DISABILITY ACCESS

The Old School is a refurbished Victorian guest house and community hall. We are located in Old Wolverton, between the towns of Stony Stratford and Wolverton. There is parking for users of the Guest House provided on a private driveway, as well as a drop-off bay and one disabled parking space for the Community Hall.

The house and hall were built in 1856 and whilst we aim to meet the needs of all our guests there are some period features which might make access difficult for people with limited mobility.

We have produced an accessibility guide which we hope will help you plan your visit. Please feel free to contact us if your have further questions on [email protected]

PRE-ARRIVAL

The nearest bus stop is 0.3 miles away. The stop is called ‘Harnet Drive’ and is on Stratford Road. The nearest railway station is Wolverton station which is 1.3 miles away.

There are several local taxi companies, including Starline (01908 770770) and Skyline (01908 222111). Ali’s wheelchair taxis provide specialist transport (01908 382422).

Our website shows pictures of the Hall and Guest House. If you have any specific questions don’t hesitate to get in touch. You can contact us by telephone (01908 321898) or email [email protected]

COMMUNITY HALL

There are three entrances into the community hall and café:

  1. The door at the front of the building accessed from the public footpath alongside the road.
  2. The double doors into the Old School café, accessed from the public footpath or from the rear of the building.
  3. The back door, accessed via the pathway that leads from the front door or from the car park to the rear of the Guest House.

​The Front Door has one step into a lobby area, and a further step into the Hall. This entrance is not suitable for those in wheelchairs, or for parents with prams.

The double doors into the café give level access into the building, but with a very small threshold. Both of the double doors can be opened on request. This entrance is suitable for guests in wheelchairs.

The back door gives level access into the building, and is wide enough for wheelchair access.

The disabled toilets can be accessed via the corridor that links to the community hall and the café.

There are doors between the Hall and the corridor to the toilets, and a door between the café and the corridor. These doors can be opened by a member of staff on request.

The Hall is acoustically treated to minimise echo and reverberation.

CAFÉ

There are two chairs with arm-rests in the café, and high chairs are available on request.

KITCHEN

The kitchen can be accessed via a door from the Hall or via an opening in the counter, accessed from the café. The opening in the counter is accessible for wheelchairs.

GUEST HOUSE

The Old School Guest House is situated within a Grade 2 listed building. Efforts have been made to make the House accessible, but the age of the building, steps at the entrances to rooms and narrow doorways mean that we are only partially accessible to guests with disabilities.

Assistance dogs are welcome.

Arrival and Car Parking
Arrival time is usually from 15:00. If you need access earlier please get in touch and we will do our best to accommodate you.

There is no need to let us know when you are arriving. Instructions on how to access the keys to the house and your room are included in the welcome emails you will receive

There is parking for up to three cars on our driveway, with only a few steps to the front door. The wooden gate is often left open, but if it is closed you, or someone travelling with you, will need to get out of the car and open the gate before moving your car into the driveway.

Please let us know should you require extra assistance with your arrival.

Front Door
Entrance into the house is via the front door into a small lobby. There is a small step up into the house.

From the lobby you can access the downstairs bedroom, the stairs and the living room. As no one lives in the guest house permanently there is no doorbell, but there is a door knocker.

Guest Accommodation – Public Areas
The living room, kitchen and a downstairs bathroom are on the ground floor. You can access them through the right-hand side door as you enter the house. There is a small step from the living room into the kitchen and then again into the downstairs shower room.

All public areas have normal light switches for communal lights, with backup emergency lights. All public areas have smoke detectors connected to the fire alarm. The evacuation procedure is displayed in all rooms.

There is a Guest Information Folder in the living room which contains further information about the appliances and other equipment in the house, as well as information about the local area. The folder also has emergency contacts for the local Health Centre and Hospital.

Bedrooms – Introduction
All bedrooms have their own bathrooms, but these are not always directly connected to the corresponding bedrooms.

All bedrooms have remote controlled televisions, tea and coffee making facilities and bottled water.

The house is centrally heated throughout but temperatures can be adjusted in each room to suit individual requirements using the thermostatically controlled valves.

Ceiling lights, desk and bedside lamps are in all rooms.

Cotton sheets and synthetic duvets and pillows are used.

Some clothes storage, a dressing table and seating is provided in all bedrooms.

All bedrooms have smoke detection heads connected to the fire alarm. The evacuation procedure is displayed in all rooms. In the event of a fire the fire alarm will sound. Please follow evacuation procedures. There are two fire extinguishers in the living room.

If you have any mobility or hearing disabilities, please inform us on booking.

Ground Floor – Bedroom 1 (The Railway Room)
The downstairs wet room can be accessed by walking straight across the hall, through the living room and into the kitchen. The wet room is located off the kitchen. The total distance from the bedroom to the wet room is about 30 steps. There are two small thresholds of a few centimetres, and will accommodate a wheelchair. There is also a toilet and a sink. A shower chair is available on request.

The Railway Room has a queen-sized bed, which can be accessed from both sides.

The Railway Room is the only room which can accommodate pet dogs. For further information about pets please consults the Guest House Terms and Conditions. Should you have allergies, please be aware that even with thorough cleaning, we cannot guaranteed that there is no pet hair in this room.

First Floor – Bedroom 2 (The School Room)
In order to access the first floor, you have to climb 12 steps up a carpeted stairway with a handrail on the right and left. The stairs are steep. There is no lift and we encourage guests with less mobility to book the downstairs bedroom (The Railway Room).

The School Room is on the left at the top of the stairs and has two single beds. They can both only be accessed from one side.

There is a step up into the room.

The shower room for The School Room is on the other end of the first-floor corridor: You leave the room, step down onto the top of the stairs, step back up onto the right-hand side landing and open the door into a small corridor. From here there are 10 paces straight to the shower room door.

The bathroom is equipped with a shower, toilet and sink.

First Floor – Bedroom 3 (The Works Room)
The right-hand door at the top of the stairs leads to a small corridor. The Works Room is on the right-hand side, seven steps along.

The Works Room has a double bed which can be accessed from both sides. This room is a little smaller than the others, so movement will be slightly restricted.

The Works Room has its own en-suite bathroom, which consists of a shower over a bath, toilet and sink. The bathroom can only be accessed through the Works Room.

Additional Information
We offer a small continental breakfast which needs to be booked in advance. The breakfast consists of cereals and toast. We might be able to take special requests but can’t guarantee that they can be fulfilled. Please get in touch before you book if you have any questions.

The kitchen and communal areas are open to other residents of the house, as well as staff and work placement trainees who clean the guest house. As a result, we cannot guarantee that any the areas will be free of allergens, such as gluten or dog hair.

There is a shared fridge in the kitchen. We are happy for you to refrigerate any medication. Please make sure that it is labelled as such. As the kitchen is a public area, we cannot take any responsibility for the loss of any items you store here. You can also keep perishables in the fridge, but they need to be removed at the end of your visit.

Future Plans for our Guesthouse
We are constantly upgrading the accommodation to maintain our high standards. If you would like to make any suggestions, these will be gratefully received.

Thank you for reading our accessibility statement for the Old School Guest House. We hope that it has helped you establish if the accommodation is suitable for your needs, or the needs of a family member.

This accessibility statement was last updated on the 25/11/2020.