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Abbotsford - The Hope Scott Wing

The Abbotsford Trust, Abbotsford, Melrose, Scottish Borders, TD6 9BQ

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Summary

  • Amenities at this site include: formal gardens, a historic house, self-catering accommodation and accommodation.
  • There is onsite parking available here and there is no designated Blue Badge parking.
  • The most accessible entrance has a slight ramp/slope and manual doors.
  • There are 2 step-free entrances.
  • This does include the main entrance.
  • The entrance surveyed is the main entrance at the front of the building.
  • The building has 3 floors once inside.
  • There is step free access once inside with lift access to other floors.
  • There is stepped only access to some bedrooms.
  • There is ramped access to the main kitchen and laundry room.
  • This venue also has the following available: accommodation with some adaptations for disabled people, seating, facilities for assistance dogs, maps and on site-transport.
  • Toilet and changing facilities available include: a standard toilet and an accessible shower.
  • There is/are 1 toilet(s) designated as accessible.
  • The accessible toilet surveyed can be found in the accessible bedroom on the first floor.
  • This accessible toilet surveyed is approximately 20m from the lift.
  • The standard toilets can be found on the ground floor.
  • The standard toilet surveyed can be found on the ground floor, near the main dining room.
  • There is one accessible room available.
  • This accommodation also has the following available: bath steps and bath mats.

Parking

  • This venue has a car park.
  • This is an open air car park with a tarmac surface.
  • Parking is free for all users.
  • There is a designated drop-off point with a dropped kerb which does not have tactile paving.

Public Transport

  • There is not a bus stop within approximately 150m of the venue.
  • There are bus stops on the A6091 at Galafoot Bridge, approximately 600m away.
  • The nearest train station is Tweedbank.
  • Tweedbank Railway Station is approximately 1.5 miles away.

Entrance (Main Entrance)

  • The entrance surveyed is located at the front of the building.
  • There is step-free access at this entrance, via ramp/slope.
  • The ramp has a slight gradient and a width between 75cm and 150cm .
  • The ramp does not have handrails.
  • This entrance has a bell and a card reader.
  • Not positioned at a recommended height: the bell (above 120cm) and the card reader (not between 90cm - 110cm).
  • There is a single manual door which open away from you.
  • The width of the opening is 116cm.
  • There is a second set of doors.
  • There is a single manual door which open away from you.
  • The width of the opening is 95cm.
  • There is a single door on the lower floor from the kitchen into the courtyard area, which can be accessed via a cobbled path from the car park, as shown in photographs 5 to 8.

Self-Catering Accommodation

  • The following areas are available: bathroom, patio, dining area, kitchen and lounge/living room.
  • Lounge/Living Areas View
    • Facilities/features in the lounge/living areas include; radios, armchairs, sofas, coffee tables and televisions.
    • The flooring in the lounge/living area is soft flooring and hard flooring.
    • The colour contrast between the floor and walls in the lounge/living areas is high.
    • The lighting levels in the lounge/living areas are adjustable.
  • Dining Areas View
    • The seats do not have armrests.
    • The dining tables are at a height of 70cm.
    • The distance between the floor and the underside of the dining table(s) is 72cm.
  • Outdoor Seating Areas View
    • The following outdoor seating areas are available: patio.
    • The surface of the outdoor seating area includes a hard surface which is even.
    • Facilities on the terrace/decking area include: seat(s) with armrests.

Ramp or Slope and Steps (Basement Level)

  • There is a slope with a steep gradient and a width between 75cm and 150cm .
  • The slope has a handrail on the left going up.
  • There are 3 steps.
  • The steps are not clearly marked and there are no handrails.
  • The slope overcomes the steps.

Lift

  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are B, G, 1.
  • Externally the lift has: buttons with a medium colour contrast to the surroundings, controls at a recommended height range (between 90cm - 110cm) and a door with a low colour contrast to the surroundings.
  • The lift door opening width is 79cm.
  • The dimensions of the lift are 82cm x 150cm.
  • Internally the lift has: a visual floor indicator, buttons with a high colour contrast to the surroundings, controls at a recommended height range (between 90cm - 110cm), an audible announcer and tactile markings.
  • Lighting levels are low here.

Stairs

  • The floors which are accessible by stairs are B, G, 1.
  • There are 15+ steps between floors.
  • The steps are not clearly marked but there is a handrail that switches sides.

Self-Catering Accessible Bedroom(s) (Right Hand Transfer)

