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Access statement

Askham Hall

Askham Hall is a Grade 1 listed manor house with a restaurant, 12 bedrooms and a private spa. It consists of a three storey 13th Century Pele tower, with later two storey additional wings to the rear of the tower, dating from the 17th to the 19th centuries. Due to the listed status and historical nature of the building it is accepted that it cannot be fully adapted for disabled use, however measures have been taken to allow for disabled persons in as much as possible.

PreArriva

• Tel number: 01931 712350

• Address: Askham Hall, Askham, Penrith, Cumbria. CA10 2PF

• Email: enquiries@askhamhall.co.uk

• On bus route from Penrith to Askham.

• Easy access by car, 6.6 miles and 20 minutes from Penrith and M6 junction 40 and a short distance from the A6.

• Local taxis readily available including specially adapted disabled vehicles.

Arrival & Car Parking Facilities 

• Car parking in courtyard, and drop off points directly outside hotel entrance.

• Car park level, with good illumination.

• Gravel car park and cobbled courtyard.

Main Entrance, Reception and Dining Areas

• Main entrance is wide, with three steps. A wheelchair ramp is available for disabled access.

• Outdoor surfaces newly paved in either tarmac or level flagstones.

• Reception and dining areas accessed through wide doorways suitable for wheelchairs. All downstairs areas on the same level with no steps to negotiate. There is a slight incline leading down to the main dining area where the floor is sloped.

• Main entrance clearly illuminated at night.

•  A large ground floor toilet with separate area for a wheelchair is provided for public and disabled use.

Upstairs areas and bedrooms

• All bedrooms are on the first and second floors, there is no lift.

• Access to the first floor is up a very wide staircase with shallow steps.

• Access to the second floor is up a narrower staircase.

• There is a public toilet on the first floor but none on the upper floor, all bedrooms have private en-suite facilities.

• Access to the rear 2 storey part of the building is down a smaller staircase and along a corridor. There are a further five steps leading down to the rooms at the very rear of the building, including those in the south facing courtyard wing. An additional bedroom is accessed via a small staircase on the first floor.

• There is a very narrow hidden stone staircase within the wall which is for novelty purposes only and not suitable for general access to the first floor.

• The entrances in all bedrooms are suitable for wheelchairs as are the accesses to the ensuite bathrooms.

Spa area and pool

• A spa with a sauna, treatment room and outdoor heated swimming pool is accessed down a narrow staircase from the rear part of the building or around the outside. The pool conforms to current regulations and has two access ladders.

Medieval Hall

• A newly refurbished original 16th century Medieval Hall is located on the first floor of the far courtyard wing. This is used for drinks receptions and smaller parties. It is accessible either from the outside via a fairly steep stone staircase, or from inside via the south facing courtyard wing, so it is not easily accessible for disabled guests.

Gardens and outdoor areas

• There are 12 acres of gardens on 3 levels are present. Access is around the side of the building up 3 small steps, a metal wheelchair ramp is provided.

• The lower 2 levels of the garden are accessed via stone staircases with handrails or down steep sloped footpaths. Disabled access to the lower levels is limited due to the nature of the gardens.

Additional Information

• The evacuation point in the event of a fire is on the grass in the car park, away from the main building.

• Dogs are allowed in the reception rooms and in the bedrooms, but not in the restaurant or on the furniture.

• Fridges are available upon request for the storage of medicines etc.

Future Plans 

• An additional 13 bedrooms are planned including 2 ground floor courtyard rooms specifically for disabled persons.

 

Askham Hall Café and events barn

Askham Hall Café and events barn is a Grade 11 listed converted agricultural barn with a Café, separate kitchen and events venue. It consists of a lower level café with public toilets, an upstairs open plan area on two levels and an outdoor seating and animal viewing areas. Due to the listed status and age of the building it is accepted that the building cannot be fully adapted for disabled use, however measures have been taken to allow for disabled persons in as much as is practically possible.

PreArrival

• Tel number: 01931 712348

• Address: Askham Hall Café and Gardens, Askham, Penrith, Cumbria. CA10 2PF

• Email: enquiries@askhamhall.co.uk

• On bus route from Penrith to Askham.

• Easy access by car, 6.6 miles or 20 minutes form Penrith and junction 40 of the M6 and short distance from the A6.

• Local taxis readily available including specially adapted disabled vehicles.

Arrival & Car Parking Facilities 

• Car parking outside barn and in separate car park.

Main Entrance, Dining Areas and lounges (Café)

• Main entrance to the cafe is wide, with a cobbled floor. The cafe counter is located immediately on the left and indoor seating is to the front.

• Outdoor surfaces newly paved in either tarmac with rough shingle.

• Indoor seating areas is accessed through wide doorways suitable for wheelchairs. All downstairs areas on the same level with no steps to negotiate.

• Main entrance clearly illuminated at night.

• Male, Female and disabled toilets are located along a wide corridor leading from the cafe.

Upstairs area (Bank Barn)

• Bank Barn which is on the upper level is accessible by wheelchair through the wide doors on the car park level.

• There is no lift from the cafe and lower area where the toilets are located.

• Access to the first floor from the cafe is up a wide staircasefrom the cafe corridor.

• There are no public toilets on the upper floors however a golf buggy can be used to transport disabled customers around the outside of the building for step free access to the toilets from the barn.

• Two raised levels, one of which contains the bar, are at each end of the barn and are accessed up small staircases consisting of four steps.

Animal viewing and outdoor seating areas.

• An animal viewing area and tables with umbrella shades are located within the grounds of the cafe and orchard. The ground underfoot is varied with shallow inclines leading down to a children’s play area.

• The animal viewing area is accessible by wheelchair through a wide gate, as is the orchard. The areas are grassy with no solid footpaths.

Additional Information

• The evacuation point in the event of a fire is in the car park, away from the main building.

• Dogs are allowed in the cafe and events barn but not in the gardens.