This access statement does not contain personal opinions as to our suitability for those with access needs, but aims to accurately describe the facilities and services that we offer all our guests/visitors.
Ilbeare - Access Statement
Ilbeare is a recently refurbished period house, set in a peaceful rural location, offering spacious and luxurious accommodation.
Bookings can be made on line or by phone. Pre-arrival information including directions by road are sent by e-mail to all confirmed guests.
Buses: Nearest bus Station is Taunton – 4 miles
Trains: Taunton – 4 miles – Taxis readily available here
Groceries can be delivered by Tesco, Sainsburys, Asda or Ocado by pre-ordering on-line.
Arrival and Car Parking
The property has a level gravelled parking area immediately adjacent to the house, with room for approximately 6 cars. It is possible to get a vehicle to within 3 metres of the front door, with level access from the parking area to the door. There is wheelchair friendly threshold to the front door, which is 84cmm wide and leads in to the hallway.
The gravel area also serves the back door, and it is possible to get a vehicle to within two metres of the back door. There are two steps up from the parking area to the back door. There is a 10mm raised threshold to the back door, which is 75cm wide and leads to the rear utility room and through to the kitchen.
Access from the hallway to the main living room is via a 7mm threshold leading to a single step down, with double doors 132 cm wide. Access from the hallway to the remaining downstairs rooms - dining room, games room, kitchen and utility, is via a single step up, then through an internal door which is 85cm wide. There is a 20mm threshold and a 85cm wide door between the dining room and the games room. Access from the kitchen to the dining room is level, via a short corridor which is 72cm wide at its minimum. Access from the kitchen to the utility area and back door is level, via an internal door 73cm wide.
The kitchen contains a central farmhouse style kitchen table which seats up to 14. There is access width of at least 110cm all around the table.
The dining room contains a long dining table which also seats up to 14. There is good access to one complete side of this dining table.
There is a ground floor cloakroom on the same level as the dining room, games room, kitchen and utility. The cloakroom is 73cm by 240cm and has a toilet and basin. The toilet seat is 43cm high.
There are three sets of double French Doors giving access to the terrace from the living room, hallway and dining room respectively. The doors from the living room are 110cm wide when opened, with a 5cm threshold from lounge and then a 16cm step down onto the terrace. The doors from the hallway are 110cm wide when opened, with a 3cm threshold from hallway and then a 23cm step down onto the terrace. The doors from the dining room are 103cm wide when opened, with a 3cm threshold from dining room and then a 18cm step down onto the terrace.
There are three staircases in the house. All five bedrooms are on the first floor, which completely inter-connects, so all of the bedrooms can be reached via any of the staircases. Two of the staircases are of traditional construction, with single handrails. The minimum width of the staircases is 80cm. Both of these staircases turn 90 degrees half way up. One of the staircases has a small half-landing, and the other has a series of turning steps. The third staircase is an open tread spiral staircase.
On the first floor, access to Bedroom 2 (and its en-suite) is via a single step down. The remaining rooms are all on one level. Access to Bedroom 4 is either via the open tread spiral staircase, or through Bedroom 3.
All doorways on the first floor, including all doorways leading to the bathrooms/ensuites, are 73cm in width.
Bedroom 1 has an ensuite shower room which is 220cm by 210cm. Access to the shower unit is via a single threshold which is raised by 22cm off the floor level. The toilet seat is 43cm high.
Bedroom 2 has an ensuite bath-shower room which is 380 cm by 105cm. The toilet and basin are on the same level as the bedroom. The bath (with shower over) is accessed via a single step up, within the bathroom. The shower head height is adjustable. The toilet seat is 43cm high.
The family bathroom serves Bedroom 3 and 5, with level access from both, and is 105cm wide at its narrowest point. This has a toilet, basin, bath and separate shower unit. Access to the shower unit is via a single threshold which is raised by 20cm off the floor level. The shower head height is adjustable. The toilet seat is 43cm high.
There is a further shower room which serves Bedroom 3 and 4, and is 230cm by 80cm (at its narrowest point). This has a toilet, basin, and shower unit. Access to the shower unit is via a single threshold which is raised by 21cm off the floor level. The shower head height is adjustable. The toilet seat is 43cm high.
There is level access from the gravelled parking area to the garden and grounds, and step free access to all areas of the grounds. There is also step free access from the terrace to the gardens. The gardens are generally level, but there is a grassed bank, at a c. 1 in 4 slope, leading up from the house to the main lawned area which includes the BBQ Lodge and Hot Tub. There is a flight of 4 paved steps adjacent to the slope. The grassed slope is plenty wide enough to be accessible via a light vehicle from the graveled parking area, depending on the ground conditions.
Access from the main lawned area to the BBQ Lodge is via a relatively small door, 60cm wide and 150cm high, which includes a threshold which is 20cm high. Within the BBQ Lodge there is a central BBQ unit, with fold-down bench seating around the outside of the Lodge. With the seating folded down, the minimum width around the central BBQ is 58cm The BBQ Lodge can also be used as a changing area for the hot tub, which is 4 metres away.
The hot tub is raised above the ground and accessed by a series of 2 steps (without a handrail), followed by a single much larger step, 68cm above the previous one, to gain access into the tub itself. The tub is 220cm by 220cm and the maximum water depth is 75cm.
Within the garden there is a large pond. To minimise the risk of falling into the pond water, particularly for children, the pond has been fitted with a specially constructed pond safety deck – a gridded deck just below the water level, strong enough to hold a person’s weight.
One side of the garden and grounds is bordered by a small stream. The stream is not close to the main garden area, but is not fully fenced.