Lovely, accessible cottage
This visit included a person who uses: Powerchair
The Roost is a lovely, one-story cottage near Bempton in East Yorkshire which sleeps four in two bedrooms with two bathrooms, mobility 2 rated and there is an access statement on the website. The house is wheelchair accessible, although my power chair needed an extra shove to get it over the threshold of the front door, and although the internal doors are not wide, I was able to get around without any problem. The only adaptations are a (very) high toilet in the shower room and some grab rails. You can park within a couple of yards of the door. Outside the front door there was a table and chairs, a little the worse for the weather, but on a warm day it would be lovely to sit out in the courtyard which is block paved. The furnishings are all really good quality and it was very comfortable, although a little chilly as the weather was very cold and the cottage had not been booked for a while but we were able to turn the heating up and get the wood burning stove going so it was lovely and cosy the next day. This is virtually always the case with cottages so we did expect it but of course if you’re only staying a weekend it means it’s not so warm for more of your stay! There was plenty of wood and they told us we could help ourselves if we needed more. The only trouble with getting the sitting room nice and warm was that it made the thermostat go off so the bedroom and bathroom weren’t so warm. I don’t really know what the answer is to having the perfectly warm cottage! It’s a really well-equipped cottage and there was a welcome tray with tea, coffee, biscuits and a bottle of wine. The decor is lovely with original features from its former life as a farm building and there was an interesting history of the farm in the cottage information folder. The cottages also have impeccable green credentials, using a wind turbine and rainwater capture, encouraging recycling and using local products. The friendly, helpful owners have other cottages at nearby High Barn, where we had stayed last year and on both occasions we were really lucky with the weather, so as last time we had a very sunny visit to the promenade at Bridlington which is nice and smooth for wheel users with plenty of parking. The Blue Badge bays were all full but with this being off-season, there were loads of free spaces nearby.
Transport & Parking
No problem for wheel-users but someone with difficulty walking might need to have a rest between car and door, but there is a table and chairs there.
They don't claim it to be perfectly wheelchair friendly. It is accessible but doesn't have wide doors or lowered surfaces. My power chair had a slight problem getting over the front door threshold but with a shove we managed.
There is a double bedroom with an ensuite bathroom which has a shower over the bath and the other room can be configured as a twin or a king-size double and the ensuite bathroom is a wet room with just enough space to manoeuvre a wheelchair. The loo in the wetroom was very high. Grab rails by sink, loo and shower. No shower seat but they provide one if you ask. There are 360 degree views of all the rooms on the website so you can get a really good idea of what you're getting.
Very friendly and helpful and they live on site.
Anything else you wish to tell us?
What with the welcome tray, the lovely furnishings and interesting building, this felt like a very luxurious place to stay!
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