There are allocated spaces in the car park for disabled visitors, adjacent to the Entrance Pavilion on a natural hard-core surface. Three motorised scooters and two manual wheelchairs are available for loan at the Entrance Pavilion – please call to reserve in advance. These are particularly useful in the gardens, where pathways are of pea shingle.
There is one shallow step to the house and a shallow ramped exit from the house. All the ground floor is accessible by wheelchair and this includes the most important rooms in the house, e.g. Entrance Hall, Library, Tapestry Room and Statue Gallery. Motorised scooters are NOT permitted in the house, but we are happy to lend you our manual wheelchair. Access to the house is by guided tour only, which takes an hour, includes stairs and seating is very limited – so please do check with us if you are unsure.
To reserve a wheelchair or scooter please telephone the Estate Office between 11.00am – 5.00pm on 01423 322583 opt 3. A free garden route map for scooter and wheelchair users is available on request at the Entrance Pavilion, or please download a copy from the link.
Other facilities include the children’s adventure garden which comprises many slides, climbing frames, swings, and sandpits, some of which are suitable for disabled visitors. Likewise the miniature railway has sit-in carriages and offers a 15-minute riverside trip through parts of the formal gardens. There is a ramp access and an electric door to the self-service, licensed garden restaurant and a ramp to the adjacent Grantham Room for pre-booked parties with waitress service. There are accessible toilets at the restaurant, railway and car park and in the Grantham Room.