Here at The Royal Oak Hotel – Rosthwaite we welcome everyone and experience suggests we can make those with minor disabilities comfortable and facilitate an enjoyable stay.
The hotel is principally a “walkers’ hotel”. The main house was formally a two storey 18th Century Farmhouse and Miner’s Tavern; additional annex rooms occupy converted barns. While all public rooms are on the ground floor no special disability adaptations have been installed. The traditional architecture restricts both practically and aesthetically the modifications that are possible and so although we continue to welcome the less mobile we fall short of the criteria required of the One Step Ahead standard outlined under The National Accessibility Scheme.
Minimum door widths in most public areas is 750mm – but some doorways have openings as narrow as 650mm. The main staircase is 1m wide with a single hand-rail and has treads 280mm deep by 180mm high and 13 steps from ground to first floor. The rear staircase is 750mm wide with similar tread depths, a single hand-rail and 14 steps from ground to first floor. There is no lift. Lounge chairs vary in seat height from 340 to 470mm and in the dining room there is a minimum of 500mm between tables. Every bath has a single security grab rail.
We have successfully accommodated deaf and partially sighted guests; those with learning difficulties and those requiring the use of walking frames. Usually these guests have been accompanied by able companions. All of our staff are personable, approachable and accustomed to offering assistance.
The hotel is accessible by public transport with bus stops within 100m. Forecourts and car-parks are gravel surfaced. All ground floor rooms are accessible with no more than an 8º slope or 12cm step. Muddy walking boots necessitate loose doormats in entrance halls and certain rooms have door treads.
Four Ground Floor bedrooms are available and two have step-in showers.
We request that anyone wishing to make an enquiry or booking inform us of any special needs or disabilities that they may have in order for us to try and meet any personal requirements.