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 Halse Water House
Halse Water House is a traditionally-built Grade II listed thatched property with typical cosy cottage-style accommodation, but equipped with modern facilities.
Pre-Arrival : The property is situated to the north-west of Taunton in Somerset, in the hamlet of Halse (post code TA4 3AQ) The A358 from Taunton to Minehead passes close to Halse at Bishops Lydeard. When you turn off the A358 and over the West Somerset Railway line, follow a picturesque country lane for 2 miles, and you'll reach the cottage, on the left immediately after the sign for Halse.
NB: Beware of using SatNav and following the post-code to the final destination, as it will take you past the cottage and tell you to turn into a single-lane track leading to a dead-end! Once you've seen the photographs of the property you'll be able to look out for it when you near the hamlet of Halse.
Buses: The nearest bus station is at Taunton – 7 miles away
Buses run from Bishops Lydeard (2 miles distant) to Taunton and Minehead
Taxis are readily available from the centre of Taunton - we recommend www. A1AceTaxis.co uk or 01823 332211
Trains: The nearest train station is at Taunton – 7 miles away. Taxis are readily available here
Taunotn is on the fast / direct rail services into London Paddington / Bristol / Birmingham
Groceries can be delivered by Waitrose and all the major supermarkets - by pre-ordering on-line.
Arrival and Car Parking : There is a gravelled drive providing parking for several cars. The track to the right of the house belongs to the neighbouring property and should not be used.
The main entrance to the accommodation is to the right-hand-side of the front of the cottage and leads off the gravelled parking area. There are 2 small steps up to the front entrance (approximately 150mm each). This leads into the entrance hall and from there into the reception rooms and to one of the 2 staircases. The second staircase is located off the snug, which is accessed through the sitting room.
This part of the cottage has 5 bedrooms on the first floor – 3 doubles and 2 twins, and 2 bath/shower rooms. All the ground floor rooms are on the same level, except for the downstairs bathroom, which has a single step up and down. Most of the ground floor is carpeted.
The 6th bedroom – en-suite and with twin beds – is completely self-contained accommodation situated on the left-hand-side of the cottage with a dedicated entrance on the side. This annex is entirely on the ground floor, and is equipped with kitchen facilities, as well as 2 flat-screen TVs, a 4-seater folding table, an armchair and a small double bed-settee (additional to the 12 person accommodation). The annex entrance is approached by a gravel path from the parking area.
The doorways in this historic building are inevitably of varying widths, being from 640mm (Bedroom 5) to 800 mm wide. All the doors in the ground-floor annex are 800 mm wide. Both staircases are 800mm wide, with risers of 200mm, and each has a single handrail or rope. All washbasins are 770mm high, the toilets are 400mm high and the bath is 560mm high. All the showers have thresholds, though the downstairs shower has the lowest at only 60mm.
The sitting room has a wall-mounted flat-screen Smart TV with three 3-seater sofas and an armchair. An additional 2-seater settee can be moved from the adjoining snug. The dining room has a table and bench seating for 12 as well as a wall-mounted flat-screen TV and a modern electric stove for additional heating.
The main kitchen in the cottage has a double oven, an induction hob, microwave, dishwasher, double drainer sink and a Rayburn stove which is mainly used for heating and hot water, but may also be used for slow cooking. There is plenty of storage for food, including a full-sized fridge and a separate freezer.
There is a courtyard at the rear of the property which can be completely secured for the safety of small children, and which has a large covered dining pavilion with seating and a refectory table for at least 12. The courtyard also has an 8-person hot tub.
The property boasts a 200-metre river frontage and a 5-acre field, which are available for guests to use for recreational activities, including watching the very varied wildlife. Given the proximity of the river from the cottage (nearest access to the river - and the road - is just a few metres from the front door) close supervision of small children away from the safety of the cottage and rear courtyard is essential.