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Access Statement for Beechwood B&B on Dartmoor



Beechwood House was originally two cottages built in 1871. The two were made into one house in 1976 and an extension was built in 1996. Located on the main B3212 across Dartmoor, Beechwood is easy to find.

There are 5 letting bedrooms, four at one end of the house and one at the other; all are on the first floor. As Beechwood is built on the side of a hill, there are many levels with many steps and this makes the house completely unsuitable for wheelchair users of people with severe mobility difficulties. We do everything that is reasonably practical to assist with other disabilities and special needs but if anything in this statement is unclear or further advice is required, please contact us directly by telephone or email.

We have one cat and although Monty is not allowed into guest bedrooms we cannot guarantee that he has not paid a brief visit when doors are left open. Dogs are not allowed inside the house but we are happy for guests to bring them if they can sleep in a car or in one of our stables. There is plenty of space in the meadows to exercise them but owners absolutely must clean up after their dogs.

Information before booking

Our web site contains most information that is likely to be required and also has an enquiry form for anything further. It includes our environmental policy, location and contact details as well as details of bedrooms, breakfast, evening meals and lounge facilities.

Most guests arrive by car or on foot as public transport (bus) is infrequent. Further details of buses can be obtained from the local tourist information centres and contact details for them are on the web site. It may be possible for us to collect guests coming by bus from Princetown or Moretonhampstead if they are unable to catch a bus to Postbridge but arrangements must be made well in advance of arrival.

The nearest train stations are Newton Abbott and Plymouth, both are about 15 miles away but buses from Plymouth are most frequent. Buses from Exeter railway station will almost always only get as far as Moretonhampstead. We would be happy to collect from Moretonhampstead with prior notice.


Rooms can be booked by telephone, email of via an Online Booking facility operated by a third party. At this time most information will be taken but on check-in further details may be requested. Terms and conditions are available for viewing on the web site.


Car Parking and checking in

Beechwood has plenty of off road parking on gravelled surfaces near the house and there are steps of varying heights and depths on both paths into the main entrance. Assistance with luggage is offered to all guests. Adequate lighting is provided around the entrance but to avoid excessive light pollution lights in the car park are not always in use.

Main Entrance

Our main entrance is also our boot room, a glazed area where wet clothing and muddy boots can be removed. The front door has a lock for which guests are given a code for access at all times during their stay. For guests with impaired sight alternative arrangements can be made.

At check in guests are advised of breakfast and dinner times and are asked to advise us of any special diets, food intolerances or allergies. The location of dining room and lounge and other facilities are shown and explained. All guests are shown to their rooms and have facilities explained.

Access to rooms 1, 2, 3 and 4 are up a staircase of 10 steps with 9 ½” treads and 6” risers onto a landing then, to Rooms 1 and 2 a further 5 steps around a corner then onto a landing and to Rooms 3 and 4 a further 6 steps and onto a landing, All steps have 9 ½” treads (or larger) and 6” risers. Room 3 has a 6” step into the shower room and room 4 has 3 steps down into the room on entering. All main stairways have handrails on both sides.

Floor surfaces

The reception hall has quarry tiles; all other areas have short pile fitted carpets.

Public Toilet

There is a toilet downstairs off the dining room with two small steps in each of two doorways to access.


Breakfast is served between 8 and 8:45am. A menu showing what is on offer is on the web site and in guests information folders in the guest rooms and lounge. Usually separate tables are used but at times when this is not practical guests may be asked to share. Vegetarian and special diets are catered for with advance notice.


Dinner is provided with advance notice although we reserve the right not offer evening meals if it is not practical of convenient to do so. Vegetarian and special diets are catered for with advance notice.



A small charge is made for laundering of guests’ clothes but drying of wet weather and walking gear overnight is free. An iron and board is available on request.


Mobile ‘phone signals are sporadic at best on the High Moors. Guests wishing to make calls may use the landline but are asked to make a small contribution to costs where possible and not to monopolise the telephone. Wireless Broadband is available throughout most of the property free of charge.

Guest Bedrooms

All bedrooms are carpeted with short pile carpet and bathrooms have cushion flooring with bath mats. Televisions with Freesat receiver, tea/coffee facilities and hairdryers are installed in all rooms.

There are Guest Information folders in each room with a comprehensive guide to Beechwood and the local area including information on emergency services such as police and doctors etc. This is also available on request by email.

Each bedroom has its own door lock.

Rooms 1 and 2 share a bathroom with toilet, washbasin and shower over a bath.
Room 3 has an en suite shower, toilet and wash basin. The shower tray is 8” above floor level.
Room 4 has an en suite bathroom with toilet, washbasin and shower over bath.
Room 5 has a private bathroom next door with toilet, washbasin and shower over bath.

All rooms have good lighting with centre and bedside lights.
Towels and face cloths are provided.

Downstairs rooms available to guests

The dining room access is down 3 steps of varying heights and treads from the reception hall.

The sun room is off the dining room with 1 small step down on entering.

The guests lounge is access from the dining room down a step (6”) and 1 small step (2”)


All bedrooms and public areas have multipoint sounders/detectors installed with manual call points clearly signed. The fire alarm system is checked according to current legislation and guidance.

The Garden and meadows

The informal garden is on many levels with steps and uneven ground. The meadows have coarse grass and are accessed through steel farm gates. Any restrictions to access to the hay meadows will be advised when appropriate.

Contact information

Ian and Sarah Drew
PL20 6SY

Telephone: 01822 880332


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