Awarded Best in Yorkshire 2016 & Best in England 2017, Cottage in the Dales delivers a luxury experience in 3 cottages in the Yorkshire Dales National Park, where nothing is too much trouble & no detail overlooked. The Dairy, 2nd in the Blue Badge Style Awards 2017, provides mobility, hearing & visual facilities to National Accessibility Scheme standards. If you don't need them, the facilities almost all just disappear! We aim to accurately describe the facilities, so you can be assured The Dairy meets your personal needs. Follow the link http://bit.ly/2yEDJ3p to find out what others think of The Dairy. Our pleasure is to ensure yours.
Level access bedrooms
Travel by public transport
The Dairy is in Newbiggin in Bishopdale, a hamlet in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Being so rural, there is a limited bus service which stops half a mile away down a hill, so is not suitable. All visitors arrive, and travel around, by car, as there is no real other option.
Travel by taxi
Wheelchair accessible taxis are available from http://www.hellocoopers.co.uk
There is both a drop off point immediately outside the main door of The Dairy, with designated parking just a few metres away, all within a courtyard setting, which is completely on one level surface - no slopes, steps, thresholds, and well lit by movement sensors - so fully accessible. There is ample room for both unloading and manouvering cars.
Path to main entrance
From the road in Newbiggin into the driveway of Eastburn Farmhouse (to access The Dairy and The Byre), there is a 20mm step into the driveway if arriving on foot/by wheelchair. (This is purely to stop rainwater coming off the road onto the drive). A portable lightweight ramp is available on request if needed. Otherwise all access is via car. From the driveway, there is a short slope down to the courtyard where there is a drop-off point immediately outside The Dairy main door. Designated parking is just a few metres away across the level courtyard, adjacent to parking for The Byre. Level access (without thresholds/ramps) is provided into the main door of The Dairy and also through the gate to the private patio for The Dairy, as well as direct access across the 3/4 acre garden of Eastburn Farmhouse. They are all interconnected on one level.
Getting around inside
Visual Impairment - General Information
The bathroom is very spacious - providing 2 sinks at different heights, with wheelchair access to the lower sink. The double ended bath is low and equipment is available to aid entry/exit to the bath. A number of suction grab rails are available that can be placed anywhere in the fully-tiled bathroom to meet personal requirements - around the sinks, bath, wetroom, toilet area. All of the chrome bars and shower seat can be added/removed to meet personal requirements too ... all providing fully functional accessible bathroom / wet room, without a clinical appearance. The mirrors above the sinks have automatic demister pads so guests do not need to reach over the sinks to try to clear them. A full list of accessible facilities is available on the website - be they integrated into the fixtures and fittings or available as equipment on request, all with our compliments >>
The wet room has a remote control on/off switch to operate the shower without having to go into the wet floor area. It is thermostatically controlled and once the temperature is set to personal tastes, when it is next switched on, it will automatically go to that same level.
The colour scheme for the bathroom is black and white so that the sinks, bath, toilet all contrast with the surrounding black granite and slate. The chrome bars/rails also contrast against both the black and white.
The tall radiator / towel rail in the wet room has horizontal drying rails at different heights. The towel rail is dual fuel and so can be used to dry towels during the summer, when the heating is not on.
Accessible bedroom There is one master bedroom in The Dairy
A variety of LED lighting is provided - all ceiling lighting is controlled by dimmer switches in each room (hallway, lounge, kitchen and bedroom). There are also table lamps and floor standing reading lamps in both the lounge and the bedroom, all of which can be moved and positioned to suit personal requirements.
All sockets and switches are polished chrome, which contrast to the cream walls. The floors contrast with the walls as all skirtings are in solid oak. Around each room the Karndean flooring has a black line to help mark out the edges of the floors, thereby aiding spacial awareness, as well as looking good too!.
Self catering kitchen
The Dairy kitchen
The kitchen is open plan to the dining area and lounge. The cupboards under the sink and hob are removable on casters (and can be taken out of the cottage prior to your arrival if needed). Pull down cupboard storage is provided in 2 wall cupboards. All crockery/glassware is stored in wall cupboards at eye level above the oven/microwave but can easily be moved to lower levels when required. There is a pull out worksurface in the kitchen to enable wheelchair users to prepare food. This can also double up as an ironing board as there is a socket immediately adjacent the work surface.
Under the microwave and oven there are pull out heat-resistant boards to enable hot ovenware to be placed as they go in/out of the oven.
The double sink has lever taps that are clearly identified as red/blue for hot/cold.
The dining table extends so that it can seat 4 people to dine comfortably. Carver dining chairs are available on request. The crockery is white which sit upon black table mats, which also contrast with the oak dining table.
The Dairy, Newbiggin - lounge
The hallway, dining area, lounge and kitchen are all open plan with no doorways. There is a level access patio door that opens outwardly to enable direct access to the private patio outside. The log burning stove is accessible and can be tended from a wheelchair.
There is level access from the main entrance to the hallway, which opens up to the dining area, kitchen and lounge area. From the lounge, the level access continues through internal doors to the bedroom and bathroom and an external patio door to the private patio. Also from the bedroom there is an emergency exit directly outside.
Getting around outside
Eastburn Farmhouse Gardens serving The Dairy and The Byre
From the main entrance of The Dairy or from the private patio, there is level access across the courtyard (without the need for a ramp/threshold) to the main path that runs through the garden of Eastburn Farmhouse. This path is 1200mm wide with flower borders on either side. This path leads down to the thoroughfare through to the working garden which can be seen but only accessed on the grass at the moment (as at autumn 2017). An additional path will be available in the next 2 years to go fully round the garden.
Eastburn Farmhouse patios/terraces supporting The Dairy and The Byre
Level access is also available from the courtyard through the patio area of The Byre to enable guests to use the large patios of The Farmhouse, which are accessible both at the same level and also down a 1:12 slope. Hence all patios for all three properties are fully accessible on the level and available to all guests.
The Dairy - private patio
Access to the private patio is available in two ways - internally, directly from the lounge through a patio door, that has level access, down a 1:12 slope to the patio. Alternatively, there is level access from the courtyard outside the main door to The Dairy, through a 5 bar gate, down the same 1:12 slope to the patio.
Customer care support
Accessibility equipment available on request, with our compliments :
* Perching tool
* Perching Stool
* Bath step
* Bath board and seat
* Portable Suction grab rails
* Integrated shower seat
* 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 (for use elsewhere)
* Portable induction hearing loop
Further larger accessible equipment such as rise/recliner chairs, profile beds, wheelchairs and scooters can be hired in for the duration of your stay by arrangement in advance with our partner Change Mobility of Harrogate. There is a charge for these items, which we would be happy to quote for you. Delivery is free to The Dairy ready for your arrival.
External power points are available for charging adjacent to The Dairy. There is also a Electic Vehical Charging Point (EVCP) in an adjacent area for guests arriving with electric vehicles if they need charging. This is a complimentary service. Access is down a slope and is currently a gravelled area (autumn 2017).
Emergency evacuation procedures
Fire and CO2 alarms have both audible and flashing visual alarms, if they go off. If there is a power cut, the ceiling lights immediately inside each of the 3 external doors (main door, exit to patio, emergency exit in bedroom) will remain on, to enable guests to depart easily. There is a 'wake and shake' alarm clock in the bedroom. There is a 'clangy hand bell' that can be used - very loud - to attract attention from people in nearby buildings.
Customer care support
The owners live on site and are therefore available almost always, though it is not advertised as a 24 hours service.