Access Statement & Fire Risk Assessment

Access Statement for Hall Farm Cottages

Introduction

Hall Farm Cottages are situated in the centre of Sedgeberrow which is 4 miles from Evesham and 13 miles from Cheltenham. We have tried to provide as much information as possible but do not hesitate to phone us should you have any queries.

Pre-Arrival

Hopefully as much information as you need is found via the website or via telephone!
Bookings are made via telephone, but all the information can be passed via email prior to making a confirmed booking, or via our Website.  After a booking has been confirmed, full information regarding the booking and arrival times is posted (or emailed) detailing how to access the cottages.

Sedgeberrow is a small village, and whilst the cottages have a large expanse of lawns to laze around in, transport is recommended.  Obviously we are happy to advise you if arriving by car is not possible!

Gardeners, Coopers and Grooms cottages all have bedrooms on the first floor, whereas Moat Path has 2 bedrooms and a bathroom on the ground floor – suitable for those guests who prefer to stay on the ground floor.

Transport

Sedgeberrow is a small village situated on the edge of The Cotswolds and The Vale Of Evesham.  It is much easier to get to the area by car and explore to your hearts content.  If car transport isn’t available, the list below will give you some idea of what is on offer.

The nearest larger towns:

  • 3 miles from Evesham
  • 15 miles from Cheltenham
  • 35 miles from Birmingham
  • 40 miles from Oxford
  • 100 miles from London

The nearest Airports are:

  • Birmingham International – 45mins
  • Bristol Airport – 1 hour
  • East Midlands International – 1hr 30mins
  • London Heathrow – 2hrs
  • London Gatwick – 2hrs 30mins

The nearest Train Stations are:

  • 4 miles from Evesham Station (direct line to London) – Taxi service via Emerald Taxis (01386 761705)
  • 7 miles from Ashchurh, near Tewkesbury (direct line to London, Birmingham, also direct South and North)
  • 15 miles from Cheltenham Station (direct line to London, Birmingham, also direct South and North)

Buses

  • National Express coaches run from London to Cheltenham several times a day, with Taxis available to Sedgeberrow.
  • There are buses several times a day Mon-Sat from Sedgeberrow to Evesham, and Sedgeberrow to Tewkesbury – for buses to Cheltenham you must take the bus to Tewkesbury and change.  Buses are operated by Astons – 01905 820201

Arrival & Car Parking Facilities

After a booking has been confirmed, details are posted (or via email) as to where to collect keys.

The arrival time for all the cottages is 3pm onwards, and we request that you depart by 10am on your day of departure.

Gardeners, Coopers and Grooms:
The cottages are situated on a gravel driveway, away from the main street.  There is plenty of parking available for all our guests, a short distance away (30 yards) and unloading and loading is available at the front door. Each cottage has a porch with lighting, 2 paving slabs and a short step into the front hall.
Moat Path cottage has it’s own designated gravel parking spaces at the back of the cottage with a short walk along a paving-slab pathway to the back door; unloading and loading is available at the front door on the main street.
From the front door of Moat Path Cottage there are 2 steps into the house, whilst from the back door there is one shallow step onto the patio area with a further step into the kitchen.

There is sensor lighting to guide you from your door to the parking area when the evenings are closing in!
Entrance Hall, Stairs and Landing

The entrance hall of each cottage has wooden flooring, coat hooks and space for shoes/boots etc.  The stairs lead off the entrance hall.  Leading from each hall is a carpeted staircase with 12 steps of standard size (each step is 9.5” deep and 7.5” high).

Grooms Cottage.
From the entrance hall a door leads through into the sitting room/dining area/kitchen.  A door leads from the hall to the stairs which have an open wall at the top half on the right hand side, and the stairs open directly into the double bedroom.  All the doors have high latches to ensure the safety of children.
Coopers Cottage
From the entrance hall a door leads through into the sitting room/dining area/kitchen.  The stairs lead off to the right of the entrance hall.  The stairs have an open wall at the top half on the left hand side; the twin bedroom is immediately to the left with a step down, whilst the double room is to turn left and then it’s ahead of you with a step down. All the doors have higher latches to ensure safety of children and no need for stair gates!
Gardeners Cottage
From the entrance hall a door leads through into the sitting room/dining area/kitchen.  The stairs lead off to the right of the entrance hall.  The stairs have an open wall at the top half on the left hand side; the double bedroom is immediately to the left, whilst the twin room is to turn left and then it’s ahead. All the doors have higher latches to ensure safety of children and no need for stair gates!

