The Stables is one of six cottages on the Country Ways site which have all been converted from stone barns. As it was all on one level we have designed it with a wheelchair user in mind. We have included the following information to make sure it is suitable for your needs.
Bookings and enquiries are best made by email. However if this is a problem you can phone in the mornings - 01769 560503 or leave a message and we will return your call.
There is a train station at Umberleigh which is 3 miles from Country Ways.You would need to pre-arrange a taxi - South Molton Taxis - 01769 573636
Dogs are welcome at all times. Other pets including horses and ponies are welcome by prior arrangement.
If you need a lifting chair you can hire one from - www.belvederefurnishings.com
Shopping can be ordered in advance from Tesco and they will deliver to your cottage - www.tesco.com
We have to leave out the words Little Knowle Farm as that makes us a business and they don't deliver to business addresses. Its a bit ironic but it actually means that Tesco won't deliver to farmers!
Therefore:- After you put in the postcode - EX37 9BJ - Do not use the first line 'Choose an address' just ignore this line and go to the next line and write your Cottage Name, Country Ways, High Bickington, Umberleigh, Devon EX37 9BJ.
Arrival and Car Parking
The car park is 25m from the cottage but you are able to drive down to the ramp to offload.
The wooden ramp is just over 3m long with a raise of about 350mm and a right angle turn to the door.
Arrival time is anytime after 3pm and you will find a key in the door.
The door is just over 1m wide and the key hole lock is 1.65m high. It is hinged on the left.Inside the front door the corridor is 1.2m wide. The
doors in the cottage are 810mm wide. Reception for some mobile networks is difficult inside the cottage. A payphone is available for out going calls in the living room. There are threshholds between doorways which are17mm high.
The toilet is to the left as you enter the bathroom and there is 1.4m of space to the right of the toilet as you sit on it. There is no transfer space to the left. There are rails to the left and a pull down bar to the right. The toilet seat height is 415mm. A seat raiser with arms is available if required.
There is 1.9m x 1.4m of free space in the bathroom. The wheel-in shower does have a curtain if required and a shower seat is available (height 410mm)
There is a rail to pull up on beside the sink and a clear space of 740mm under the seat. Flooring - tiled.
Open Plan Kitchen and Living Room
The kitchen has worktops, sink and cooker at a height of 900mm and there are cupboards underneath. The table has a clear space underneath of 690mm but we do have blocks we can put under it if required.There is approx 2m x 2.5m of clear space in the living room without furniture. Apart from the table and chairs the living area has two double sofas and a rocking chair. We can remove the rocking chair if more room is required. A carver chair with arms is available from the bedroom.
Double french doors lead out onto a small decked area overlooking the garden. The floor of the living area is short pile carpet and the kitchen floor has been tiled. A payphone is available for out going calls.
There are two bedrooms. The one with the single bed on the ground floor has clear space next to the bed of 1.65x1.7m There is also a bed up a ladder but this is only for a very abled bodied person!
The room with the king size bed has a clear space beside the bed of 1.8x1.8m. However there is not enough room to wheel a wheelchair around to the other side.
The height of the mattress is 480mm and the space under the dressing table in the single room is 600mm. We can raise these with furniture blocks if required.
Outside The Cottage
Washing machines and tumble dryers are available for our visitors use. However access is over a cobbled area and could be difficult
Pool Room and Games room
Access is to these areas is by a tarmac path. However it is on a bit of a hill and someone in a wheelchair would probably need help in going back up to the cottage.
Acess to the farmyard is fairly level and the surface is tarmac or concrete and these will not cause a problem for those in a wheelchair.
Wired Internet Access available in this cottage @ £1 per night