  • Guests need to open a door between the entrance and the accessible bedroom(s).
  • Getting Into The Bedroom View
    • There is step-free access to the accessible bedroom surveyed, via lift.
    • The width of the door is 77cm.
    • The colour contrast between the external door and wall is low. The colour contrast between the internal door and wall is low.
  • Inside The Bedroom View
    • The bed type is double or zip and link.
    • The room does not have an unobstructed minimum turning space of 150cm x 150cm next to the bed, but staff can move furniture on request .
    • The room surveyed has a desk chair without armrests and an armchair.
    • The room has: a bed which is not at a recommended height (between 48cm - 54cm), plug sockets next to the bed, plug sockets at a recommended height (between 40cm - 100cm), light switches at a recommended height (between 75cm - 120cm), room for a wheelchair user to turn next to the bed (150cm x 150cm) and a moveable bed.
    • There is no emergency alarm.
    • The room has soft flooring.
    • The colour contrast between the room walls and floor is low.
  • Ensuite View
    • The ensuite has a manual door which opens outwards.
    • The ensuite does have an unobstructed minimum turning space of 150cm x 150cm.
    • The ensuite has hard flooring.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 41cm.
    • There is no emergency alarm.
    • There is a lateral transfer space to the right of the toilet seat.
    • There is a lever flush on the transfer side.
    • Grab rails in the ensuite include: a horizontal grab rail on the non transfer side, a vertical grab rail at the shower, vertical grab rails on both sides of the wash basin, a vertical grab rail on the non transfer side and a horizontal grab rail at the shower.
    • The toilet has a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
    • The toilet roll holder is 56cm high.
    • The following fixtures cannot be reached from the toilet seat: the wash basin.
    • The ensuite has: a bath and a wheel-in shower.
    • The height of the wash basin is 76cm.
    • The wash basin tap type is twist turn mixer.
    • The soap dispenser is 118cm high.
    • The bath is at a height of 60cm.
    • There is a fixed height shower head and a handheld shower head.
    • There {Radio} for the shower.
    • There is {Radio}.
    • The following have a high colour contrast with their surroundings: all grab rails, the dropdown rail and the toilet seat.
    • The following have a less clear colour contrast with their surroundings: the internal door and the floor.
    • There is an additional living room located opposite the accessible room, as shown in photographs 15 and 16.

Self-Catering Standard Bedroom(s)

  • The bedroom surveyed is located on the first floor.
  • There is step-free access to the bedroom surveyed, via lift.
  • The colour contrast between the external bedroom door and wall is low.
  • Getting Into The Bedroom View
    • The width of the door is 85cm.
    • The colour contrast between the internal bedroom door and wall is low.
    • The colour contrast between the bedroom walls and floor is low.
  • Inside The Bedroom View
    • The bed type is double or zip and link.
    • The room surveyed has a desk chair with armrests and an armchair.
    • The room has: plug sockets next to the bed, room for a wheelchair user to turn next to the bed (150cm x 150cm) and a bed which is not at a recommended height (between 45cm - 52cm).
    • There is no emergency alarm.
    • The room has soft flooring.
  • Ensuite View
    • The ensuite has a manual door which opens outwards.
    • The ensuite does not have an unobstructed minimum turning space of 150cm x 150cm.
    • The ensuite has hard flooring.
    • There is no emergency alarm.
    • The toilet seat is not at a height of 48cm from the floor.
    • The toilet has no dropdown rail.
    • The height of the toilet roll holder is 56cm high.
    • The following fixtures can be reached from the toilet seat: the toilet roll holder.
    • The following fixtures cannot be reached from the toilet seat: the wash basin.
    • The ensuite has: a bath.
    • The wash basin is 84cm high.
    • The wash basin tap type is twist/turn.
    • The bath is at a height of 65cm.
    • There is an adjustable, detachable shower head not at a recommended height (between 105cm - 185cm) and a fixed overhead shower head.
    • There are no dropdown rails for the shower.
    • There is no seat.
    • The following have a less clear colour contrast with their surroundings: the internal door, the floor and the toilet seat.
    • Some further rooms are accessed via steps or have ensuites accessed via steps.

Kitchen (Dining Room)

  • The kitchen is located to the rear of the dining room.
  • There is step-free level access to the kitchen.
  • There are no doors at this entrance.
  • The width of the door opening is 106cm.
  • There is not ample room for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre (150cm x 150cm) within the kitchen.
  • Facilities/features in the kitchen areas include; sinks, fridge freezers, ovens, hobs, kettles and toasters.
  • The area has a non-slip floor.
  • The colour contrast between the floor and walls in the kitchen areas is low.
  • The worktops/counters are at a height of 89cm.
  • The counters/worktops have a low colour contrast to the wall and to the sink.
  • There are overhead and under counter cupboards/units available for worktops/counters.
  • The cupboards/units have a low colour contrast to the floor.
  • The cupboard/unit door handles have low colour contrast.
  • The sink tap types are lever.
  • With the shelf on the right extended, the entrance space is 76cm.

Kitchen (Main Kitchen - Basement Level)

  • The kitchen is located on the basement level, to the left from the lift.
  • There is step-free access to the kitchen, via ramp/slope.
  • There is a single manual door which open away from you.
  • The width of the door opening is 83cm.
  • There is ample room for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre (150cm x 150cm) within the kitchen.
  • Facilities/features in the kitchen areas include; fridge freezers, ovens, hobs, dishwashers, microwaves, kettles and toasters.
  • The majority of the flooring includes large repeating patterns in bold colours, which may look like steps or holes to some people.
  • The area does not have a non-slip floor.
  • The colour contrast between the floor and walls in the kitchen areas is medium.
  • The worktops/counters are at a height of 91cm.
  • There are overhead and under counter cupboards/units available for worktops/counters.
  • The cupboard/unit handles are not easy to grip.
  • The sink tap types are lever.
  • The kitchen has chairs without armrests.
  • All tables are permanently fixed.
  • The height of the tables range between 76cm and 76cm.

Laundry Room

  • There is step-free access to the laundry room, via ramp/slope.
  • There is a ramp with a steep gradient.
  • The slope has a handrail on the right going up.
  • The following are available with controls at a recommended height for a seated user (between 75cm - 120cm): washing machines and dryers.
  • There is not ample room for a wheelchair user to wait within the laundry room.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • There is step-free level access into the toilet(s).
  • There is a manual door which opens inwards and has a low colour contrast.
  • The shared standard toilet was surveyed.
  • The wash basin tap type is twist/turn.