Access Statement


We aim to meet the needs of all visitors to our self-catering accommodation at The Cart Lodge at Nightingales Farm. The following statement is a summary of our provision so that anyone who has any mobility problems, visual problems or other conditions is aware of our provision before arrival. If you have any questions please contact us and we will try to advise you.

Pre arrival

  • There is a bus service to and from Colne Engaine situated in the Village which is approximately a 15min walk from The Cart Lodge. The service is limited, however a more regular service can be found from Earls Colne
  • The main railway station with regular trains to and from London Liverpool St and Norwich is in Colchester 11.9 miles (19.2km) away though this line is also available from Kelvedon 10.8 miles (17.4km) and Marks Tey 10.2 miles (16.4km)
  • There are various local taxi firms some of which have specially adapted access. Local public transport: Bus: 0871 200 2233 and Train: 08457 48 49 50. Taxi Firms: A.A. Maplestead Airport Cars (Earls Colne) Mob: 07801 580465 Tel: 07786 493623 / Colne Valley Cars Tel: 01787 222238 / Colchester Airport Taxis Tel: 01206 247127 / Five Seven Taxis Tel: 01206 577777
  • You can contact us by phone or email; details at the end of this statement

Arrival and car parking facilities

  • On arrival there is a generous car parking area allocated directly next to the Cart Lodge where we can meet you and give you your keys
  • The car park is gravel adjacent to The Cart Lodge entrance
  • The car park and the entrance to The Cart Lodge are lit with low energy lighting operated by a PIR sensor at night
The Cart Lodge on Arrival


  • The Cart Lodge is on 2 levels with a 84cm wide steps up to the main entrance though the steps can be modified by a disabled ramp if required
  • The main entrance door is 80cm wide
  • Leading into the kitchen and open planned Living area laid with Oak Wood flooring and fitted with low energy spot lights throughout
 The Cart Lodge


  • Situated at the entrance of The Cart Lodge the kitchen is L shaped, together with a central island and has 93cm high and 60cm deep worktops. The highest storage shelf in the kitchen is 170cm
  • The cooker is electric an induction hob is at the same height as the worktops. There is a single oven and grill below. A microwave is provided which sits on top of the worktops
  • There is a fridge with a freezer compartment built in under the worktop
  • There are mixer taps with a lever action
  • There is a washing machine housed in the under stairs cupboard


  • The lounge has a remote controlled 42” Freeview Plasma TV
  • Seating in the lounge is on one sofa 45cm high with two arm chairs 45cm high; the dining area is situated between the kitchen and the lounge and comes with a dining table 90cm x 166cm and 6 dining chairs (without arms)


  • A ground floor bathroom has access through a 64cm door from the kitchen with a 1cm threshold
  • A standard height toilet is installed, with a vanity wash basin 90cm high and a shower with 56cm entry
  • The shower cubicle has a 2cm raised lip when getting into it. There are no built in seats or handles. The showering area is approx. 75cm x 100cm
  • The shower and wash basin have mixer taps
  • The flooring is tiled (Ceramic)
  • There is a wall fitted mirror cabinet which is 140cm high and 60cm wide


  • The Cart Lodge has 2 carpeted bedrooms with 70cm wide doors to enter them by
  • Both bedrooms are accessed via an L shaped 80cm wide carpeted staircase leading to upper floor landing 92cm x 97cm
  • There is a 1cm wooden threshold into each bedroom
  • Themain bedroom has a King Size bed 160cm x 200cm, 64cm high and there is approx. 90cm width on one side of the bed and 90cm on the other
  • The second bedroom has 1 Double bed 135 x Length 190, 64cm high and 1 Single bed 75 x 190 cm, 64cm high. There is approx. Width between beds 183cm
  • The main bedroom has a remote controlled 29” HD Freeview TV and the twin room has a remote controlled 19” HD Freeview TV
  • There is a table lamp each side of the beds

 Outdoor facilities

  • The Cart Lodge has its own private garden 8m x 16mwith a combination of lawn, pathway and shrubs
  • Covered level decked area to the end of the garden which has a aluminium table and 4 chairs for outside dining
  • There is a barbeque on a hard standing area

Additional information

  • The Cart Lodge has audible smoke alarms fitted both up and down stairs which only sound in The Cart Lodge; is not linked to a central alarm. There is no smoking allowed inside The Cart Lodge, smokers can use the outside private garden area
  • Lighting in all internal areas are LED ceiling spot lights. Light switches are at 105cm high
  • Heating in The Cart Lodge is oil central heating. There are radiators in the kitchen, lounge, dining area and bedrooms and towel rail in the bathroom. The heating is thermostatically controlled via wall mounted panel (there is no extra charge made for the use of oil). In addition to the oil central heating there is also a Wood Burner positioned in the lounge. You will be supplied kindling and logs on arrival
  • Mobile telephone reception is variable; some networks have a poor reception locally











Contact information

Our address is:
Nightingales Farm, Brickhouse Road, Colne Engaine Essex CO6 2HJ
Telephone: 01787 222786 / 07899 843583

Our home is on site so we are normally available most of the time though you can also contact us by telephone between 9am and 9pm on our landline or mobile phone

To enable us to continuously improve we welcome your feedback on this statement. Please feedback to or call us on 01787 222786




Nightingales Farm