Swift Cottage

Newton On Rawcliffe, North York Moors

  • Awaiting Grading
  • This family property is all on the ground floor with the added bonus of a shared leisure suite.

You can book this property from:

  • £425 per week
  • £61 per night
  • Awaiting Grading

Features

Beds & bedrooms

  • Bed linen provided
  • 1 double bed
  • 3 single beds

Kitchen

  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher

Bathrooms

  • 2 bathrooms
  • 2 WCs
  • Towels provided
  • Wet room

Families

  • Family friendly
  • Cot
  • Highchair

Outdoors

  • Garden
  • Private parking

How far to...?

  • Pub 0.2 miles
  • Shop 4 miles

Special Features

  • WiFi
  • Open fire or woodburner
  • Hot tub
  • Swimming pool

Important - please note

House Rules

  • Check in: 4pm
  • Check out: 10am

Accessibility

Accessibility

  • On one level, no stairs
  • Ground floor toilet
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Wet room

Read the full Access Statement for this property.

Access Statement

Access Statement For Mel House Cottages
General Information


We have four self-catering properties at Mel House, which is in the centre of our picturesque village
complete with village green, duck pond, play area and Pub. These have been converted at various times
since the mid-1990s from former farm buildings which, we believe, date back to the early 1800s. Working
up our driveway from the road, which passes through the centre of our village, we've named these
properties 'Mallard' (former Stables), 'Swift' (former Stables), 'Owl' (former Cart Shed) and 'Granary'
(former Granary - surprisingly!). We have our own Leisure Suite - exclusive to Guests - with a heated
indoor swimming pool, spa and sauna as well as changing facilities, showers and toilets.
Importantly, immediately prior to our withdrawal from the Scheme three of our four properties - 'Mallard',
'Swift' and 'Owl' - had been independently assessed as 'accessible' to varying degrees under the
'VisitEngland' National Accessible Scheme applicable to self-catering accommodation. We confirm that
we have made no changes to our provision of relevant 'facilities, room layout, etc. since that time. If you
use the Internet you can read the sort of detail which lay behind achievement of the relevant standards
required by clicking the appropriate Links below. If you don't use the Internet we suggest you approach
your local Library for help or else request further information from us.
The site we occupy is a level one with a concrete driveway (permitting 'set down' immediately adjacent to
the entrances to our wheelchair accessible cottages) along with one large and two smaller parking areas
'serving' the holiday properties. Beyond these properties, the driveway becomes a grass track - leading
to a wild flower garden and paddocks plus stabling for those bringing horses with them - which would not
be suitable for a wheelchair other than after a dry spell of weather.
Our gardens include a number of sitting-out areas, a walled 'secure' water garden with two ponds (one
with fish) linked by an artificial stream.
Our self-catering business trades as a Partnership under the name of 'Let's Holiday', the Partners
themselves living on-site. It is almost inevitable that you will wish to clarify something further before
making a Booking, in which case please don't hesitate to get in touch by email or telephone at any
reasonable time, including evenings and weekends. We look forward to welcoming you if you decide
you'd like to take a holiday here.
• The nearest bus stop is within 50 metres of our holiday properties but please note that this service
doesn't operate throughout the year.
• Although there is a quiet family-run pub serving good food in the centre of Newton-on-Rawcliffe there
is no shop here. This means that it probably isn't practical to consider a holiday here without your
own transport. Having said that, the cost of an accessible Taxi to Pickering (nearest town) when
shared between, say, four people would be little more than the total cost if using the local bus. Once
in Pickering, you will find that there are regular bus services to York (via Malton), Scarborough and
Whitby.
• Also in Pickering is the North York Moors Steam Railway which runs for most of the year to Whitby.
• The nearest 'conventional' railway station is 14 miles away at Malton.
• As indicated above, accessible taxis are operated out of both Pickering and Malton.
Specific Information on our Holiday Properties
Mallard
Mallard is the largest of our properties - it sleeps 6 Guests in 3 Bedrooms, having a total of 5 beds.
Immediately prior to our withdrawal from the Scheme, as referred to earlier, 'Mallard' had been assessed
for a number of years as 'M3 - Assisted'[pdf] under the 'VisitEngland' National Accessible Scheme
applicable to self-catering accommodation. This means that 'Mallard' is typically suitable for a person
who depends on the use of a wheelchair and requires assistance from a Carer - and possibly a hoist -
when transferring to and from the wheelchair in a seated position. We confirm that we have made no
changes to our provision of relevant 'facilities', room layout, etc. since our withdrawal from the Scheme.
Luggage can be unloaded immediately adjacent to the entrance door prior to parking approximately 40
metres from the property.
The downstairs area is entirely 'accessible' (hence the accreditation referred to above) via an entrance
door without a step. It comprises a Kitchen with Dining Area (table can be raised), Sitting Room,
accessible Twin Bedroom (1.5 metre turning circle, space for hoist under bed, lowered hanging rail for
clothes) and fully tiled Wet Room (support rails, 1.5 metre turning circle, wheeled shower chair,
thermostatic taps).
[Notes: 1) The toilet in the Wet Room is 'right transfer'. 2) If required, the settee in the Sitting Room can
be converted into a double bed to allow a Carer to sleep downstairs and, as a result, to be within earshot
