Access Statement - Alma Barn

Introduction

Alma Barn is ideal for those who want a self-catering holiday in the lovely Wiltshire countryside but still within a few minutes walk of a lively village and towns within 10 minutes drive away.

Alma Barn sleeps up to 4 people, plus a baby in a cot and has 2 bedrooms, both open plan style on the first floor. The Barn originates from the 1600s and has been carefully converted into a quirky and high quality self-catering holiday let.  For safety, the barn is not suitable for children under 6 yrs (unless in a cot); see "important note" below.

We look forward to welcoming you. If you have any queries or require
any assistance please email bookings@almabarn.co.uk or telephone Mrs Elms 01672 541076.

Pre-Arrival

The barn is situated in Lottage Road and is one of the last houses leading out of the village on the left. For directions using a SAT NAV better not to use the postcode alone, which often directs you to another road, but put in our next door neighbours’ number: 93 Lottage Road, SN8 2EB.

The nearest bus stop is in Lottage Road, approximately 100m from the barn. Buses run to Hungerford in Berkshire and Swindon and Marlborough in Wiltshire and take a minimum of 30 minutes. Buses run approximately every 2 hours. Bus times can vary, please see the bus operator’s website www.thamesdown-transport.co.uk

We can arrange for a welcome basket of essentials to be delivered in time for your arrival, please let us know your requirements when booking. Alternatively, you can place an order directly with the local shop in the village, Tel. 01672 540255.

The area is served by deliveries from all the major supermarkets if you wish to order online either before or during your stay.

We can also organize a home cooked meal service during your stay. The details are on the main website and you may book directly with the provider or through us, either at the time of booking or at a point prior to your arrival.

Welcome and Car Parking

The barn is opened using a door security code. This code will be sent out upon receipt of the final balance.

Parking is available for 2 cars in a small driveway approximately 25m away from the barn. The parking area has a concrete surface with a paved gravel (non-slip) walkway leading to the barn. There is a gate measuring 120cm wide at the entrance to the pathway. The pathway to the barn is well lit at night by lights operated from within the barn, which would be switched on prior to arrival.

Entrance to Property
The front door is 800mm wide.
There is a 15cm step up the front door.
The entrance is well lit by lights operated from within the barn, which would be switched on prior to arrival.

Ground floor, open plan sitting/dining/kitchen areas
They are situated on the ground floor. The area is open plan so there are no doors or steps between these areas. The flooring is clay tiles with under floor heating.

Sitting room area
This area has 2 sofas, together with a low coffee table. This furniture can be moved. There is a flat screen television with remote control and a DVD player. Lighting is a combination of Lutron controlled mood lighting (downlighters and table lamps) and two separately operated reading lamps. There is a cupboard on one side with an ironing board, iron and hoover.

Dining area
There is a large dining table with 6 chairs. The dining table is extendable and can seat up to 10 people. All chairs are moveable and are without arms and there is free space around the table. The lighting is 2 large ceiling lights, controlled by the Lutron panel on the wall.

Kitchen area
The door of the oven drops down and the handle is 70cm from the floor.
The hob is 90cm above the floor.
The microwave oven is 145cm above the floor.
The worktop and sink are 90cm above the floor.
The fridge is under the worktop and stands at 85cm above the floor.
Glasses and crockery can be moved from wall cupboards to lower cupboards, if required, please request this when booking. The kitchen is independently lit with halogen spotlights above work surfaces.

Shower room and Toilet
There is only one shower room with toilet and this is situated on the ground floor. It has level access from the kitchen/dining area.
The door opening is 740mm wide.
The gap between the wall and the basin in order to reach the toilet is 50cm wide. The toilet is 42cm high and the wash basin is 82cm high.
The shower door opening is 58cm. The step up to the shower is a 20cm step. The shower and wash basin have lever taps.
The room is well lit with overhead lights.
The flooring is clay tiles with under floor heating.

Stairs
There are two staircases leading to each of the bedroom areas. Both have 13 steps and wrought iron banisters on one side of the staircases only.

Bedroom Areas

IMPORTANT NOTE:
The bedrooms are unsuitable for young children for two reasons:
1. They are open plan to the living area and the other bedroom.
2. One single bed is next to the beam which presents a danger to climbing/bouncing children.

There is one bedroom with a kingsize double bed and another with 2 twin beds.
Both bedroom areas are open to the rest of the barn and contained within a wrought iron banister. The banisters are 125cm high.
The height of all beds from the top of the mattress to the floor is 58cm.
Lighting is natural daylight and at night there is a combination of wall uplighters, controlled by the central Lutron system, with table lamps and bedside reading lights controlled separately.

Garden
We have a paved patio area at the entrance to the barn measuring 7.5m by 3.2m and is accessed from the barn by one small step. Wooden table & chairs and a bbq are available on the patio. This looks out on to a paddock with farm animals, usually sheep and sometimes cattle and is fenced off from the property.

Additional Information
No Smoking in the Barn.
No pets of any kind.  If you have an assistance dog, please call to discuss.
Free Wifi throughout the Barn.
The mobile phone reception can be poor for Orange and 02 users. Vodafone reception is very good.
The nearest General Hospital with an A&E unit and walk in
NHS is 6 miles away and the nearest Doctor’s surgery is 3 miles away. Further information is in the welcome folder.
There is also a list of nearby attractions and details of their
Access Statements for information, where available.

Future Plans
We are planning a review of our website next year to make it
more accessible, your comments are welcome to assist us with
this project. Our website may feature a virtual tour and of Alma Barn later in 2012.

Contact Information
Address: Alma Cottage, Lottage Road, Aldbourne, Wiltshire, SN8 2EB 
Email: bookings@almabarn.co.uk
Website: www.almabarn.co.uk
Grid Reference: SU 26691 76412

To get to Alma Barn with Sat. Nav. use "93 Lottage Road" (next door) - the postcode tends to lead to a parallel lane.

Hours of Operation: Open year round
Local Equipment Hire: Swindon Mobility Ltd. Tel. 01793 423484
Local Accessible Taxi: Aldbourne Taxis. Tel. 07977 059991
Local Public Transport: Bus. Tel. 01793 428428
 

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