Map of Northumberland coast teh Schooolhouse Fenwick and Holy Island showing the location of teh Changing Places toilet

The Schoolhouse has been purchased by a family, who when they realised they needed to access a Changing Places toilet for a day out, were determined to build a Shepherd’s Hut, with the appropriate facilities within, to ‘tow’ around enabling them to enjoy being outdoors.  Thankfully a number of advisors and friends steered them towards a more practical and sustainable solution!

The Schoolhouse – purchased in 2019, adapted internally in 2021, available for Accessible Stays in 2022.   

In 2018 there were no Changing Places toilets along the Northumberland coast – now there are changing places facilities available at Alnwick, Alnwick Gardens, Seahouses, Tesco’s and the Sports Centre in Berwick and on Holy Island. 

accessible bedroom with profiling bed and ceiling hoist

Accessible  bedroom

  • Single Bakare Klearside Low electrical profiling bed with easily raised ‘cot sides’
  • ‘H’ track ceiling hoist coverage through to wet room – OT 200
  • Space for wheelchair storage overnight  
  • Low Surface Temperature radiator
  • South facing view and privacy screen
  • Invacare Birdie Evo compact mobile hoist
Large wet room with an adjustable height changing and showering bench, toilet and washbhand basin with grab rails and a ceiling hoist

Wet room 

  • ‘H’ track ceiling hoist coverage through to the accessible bedroom
  • CTX adjustable height changing table
  • Mira Advance thermostatic shower with 2m hose
  • Raised height w.c. (480mm) with fold down rail and 450mm fixed rail
  • Accessible wash hand basin with grab rails either side – fixed height at 825mm
open plan kitchen and dining

Ground floor accessiblity

  • Open plan kitchen dining area (4m x 4m) enabling ease of access and wheelchair turning
  • Clear opening widths: kitchen entrance, wet room and direct exit doorways all wider than 800mm
  • Clear opening widths: to living room from kitchen 750 -780mm with a 1200mm access space before the 750mm doorway – request the Accessiblity Guide for full details
  • Living room: 800mm access route – both doors open to 135 degrees
Rifton HTS tilt in space shower chair

Additional equipment

  • Rifton HTS shower chair – size large – can be used over the toilet or commode – max weight 113kg
  • Wide shower stool with arm and back support
  • Standard shower stool – available in the family bathroom
  • Two blenders – available in the kitchen for blended diets
  • video/sound monitor – available in the accesible bedroom tall cupboard
garden ramp to the summer house

Garden access

  • There is a level access at the top of the parking area which leads to a 1.2m wide, 1 in 15 ramp, to the garden door and lower patio area
  • Access to the higher patio is steeper – a 1 in 12 ramp for 3m, level turning area 1.2 x 1.2m and then a 1 in 12 ramp for 7.2m – this is a longer ramp so please ensure that you feel comfortable with this before accessing the top garden
  • The existing summerhouse has UPVC doors and a threshold ramp so requires additional assistance
shf floor plans

Booking Accessible Stays  

Please download our Access Guide below prior to booking.  

Late departure times (11.00am) are available for all Accessible Stays.  Short breaks, four to six nights, are booked directly through the website.  If you would like to stay longer follow-on-weeks are available at a 20% discount.  Please note: due to our remote location, if required, we cannot guarantee a fast repair to the overhead hoist and therefore request that all bookings are confident in using the compact mobile hoist as an immediate back-up. 

The Schoolhouse is continually on a journey, improving it’s accessibility and inclusivity.  We understand that everybody’s needs are different and, therefore, appreciate your comments and feedback.,

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