Otter Cottage 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 challenge, 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)

Cot, high chair, single stair gate, baby carrier, perching stool, raised toilet seat in toilet surround, walking frame (please note Otter Cottage has stairs – 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 Otter Cottage by car

Drop off by the main door, parking approx 10m away across the farmyard (but can be right outside the door). If you need an earlier or later arrival/departure time let us know – we’ll be as accommodating as we can.

Main door has a small double step, each section approx 5cm high. Door width is 81cm, and leads straight into living / kitchen area.

Kitchen / living area in the cottage

Dining chairs have firm back support.

Comfortable seating for four. High chair can be provided.

Counters are at standard height.

Hob is induction and may not be suitable for people using pacemakers. If this applies to you please check with your doctor and/or talk to us about installing a temporary conventional hob.

The floor is quarry tile with removable rugs.

Oven is under counter style

Microwave is on shelf above the fridge freezer

Door to the garden is 80cm wide and has steps down (but there’s a more level route around the side of the building).

Upstairs in the cottage

Bedrooms and bathroom are upstairs. The staircase has a minimum width of 85cm and turns through 90 degrees on steps 3-5. 11 steps (individually 20cm high), with handrail. Stair gate available (can be fitted to either top or bottom). Further step of 20cm onto landing, turning through 90 degrees.

Upstairs doors (to bedrooms and bathroom) are 74cm wide and contrast in colour with the surroundings. Strip along floor within the doorway approx 2cm high.

Cot, highchair, simple bed-bar, mattress protectors available – please specify when you book.

Extra bins can be supplied for medical dressings, but sorry, we can’t provide a sharps bin – please bring your own.

Emergency light provided on landing – comes on in the event of a power cut and stays on for approx 2hrs. Can be lifted out of holder and used as a torch.

Light switch in double room at 171cm from floor, in twin room at 144cm from floor. Bedside lights provided.

Bathroom has pull lightswitch at 135cm from floor. For 2022 the bath is being upgraded to a stand alone shower. A non-slip mat is available.

Power points in bedroom are at skirting board height.

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).

Wheatland Farm Grounds

Outside, gate to private garden is 79cm wide with a catch at 77cm height. Gate to pond area is 123cm wide with a catch at 71cm. Guests are welcome to explore the farm. Popehouse Moor SSSI is untamed, with narrow uneven and often muddy paths. We offer free guided walks, and can tailor these to suit many physical abilities. We have one back pack baby carrier we can lend out. 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 than Popehouse Moor, are still over uneven ground. The most accessible section is the path across the field and around our biggest wildlife pond. This is suitable for buggies and wheelchairs, so long as ground conditions permit.

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 1.5 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.

Mobile coverage at the cottage

Most people get a signal, though some struggle downstairs with the stone walls of the cottage. At the farmhouse, we’re on the vodaphone network. EE also have good coverage in this part of Devon.

Assistance dogs welcome – plenty of room to exercise them.

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

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