Please find below access statements for Fursdon Cottage, Fursdon House, the Gardens and the Tea Room. These are for people with access needs to help them make informed decisions about the holiday accommodation and visits to Fursdon House, Gardens and Tea Room.
Fursdon Cottage is a Victorian cottage on the Fursdon Estate. We have tried to provide enough information to help you in your holiday choices. If you have any queries, please do call. We look forward to welcoming you.
- We have a website showing interior and exterior photographs of the accommodation. Fursdon is also listed with www.sawdays.co.uk
- Please check our website for availability, or via e-mail or telephone. Bookings can then be made online.
- Payment can be made over the phone using a debit or credit card or by cheque.
- Changeover days are Friday or Monday.
- Shopping can be delivered using various supermarket home delivery schemes once you have arrived.
Unloading and Car Parking Facilities
- Luggage can be unloaded in front of the cottage from where there is level access to the entrance.
- There is car parking for two vehicles and further parking in a gently sloping car park approximately 100 metres from the house
Arrival and Main Entrance
- If requested, guests can be met on arrival at the cottage and shown the facilities.
- There is level access in the entrance hall of the cottage.
- The front door leads into a wide hallway, off which leads the accommodation.
- From here there is level access to the utility room, downstairs cloakroom and kitchen/sitting room and stairs that lead to the first floor bedrooms and bathroom
- There is a tiled floor and the stairs up to the first floor are carpeted
- A smoke detector is fitted on the ceiling of the hall and a water filled fire extinguisher on the wall behind the door.
- The utility room is located to the left of the hallway with level access.
- The floor is tiled
- There is an unobstructed walkway to the back door with access to the garden at the rear of the property.
- A run of standard height kitchen floor units include a washing machine and tumble dryer. There is a sink with cupboards under and above.
- The sink has a mixer tap and left hand drainer with work surfaces to the left and right.
- A microwave is located on the work surface
- On the other side of the utility room is a large fridge/freezer
- To the left of the fridge/freezer is a floor standing cupboard for cleaning equipment, hoover and ironing board.
- All appliances have instructions, which are in the top drawer in the utility room.
- General ambient lighting is provided and the room is light and airy with windows on three sides and a half-glazed door.
- The cloakroom with loo is located opposite the front door to the cottage and has level access
- The floor is tiled
- There is a row of coat hooks on the left and further along a wash hand basin.
- On the right is a low flush loo and to the side is a cupboard under the stairs, which houses cot and highchair.
- Opposite the door is a small window and a radiator in front.
- The open plan kitchen/dining/sitting room leads through to the right from the entrance hall with level access.
- The floor throughout is tiled
- The kitchen is the first area on the left.
- There is a powder fire extinguisher on the wall behind the door and a fire blanket attached to the side of the work unit behind the door.
- A smoke detector is fitted to the ceiling of this room.
- There is an unobstructed walkway down the right side of the room to the dining area and the sitting area and on into the TV Room.
- An L shaped run of standard height kitchen floor units include a sink and dish washer with the hob and oven at the end. The oven has a drop down door. There are wall cupboards and shelves above the units and an extractor unit above the cooker.
- The sink has a mixer tap and left hand drainer with working surfaces to the left and right. A toaster and electric kettle are located on the work surface.
- In the centre of the kitchen area there is an island unit with work surface and three wide drawers under.
- All appliances have instructions, which are in the drawer in the utility room.
- General ambient lighting is provided with task lighting under the wall units. The room is light and airy as there are a number of windows on the south side of the room and a glazed door opposite which leads out into the garden.
- Beyond the central unit is a dining table with 6 chairs.
- The approach to the sitting area is through the kitchen and dining areas. The floor is level and tiled with a small rectangular rug.
- There is an L shaped seating unit with a moveable arm chair and non-feather cushions
- A wooden chest is located in the centre of the room as a coffee table and there is a rectangular rug beneath.
- There is a wood burning fire, which is protected by a hearth and fire guard.
- South facing windows give the room plenty of natural light.
- A table lamp provides additional light as well as wall lights.
- There is also a radio and CD player.
- From the Sitting room a door leads to the TV Room.
- The floor is level and tiled
- There are two armchairs and a sofa, all moveable
- A wall mounted Digital TV is provided with remote control. There is a chest table beneath the TV.
- A broadband router situated on the window sill gives wireless internet connection.
- South and east facing windows give the room plenty of natural light.
- In addition there is a floor standing lamp.
- Carpeted stairs lead up from the hall and split to landings on the left and right, which lead to the bedrooms.
- Taking the 4 additional stairs to the right there is a powder fire extinguisher on the wall to the right and a smoke detector on the ceiling above.
- In all the bedrooms sheets and duvet covers are high quality cotton.
