- Access Statement -
Soulton Hall and Soulton Court
We welcome all that visit us, treating everyone equally, in particular with regards to gender, race, age, religion or belief, mental and physical differences, sexual orientation. We aim to meet the needs of all our guests. However, Soulton's historic nature poses a number of difficulties, and while we continue to work to try and limit them as much as possible, where applicable they are indicated below.
You can contact us prior to arrival by phone 01939 232 786, or email [email protected] and the website (www.soultonhall.co.uk) provides a significant amount of information about Soulton Hall, including travel directions.
Arrival & Car Parking
Check-in is normally after 2pm and check out around 10.30am. Earlier check-in to your room may well be possible by arrangement. On arrival, please stop outside the courtyard to unload your passengers and luggage; if you are disabled you may wish to park in the courtyard. We are happy to offer help with your luggage and to provide an umbrella if it is raining. Parking is then to the gravelled area to the right of Soulton Hall, with overflow parking indicated by signage. Most parking areas are gravelled.
Main Entrance & Reception
The reception is accessed on the principal floor of the house. Access to this is described above. In the entrance hall, behind the front door (which is nearly always open, and if not should push open), there is a glass door; when the handle is depressed this will open inwards. There is a bell to the right of the front door, please ring this for assistance if necessary.The main reception is through the Hall at the bottom of the stairs which rise to the first floor. There is another bell here to ring for assistance, if necessary.
Soulton Hall's Internal Public Areas
The public rooms in Soulton Hall are on the principal floor of the house (which sits above a half cellar). They are accessed off a flight of seven shallow stone steps, which have a stone balustrade on both sides. The buttery is accessed down a flight of stairs from the principal floor. The courtyard at the front of Soulton Hall is gravelled. Parking for disabled guests is available in the courtyard. The WCs in Soulton Hall are accessed up two steps near reception.
The public rooms in Soulton Court (which is an historic building) have been restored with access requirements in mind, and present fewer accessibility issues.
Facilities in Soulton Court
The public rooms in Soulton Court (the Long Room and the Corbett Room) are all on the ground floor. They are accessed from ramps as well as a staircase just by Soulton Hall's car park. Once inside there are ample WCs for ladies and gentlemen and a designated accessible toilet.
There are 8 guest bedrooms at Soulton Hall.
The four rooms in Soulton Hall are on the first floor; these are accessed up a comfortable staircase. Some of these rooms have uneven floors and low doors into bathrooms. The majority of these rooms have original floorboards exposed with rugs placed on top. Two of these rooms have a separate shower.
Guest bedrooms with access form the ground floor (and, indeed, with very convenient parking - on gravel -nearby) are available in Cedar Lodge and in the Carriage House.
There is a very comprehensive Room Directory in every room giving all information required and guests can use the telephone to dial 0 for Reception.
Grounds and Farm
There are extensive gardens around Soulton Hall, and we enjoy a wonderful country location. Guests are welcome to explore. Specific advice is available from us depending upon a guest's plans. Examples of actions and work recently include:
- installation of fully accessible toilet in Soulton Court, with alarm system in the event of assistance being required;
- ramped access to Soulton Court;
- ramped access to White Garden lawn -- this was done specifically for one wedding celebration;
- parking priorities;
- ground floor accommodation is available in both cottages and the Carriage House and Soulton Courtl;
- All doors in Soulton Court are wide enough for wheelchairs;
- Plans for Carriage House II will have ground floor rooms with at least one accessible bathroom and ramp access (not yet completed)
- We have a contractor for induction loops, but as things stand we need prior notice;
- Particular procedures are in place for assisting less able visitors in the event of an emergency;
If you have particular requirements, do please get in touch to discuss them.
And if you have any feedback or input you would like to share, we are interested to hear it.