Access Statement For Dovecote House, Newton Grange Manor, Swanage
Assessor: Nigel Fawcett
Introduction & General Information:
Dovecote House was built in 2012 and is situated within a private development of similar properties that have all been designed to reflect the variety of Purbeck’s vernacular architecture while, at the same time, mirroring some of the characteristics of the Grade II* listed Newton Manor opposite. Dovecote House, in particular, has been detailed to include a sweeping curve to its outer wall and a rooftop feature in the form of a dovecote to complement similar details that can be seen in the manor house. There is a view across Swanage to the sea and the Isle of Wight from the sitting room window. Dovecote House is a non-smoking property. We hope that this document provides all the information you require but, if you have any further questions, then please do contact us. We look forward to welcoming you to Dovecote House.
Bookings / enquiries can be made via Dorset Holiday Cottages. The nearest bus stop is 50yds away on High Street. On the same road can be found local shops, a post office, pub and restaurant. Larger supermarkets and high street shops can be found in Swanage itself less than 1 mile away. All the main supermarkets deliver to our location through their online services. Swanage and its award winning beaches are all within walking distance, as are the stunning wildflower meadows of Durlston Country Park. The nearest mainline train station can be found in Wareham and taxis are available at the station. Wareham is 9 miles from us.
Arrival & Parking:
Newton Grange Close is a private estate located off High Street, Swanage with the access being on Cow Lane. Our GPS coordinates are: 50º36’33.5514”N 1º58’20.6754”W. Dovecote House can be found in the centre of the estate and is unmistakeable with its rooftop feature. There are three visitor parking spaces on the right as you approach the property. Continue around the house to access our private carport. If more parking is required then there is a parking area on Cow Lane opposite the turn into Newton Grange Close, as well as parking on Cow Lane itself.
Access and Main Entrance:
The front door is under the first floor terrace and can be accessed either from our carport or from the adjacent visitor parking space. There is a small courtyard with a garden bench opposite the front door. The key safe can be found on the oak pillar to the right of the door. Access to the ground floor is level and there are no steps. Dovecote House is an “upside down” house with the living space upstairs on the first floor and sleeping space downstairs on the ground floor.
The front door is 85cm wide by 225cm high and is hinged on the left, opening into the hall. The stairs to the first floor are immediately on the right, followed by an under stairs cupboard with coat hooks within. There are three light switches on the left hand wall. The switch nearest the front door should be left ON permanently as it is for the outdoor security light. The middle switch is for the hall and passage lighting, which we seldom, if ever, use. The third switch is for the stairwell. An 82cm wide by 197cm high door separates the hall space from the passage serving the two bedrooms and family bathroom. There is a radiator with thermostatic valve.
There are three doors off the downstairs passage (all the ground floor doors are 82cm wide by 197cm high including the en-suite bathroom). The door on the left is to the main bathroom. The two doors on the right open into the second and master bedrooms respectively.
Main bathroom (2.15m x 1.70m)
This has ceramic tiles to the floor and walls. There is a standard bath with shower over and fitted glass screen, washbasin, standard height toilet, three-door mirrored cabinet, ceiling light and extractor fan, which is activated automatically with the ceiling light, and a large chrome radiator with thermostatic valve. There is no internal electric power so a shaver adapter is provided in the main bedroom. There is no bathroom window so we ask for the bathroom door to be left open to assist the fan in airing the room after heavy use.
Bedroom two (4m x 3m)
Contains twin beds, bedside table with two drawers, double wardrobe and chest of drawers. There is a single window with a designer venetian blind. Lighting is from one ceiling light and one table light. There are two double sockets. The main water stopcock is located behind a pop-out panel on the left hand wall near its corner with the external wall. The duvets and pillows are synthetic, while all bedding is 100% cotton. The under window radiator has a thermostatic valve.
Master bedroom (6m x 4.7m)
Contains a king sized bed with pocket sprung mattress, two three-drawer bedside tables, double wardrobe with four drawers below, large chest of drawers (five drawers) and a tall boy with seven drawers. Lighting is from two ceiling lights and two bedside lamps. There are four double sockets. A hairdryer and shaver adapter is provided. There are four windows. The west-facing window has a designer venetian blind, while the three windows on the curved wall are fitted with white obscured curtains that are designed to remain closed while letting plenty of natural light into the room. The duvet and pillows are synthetic, while all bedding is 100% cotton. There are two radiators, each with its own thermostatic valve. There is a storage cupboard that contains the electric meter and fuse-box.
