Access statement for Hen Ffermdy

BANCEITHIN FARM AND HOLIDAY COTTAGES

General
Eco-friendly
We are a Gold Member of the national Green Tourism Business Scheme, and a past winner of their Best Self-Catering Award. We’re also a Surfers Against Sewage Plastic Free Champion. As we say on our website, our eco-friendly credentials involve us adopting a myriad of green technologies and practices to run the cottages sustainably, from renewable energy right through to where we source the tea bags provided in the holiday cottages.

Meals available
We make and freeze a small selection of pies, curries and fruit crumbles. The guests can buy what they want from the guest freezer in the shared Games Room and cook it themselves following our instructions.

The flooring is wood floorboard or laminate throughout with rugs in each room.

All the interior doors are latch handle operated, with the exception of the en-suite shower room in Hen Ffermdy cottage (see below).

The light switches are generally around 1200mm above floor level, therefore accessible from a seated position.

Each cottage has an audible smoke detection system and heat sensor. If specific requirements are needed in the event of an emergency, please discuss this with us prior to your arrival.

There is no mobile-phone network in this area that we are aware of. Customers of EE may be able to access the network via the signal booster located in the main house. Each cottage has open access to a wi-fi network.

If you require any information provided by Banceithin to be produced in large print, please ask.

There is no public transport service to Banceithin. Guests can be collected from Aberystwyth train/bus station. For information on wheelchair accessible taxi services, please ask.

Information on pre-ordering groceries from the local farm shop is provided on booking. As of the date of this document, Tesco is the only supermarket providing a delivery service to Banceithin.

The approach to Banceithin is along rural single track lanes and the driveway up to the cottages is via a gently sloping rough stone track.

Both cottages are former stone farm buildings and have not been renovated with specific adaptations for wheelchair use.

Parking
There is designated parking directly outside each cottage on a mixed grass/gravel surface.
The parking surface is level but rough.
The parking and exterior communal areas have no lighting, but the lighting outside the front door of each cottage is good.

Hen Ffermdy Cottage (Sleeps 2)
• Main Entrance
The route from the parking area to the main entrance door is an uneven stone path.
The door is manually operated with a key. The door opening is 780mm.
There is one step into the cottage.
The lounge and dining area, kitchen and cloakroom with toilet are all on one level, but the mezzanine bedroom is accessed by an open spiral staircase and is unsuitable for people with limited mobility.

• Lounge & dining area
Manoeuvrability is reasonable. Furniture is moveable, so can be rearranged to create extra space.
There is seating available with arm rests and back support.
A TV / DVD player is present, operated by remote control.
Colour contrast is good between walls and furniture and the room is bright and airy.
The dining chairs do not have arms.
The height of the dining table from floor to the base of the table top is 700mm.

• Kitchen
Some storage only is accessible from a seated position.
The sink is set at worktop height of 900mm. There is no free space beneath the sink area or worktops for wheelchair access.
The kettle is cordless and easy to grip and operate.
The oven is accessible when seated.
The oven controls are located at the front of the appliance. The oven door flips downwards.
The microwave is located above the oven and is not accessible when seated.
The sink taps are lever operated with a mixer tap. Hot and cold is not easily identifiable.
The fridge with freezer compartment is located on the floor and easy to access.

• Cloakroom
The bathroom suite is significantly colour contrasted against its background.
The height of the toilet seat is 400mm.
The flooring is dark and not anti-slip.
Lighting is moderately good within the bathroom.
The sink has a lever handle mixer tap.
The mirror is not viewable from a seated position.

• Bedroom
The height of the bed is 350mm, with a reasonably firm surface.
All storage, including hanging storage, is accessible from a seated position.
The switch for the ceiling light is not reachable from the bedside, but lighting is available at the bedside.
Manoeuvrability within the room is limited. The furniture is not moveable.
There is no television in this room.

• En-suite shower room
The sliding door is handle operated and the maximum door opening is 600mm wide.
The bathroom suite is not significantly colour contrasted against its background.
There is a small cubicle shower only available in this bathroom.
The shower controls are positioned at a height of 1200mm and are easy to operate. Hot and cold directions are easy to identify.
The height of the shower head is not adjustable. There is no shower seat available.
The height of the toilet seat is 400mm.
The shaving point is located at the side of the sink and at a height of 1200mm.
The flooring is brightly coloured but not anti-slip.
Lighting is moderately good within the bathroom.
The small wall mounted sink has a lever handle mixer tap.
The mirror is not viewable from a seated position.

Outside
The garden of Cwt Mochyn cottage is enclosed by a fence. There is a mature hedge along one boundary the branches of which can at some times of year overhang the fenceline into the garden.

The garden of Hen Ffermdy is not fully enclosed as there is a gateless access to the cottage front door.

Both cottages are situated on a working smallholding and consequential hazards are present in the form of tools and some machinery stored in open sheds and livestock in fields. Fencing of the smallholding includes barbed wire and electric fencing.

Banceithin is bounded to the south by a large stream and there are smaller streams and ditches along other boundaries. There is a warning sign by the deep pond at the main gate, but none of the streams or ponds are fenced off.

The wooden treehouse and hammock platform is not suitable for children under 10 to play unsupervised.

We have tried to make this access statement as comprehensive as possible, however, if there is anything that has not been covered that you would like further information on, please contact us