- Duvets or blankets can be provided
- Extra pillows are available on request
- Non-allergic bed linen is available on request
- A smoke detector is fitted in each bedroom
- To the right of the central staircase a single bedroom is located with a 3 ft guest bed providing 2 beds if needed. In addition there is a wardrobe, chair and small bedside table with lamp.
- There is access to the bed from one side only
- The floor is carpeted
- The main bedroom is located at the end of the landing and has an ensuite shower room.
- The floor of the bedroom is carpeted and the ensuite shower room has a tiled floor with level access and a small step into the shower cubicle
- The bed is a 5 ft double.
- There is access on either side of the bed
- There are bedside tables and a wardrobe and chair.
- A small side table and mirror are next to the door of the shower room.
- Overhead lighting provides a good level of light with additional bedside lamps. Windows to the south and east provide good daylight.
- The floor is carpeted.
- This is located to the left of the central staircase with four additional stairs leading to the short landing.
- It has two 3 ft beds with a small table between them.
- There is access on all sides of one bed but the second is near to the wall so space is more limited
- The room has a wardrobe against the wall and a small table and mirror opposite the beds.
- There is a bedside lamp on the table between the beds and a central ceiling light.
- There are south and west facing windows, which give natural light to the room.
- The floor is carpeted
- The bathroom is located on the left of the central staircase and up four steps. There is level access from the twin bedroom.
- There is a full sized bath, large wash hand basin and wc with plenty of clear unobstructed floor space
- There is also a curved shower cubicle with door which slide back giving good access to the shower. There is a small lip to step over into the shower.
- The vertical heated towel rail is just inside the door on the right.
- The floor is tiled
- There are twin taps to the wash basin and bath.
- Guests have use of a fully enclosed garden.
- Access from the house is via a path along the rear of the house and up 4 steps onto the grass.
- The garden is terraced and there is quite a steep climb to the top.
- Outside the garden there is a communal picnic area with swings and a slide for children situated near the stables along a gently sloping drive
- A barbecue area is also sited here.
- There is a flat area of grass where guests can sit near the play area
- In the event of fire there are clear instructions on the back of the main door to Fursdon Cottage as well as information in the guests’ folder.
- Smoking is not allowed in any part of the holiday accommodation.
- A well behaved dog is allowed at Fursdon Cottage and there are terms and conditions in the guests’ folder relating to use of the cottage with a dog.
There are constant improvements and upgrades to facilities at Fursdon.
Access Statement for Fursdon House, Gardens and Tea Room
Fursdon House, Garden and Tea Room are part of the historic Fursdon Estate. The house has earlier roots but presents as a Georgian mansion, surrounded by gardens and grounds, with a Tea Room converted from the Victorian Coach Hall. The house is open for guided tours and the gardens and tea room are open on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons between Easter and the end of September. We have tried to provide enough information to help you in visiting choices. If you have any queries, please do call. We look forward to welcoming you.
- We have a website showing interior and exterior photographs of the house, garden and Coach Hall tea room. Fursdon is also advertised with www.hha.org.uk, www.visitdevon.co.uk and local magazines.
- Opening days, times and prices are listed on the website.
- Normal open afternoons in the season are Wednesdays and Thursdays from 2-5pm. There are other special open afternoons and full details are on the website.
- Fursdon welcomes dogs to the garden. They must, however, be kept on a lead and owners must clean up after them.
Car Parking Facilities
- There is ample car parking on hard standing and grass.
- The surfaced car park is on a gentle slope, while there are flat areas on the grass parking field
- There is room for a long wheelbase Coach to turn and park
- There is signage from the car park to the Coach Hall tea room, which is also the ticket office.
- Disabled parking can be arranged near to the house if organized with the estate office in advance
Arrival and Entrance to Coach Hall
- There is a short uphill walk from the car park to the Coach Hall to purchase tickets or show season tickets/HHA Friends cards.
- A sloping tarmac drive takes visitors from the car park into a slightly uneven cobbled courtyard. The cobbles can be a little slippery when wet.
- There is a step up into the Coach Hall, which has a level wooden floor.
- Inside the door is a Fire extinguisher and above the door an emergency light.
- There is an open guarded fire, which is usually lit on open days.
- There is an emergency exit to the rear of the coach hall with an emergency light over. This is approached over three steps and therefore not suitable for wheelchair users or visitors with mobility difficulties.
- A ramp can be fitted to the outside step if advance warning is given to gain access to the Coach Hall.
- The Coach Hall is well lit with ambient lighting.
- From the cobbled area and to the right of the Coach Hall door is an entrance to male and female toilet facilities
- These are flat and level after walking a short way on the cobbles
- There are no disabled toilet facilities at the current time.
