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What is the value of an Access Statement / Accessibility Guide?

To be recognised within the VisitBritain Quality Assessment Scheme holiday cottage owners must provide an adequate Access Statement / Accessibility Guide which is a mandatory part of the quality assessment scheme. These documents are intended to provide a clear, accurate and above all honest description of the accommodation, current facilities and the services on offer. This allows potential visitors to make an informed decision as to whether the property and services meet their needs. We would rather decline your reservation request if we feel the cottage would not be suitable to meet your needs.


Access Statement / Accessibility Guide

Inglenook & The Byre have an access statement. The Dairy has the new Accessibility Guide as recently launched by VisitEngland (October 2017) to replace the Access Statements. Please click on the relevant access statement to open and download the document. Please do contact us if you wish to discuss any specific requirements or have any queries - large or small. We want to ensure that the cottage meets your needs.  




What levels of accessibility are at each cottage?

  • Inglenook Cottage has M1 accessibility
  • The Byre has M1 accessibiity
  • The Dairy has M3 (M3I and M3A), V1 and H1 accessibility


What do these levels of accessibility mean?


Below is a summary of the national standards of accessibility. Which one (or more) meet your requirements?
The access statements for each cottage outline in detail what is provided to support the criteria for each standard.
Do call us to discuss your needs and see below the facilities and equipment we are able to provide at each of the cottages. 


The Launch of The Dairy

The Dairy is the first tourist accommodation in the Yorkshire Dales to provide accessibility support for guests with mobility, hearing and visual requirements to the VisitEngland National Accessibility Scheme standards (NAS), and is 5 star gold quality, of course. Read the full press release here 



Integrated facilities/equipment at The Dairy


Click on the picture below to watch a short video for a tour around The Dairy where you will see all of the integrated accessible facilities and equipment listed below. 












* Colour coded kitchen taps
* Pull-down shelves in wall cupboards
* Pull-out working surface
* Removable cupboard from under kitchen sink
* Removable cupboard from under kitchen hob
* Pull-out heat resistant tray under side-opening microwave oven
* Pull-out heat resistant tray under side-opening main oven
* Fridge/freezer 70/30 
* Socket at the front of the kitchen units
* Ample cupboard space for kitchen crockery/glassware/cutlery at accessible level

* Quality chrome support bars in wet room (that are removable)
* Integrated shower seat in wet room
* Hand-held power shower in wet room
* High and low level wall recesses for storing personal shower items
* Remote control start/stop of wetroom shower
* Controllable temperature of shower with visual identification (red/blue)

* Accessible space to side of single or superking bed
* Accessible space under integrated dressing table
* Pull-down wardrobe hanging space
* Pull-out wardrobe drawers

* Pull-down coat hanging space in cupboard
* Pull-out drawers in cupboard

* All sockets/switches/handles at accessible level
* Visual/hearing smoke/fire/carbon monoxide alarms
* No steps throughout the cottage, courtyard, patio and garden - all on one level
* Level thresholds throughout



The Dairy Integrated Accessible Facilities


The Dairy has a great number of facilities already integrated into the cottage - some of which are obvious to see, but many are there only when you need them. Take a look at the photos below and then click on the photos to see the videos for the best two examples :


* The wetroom at The Dairy can be provided with the integrated facilities - shower seat, grab rails - and then hey presto, if you don't need them they can be removed, so that only 'blanks' are on the wall. Take a look at the photos and then click on the photo and the video will launch in a new window. 


















* In the kitchen, as with any fitted kitchen, the cupboards under the sink and hob appear as they would for anyone to use. But they can be removed from the cottage totally so that wheelchair uses can easily use these facilities. Just like magic! Take a look at the photos and then click on the photo and the video will launch in a new window.




The Dairy - Accessible private patio, direct from the lounge


The private patio at The Dairy is fully accessible from the lounge, where our guests can enjoy the views across the large garden and Bishopdale beyond. Guests can continue from the patio, onto the courtyard and across the level pathway throughout the large garden. 




Accessible Portable Equipment Available ... at no additional cost



Cottage in the Dales is delighted to provide the following accessible equipment available at no additional cost to our guests. The portable equipment is available to use at any of our cottages, unless it is specifically specified for an individual cottage. Please just let us know in advance the equipment that you need and they will be in cottage awaiting your arrival. Do call us if you wish to discuss your requirements.


* Perching tool


* Bath step
* Bath board and seat
* Portable Suction grab rails 
* Integrated shower seat (The Dairy)
* Standalone shower chair (The Byre)
* Portable toilet frame
* Toilet riser
* Swing rather than pedal bins in bathrooms


* Wake and shake alarm clock
* Bed rail


* Dining chair with arms (carver chair)


* Walking trolley
* Walking sticks
* Pick-up stick
* Zimmer frame with wheels at front
* Hand bell


* Kerb/doorstep ramp
* Portable induction hearing loop


* Dining chair with arms (carver chair)


.... more photos to follow very soon!