Beacon Hill Holiday Cottages Information
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Bookings / enquiries can be made via email, fax, phone or mobile.
There are no bus services within 5 miles.
The nearest train station is Morpeth which is 5 miles away; there are accessible taxis at the station.
We offer the facility to borrow a wheelchair; we also have a shower wheel chair for use in the three cottages which have Mobility M2 Grading.
We can arrange for shopping to be delivered, please advise on your requirements.
Upon arrival at Beacon Hill you come up a 100 metre tarmac drive.
The cottages are dotted around extensive gardens in six groups. The maximum distance between any of the cottages is 200 yards. All of the cottages, with the exception of the Courtyard Cottages and North Granary, South Granary, Stable Cottage and Wood Cottage, can have a car taken to the door of the cottage and parked there. There is a dropping off point for the Courtyard Cottages next to a path paved in flat sandstone. The car park for these cottages is 35 yards from the drop off point.
Parking is outside the cottages in all the cottages with the exception of the four cottages above.
The whole of Beacon Hill Farm is on a slope as is most of Northumberland. As a result, there are many different levels surrounding the cottages. We have tried to describe these to you below to allow you to judge if we can meet your access requirements.
Curlew Cottage, Kestrel Cottage and Merlin Cottage are graded Mobility M2 in the Visit Britain Accessibility Grading Scheme. Willow Cottage, Larch Cottage, Oak Cottage and Elm Cottage were built to Accessibility Grade 2, a standard that has been superseded by the Mobility Scheme. Notwithstanding that these four cottages have met a recognised standard, are on one level with ramped access, no steps and ample space. They have often been used by wheel chair users staying with able-bodied friends.
Beacon Hill Spa
The Spa is in the middle of the gardens and it is accessed down a sloping gravelled path and five steps. Regrettably, because of the topography surrounding the Spa, it has not proved feasible to provide wheel chair access to this building. The Spa is however accessible to all others that can manage five steps; there is a hand rail to all steps and the steps are formed in flat sand stone paving.
Once in the Spa, there are no steps in the Spa itself although there is one step at the door way into the Gym. The swimming pool has a Roman end with stepped access to the shallow end. There is a hand rail placed centrally in the Roman end allowing entry to the pool using either right hand or left hand support from the rail.
The Jacuzzi has a wooden step to aid entry and there is also a hand rail to assist with this process.
The steam room and sauna have wide doorways and there is level entry to both rooms.
The Bird Cottages and Curlew, Kestrel and Merlin Cottages - Mobility M2
These cottages are suitable for those guests requiring wheel chair access and roll-in showers.
The cottages, which are all on one level, are situated down a sloping tarmac drive which levels out on to a gravelled parking area behind the cottages.
The access standard of all three cottages is identical. There is an individual dropping off point formed with flat sandstone slabs which lead on a graduated slop of six metres to the door of the cottage. There is a level entry thresh suitable for wheel chair access leading on to a flat fixed entrance mat.
There are no steps within the cottages whatsoever and ample space in a large tiled hall to leave wheel chairs, etc. The large main bathroom has a large roll-in shower and we provide a specialist high quality wheel chair which can be used in the shower and also will roll over the WC, the base of the wheelchair seat allowing the occupant to use the WC whilst in the chair.
There is massive space in these cottages and there is ample room in all the bedrooms, single and double, for wheel chair access. There are on suite bathrooms in these cottages with showers, which are not suitable for wheel chair access.
Willow and Larch Cottages - Accessibility Grade 2 (see above)
These cottages are all on one level and accessed down a sloping gravel drive levelling out on to a flat gravelled parking area behind the cottages. There is a paved path running down from the tarmac main drive which leads to the doorways of both cottages; there is a dropping off area as this path approaches the cottages, leading on flat paving stones to a slightly sloped ramp which rises to a flat paved area outside the door.
A low level thresh allows wheel chair entrance to the cottages and there are no other steps in either building. The bathroom has transfer space to the side of the WC with a grab rail to assist transfer. The bath is low level with a handrail to aid entry. The double bedroom is spacious and there is room for a wheel chair at either side of the bed. There is an en-suite shower room with this bedroom and the shower has an 8" step. The second twin bedroom has an identical en- suite. The third twin bedroom in Willow Cottage (Larch has two bedrooms) has no bathroom and is not as spacious as the double.
