The Victoria Inn
This access statement is a guide for potential visitors and we are happy to assist with any further queries you might have.
Standing at the gateway to Holkham park and the National Nature Reserve, The Victoria is a classic English inn owned by the Coke family and managed by the Holkham Estate. There are twenty elegant bedrooms and the bar and dining rooms offer a relaxed blend of style and comfort. The “Vic” serves delicious locally sourced food, much of it grown and raised on the estate with a bold emphasis on freshness, simplicity and value.
The Victoria is an 18th century, detached building of beach flint and brick and still retains many of its original Georgian features such as high ceilings, sash windows and various mouldings. There are twenty bedrooms; ten bedrooms are located in The Victoria itself and a further ten bedroom are located in Ancient House opposite. Details of Ancient House can be found in the bedroom information of this access statement. Guests whose bedroom accommodation is allocated in Ancient House will have full use of the facilities at The Victoria Inn for dining (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and also the bar and lounge areas.
The Victoria has a bar and four dining areas open to the public. All members of staff at the hotel are willing, friendly and will endeavour at all times to assist or meet any request made by our guests and visitors.
The Victoria - Pre-Arrival
• The Victoria can be contacted by email: email@example.com or by telephone: 01328 711008.
• Booking for accommodation is essential and reservations for dining are recommended.
• The reception has answerphone facilities when unmanned. A brochure including the tariff can be forwarded by post.
• Further information is also available on our website: www.holkham.co.uk/victoria.
• Holkham is located 2 miles west of Wells-next-the-Sea on the north Norfolk coast and the inn is a few minutes’ walk from Holkham beach and National Nature Reserve.
• Nearest main line rail stations are King’s Lynn (25 miles) or Norwich (36 miles) with a branch line to Sheringham (19 miles).
• The Coasthopper bus services stops in Holkham village, 40m from the inn.
• The National Cycle Route No.1 runs through Holkham park and the inn has bicycle stands and various areas where cycles can be left.
• Cycle hire is available locally (details available from reception).
• We can also be reached as a pedestrian by following the Norfolk Coastal Path and Peddars Way trail.
• Access to the inn using a wheelchair is restricted but possible and there is one accessible toilet in the public area and one ground floor bedroom suitable for guests with mobility issues.
• There is free wireless internet connection available.
• Our access statement is available by post, email and from our website as a downloadable PDF.
The Victoria - Arrival and Car Parking Facilities
• The inn is situated on Park Road, a private road at the north gates of the Holkham Estate and is clearly visible at the junction of Park Road, with the A149 coast road from Wells-next-the-Sea running parallel to the north elevation.
• The inn consists of three storeys, with bedrooms on the first and second floor.There is an additional ground floor room accessed from the adjacent, external courtyard.
• Public rooms include the bar, tap room, Leicester room, orangery, dining area and lounge bar, which are all located on the ground floor. A drawing room for residents is available on the ground floor.
• The Victoria has an illuminated public house sign.
• It is open all year round but is unmanned by staff after midnight. Later arrivals should advise reception in advance so that a member of staff can be available to greet you on arrival.
• Porterage is available on request.
• Visitors with disabilities can park in a lay-by directly in front of the inn (2.4m wide x 20m long). This area is on a slight incline (0.6 in 10) and bounded on the roadside by a half round kerb (2.5cm high) and kerb edging stones (4cm high). It is surfaced with tarmacadam and stone chips. The area is well lit and covered by CCTV.
• The inn also has a large main car park surfaced with 22mm gravel. The car park is on an incline (0.5 in 20). Vehicle access is via a brick pillared entrance (3.78m wide) 60m from the front entrance of the inn.
• There is a 26m boarded pedestrian walk way, on a slight incline (0.5 in 20) from the car park. This board walk has a maximum width of 3m and a minimum width of 1.4m, with edge up stands of 3cm. During inclement weather the board walk can become slippery. It joins a tarmacadam and pea-shingle walkway, 3m wide (1 in 20) and 26m long. It is protected from the road boundary and the car park by gates and picket fence.
• The road side walkway, board walk and car park are illuminated by plinth and wall mounted bulkhead light fittings. CCTV also covers the car park (max.distance from entrance 120m, min. 60m).
• Dog kennels are located in the car park and are available.
The Victoria - Main Entrance and Reception
• The main entrance leads off from Park Road via a flagged area on a slight incline of 1 in 25 with a kerb step of 4cm.