En-suite shower room (2.1m x 1.1m)
Shower cubicle with step up, standard height toilet, washbasin, single bathroom cabinet with mirrored door, ceiling light with connected extractor fan. No electric power and no window. There is a large chrome radiator with thermostatic valve.
The open plan living space is accessed via a 13-step staircase with a practical width of 80cm and is fitted with handrails and is divided into a sitting area, kitchen area, and dining area. There is a wooden floor throughout. There are two radiators with thermostatic valves and seven double sockets.
Sitting area (6.5m x 6m)
Exposed roofing timbers to full roof height. There are ten windows (five opening) to two sides and extending high up into the gable end. The windows throughout the property are hardwood framed, double-glazed and can be opened in two ways – either tilting or fully open. All opening windows open inwards and every window casement contains a ventilation grill.
There is a pair of large two-seater sofas and one three-seater sofa bed, large black glass and chrome coffee table, nest of three black glass occasional tables, large Venetian four-shelf bookcase, black glass TV stand with 32” LCD TV with remote, DVD player with remote, Freesat satellite decoder with remote, and Wi-Fi access point. There is an isolator switch adjacent to the radiator that provides power to the external double socket on the first floor terrace. Lighting is from wall lights and a large floor standing lamp.
Kitchen area (4m x 3.4m)
The worktop is divided into two areas – a large L-shaped counter that includes the cooking and wet areas, and a separate counter for the preparation of hot drinks and toast.
The smaller counter has three cupboards below, four-slice toaster and kettle above. The first floor light switches are on the wall above the toaster. The switch nearest the stairs is for the stairwell. The next switch is for the sitting area wall lights. The third switch is for the kitchen area spotlights. The other switch is for the dining area ceiling lights.
The L-shaped counter has five cupboards below on the sitting area side of the peninsular worktop. Please note: the second and third cupboards are dummies and do not open as they contain the mechanism for the pop-up cooker hood. On the kitchen side there is a three-drawer unit below, followed by an electric fan oven/grill and corner cupboard. Inset into the worktop is a four-ring gas hob and the pop-up cooker hood. Touching the right hand button raises the cooker hood, and there are additional buttons to switch on the internal light and control the fan speed. A microwave oven is provided. The other leg of the counter contains the one and a half bowl kitchen sink, which has a cupboard below. To the left of this cupboard is the washer/drier and to the right is the dishwasher. There is a kitchen window that has a wall-mounted cupboard to its left, housing the combination boiler, and a family sized fridge with freezer below to the right of the window. There is a large freestanding kitchen pedal bin.
Dining area (3.7m x 3.1m)
There are full height and width windows to both sides. The windows to the right also include the glazed-door (81cm wide by 182cm high) to the first floor terrace. There is a large black and chrome dining table with six high-backed dining chairs. Two black-lacquered glass-fronted cabinets complete the dining area furniture. The two cabinets have internal lights that can be switched on/off with an internal rocker switch that can be found top-back-right. Overhead lighting is from a pair of designer ceiling lights.
The first floor terrace is an L-shaped oak-decked area that is equipped with a glass topped all weather black synthetic rattan table and six matching armchairs. A large parasol is provided that has a ratchet mechanism to raise and lower it and can also be tilted. A Weber kettle BBQ is provided, complete with rapid start chimney and internal thermostat. There are two external security lights and a double power socket. The area has been planted with potted olive trees, lavender and bay to match the Italian theme of the internal décor.
The ground level area includes the carport, which is where the external water meter and stopcock is located. There is a garden shed, the previously mentioned courtyard garden, which is where the gas meter is located and, finally, a garden tap.
The property has excellent mobile phone reception.
There is a comprehensive information folder and guestbook on the counter at the top of the stairs.
A wide range of books and maps can be found in the bookcase in the sitting area.
Dorset Holiday Cottages
Tel: 01929 481547
Local Tourist Information:
Swanage Tourist Information Centre, The White House, Shore Road, Swanage, BH19 1LB
Tel: 01929 422885
Wareham Tourist Information Centre, Trinity Church, South Street, Wareham, BH20 4LU
Tel: 01929 552740