Access Statement for Heath Farm Holiday Cottages

Introduction
Heath farm holiday cottages are old, stone built, converted farm buildings set in a hill surrounded by farm and woodland. The conversion focused on the use of quality hardwoods and natural material furnishings. The property is owned by the Barbour family who live on site.

Pre arrival
We have a website with full details about the cottages and access to our property. There are floor plans with details of floor area and bed sizes for each of the cottages. These are also available with posted brochure if requested. We also have a site plan showing drop off points and car parking. Visitors are sent a detailed map with receipt of deposit.
Bookings can be made on line, by phone or by post (though availability needs to be checked by phone).

Transport
Unfortunately we are not well served by public transport and we recommend that you have use of a car.
The nearest train station is in Banbury (7 miles). There is also one at Charlbury (9.1miles)
Excellent road access via M40 and A361.
Local buses are very infrequent and relatively expensive but can be caught from the top of the drive.

However, there is a very good bus service to Oxford from Chipping Norton where there is also free parking.
Taxi services are based in Banbury and Chipping Norton.

The site: Arrival and Car parking
Turn off main road (A361) down long, tree lined tarmac drive. Go past workshop buildings. Bear left by big herbaceous border down private sloping drive for cottages, drop off and turning points. Car parking on site is allocated for cottages. Short walking distance from car park to drop off points. One point (A) is for access to Hazelnut, Beechnut and Cobnut. It is 25m (approx) from car park along level, tarmac ground. The other (B) is for access to Chestnut and Walnut. This is 20m from car park down sloping granite paved ground.

 

Main Entrance and Reception
Reception is located at the back of the house between drop off points A and B. There are 11 curved steps (15cm high) leading down to reception.

The cottages
Unfortunately, due to the restrictions of the site and the old buildings none of our cottages are suitable for wheel chair users or for those for whom steps present a major problem.
The courtyard has a lovely running water feature including a ( 60cm deep) channel and a small waterfall in to the pond (60cm deep). This means that children must be supervised at all times.
Each cottage has an open fire. There are fireguards.
Light switches and door handles are set at standard heights.
All cottages have feather and down quilts and cotton linens. We can provide non-feather quilt for those with allergies –please let us know when booking. Towels are supplied.
Our cottages are strictly non-smoking and we do not allow pets.
The cottages are fully equipped with quality crockery, cutlery, cookware and tableware. We also provide washing up liquid, dishwasher tablets, cloths and tea-towels. The appliances are all electric.
There is an internet connection point with cable in each cottage. We do not have a computer or laptop for customers use.
All cottages have T.V, DVD player and cd/tape player.

Hazelnut
From drop off point A there are 8 steps (15mm high) separated by platforms to the courtyard entrance. 4 shallow steps (11 cm) followed by slight gradient and further 8 (11cm) steps to patio. From patio 4 steps down to lowest courtyard terrace level.
Distance from drop off point to cottage…..feet/metres.
The steps are easy (designed originally for the Barbour family’s granny).There are handrails for these steps.

Hazelnut cottage is at the lower terrace level and is itself all one level. You enter the kitchen (oven, microwave and fridge are at eye level) which is divided from the living area by folding wooden double doors. Beyond the living area is the bedroom (5’bed), accessed through thick curtains suspended from truss beams. The bathroom (quite small) is at the far end of the cottage. The bath has quite low sides (47cm) and overhead shower. The floor is terracotta tiled throughout with rugs (non-slip underlays).

Beechnut
From drop off point A there are 8 steps (15mm high) separated by platforms to the courtyard entrance. Down a further 4 steps to upper terrace. There are then a set of 6 steps flanking shallow running water feature. Beechnut is on the middle terrace level to the left around or through the lavender planting.
There is one (10cm) step up into Beechnut. The front door is a big solid door with sliding latch (126cm.high). The bedroom (5 ‘ bed) is to the left on the same level divided by wood and glass screen with curtains.
Access to the rest of the cottage is through a narrow doorway (52cm)through the thickness of the old walls down 3 deep steps to the passage. On this level to the right is the shower room. This has a large, though not wide, walk in shower which you step down into.
From the passage there are 2 more steps down into the living and kitchen area. The fridge and microwave are at eye level.
The cottage has terracotta tiles throughout. Rugs have non slip underlays.

Chestnut
From drop off point B there are 7 steps (12cm) to platform followed by 7 steps (15cm) spaced out by 2 platforms. The patio outside the cottage is tiled and can be slippery when wet. There is a threshold step up into the cottage. The cottage is all on one level. You enter the kitchen (fridge and microwave at eye level) which is divided from the rest of the cottage by wooden double doors. At the far end of the living area there are French windows which lead out in to the courtyard. These have iron espagnolettes with knobs to turn to open.
To one side through a curtained archway is the bedroom. From this is the en suite bathroom. The bath has high sides and …wide tiled ledge and overhead shower. There is also a bidet.
The cottage has African slate floor throughout with bedside and living room rugs.