• Two steps lead to the front door (18cm risers, 65cm treads). There is no handrail. The door has a large brass handle with twist action. Maximum door width is 63cm but by opening the second bolted door a width of 1.26m can be obtained. The doors open inwards into a passageway 1.63m wide. Original pamment floor with a step down of 20mm. The pamment passage is 4.36m long and 1.63m wide and terminates at two self-closing fire doors (normally open). A small step up onto a wooden strip exists at the threshold (20mm depth 150mm wide) From this point on there is a central 0.85m wide carpet runner with abutting pamment tile flooring.
• Artificial lighting, as throughout the inn, is subdued.
• The reception is 10m from the front door. The reception area is a small fixed desk 1m high directly adjacent to the passageway with staff office accommodation behind.
• If entering the inn via the main entrance is not practical, there is an alternative access to reception which has no steps. Customers should enter the inn via the Holkham bar accessed from the car park via the inn’s service vehicle area. The entrance door here is 14m from the highway and the 57cm door opening can be extended to 85cm by unbolting the side panel. There is a Suffolk latch handle. These doors open inwards to a flagged stone area (1.3m wide and 1.6m long) with doors to the right and left. The door to the right leads to the tap room via an 82cm wide door to a well-worn tiled floor. The exit door (75cm wide) has a heavy return fire door, self-closer spring and leads to the inn’s main passageway at the front door. The distance from the external door to the reception is 17.5m.
• Reception is normally manned from 8am–10pm, outside these times other members of staff will assist and an answering machine service is in operation. Access to the inn is not available from midnight to 7am without prior arrangement. Resident guests are issued with a front door key for the duration of their stay. Resident guests are also issued with overnight contact details for the Night Supervisor during their stay.
The Victoria - Public Areas
General Information – Internal
• All public areas are on the ground floor.
• Flooring ranges from well-worn pamment tiles, wooden boarded floors with knot holes and rugs. Floors are nearly all the same level with sloping areas at doorways and/or stepped thresholds (5cm max).
• Access doorways vary from 75cm–180cm but due to fire prevention requirements some doors are fitted with heavy return door springs. Automatic self-closing fire doors also exist but these are usually open.
• Natural lighting is overall good in most areas but is supplemented by artificial lighting during the day in the bar, tap room and entrance passage areas. Lighting is subdued at night and supplemented with candles on tables. Table lamps are also used to increase lighting to areas where guests may wish to read.
• There is no hearing loop system available in the inn.
• An open fire is located in the lounge bar with a hearth up stand (5cm) and closed wood burners in the tap room and resident’s lounge. This supplements the inn’s central heating.
• Emergency evacuation procedures are in place with strategic placement of fire alarms and smoke detectors.
• The Victoria has a public entertainment licence and relevant sale of alcohol licences.
• Ventilation is natural with the majority of windows being Georgian corded sash and the others opening casement windows.
• Smoking is not permitted anywhere inside the inn and no designated smoking area exists.
• The public areas consist of the following: resident’s drawing room, main bar,tap room bar, the Leicester room, lounge bar, gallery dining room and orangery.
• Furniture in the above areas is heavy and care should be taken when moving it.
• Dogs are permitted throughout the ground floor public areas.
The Victoria - Public Areas
General Information – External
• For alfresco dining in the summer months, there is a large pea-shingle gravelled area with teak tables and benches. There is also a paved patio area adjoining the orangery restaurant. As The Victoria is built on sloping ground (1in 20) access to this area is via steps (20cm risers) with no handrails.
• Paths to the external areas range from 22mm gravel, board walk, pea-shingle, tarmacadam and brick.
• A children’s play area adjoins the main car park equipped with a purpose built multi-play structure.
• The area is delineated by boarding on edge (8cm high) and rubber matting covered with wood chippings (up to 5cm) provides a soft surface underneath all equipment.
• Access to the play area is via five railway sleeper steps (15cm riser, 25cm tread with no handrail) off the car park boardwalk. These can be slippery during inclement weather.
• The area is fenced by a wooden picket fence on two sides, a solid boundary wall on one side and a natural hedge. Access is via steps and a picket gate from the roadside entrance or via a picket gate from the car park side. The surrounding grass area has apple trees and a steep sloped grass bank (1 in 2).
• Children using the play equipment must be supervised by a responsible adult at all times and the inn has a liability disclaimer.
