Access Statement for Bosavern House

Introduction

Bosavern House was built in the 1620’s as a direct result of land and money gifted by King Henry VIII to one of his sargents-at-arms for services rendered.  The house was further extended during the 1860’s and its coachhouse built in 1874.  The historical nature of the buildings, combined with their solid granite construction, means that access may be difficult for people with limited mobility.  We have a total of 8 bedrooms; 6 of these are on the first floor of the house, one is on the ground floor of the coachhouse (not wheelchair accessible) and one is on the first floor of the coachhouse.  We have no lifts.

We are located in a quiet, small hamlet in the countryside close to the town of St Just.

Pre-Arrival

  • You may contact us prior to arrival by telephone (01736 788301) or email info@bosavern.com
  • Our website www.bosavern.com provides in-depth information about Bosavern House and the surrounding area, including road maps and directions
  • For the purposes of satellite navigation our postcode is TR19 7RD
  • We are located on the B3306 about half a mile south of St Just; 2 minutes by car or 15 minutes walking from the town centre.
  • We are 7 miles from Penzance – about 20 minutes by car
  • There is a bus stop in the centre of St Just, with frequent daytime services between St Just and Penzance.  We can arrange to meet arriving guests from the bus stop in St Just.
  • The nearest train station is in Penzance; taxis and buses are available immediately outside the train station
  • Local taxi services have accessible taxis and we are happy to make a booking for you
  • Newquay Airport is 50 miles away and the journey by car takes about 90 minutes
  • St Just Airport, (flights to/from the Isles of Scilly plus private aircraft), is 1 mile away – about 3 minutes by car.
  • The British International Heliport for flights to/from the Isles of Scilly is in Penzance.
  • There is summer bus service between Lands End and St Ives which stops on request outside our house
  • We invite you to inspect our accommodation prior to arrival, if you are in the area, to check suitability

Arrival & Car Parking Facilities

  • Check-in is normally after 4pm and not later than 10.00pm.  Earlier checking in to your room may be possible by arrangement.
  • We have a private car park, with a mixture of gravel and tarmac surfaces, with space for one car for each guest bedroom.
  • The car park is illuminated by an adajcent streetlight together with additional flood-lighting from the House and a step/footpath light.
  • Our footpath surfaces are either tarmac or paved
  • We offer assistance with luggage.
  • For our ground floor coachhouse room, we can offer out-of-season parking closer to the room in the back garden.  During the summer months your car may be driven into the back garden to assist with luggage transfer before being parked in the car park.
  • The main route from the car park to the house entrance is via three steps, (13cm, 15cm and 15cm high respectively) with a wall and railings to one side which can be used to assist balance; there is a then a level tarmac footpath to the Porch front door.   There is a secondary, quicker route which is via three steps (13cm, 20cm and 27cm) which are closer to the house
  • The steps may be avoided by walking to the rear of the property where we can offer level access via the conservatory.
  • Outside the Porch front door there is a wide step which is 11cm high and covered by a metal ornamental doormat; to one side there is a boot scraper.

Main Entrance & Reception

  • The Porch front door is never locked; entry from this door is into a slate-floored porch where the doorbells are located.
  • The inner front door is worked by an electronic security code system; the security code pad also contains the main doorbell which may be used to summon assistance. The entry security code is issued to guests after registration.  The system has a battery powered back up in case of mains electrical failure.
  • There is also a nightbell in the porch – for emergency use between 11am and 7am.
  • The porch light is kept on during all hours of darkness whenever guests are in residence
  • The inner front door leads into a fully carpeted hallway which provides access to the guest lounge, dining room/ conservatory, main staircase and back corridor.
  • Newly arriving guests are registered in the guest lounge.
  • All arriving guests are given a familiarisation tour before being shown to their bedrooms
  • All guests are provided with one key for their bedroom.

Public Areas – General (Internal)

  • The guest lounge and dining room/ conservatory are on the ground floor and fully carpeted
  • There is an internal doorbell for service, public payphone and rack for room keys – all located adjacent to the main stairs and down two steps – 12cm and 11cm high.  There is additional lighting above the payphone and telephone directories.
  • The main staircase rises from the hallway to the bedrooms and is fully carpeted, as are the upper landings.  There are 7 stairs to a small landing and 2 stairs to a second central landing.
  • From the central landing, there are 7 stairs to the left, leading to two bedrooms; 6 stairs straight ahead leading to one bedroom; 6 stairs to the right, leading to three bedrooms and one private bathroom.  All stairs have a bannister and/or handrail.
  • The hallway, landings and stairs are all well-lit.
  • The hallway also provides access via a fully carpeted back corridor to the back garden door.  Within the back corridor there are three steps – each 14cm high – leading up to the back door.
  • The back door provides access via a level pathway (mixture of paving slabs and concrete), to the coachhouse.  The pathway has standard external lighting and additional motion sensor floodlighting at night.

