Awarded M1 & M2 by the National Accessibility Scheme (January 2018).
The Cottage Beyond is a former 1930’s 2 up, 2 down farm workers cottage transformed at the turn of the century into an amazing architect designed 6 bedroomed house. No two rooms are the same, and many have curvaceous walls, which means several of the room dimensions are approximations.
Alan & Christine, the owners of The Cottage Beyond are extremely sensitive to all those who have additional needs. Having a son with Kleefstra Syndrome (a rare chromosome deletion) they have sensitively extended the house to ensure accessibility for all. If there are any portable devices that they could provide to make your stay easier, furniture removal or repositioning or anything that they can do to help, then please do contact them before your visit to discuss these matters with them. They really do want to go that extra mile to ensure The Cottage Beyond is the perfect place for everyone to enjoy.
Pre Arrival: Bookings can be made on line or by phone. Here you can view the gallery of all our photographs. Detailed directions to the property are sent two weeks before arrival along with all the check in details.
Wifi, Mobile signal: The Cottage Beyond has BT broadband. Please bear in mind that this is very rural broadband, sufficient for downloading emails and web browsing but unable to download movies. All mobile devises get signal strenght of varying quality but some guests find it best to use their mobiles outside the house.
EV charging point: We have a type 2 EV charging point for guests use. Please bring your own connection cable.
Buses: Nearest bus Station is Taunton – 10 miles. Buses run from Taunton to Wellington, which is our nearest town just 4 miles away.
Taxis are readily available from the Centre of Taunton and Wellington.
Trains: Taunton – 10 miles – Taxis readily available here. Tiverton Parkway – 10 miles – Taxis readily available here.
Tesco, Waitrose, Ocardo, Asda, Cook and Sainsburys can deliver groceries by pre-ordering on-line.
Arrival and Car Parking: From the road there is a 400m drive leading you to a large parking and turning area. It is possible to get a vehicle right up to the ramp on the front door.
From the car park area to the front door you have a gentle paved ramp with a 1.5m square-paved area before the front door. Here you go across a level threshold through a 800mm doorway directly into the large hallway (5m x 3.5m). The ground floor (except the sitting room & snug) is tiled or wooden flooring and any mats down can be removed to aid mobility.
The ground floor is on two levels. The sitting/dining room is lower than the rest of the ground floor. This room is accessed via a ramp from the hallway, through double doors measuring 1.5m or two 1m wide oak steps (depth 30cm, height 18cm) from the kitchen. The sitting area and the snug are fully carpeted, but the rest of the ground floor is either tiled, wood or marmoleum.
The carpetted sitting room (approx. 10m x 4.5m) has a large flat screen TV, Skybox, DVD Blue Ray player, orbit surround sound & iPod dock, 4 x armchairs, a very large circular poof, a 4 seater sofa and 2 x 3 seater sofas. There is an open fireplace with a locally sourced slate fire hearth.
The tiled dining area (4m x 5m) adjoins the sitting room. There is a very large oak table, 800mm high, 3.4m long with oak chairs to easily seat 14.
The kitchen links to the dining room from the two steps and a 1m doorway, level to the hallway by way of a 800mm door and level to the snug through a 750m door. In the kitchen there are 2 fan assisted ovens, microwave, fridge/freezer, 2 dishwashers, 2 sinks, an “Insinkerator” for instant hot water and lots of storage. There is also a solid Corian topped kitchen table, 800mm high with enough seating for 5.
The carpetted snug has doors with level thresholds to the kitchen and hallway, both 750mm wide. It also has French windows, with a level threshold and 1.2m width that lead out into the garden. In this room are a large flat screen TV, DVD Blue Ray player, surround sound system, a low 3-seater sofa, 2 leather swivel chairs with matching foot rests and many large floor cushions.
The utility room is also off the hall, through a 800mm doorway. In here there is the washing machine, tumble dryer, double sinks and draining board, ironing board, hoover & various cleaning equipment & materials. This room also has an external door, with a level threshold 800mm wide, which leads to an external, undercover smoking area with bench seating and an ashtray. There is a wooden “Sheila Maid” hanging from the ceiling, which provides useful drying racks for laundry or wet swimming costumes.
The final room leading from the Hall is Bedroom 1 (5.7m x 3.5m), through a 800m doorway. The bed can be a superking sized double or two full single beds. There is unobstructed floor space of 1200mm x 900mm, or more. There is a bell, touch bedside lights and a chair with arms. It has an en-suite bathroom (2m x 2.4m) accessed through a 800mm door.
