Access Statement

1. Introduction

The following statement explains how accessible our guest house is, both in terms of arriving here and physically gaining access. It also contains brief descriptions of each room and the space available so that if you have any mobility issues or any specific requirements regarding space, you can make an informed decision on whether our guest house can accommodate you. We do always endeavour to meet our guests’ needs wherever possible, so if you have any questions or requests, please do give us a call. Unfortunately, we are not wheelchair accessible. We do not accept pets but can accommodate guide dogs by prior arrangement.

Return to top

2. Getting to Keswick

Keswick is easily accessible by car from all directions, being located just off the A66 around 17 miles west of junction 40 of the M6.

The nearest railway station is at Penrith, which is on the west coast mainline and therefore easily accessible from all parts of the country. A bus service operates from Penrith railway station to Keswick bus station, taking around 40 minutes. Taxis from Keswick will also meet trains by prior arrangement. There is also a railway station at Windermere, around 21 miles south of Keswick. Regular bus services operate between Windermere and Keswick.

A comprehensive bus service operates in the Lake District and details can be obtained from the website of Cumbria County Council. In addition, National Express operate coach services to and from Keswick and the Lake District.

Return to top

3. Arriving at Grassmoor Guest House

We are situated on Blencathra Street, which is a very short distance to the east of the town centre. We do not have private parking, but unrestricted, free on street parking is available directly in front of the house and on adjoining streets. If required, a long stay pay and display car park is available on Otley Road in Keswick, around 5-10 minutes’ walk from us. The town bus station is around a ten minute walk with a gentle incline.

Blencathra Street and the surrounding streets are generally flat and level. Our entrance is via the front door, which is marked by a lamppost from which our sign hangs.

There are 5 steps up to our front door, but there is no hand rail. We can help guests with their luggage. On arrival, guests will be met at the front door and shown into the house.

Return to top

4. Bedrooms

All of our bedrooms are upstairs and are not easily accessible if you have serious mobility issues. There is generally a good contrast between floor and walls throughout the house.

Room 1 is on the first floor to the rear of the property, and contains a double bed, dressing table with washing basin and stool, and a small ensuite shower room with w.c. There is space to move around the bed.

Room 2 is on the first floor to the front of the property. It can be made up as a spacious double or twin, or as a triple. It contains a two seater sofa which opens out as a bed when specified as a triple. There is space to move around the bed(s). There is an ensuite shower room with basin and w.c.

Room 3 is on the second floor to the rear of the property and contains a double bed, dressing table with stool and a small ensuite shower room with basin and w.c. There is space to move around the bed.

Room 4 is on the second floor to the front of the property and can be made up as a spacious double or twin or as a triple. It contains a large armchair, which opens out as a single bed for use when a triple. There is space to move around the bed(s). It has a more spacious ensuite shower room with basin and w.c.

Return to top

5. Breakfast

Breakfast is served in the dining room on the ground floor. All food and drink is served directly to the table, with the exception of cereals which are self-service (although help will be given if required).

Return to top

6. Getting around in Keswick

Grassmoor is only about a 5 minute walk from the centre of Keswick and its numerous restaurants, pubs and shops. The route involves crossing relatively quiet roads and does not involve any difficult inclines.

Return to top

7. In the event of an emergency

Emergency access is via the main staircase and the front door of the house. Emergency exit signs directing guests to the exit are located on the first and second floor. In the event of a fire being detected, a fire alarm will sound automatically and emergency lighting will illuminate the exit route. Fire extinguishers, to be operated manually, are located on all floors.

Return to top