Notes: The property is accessed either from Church Street (up some stone steps) or from the top, where there is free 24/7 on-street parking. The second floor twin room has no door and there is an open space at the top of the stairs; very young children would, therefore, need to be assisted in climbing the stairs and supervised whilst in the room. Note: Please note that there is no washing machine at this property.
ACCESS STATEMENT - SUNSHINE COTTAGE, WHITBY,
Sunshine Cottage is a period detached house.
Arrival and Car Parking
There is unrestricted on-street parking within 50 yards of the house.
Entrance and Ground Floor
There are two ways to reach the property. The most direct is to walk down the steps from The Ropery. There are 5 steps down to Sunshine Cottage down a flagstone walkway. The other way to get to the house is from Church Street. This involves 59 steps up the flagstone walkway. The walkway is around 1.5M wide at the narrowest point. The front garden and yard is accessed through a metal gate that is 82cm wide. The front yard is laid to flagstones and measures 1.5M by 5M. The wheelie bins are kept to the right of the front door. There are three 20cm steps up to the main garden, which measures 5M by 6M. The garden is mainly lawn with borders.
The front door has a clear opening of 70cm and the handle and lock are 125cm from floor level. The door opens into the kitchen and lounge area. This combined kitchen / diner and lounge area measures 3.8M by 6.8M and has laminate flooring. The kitchen area has a number of wall and floor units and has a laminate worktop at 92cm from floor level. There is a dishwasher and fridge below worktop level along with an electric fan oven with 4 ring electric hob. The dining table has a height of 75cm and has seating for four. The space around the table varies but is around 90cm at the narrowest point. The lounge area contains two sofas, an electric log burner style fire and a TV.
The main heating in this property is gas fired central heating. Most of the internal doors have Suffolk latches with the handle between 1M and 1.3M.
There is a cupboard off the lounge area that houses the boiler and provides under stairs storage.
Access to the bathroom is also through a door in this area. The door has an opening width of 72cm. The bathroom measures 1.9M by 2M and has a tiled floor. The room contains a WC, a wash basin and a shower. The wet room style shower area has an open doorway of 74cm wide and a level floor.
There are fourteen carpeted stairs down to the lower ground floor. The stairs are 85cm wide and has a handrail to the right at 96cm from floor level.
Lower Ground Floor
At the bottom of the stairs is a door with an opening width of 77cm. The lower ground floor lounge measures 3.1M by 3.5M and has laminate floor. The room contains a large sofa and a single chair, along with a TV. This room gives access via the back door to the rear garden. The doorway is 69cm. There are two steps down to a rear patio area. The steps are 14cm and 20cm. The patio has a flagstone floor and measures 3.2M by 9.3M. There is a table and seating for four along with a barbecue. To one side of this patio are eight steps at 20cm each to a raised seating area that contains a metal bench, giving views over the Whitby rooftops.
To access the first floor you need to go back up to the ground floor. A door with an opening width of 63cm leads to the stairs up to the first floor. The fourteen carpeted stairs are 18cm tall and the stairway is 70cm wide. There is a handrail on the right at 95cm from floor level.
The first floor landing has varnished floorboards and measures 1M by 2.9M.
The double bedroom is accessed via through a 70cm doorway. This room is 2.8M by 3.4M and has varnished floorboards. The room contains a double bed, a chest of drawers and two bedside tables. The mattress top is 70cm from floor level. The spaces at sides of bed are 75cm to the left and 55cm to the right. The room has a hanging area built into the space under the stairs through a 58cm wide doorway.
The first floor landing leads through a 60cm door to a flight of stairs that lead up to the second floor. The eleven carpeted stairs are 22cm tall and the stairway is 70cm wide. There is a handrail on the left at 1.1M from floor level.
The second floor is a twin bedroom formed in the roof-space. There are exposed timber beams and trusses and a low beam to be aware of at the top of the stairs at 1.5M from floor level. The room measures 3.4M by 4.5M and has varnished floorboards. As this room has no door there is an open space at the top of the stairs. Young children would need to be assisted in climbing the stairs and would need to be supervised while in the twin bedroom. The room has restrictive head height due to a sloping ceiling. The room is 2.5M high in the centre of the room but reduces to 15cm at both sides of the room. The room contains two single beds with a mattress height of 55cm. The room also has a chest of drawers, two bedside tables and hanging space. The beds have a space of 55cm between them.