of the accessible Twin Bedroom whilst not actually sleeping in it.]
Upstairs, reached by a short staircase, there is a Double Bedroom, a Twin Bedroom, and a small
Bathroom. In places there is partial headroom due to low beams in the eaves.
Swift
The accommodation provided by this property is entirely on one level. It sleeps 5 Guests in 3 Bedrooms,
having a total of 4 beds.
Immediately prior to our withdrawal from the Scheme, as referred to earlier, 'Swift' had been assessed
for a number of years as 'M3 - Independent'[pdf] under the 'VisitEngland' National Accessible Scheme
applicable to self-catering accommodation. This means that 'Swift' is typically suitable for a person who
depends on the use of a wheelchair and transfers unaided to and from the wheelchair in a seated
position. This person may, therefore, be a single independent traveller although the rental rate for this
cottage - set at a level which reflects the fact that it accommodates up to 5 Guests - means that such a
Booking will probably not be made. We confirm that we have made no changes to our provision of
relevant 'facilities', room layout, etc. since our withdrawal from the Scheme.
Luggage can be unloaded immediately adjacent to the ramp which leads to the entrance door prior to
parking approximately 15 metres from the property.
The entrance to the cottage is through a threshold-free door at the top of a ramp with a 1:12 incline (1.5
metres wide, with 10cm raised edge and handrail) which leads into a Porch with a 'straight-through run'
into the Sitting Room with Dining Area.
One door from the Dining Area leads to the Kitchen. This has one short lowered worktop area, 800mm in
length, with a combination microwave placed on it.
A second door opens to a corridor which gives access to the remainder of the accommodation.
It's the single Bedroom (1.5 metre turning circle, space for hoist under the bed, lowered hanging rail for
clothes) and the adjacent Wet Room (support rails, 1.5 metre turning circle, wheeled shower chair,
thermostatic taps) which, together with the 'access' aspects of the property's Living Areas, have resulted
in it being appropriate to award Swift the level of access accreditation referred to above.
[Note: The toilet in the Wet Room is 'left transfer'.]
The Double Bedroom and adjacent small Bathroom should not be regarded as 'accessible'. The Twin
Bedroom is not accredited as 'accessible' either; there is a turning circle of just under the minimum 1.5
metres required - it's about 1.2 metres - and the space between the two beds is only a little over 700mm.
The clear space opposite the doorway (being at least 1.2 metres) does make it practical to enter the
bedroom using a wheelchair, however. As a result, when two Guests using wheelchairs have stayed in
Swift this Twin Bedroom has been used by one of them - obviously with some inconvenience, as
anticipated at the time of booking the property by those using it in this way.
Owl
This Ground Floor apartment is below Granary - our other apartment - and is entirely on one level. It
sleeps 4 Guests in 2 Bedrooms, having a total of 3 beds.
Immediately prior to our withdrawal from the Scheme, as referred to earlier, 'Owl' had been assessed for
a number of years as 'M1'[pdf] under the 'VisitEngland' National Accessible Scheme applicable to selfcatering accommodation. This means that 'Owl' is typically suitable for a person with sufficient mobility to
climb a flight of steps but who would benefit from fixtures and fittings to aid balance. We confirm that we
have made no changes to our provision of relevant 'facilities', room layout, etc. since our withdrawal from
the Scheme.
Luggage can be unloaded approximately 10 metres from the entrance door prior to parking
approximately 20 metres from the property.
The property is entered via one 200mm high step leading to a patio door with a threshold of 70mm.
When facing the patio door from the outside it is opened by sliding it to the left using a handle on the
right of the 'opener'. There is a 400mm vertical support handrail mounted on the wall to the right of the
patio door when facing it from outside. This handrail covers a range of distance of from 900mm to
1,250mm above ground level.
The patio door leads directly into the Living Area - Sitting/Dining Room with an adjacent Kitchen Area.
From the Sitting/Dining Room three doors give direct access to the Double Bedroom, Twin Bedroom and
Bathroom with bath (having a wall-mounted overhead shower), toilet and basin. It's primarily the
'adaptations' to the Bathroom which result in 'M1' access accreditation - lever taps and horizontal /
vertical support rails, as appropriate, in relation to the toilet and bath with wall-mounted overhead
shower.
[Note: 1) A 50mm rise seat raiser for the toilet can be made available. 2) A non-slip mat is available for
the bath.]
Granary
This First Floor apartment - above Owl - could not be regarded as 'accessible' to those with mobility
impairment and, unfortunately, it cannot be made so.
The property is entered via a flight of worn stone steps - with handrail - which ends in a 'landing' with one
step to its side which allows entry through a large doorway. Luggage can be unloaded immediately
adjacent to the foot of the steps prior to parking approximately 10 metres from these steps.
The entrance door leads directly into the Living Area - Sitting/Dining Room with an adjacent Kitchen
Area. From the Sitting/Dining Room one door leads to a small inner hallway with three doors off it which
give access to the Double Bedroom, Single Bedroom (which can be converted into a Twin Bedroom) and
Bathroom with corner bath, separate shower cubicle with electric shower, toilet and basin.
Please note that we tend not to agree to children under age of 7 years staying in this apartment. This is
mainly because (noise) but also (prefer them not to have to use steps).
Leisure Suite
