Access Statement for Bronte Cottage
Introduction and General Information
Bronte Cottage dates back to at least 1845, although the ground floor stone walls date back a lot further – they are reputed to have been used as a pen for livestock in transit when Wareham Quay was a major international port in medieval times. A listed building, the cottage is built of brick and stone with a tiled roof. It stands in Church Green, tucked behind Wareham Quay and opposite Lady St Mary parish church.
The cottage comprises on the ground floor a hallway, lounge, dining room, shower room and kitchen. The back door opens onto a small, walled, Purbeck stone-paved courtyard garden with a flower bed and water feature. Upstairs there are three bedrooms and a bathroom. The cottage sleeps five and has a travel cot for a baby plus booster baby seat. It is centrally heated throughout, with heating & hot water provided by a modern combi Vaillant boiler. Decor, furniture & fittings are in keeping with this charming & comfortable period cottage.
Bronte Cottage’s central location is ideal for public transport, access to the River Frome, the parish church, many quality restaurants, cafes and pubs, and the town’s wide range of specialist shops as well as a couple of supermarkets.
The cottage is in the oldest part of the ancient market town of Wareham (Saxon origins with surviving town earth walls), close to the surrounding countryside (including the Purbeck Hills), the exciting Jurassic Coast with its sandy beaches and fascinating ancient rock formations, and the River Frome, a sailor’s gateway to Poole Harbour and the English Channel.
• Bronte Cottage is listed on www.dhcottages.co.uk
• The cottage has a 4* Visit England rating.
• It is ‘within the walls’ of Wareham, a traditional small market town.
• The nearest bus stop is on South Street, approximately 2 minutes walk away.
• Wareham railway station is approximately 15 minutes walk or a short taxi ride away. There are regular trains to Dorchester & Weymouth and to Poole, Bournemouth, Southampton & London Waterloo. Some trains to Swanage are due to operate in 2017.
Arrival and Car Parking
• Luggage can be unloaded adjacent to the blue wooden front door of the property.
• There are two free public parking spaces immediately outside the front door. These are deep enough to allow two cars per space as long as you leave a note on your dashboard if you’re blocking someone in so that they can find you!
• There are other free public parking spaces on the opposite side of Church Green.
• The remaining spaces on Church Green are payable via tickets available from the machine on St John’s Hill. (Chargeable hours 10:00am to 7:00pm, seven days per week).
• There is further free parking along the wall on Church Lane, to the north of Lady St Mary parish church.
• At the end of Church Lane is a public car park – Connegar Lane Car Park. We have a Parking Permit to allow visitors to Bronte Cottage to park there for free. Confusingly, please DON’T use one of the few (four) parking bays on the left marked and bollarded for Permit Holders (these are reserved for specific individual permit holders). Rather, please use one of the many other general parking bays in the car park, with the Parking Permit displayed prominently on the car’s dashboard. (PLEASE remember to leave this in the cottage on departure.)
Entrance door The front door (the only entrance to the property) is on ground level and gives even access to the hallway
There are no steps on the ground floor, other than small doorsteps (c 2” deep) outside the back door and dining room French windows. All ground floor rooms are laid with flagstone slabs, covered in places by a range of rugs.
All doors are of standard dimensions.
Hallway 14’1” by 3’3”; lounge 14’9” by 10’; dining room 19’3” by 8’3”; kitchen 9’ by 7’; shower room 7’1” by 5’2”.
Hallway Beamed ceiling; stairs to first floor.
Lounge- Exposed stone walls; gas log effect fire; open bricked chimney feature; Freeview TV & DVD player; BT Wifi/Internet hub; two armchairs; large 3 person sofa.
Dining Room- Exposed stone walls; beamed ceiling; French windows opening onto courtyard garden; dining table with six chairs; sofa; small music centre.
Kitchen- Fully fitted with hob, oven, second oven with integral microwave, fridge/ freezer, dishwasher, front-loading washing machine/dryer, waste disposal unit, stone top work surfaces, coffee maker, food processor, Belfast sink; door to courtyard garden.
Shower Room- Large shower cubicle with power shower; Vaillant combi boiler; hand basin; low flush wooden-seated loo; extractor fan plus window; cupboard housing vacuum cleaner and cleaning materials.
The stairway from ground floor to first floor is straight but steep with support handrail.
All doors are of standard dimensions with latched opening & closing.
Bedroom 1 10’6” by 8’6”; bedroom 2 11’3” by 9’3”; bedroom 3 (under eaves with restricted headroom) 12’3” by 4’6”; bathroom 7’1” by 6’7”.
Bedroom 1- Wooden framed double bed; carpeted; vaulted ceiling with exposed beams; walk-in wardrobe; exposed stone wall; iPod dock/radio/alarm clock; dressing table, hairdryer.
Bedroom 2- Iron framed double bed; carpeted; vaulted ceiling with exposed beams; built-in wardrobe; exposed stone wall; dressing table, hairdryer.
Bedroom 3- Wooden framed single bed; carpeted; single bed; wardrobe; dressing table, hairdryer; restricted headroom.
Bathroom- Victorian-style deep roll top iron bath; hand basin with shaver point over; low flush wooden-seated loo; extractor fan plus window.
The courtyard garden, accessible through both the kitchen back door and the dining room French windows, is surrounded by high ancient Purbeck stone walls. It has a water feature in the corner of a well-stocked slightly raised flower bed. The yard is paved with Purbeck stone. There is a patio table together with a seat and three chairs. A double retractable washing line pulls out. A garden hose is attached to an external tap to water the plants. There is a wooden storage unit which houses garden equipment.