Blue Swallow Guest House Accessibility Guide

Accessibilty Guide for the Blue Swallow Guest House

Introduction

The Blue Swallow is a Victorian town house with accommodation over three floors. We offer bed and breakfast in 7 guest rooms.

The following guide is a summary of what is provided, if you have any questions please contact us and we will endeavour to help.

Pre-arrival

Penrith North Lakes Rail Station (Ullswater Road, Penrith, CA11 7JQ) and Penrith Bus Station (Sandgate, Penrith, CA11 7TP) are both 0.5 miles from the guest house.

There are bus stops along Victoria Road, the nearest ones are 0.2 miles in either direction.

There are taxis at both the train and bus stations and some Accessible Taxis are available. We can book taxis for you during your stay.

Details and menus etc. may be provided in large print.

Arrival, Car Parking & Cycle Storage

There is free kerbside parking to the front of the guest house. A parking disc is required for this  which we can supply on arrival. Access to the main front door from the garden path is by 4 steps.

We also have parking spaces for 2 cars or up to 6 motorcycles to the rear of the guest house in our enclosed yard. These spaces are subject to availability. The rear yard parking is on gravel. Access here is on the level with a pathway at least 100cm wide. Entrance to the house is through a rear door with an opening of 72cm. Once inside there are 4 steps (18cm high and 112cm wide with a depth of 27cm) to the ground floor.

Up to 12 bicycles can be stored, please contact us for further details.

We are happy to assist guests with luggage.

The town centre is a few minutes away, approached on level ground, where all the local amenities are provided.

Check-in times from 4pm to 9pm or by prior arrangement.

Grounds and Garden

There is a small low maintenance garden to the front of the house and an enclosed gravelled and paved area to the rear with flower borders, tubs, folding table, bench seats and folding chairs.  There is a small garden storage unit outside the garage which is moveable.

In the rear garden there is a wooden gate which is 90cm high and can be opened to a width of 150cm.

Entrance to the house is through a rear door with an opening of 72cm. Once inside there are 4 steps (18cm high and 112cm wide with a depth of 27cm) to the ground floor.

Front Main Entrance

The small front garden is accessed from the main street by means of a gate with an opening of 83cm. There is path from the gate to the front steps measuring 145cm in length, the path is 97cm wide. There is a handrail on the right hand side of the steps.

There is no seating area in the front garden.

The main front door is approached by 4 steps which are 20cm high and 97cm wide with a depth of 20cm. The main front door opening is 91cm wide, opening into a porch which is 120cm by 114cm.

The inner door opening is 78cm wide and opens into the hallway which is 114cm wide by 369cm long to the foot of the main staircase.

Public Areas

Corridors and stairs are well lit and flooring throughout is covered in short pile carpet. Access to all areas of the house is by stairs, we do not have a lift.

There is no public toilet/washroom available in the guest house.

We do not have a laundry, shop, leisure facilities, bar or entertainment, meeting rooms or any outdoor facilities.

We do not play background music in any areas of the guest house.

Dining Room

Breakfast is served in the dining room which is situated in the basement, accessed by 4 stairs (18cm high and 112cm wide with a depth of 27cm) from the ground floor to the lower ground level with a handrail.  The door opening to the basement stairs is  73cm wide. There are a further 8 stairs (18cm high and 85cm wide with a depth of 26cm) to the basement level with a handrail. The door opening into the dining room is 80cm.

The tables are all 71cm high and 60cm wide and 122cm long. All the chairs are without arms.

Please note that the dining room has a low ceiling – approximate height 6 feet.

Bedrooms

There are 7 bedrooms, 3 on the first floor, 2 on the second floor and 2 at the rear of the house accessed by 4 stairs to the mezzanine floor halfway up to the first floor.

Rooms 1, 2 and 3 are accessed from the ground floor by 9 stairs to a half landing followed by a further 7 stairs to the first floor landing. Each stair is 18cm high and 92cm wide with a depth of 28cm. The half landing is 89cm deep (at its narrowest point) by 208cm wide and the first floor landing is 139cm deep (at its narrowest point) by 266cm wide.

Rooms 6 and 7 are accessed from the half landing by 4 stairs (17cm high and 79cm wide (at its narrowest point) with a depth of 25cm) to the mezzanine floor. The landing on the mezzanine floor is 81cm wide (at its narrowest point) by 830cm long. There is one handrail leading to the mezzanine.

Rooms 4 and 5 are accessed from the first floor landing by 9 stairs (18cm high and 96cm wide with a depth of 27cm) to a half landing with a further 5 stairs (19cm high and 96cm wide with a depth of 28cm) to the top landing. The half landing to the second floor is 212cm wide by 83cm deep (at its narrowest point), the top landing is 114cm wide by 118cm deep.

There is a banister handrail up to the first and second floor.

Short pile carpet is fitted throughout. Furniture is moveable on request. A television with remote control is provided in all rooms.

Bedroom 1 – First Floor – Twin Room

The door opening is 75 cm wide. There are two single divan beds which are 62cm high. There is a minimum of 62cm between each bed and 78cm to each side with a 70cm space at the foot of the beds.

One wicker basket chair is provided.

Private Shower Room

The shower room is adjacent to the bedroom. The door opening is 73cm wide.

The shower cubicle door opening measures 40.5cm wide and accessed over an edge/step 13.5cm high.

Free floor space is 310cm long and 98cm wide. The space between the entrance door and the shower cubicle is 40cm wide.