The standards set under the 'VisitBritain' National Accessible Scheme have been developed with the
accommodation sector in mind. Any Leisure facilities associated with the accommodation available to
Guests - for example, our indoor heated pool, spa and sauna - and their associated changing rooms and
toilets are not, however, covered by these standards.
The entrance door, which leads into the Changing Room area, meets the minimum standard set for
wheelchair access in terms of the width of the opening. Please note, however, that for safety reasons
this door incorporates a self-closing mechanism and is secured with a digital lock in order to prevent
access by unaccompanied children.
One of the two Changing Rooms is accessible by a Wheelchair User - although we do not have a
changing bench in there.
The Shower / Toilet area is reached via an arched entrance which, again, meets the minimum standard
set for wheelchair access in terms of the width of the opening. Here, one of the two shower cubicles is
'wheelchair accessible' (1.5m turning circle) and incorporates a toilet (right transfer, support rails in
place) and a hand basin with an electronic tap with temperature controlled mixer valve. Water is supplied
to the shower via a manual push button fed by a temperature controlled mixer valve. There are no
support rails associated with the shower itself but a Wheelchair User would be able to use one of our
wheeled shower chairs (available in relation to both 'Mallard' and 'Swift' occupancy) and the hinged
support rail associated with the toilet - and, therefore, 'left transfer' to the shower chair.
Neither the second shower cubicle nor the second toilet cubicle (where there is also a hand basin) is
accessible to a Wheelchair User.
The Swimming Pool is a level 1.2m deep - swimming depth - and is accessed via curved steps with a
small handrail overhanging the first of these steps. We do not have a hoist or other products which would
aid either entry to or exit from the Pool.
The Spa is accessed via two straight steps with a small handrail overhanging the first of these steps. The
second step continues around the circumference of the Spa to form a bench seat. We do not have a
hoist or other products which would aid either entry to or exit from the Spa.
The Sauna - operated by a meter which accepts £1 coins - is not accessible to a Wheelchair User.
Whether it is suitable for a Guest with mobility impairment will depend upon individual circumstances,
bearing in mind the risks associated with a high temperature created within a small 'room' as a result of
ladling water onto hot rocks!
[Note: Guests affected by certain 'conditions' and taking certain medication should consider whether they
ought to use either the Spa or the Sauna. There are separate posters about this adjacent to both of
these 'facilities' but we suggest that those concerned about whether they can safely use them should
obviously take medical advice before starting their holiday here.]
Laundry Room
In a former implement shed we have a Laundry Room, entered via a wide doorway, where we have two
coin-operated front-loading washing machines and one small front-loading tumble drier.
There is no threshold to the door. There is, however, a 4cm wide by 2cm deep hollow in the concrete at
ground level immediately in front of the door which serves to channel rainwater across the doorway and
away from an area of paving thee. This plus the fact that the door is secured by a combination padlock -
both for security reasons and to prevent entry by unattended children - means that the Laundry Room is
not regarded as accessible by a Wheelchair User. Guests with limited use of their hands or fingers may
find that they are unable to manipulate the combination padlock.
Dustbin Room
This is sited in a section of a former stabling area. Entry is via a wide stable door having an old uneven
stone threshold which is approximately 12cm from front to back and 4cm high. This plus the fact that the
door is secured by a large sliding bolt means that the Dustbin Room is not regarded as accessible by a
Wheelchair User.
Outdoor Facilities
A concrete driveway, rising gradually over the first 15 metres before levelling off, runs approximately 150
metres from the road through the centre of our site. All of our properties and other buildings are adjacent
to this driveway.
Beyond the driveway is an area of gravel which serves as the parking area for Owl and Granary and
beyond this area is a level grassed track which ends after approximately 200 metres, at the point where
it reaches the gate into the yard alongside our stables.
Reached from an area of level concrete just before the gravelled parking areas referred to above is our
Water Garden, comprising two ponds as well as flower beds, a lawned area and a patio area with
benches. The area is behind a stone wall and accessed via a wide gate secured by a combination
padlock in order to prevent entry by unattended children. Paving slabs and a path formed by old bricks
leads to a patio area.
A Wheelchair User will need assistance to access the Water Garden both because of the combination
padlock securing the gate and because of the uneven nature of the brick path leading to the patio.
Guests with limited use of their hands or fingers may find that they are unable to manipulate the
combination padlock.
On an area of grass adjacent to Swift is a 'sitting-out' area with a picnic table capable of seating 6
Guests. There is another 'sitting-out', having patio tables and chairs, on a concrete patio area behind Owl
/ Granary. Finally, picnic bench capable of seating 6 Guests provides a further 'sitting-out' facility on a
lawned area beyond the gravelled parking area for Owl. This lawned area is separated by a stone wall
20cm high and is therefore not accessible to a Wheelchair User.
Finally, we have a small Play Area for very young children on a level lawn area which is accessed from
the grassed track referred to above.