The Victoria - Gents Lavatories
• The gentlemen’s lavatories are signed with access off the lounge bar area.
• Access is via two doors (each 75cm wide), one opening into an entrance lobby (176cm long x 87cm).
• There is one hand basin with cross top taps.
• Hand drying is by a hot air dryer.
• Three urinals exist which are wall hung along a total length of 2m.
• The lavatory off the urinal area is accessed via an inward opening door (75cm wide), fitted with a lock for privacy. The cubicle is 1.5m long and 90cm wide.
• The cistern is a low level flush with a central push button operated dual flush in the cistern cover.
• The entire area is wall and floor tiled.
• There is no natural lighting and artificial lighting and mechanical ventilation are used.
• Wheelchair access is limited and an alternative dedicated accessible unisex toilet exists.
The Victoria - Ladies Lavatories
• Access is off the bar dining area and shared with access to the gents.
• Off the entrance lobby (176cm long x 87cm wide) is a second doorway (fire door 80cm wide) leading to hand basins and three cubicles.
• Baby changing facilities are located in the unisex accessible lavatory.
• Two frame supported wash basins (87cm high) are served by cross top hot and cold taps. Hand drying is by paper towels stored in a dispenser.
• There are three cubicles with high level cisterns. Access to each cubicle is via outward opening doors and is 138cm deep x 86cm wide. Each door has a chrome twist privacy lock and pull handle.
• None of the cubicles have natural light or ventilation and artificial lighting and mechanical ventilation are provided.
• Flooring is level tiled and walls are part tiled.
• Wheelchair access is limited and an alternative dedicated accessible unisex toilet exists.
The Victoria - Unisex Accessible Lavatory
• This is situated off the main passageway from the front door of the inn adjacent to the reception.
• Access is via a door opening 90cm wide with a small threshold step up of 15mm.
• The area is 1.2m wide and 2m long and contains a wall mounted hand basin with cross top operated hot and cold water taps and a low level WC with a push button dual flush centred in the cistern cover.
• The room is wall and floor tiled and provided with artificial lighting and ventilation.
• Hand drying is by paper towels from a dispenser and a hot air dryer.
• These facilities are provided with strategically placed grab rails.
• Baby changing facilities consisting of wall mounted fold down baby change unit.
The Victoria - Lounge Bar, Dining Room, Bars, Orangery
• Dining is available in the lounge bar, dining room, the Leicester room, tap room and orangery.
• Menus are available on the tables or from bar and waiting staff.
• Menus always contain vegetarian options. Some food contains nuts. The chef is happy to liaise with guests to ensure other special dietary requirements are met, but advance requests are advised.
• The day’s menu is displayed by reception.
• Guests are escorted to their allocated table if dining.
• Dogs are permitted in all dining areas.
• The floor is level and wood boarded with the occasional knot hole.
• The rooms are naturally well lit and ventilated (sash windows) with subdued artificial lighting.
• Candles are used on the dining tables for evening dinner.
• Dining room furniture is heavy and care should be exercised when moving it.
The Victoria - Orangery
• Entrance to the orangery is via the dining room via two double doors (width 1.2m) with a small threshold (2cm deep x 20cm wide).
• The floor consists of level sandstone slabs incorporating under-floor heating.
• The room is naturally well lit and also has subdued artificial lighting. Natural ventilation is available by opening the casement windows.
• Tables have candles for evening dinner.
• Dining room furniture is heavy and care should be exercised when moving it.
The Victoria - Patio Dining
• From the orangery, French doors (width 156cm) open onto a paved patio which is used for formal al fresco dining during suitable weather conditions utilising teak tables and benches.
• This consists of a level paved slab area, with a slight gradient near the access doors from the orangery with a 3cm threshold.
• Tables are teak with free-standing benches.
• Access to the gardens is via three paved steps to the north and two paved steps to the south (20cm risers) with no handrail.
• Artificial lighting is supplied by bulkhead wall light fittings.
The Victoria - General Bar Area
• Informal dining is available in the above rooms. Menus are available from staff.
• A vegetarian option is always available.
• A comprehensive range of alcoholic drinks, soft drinks, tea/coffee are served.
• Meals can be eaten outside (patio or courtyard).
• Food is ordered at the table.
• Food is delivered to the table by waiting staff.
• The floor in the bar area is wooden boards with a slope down to the outside door area.
• There is borrowed light and ventilation.
• Door openings at either end are 115cm and 85cm.
