Welcome to Highcliffe House – Access Statement

Please use this guide to help you make a more informed decision about staying at Highcliffe House, before you make a booking.  If you need any additional advice not included below please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Approach and External Areas:

Lynton is a beautiful area situated on the rugged coast of North Devon that offers certain challenges and limitations which might prove to be important when choosing a destination for your holiday or break.  The main driving roads are dual lanes but narrow, many local roads are narrow and often single lanes, which can be challenging for larger vehicles.  The general terrain around Lynton & Lynmouth is very hilly, including Lynton which is perched on a cliff with several steep slopes for walking.

Try taking a tour around Lynton from the Town Hall, using Google Street View.

Highcliffe House is situated in its own grounds and is approached from the centre of the Old Village approximately 200m up the 25% gradient Sinai Hill with passing places. 

Check out our location using Google Street View, mid-way along Sinai Hill.

The House is on the left hand side and opens out onto a relatively flat 60m drive with parking for six guests cars. At the end of the drive by the house there is a turning space.

This beautiful Victorian house was originally built as a family home and is not a purpose built hotel. The entrance is accessed via three stone steps with handrails, a turning slab, three more unevenly spaced shallow steps with hand rail and finally two more steps into the house.

Assistance with your luggage is our pleasure, so please do not hesitate to ask for assistance at any point during your stay.

Ground Floor Public Areas:

The ground floor public areas of the house are all on one level with a large lounge and a conservatory dining room. Due to the age and limitations of the building there are no downstairs bedrooms or lift to the first and second floors.

Staircase and Landings

The first and second floors are accessed by a large Victorian staircase with 38 steps from the ground floor to the second floor.

The first floor is accessed by 21 steps from the ground floor, up 3 flights split by 2 half landings. First flight is 11 steps, then a small landing, 3 steps then a landing, 7 steps then the main landing to the bedrooms (Hollerday, Myrtleberry, Summerhouse and Countisbury).

The Second floor is accessed by 16 steps from the first floor, up 3 flights split by 2 half landings. First flight is 6 steps, then a small landing, 3 steps then a landing, 7 steps then the main landing to the bedrooms (Kipscombe and The Cleaves).

Bedrooms

The first floor opens onto a large landing and has four letting bedrooms, Hollerday, Myrtleberry, Summerhouse and Countisbury; three have en-suite bathrooms with showers over the bath and Hollerday has a shower with a 25cm step into the cubicle.

The second floor is accessed from the first floor landing with a continuation of the main staircase with 17 steps and half landing up to a slightly smaller landing. There are two letting bedrooms on the second floor; The Cleaves has an en-suite bathroom with large shower with a 20cm step up into the shower cubicle. Kipscombe has an ensuite shower room with a 25cm step up into the shower cubical.

Our six bedrooms vary in size but are generally well proportioned and are equipped with remote control flat screen TV with subtitles, hairdryer, clock radio and hospitality tray.

Each room has a very sensitive smoke detector with loud audible claxons situated in each of the public areas.

Darkness

Please be aware that Highcliffe House is situated in the Exmoor National Park, which is a designated Dark Sky area.  This means that there is very little ambient light available at night, which leaves our bedrooms and bathrooms very dark – almost pitch black in some cases.

Please take every precaution under these circumstances, use the bedside lights before walking about the room. And, please switch on the bathroom lights before entering the room and using the facilities.

It is our responsibility to ensure that all guests are aware of any emergency situation and will give clear instructions and assistance in the event of evacuation.

Emergency lighting is fitted to all public areas and the staircase is lit at all times.

 

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