Honeysuckle Eco Lodge: Access Statement

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This page gives a detailed accessibility description of Honeysuckle Eco Lodge.

Whatever your access needs are, we want to you have a wonderful and 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 challenge, 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.

Summary for Honeysuckle Lodge

This eco lodge has 3 steps up to the main door and veranda. Once inside, it’s all on one level. That bathroom has a shower with a sliding door and a handrail at the entrance. The double bed is access one side only, but if you’d prefer we can make up the sofa bed in the living area for you. Please note Honeysuckle Lodge’s narrow doors and steps up make it unsuitable for wheelchair users – instead consider our Balebarn Eco Lodge .

Available to borrow at Honeysuckle Eco Lodge (no charge)

Wheatland Farm’s access equipment is free to borrow, subject to availability and on a first come first served basis. You can request: cot, high chair, baby carrier, perching stool, raised toilet seat in toilet surround, walking frame.

Car free Devon holidays at Honeysuckle Lodge

If you can’t or don’t drive, and no one in your party is arriving by car,  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 Honeysuckle Lodge by car

You’ll get key collection details when you book. Car parking is approx 30m from the lodge in a small car park. Access to the lodge is along a surfaced foot path. There is path lighting and auto-detect 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.

Entrance has three steps up, each approx 20cm. Handrail at 90cm. Steps are 84cm wide.

90 degree turn through external door (70cm internal width) into vestibule. Light switch at 130cm from floor.

Inside Honeysuckle Lodge

  • Door to main living area has internal width 61cm.
  • Square shaped living area.
  • There is a sofa bed in the main living area, and you are welcome to use this instead of the double if you would prefer access on both sides of the bed – please ask and will be happy to make it up for you.
  • Counter height in kitchen is 91cm.
  • Hob is induction – please take care and consult your doctor if you have a pace maker fitted – or delegate the cooking!
  • Oven is electric under counter style. Microwave is on a shelf approx 140cm.
  • Two ‘bucket’ style armchairs.
  • Dining chairs have firm back support.
  • WiFi available (no charge) but it’s not super-fast due to our rural location.
  • Door to main bedroom (double) is 61 cm internal width. Room itself is 195 x 262cm. Standard size double bed, access one side only. Light switch is at 134cm from the floor. Please tell us if you need waterproof mattress covers.
  • Door into second (cross over bunk) bedroom is 61cm wide. Room itself is 195x260cm. Light switch is at 130cm from the floor. Please tell us if you need waterproof mattress covers.
  • Bathroom is off the vestibule, internal door width 60.5cm. Standard toilet and basin, shower in standard shower tray with a sliding door and a grab rail by the door.  Baby bath available on request. A non-slip mat is available on request.
  • A veranda leads out into the meadow. It includes two wide (3.5m) steps before you reach the railing. These steps have a colour contrast strip to make them more visible.  Honeysuckle Lodge veranda is not entirely gated.
  • Level with the decking is a sunken bath, acting as an eco hot tub. Wheatland Farm offers this as a bookable optional extra. It has a detachable fence, which will be removed for your tub booking but will normally be in place as a safety barrier. Please note, while it’s fine for kids to use the tub under your supervision, it can’t be filled with cold water and used as a week-long paddling pool.
  • Assistance dogs welcome – plenty of room to exercise them.

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

Ian and Maggie 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 reed bed, and sometimes a seasonal pond. This  has a pedestrian gate to children from wandering in unsupervised.

The footpath linking the carpark to the lodges leads back to the main driveway, and offers a firm pedestrian route for anyone with mobility restrictions. It will be suitable for most mobility scooters.

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 are seating areas in the old farm yard, and by the fishing pond and the larger wildlife pond.

For those who can manage some uneven ground, continue across the larger field containing our wildlife pond (on a mown path). In the summer months, this will usually be suitable for mobility scooters and it will be possible to circle the wildlife pond. However, wet weather will 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 or scooter 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.

Nearby 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 a half 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 your party comes without any cars we offer a free pick up when you arrive and will drop you 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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