Abbey Bridge Access Statement
Abbey Bridge was built in 1832 and is a Grade II listed building. Consequently the accessibility is not as it would be in a modern building.
The Blacksmith’s annex is an even older building that was extensively rebuilt in 2003. Each floor has three different levels and unfortunately we lack facilities for guests with severe mobility limitations.
We welcome enquiries from guests with specific needs and we will try our best to meet these.
When booking Bed and Breakfast we will ask you for a small deposit. Please also inform us at that time if there are any food problems, dislikes, allergies or other dietary problems of which we should be aware. We will confirm your reservation by email.
Arrival & Car Parking Facilities
The house is situated on the edge of Lanercost village, twelve miles from Carlisle, which has the nearest main-line station, and two miles from the station of Brampton Junction, on the Newcastle/Carlisle line (a limited number of trains stop here).
Abbey Bridge is two and a half miles from Brampton; on the left at the bottom of a steep and winding hill opposite the junction of the lane that leads to Naworth Castle and next to the ancient, double-span bridge over the River Irthing. If you reach the Priory, you have gone too far!
We ask that you arrive after 4pm unless previously arranged.
There is parking space for ten cars on the Old Bridge. Please keep the front of the house clear of cars.
ABBEY BRIDGE – MAIN BUILDING
Main Entrance, Reception
The entrance to the Abbey Bridge is via a hard packed gravel path and stone flagged porch. At night the entrance is well lit. There is a low sloping step at the entrance 10 cm high. The inner and outer (usually open) front doors are single leaf side hung. There are doorbells on the right hand side of both front doors.
Assistance with luggage is always available and guests will be escorted to their rooms and the facilities explained.
We would normally welcome you in the boot room to the right of the front door. The floor is stone flagged with a short pile rug.
All the ground floor rooms in the Abbey Bridge main building, normally used by guests, are on the same level.
A pen and paper are always available if required.
Public Areas - Hall, Stairs, Landing, Corridors etc.
The bedrooms are on the second floor. There are 7 steps to a half landing with a left turn to the second flight of 7 steps. The steps are 28 cm deep and 20 cm high. The wooden handrail is to the left of the stairs. The stairs and landing are carpeted. To reach one of the bedrooms there are a further 5 steps to negotiate. These steps are 27 cm deep and 17 cm high.
Public Areas - Sitting room, lounges, lobbies etc.
The ground floor guest facilities are all on the same level. The guest lounge is sandstone flagged with short pile rug. Minimum door width on the ground floor is 80 cm.
Bedrooms & En Suite Bathrooms
The bedrooms are named after castles within a ten mile radius of Lanercost.
The bedrooms are all non-smoking.
Bew is to the left of the stairs and the door is 83cm wide but only 182 cm high, so mind your head. The room is carpeted. Bew is fitted with a double divan bed. The ensuite is fitted with a wc, wash hand basin and corner shower cubical with a step of 28 cm. The door to the ensuite is 69 cm wide; the floor is non-slip laminate.
Thirwall is next to Bew and the door is 83cm wide. Thirwall is furnished with a super king sized double bed that can be split to make twin beds. The bedroom is carpeted. The ensuite is fitted with a wc, wash hand basin and walk-in shower cubical with a step of 28 cm. The door to the ensuite is 75 cm wide; the floor is non-slip laminate.
Naworth is next to Thirwall and the door is 83cm wide. The room is carpeted. Naworth is fitted with a double divan bed. The ensuite is fitted with a wc, wash hand basin and walk-in shower cubical with a step of 28 cm. The door to the ensuite is 75 cm wide; the floor is non-slip laminate.
Triermain is at the end of the corridor to the right of the stairs at the top of a short flight of stairs. The door is 88 cm wide. Triermain is furnished with a super king sized double bed that can be split to make twin beds. The bedroom is carpeted. The ensuite is fitted with a wc, wash hand basin and bath with overhead shower. The bath has handles on either side and the edge is 54 cm high. The door to the en suite is 75 cm wide; the floor is non-slip laminate.
Askerton is to the left of Triermain. The door is 87 cm wide. Askerton is furnished with twin divan beds that can be joined to make a super king size double bed. The bedroom is carpeted. The ensuite is fitted with a wc, wash hand basin and bath with overhead shower. The edge of the bath is 52 cm high. The door to the en suite is 73 cm wide; the floor is non-slip laminate.
The entrance to Blacksmith’s is via a hard packed gravel path. At night the entrance is well lit. There is a low step at the entrance 10 cm high. The front door is single leaf side hung and is 82 cm wide. The doorbell is on the left hand side of the front door.
Bedrooms & En Suite Bathrooms
The bedroom in the Blacksmiths is named after a river within a 10 mile radius of Lanercost.
The bedroom is non-smoking.
Eden is at the end of a corridor to the left of the top of the stairs up a flight of 4 stairs, 25 cm deep and 15 cm high. The door is 67 cm wide and the ceiling slopes so tall guests need to be careful. There is a further step after the door 20 cm high. Eden is furnished with a super king size double bed, which can be split to make twin beds. The bedroom is carpeted. The ensuite is fitted with a wc, wash hand basin and shower with a step of 28 cm; the floor is non-slip laminate. The door to the en suite shower room is 67 cm wide. There is a large walk in wardrobe; the door is 67 cm wide.
The bedroom has overhead lights and bedside lights.
The room has a flat screen TV, alarm clock radio, and tea/coffee making facilities.
The bedroom is lockable with a key and guests are provided with a front door key for the Abbey Bridge. The bedroom is fitted with a smoke detector.
Grounds and Gardens
Abbey Bridge is at the bottom of a steep slope. The grounds extend to an acre. The area immediately around the house is reasonably level, but it is necessary to negotiate at least four stone steps to walk around the house. Access to the higher level of the garden is by a steeply sloping path or a flight of uneven steps. We do not recommend guests to use either as accidents could result from unfamiliarity. Any guest who does use the path or steps to access the upper part of the garden, does so entirely at their own risk.
We welcome assistance dogs and are happy to exercise, clear up after or feed them on request. Otherwise we do not accept guests pets.
We have two friendly dogs of our own that live outside during the day. We keep them away from guests unless they specifically wish to meet them.
Mobile network coverage is poor in the house because of the very thick stone walls and the shadow of the hill behind the house. A cordless telephone handset on the house phone line can be made available for guest use on request.
Free wireless internet access is available but can be unreliable due to the location.
People with nut allergies should be aware that we do use nuts in the kitchen.
We are happy to supply soya milk, decaffeinated coffee or tea or other alternatives on request. Please advise us prior to your arrival.
We are non-smoking throughout.
Telephone: 016977 3841
Mobile: 07710 500861
Local taxi numbers:
Airbus 2000 016977 3735
Brampton Taxis 016977 3386
Contact Telephone and Email Address
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