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Southcliff Apartments - Access


Southcliff Apartments are housed in a large Victorian residence on a pedestrian walkway overlooking the sea in Cullercoats, North Tyneside. For advice on particular needs please email me on southcliffapartments@gmail.com or call 0191 2513121. I would be delighted to give you any information, or assist in any way possible either before or during your stay.

There are three apartments in the main apartment building, one on the ground floor, one on the first floor and one on the second floor. There is no lift so if you have limited mobility, the ground floor apartment (Bay View Apartment) is most suitable, although I am afraid it is not suitable if you use a wheelchair all the time: "...the ground floor apartment can be used by people who use wheelchairs on a part time basis, with assistance." (Gateshead Access Panel 2005).

The information below relates to The Bay View Apartment, but if you would like to know more about the other apartments or The Castaway Apartment at No.4 (also ground floor), please just let me know.

Pre-Arrival

To check availability, book online and find maps see our website www.southcliffapartments.co.uk Newcastle Central Station is about 12 miles away, 20 mins by car or 25 mins by direct by Metro. If you require information in large print please let me know. To protect guests with allergies we do not allow pets in the main apartment building and the apartments are fully non-smoking.

Arrival and Parking

Check-in is between 2.30 and 4.00 but we are happy to be flexible; simply arrange this with us beforehand. We would be delighted to give you any assistance you need on arrival, again just let us know beforehand. Because we live just a few doors up we are at hand should you require any assistance during your stay.

As the apartments are on a pedestrian walkway there is no parking to the front, but there is parking to the side on Windsor Crescent which is only about 10 meters to the apartments, (however there is a low wall at the bend of the road so make sure you park where this ends.)

The immediate Area

There are some lovely easy walks right outside your front door. In fact you can just stand (or sit) outside the garden gate, watching the changing horizon and the boats passing by. There is a pub and 2 Italian Restaurants just a couple of minutes walk away, as well as a Bills fish and chip shop (directly across is a bench overlooking the sea where you can eat them in traditional outdoor style!) There is also a seat in the garden to the front.

The Bay View apartment has a little patio area outside the back door - although there is a step down. The Metro System (Cullercoats Metro) is just 5 mins walk away and is wheelchair accessible and disabled friendly providing easy, fast and direct access to Newcastle City Centre you come out actually inside Eldon Square shopping Mall . There is a shop on Whitley Road (5 mins away) that hires out mobility scooters, zimmer frames and other aids and they are happy to deliver to and collect from the apartments. Please let me know if you would like their details.

Main Entrance

There is a Beamish cobble path to the front entrance and porch. However, the front door is not straight in front of you, it is to the side of the porch and there is a step, but unfortunately it has not been possible to install a ramp. There is a step up to the front porch which would benefit from a ramp but the proximity of the garden and window may interfere with the installation... (Gateshead Access Panel 2005). You can get in with a wheelchair, so long as you have some-one with you to assist.

Internal doors, rooms

There are no internal steps in The Bay View. Doors are large enough for a wheelchair. Doors are not self closing so are easier to open. Rooms are large with plenty of space between the furniture, which is solid to lean on for support. There is a carver dining chair (with arms) so it is easier to get up from. Let us know if you would like us to move any furniture or lift any rugs to make your stay more comfortable. There is space to store a wheelchair either in the apartment or in the porch. The TV has Teletext and there is good colour contrast between floors and walls. The emergency exit is through the back door through the kitchen, and there is a step down here. Lighting is energy efficient, so it can take a couple of seconds to reach full brightness.

Bedrooms

Both bedrooms are spacious. The bed in the double bedroom (king size) is higher than the single beds in the twin room. (The twin room has a washbasin). Bedding is cotton and the pillows and duvets are feather/down, (if you would prefer a non-feather duvet let me know).

Kitchen

Work surfaces are regular height.

Bathroom

There are no specific disabled facilities. The bathroom has a walk in shower with low level shower tray, and the toilet is regular height. The bathroom is reasonably spacious so it is fairly easy to manoeuvre around.

Action Plan

We plan to do the following and will amend the statement above once completed:

   - When taps need replacing do so with lever handle taps.
   - Install easy use locks and handles for Bay View
   - Mark in contrast strips steps front door step and backdoor step.
   - Install more handrails
   - Investigate removable ramp for front door.

Please let me know if you need any further information - I'd be delighted to help in any way I can.

Best Wishes,
Shana Nethercott (Owner) June 2016