The following is a guide to help people with additional needs and the less able bodied make an informed decision as to whether holidaying at Nethway Farm is right for them. If you have any specific questions please contact us to discuss your requirements and needs.
Nethway Farm Holiday Cottages are old converted farm buildings in a hidden valley, and were initially built in the 17th Century. The buildings were converted into holiday accommodation back in the 1980’s. One long barn is divided into three cottages, then the old farmhouse, converted into two cottages. We have done what we can to make the properties as accessible as possible considering the constraints of the old stone buildings and lay of the land. The cottages are unfortunately not suitable for those in wheelchairs, due to narrow doorways and internal steps.
We are easily reached by car via good, wide, roads. Locally the A379 and the B3205 before turning left onto Broad Road then arriving at our drive 0.6miles along the road on the left. We are at the end of a private drive with passing places. To take full advantage of the area, a car is required. However should you wish to catch the bus when you are here the nearest bus stop is 0.6miles from the cottages, at the junction of Broad Road and the B3205. Buses pass every hour between 9am and 5pm. Bus time table The nearest main line train station is Paignton station, however we recommend Newton Abbot station, which is half an hour away, as trains here leave more regularly. Information about Newton Abbot train station can be found, here.
At the end of our drive is a large car park with plenty of parking for all. We can provide a wheelbarrow to help you unload your car and transport your luggage to your cottage, should you wish. The distance from the car park to the cottages range from 10m (if using the unloading area near Chamomile cottage) to 50m. The cottages have laid paths to their front doors. Chamomile has a small step of 100mm up to the front door and Meadowsweet has a step up of 200mm.
Situated to the right of the main house and signposted from the carpark you will find the office. Up two steps and over gravelled standing. A doorbell as well as other contact information is by the door if nobody is in the office. On arrival we try and meet guests at the car park and help guide them to the cottage they have booked.
The cottages are all internally unique and doorways vary in width. The front doors are a minimum width of 750mm, with the internal doors varying from 660 – 740mm. The cottages are suitable for able bodied and those with limited additional needs. We have a number of families with autistic members who stay in Chamomile or Tarragon as we do not allow pets in these cottages, so therefore allergens are low.
All cottages have a staircase with steps of 190mm high and a minimum depth of 230mm. Meadowsweet and Hyssop cottages have internal steps within the downstairs living areas. Meadowsweet has a single 200mm step down to the downstairs bedroom, the family bathroom is upstairs. Hyssop has a large farmhouse kitchen and two steps up, which measure 230mm and 190mm in height with a depth of 670mm, to the living room. All cottages have baths with hand rails and showers over. We supply anti slip bath mats for extra safety. Meadowsweet and Tarragon also have shower enclosures with folding doors.
Each of the cottages have south facing outside spaces. Chamomile, Tarragon and Meadowsweet cottages each have a large outside patio area, with seating and table. These are reached by double patio doors from the rear of the cottages and a step down, ranging from 100mm – 250mm in height. They have further steps down into a communal courtyard garden. Hyssop and Lovage cottages have private enclosed gardens with high fencing and stone walls. Stepping onto the decking over the rear patio door thresholds. Table and chairs can be found on the decking to enjoy outside dining. Lovage has 6 steps and Hyssop 7 steps at 180mm high, leading down to grassed gardens with mature shrubs. The width of the steps is 1100mm.
We welcome dogs and assistant dogs into three of our cottages, Hyssop, Lovage and Meadowsweet. Click here to find out more.
We are in a very quiet, calming location with no light or noise pollution. Facilities are open for guests to use whenever they like. Some guests with children who are severely autistic like to use the under 7 play area and ball pit, for sensory relaxation and we are happy to facilitate this and work with other guests. Our swimming pool is kept between 28-30 degrees and has calm lighting to help everyone relax and enjoy themselves. We have a number of animals at the farm and we encourage guests to help feed and get to know them. Both Lizzie and Nathan have previously taught vocational qualifications to children and adults and take time to reassure guests who maybe more nervous of animal interaction. We take pride in watching guests develop confidence during their stay.
External play areas are on gently sloping ground, with a mix of hard standing sloping walkways and steps to use. Slides and swings are available to use on grassed areas and inspected by ROSPA (The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents) on a yearly basis. Ride on toys are available for the younger guests to use. The play barn is accessed via two steps up and one internal step down ranging from 200 – 240mm in height. All play areas are inspected daily and used at your own risk.
The swimming pool:
The pool is available to use at any time, however during current social distancing measures due to Covid-19, timetabled sessions for guests to book, are in place. The pool is accessed via 6 external steps, the first of which is 220mm high and the rest at 185mm high to a key coded door. Once through this door another sliding door leads to the pool edge. There are 5 wide steps to enter into the pool, which are also great for sitting on. The pool is one level at 1.25m deep. There is a pay phone within the pool area and is free to use for emergency use should the need arise, with location information attached to it. The pool code of conduct is supplied to guests within the guest information pack. There is no lifeguard on duty within the pool and guests use the pool at their own risk. The pool is treated with Chlorine and the levels checked and recorded daily.
There are plenty of enjoyable walks around the farm. However the nature of the area these walks are on hilly terrain and unlevel tracks. The farm walk leads past a shallow stream which opens out in a grass clearing where we have placed a mud kitchen to encourage outdoor play. There are benches to rest weary legs!
Accessed through a wide stable door directly from the car park. Logs are stored in a pile on pallets and are free for guests to use. Log baskets are available to use to transport logs back to the cottages.
Large flip top bins for general waste, recycling and glass are within this room. Accessed directly from the carpark and through a wide stable door.
For your convenience we have worked with several local businesses who can supply you with goods for your stay. Please take a look at our local businesses page, here, for more information. We can make sure items you have ordered from local suppliers are in your cottage, ready for your arrival! Supermarket deliveries are also possible.
Above all we are here to assist you to make the most of your holiday. If you have any specific questions we have not covered here or within our FAQ page, then please contact us. Further specific information, directions and guests information, is provided to guests a week before their stay.