Access Statement

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]This access statement aims to accurately describe the facilities and services we offer so our guests and visitors can plan an enjoyable visit.
Fairlight Hall is a family home and is not generally open to the public. Private tours for specific interest groups however are available by invitation, to register an interest please contact the estate office. While the house is not currently wheelchair accessible arrangements can be made to provide access to the ground floor via a ramp. There are no accessible toilets in the main building.
The Gardens & Recital Room
The beautiful gardens are available for the general public to visit throughout the year – please refer to the events diary for details.
For details of how to reach us please see the directions section of our website. If using GPS our postcode is TN35 5DR.
If arriving by public transport please ask the driver to stop by Martineau Lane on the A259. Please take care when walking as the A259 is a major road and Martineau Lane can be a busy with local traffic. The entrance is approximately 674 meters from the A259 and the driveway is 612 meters long mainly a steady incline on an gravel surface.
The recital room is situated in the old carriage house in the former stable complex. Parking  is on the main drive approximately 95m from the recital room. The parking surface is gravel. The courtyard is cobbled with an uneven surface. There is an accessible pathway to the recital room via the side entrance from the front courtyard. An accessible toilet is available close by and is clearly signposted. The pathways are either gravel or grassed and care needs to be taken.
For larger events parking is offered in Pavilion field which is off the main drive and is approximately 399m from the walled garden, recital room and house. The parking is on grass and the pathways are either soft bark or gravel. Some pathways are uneven with some sharp slopes.
Parking is available for Blue Badge Holders on the main drive opposite the entrance to the house, spaces are limited so please contact the estate office to book.
Most of the 7 acre gardens can be explored by wheelchair along a mixture of grass and gravel paths. In the walled garden ramps  have been provided to access  the middle and lower levels . It may be difficult on gravel, grass and slopes for some users depending on the weather conditions
The Bothy toilets
The toilets are accessed via the walled garden and the side gravel path – both are clearly sign posted. There is no accessible toilet at present.
The Shop
The shop is situated in a charming wooden gypsy caravan close by the recital room –  it is not accessible. A display of the products will be available outside the shop or if inclement weather a pop up shop will be in the stable courtyard / recital room. Our staff are more than happy to show all products to our visitors who may find it difficult to access the shop. Plants are on  sale on the grassed area adjacent to the caravan.
Stable Cottage
Stable cottage is not accessible for those with restricted mobility having a step threshold and internal stairs.
Upper Stables
Upper Stables is not accessible for those with restricted mobility being on the 1st & 2nd floors of the former Stable complex accessed by external and internal stairs.
Assistance dogs
Assistance dogs are welcome in the garden & recital room.
Future Plans
We are working towards improving the access to the Bothy toilets and upgrading the  garden pathways to a hard surface by the end of 2015.
The Fairlight Hall team are always available to help you plan your visit. Please call the estate office on 01424 814132 or email to ensure you have the access support you need.

One thought on “Access Statement

  1. Susan and Patfick Trueman says:

    We are coming to Fairlight Hall on 20th July in the evening. My husband is a bit unsteady on his feet (age 86 )and I would be pleased if you could advise me on the best way to assist him to the seating area please. We do not have a Blue Badge.
    With my thanks
    Susan Trueman

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *