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Daisy's Dorchester Access Statement

Access Statement for Daisy’s Dorchester

Access Statement of  Daisy’s Dorchester, DT1 1JQ

February 2022

Introduction

Dorchester’s Daisy Cottage was built in 1879. It is built of local Broadmayne Brick with tiled roof. It has been fully renovated in late 2021 for holiday accommodation.

It is located in the centre of Dorchester but, surprisingly, on the edge of the countryside. The cottage is an end terrace and overlooks the mill stream, a man-made waterway, diverted from the River Frome, to originally feed the town’s water mills. The stream is a haven for wildlife. The cottage overlooks the River Frome water meadows with easy and immediate access to extensive country walks popular with dog owners.

The cottage is only 5 minutes walking from Dorchester’s main street with restaurants, cafes, museums, cinemas, supermarkets and public houses, and is ideal for those seeking entertainment without the worry of driving. The railway station with access to London and Weymouth is 10 minutes away. Shopping in the town is centred on the main pedestrianised street but also around Brewery Square, close to the railway station. Market day is Wednesday, close to brewery Square, and there is a regular market and car boot sale at weekends. Finally, Poundbury, Prince Charles’ Duchy of Cornwall development is just 1 mile away with regular number 10 buses several times every hour.

Dorchester sits conveniently for exploration of the coastline 8 miles away in Weymouth with beaches and coastal paths. The Jurassic coast at Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door are definitely worth visiting, as are the coastal resorts stretching down through to, and including Devon.

Pre-arrival

All bookings are made through Dorset Cottage Holidays.

Arrival and car parking

The house is accessed via a narrow road alongside the Corn Exchange from High West Street into North Square. Follow the road down to the left (signed access only) and onto Frome Terrace. The house is roughly in the middle of Frome Terrace with a blue front door, a hanging basket and window boxes.

Parking is via resident parking permits which will be issued by Dorset Cottage Holidays. The permit system is computerised and there are no parking tickets issued. The parking permit covers the vehicle in permit area “D”. This “D” is indicated on the street-side signs covering an area outside the cottage and most of the surrounding streets, including the nearby Council Car Park. Details will be left in the cottage.

Please note the permit is for one car only and alternative arrangements have to be made for a second car or visitors.

Access

The house is accessed directly from the street at the front or from a small gate situated in the alleyway running alongside the cottage. This gate leads into the rear courtyard garden and then through the French doors into the rear kitchen.

The access from the street is into the sitting room and there is a step up into the kitchen area.

The sitting room is a cosy and comfortable room with TV with Freeview, DVD player and a fast Broadband router with 67 mbs capacity. The sitting room has two sofas and a large wing chair and footrest. There is a small bookcase stocked with paperbacks and typical holiday reading material. The room is illuminated with a 12 arm chandelier (dimmable) and table lamps.

The kitchen diner has a cooker with oven and hob, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine/dryer, a fridge with freezer compartment and a vacuum cleaner. The gas central heating is controlled by the thermostat. There is also a CD player, ironing board and iron, waste bin and sweeping brushes. The dining table comfortably seats 4 people.

There is a wall mounted key holder in the kitchen where the back door keys, the garden gate keys and the window lock keys are kept. There is also a spare door key which must be left or returned when the property is vacated.

There is a stair gate under the stairs.

Between the sitting room and the kitchen is the shower room with large walk-in shower, toilet, wash hand basin and towel rail.

All the rooms downstairs are protected by a smoke alarm and a Carbon Monoxide detector.

Also, all downstairs floors are laminated.

Garden

Outside in the courtyard garden, which has several steps, there is a table and chairs, an umbrella-stand and a barbeque. There is an external electricity supply and a cold water tap.

Upstairs

The stairs leading to the bedrooms are quite steep.

The main bedroom is spacious containing a king sized bed, bedside tables and lamps, a chest of drawers with table lamp, a storage box with table lamp and a full length cheval mirror.

The second bedroom has an antique French single bed, a bedside cabinet with table lamp, and a large pine wardrobe with loads of space and hangers. The second bedroom windows open onto a flat roof above the kitchen extension and should be kept locked at all times, especially when children are in the house.

The small landing has a smoke alarm installed.

General

There is an information folder listing emergency contacts, operating instructions for appliances and owner information. The owners live locally, a drive of approximately 15 minutes.

 

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