Access Statement

The Access Statement is not short...but it is important to give all the details which may be important to your stay.

Introduction

 

Bluebell Croft hopes to provide the right environment for guests to enjoy their stay and to provide the maximum information about the accommodation so that you can make the right choice to best enjoy your holiday.  

 

Bluebell Croft is in the hamlet of Anaheilt, just half a mile from the village of Strontian in the district of Sunart, adjoining the Ardnamurchan peninsula. The Croft is a 6½ acre working croft with an assortment of fowl and sheep, nestled in the Strontian Glen, on a steep hill, with fabulous scenery of distant mountains. The hill to the self-catering properties is accessible by car and some electric wheelchairs and electric disability scooters may also be capable of navigating the hill. There is a gravel car park to the side of both Honeysuckle House and Rose Cottage.  Honeysuckle House has 4 spacious bedrooms, sleeping 8-12.  Rose Cottage has 2 spacious bedrooms sleeping 2-4.  Both properties may be let together and are linked via a sun room, normally let with Honeysuckle House, to give space for larger groups and extended families.  Many multi-generational families enjoy staying as they find our facilities ideally suit all ages. The properties are ideal for couples or families who want a truly memorable, self-catering holiday in a tranquil rural setting with many places to visit, within a day trip distance, in the area.

 

 If you have any queries or require any assistance please phone 01967 402226 or email chris@bluebellcroft.co.uk.

 

 

 

Pre-Arrival

 

Reach Bluebell Croft via the Corran Ferry of the A82. Disabled Badge holders travel free with documented proof.  When leaving the ferry turn left and travel 13 miles to Strontian. Pass through the village and cross the narrow stone bridge. Turn immediately right towards the Ariundle Forest Walks and find Bluebell Croft on the left 1/2 mile down this road. Go up the hill and both properties are on the left hand side.

 

Post Code for Sat Nav is PH36 4JA. Telephone 01967402226. Some guests may find that mobile signal is intermittent on the Ardnamurchan peninsula.  

 

Bluebell Croft may be reached by public transport as well. Trains arrive in Fort William which is north of the Corran Ferry. There is a limited bus service to the peninsula or take a bus to the Corran Ferry via transport to Oban/Glasgow and Chrissie can pick you up from Ardgour over the ferry.  Foot passengers travel free on the ferry.

 

Alternatively, you can plan your journey by car or public transport using http://www.traveline.info/ simply enter your postcode and ours, which is PH36 4JA to get directions.

 

 

 

Key Collection, Welcome and Car Parking

 

When guests are expected the properties are prepared and keys are left in the door for arrival at 4pm. Chrissie is on-site to greet and show guests around the property. If you call from the ferry she can meet you with freshly baked scones. A welcome pack of fresh bread, scones, home-made jam, marmalade, Fairtrade tea, Fairtrade coffee, Fairtrade sugar, salt and pepper awaits you. Some shopping can be arranged if you ask at least a week in advance. A homemade casserole can be pre-ordered and purchased, so that you don't need to cook after a day of travelling, or even later in the week if you know you will be out all day.

 

Chrissie is also able to cater for evening meals for small groups (2-4) if ordered in advance.

 

A range of seasonal fruit and vegetables is available to purchase as well as preserves, honey, jam and eggs- ask on arrival or pre-order.

 

There is ample parking at both properties on a gravel car park. There are paved paths to both properties with level access, no steps. There is an external point and covered area for electric mobility scooters and also outdoor storage for bikes. In Winter there are motion sensor lights.

 

Chrissie is very happy to assist with disposal of refuse, re-cycling etc for guests who have limited mobility. Cleaning at the end of a rental can be arranged for £30 Rose Cottage and £70 Honeysuckle House.

 

 

 

Entrance to Property

 

Honeysuckle House has gravel parking to the side and a small gently sloped path to the front door which is wheelchair accessible 0.83m wide and 1.5cm lip. There is a spacious cloak room with space for storage as well as boot racks and coat rails. Off this room is a small WC.

 

Outside Rose Cottage is a paved turning space for wheelchairs 1.8metres x 1.8m, there is an 89cm wide path leading to the Cottage, with a wide, wheelchair accessible front door 0.83m wide, with a 1.5cm lip on the threshold. The ground floor has an entrance porch/cloakroom with space for storage.

 

 

 

Halls, Stairs, Landings, Passageways.  

 

Both Honeysuckle House and Rose are fully wheelchair accessible throughout the ground floor and have child gates at the bottom of the stairs. Rose Cottage also has a child gate at the top of the stairs, as the bedroom leads directly onto the stairs and has a curtain and no solid door.

 

Honeysuckle House has a spacious landing with doors to all 3 spacious en-suite bedrooms.

 

 

 

Sitting Room/Lounge

 

The living, dining and kitchen areas are open plan and spacious with room to move around in a wheelchair. The floors are fully tiled and flat throughout (no steps or change in height apart from 1cm lip to bedroom entrances). We are very happy to rearrange furniture to suit individual needs.

 

The sofas are very comfortable and firm. Rose Cottage has a comfortable 2 seater sofa and armchair as well as a Shaftesbury style high chair (46cm high). This chair can be moved to Honeysuckle House if Rose Cottage is not rented, or we can provide another high seated chair if needed. We do have chair raisers available. 

 

Both properties have log-burning stoves in the lounge area.

 

Honeysuckle House lounge area has LED ceiling lighting as well as 2 reading lamps and a standard lamp.

 

Rose Cottage lounge and dining area has 4 alcove uplighters, a standard lamp and a reading light. The kitchen area has LED ceiling lights.

 

 

 

Dining Room

 

Honeysuckle House has a large oval dining table, which is able to seat up to 16 guests. It is made in 4 pieces which are moveable. There is wheelchair access at both ends of the table. The dining area has LED ceiling lighting.