Moat Path Cottage:
Moat Path has a cloakroom (toilet and basin) leading off from the right of the front door. A long corridor leads to the left of the entrance hall, which turns around a right-hand corner, after which are 2 bedrooms (double and twin) off to the right and a bathroom at the end.

Straight ahead of the entrance hall is the kitchen, whilst to the left is the dining room, to the right the sitting room, and ahead to the left are the stairs.  The stairs have an open wall at the top half on both sides and open onto a large landing.  All of the first floor is situated in the eaves with a sloping roof on either side.  To the left of the landing is storage space under the eaves.  Straight ahead of you to the left is a bathroom, whilst continuing ahead is a twin room.

Sitting Room

Gardeners, Coopers and Grooms
As described on the website, the ground floor is open plan, with a carpeted sitting area – sofas and arm chairs (2 arm chairs for Grooms), Freeview TV/DVD, coffee tables, low-level lighting and overhead lighting; the dining area has a table set away from the wall allowing access from 3 sides with seating for all; a breakfast bar separates the kitchen which has solid floor of tiles or vinyl.  Doors lead directly from the sitting room down 2 shallow steps onto the shared garden.  A bookcase/table contains books, board games and dvds for each cottage.

Moat Path Cottage:
This has a separate sitting room with 2 large sofas (seating 3 each) set at right angles, Freeview TV/DVD, coffee tables, low level lighting and over-head lighting.  Also a reading armchair in the corner with a reading light. There are 2 low windows leading onto the patio.  A woodburning stove is situated in the fireplace.  A bookcase contains books, board games and dvds.
The dining room has a rug covering most of the wooden floor, with a  large dining table and chairs (2 carver chairs and 4 single) with space around all areas to seat 6.  There is also a sideboard with 2 drawers containing table mats.

Bedrooms & Bathrooms

All bedrooms are completely carpeted and all doors into the bathroom from the landing/corridor are 28” wide and 75” high. All bed linen is white cotton (except for bed-spreads) and consists of mattress covers, pillow covers, valance, sheets, duvet covers and pillow cases.  On chilly evenings there are blankets available (listed in each cottage).

Each bedroom has a full sized wardrobe except in Moat Path upstairs room where the height of the wardrobe is restricted by the sloping ceiling.
All beds are full sized – , single beds = 3ft wide, 6ft long; double bed in Moat Path = 4ft6 wide and 6ft long; King-size beds in Gardeners, Grooms and Coopers = 5ft wide and 6ft3 long.

All bathrooms have vinyl flooring, towel rails, toilet roll holders, heating, shaver adaptors and cleaning products.

All bedrooms have windows overlooking the gardens, whilst all bathrooms have windows overlooking the gravel drive.

Gardeners Cottage:
• The King-sized bed has access from both sides and a bedside light on a bedside table on one side and a chest of drawers with bedside light on the other side. There is an additional single sofa-bed with a bedside cabinet and a bedside light – the sofa-bed is laid out only when required, otherwise is a sofa.  There is also a full size wardrobe, and a separate chair.
• The basin area leads through from the bedroom (28” doorway) and has 2 basins, large worksurface, large mirror and large storage cupboard under the basins.   This leads off to the bathroom through a door (23” wide) – there is a shorter size bath (1500mm / 58”, 27″ wide) with shower over the bath; a toilet.  The bath has a shower screen.
• The twin room has 2 single beds with access from both sides.  There is a bedside table between the beds, and each bed has a lamp on the wall above it.  There are 2 additional chests of drawers and a wardrobe, plus an extra chair.
• The basin area leads through from the bedroom (25” doorway) and has 2 basins, large worksurface, large mirror and large storage cupboard under the basin.   This leads off to the bathroom through a door (23” wide) – there is a shorter size bath (1500mm / 58” long, 27” wide) with shower over the bath, a toilet.  The bath has a shower screen.

Coopers Cottage
• The King-size bed has access from both sides, a bedside light both sides, a chest of drawers on the left and a bedside table on the right.  The wardrobe is opposite the bed, with a chair either side.
• A step up takes you from the bedroom to the bathroom.  The basin is to the left and has a large mirror.  The bath is a standard bath (1700mm / 67” long, 27” wide), the toilet is next to the bath.
• The twin room has 2 single beds with access from both sides.  There is a bedside table between the beds, and each bed has a lamp on the wall above it. There is also a separate chest of drawers, a wardrobe and a chair.
• A step up takes you from the bedroom to the bathroom. The basin is in front of you, and the bath and toilet to the right.  The bath is a ‘Sit-up’ bath – it has a ‘seat’ in it, or you can stand up in the shower section, but it is not possible to lie down in this bath.

