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The Square, Parwich - Access Statement

Access Statement


Our Access Statement is an attempt to provide a clear and honest picture of our holiday accommodation The Square, so that potential guests can assess for themselves whether it would be a suitable and happy choice for their own particular needs.

Our self-catering house for four, is a very attractive 18th century stone property arranged over 3 floors. It is listed, within a conservation area and in a beautiful area of the Peak District, in the village of Parwich, popular particularly with walkers. We are some seven miles from the nearest town of Ashbourne.

Delightful as it is, there is no denying it is unsuitable for anyone with mobility problems or very poor vision, or anyone totally dependent on public transport. When you have read the statement below, please do not hesitate to ring us up to discuss any queries you might have.

It is thought that the house may have been originally owned by weavers, who would have worked on the light-filled top floor and because of its age and purpose the stairs are steep, of uneven gradient and rather narrow. We have therefore always acknowledged, albeit with regret, our limited appeal and/or suitability for a proportion of the population

The Square is not suitable for:
•    Any adult unable to cope confidently and safely with stairs and external steps.
•    Children.

The Square has 3 bedrooms, two with king size beds and one with a single bed, all are upstairs:
•    The bathroom is upstairs, on the first floor.
•    There is no downstairs lavatory.


Our website can be found at All necessary information about the house can be found there, including a copy of this Access Statement and other policies.

Bookings / enquiries can be made via:

Our remote rural situation

•    It is possible, but only with considerable effort, to cope without a car.
•    There is a very limited daily bus service, mainly into Ashbourne. The bus stop in the village is 150 metres from the house.
•    The nearest mainline train stations are Derby or Chesterfield, both approximately 20 miles away.
•    The nearest taxi service, Ashbourne Taxis (tel: +44(0)1335 345 198) is in Ashbourne, 7 miles away.

Local services

•    We can supply a list of those shops and supermarkets locally who will deliver for your arrival.
•    Fresh milk can be delivered every other day by the Gibson family (+44 (0)1335 310 250).
•    The village pub/shop (+44 (0)1335 390 212) is approximately 250m away.

Arrival & Car Parking Facilities

•    There is a parking space outside the house, on the road.
•    There is a garage opposite in School Lane that belongs to the property and guests are welcome to use it, for storage of bikes/walking gear, and to park outside.
•    Entrance through the front door to the ground floor of the house is via a step.
•    There are small steps to negotiate, each approximately 4 centimetres high, through the front gate.

The Ground Floor

The Lounge

•    The Lounge is accessed via a porch from the front door, with one step up and also from the kitchen/dining room, via one step down.
•    There are double oak doors between the porch and the lounge

The Dining kitchen

•    There is direct access from the external courtyard
•    There is a door into the Lounge and onto the staircase to the first floor.
•    The cooker is a Rayburn (which also powers the heating and hot water). It can remain hot and warm throughout the day.
•    There is a range of floor level and overhead storage cupboards


•    There is a standard size front loading washing machine in the kitchen:



Please note that access upstairs would be difficult for anyone with mobility difficulties. It would also be difficult for anyone with very limited vision.

•    Stairs: 2 flights, both carpeted narrow tread stairs, with a handrail and a turn at the bottom of each flight.
•    Doors at the bottom of the stairs
•    Super King and King size beds provided in the two main bedrooms and a standard single in the third.
•    All rooms have down & feather pillows and duvets
•    Mattress protector and pillow protectors are fitted
•    Sheets, duvet covers and pillow cases are cotton.
•    A small TV with remote control and a DVD player is provided in the games room on the top floor.

There are fitted wardrobes and storage provided in all 3 bedrooms.

Bathroom and WC

This is on the first floor and has a standard bath and a power shower over the bath and a standard WC.

One handrail is provided above the bath.

General (Internal)

•    The house has a Smoke Alarms fitted on each floor and carbon monoxide monitors in the lounge and kitchen
•    Furniture is moveable, with the exception of built in cupboards/wardrobes, and where applicable complies with fire safety regulations.
•    Free Sat TV provided, with remote control (also available are DVD, stereo with CD, radio and tape)
•    Wifi is provided throughout the house.

Floorings throughout the house are carpet with the exception of the kitchen and porch which have quarry tiles and the lounge which has polished oak boards. There are a number of rugs.

There are window curtains in every room except the kitchen & bathroom which have roller blinds, and the top floor games room.

Grounds and Gardens

•    Immediately outside the house is a small stone paved courtyard area, with potted plants.
•    There is a small table and two folding wooden chairs and a stone bench
•    There is a separate sitting out area, with a large wooden table and 2 benches, in the garden which is situated immediately across the road.
•    Access to the garden is via a narrow flight of stone steps.
•    The garden is secluded with a yew hedge as the boundary from the side road. It contains lawns and herbaceous filled flower borders and a quantity of fruit trees/bushes
•    Under no circumstances should anyone attempt to stand on the garage roof which is accessible in the garden.
•    There is a working beehive on the garage roof and no-one should get in front of it or interfere with it in any way.

Additional Information

•    There is patchy mobile phone reception in the house, but a signal can often be obtained on the top floor, however a landline is provided for guests’ use.
•    Please let us know if you are unlikely to hear the fire alarm
•    The house is no smoking.
•    Pets and service dogs are welcome by prior agreement.

Susan & Victor Bridgett
The Square
Last reviewed June 2017

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