Access Statement for Hollybank House, Ashbourne
This Access Statement does not express an opinion as to the suitability of HOLLYBANK HOUSE for those with access needs, but does aim to accurately describe the relevant facilities and services that we offer to all our guests. This Access Statement should be read in conjunction with our Booking & Occupation Terms and Conditions and our published marketing literature, which is all available in hard copy on request.
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Or by telephone to:- +44 (0) 1455 285566 or +44 (0) 7812 345655
Postal enquiries to:-
Peak Holiday House,
Sutton Lane Farm
14 Leicester Rd
Hollybank House is a delightful and substantial three storey Victorian family home, built circa 1880, set in mature landscaped gardens with a number of specimen trees under preservation orders. It has been fully restored and retains many original features, but now with all modern guest facilities and is double glazed throughout. Whilst seeking to preserve the character of the house we have sought to make it a comfortable home from home. It is not far from the historic market place at the heart of this unspoilt Georgian market town, with a wide range of shops, Inns and Restaurants reached within a few minutes at normal walking speed. Hollybank House is available on every day throughout the year, subject only to prior bookings.
Ashbourne is in the Derbyshire Dales District at the gateway to the Peak District National Park, visitors can walk or hire bikes to cycle the Tissington Trail which starts in Ashbourne itself. There are many notable country houses in the area, for example Kedleston Hall, Calke Abbey, Sudbury Hall, the pretty village of Tissington and Tissington Hall, or Chatsworth House and Haddon Hall, all within easy travelling distance. Dovedale and Carsington Water are within just a few minutes’ drive. The Alton Towers theme park is only seven miles away and the National Tramway Museum at Crich is also within the area.
Arrival & Local Services
The nearest railway station at Derby is approx 13 miles [20Km]. East Midlands International Airport is approx 20 miles [32Km] and there is a bus station in Ashbourne itself. Local taxis can be booked to collect guests from any of these. Access to the motorway network, north and south, is normally within 30 minutes driving time. There is a choice of Restaurants and Inns serving food within 200 metres and also a variety of take-away food shops, with a free local delivery service in most cases.
There is an indoor swimming pool near to the town centre. Across the road from the house a ‘jitty’ [Derbyshire dialect for a town footpath] leads to a large park nearby with children’s play facilities.
Waitrose & Sainsbury Supermarkets, the Post Office and a wide selection of specialist food shops are within ¼ mile [½ Km]. There is an M & S food store at Waterside Park.
Ashbourne has a long established reputation for the variety of designer and other specialist shops in the main shopping area. In particular it is well known for the range of antique dealers with premises in the town.
Key Access, Welcome and Parking
Initial access to Hollybank House is by the side door, as the front door is bolted internally when the property is vacant. This door leads into the kitchen and dining room. The key to the double locking cylinder deadlatch, kept double locked to protect against entry by glass breakage, is secured in a keysafe alongside the doorway. The access code for this is notified to guests prior to arrival and two further side and two front door keys, each with a parking control post key, will be laid out in the house. Guests will be met personally if that is their preference and a Hollybank House Welcome Package is provided for all our guests. .
Three parking bays, with access control posts, have been constructed at road level with unrestricted roadside parking for at least two further cars in front of these. The pavements in The Green Road are hard surfaced but rather uneven and relatively narrow. Kerbs in the immediate vicinity are so low that any dropped kerbs would be more or less irrelevant. There is a street light adjacent to the parking bays which effectively floodlights them throughout the hours of darkness.
Health & Safety
Hollybank House is fitted with three wireless linked smoke alarms and a heat sensitive alarm in the kitchen. These are house coded to work in unison if any one is activated. Two of them are mains powered with battery back-up and the other two have 10 year life lithium batteries. A 2Kg dry powder fire extinguisher and a fire blanket are surface mounted in the kitchen adjacent to the final exit. Distinctive red emergency hand lamps, so labelled, are prominently available on each floor. These fire precautions were devised on the advice of the Fire Prevention Officer after an inspection visit.
The sealed combustion and flue system of the combination boiler is designed to be failsafe, as the boiler is inoperable without the airtight sealing in place. Nevertheless, a Carbon Monoxide Monitor with a constant CO concentration display and alarm has been installed adjacent to the boiler. Apart from the gas hob in the kitchen and purely ornamental candles, which guests might light, there are no other potential naked flames anywhere in the property. All soft furnishings comply with current regulatory requirements.
A current Landlords Gas Safety Certificate will always be available for inspection, as will confirmation of our Public Liability Insurance. All other regulatory requirements will be met, as applicable to a property that is only intended for occupation by a single family or one party of guests.