The room is fully tiled with no ledges to negotiate. The toilet is 420mm high, the washbasin 830mm high with a single lever tap, and the shower levers are 1.2m high. The shower head can be fixed at any height between 1.4 – 2 m high, or even hand held. There are two lever controls, one for the temperature and one for flow. There are 4 carefully positioned stainless steel grabrails in the room. In our store cupboard, available to anyone who asks, we keep a height adjustable shower stool, a toilet frame and a couple of super grip suction mount hand grips which can be placed wherever needed. (These hand grips could also be used in the spa hall).
The 1m wide carpeted stairs lead up to the first floor from the hall. The first floor has carpeting on the landing and in all the bedrooms. The bathrooms and en-suite shower rooms have either tiled or laminated floors. All doorways upstairs are 750mm wide.
Bedroom 2 is approximately 6.5m x 5m with a large curved wall. It has an en-suite shower room 1m x 3.1m. The washbasin is 850mm high and has a single lever tap, the toilet is 440mm high. The shower has an outwards opening swing door with a 10mm ledge to step over onto the shower tray. The shower has can be fixed at any height between 1.4 – 2 m high, or even hand held. There are two lever controls, one for the temperature and one for flow.
Bedroom 3 is 3.1m x 6m.
Bedroom 4 is 3.4m x 3.1m. It has an en-suite shower room 1m x 3.1m. The washbasin is 850mm high and has a single lever tap, the toilet is 440mm high. The shower has an outwards opening swing door with a 10mm ledge to step over onto the shower tray. The shower controls are at 1.2m high, the main showerhead is fixed but there is also a variable height shower, which can also be handheld.
Bedroom 5 is 3.2m x 4m It has an en-suite shower room 1m x 3.1m. The washbasin is 850mm high and has a single lever tap, the toilet is 440mm high. The shower has an outwards opening swing door with a 10mm ledge to step over onto the shower tray. The shower has can be fixed at any height between 1.4 – 2 m high, or even hand held. There are two lever controls, one for the temperature and one for flow.
Bedroom 6 is 3.1m x 3.5m. It has an L shaped en-suite shower room 2m x 2m. The washbasin is 850mm high and has a single lever tap, the toilet is 440mm high. The shower has an outwards opening swing door with a 10mm ledge to step over onto the shower tray. The shower has can be fixed at any height between 1.4 – 2 m high, or even hand held. There are two lever controls, one for the temperature and one for flow.
Bedding We use non allergic bedding throughout and have waterproof mattress protectors available.
The large family bathroom is 4 m x 2.3m. The bath is 600mm high and 1.7m long. It has a single lever tap with a pair of stainless steel grab handles. The basin is 820mm high with a single lever tap. The bidet also has a single lever tap and is 400mm high, as is the toilet. The shower is 900mm x 900mm and has an outwards opening swing door with a 100mm ledge to step over onto the shower tray .
Outside there is a very large garden with a large lawn area with a large netted trampoline. The entire garden is fully accessible with gentle slopes to get around everywhere. There are also steps enabling more direct routes. There is a large rubber surface with a roundabout in the middle of it. Decking directly outside the dining area has seating for 14, accessed through wide French doors with a level threshold.
There is a gentle hard path down to the swimming pool. Access to the spa hall is through a 1m wide door, again over a level threshold. Level surfaces are maintained around the pool and hot tub and through to the changing and wet room. The changing room is 2.5m x 4m, with a door 900mm wide. There is an L shaped secure slated wooden bench with a maximum length of 1.8m long, 460mm wide and 460mm high. From the changing room through a 900mm wide sliding door is a wet room containing a shower with lever controls and a fixed and handheld showerhead, a toilet 410mm high & a basin with a single lever tap at a height of 840mm. There is a 900mm horizontal and a 900mm vertical grab rail beside the shower. Besides the toilet is a drop down grab rail. There is an adjustable shower stool in the room.
Access to the swimming pool is via fixed steps in the corner of the pool. There is a fixed handrail beside 5 220mm steps. The pool is L shaped, 13.5m long x 5m at it’s widest. The large shallow end has a depth of 1.3m falling to 2m at the deep end. The hot tub also has a fixed handrail and has a ledge of 100mm high to step over onto 2 further steps into the hot tub. The sauna has a heat resistant glass door of 700mm wide. Outside the pool is another seating area with further table and chairs.
We welcome children young and old. We have 3 travel cots, 3 high chairs and stair gates top and bottom of stairs. Waterproof mattress covers are available. In the snug is a cupboard full of 'pre-schooler' age toys and in the room, disguised as a table is a 'fantasy playcube'. There are a few bath toys and a non slip bathmat in the main bathroom. There are books throughout the house to suit every age.
Assistance dogs are very welcome at no extra charge.