• The bar serving height is 105cm with a width of 75cm.
The Victoria - Leicester Room
• This is a level boarded floor area situated off the bar.
• Access is via two openings (135cm wide) with a level floor to the bar and dining area.
• The room is naturally well lit and artificial light is subdued with table lamps on window sills. The area is well ventilated by casement windows.
• Furniture, especially the tables, are heavy and customers are advised not to move them.
The Victoria - Holkham Tap Bar
• The tap bar is accessed from the front entrance hall (70cm door with return spring) or from the main bar via door (82cm wide) with a threshold 4cm wide x 15cm high.
• The floor is well worn chequered tile.
• An extension to the bar is situated in this room (height 105cm width 75cm).
• The room contains a wall mounted plasma TV and a dart board.
• There is natural lighting, plus subdued artificial lighting. Ventilation is reasonable with sash windows to open.
• Furniture, especially the tables, is heavy and customers are advised not to move them.
• A closed wood burner supplements the central heating.
The Victoria - Residents’ Lounge
• The lounge is accessed from the main entrance corridor by a door (79cm wide), which has a heavy fire door return spring.
• This room is reserved exclusively for residents of The Victoria.
• Flooring is level with wooden boards and a central rug.
• Natural lighting and ventilation is abundant from two sash windows and artificial light is controlled by dimmer switches (140cm above floor). Floor and table lamps supplement the lighting.
• A closed wood burning stove with kerb edging to a stone hearth (13cm x 145cm x 40cm) supplements the central heating.
• Furniture in this room is extremely heavy and care should be taken before moving it.
The Victoria - Outdoor Facilities
• The courtyard has teak tables with free-standing benches with sun shade umbrellas weather depending.
• The courtyard 120sqm level area between the back of the inn to the south and some outhouse buildings.
• The ground is tarmacadam dressed with pea shingle. A shallow surface water drain bisects part of this area.
• Food may be ordered and eaten at the tables.
• Cutlery and food is served at the tables by waiting staff after ordering.
•The terrace has teak tables where food can be served after ordering at the table.
• The children’s play area can be reached from the courtyard. The surrounding grass area has picnic tables.
•There are apple trees and flying insects such as wasps can be attracted to the fruits during the summer season.
• Children using the equipment must be supervised at all times by a responsible adult and the inn has a liability disclaimer.
10 bedrooms are located in The Victoria itself and a further 10 bedrooms are located in a building opposite, Ancient House.
General Guest Information
• Check in is from 3pm and check out is at 11am (or later by arrangement).
• There is no elevator or chair lift.
• All bedding, towels and dressing gowns are provided by the hotel. Bedding for allergy suffers can be supplied on request.
• Soap, shampoo, conditioner and bath gel are provided and a hair dryer is available in each room.
• All bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms. Non slip bath mats are available on request.
•Tea and coffee making facilities are provided in all rooms.
• All rooms have television and there is free wireless internet connection.
• An iron and ironing board is available on request from reception.
• All artificial lighting is operated by twist turn dimmable wall switches set at normal height (140cm -150cm (except room 8)) with bedside table lamps operated from bedside switches.
• Flooring is level and carpeted in the bedrooms with tiled flooring in the bathrooms.
• All bathroom fittings are low level close coupled WCs with central flush buttons, baths and wash hand basins, are all fitted at normal height with taps being conventional turn on cross type together with pop up wastes. There are no grab rails in the bathrooms, except for room 8, our specially adapted bedroom for people with particular access requirements.
• All bathrooms have electric shaver socket points.
• There are mechanical extractors operated by light switches in all bathrooms.
• Emergency procedures are displayed behind the entrance door with telephone numbers of duty managers.
• The inn is unstaffed from midnight until 7am.
• A phone is available in each room for internal use only (dial 0 for reception).
• If newspapers are pre-ordered from reception they will be available at breakfast.
• Guests who stay to participate in shooting on the Holkham Estate must ensure that all guns are stored in the locked gun cupboard by the duty manager.
• All the furniture is of a very heavy design and comprises of bedside tables, dressing table, chairs, wardrobe and tea tray.