The pedestal wash basin is 80cm high and the toilet is 40cm high.

Room 2 – First Floor – Family Room

The entrance door opening is 75cm wide. The room has a double divan and a single wooden framed bed.

The double bed is 62cm high and the single bed is 62 cm high.

There is a minimum of 76cm each side of the double bed and 100 cm space at the foot of the double bed up to the side of the single bed.

Two wicker basket chairs are provided.

En suite shower Room

Sliding door opening is 59cm wide.

Shower cubicle door opening measures 51cm wide and accessed over an edge/step 30cm high.

Free floor space is 76cm wide by 200cm long.

The pedestal wash basin is 80cm high and toilet 40cm high.

Bedroom 3 – First Floor -Double Room

The entrance door opening is 77cm wide. The room has a double divan bed 62cm high.

There is a minimum of 65cm each side of the bed and a space of 38cm between the shower room wall and the corner of the bed.

One wicker basket chair is provided.

En Suite Shower Room

Entrance door opening is 66cm wide.

Free floor space is 79cm wide and 180cm long.

The pedestal wash basin is 80cm high and toilet 40cm high.

The shower cubicle door opening measures 49cm wide accessed over an edge/step 13cm high.

Room 4 – Second Floor – Triple Room

Entrance door opening is 74cm wide. The room has a double divan bed which is 62cm high and a single divan bed 62cm high.

There is a minimum space of 65cm at each side of the double bed and up to the side of the single bed. There is a minimum space of 79cm at the foot of both beds.

This spacious bedroom is built into the roof area of the house and has a sloping ceiling at one side of the room. Due to the sloping ceiling, access is restricted to the left side of the single bed.

The sloping ceiling has a Velux window installed which is fitted with a blackout blind.

Two wicker basket chairs are provided.

En Suite Shower Room

Entrance via sliding door, opening is 56cm wide.

Shower cubicle door opening measures 44cm wide and accessed over an edge/step 28cm high.

Free floor space is 160cm wide by 180cm long.

The pedestal wash basin is 80cm high and toilet is 40cm high.

Room 5 – Second Floor – Family Room

Entrance door opening is 75cm wide.

The room has a double divan bed 62cm high and a single divan bed 62cm high.

There is a minimum space of 65cm each side of the double bed and 45cm space from the single bed to the wall.

There is a minimum space of 64cm at the foot of both beds.

This spacious bedroom is built into the roof area of the house and has a sloping ceiling at one side of the room. Due to the sloping ceiling, access is restricted to the left side of the single bed.

The sloping ceiling has a Velux window installed which is fitted with a blackout blind.

Two wicker basket chairs are provided.

En Suite Shower Room

Entrance via sliding door, opening is 55cm wide.

Shower cubicle door opening measures 42.5cm wide and accessed over an edge/step 28cm high.

Free floor space is 123cm wide and 157cm long.

The pedestal wash basin is 80cm high and the toilet is 40cm high.

Room 6 – Mezzanine Floor – Single Room

The entrance door opening is 70cm wide.

The room has a single divan bed 62cm high.

There is a minimum of 115cm from the side of the bed to the inner wall.

One wicker basket chair is provided.

En Suite Shower Room

Entrance door opening is 62cm wide.

Shower cubicle door opening measures 40.5cm wide accessed over an edge/step 13.5cm high.

Free floor space is 111cm wide and 137cm long and has non slip vinyl floor.

The pedestal wash basin is 80cm high and toilet is 40cm high.

Room 7 – Mezzanine Floor – Single Room

The entrance door  opening is 70cm wide.

The room has a single divan bed 62cm high.

There is a minimum of 115cm from the side of the bed to the inner wall.

One wicker basket chair is provided.

En Suite Shower Room

Entrance door opening is 62cm wide.

Shower cubicle door opening measures 51cm wide and is accessed over an edge/step 30cm high.

Free floor space is 70cm wide and 160cm long and has a non slip vinyl floor.

The pedestal wash basin is 80cm high and toilet is 40cm high.

Additional Information

We use LED, halogen and energy saving lightbulbs throughout the public areas and bedrooms. Some areas do have low lighting, such as the breakfast room.

We do have a family Border Collie dog called Bunty, she is confined to the owners’ accommodation on the ground floor.

Mobile phone reception is generally good. Wi-Fi is available throughout the property.

There are no cooking facilities available and we are unable to provide evening meals. There is a good selection of eateries in Penrith, all of them a short walk away and we are happy to offer advice.

We are a no smoking/vaping establishment.

We have full Fire Alarm system updated in January 2008 to conform with the present regulations. The fire alarm panel was renewed in January 2017. A fire risk assessment is in place.

The Blue Swallow has an audible fire alarm system only. Instructions for evacuation in the event of a fire can be found in your room. We are able to use both front and rear doors for evacuation if need be. If assistance is needed for evacuation please discuss this with us on arrival.

Hours of operation : Hours flexible, the Guest House is our home so is occupied 24 hours but contact times are between 8.00am and 10.00 pm unless in an emergency.

Contact Information

Blue Swallow Guest House, 11 Victoria Road, Penrith, Cumbria, CA11 8HR.

Telephone : 01768 866335

E mail: info@blueswallow.co.uk

Website: www.blueswallow.co.uk

We welcome your feedback to help us continuously improve. If you have any comments or suggestions please inform us in person or by phone or email.

Updated 18th December 2019