Public Areas – WC

  • Two public WC’s are located immediately inside the inner front door; one is for ladies and one is for gentlemen.
  • Both have tiled floors; wc’s which are 43cm high, handbasins and mirrors.
  • Neither WC is suitable for wheelchair access.

Dining Room/Conservatory

  • Breakfast is served in the dining room and conservatory.
  • Furniture is flexible and can be moved upon request.
  • All of the dining chairs are without arms and the height of the seats is 45cm.
  • Lighting is natural daylight with extra standard lighting as deemed necessary or requested.
  • The breakfast menu is available in large print and includes vegetarian choices.  We are always available to assist with choices from the menu.
  • We are happy to cater for special diets.

Lounge/Bar

  • The guest lounge contains a variety of seating; TV and DVD player; a large selection of books and leaflets about the local area; local bus timetables; daily newspapers; piano and a good selection of games.
  • We are licenced to sell alcohol.
  • Lighting is natural daylight together with a choice of extra standard lighting arrangements as required.

Bedrooms

  • All bedrooms have the following facilities: wall mounted TV with remote control; refreshment tray; kettle; hairdryer; towels; courtesy soap and shampoo/shower gel sachets.
  • There is a folder in each bedroom providing a comprehensive directory of information.
  • All bedrooms have self-closing doors, fitted carpets and double glazing.
  • All beds, apart from the bunk beds, are fitted with orthoepedic or equivalent mattresses.
  • Beds are made up with sheets and allergy-free duvets but blankets can be provided instead of duvets if required.  Most of our bedlinen is polyester cotton; some is 100% cotton.
  • All bedrooms offer three different weights of allergy-free pillows.
  • We have 1 x single room (en-suite shower room); 1 x twin room (en-suite shower room); 1 x twin room (separate private bathroom – see below); 1 x double room with standard double bed (en-suite bathroom); 1 x double room with standard double bed (en-suite shower room); 1 x double room with king size bed (en-suite shower room); 1 x family room with a king size bed and bunk beds (en-suite shower room); 1 x ground floor family room with a king size bed and twin beds (en-suite shower room).
  • One twin room has a separate private bathroom which is along the corridor – down 7 steps to the central landing and up 6 steps to a further landing and the bathroom – the landings are illuminated throughout the night and a switch for additional lighting is located immediately outside the bedroom door.
  • Both family rooms are located in our coachhouse annex; the first floor room is accessed via 15 external granite stone steps with a handrail; the ground floor room is accessed by 4 granite stone steps (13cm, 18cm, 20cm and 27cm respectively) with handrail.
  • All house bedrooms have individual thermostatically controlled central heating radiators.
  • The coachhouse family rooms have wall-mounted electric heaters with thermostatic controls.

Bathrooms and Shower-rooms

  • All bathrooms/shower rooms have fitted vinyl or similar floor covering; WCs, handbasins; radiators or heated towel rails (except the single room); mirrors with additional lighting and shaver points.
  • All showers and baths are fitted with handrails; non-slip, rubberised mats are provided for the baths.  We are also happy to provide a rubberised non-slip mat for use with showers if required.
  • All showers have thermostatic controls and are height adjustable.
  • We have no shared bathrooms.
  • An over-the-seat toilet frame is available if required.

Grounds and Gardens

  • Our gardens are available for our guests to enjoy at any time.
  • The front garden is mainly lawn with herbaceous/shrub border; during the summer it is set out with picnic tables; the lawn is raised up from the tarmac paths by about 10cm.
  • The rear garden is a mixture of lawn, borders and shrubbery and also provides access to our very small campsite which is located in the old orchard.
  • Within the rear garden lawned area is a further picnic table which is suitable for wheelchair access during the summer months; there is also a garden seat.
  • Our chickens roam freely in the rear garden during quieter times of the year.
  • Across the road from our house you may join a public footpath which takes you down to the sea and the South West Coast path in approximately 20 minutes; the footpath crosses fields and granite stiles and is quite steep in places.

Additional Information

  • The main guesthouse has an annually inspected electrical fire detection and warning system with heat detectors, alarm points and emergency lights.  The coachhouse rooms are fitted with smoke alarms and fire extinguishers.
  • In the case of a fire in the house a fire alarm sounds continuously.  A member of staff will come to your room to assist with evacuation outside.  Please advise if you have a hearing impediment at the time of booking or checking-in.  There are fire extinguishers throughout the house; fire exits are well signed and lit; emergency lighting is in place above the landing, stairs, hall and back corridor in case of power failure.
  • Due to our thick granite walls, mobile phone reception can be poor in many internal areas; outside reception is generally good.
  • Dogs are allowed in allocated pet-friendly rooms.
  • We are happy to refrigerate medicines or special dietary foods.
  • We offer drying facilities for wet outdoor clothing/ boots.
  • We have a small guest laundry – washing machine and tumble drier – which are coin-operated.

Contact Information