Whitehaven Accessibility

Access Statement - Whitehaven

This access statement does not contain personal opinions as to suitability for those with access needs, but aims to accurately describe the facilities and services offered to all guests/visitors. This statement has been drawn up by the owner(s) of Whitehaven and therefore Sleeps12 do not accept responsibility for any omissions or inaccuracies. Please call us on 01823 665500 if you have any questions regarding the accessibility of this property that are not answered within this statement.


Whitehaven is a large group holiday house on the edge of the Forest of Dean. It sleeps 12 people in 6 en suite bedrooms and has a private indoor pool, games room, and children's play area. Note that Whitehaven is not suitable for those using wheelchairs as there are steps to negotiate when accessing the property.

Getting Here:

Train: The nearest train station is at Lydney, about 4 miles away. 

Other train stations are:

Bristol Parkway Railway Station   25.50 Miles    Taxi or change for Gloucester
Chepstow Railway Station             12.30 Miles    Bus service available
Gloucester Railway Station           17.00 Miles    Bus service available
Newport Railway Station                30.80 Miles   Taxi or change for Chepstow/Lydney

Bus: The nearest bus station is at Lydney, about 3 miles away. 

Services come to Lydney from Gloucester, Newport and Chepstow. Taxis are available from Lydney to Whitehaven. 

Road: You will find detailed directions in the check in information which can be viewed after you have made a booking.


There is parking for 6 vehicles and the entrance to the car park can be found on the right, just beyond the house. Double gates protect the parking area from unauthorised access and should be kept shut except when accessing the car park. There is limited parking by the main gates for deliveries and for owner use.

Access to the House

The house is approximately 20m from the car park, reached via a footpath leading from the car park and main gate. There are steps or a downward slope leading to the two entrances. Both entrances have a step up to enter the property, requiring mobility or assistance (not suitable for wheelchair access).

Entrance to House

Both entrances to the house are elevated by a 3-4" step leading into the Utility room and Kitchen/Diner. The entrance to the kitchen diner is approx 90cm wide with an additional 40cm locked section.

Boot Room

There is a rear entrance to the boot room, which has coat hanging space, an area for wet boots, table football and a condenser dryer. A door leads to:

Utility Room 

The Utility Room has a laundry area with a sink unit, washing machine and second dishwasher. There are doors off to the kitchen and the downstairs WC.


The Kitchen has a tile effect floor. The stove/cooker has a gas hob, two electric ovens and a grill. Other appliances include an upright fridge/freezer, a microwave, an inbuilt fridge & dishwasher, a toaster and cordless kettles.

Dining Room

The Kitchen leads through to the adjoining dining room, with continued tile effect floor, oak tables and leather covered chairs. This area connects to:

Games Room

There is oak flooring, a pool table, and bookcase. This room is at the heart of the house with access to the stairs, lounge areas, downstairs W/C and ground floor bedroom.

Front Lounge

This is accessed from the Games Room. There is also a tilt or slide opening window, which can be used as an exit in case of emergency. In addition there is a large 4 pane floor to ceiling fixed frame (non opening) window with views to the large garden area. Externally, there is a step of approx 3 – 4 inches the width of the large window. The room has oak flooring, with a wood-burner, TV, bookcase and 2 sofas.

Rear Lounge/Study

This is also accessed from the Games Room and leads to the ground floor bedroom. This room has oak flooring, a TV and 2 sofas.

Ground Floor Bedroom (Bedroom 6)

The ground floor bedroom is at the rear of the propert, accessed via the rear lounge/study. This bedroom has zip and link beds (superking or twins) and an en suite w/c & shower room. However, access is limited and it is not suitable for wheelchair users.


There are 12 steps to the first floor landing, providing access to Bedrooms 1-5.

Bedroom 1

This room has fitted wardrobes, a superking bed and an en suite shower room.

Bedrooms 2 & 3 

These rooms have zip and link beds and shared use of a WC and bathroom with overhead shower, accessed from both bedrooms. 

Bedrooms 4 & 5

Both of these bedrooms have zip and link beds and an en suite shower room.


Reception in the Forest of Dean area is patchy. However, Vodaphone, O2 and T-Mobile are accessible outside and in various areas of the house.


Due to the large volume of visitors to the house and limited turn around times, we are only able to accept pets by prior arrangement. Any additional cleaning costs needed to ensure the welfare of other guests will be chargeable.


Service dogs can be accommodated, but only with prior agreement with the property owners. Access must be restricted to non carpeted ground floor areas only. Any additional cleaning costs needed to ensure the welfare of other guest’s will be chargeable.


Blakeney Doctors Surgery, Millend, Blakeney. GL15 4ED.          01594 510225

Yorkely Health Centre, Bailey Hill, Yorkley. GL15 4RS                01594 562437

Lydney Health Centre, Albert Street, Lydney. GL15 5NQ             01594 842167


The Dilke, Speech House Road, Cinderford. GL14 3HX               03004 218640

Lydney Hospital, Grove Road, Lydney. GL15 5JF                        03004 218722

Gloucester Royal, Great Western Road. GL1 3NN                       03004 222222


Oasis Dental Care, Hylton Court, Lydney. GL15 5RF                   01594 845718

Phillips, Central Surgery, Hill Street, Lydney.GL15 5HH               01594 841368

Coach House Dental, Victoria Road, Lydney. GL15 5DG              01594 842715


Tuffins, Hams Road, Lydney. GL15 5PE                                    01594 843793

Co-op, Newerne Street, Lydney.GL15 5RB                                 01594 842133

Tesco, High Street, Lydney.  GL15 5TH                                     03456 779443


Sundean Vets. 9 – 11 Hight Street, Lydney. GL15 5DP               01594 840404

Severnside Vets, 1 Tuthill, Lydney. GL15 5PA                           01594 842185

Wood Veterinary Hospital, Gloucester. GL2 4NB                        01452 543990

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