- There is a baby changing station in the ladies’ toilet.
Walking to Fursdon House and Garden
- Retracing steps across the cobbled area there is a tarmac drive gently sloping downwards towards Fursdon House and Garden. See visitor map below. After approximately 100 metres this becomes a gravel drive.
- There are two low level speed bumps along the drive to be aware of.
Entrance to Fursdon House and the Hall
- There are two steps up to the front door of Fursdon House and a further step through the front door into the entrance hall.
- A mobile ramp can be fitted to both sets of steps.
- There is a mat well inside the front door and then a fixed carpet over a level wooden floor.
- To the right of the front door as you enter is a fire alarm call point on the wall.
- There is a smoke detector in this area
- Emergency lighting is fitted over the front door, outside the door to the Museum and over the steps down to the lower hall.
- There is good ambient lighting in this area.
- There is level access from the entrance hall into the Dining Room
- A fixed seagrass rug to the centre of the room is fitted over a wooden floor.
- Chairs are available for visitors to sit here if necessary.
- There is an open fire with raised fire surround. There is rarely a fire lit in this room at the time of visits by the public or groups.
- There are three windows along one side of the room giving good ambient lighting.
- From the Dining Room visitors retrace their steps across the entrance hall and down 5 carpeted steps to the Lower Hall.
- There is a hand rail for the first 3 steps and then a small level area leading to the Drawing Room before 2 further wide steps down into the Lower Hall.
- There is a water fire extinguisher in the Lower Hall.
- There are two smoke detectors in this area.
- There is an emergency exit from the Lower Hall up two steps onto a quarter landing. Turning left there is a door with a further external door to the right and out into the garden.
- The Lower Hall has a fixed carpet and wooden floored surround.
- There is a large window to one side of the Lower Hall on the staircase giving good ambient lighting in this area.
- Access to this room is from the Lower Hall up two carpeted steps and along a short level walkway.
- There is a flat wooden floor with a large fixed rug in the centre
- There is comfortable seating available to visitors in this room
- There is a smoke detector fitted in this room
- Three large windows give good ambient lighting in this room
- From the Drawing Room there are two steps down into the Lower Hall and level access across a fixed carpet to the Library.
- There is a smoke detector in this room
- There is a large carpet in the centre of the room with flat and level wooden flooring around.
- Visitors can sit in this room if necessary.
- Two large floor-to-ceiling windows in this room give very good ambient lighting.
- There is level access to the Museum from the Entrance Hall
- From the Library there are five steps to the museum over carpeted floor.
- The flooring in the museum is a large seagrass square with wooden floor boards around.
- Artificial lighting and two small windows give sufficient lighting.
- There is a bench on which visitors can sit.
- There is a smoke detector and a fire extinguisher in this room
- There are three wooden steps up to the Inner Museum with a handrail to the left
- The floor is cobbled stone and uneven with a gentle slope to a further display area
- Lighting is artificial and kept at a low level to protect the costumes on display
- There is a further open doorway leading to an area with a floor-to-ceiling glass fronted display case containing the costume
- From Fursdon House the gardens surround the house and are on sloping ground.
- The terrain can be difficult in places for people with mobility problems or wheelchair users. There are parts where there is flat ground and also gentle slopes. We recommend that people with concerns contact the estate office for further guidance.
- The lawned area at the front of the house is approached from a level gravel turning area via a flight of stone steps. An alternative to this is via the main drive on a gentle slope
- The Western Gardens are gently sloping and grass paths lead round the contours of the hill to the latched gate to the Fox Garden.It is steeper at the top of the garden with grass slopes and some brick and stone steps dividing the Garden. There are grass and gravel paths to avoid the steps and there is a gravel path leading round the lower edge with a wall above a courtyard at the back of the house. This route returns across lawns to the Western Garden via a latched gate.
- At various places in the Fox Garden there are benches to sit on.
- To the west of the house is another enclosed garden entered through a latched gate up one step where there is a bench to sit on. Paths here are of grass and gravel.
- The walk from Fursdon House to the Meadow Garden is down a gently sloping gravel drive and through a heavy self-closing gate.
- A public roadway has to be crossed before going through another large gate with a simple hook mechanism into the Meadow Garden.
- Walking is all on grass and there are two fairly steep slopes but some flat areas.
- There is a set of steps with a handrail to the right to avoid one of the slopes.
- The pond at the lower end of the Meadow Garden is fully enclosed and entered through latched gates. There is a flat walk round the pond and a life-saving belt is on a stand by the pond.
- There are constant improvements and upgrades to facilities at Fursdon.
We welcome your feedback to help us continuously improve facilities for holiday guests and house and garden visitors. If you have any comments please phone 01392 860860 or email [email protected], thank you.