Accessibility at Beacon Hill Farm
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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 can pick you up at the station should you wish, as part of our service.
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 also have Vecta Sport Scooter that is available.
Please see Disabled Facilities – Beacon Hill Farm for further details and photographs.
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Cottage, Larch Cottage, Oak Cottage and Elm Cottage were built to Accessibility Grade 2, a standard that has been superseded by the Mobility Scheme.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.
The Spa is accessible by wheelchair and although the WC is not accessible one can get a wheelchair to the door and it is simple to transfer to the WC itself.
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.
Curlew, Kestrel and Merlin – 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
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
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 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 an 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 tiled 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 tiled.
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Light switches and power points at a height to reach from sitting and standing position.
Good mobile phone reception is available throughout the site.
Address: Alun Moore, Beacon Hill Farm, Longhorsley, Morpeth. NE65 8QW
Telephone: 01670 780900
Mobile: 07802 517121 – 24 hours a day in an emergency.
Local equipment hire company
Disability North, The Dene Centre
Castle Farm Road
Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne & Wear
Tel: 0191 2840480