Access & Parking
For staying guests, South Lodge has a dozen formal parking spaces and is flexible enough to have been a temporary home to boats, caravans and three wheel motorbikes!
For visitors attending events, may use the parking spaces onsite or park in Cross End or the lay-by just 50 metres away. All the parking is free!
For disabled guests there are dedicated spaces, see below.
South Lodge is a single storey building. We have never thought of it as a bungalow though; it doesn’t conjure up an image of that type of building. Nevertheless there are no stairs, just a maximum of two small steps up to the front doors, easily overcome by appropriate ramps. Once you’re inside, everything is on one smooth level. If you’re in a wheelchair you might like to know that all the doorways are 830mm wide or wider.
Access to the gardens is via the main house or from certain bedrooms (see below). Most of the flowerbeds are adjacent to paved areas, as are the sitting areas. All other areas are accessible via our lawns, which only undulate slightly at worst. The garden begins right outside the guests’ rooms, meaning a good view as well as easy access.
In addition to the ample free parking adjacent to the rooms, there is an extra wide parking bay right outside Room Three (see below). Mobility impaired guests may choose to be dropped off directly outside the main house: again, there is ample room for temporary parking.
All the rooms have walk-in showers with overhead or hand-held showerhead options. Rooms one and two have a metre wide glass sliding door that allows access to a private patio. Again there is one step down, and again we have ramps where needed.
For visually impaired persons all light switches have Braille translation. A television loop can be supplied for hearing impaired guests.
The door that opens directly to the dedicated parking is 900mm wide. The room is sufficiently spacious to allow free movement and a turning circle of 1200mm is possible in the bathroom area. This large suite also has additional features for bathroom use and moving around. Two washbasins at differing heights without pedestals offer ease of use for most people. Grab and drop rails are available over the basins, by the WC and in the shower. A drop down seat is fixed to the wall of the shower; a portable seat is also available.
For visually impaired persons the light switches colour contrast with the walls, which themselves are in a variety of shades. A hearing loop can be provided as for all rooms.
Still not sure?
At South Lodge we are fully aware that no two guests are alike and everyone has their own particular needs. So, if you have any questions, or there is some way we might help you, please do not hesitate to pick up the phone. Our philosophy is a good environment for everyone.