Oak and Elm Cottages - Accessibility Grade 2 (see above)
These cottages form either end of a two cottage terrace and are accessed by a gravel drive from the main tarmac drive. There is a paved dropping off area leading to a shallow ramp which leads four yards to the cottage door.
There is a low level thresh and internally no stairs or slopes. The spacious tiled entrance hall leads to two spacious bedrooms, one with an en-suite, a bathroom and a large open plan living area with kitchen, dining and sitting room. The main bathroom has a tiled floor, a bath with shower over a WC and WHB. There is transfer room beside the WC. The bedrooms are both very spacious with carpeted floors. The en-suite to the double bedroom has a shower with a 7-inch step up. The sitting room is spacious with windows to the floor allowing good views from the sitting position.
This house which, is on one level with no internal steps, is situated down a sloping gravelled drive and the parking area is on sloped gravel which levels out at the two doors. One can unload and park adjacent to the doors. There is one step up to the back and front doors with a 3 inch threshold.
Once in the house there are no further steps. There is a double bedroom and two twin bedrooms, all exceptionally spacious as are the kitchen and drawing room. From the drawing room a patio door opens onto flat sandstone paved terrace, which owing to the sloping site, as accessed down 3 broad steps. The large garden is formed with a gently sloping lawn.
This cottage, a converted barn on two levels is approached through a gravelled car park. There is a drop off point seven yards down a flat paved path to a door with a 7 inch' step and a small threshold. Once inside there is a spacious hall with a spiral staircase leading to the upstairs sitting room, kitchen and double bedroom with small en-suite bathroom with WC and WHB.
Downstairs there are two bedrooms and a spacious bathroom. The spiral staircase meets Building Regulations for a domestic dwelling.
This cottage, a converted barn on two levels, is approached through a gravelled car park. There is a drop off point 21 yards down a flat paved path to a door with a 9 inch' step and a small threshold. Once inside there is a hall with a staircase leading to the upstairs sitting room, kitchen and shower room with WC, bidet and WHB. The shower is has a 8'' step onto the tray.
Downstairs there are three bedrooms and a spacious bathroom. The double bedroom is relatively spacious with two smaller twin rooms.
This cottage, a converted barn on one level, is approached through a gravelled car park. There is a drop off point 33 yards down a flat paved path to a door with a 7 inch step and a small threshold. Once inside there is an open plan living area with a hardwood floor leading through a corridor into a double bedroom, a bunk bedroom with full sized bunks and a small bathroom.
This cottage, a converted barn on one level, is approached through a gravelled car park. There is a drop off point 13 yards down a flat paved path to a door with a 8 inch step and a small threshold. Inside there is a mat well with a further 8 inch step on to a carpeted surface.
There are three rooms, the first an open plan living and kitchen area with tiles to the front of the kitchen units. The twin bedroom has a small ensuite with a tiled floor; the bedroom and living room floor are both tiled. There are no steps within the property with the exception of the step up from the map well.
Beacon Hill Cottage
Parking is available outside the door of the Beacon Hill Cottage on a gravelled car park. Two steps lead into a large conservatory which has a flat mat well at the door leading at the same level onto a hard wood floor. Double doors lead from this room into the carpeted sitting room. There is a small thresh between these rooms.
Double doors lead into the kitchen and there is no thresh at this doorway, the wooden floor from the conservatory flowing into the kitchen. A door from the kitchen opens to a utility room and downstairs shower room with shower, WC and WHB. This room and the utility have a tiled floor and there are no threshes between the kitchen, the utility and the shower room.
A carpeted stair way leads from the sitting room to a carpeted landing, off which are three bedrooms and a bathroom. The bathroom has a linoleum floor, a bath with shower over and a WC and WHB; this is a spacious room. The double bedroom is spacious with ample space to both sides of the bed. The two twin rooms are slightly less spacious but still roomy and light.
There is a drop off point for Beech Cottage 7 yards along a paved level path. There is a 4 inch step into the hall which is carpeted. Three bedrooms, one with an on suite, and a family bathroom with bath with shower over, WC and WHB open off the hall. The double bedroom is more spacious than the two twin rooms. The en-suite shower has an 8 inch step into the shower.