A First Aid case with appropriate contents is hung at the side of the chimney breast in the dining room.
Description of Accommodation
Entrance to the Property
Hollybank House is accessed from the front through the original iron gate, now set back and opening outwards, in front of five steps. There is a handrail; but a wheelchair user, on foot at this point, would probably need to be assisted.
Gently sloping paths lead across the gardens to either the front or rear entrance, with a low threshold step at the latter, where the opening is 31” [79cm] wide. Three steps, without a handrail, give access to the front door, where the opening is 34” [86cm] wide. There are four exterior lights, controlled during the hours of darkness by PIR detectors.
Halls, Stairs and Landings
The front door opens onto the original patterned Minton tiled hall which has no floor covering and runs through the house as far as the dining room. The hall has an antique mahogany hall stand, in the style of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, with two umbrella drip trays and an Art Nouveau copper inset panel. This stands below a large mahogany framed oval mirror. For the interest of guests, notes about the house and its history as a family home and also about the art displayed around the house are kept available on the hallstand, along with the visitors book and a book for guests comments and suggestions. The rear hall offers a row of brass hooks for outdoor clothes.
The main stairs, landings and upper staircase are all fitted with deep pile Brinton carpet in a dark red traditional pattern. On the main stairs this is laid as a wide bound runner with a polished brass stair rod at the base of each of the fourteen risers. The fully fitted carpet on the upper staircase, with thirteen risers, traverses a winder at the top leading to a landing with a loose fitted oriental pattern runner. There is a multi branch light fitting in the entrance hall with two way control, front and rear.
There is also two way control, up and down, for the light fittings on both landings. Circulation space widths vary throughout the house but the minimum width is 34” [86cm], except for the top landing and the staircases which are at least 29” [74cm] wide. The minimum width of door openings from the circulation areas is 29” [74cm].
None of the WCs can be made suitable for full disabled access, although a loose fitted raised seat, not provided, could be utilised. Both staircases have hinged safety gates at top and bottom, demountable on request, which also serve to prevent upper floor access whenever pets are accommodated by prior arrangement. Entrance to the cellar by guests is only if access is needed to the miniature circuit breakers on the electricity supply consumer unit. The cellar steps are blue brick with a handrail and are lit at top and bottom. The cellar door has a high level bolt to deter access by small children.
Floor Finishes and levels
Apart from floors that are tiled and the carpeted stairs and upper hall, all floors are the original woodwork stripped and waxed with loose oriental patterned rugs wherever appropriate. They are level throughout on each floor, except for a single small step up from the kitchen to the utility area. This has a prominent aluminium edging with a white inset warning strip.
The Main Lounge
This light and airy room has a high ceiling and views across the front garden through a large bay window, with full length cord operated curtains. In common with the other rooms it has original door furniture and knobs, but the key is not provided. It is very well lit, with a multi-branch central light fitting, together with a standard lamp and a table lamp. The classically inspired marble fireplace has a gilt framed mirror above and an illuminated real coal fire effect inset grate, with an in-built fan heater to supplement the central heating if required.
A large bookcase contains an extensive selection of children’s and other books together with a collection of video cassettes and DVDs. There is an L shaped settee seating 7, together with a further 3 seater settee and an easy chair. A coffee table and two lamp tables are supplemented by a long wheeled table which folds open.
There is a 50’’ HD Plasma Screen Digital satellite TV, together with an HD satellite box and a DVD player and VCR. The usual sub-titles are available as is signing on certain channels, there is to be an inductive loop in this room. The equipment provided will also play audio CDs.
The Second Lounge
This room, known as the Blue Lounge, is decorated to give an Art Nouveau feel. It has large sliding glass doors opening onto the side garden and sitting out area. Full length velvet curtains are cord operated and tied back. This room also has a feature Edwardian design marble fire place arranged as in the main lounge, but with inset Art Nouveau tiled panels and a silver gilt framed mirror above. This room is also well lit with a three armed central fitting and three matching wall lights in addition to two table lamps.
As well as the three seater sofa bed settee there is an additional arm chair and two original gold Lloyd Loom arm chairs. A coffee table and two lamp tables are supplemented by a set of four nesting drop leaf coffee tables under a larger wheeled table. There is a large coat cupboard, which also acts as a wardrobe whenever the sofa bed is in use.
The Blue Lounge is equipped with a 28” Sony Trinitron TV with a satellite box as well as a DVD/CD player and a VCR.
The Dining Room
The dining room may be entered from either the hall or the kitchen and features the original red quarry tile floor. It also has a red brick fireplace recess surrounded with a pine mantle, which in Victorian times contained a cooking range but now has an illuminated real coal fire effect basket grate with supplementary fan heater. The window looks over the side garden and sitting out area and has cord operated curtains with tie backs. This room is well lit by a three branch central fitting with an additional touch switched lamp on the wide pine mantel.