The Victoria - Information for Individual Bedrooms
• Rooms 1 and 2
On the first floor are reached by a sweeping curved staircase of 16 steps (95cm wide, riser 20cm, tread 28cm) with a handrail on one side. Both rooms are double elevation with two sash windows and/or casement windows each. They are large, airy, naturally well-lit and ventilated and complete with lobbies behind entrance doors. Room 1 can be two single beds or a king size double with views to the north over the salt marsh. Room 2 can be two single beds or a king size double. Lockable interconnecting doors between the rooms means the two rooms can be utilised as a family suite Room 2 is located to the rear of the inn and overlooks the courtyard. Bedroom doors are 75cm wide with a shallow wooden threshold and fire door return springs are accessed by a key requiring a twist turn action.
• Room 3
On the first floor is reached by a sweeping curved staircase of 16 steps (95cm wide, riser 20cm, tread 28cm) with a handrail on one side. Access is via a glazed fire door 80cm wide. This is a small double room with glass shower cubicle but no bath. The interconnecting door to room 4 means 3 + 4 can be utilised as a family suite. The room is light with two casement windows one in the shower/toilet area and one in bedroom. This room is located to the rear of the inn and overlooks the courtyard. Bedroom doors are 75cm wide with a shallow wooden threshold and fire door return springs are accessed by a key requiring a twist turn action.
• Room 4
On the first floor is reached by a sweeping curved staircase of 16 steps (95cm wide, riser 20cm, tread 28cm) with a handrail on one side. Access is via a glazed fire door 80cm wide.This is a double bedroom with a large bathroom. This room overlooks the courtyard to the rear of the inn. Bedroom doors are 75cm wide with a shallow wooden threshold and fire door return springs are accessed by a key requiring a twist turn action.
• Room 5
On the first floor is reached by a sweeping curved staircase of 16 steps (95cm wide, riser 20cm, tread 28cm) with a handrail on one side. Access is via a glazed fire door 80cm wide. This is a light, airy double bedroom with a sash window overlooking the salt marshes and has a large bathroom. Bedroom doors are 75cm wide with a shallow wooden threshold and fire door return springs are accessed by a key requiring a twist turn action.
• Room 6
On the first floor is reached by a sweeping curved staircase of 16 steps (95cm wide, riser 20cm, tread 28cm) with a handrail on one side. Access is via a glazed fire door 80cm wide. This is a double bedroom which has a large bathroom with a free standing bath and a walk in shower. Sash windows overlook reclaimed salt marshes and the room is reasonably well lit naturally. This room is located at the front of the inn.Bedroom doors are 75cm wide with a shallow wooden threshold and fire door return springs are accessed by a key requiring a twist turn action.
• Room 7
On the first floor is reached by a sweeping curved staircase of 16 steps (95cm wide, riser 20cm, tread 28cm) with a handrail on one side. Access is via a glazed fire door 80cm wide. This is a double bedroom with a sash window overlooking the copper roof of the orangery and gardens. The bathroom has a sash window with the same view providing adequate natural lighting. Bedroom doors are 75cm wide with a shallow wooden threshold and fire door return springs are accessed by a key requiring a twist turn action.
• Room 8
This room is situated on the ground floor off the courtyard with a bathroom designed for guests with particular access requirements. . Access to this room is via a relatively level pea-shingle, tarmacadam courtyard with access doorway (1m wide) into a lobby (2.8m long x 1.5m wide). Additional access exists from the inn main car park via six pamment steps (19cm risers, 32cm treads) with two handrails leading to a double door (max opening width 130cm) into a lobby. A key operated door (85cm wide) opens into the bedroom (no fire closure return) which has a carpeted floor. The room is light and airy having two high level opening casement windows overlooking the garden. This room contains a king size double bed. The bedroom has no grab rails. Entrance to the en-suite bath/shower room is via an easily opened door (85cm wide). The bathroom has a bath, large hand basin, walk in ‘wet room’ style shower and toilet with fully tiled floor. The bathroom is equipped with grab rails including a toilet support bar. All artificial light switches are low mounted (110cm) and plugs high mounted (50cm). This room, whilst outside ‘the main area’, has been specifically adapted for wheelchair users or guests with restricted movement.
• Rooms 9 and 10
On the second floor/attic space of the inn, are reached via a further double dog-leg staircase with 14 stairs (90cm wide, 22cm risers, 28cm tread) with a handrail on one side only from the first floor landing. At the top of the landing, a fire door opens into a lobby with bedroom doors to the right and left. The entire area is built within the roof of the inn but is light, airy and spacious. Opening Velux roof lights fitted with blinds provide natural lighting. The nature of the attic construction means ceilings on roof rafters are sloping and the lowest vertical wall is 80cm high. Bedroom doors are 75cm wide with a shallow wooden threshold and fire door return springs are accessed by a key requiring a twist turn action. Room 9 is a double room with en-suite bathroom. Room 10 is the attic suite and consists of a large double bedroom plus a smaller bedroom (two singles) and two bathrooms, one with a walk in shower. Bathroom floors are tiled.
