access statement


We aim to cater for the needs of all visitors in our home-based, Seven bedroom bed and breakfast in Bowness. The following access statement is a summary of our provision. If you have any specific questions, please feel free to call us on 015394 42597 or use our Contact Form and we will endeavour to help.

Arrival and Car Parking Facilities

Car parking is available to the front and side of the Guest House but spaces are limited to one car per reserved room.

Car parking is provided free to guests and is entirely at the vehicle owners’ risk. If a guests car is parked in such a way that another guest is blocked in we request the guest to leave their keys at reception in case of emergency.

Parking is on a level drive. Please park where directed.

Additional parking is available in the public pay and display car parks in Bowness village, which is approx 300 metres from our guest house.

Please note we are unable to accommodate large vans in our car parking area.

Large 4 x 4 vehicles may also have difficulty parking at busy times.

Main Entrance and Reception

The front porch entrance has 2 small steps of 7 cm and 3 cm high plus a front door plate of 2 cm high to the front door.
The front door is always locked. New guests arriving will need to press the bell in porch by the front door which is set at a height of 120 cm.
The front door is 79 cm wide.

The porch area is tiled and has a non-slip rubber mat.
The Reception Hall is carpeted (approximate 5.4 metres long x 1.7 metres wide).
On arrival, guests are required to complete a registration form and are then shown to their rooms and our facilities are explained.

Stairs to Bedrooms

Three double en-suite bedrooms (Rooms 1, 2 & 3) and one single room (Room 4 ) are located on the first floor (14 Stairs from the ground floor to room 1, 16 stairs from the ground floor to rooms 2,3 and 4).
One double/twin en-suite bedroom (Room 5) and one single room (Room 6) are on the second floor. 16 Stairs from the ground floor then 16 Stairs from the first floor)

The bathroom (with toilet, washbasin and shower) shared by the single rooms (Rooms 4 and 6 is located on the first floor.
The covering on the stairs and upstairs corridors is short-pile fitted carpet.
The stairs treads are 19 cm high x 26 cm deep x 77 cm wide.

Public Areas

We do not have a guest lounge area at Holmlea.

Public toilet

There is no public toilet available at Holmlea.

Breakfast Room

Our breakfast room is on the ground floor and has a door width of 78 cm. Breakfast is served from 8:45 a.m. to 9:30 am.
Any allergies or special dietary requirements are ascertained on arrival or during the booking of accommodation. At busy times, guests occupying the single rooms may have to share a table.


There is central heating throughout the house. The temperature of each guest bedroom is controlled by thermostatic controls on the radiators. The beds are made with sheets and all-season duvets. We provide fresh white towels and soaps. Each bedroom has a ‘hospitality tray’ with tea, coffee, hot chocolate, biscuits and a jug of fresh drinking water. In each bedroom, there is a hairdryer, information folder, visitor attraction guide and TV with remote control. Each room has storage space which usually consists of a wardrobe or hanging unit, dressing table with drawers and bedside cabinets.

Our single standard rooms share a private bathroom with shower and toilet on the first floor. The bathroom is kept locked for sole use of the guests in each single room.

Our ground floor double en-suite bedroom (Room 7) has its own access from the car parking area. The bedroom door width is 74 cm with a step height of 10 cm and a doorplate height of 6 cm. The bathroom incorporates a toilet, washbasin (with lever taps) and thermostatically controlled shower. The shower has a step of 36 cm. The bathroom is 173 cm long x 80 cm wide with a door width of 71 cm. This bedroom has a wall hanging unit, dressing table and two bedside cabinets with a lamp on each side. Guests will need to walk approximate 21 metres outside to the front door of the house to enter for breakfast served in the Breakfast Room.

Additional Information

Please ensure you read the fire notice in reception and in each bedroom for evacuation procedure.
The fire alarm sounds in all rooms and hallway areas. Should evacuation be necessary please exit via the front door. If you require assistance in this kind of emergency (eg hearing impairment) please let us know on arrival and we will ensure that you are evacuated safely. Fire extinguishers are located in the entrance hall, first-floor landing and second-floor landing.

Only persons over the age of 18 can be accommodated at Holmlea.
Mobile phone reception is generally good.
Holmlea is completely non-smoking.

Future Plans

We are continually planning to make improvements to the guest house each year to ensure our guests have a safe and comfortable stay at Holmlea.

Contact Information:

Holmlea Guest House
Kendal Road
LA23 3EW
Telephone: 015394 42597

We welcome your feedback to help us continually improve. If you have any comments please phone 015394 42597 or email us using our contact form.

Updated: May 2019

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