There is a substantial pine dresser with large glazed side cupboards, which contain the full range of cut crystal glassware provided. Below the central plate display further cupboards contain a range of construction and other toys and games which are varied for visitors in different age groups. More toys and games are kept in an antique oak corner cupboard across the room. The dining room also has a further large bookcase which in addition to children’s and other books houses files with a wide range of essential information for guests and a comprehensive collection of local maps and tourist information guides.
There are three identical pine drop leaf dining tables, which can be used individually or arranged together in various ways, along with up to fourteen beech dining chairs with padded seats
An arrangement is possible that forms one large table; although the seat spacing in this format is rather on the friendly side. Sufficient placemats and coasters for all are kept on the dresser. A tea trolley is provided and a high chair is available on request.
The Kitchen and Utility Area
The fully fitted kitchen is situated to the rear of the dining room and has a glazed outside door, fitted with a blind and opening inwards from the sitting out area and side garden. It has a fully tiled floor and wall tiling to kitchen unit height. There is a generous provision of cupboard space to accommodate all kitchen items, except worktop items, as well as adequate space for guest’s provisions. There is ample worktop area on two sides as well as on part of the 1 ½ sink unit area. The kitchen is lit by eight overhead halogen spotlights with additional lighting beneath the top cupboards. In addition to the filtered cooker hood there is an automatic extractor fan.
There is a full range of both major and small appliances. These are fully detailed in the Hollybank House Kitchen and Equipment Inventory which should be read in conjunction with this Access Statement. This inventory also lists and specifies the total provision of tableware, kitchen equipment and utensils and domestic equipment. This provision substantially exceeds tourist board standards for the range and numbers of items to be supplied. There are two sets of special tableware and cutlery suitable for smaller children.
The double oven is installed immediately below a standard height worktop and the frost free vertical fridge/freezer has its refrigerated shelves above and freezer drawers below that height. All other equipment operates at worktop height. The front loading washer dryer is in the utility area, up one low step as described above at ‘Floor Finishes and Levels‘. The utility area also contains the boiler and programmer with other controls. Central heating is provided in all habitable rooms as well as constant hot water. The sealed combination system is in use throughout the year and has been precisely set and balanced. It is not user switchable or adjustable. Guests may select their preferred temperature by adjusting the thermostat located in the ground floor hall.
Bedrooms and Bathrooms
Hollybank House sleeps up to 11 people in 5 upstairs bedrooms. There is an additional double sofa bed in the second ground floor lounge, avoiding the need to use stairs. At that level there is a separate WC with wash hand basin adjacent to the utility area, but full bathroom facilities are available on the first floor.
All bedrooms are equipped with pocket sprung mattresses, by Royal Warrant holders Sleepezee, and have a water carafe and glass, drinks coasters and a touch switched bedside lamp for each guest. There is also a hospitality tray with tea, coffee and biscuits in each bedroom. The bed linen is all Egyptian cotton, also by Royal Warrant holders Mitre, Hall & Letts, with comfortable feather-free duvets and pillows. The beds are dressed with decor toned throws and cushions. In every bedroom oriental patterned bedside and other rugs are provided. There is a monogrammed towelling bathrobe and both hand and bath towels for every guest, from the same quality supplier. Additional bedding is available if required. All bedrooms have an active satellite aerial socket as well as a hair drier. A cot, available on request, has an appropriately certified mattress, but guests are expected to provide their own cot bedding.
First Floor En-suite Bedroom
This bedroom has a zip-link super king size bed, which can be arranged as twin beds if required. There is an en-suite shower room which can be additionally accessed, when so required, from the upstairs hall. Large front windows give a view out over the town in the valley below and have cord operated curtains with tie backs. There is a large beveled glass mirror over the original ornate painted iron fireplace. This room is also equipped with a 37” Panasonic HD Digital satellite TV.
En-suite Shower Room
This room has a tiled floor and walls and the window can be obscured with a cord operated blind. There is an oblong shower cubicle, with curved sliding entry doors, fitted with both fixed overhead and hand held thermostatic shower heads. There is a large shower tray area, but not offering level entry. The pedestal wash hand basin is below an illuminated shaving mirror and alongside a towel rail heated from the hot water system for year round warmth. There is a tall narrow glass fronted storage cabinet for such items as the hair dryer provided and spare toiletries.