General Information for Ancient House
• Ancient House is a building located opposite and approximately 80m from The Victoria where 10 of the inn’s bedrooms are located.
• Ancient House is a large detached Grade II listed building which dates from the late 1500s. It is one of the oldest buildings on the Holkham Estate and has undergone extensive refurbishment. Due to the constraints imposed by listed building status, guests with special access requirements should read the information to identify if the rooms are suitable. Several rooms are family suites with accommodation over two floors. There is no elevator or chair lift.
• Guests staying at Ancient House will be directed from reception. Ancient House lies directly opposite The Victoria. If on foot, access is by crossing Park Road (tarmacadam) at the front of The Victoria to the opposite pavement. This road has a crossing distance of 8.6m with a pavement kerb of 50mm and can be busy at certain times of the year. From here access is via a break in a low level brick wall which is 1.14m wide to a 2m wide pea shingle path with hedging either side, and provision for artificial lights (not yet provided). This path is approximately 37m long with a slight incline in part of 1in 30. At the end of the path, it is a further 26m crossing another tarmacadam private road which leads to the pea-shingle gravel drive and the brick weave entrance of Ancient House.
• A supply of umbrellas are available in the lobby of Ancient House for guests to use in inclement weather when walking to and from The Victoria.
• Ancient House also has its own car parking area which is a large pea-shingled gravelled area. The entrance is 40m from the front door on an incline of approximately 1 in 25. Access from this car park is also available to the back entrance of Ancient House.
• The front door is very heavy oak, studded and with a high positioned handle. Normally this is secured back and left open except during severe weather.
• There is a step down of 70mm into the porch (2.5m.x 2m) which has an old tiled floor leading to a second, half glazed door 95cm wide. This door is opened by the key on the key ring provided by reception.
• A step up of 20mm leads to the boarded floor of the entrance hall, staircase and residents’ lounge area. Flooring here is mainly floorboards with a loose carpet. Easy chairs are available for guests’ use.
• All bedroom entrance doors are approximately 83cm wide and open inwards. The self-closers on all doors, necessary for fire precautions, are quite strong and require effort to open doors.
• Floors are carpeted except in the bathrooms where flooring is tiled.
• All bedrooms are equipped with king size beds.
• Bathrooms have a large hand basin, bath and toilet and shower facilities. All walk-in showers have a lip of 50mm at the entrance door.
• The taps to the fittings have substantial cross tops for ease of use. None of the sanitaryware is fitted with grab rails. No specific shower for wheelchair users exists as the premises are not suitable for guests with particular access needs.
• Where lounges are attached to bedrooms, a sofa bed provides a further sleeping area, in addition day beds are available on request to increase accommodation.
• Furniture is a mixture of antique and contemporary and capable of being moved (except the beds).
• The bedrooms and lounges are well lit naturally and artificially. Power points are at an average height of 50cm. from the floor and two-way switching for lighting where appropriate is provided. Light switches are mounted at 1.15m.
• All bedrooms contain wall mounted televisions.
• Tea and coffee making facilities are provided.
• Phones with direct outside and internal dialling facilities are provided in all rooms.
• The fire alarm is the normal auditory with flashing red light in the bathroom and the fire precaution floor plans and escape routes are displayed on the rear of all bedroom doors. No vibrating pillows for use by hearing impaired guests are provided.
• Where low door entrances or steps exist, advisory signs are fixed to the wall.These hazards make the premises unsuitable for bind or partially sighted guests unless they are accompanied.
• The building accommodates only hotel guests overnight and members of staff have to be contacted by use of the phone system out of hours.
Ancient House - Information for Individual Bedrooms
• Room 11
A very large bedroom with lounge 5m x 8.7m, with a walk-in shower and bath with handheld shower on the ground floor. Access in the bathroom is restricted to 60cm wide due to the siting of the hand basin. Cupboards either side of the bed have a step up of 19cm.
• Room 12
This ground floor large double bedroom is approximately 5m x 4m. It has a bath with a shower overhead and contains a disused open fire feature.
