Accessibility guide

Introduction
Situated just under a mile outside of the historic village of Castle Hedingham, we are accessible by car.
We offer 3 bedrooms all on the ground floor with en-suite bathrooms, two with walk-in showers and one with a bath and overhead shower.

We supply a continental breakfast in your room and use locally sourced ingredients where possible and can cater for varying dietary requirements.

We look forward to welcoming you and if we can offer any assistance please call Beverley or James on 01787 463127 or email us via our website.

Pre arrival
For full details on how to find us please see our website www.pannellsash.co.uk and click on “Find Us” where there is a map and the option to access driving directions. If using a Satnav the postcode CO9 3AD will bring you directly to our drive.
The nearest train station is at Braintree, approximately 10 miles south, with train links into London Liverpool Street. However the fastest route to and from London is via Witham Station, please click on Abellio  for information and timetables. Witham is 16 miles south of us and an approximate half hour taxi ride. There is a taxi office across the road from the station.

Car parking and arrival
We have ample parking space in a designated parking area and with prior arrangement guests can be dropped off in front of their room door. Suites 1 & 2 are accessed from the outside courtyard with a step up of 23cms with a minimum door width of 70cms. Suite 3 is accessed directly inside the glazed link building with a step up of 22cms and a minimum door width of 77cms. Assistance can be given with luggage.

Welcome area and registration
Guests are asked to register in the guest kitchen, however this can also be done in your room. After an initial step up of 22cms from outside this is on one level, the flooring being stone slabs. The area is well lit with overhead lighting.

Bedrooms
All the beds are super-king size at 180cms wide. The zip and link bed in Suite 2 can be turned into twin beds, 90cms wide. The height from the top of the mattress to the floor is 69cms and all the beds can be accessed from both sides.
Rooms are well lit with overhead lights, these can be switched on or off by the side of the beds, plus bedside reading lights.
The floors are oak with under-floor heating and each room has a rug that can be removed if necessary.
Duvets provided are feather down-filled, however microfiber duvets are available on request. Pillows are non-feather and are medium and firm.
Each room has a 32” wall mounted flat screen TV with Freeview channels, a remote control, subtitle and audio description facilities, plus an ipod/ipad docking station with digital clock display and night-light facility.
Two comfortable club lounge chairs have a seat height of 47cms.
Breakfast is provided and eaten in your room. There is a small dining table 80cms x 70cms with a height of 72cms with 2 dining chairs seat height 46cms.
Automatic audible smoke alarms are fitted in each room.

Bathrooms
Each bedroom has an en-suite bathroom with the same floor level and the bathroom floors are tiled with non-slip ceramic tiles. They are well lit with overhead lights and sensor controlled mirror lights.
Suites 1 and 2 have generous walk-in showers with a choice of a hand held shower or fixed rain shower from above. The toilet seat height in these rooms is 42cms and the sink height is 86cms. The taps are all levers.

The bathroom in Suite 3 has a bath, 55cms high, with an overhead shower and a glass shower screen. The sink is 86cms high and the toilet height is 43cms. A nonslip mat is provided for inside the bath.

Breakfast
A continental style breakfast is provided for all guests:
Suites 1 & 2 have a cupboard in their bedrooms containing a low level mini fridge with breakfast ingredients; yoghurts, milk, orange juice, butter, jam & marmalade. Cereals and fresh fruit are provided along with a delivery of a basket of warm croissants, pain raisin and toast in the morning at a time of your choosing.
A kettle plus a variety of teas and coffee are on a shelf above at a height of 95cms
Crockery and glasses are on a shelf at a height of 157cms, however these can be be moved down for ease of us.
Suite 3 breakfast ingredients can be found in the guest kitchen adjacent to their room. A kettle plus an assortment of teas and coffee are on a shelf in the bedroom at a height of 110cms. We are happy to deliver your breakfast on a tray at a time that suits you in the morning.
Please note that the guest kitchen is available for use by any of our guests during their stay. The work surfaces are all at 92cms high.

Should you wish to discuss access or have specific dietary requirements please call us prior to booking.

The grounds
The entrance, car park and courtyard area are covered in gravel. The walkway to the rooms is stone slab. The grounds are seeded with grass and wildflower meadow mix and guests are welcome to wander through the paths that are cut through and to sit where seating is provided.

Additional information
The nearest Doctor’s surgery is one mile away in Castle Hedingham, telephone no: 01787 461465.
The nearest hospital with a 24hour A & E department is Colchester General Hospital 13.29 miles away.