Access Statement

The following information on accessibility and disabled access, applies to dove farm cottages, as a group of holiday properties. Please see individual cottages, for further details. Swallow and Wren cottages are both ground floor properties. Barn Owl cottage is a two-storey property, with some features on ground floor, to improve disabled access.

Getting there

Nearest train station: Uttoxeter 7 miles
NB – this is only a branch line station, no facilities.
Arriving guests are advised to book taxis ahead of arrival time:

Nearest main stations

• Derby 18 miles - London, St Pancras service provided by East Midlands Trains
• Stafford 22 miles – London, Euston service provided by Virgin trains
• Nearest bus stop: corner of Main Road and Dove St, Ellastone (approx. 600 yds)
• Bus service: Swift bus. Uttoxeter - Ashbourne –Derby (approx. every hour but some buses do not run whole route)

Arrival and car parking

The general location of the farm and cottages is level, with concreted public access areas, uneven in places. There is a car park adjacent to cottages, and ample level access for cars to pull up directly outside property entrances.

General Access

There are no steps. Each cottage has a shallow ramp leading to threshold. Swallow and Wren cottages have shared sloping access onto a raised level area, 184 x 150 cm.
External and internal doorways are 82cm

Power points and lighting

• Power points in corridors, living rooms and bedrooms are set at 90cm from floor.
• Kitchen power points are located above worktops.
• Light switches are located within a range of 113 – 115 cm from floor, across all cottages.
• Bathroom lights are operated via pull-cord.
• There is a variety of central lights, wall lights and table lamps.

Floor surfaces

Mostly tiled, or laminate. industrial grade safety flooring in Swallow and Barn Owl kitchens. Wren kitchen has non-slip vinyl flooring.


Simply decorated throughout, with plain walls. There is good visual contrast between walls, floors and other surfaces.


• Worktop height: 90 cm
• Table heights: 73-74 cm (giving clearance of between 68 and 72 cm)
• Raiser blocks can be provided if required.
• Oven heights: vary from 87cm, down to 60cm.
• Barn Owl kitchen has a drop-down door, while the other kitchens have side opening doors.

Fridge / Freezers

• Barn Owl cottage: fridge compartment above, freezer below.
• Swallow cottage: fridge and freezer, side by side beneath worktop.
• Wren cottage: American style upright fridge/freezer


• Barn Owl cottage, ground floor: wet room. 2 x grabrails. Comfort height WC
• Swallow cottage: bath and corner shower cubicle with 14 cm step up.
• Wren cottage: open style shower.12 cm step up to tray. 2 x grabrails in shower 
• Width of entrance to shower: 82 cm


Beds vary in height. Most beds on ground floor have minimum of 20 cm clearance from floor to base of bed, except for the divan k/s bed in Swallow cottage with a 5cm clearance.

Outdoor garden area

Access outside, is via very shallow ramps. All cottages lead out onto hard surfaced, patio garden area with raised beds. Some decking. Some gravel. Wooden garden furniture provided, BBQ.
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