Grooms Cottage:
• There is a King-size bed with access from either side, a bedside table and light on each side.  There is an additional single sofa-bed which is only set out as a bed when necessary, otherwise it is just a sofa. The bedroom has a large window overlooking the gardens.  The pine chest of drawers is opposite the bed and the pine wardrobe is between the bathroom and the toilet.  There is a separate small chair.
• The toilet leads off the bedroom.
• The bathroom leads off the bedroom with a step up – there is a standard size bath (1700mm / 67”) with shower over the bath, a separate basin with cupboards underneath, large mirror and good lighting.

Moat Path
• The Twin room on the ground floor has 2 single beds with access from both sides, a bedside cupboard with lighting between the beds, plus overhead lighting.  There is a chest of drawers and wardrobe, plus 2 chairs.
• The Double room on the ground floor is very spacious with a standard double bed (4’6) with access from both sides, a bedside cupboard and bedside light on both sides.  There is a chest of drawers and wardrobe, plus 2 chairs.
• Upstairs is a twin room set in the eaves.  Both single beds have access on both sides with a bedside table for one, a small table for the other and a chest of drawers in between. There is an easy chair, a stool, a chest of drawers and a short wardrobe.
• The downstairs bathroom for Moat Path is at the end of the corridor, and consists of a full-sized bath with shower overhead, toilet and basin.  The upstairs bathroom has a shorter bath (1500mm / 57″), toilet and basin.  Both bathrooms have mirrors and overhead lighting. The cloakroom on the ground floor also has a bath, basin, mirror and overhead lighting.

Kitchen

• The kitchens for Gardeners, Coopers and Grooms cottage are all separated from the sitting/dining room by a ‘breakfast bar’.  Moat Path has a separate kitchen leading off the main hall, or leading directly from the back door.
• All kitchens are fully equipped to a very high standard, comprising of low-level oven, hob, fridge-freezer, microwave on top of the fridge, toaster, kettle, cafetiere, coffee machine  – all on the worktop.  In the drawers are a full set of matching cutlery.  Crockery in Gardeners and Moat Path is in the lower-level cupboards, whilst in Grooms and Coopers crockery is in the dresser.
• A full set of matching saucepans is situated in the lower-cupboards, whilst glass-wear and drinking glasses are in the top-level cupboards.
• Each cottage has a washing machine/dryer and a dishwasher. Additional drying racks are situated in the cupboard under the stairs, along with ironing board, iron, dustpan and brush, mop, broom and vacuum cleaner.
• To ensure that you have everything to get you started, dishwasher tablets and cleaning equipment is supplied at the start of your stay, along with tea and coffee!

Outdoor Facilities

A private, heated swimming pool is available in the summer months (end of May to September) and is a 5 minute walk away from the cottages along a public (not tarmaced) footpath.  The pool is owned by the owners of the cottage and is fenced in.  There is a changing room and toilet, along with tables and parasols, chairs and lounger chairs; some pool toys are available.  All access and use is taken at your own risk.

Grounds and Gardens

Gardeners, Coopers and Grooms all have access directly from the sitting room via french doors onto the garden.  The immediate garden has tables and chairs for each cottage, and is fenced to provide you with peace-of mind regarding your children!  There is a wider expanse of lawn and orchards to which you have complete access either through the fence or walking around the front of the houses.  Each cottage has 2 small steps down to the lawn.  On the lawn is a trampoline and swing/slide set for the younger guests.

Moat Path has its own garden, also fenced to ensure the safety of our younger guests.  The garden is accessed from the back door, down one shallow step onto a patio with teak table and chairs, one further step onto the lawn.  A swing set is on the lawn.

Additional Information

For further information regarding the cottages, please continue to look through the website, but obviously don’t hesitate to contact us regarding any queries or indeed a booking.

Please refer to our Terms and Conditions for further information about booking and staying in the cottages.

Contact Details
Address:

Hall Farm Cottages
Main Street
Sedgeberrow
EVESHAM
Worcs
WR11 7UF
Telephone:  +44 (0)1386 881243
Email:  [email protected]

Website:  www.hallfarmcottages.net

Future Plans

There are no specific future plans at the moment, but we always update and upgrade each cottage when necessary.

