Access Statement

Access Statement

Bracken House is situated at the end of a private drive which is shared with a few other properties. There is a concrete drive from the Council Road, by the sign, down to a fork in the road, where you take the right hand fork onto a tarmacadam drive. After a short distance, bear right again and drive down to the front of the house where there is parking for several cars, including our own vehicles, which is tarmaced. There is an exterior light outside the house for winters evenings and night as well as solar lights illuminating the front door.

There are two steps up from the drive into the house, although a ramp can be made available, and all the reception rooms are on the same level. Anatole (double bedroom) is on the ground floor and the doors have been widened to accept wheelchairs.

Hallway

You will be met in the hallway and will be asked to sign a registration form and let us have debit or credit card details. You will then be taken to your room which will either be on the first floor or ground floor. Each tread is approximately 16cm deep) Tea will be served in the library on cooler or wet days but in the summer, if it is warm, you could have tea served outside on the terrace by the Victorian greenhouse if wanted. Access to this area is over an uneven lawn.

The Bedrooms

First Floor

Wooster faces south and west with views towards Hartland Point in the distance. The bed can either be made up as a double or as a pair of matching twins. There are spotlights over each bed as well as central ceiling lights and table lamps. The TV is on a chest of drawers with a remote control by the beds. The ensuite bathroom is on the same level and is presently carpeted as well. Bath with a shower over which is mains powered and a shower curtain, WC and a wash basin with mirror and shaver light.

Jeeves faces south and east and looks over the gardens and our fields and has a double bed with separate reading lights over the bed. There is a TV by the window with remote control. The ensuite bathroom is presently carpeted with a double hanging wardrobe in the lobby before the bathroom which comprises a bath with a thermostatically controlled shower over and a shower curtain, WC and wash hand basin with mirror and shaver light and point.

We can arrange for either a travel cot or a third bed to be put into Jeeves , if required, for a child, subject to an additional charge.

Ground Floor

Anatole is on the ground floor and the window looks over the small paddock at the back of the house. It has a 4’6″ double bed as well as a sofa, TV with remote controls. The floor is carpeted and there is a small chest of drawers and separate wardrobe. A wider door (c 83cm wide) leads into the carpeted bathroom which has a bath with handgrips, a shower over with two vertical handgrips on the wall, WC and basin set in a tiled surround in a small alcove with mirrors behind and a raised tiled shelf with lighting.

The Grounds

Guests are very welcome to explore the grounds which are set in over 7 acres of paddocks, mature woodland with some bluebells as well as the extensive lawns, flower and shrub borders. In the paddocks, which are often grazed by sheep or ponies, there is a stream which crosses the lower paddock and runs into the pond. There is a small bridge of two sleepers but no handrail into one paddock and a larger bridge on the other side of the pond which has two sets of sleepers which is also used by tractors. The pond is not fenced and is not suitable for children. Please close any gates that are there and observe the Country Code. If you are pregnant, please do not go in to the paddocks if sheep are present.

Local Facilities

The village of Bratton Fleming can be reached either up our drive or by crossing the garden below the greenhouse and through a small shady paddock where there will generally be two pon ies . Please make sure the gates are closed properly. Go through the second gate on the far side of this area down the old original carriage drive which leads down to the village. To the side of this driveway, there is a Community Woodland which is open to the public with paths through young woodland down to a pond and up onto the footpath network. Sturdy boots may be required especially in the winter and during wet times as there will be mud.

In the village, there is a Village Store which stocks lots of useful day to day requirements as well as newspapers and is open to 7pm Monday to Saturday and up to 1pm on Sunday. There is also a Post Office which is open for four half days a week as well as a pub which serves good food.

There is also a Sports Club in the Village which has tennis courts, football and cricket pitches.

Fire Alarm and Security

We operate a strictly NO SMOKING policy in the house. If guests wish to smoke then they are welcome to do so outside but please do not leave butt ends on the ground.

There is a mains powered smoke alarm system with detectors in each room which are regularly serviced with fire alarm buttons in various locations. These will flash every 15 seconds or so which is quite normal. There are two staircases up to the first floor both of which lead down to the front and middle hall and then out to the front or the rear of the house. The Assembly Point is in car park at the front.

Domestic Pets

We regret that guest’s pets may not come into the house as we have our own cat which lives in the house although in exceptional circumstances, it may be possible for dogs to sleep in the back kitchen during winter periods.

Guide dogs will be allowed greater access but please speak with us about this before booking.

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There is a copy of this Access Statement in each of the rooms in the Welcome Folder which provides further information which we hope will be helpful for our guests.

We are happy to discuss any individual special needs or requirements.

Call Guy and Sue on 01598 711810