Nuthatch 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 (no charge)

Available on a first come first served basis, subject to availability: cot, high chair, baby carrier, perching stool, raised toilet seat in toilet surround, walking frame (please note Nuthatch Lodge has narrow doors and steps up – 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 Nuthatch Lodge by car

Pick up keys from main house, then return to the car park. Please come to the back door on the farm yard side (turn right into the farmyard instead of continuing to the end of the drive) , or ring us and we’ll meet you. Car parking is approx 30m from the lodge in a small car park. Access to the lodge is along a surfaced 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 Nuthatch Lodge

Door to main living area has internal width 61cm.
Square shaped living/kitchen area. There is a double sofa bed in the main living area. Counter height in kitchen is 91cm.
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.
Door into second (cross over bunk) bedroom is 61cm wide. Room itself is 195x260cm. Light switch is at 130cm from the floor.
Bathroom is off the vestibule, internal door width 60.5cm. Standard toilet and basin, short (bungalow) bath, over bath shower.
A non-slip mat is available – please ask.
Veranda is enclosed to safely contain young children / dogs.
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 fishing pond and 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.

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).
Supermaket deliveries accepted for your arrival, and you can order ahead from the neighbouring farm shop – 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. Timetables available in accommodation. 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 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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