Contact Telephone and Email Address

We welcome your feedback to help us continually improve if you have any comments please phone +44(0)1386 881243 or email [email protected]
Updated: 2017

Fire Risk Assessment

  Address of Property Assessed:    

Hall Farm Cottages,   Hall Farm, Main Street, Sedgeberrow, EVESHAM, WR11 7UF

  Person Undertaking the Assessment –   Name:    

Rebecca Barclay

  – Position:    

Manager

  Date of Assessment:    

April 2019

STEP 1 – IDENTIFY FIRE HAZARDS AND FIRE RISKS.

1.1 Sources of ignition

a) Electrical – wiring and appliances

  1. Electrical wiring new in 1990 and checked within 5 years
  2. No scorched, cracked or loose sockets
  3. Fuseboard /circuit breakers in good condition
  4. All appliances in good condition with no damaged cables
  5. Appliances checked by qualified electrician and labelled accordingly

b) Cooking – especially deep-fat frying

  1. Cooking is permitted in the self-catering properties
  2. No deep-fat fryer is situated in the property, but guests may use saucepans if required.
  3. Standard oven, grill – both electric
  4. Standard electric hob
  5. microwave.

c) Smoking

Smoking is not permitted in the properties

d) Candles

Candles are not provided, as permanent torches are provided in case of power failure.

e) Heaters and boilers

  1. Heating is linked through the boiler – 1 boiler feeds 3 cottages, so the boiler is not in the cottage itself.
  2. Radiators all have thermostatic valve and are checked every year
  3. An electric woodburner is in the fireplace in Gardeners and Coopers cottage and is tested along with all other appliances.
  4. Additional heating is supplied with a fan-heater that is checked with all the other appliances.
  5. The boiler is serviced annually by professional engineers.

f) Open fires

A wood-burning stove is in Moat Path Cottage

  1. A fire-guard is situated in front of the stove
  2. Chimney was swept in 2019
  3. Dry wood is provided
  4. Metal bins are provided in the cottages – ash is not required to be swept by the guests.

g) Others
1.2. Fuel present

a) Elements of structure

  1. Floors are a combination of wood and concrete
  2. The walls are brick and timber, and there is timber in the ceilings
  3. Most of the floors are carpeted

b) Furniture and furnishings

  1. The furniture and furnishings comply with Fire Safety Regs, although wooden furniture will burn eventually!
  2. Curtains including net curtains can be flammable

c) Domestic waste

  1. Domestic waste is removed by the guests as and when they deem sensible, all waste is collected on a weekly basis – information is in each cottage
  2. Waste is kept in bins outside the cottages

d) Other items – e.g. petrol for lawnmowers, cleaning materials etc

None

1.3. Activities that might cause a fire, including work processes/procedures etc.

None

 

STEP 2 – IDENTIFY PERSONS AT RISK.

2.1 Number of guests

  1. 1-8 guests may be in each property (depending on the property) – including children in cots
  2. Children are welcome
  3. People with mobility difficulty are unlikely to be in the 3 Stable-Block cottages, as each cottage has stairs to the first floor, although they may be in Moat Path as the bulk of the accommodation is on the ground floor.

2.2. Number of staff/employees

N/a

STEP 3 – EVALUATE THE RISKS.

3.1. Means of escape

a) Detail the type of property:

The cottages are two-story properties, either terraced or semi-detached; with stairs to the upstairs

b) Detail the number of exit doors and where they are:

  1. There are 2 exits for each cottage – the front door and back door (onto the garden)
  2. As per the front doors, keys are required to open the doors onto the garden unless they are already unlocked by the guests
  3. The external doors are always clear and accessible.

 

3.2. The fire alarm and fire detection

Describe what fire alarm and fire detectors have been provided:

  1. Standard battery-operated smoke alarms are situated in each cottage – with one downstairs (2 in Moat Path Cottage) and 1 upstairs.
  2. Gardeners Cottage is wired-in but has back-up battery operated alarms.
  3. The batteries are checked regularly by the manger and replaced when required.
  4. People with difficulty hearing or responding would be helped by neighbours or the manager – whoever is nearby.

3.3. Fire fighting equipment

Detail what fire extinguishers/blankets are provided and where they are.

  1. One fire extinguisher is located in the entrance hall to each cottage
  2. Each fire extinguisher is maintained annually, and visually checked every month
  3. One fire blanked is located in the kitchen of each cottage

3.4. Escape lighting

Detail areas covered by emergency lighting (if any):

A torch is provided for each self-catering cottage

3.5. Evacuation procedure

Describe the evacuation procedures
See attached notice in the cottages.