Honeycombe House - Access Statement

What is an Access Statement?
An Access Statement is a written, clear and accurate, and above all honest description of our current facilities and the services we offer, to enable a potential visitor to make an informed decision as to whether our business meets their particular access needs.

Introduction
Honeycombe House is located at the top of a steep narrow hill leading from the village of Mevagissey. The house enjoys breathtaking panoramic views overlooking this
Cornish fishing village, with magnificent views of Mevagissey Bay directly to the East and views of open sea to the South East. The house is of Victorian construction built around 1892 and has twenty steps leading from the road outside to the front door. The guest dining room and sitting room are located on the ground floor, however our five guest bedrooms are all located on the first floor.
Our location might make access for people with limited mobility a difficulty.

Pre-arrival
• We regret we are unable to accommodate children below the age of 5 years old. Well behaved children aged 5 years and above are very welcome when accompanied by an adult.
• We are located a 5 minute walk from the village of Mevagissey, and both cars and taxis can stop outside momentarily to unload passengers and luggage. Access to the front door is either via twenty steps from the road or via a steep uneven public footpath from the road, (The footpath runs directly in front of the house leading upto a quiet residential road behind the house.)
• Shops, Post Office, Cafes, Restaurants and Pubs are located in the nearby village.
Lloyds Bank opens on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings between 9.30 and 12.30.
• The nearest Bus stop is located next to the Ship Inn in the centre of the village. There are regular buses to neighbouring towns and villages including the Eden Project and Lost Gardens of Heligan.
• There are several local taxi companies, for which we can provide telephone numbers or book on your behalf.
• The nearest railway station and coach station are located in St. Austell.
• The nearest airport is located just outside Newquay.
• We have two dogs ourselves who are restricted to our own parts of the house, but regret that we are unable to accommodate pets.
• Menus can be provided in large print if required. We regret we do not have facilities to prepare documents in Braille.
• Our website www.honeycombehouse.co.uk provides pictures of our accommodation and further information about the services we provide.
• You can contact us by telephone, mobile or E-mail. Please see the “Contact Information” section of this document for full details.

Arrival and Car Parking.
• Rooms are available from 4.00 p.m. onwards on your day of arrival. Latest check in time is 9.00 p.m. on your day of arrival. Should you wish to arrive earlier, please just let us know in advance, and one of us will be arrange to be here to greet you.
• In order to find us, follow the one-way system through the village following signs for Portmellon. When you reach the junction in the centre of the village with the “Ship Inn” on the corner in front of you, continue straight on and carry on up the hill. (This road is two way traffic believe it or not!) You will find us on the right hand side of the road, just as you reach the top of Polkirt Hill. We are a large cream coloured building next to a steep single-track footpath. You can stop outside (just beyond the steps leading to the front door) momentarily to unload your luggage quite safely.
• We suggest that you DO NOT attempt to drive up the single-track footpath immediately in front of the house.
• We have a private car park located 40 yards from the house. Priority for spaces in this car park, are allocated initially to those guests staying in our Double rooms with balcony – “Victoria” and “Albert”. Obviously, guests who have booked either balcony room do not always have a car as they have perhaps used public transport, or two couples have travelled in one car. In this instance, for those guests who have booked another room, we allocate the spaces on a first come, first served basis. For those guests staying in our other rooms, car parks are available in the village or alternatively ample free parking is available just beyond the house - with a footpath leading down to our front door! (this is where we park our car) Full details will be provided on request and with your booking confirmation.
• We offer assistance with luggage.

Main Entrance
• There are TWENTY steps of 7 inches up to the front door with a handrail on one side.
• There is a further ONE 7 inch step to the front door.
• The front door is normally locked but please either knock or ring the doorbell on your arrival. Once you have checked in, a front door key and room key will be provided.

