrance from the veranda: a sloping deck, 102cm wide, leads around the side of the building to a level veranda overlooking the meadow with a balustrade at 94cm. There are steps down to the meadow. These are not gated, are 107cm wide, and have balustrades at 94cm on either side. The single door from the veranda to the inside is 80cm wide, but the glass also concertinas back, opening up the whole living area to the veranda. Door handle is 104cm from the floor.

Inside Balebarn Lodge

Central living area with sofas and several sturdy chairs.

Kitchen counter height is 91 cm. Fridge freezer with handles at 79cm from the floor. Main oven is under counter style. Microwave is set on a shelf at 140cm from floor. Kitchen table height is 82cm.

Door to master bedroom (double) is 80cm internal width. Room itself has ample room for wheelchairs. Light switch is at 115cm from the floor.

Door into second (twin) bedroom is 75cm wide. Light switch is at 115cm from the floor.

Door into third bedroom (bunk) is 80com wide. Light switch is at 115cm from the floor.

Door to fourth bedroom is 85cm wide. This room is usually made up as a double, but the bed can be collapsed to single size, leaving much more room. This room is directly opposite the two bathrooms.

Main bathroom is off the living area with internal door width 86cm. Standard toilet and basin, full length bath, over bath shower. Pullswitch light at 96cm.

Second wetroom bathroom has internal door width of 84cm and contains a shower, toilet and basin. Pull switch light at 115cm.

NB – we can lend toilet raiser seat, a shower stool, or a shower wheel chair if needed (and booked in advance).

A non-slip mat is available.

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

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

Guests are welcome to explore the farm, and some of the best views (and wildlife spotting opportunities) are to be had from your veranda. The most accessible section of our farm walk is the path across the pond field and around the pond’s perimeter. This is suitable for buggies and wheelchairs, so long as ground conditions allow (can be inaccessible after wet weather). The pond area leads off the old farmyard, through a gate 123cm wide with a catch at 71cm.

Our Popehouse Moor SSSI is untamed, with narrow uneven and often muddy paths. We offer free guided walks, and can tailor these to suit main physical abilities. We have one backpack we can lend 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 sections, though less challenging, are still over 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).

Grocery deliveries accepted for your arrival (neighbouring farm shop, local grocer’s scheme, wine merchant, supermarkets) – details when you book.

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 the latest timetables online. 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. This is in a standard vehicle, though there would be room to carry an unoccupied wheelchair if needed.

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

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