Access Statement

We welcome all who want to visit and enjoy the peaceful countryside. Our accommodation is derived from converted farm buildings so certain aspects need to be borne in mind. Whilst we aim to meet the needs of all our guests there are some features which might make access difficult for people with limited mobility. We are located on a slope, for example, the access to the accommodation drops down from the road at an angle of about 12% with gravel surfacing throughout the drive and yard. Doors are of standard dimensions and rooms are of typical modern proportions and not suitable for fully wheelchair-bound users.

Pre-Arrival

  • Shelve is a tiny village served by a bus stopping a mile away (not Sunday) and some fifteen miles from the nearest railway station.
  • We are located off the road down a short gravelled drive. Users of wheelchairs and/or motorised buggies may have problems with the gravel.
  • The local shops, post office and public house are about 3 miles drive away.
  • The nearest bus stop is about 1 mile away at the junction with A488, or at Pennerly junction.
  • Bus services are provided by Minsterley Motor Services bus 552/553, with a 2 hourly service between Shrewsbury and Bishops Castle from the bottom of Shelve Hill on A488 (1 mile) .
  • We are able to accommodate dogs in Cranberry Cottage, but require prior notice. We are listed as pet friendly accommodation
  • Our website provides the latest pictures of our accommodation and further information about the services we provide.
  • You can contact us by telephone, or e-mail. Please see the “Contact Information” section of this document for full details.

Arrival and Car Parking

  • Your accommodation is normally available on the day of your arrival at 3.00pm. We would be grateful if you would let us know when you expect to arrive so that we can ensure that we are available to greet you.
  • Parking is on a gravelled, private car park in front of your accommodation. There is space for two cars per holiday unit.
  • We are happy to offer assistance with luggage.

Cranberry Cottage

The cottage has been designed on one level to make access easier. From the parking area at the front there is a disabled ramp to the front door which is 34 inches wide, and then the whole unit is on one level. Doors within the building are 30 inches wide. The footprint of the cottage measures 11.2m x 4.3m giving usable floor space of 44sq m / 475 sq ft

Whilst the shower has a wide door, with one grab handle, there is a 27cm (10.5 inches) lip at the threshold. The cubicle is 1200mm by 750mm and fitted with a single door. The flooring is ceramic tiles, and there is a heated towel rail.

The cottage can be evacuated via the front door. In an emergency the windows in the lounge provide an emergency exit.

The paved cottage patio area is immediately in front of the cottage, with privacy and shelter provided by the old farmyard walls. This gives a glorious view the Stiperstones ridge. A table and chairs are provided to allow external relaxation or dining.

Stiperstones Studio

The entrance to the studio is approached by three large flat stone steps, and then there is a steep flight of 13 stairs (with single handrail) to the first floor studio. Additionally there is a step between the kitchen-dining room and the bed-sitting room. This is not suitable for those with restricted mobility. The footprint of the studio measures 9.1m x 6.4m giving usable floor space of 45sq m / 485 sq ft

The building can be evacuated via the front door. In an emergency the window in the lounge area provides an exit by removing the central pillar. However as this is still on the first floor it is advisable to wait for someone with a ladder. It is better to evacuate as soon as the fire alarm sounds. The fire alarm and smoke detector are linked.

The shower cubicle is 750mm square, with a bi-fold door, and the floor is vinyl cushionfloor. The walk-in shower has a lip 27cm (10.5 inches) high.

The paved studio patio area is slightly higher than the studio entrance, up a gravelled slope. This gives a glorious view of Cornden Hill round to the Stiperstones. A table and chairs are provided to allow external relaxation or dining.

Gardens

  • Guests are very welcome to enjoy our grounds, and a mown path is generally kept to allow access to the wild flower meadow. This is a ‘work in progress’ with uneven ground, although there are large areas which have a gravel base. In general there are a few sheep roaming to keep the grass down.
  • A small area is retained for use as an open fire or barbecue area, away from the main properties. A portable barbecue is available for use. No fuel is provided.
  • Dogs should always be on a lead and under effective control, with their mess being removed and placed in the black dustbins. This is a farming area and the Countryside Code needs to be observed at all times.
  • There are a variety of herbs growing in pots and in the borders. We invite guests to make reasonable culinary use of these.
  • Broadband access via WiFi is available via repeaters, using the password supplied. If you have problems please let us know and we can reboot various things if necessary

Protecting the environment

We like to think we provide Green accommodation. We do this in a variety of ways:

  • Laundry is washed on an eco cycle and dried naturally. We use environmentally friendly Ecover washing liquid
  • All liquid waste goes to a septic tank, which is buried in the curtillage, where natural decomposition takes place. Please do not put waste oil, sanitary towels, condoms or other non-natural items down the drains or in the toilet. Ecover cleaning products are provided for use in toilets and kitchen areas to assist the tank microbes doing their job
  • Waste bins are dotted around the property. Please use the recycling buckets for glass, plastic, paper, cans, cardboard and drinks containers. The Green bin is for Garden waste and cooked food which is composted by the council. Uncooked food waste should be placed in the “Dalek” by the greenhouse to compost or left in the recycling bucket. The Black wheelie bin is for landfill, which at the moment includes black plastic
  • We generate some of our own electricity through solar panels mounted on the cottage roof
  • Heating is controlled by a variety of thermostats and clocks. TVs all have a sleep mode for a period of un-use. Dish washers should be run overnight or on sunny days, with as full a load as possible. Please switch off appliances when not using them
  • Lighting is all low-energy, either long-life or LED bulbs. General external lights are controlled by a timeswitch or PIR detector
  • We do not automatically change towels and linen under a week. Please ask if you require them changing and we will be pleased to do this.
  • Logs for the wood burner are harvested from sustainable local woodland improvement

Further information

  • Both units are provided with folders of information.
  • The laundry room houses a selection of books and magazines, maps, DVDs and CDs, and board games. The laundry room measure 4.5m by 6.3 m giving plenty of space for drying of wet weather gear.
  • There is a folder of guest information in each living area which contains further information and details of emergency contacts including doctors and hospitals.

Contact Information

  • Address: Lower Farm, Shelve, Nr Minsterley, Shropshire, SY5 0JF.
  • Directions: from A488 between Minsterley and Lydham take the turning to Shelve. We are the last house on the right at the end of the village – the first house which is actually below the hill from the road.
  • Telephone number: is 01743 891117. The answer phone is always on and we will return any missed calls.
  • E-mail address: [email protected]
  • Website: lowerfarmholidays.co.uk

The Cottage is unavailable in February.

If you require further details or have any comments about this access statement or the services we provide, please do not hesitate to contact us.