Second First Floor Bedroom
This room has twin beds, also fully equipped as above. The window, with tied back curtains, overlooks the side garden. This room also has a large mirror over the original fireplace. There is also a 28” Panasonic TV with satellite box in this bedroom
Rear First Floor Bedroom
Another twin bedded room, equipped like the others, overlooking the side garden through tied back curtains. It also has the original fireplace, but with an antique brass framed mirror over. There is a 32” Sony HD Digital TV with satellite box in this room.
Family Bathroom and WC
The spacious fully tiled family bathroom at first floor level has a deeper and larger than average designer bath with monobloc mixer bath filler. There is a separate ¾ round corner shower cubicle with both fixed overhead and hand held thermostatic showers, but not a level entry shower tray. The luxury pedestal wash hand basin is below a mirrored stainless steel bathroom cabinet. There is a completely separate fully tiled low flush WC, also with wash hand basin and mirrored steel cabinet, this is accessed directly from the first floor hallway.
Second Floor Family Bedroom
This bedroom has a window, with curtain and hold back, overlooking the side garden and surrounding trees, but also has a large Velux window, with blind, allowing glorious views over the town to the surrounding hills. There is a double bed with an additional single bed, fully equipped as elsewhere, in this very well sized room. A 32” HD Digital LCD TV with satellite box is on an adjustable wall mount above the original fireplace.
Second Floor Second Bedroom
This room has twin beds, as before, and has a window, with curtain and hold back, looking into the mature trees over the side garden and giving a distinctly woodland impression. This room has never had a fireplace, but does have a 26” Panasonic HD Digital TV with satellite box.
Second Floor Bathroom
This roomy bathroom has a P shaped bath with curved glass shower screen. There is a thermostatic fixed shower head over the bath and an additional hand held shower. The pedestal wash hand basin has a monobloc mixer tap and there is a mirrored stainless steel bathroom cabinet over. There is a low flush WC in this bathroom.
The gardens to the front and side of the house present a changing, and usually colourful, spectacle throughout the year. There is a significant group of mature trees including three specimens that are officially listed and preserved. These are two Yews, taxus baccata, and a Monkey Puzzle, auracana auracana. The Monkey Puzzle, one of only two in Ashbourne, is believed to have been planted in the Victorian period as a status symbol at a time when that was fashionable for these rare trees.
The rear garden is accessed by a flight of steps from the sitting out area through a gate which can be fastened.
There is a newly constructed leisure area which features a substantial log chalet at the upper level, with a separate store room for the barbecue. There is ample outdoor furniture for all, with parasols and a comprehensive range of outdoor tableware, crockery, cutlery and glassware. There is a fully equipped stainless steel gas grill and mains powered rotisserie with a total of six burners. Full lighting is provided for your enjoyment into the late evening.
There is a socket for the rotary clothes dryer in the side garden immediately opposite to the kitchen door. The dryer is to be found in the utility area. It should be noted that the gardener usually comes on a Tuesday and normally mows the lawn every week during the growing season.
A refuse collection protocol has been agreed with the Council, avoiding the usual unsightly presence of Wheelie Bins either prominently visible at all times or needing to be moved by guests on collection days. A comparatively discreet refuse storage chest has been placed near to the front gate and the Council collects refuse in sacks and recycling salvage from this every Friday. The only guest involvement is to transfer refuse from the kitchen swing bin, utility room bin and, if necessary, waste paper bins around the house and place it in the black sack in the traditional dustbin behind the house. Bottles should be placed in the blue box and paper in the blue bags in the refuse chest. Should the sack in the dustbin become full it should be placed in the refuse chest and replaced from the stock in the broom cupboard. It would be helpful if guests staying for a full week or longer ensured that filled sacks were placed in the chest by early Friday morning.
Pets are accommodated by prior arrangement, for which a nominal charge is made. Guide dogs and assistance dogs are welcome without charge on prior notification. Pets, except assistance dogs, are not permitted to go above ground floor level in the house for the convenience of future guests. The provision of a safety gate at the foot of the main staircase should assist guests in complying with this requirement. Due to the location and nature of the Hollybank House site it is not practicable to ensure a fully secure perimeter. A small range of pet equipment is kept in a cupboard in the dining room dresser.
Essential Information and Contact Details
All emergency and other essential information and contact details is to be found either in a prominently labelled file in the dining room bookcase or on the notice board adjacent to that bookcase.
A wide range of tourist information, maps and guides, attractions in the area, local eating places and calendars of events is kept in a number of indexed files in the dining room bookcase.
We hope we shall have the opportunity to welcome you to Hollybank House. Copies of testimonials and comments of previous guests are available on request.
Postal enquiries to:
Peak Holiday House
Sutton Lane Farm
14 Leicester Rd