• Room 13
Access to this room is via a passageway which contains three steps full width of the passage way with 18cm risers and 32cm tread with no handrails. A step down of 23cm exists prior to the entrance door leading to the bedroom which is 3.6m x 4m with a slight sloping floor. The bath has an overhead shower. There is a small walk-in cupboard.
• Room 14
Access to this room is via a passageway which contains three steps full width of the passage way with 18cm risers and 32cm tread with no handrails. The access doorway to this accommodation is very low (1.77m) opening into an entrance hall (3.3m x 1.1m). A door off the entrance hall leads to a lounge (3.5m x 4.9m). A further door provides access to a separate lavatory and hand basin. The entrance hall has two steps with 20cm risers and 27cm treads leading to a quarter landing and then 13 stairs each with 20cm risers. 27cm treads lead to a further landing 0.9m wide which leads to the first floor bedroom. The entrance to the bedroom has a step down at point of entry of 80cm and is delineated by signage. The bedroom is 4.9m x 4.15m with a sloping ceiling in part. A further low door, 1.7m high, leads to a bathroom with a free-standing bath and hand-held shower and then onto a low arched entrance, 1.7m high, to a walk-in shower with a step up of 8cm followed by the shower step up of 5cm. The sloping ceiling in this area has a low point of 1.55m.
• Room 15
Access to this room is via a passageway which contains three steps full width of the passage way with 18cm risers and 32cm tread with no handrails. This ground floor bedroom is 4.56m x 3.35m with a bath and overhead shower.
• Room 16
Access to this room is via a passageway which contains three steps full width of the passage way with 18cm risers and 32cm tread with no handrails. Before the door and prior to entering, there is a step up of 22cm.The bedroom is 4.6m x 3.2m with a bathroom off it with a free-standing bath and a walk-in corner shower. The bathroom has a partial sloping ceiling area. The bedroom contains a disused, ornamental fireplace. A further doorway leads to a staircase with four winders immediately behind the door, then a further eight straight steps and a further two winders the risers being 17cm and treads average 25cm. The wall to the staircase is exposed brick and leads to a first floor lounge with a sofa bed 5.35m x 3.3m with sloping ceilings at both ends down to 70cm.
• Room 17
Access to this room is via a passageway which contains three steps full width of the passage way with 18cm risers and 32cm tread with no handrails. This ground floor room has a long passageway 7m long and with varying widths and with a maximum width of 1.6m and minimum width of 80cm.The exposed brickwork wall has an alcove feature. The hall has two steps up into the bedroom each step has a 11cm riser and 28cm tread. This room is 5.2m x 3.1m. The bathroom has a walk-in shower as well as a bath with overhead shower. A low doorway 1.72m high leads to an under stairs cupboard, which contains a disused fireplace feature.
• Room 18
Access to this room is via a passageway which contains three steps full width of the passage way with 18cm risers and 32cm tread with no handrails. This room has an entrance hallway with an access doorway providing direct access to outside. The bedroom is 4.9m x3.5m. A low doorway 2.2m high leads to the bathroom which has a bath with overhead shower.
• Room 19
This bedroom is on the first floor, accessed by the wooden dog leg staircase situated just inside the front entrance in the residents’ lounge area. The 12 stairs consist have 20cm risers with 25cm treads and are 90cm wide with a deep quarter-turn landing with four risers from the top of the stairs. The stairs are strip carpeted all except the bottom step. There are handrails either side. The access door to this room is low (1.8m.) and on entering a wide passageway (2m) which has two steps angled with 14cm risers and 31cm tread with no handrail. The bathroom is off this passageway with a free standing bath with hand held shower and a walk-in corner shower unit. The bedroom area is large (2.6m x 5m) and contains a lounge area.
• Room 20
This bedroom is on the first floor, accessed by the wooden dog leg staircase situated just inside the front entrance in the residents’ lounge area. The stairs consist of 12 20cm risers with 25cm treads with a 90cm wide and deep quarter turn landing four risers from the top of the stairs. The stairs are strip carpeted all except the bottom step. There are handrails either side. This bedroom has a 27cm step down at the entrance and an open non-used fire place. The bathroom contains a walk-in shower and a free-standing bath with hand-held shower.
Ancient House - Outdoor Facilities
Ancient House has a private garden to the rear of the property. The garden has a lawn and part gravel walkway and a brick weave area at the two entrance doors at the rear of the property.
Amended July 2015
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Updated April 2013.