Access Statement

Access statement for

Eagle Cottage, Birchover

Introduction:

Andrew and Mary Prince welcome you to our self-catering cottage in the tiny village of Birchover.  It is the first one in a row of four and although it is in the centre of the village it is very quiet and peaceful.

Before you arrive:

Take a look at our website at www.birchoverselfcatering.co.uk and enquiries can be made by e-mail, letter or telephone.  Approximately one month before your arrival we send you a box key along with a route map and a map of the village showing the location of the cottage.  If you are travelling by bus the nearest bus stop to the cottage is approximately 20 metres away.  The nearest train station is in Chesterfield (15 miles) or Matlock, a branch line from Derby (6 miles).

When you arrive:

When you arrive in the village park your car in the lay-by near the bus shelter as shown on the map.  Walk up to the cottage to ascertain the layout of the access - it can be a bit tricky for a large car until you get used to it.  Park on the grass 2 metres from the front door.  Open the box to the left of the front door to obtain the house key.  There are no steps.  You can park in the street (20 metres away) or in our yard approximately 200 yards from the cottage.

The cottage:

The front door (33 ins/84 cm) opens directly into the sitting room where there is a reasonably  high three seater sofa and two chairs, satellite TV and DVD player, telephone and wi-fi access a log burning stove with full instructions and a door (32 ins/81 cm) leading to the stairs.  The room is fitted with a carpet and door mat.  Leading from the sitting room is a fully fitted dining kitchen with table and four chairs  (two additional chairs are available).  There is a step from the  back door onto a grassed area with dustbin just to the right of the door.  Visitors are asked to transfer the contents of the bin into wheelie bins approximately three metres from the door and place them in the appropriate position on bin day.  If visitors find this a problem the next door neighbour will do it for you if requested.  The clothes line is situated on the grassed area along with outdoor table and four chairs.

As stated above the stairs lead via a door from the sitting room.  They are typical of a 100 year old cottage in that they have a bend at the bottom, and a stair at the top into the larger bedroom with a hand rail on the right-hand side.  There is also a step onto a small landing which leads to the smaller bedroom and bathroom.  The shower is over the bath in the bathroom.

Finally the cottage is not suitable for wheelchair users but visitors with minor mobility problems do manage the stairs (hand rail on the right hand side).  Unfortunately there is not a lavatory downstairs.  Please do not hesitate to ask if there is anything we can do to make your stay more comfortable and we will be only too pleased to try and help.  If for instance you cannot climb onto a chair to replace a light bulb or have difficulty opening the kitchen window do get in touch.