Access Statement for The Nook

This access statement does not contain personal opinions as to our suitability for those with access needs, but aims to accurately describe the facilities and services that we offer all our guests/visitors.

Access Statement for The Nook at Downside House – 1 Bedroom cottage


Downside House is located in the village of Chilcompton. The Nook is a self-contained 1 bedroom property which sits in the grounds of Downside House, a grade II listed property dating from 1734. We sit approximately 11 Miles from Frome, 12 Miles from Bath, 9 miles from Wells and 17 miles from Bristol. We sit on a level plot with a slight gradient to the drive. The property is two storey and has 1 bedroom. The upstairs bedroom offers a King-size bed. The bathroom is located on the ground floor. The Nook has an intimate, cosy feel. The dining and sitting room forms one open plan space, the kitchen is a room off the sitting room. The bathroom has a roll top bath with rain shower over, basin and w/c. There is a private outside space with seating. The immediate roads once leaving Downside House are on the level and have pavements which you can access the local shop and pubs from. However further down the village pavements are not so available and there is a steep gradient to the bottom of the village. We look forward to welcoming you. If you have any queries or require any assistance please phone 07930430145 or email


•Nearest train stations: Frome 11 miles, Bath 12 miles, Castle Cary 14 miles
•Various accessible taxi companies depending the station you arrive at
•Frequent bus service from Bristol (Number 173 run hourly), Bath (hourly, number 173), Wells (hourly, number 173), Frome (run every 2hrs, number 184). The bus stop is approximately 200m from the property. Please alight at ‘the Redan Inn’ stop
•No collection service available
•The local roads are level and have a pavement. Further down the village there are less pavements and it becomes quite steep
•No information about local services for disabled people, however we can research if required
•Majority of major supermarkets deliver to the village. Supermarkets local to Downside House include; Waitrose, Morrison, Tesco, Lidel (Wells), Sainsburys, Tesco, Lidel (Midsomer Norton)
•No alternative formats as standard, on request we can offer large print
•Downside house and cottages are located on the B3139 Wells Road, which runs through Chilcompton. The drive is accessed off ‘Carters Way’, and then the first wooden gates on the right where you will see the signs for the house. For further information please refer to our website

Key Collection, Welcome and Car Parking

•The key will be available on arrival from Downside House. However a key safe is available should it be required
•Keys will be brought out to you for a brief meet and handover, providing the opportunity to ask any questions relating to the property
•Parking is available on site for one car (there is secure parking behind electric gates) you will be given a key fob allowing access as you please
•The drive is gravel, no designated Blue Badge parking
•Sensor lighting in the parking area and path to the cottages

Entrance to Property/Hallway

•There are three stone steps down to enter the property. No handrail or ramp available
•Accessed through stable door width 720mm
•Access into a hall/lobby area housing the washer/dryer and freezer. Worktop 925mm high
•Down lighting
•Grey marble flooring, pale grey painted walls and dark grey skirting and door surrounds
•We will be pleased to help you with your luggage into the cottage if you require assistance


•Stairs carpeted, wool pile
•Ceiling down lights downstairs, single pendant upstairs
•Handrail full length
•14 stairs on a curve 3+4+7
•800mm wide

Sitting Room/Lounge

•Once in cottage the bathroom, hall, sitting room and dining area all on one level, two stone steps up into the kitchen
•Open plan dining and sitting area. 1 x two seater sofa bed (ideal if you require and extra bed for a carer) and 1 x arm chairs (low arm). 1 x footstool
•Width from hall into sitting room 920mm
•Large spaces between furniture
•Down lights, side lights and standard lamp
•All furniture is movable
•Wall mounted TV with subtitles
•Wood burning stove
•Wooden oak floor with one rug (thick pile)
•Appliance instruction manual is provided for the TV and sound system
•Width from sitting room to kitchen 820mm

Dining Room

•Dining area is in the sitting room, level access
•Space round the table for a wheelchair (although access into the cottage would be difficult for a wheelchair)
•Clear height under dining table 600mm. Height to top of dining table 720mm
•Upright wooden chairs, no arms
•Down lights and standard lamp
•Wooden oak floor


•Open plan kitchen, work surfaces/units in an L shape, accessed off the sitting room via 2 stone steps 155mm each step
•Flagstone floor
•Opening into kitchen 820mm wide
•Height of electric oven from floor 300mm up to 750mm with a drop down opening door
•Height of electric hob 920mm
•Height of microwave 1540mm – 1750mm
•Wooden work surface 910mm high
•Highest shelf of fridge/freezer 680mm, lowest draw of fridge/freezer 290mm
•Height of wall shelves with glasses/cups/mugs 1660mm. These items can be moved to a lower position on request
•Sink has a single lever mixer tap
•Cordless kettle
•Ceiling down lights, velux window
•Blinds at the window


•Second floor bedroom accessed via 14 steps
•Handrail on stairs
•Width of stairs at tightest point 800mm
•Movable bedside tables
•Master bedroom is a king size bed
•Width next to the bed in the king sized room is 550mm and 1350mm
•Height of the king sized bed to mattress top is 600mm
•Clear space under the bed measures 270mm
•Ceiling pendant and two bedside lights
•Large built in wardrobe with fixed height hanging rail and shelving
•Full length mirror in bedroom
•Wool carpet
•Pillows and duvet inners plus bedding protectors can be non-allergenic if required. Please specify on booking All decoration throughout, other than the bathroom is: wooden oak flooring, dark grey skirting and door surrounds, pale grey walls and white blinds. White bedding and towels.


•Downstairs bathroom
•Clear door opening width 740mm
•Corner roll top bath with rain shower over. Height of bath lip 640mm
•W/C set height 420mm
•Washbasin height 830mm with pedestal
•Hot and cold screw taps to the sink and roll top bath
•Down lights throughout bathroom with velux window
•Shaving point next to sink and mirror
•Grey marble floor tiles, turquoise wall tiles. Dark grey door surround and chrome towel rails. Towels are white
•No support/grab rails


•Private garden with gravel path from the parking area. Hard-standing patio area, lawn and undercover seating. 100mm step over brick edging to lawn from gravel
•Flat garden, i.e. no gradient
•Footpath width from parking to the garden rooms at the narrowest point is 980mm
•Wooden table and wooden upright chairs in covered area
•Lounge seating on patio
•Gravel paths
•Use of a BBQ We welcome assistance dogs. The garden is secure and we can provide bowls should you require. There is a doctors surgery located opposite Downside House, St Chads Surgery. And the local community hospital is Paulton. For A&E you would need to travel to Bath RUH. Details below;
•St Chads Surgery, Carters Way, Chilcompton, Radstock. BA3 4XH (01761 232231)
•Paulton Community Hospital, Salisbury Road, Paulton, Bristol. BS39 7SB (01761 412315)
•Royal United Hospital (RUH), Combe Park, Avon BA1 3NG (01225 428331) There is no telephone fitted, however there is mobile phone reception. There is free WiFi in the cottage. There is a mains wired smoke alarm. Lighting Is in place should there be a powercut. Local information available in the cottage.

Future Plans

As this is a new venture we aim to learn from our experiences and take on board any feedback our guests give us.

Contact Information

Address: Downside House, Wells Road, Chilcompton, Radstock. BA3 4EU
Telephone: 07930 430145
Minicom: none
Grid Reference: OS GRID: ST 648513 Easting: 364879 Northing: 151339

4 star self catering, Somerset Gold award holiday cottage



Tel: 07930430145


Downside House,
Wells Road,


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