The stairs are carpeted in carpet tiles and the small landing at the top opens into a kitchen to the right and a sitting room to the left. The sitting room is carpeted and spacious. The kitchen has a hard wood floor and is spacious and light. There is a farmhouse kitchen table in this room.
There is a drop off point for this cottage 19 yards along a paved level path. There is a 4 inch step into the hall which is carpeted. Two bedrooms and a family bathroom with bath with shower over, WC and WHB open off the hall. The double bedroom is more spacious than the twin room. The stairs are carpeted in carpet tiles and the small landing at the top opens into a kitchen and open plan living area. The floor is carpeted in all areas except in front of the kitchen units which is linoleum covered.
- Information folder is available in size 14 font (can be increased on request).
- Light switches and power points at a sensible height to reach from sitting and standing position.
- Good mobile phone reception is available throughout the site.
- Address: Beacon Hill Farm, Longhorsley, Morpeth, NE65 8QW
- Telephone: 01670 780900
- Mobile: 07802 517121 (24 hours)
- Fax: 01670 780901
- Website: www.beaconhill.co.uk
Local equipment hire companies: Disability North East.
Fire Safety Risk Assessment
Source of fire ignition:
The main fire hazards at Beacon Hill Farm probably come from embers falling from the wood burners, from cooking fires and from guests smoking. This latter hazard should have been removed as Beacon Hill is a Non Smoking premises and has been so since January 4 2008.
Sources of fuel:
The main sources of fuel at Beacon Hill Farm that are combustible are logs and oil.
Identify people at risk:
People in and around the premises: we have our guests and our family; there may be other visitors from time to time. Some will be small children and elderly relatives or may have mobility issues.
Evaluate, remove or reduce and protect from risk:
Evaluate the risk of a fire starting:
The likelihood of the logs catching fire without assistance is viewed as unlikely. The likelihood of a cooker fire depends upon the care exercised by the guests. Fire extinguishers are provided. The oil is stored in appropriate tanks and it is very unlikely that diesel will catch fire in such circumstances. The highest risk probably comes from embers falling onto the carpet from the wood burners, although all have hearths that meet building regulations. All our wood burners have been fitted by qualified fitters. We provide fire guards for the two open fires in Beacon Hill Cottage and Quarry House and all guests should use them.
Evaluate the risk to people from a fire:
All of the cottages have ground level windows and 8 of the cottages are single storey buildings; most of the layouts gives guests a variety of options to leave the building safely. Guests are advised on arrival that they must account for all their party in the event of a fire and to call 999 and explain that they are at Beacon Hill Farm Cottages, Longhorsley, Morpeth, not for example Beech Cottage.
Remove or reduce the fire hazard:
As all the properties have been built or converted in the last 20 years, we have minimised fire risks from the outset by following building regulations. The logs are stored away from the occupied barns as are the oil tanks.
Protect people by providing fire precautions:
We have provided fire extinguishers in each cottage and guests have the fire precaution and basic procedures explained to them in the welcome pack and upon arrival. We have fitted smoke detectors and/or heat detectors in all the cottages to current Building Regulations.
Beacon Hill Spa
The Spa is a single story building with 3 external doors. The main entrance on the east side has keyless opening; egress through the Salon is through unlocked doors during opening hours. Escape through the Garden Room is possible through a keyless door lock. The Orangery has large opening windows which are 6 inches above ground level allowing an easy escape route to the south of the building.
The emergency lighting system in the Spa guides guests to the exits. There are suitable fire extinguishers available where required.
Record, Plan, Inform, Instruct and Train
Record any major findings and action you have taken
Aside from the above we have not had any major findings to report.
Discuss and work with other responsible people
We have a detailed knowledge of the buildings and I have discussed all options with suitably qualified tradesman.
Prepare an emergency plan
The emergency plan is explained clearly to guests. Get all your party out and accounted for and call 999 and say you are at Beacon Hill Farm. They are provided with our grid reference upon arrival. All the emergency services can Beacon Hill Farm, Longhorsley, Morpeth. We ask that after contacting the emergency services they contact us.
Inform those using the house
As above we ask our guests to notify as soon as any emergency situation arises.
All part time staff have also been trained into the basic procedure, get everyone out and accounted for and dial 999 and say: Beacon Hill Farm, Longhorsley, Morpeth. Then notify owners, and take no risks themselves.
Review the fire risk regularly.