Description

On the same spacious grounds as the owners home, in the centre of the popular but peaceful village of Newton on Rawcliffe, this cottage enjoys a quiet and relaxing location with shared leisure suite, gardens and sitting out areas with furniture. DIY livery is available at a small charge for those wanting to bring their horse on holiday between May - September. The cottage has been fully renovated whilst retaining its character and charm. It is very comfortably furnished to a high standard and has a modern kitchen. It provides cosy, warm and well equipped accommodation where home comforts should not be missed. The village itself - with a children's play area - is surrounded by open countryside and there are some spectacular views nearby with walks to Newtondale, Cropton Forest and the Moors beyond. A must for the nostalgic and young alike, the North York Moors Steam Railway runs from Pickering, 4 miles away, to Grosmont. On its way it passes through Levisham Station and on through ITV's Heartbeat countryside to its final destination. Whitby, Scarborough and York are all easily accessible from here making this an ideal base from which to explore the varied delights of the surrounding area.

ALL ACCOMMODATION IS ON THE GROUND FLOOR:
Lounge:
Wood burning stove, TV with Freeview, DVD/Stereo/CD player, feature stonework and high ceiling with exposed beams.
Dining area. Dining table and chairs.
Kitchen: Cooker, microwave, dishwasher and fridge / freezer.
Bedroom 1: Double bed.
Bedroom 2: Twin beds.
Bedroom 3: Single bed, with 1.5 metre wheelchair turning circle.
Bathroom: Bath with shower over the bath, toilet, washbasin and towel warmer.
Wet room: Shower, toilet, washbasin, towel warmer and support rails.

Pets: One dog welcome.
Parking: Ample parking.
Heating: Wood burning stove and central heating. Logs are provided.
Short breaks: Not accepted.
Shop: 4 miles. Pub: In village.
Notes: This property could be suitable for full time wheelchair users and a wheeled shower chair is available for a small charge (weight limit 16 stone). Please contact us if you have specific requirements so we can check that the property is suitable for you. Cot and highchair are available, no bedding is supplied for cots. Towels are provided. Unlimited WiFi is available free of charge. Mobile phone signal is variable. No smoking at this property. Access to shared laundry room with coin operated washing machines and tumble dryer. 

Shared Leisure Suite Available from 9 am - 9 pm and located in a converted Low Barn (exposed beams and open wooden roof void) with adjoining double-glazed conservatory facing South. The Suite comprises an indoor heated swimming pool with counter-current unit (providing aerated water massage whilst permitting swimming 'on the spot'), Spa and Sauna. Sterio radio and full changing, shower and toilet facilities accessible to wheelchair users (no hoist). Electricity for the sauna is not included in the rent. It should be noted that the pool is not regarded as suitable for younger children or non swimmers since it has no shallow end but is 1.2 metres deep throughout, and that children and non swimmers must be supervised at all times.

 

 

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