Walnut
From drop of point B. Down 7 steps (12cm) to platform then up 9 wooden steps (16cm) with handrails. (these can sometimes be slippery when wet). You enter the kitchen (eye level oven microwave and fridge). The rest of the cottage is to the right through double doors. The cottage is on two levels: On the first is the living room and bathroom, on the second are the gallery sleeping areas. The floors are solid wood throughout except the bathroom which has Chinese slate.
The living area has tall windows opening over the courtyard. There is an iron balustrade for safety but as this cottage is on the first storey of the barn care must be taken if children are in the cottage. The bathroom, on this level has a big walk in shower which you step up into and a big bath with quite high sides.
The gallery is accessed up wooden open tread stairs (13 steps) with banisters. You enter the main bedroom (6’ bed) and pass through this to a second area which has a further two single beds. Both rooms have some balustrade which overlooks the living room with a combination of wooden panelling and thick curtains to divide them.

Cobnut
From drop off point A there are 8 steps (15cm high) separated by platforms to the courtyard entrance. 4 shallow steps (11 cm) followed by slight gradient and further 8 (11cm) steps down to patio. You step up into the verandah, (quarry tile floor) which has plenty of space for coats and boots. Cobnut is a 2 bedroom cottage on two floors. Apart from the bathrooms the floors are wood throughout.
From the verandah the main door in to the cottage has a ¼ turn handle operating a latch on the inside. To the right is the downstairs cloakroom. There is a washer dryer machine and small airing cupboard. Beyond this through a sliding wooden door is a loo and basin.
The living area opens in to the dining area at the far end of the cottage. There is a large refectory table (seats 8) and a wide set of windows overlooking the valley and view of pond. The kitchen is open to the dining area but not visible from the living area. It has eye level fridge, oven and microwave.
An open tread wooden staircase leads from the living area to the upstairs. There are …..risers with a ¼ turn near top to arrive at small landing  between the bedrooms. To the left is the front bedroom. Latch door. The windows overlook the courtyard. The beds have been designed to make two 3’ singles or one super king. The bedroom is in the eaves and has visible horizontal beams along one of the sloping walls. There is a shower room through an opaque glass and wood screen with push door. There is a step down from wooden floor on to tiled floor (tumbled marble). The shower is large and has a glass wall. You step up over a small lip into the shower which is also tiled.
To the right of the upstairs landing is the back bedroom. Latch door. This has views over the valley. Again it has beds which can be either 3’ twins or one superking. It has a bathroom through opaque glass and wood screen with push door. There is a bath with central mixer tap and shower attachment (not a stand up shower). There is also a bidet. The floor is small marble tiles.

Washroom/Laundry room
This is located in a separate building beside the entrance to the visitors’ car-park. There are 3 steps (15cm) up. There are 2 washing machines: one with 1-8kg capacity the other with 11 kg capacity. There is a sink and 2 tumble dryers. There is a washing line in the top garden.

Outdoor facilities:
The courtyard has 3 terraces connected by 2 sets of steps (6’ high). The water feature runs down the centre of the top set of 6 steps (15cm), along the middle terrace and down in to a pond set in to the second set of 5 steps. Well furnished with tables, chairs and benches on the lower two levels and on the patio between Chestnut and Cobnut with parasols in summer. Guests are welcome to sit anywhere in the courtyard though we have tried to locate a table near to each of the cottages. At the far end of the courtyard there is an archway framing the view of the valley and pond. The courtyard is paved with bricks in various patterns with a few areas of cobble. All the steps are brick.
The field leading down to the pond can be accessed through a small gateway to one side of the top terrace.
In the centre of the top terrace are 3 stone steps (18cm) up to the grotto which has running water into a small catching pool. There are two sets of 7 curved stone steps to a landing with low parapet (54cm) and a further 3 steps leading up in to the top garden.
The top garden slopes down towards the retaining walls with a minimum 5’ drop down to the top terrace of the courtyard. Children must be supervised.
The top garden can also be accessed from drop off point A by a long and quite steep ramp. This is paved with brick and granite sets. Under the ramp the firewood is stored.
In line with the grotto and archway is a small doorway cut in to the tall beech hedge which surrounds the top garden. This leads up 2 steps to the vegetable garden and to the new orchard.
Beyond the Orchard is the croquet lawn. The croquet set is also for guest use and is stored in the boiler shed. It is quite heavy and needs two people to carry it.
There are garden chairs and tables.
Grass rides and woodland. There are mown rides around and between the tree planting. There are no signs or hard tracks. The ground is naturally uneven with occasional deep rabbit holes! Our soil is a rich red brown which can stain because of the iron stone. Appropriate footwear recommended.

Additional information
Each cottage has a file with information about the property and the surrounding area. We have a map of our land and some walks.

Contact Information
Address: Nena and David Barbour. Heath Farm. Swerford. Chipping Norton.
Oxford. OX74BN
Telephone: 01608 683 270
Fax: 01608 683 222
Email: barbours@heathfarm.com
Website: www.heathfarm.com
Hours of operation: Open all year. Owners on site.
Emergency number: 01608 683 270

Future plans
Replacing our courtyard lighting ideally with a solar option.
Providing a few more garden furniture/toys/activities.
Making a games room in the boiler shed
Building a wooden summer house near the croquet lawn.
Building a dance studio
Putting benches at scenic and resting spots in the fields and woods.
Redesign website.

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