 

Rose Cottage has a 4 seater extendable dining table and 4 chairs. The lighting is by alcove up-lighters and a standard lamp.

 

The dining areas in both properties are open plan.

 

 

 

 

Kitchen

 

The kitchen in Honeysuckle House is open plan with the chef able to join in socialising. The fixtures and fittings are at normal height with fixed work surfaces, an induction hob and Neff cooker as well as a double oven Aga. There is a large fridge freezer with the fridge on top and the freezer below. There is no specific equipment for people who require specific resources. Lighting is LED ceiling lights.

 

Rose Cottage kitchen is also open plan, galley style with work surfaces at normal height. There are a few aids such as bottle openers and can openers with larger handles for guests who require them. There is a Neff cooker and hob, microwave and large fridge freezer. Lighting is via LED ceiling lights.

 

 

 

 

Bedrooms and Sleeping Areas

 

The downstairs bedroom in both Honeysuckle House and Rose Cottage, has a fixed king-size bed with a 24cm gap underneath to allow for use of a hoist if necessary. We are happy to re-arrange any furniture to suit individual needs. We have both feather and synthetic quilts and pillows.

 

There is a double patio door off Honeysuckle House's bedroom with a small patio with lovely views towards the mountains over a rambling rose hedge.

 

The downstairs bedroom in Rose Cottage has 2 doors, one from the kitchen and another direct from inside to the en-suite bathroom. The door from the kitchen is 0.78m wide with a 1cm lip. The door to the bathroom is the same. The king-sized bed is a platform style with a 24cm gap underneath, suitable for our electric hoist (bring your own slings) or a turning platform if needed to transfer into bed from a wheelchair. We are happy to reposition the bed within the spacious bedroom to best suit your needs. It is possible for 2 wheelchair users to have space and access to both sides of the bed. There is a ceiling hook for use with a monkey pole if needed. We have a range of both synthetic and feather pillows and quilts in case of allergy sufferers, let us know before arrival and we can make up the beds appropriately. There are patio doors from the bedroom to the private seating area, the doors are 0.69cm wide each, with a 3.5cm threshold, 14.5cm wide. There is also a step from this door down to the patio where a ramp that can be placed to aid access.

 

Pets are accepted with care and it is asked that they do not enter bedrooms or use soft furniture.

Some people have trained assistance dogs who do need to sleep in the bedroom and Chrissie is happy to discuss each individual’s needs.

 

 

 

 

Bathrooms, Shower-rooms and Toilets

 

The wet-rooms in both properties are particularly spacious with room to turn a wheelchair and to transfer to a shower chair. The toilets are at normal height. Honeysuckle House toilet is close to the wall with the right side open, there is a grab rail to the left. Rose Cottage toilet is close to the right wall and there is a fixed grab rail to the right. On the left is a movable rail which folds up when not in use. We have a loo raiser if needed. The flush for the toilet in both Rose Cottage and Honeysuckle House is an easy flush button.

 

The shower is fixed to the wall but can be lowered for hand holding. There is a fixed grab rail to the side of the shower and across the back wall, beneath the shower head in both wet-rooms. We have an adjustable height shower chair as well as a fixed height one. The sinks are a small corner ones, just possible to place knees underneath.

 

The floors are tiled and there is a 1.5cm lip down to the shower space.

 

 

 

 

Laundry/Utility Room

 

Both properties have standard washing machines and tumble dryers, both front loading located in the entrance hall/cloak room. Laundry liquid is provided. We have clothes airers and there is a large Victorian Kitchen Maid Pulley Clothes Airer above the Aga in Honeysuckle House.

 

The tumble dryers are placed on top of the washing machines and have condenser units.

 

 

 

 

Garden

 

From Honeysuckle House access to the garden area is possible through the sun-room which leads to a seating area beside the giant hot-tub. There is a lovely view across the glen towards the mountains. There are 3 steps down to the gravel area where there is a large outdoor table and chairs and BBQ. There are also patio doors off the living room and the downstairs bedroom. This patio has 2 steps down to the gravel area. There are a number of borders and shrubs.

 

There is a view of a rockery with a bird feeder out of the kitchen window.

 

There is a patio door from the living area of Rose Cottage to a path and garden borders which leads around to a secluded patio and seating area just for Rose Cottage guests. The patio doors are 1.38m wide each and there is a 4cm deep threshold. There are scenic views from the window across the glen and garden bird feeders with a variety of garden birds as well as the occasional buzzard, sparrow hawk and woodpecker. There is also a resident pine marten which has been seen using this path by several of our previous guests. It is possible to reach this seating area from the front door and a path which leads around the property to the area beside the hot-tub.

 

There is no lawn area. There are areas to exercise dogs in and around the croft, though dogs will need to be kept under control at all times as we have sheep in several fields, and free-ranging poultry.

 

 

 

 

Additional Information

A Walkie-Talkie system can be provided for guests who need to contact us in an emergency and have limited mobility.

 

Chrissie is available to discuss your needs on the telephone before you make a booking to ensure you make the right choice of accommodation.

 

Contact Information

Address (Inc postcode): Bluebell Croft, 15 Anaheilt, Strontian, Highlands, PH36 4JA

Telephone: 01967 402226

Email: chris@bluebellcroft.co.uk

Website: www.bluebellcroft.co.uk

Hours Of Operation: Open all Year

Local Carers: Acharacle Medical Practice

Local Equipment Hire: Fort William- http://shopmobilitylochaber.org.uk/

Local Accessible Taxi: http://taxi-firms.com/highlands-and-islands/fort-william/

Local Public Transport: http://www.shielbuses.co.uk/