Guest Accommodation – Public Areas
• The tiled outer hallway leads into the main hallway with a guest sitting room on the right hand side.
• A doorway leads through from our guest sitting room into the dining room with views of the harbour and bay.
• There are 16 stairs to the first floor; there is a handrail on one side of these stairs. The stairs are carpeted.
• We have five guest bedrooms, which are all on the first floor (please see section “Bedrooms” for more information).
• The house is centrally heated throughout but temperatures can be adjusted in each room to suit individual requirements.
• All windows in the house are double glazed sealed units and have safety catches on opening windows.
• Torches and Mevagissey cotton bags are available for guest use whilst staying with us.
Both items are both located just inside the outer front entrance hall.

Lounge and Dining Room
• Guests are welcome to use the sitting room at anytime.
• The sitting room has two leather sofas and an armchair. Straight back chairs can be moved into there from the dining room but space is limited.
• The sitting room has stripped pine floors with a large central rug covering most of the
floor area.
• A selection of local information, leaflets and books, plus board games are available in the sitting room.
• Breakfast is served in the dining room.
• The dining room has stripped pine floors.
• Both rooms are centrally heated and “View thru” tinted blinds are provided in the dining room for use on very hot sunny mornings!

Bedrooms
• All bedrooms are on the first floor and are carpeted throughout.
• All Double rooms have a 4ft 6in double bed with access from both sides.
• There are en suite facilities in the three Double rooms and the Twin bed room consisting of a Mira electric shower, saniflow W.C. and wash hand basin. With the exception of the Twin room, the washbasin is located within the bedroom area rather than in the en-suite facility. All en-suites/shower rooms have non-slip tiled floors.
• The single room has a hand washbasin within the room, however, the separate W.C. and shower/washbasin are located along the corridor and down a further 5 steps, followed by 1 step up. These facilities are exclusive to this room.
• Tea and coffee facilities, corkscrew, tumblers and wine glasses are provided in each room.
• We also provide towels, hair dryer, clock radio and television.
• A selection of magazines is provided on the landing for guest use.
• Our beds are normally made with either winter or summer synthetic duvets. All pillows are synthetic. Extra blankets are also available in the room.
• We are happy to provide a top sheet if preferred. Please specify before your arrival if required.
• There is a wardrobe, chest of drawers/dressing table, bedside tables and a bedroom chair in each room.
• There is also a folder in each bedroom, which contains further information about the house, village and suggestions of things to do.
• Our TWO balcony rooms – “Albert” and “Victoria” have access to a balcony area through a Double glazed door in the corner of the room with a single step up of 10 inches. There are then two small steps down onto the balcony. Two chairs and a table are provided along with a selection of plants in tubs.

Gardens
• We regret that Guests are unable to access our garden.

Additional Information
• There is a fire extinguisher in the entrance hall and another at the top of the guest stairs. Smoke detectors linked to the fire alarm system are located within each room and bedroom, together with hallways.
• A call point is located immediately inside the front door and a further point outside “Albert”
• In the event of a fire a fire alarm will sound. Please advise us if you have a hearing impairment and might not hear this.
• The building can be evacuated via the front door in the entrance hall. In an emergency there is also an exit via our kitchen, which is to the right, and straight to the far end of the hallway, at the bottom of the stairs.
• We do not permit smoking in the house.
• We are happy to cater for special diets or any particular likes or dislikes. Please advise us of these before your arrival.
• We are happy to refrigerate any medication. We can also keep any perishables (such as clotted cream!) in our fridge for a limited period.
• Mobile phone reception at the house is generally OK but in some of the surrounding area there is no signal.
• Wi-Fi Internet access is available in the house; please ask for the access key.
• Luggage transfer for walkers can be provided.

Contact Information
• Address: Honeycombe House, 61 Polkirt Hill, Mevagissey, Cornwall, PL26 6UR
• Telephone: Our landline is 01726 843750.
• Mobile Phone: 07710 593913
• E-mail address: enquiries@honeycombehouse.co.uk
• Website: www.honeycombehouse.co.uk
• We are open from Mid January to Mid December, but we do take occasional weekends off for weddings and family events!

Ian & Val Soper

 


 

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