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Access Report  

ACCESS STATEMENT & STATEMENT OF INTENT

We endeavour to cater for all the reasonable needs of our guests. Please advise us of any special requirements and do not hesitate to ask any questions you may have. We will help in every way possible, that we can. 

PRE-ARRIVAL. 
The nearest major road is the A21 from London to Hastings. 
Bus route number 349 passes our front gate at 2 hourly intervals in both directions and runs between Hastings and Hawkhurst where it connects with other routes to Tunbridge Wells, Maidstone and sundry destinations. There is no Sunday service. Go to www.eastsussex.gov.uk/buses on the internet to see timetables and full information. 
The nearest mainline railway stations are at Etchingham and Robertsbridge some 7 miles away, but neither of them have direct public transport connections with Ewhurst Green or Bodiam. It is advisable to pre-book a taxi. 
Bodiam does have a private steam railway line which runs to and from the small market town of Tenterden. Visit their website www.kesr.org.uk for full details. 

ARRIVAL & PARKING. 
There is stone slab in front of the gate which is one step high forming a kerb at the road side. At the gate there is a low step on to a winding uneven brick paved path that meanders through the garden to the front door. This path can be very slippery in the winter or when wet. 
Vehicular access from the road is gained up a short drive between numbers 8 & 9 Dagg Lane and our gate is on the right about 12 meters from the highway. 
There is ample parking space which is surfaced in loose granite shingle. A raised brick path leads, between flower beds, to the front door. 

MAIN ENTRANCE & RECEPTION. 
We will porter your luggage from your transport to your bedroom. 
The front door, which is furnished with a bell push and knocker, opens inwards. The threshold is 7.5ins high and the door 29ins wide. 
It opens into a small vestibule with wall to wall coy matting. Immediately opposite is the sitting room door 29ins wide and on the same level, about 45ins from the front door. Turn to the right & 62ins from the lobby wall are 3 steps, 7ins high 31ins wide with 10ins treads & no handrail, up to a small landing 39ins x 44ins. Turn left through an opening 31ins wide into the dining room. We do not believe it is possible to negotiate these areas in a wheelchair. The stairs and floor in this area are made of solid French oak floor boards. 
Eleven short pile fitted carpeted stairs, 7ins high 31ins wide with 10ins treads and a banister, ascend from the dining room to a small mezzanine landing, measuring 32ins by 38ins from which 3 further right turned stairs, 7ins high 33ins wide with angled treads which are 20ins deep on the left narrowing to 2ins deep on the right. At the top of the stairs is the guest’s landing. To the right is a well-lighted reading and writing area with antique desk and 3 chairs. To the left the landing leads to the shower room and lavatory. Doors to the bedrooms are 29ins wide and open off this area also. The entire first floor has fitted carpets and guests are requested not to ware outdoor foot-ware on the carpeted areas, free carpet slippers are provided. 
The shower room door is 29ins wide and has a 1.5ins high threshold. The floor and walls are clad with non-slip limestone tiles. 
There are no grab rails in the shower room or cubical. The non-slip shower tray is 5ins high and the cubical has curved sliding doors. The power shower has a temperature control dial and normal and boost buttons controlling water flow. The lavatory is of standard design with no special adaptations; the flush is a dual volume push button system. 

DINING ROOM. 
Normally breakfast is served in the dining room which is equipped with antique furniture. There are French doors which open outwards, with a 10.5ins step down onto a semi-circular paved patio overlooking the front garden & furnished with a circular metal cafe table and chairs. 
On fine days breakfast can be served on the balcony/viewing deck, to which access is gained via the utility room and kitchen, this is open plan to the dining room. The passage from the kitchen into the utility room is 21ins wide and the backdoor is 31ins wide with a 7ins step down to the deck. There are 6 brick steps 6ins high 42ins wide with 11ins treads and no handrails leading down to the gardens from the deck. 

GARDENS 
The gardens are mostly laid to lawn with flower borders and sundry concrete or brick paths and stepping stones. Lawns are at various levels with unpredictable and unexpected slopes, caution is advised. Sundry tables and seating are available at various locations and the summer house will be opened for use upon request.