Access Statement

This access statement does not contain personal opinions as to our suitability for those with access needs, but aims to accurately describe the facilities and services that we offer all our guests/visitors.

Access Statement for High Blean


High Blean is situated in the remote dale of Raydale and is just over 2 miles outside the nearby village of Bainbridge. The house is a listed building built in 1674 and retains many of the original features. An inherent characteristic of this being that floor surfaces are uneven in parts and natural light is restricted.

We have two guest rooms, both of which are on the first floor, each of which has its own en-suite bathroom.

The house is in easy reach of Semer Water, either on foot, by bike or car, and the towns of Hawes and Askrigg are within easy reach.

We look forward to welcoming you. If you have any queries or require any assistance please phone 01969 650205 or email .


  • We are situated approximately 2¼ miles from Bainbridge on Blean Lane but we are not serviced by any public transport. While there are official footpaths that leads to the house from Bainbridge there is no footpath on the side of Blean Lane.
  • If you enter the post code DL8 3DJ into a satnav, it will take you right to the door. We also have a map of our location on the web site
  • Please note that there is limited mobile phone coverage in much of the Dales and particularly in Raydale.
  • For information on the nearest Doctor, vet, shop, petrol station etc. and other useful telephone numbers please see the room information book.

Car Parking and Arrival:

  • We have off street parking for two cars directly opposite the front door on the other side of the road. Please pull to one end of this parking area to facilitate the parking of a second vehicle.
  • Entry to the house is through the low level garden gate directly opposite the car park area and leads down a gravel path to the porch. Please feel free to open the porch door and ring the bell.
  • If you are arriving on a bike, please leave your bikes by the stone steps leading to the hay loft, which is to the left of the front door. Then proceed as above. Once registered we will then show you where your bike can be stored overnight.
  • We will be happy to assist you with taking your luggage to your room.

Welcome Area:

  • From the porch you will enter into the hall were we would ask you to complete registration. Due to the nature of the building the natural light is at a low level. If you require to be seated then please ask and a chair will be provided. There is an original stone flagged floor in this area, an inherent feature of which, is that it is uneven in places.


  • We have two bedrooms both with private en suite bathroom
  • Our guest rooms are accessed by means of stairs with eleven 200mm (8ins) steps. There is a narrow hand rail on one side.
  • Our beds are made up with duvets. Our standard pillows and duvets are feather and down, however synthetic alternatives can be made available if necessary. Please specify before your arrival if this is required.
  • There is seating, bedside tables, bedside lamps, a wardrobe, plus a chest of drawers/dressing table provided in each room.
  • A Flat screen Freeview digital TV/DVD with subtitles available.
  • Tea and coffee making facilities and a hair-dryer.
  • Bedroom one has a king size bed, with access from both sides of the bed and has an en suite with bath and shower over.
  • Bedroom two has a king size bed with access from both sides and has an en suite with shower.
  • Bedroom one can be made up as a twin.

Bathrooms, Shower-rooms & Toilets (Ensuite or Shared):

  • Both rooms have their own en-suite bathroom facilities.

Public Areas – Halls, Stairs, Landings, Corridors:

  • All public areas, hall, stairs, and landings are lit using a combination of ceiling and table-lamps.
  • The hallway is the original stone flagged floor, an inherent feature of which, is that it is uneven in places. Leading off this is the guest dining room and guest lounge. Both of these rooms also have original stone flagged floors.
  • Due to the nature of the buildings construction, with small mullioned windows there are reduced levels of natural light.
  • Steps to the upper floor are off the hall, the steps are carpeted.
  • There is no public toilet on the ground floor and guests are asked to use the toilets in their rooms.
  • The house is fully centrally heated throughout with the temperature of the house being kept at constant temperature that may be lower than one is used to in ones own home. Extra warmth is then provided by the fire in the lounge and stove in the dining room. If you wish to have your bedroom warmer than the temperature of the main part of the house, the radiators can be adjusted in each room to suit individual requirements. There is no central heating on overnight.
  • There are automatic audible smoke alarms in each bed room and landing. Please make yourself familiar with our fire procedure, which is contained in the room information book.
  • We provide a refrigerator for the use of guests. This is situated under the stairs.

Public Areas –

Dining Room:

  • This room has restricted access due to a wooden panel, which forms part of the buildings listing criteria.
  • There is the original stone flagged floor, an inherent feature of which, means it is uneven in places.
  • There is a large open fire place and open grate.
  • Natural light is restricted into to the room due to the original mullioned windows.
  • There are two guest tables and four chairs.
  • Cereals, fruit and yogurt are displayed for self service on the sideboard approximately 1 meter above the floor level.


  • Original stone flagged floor an inherent feature of which, is that it is uneven in places.
  • Solid fuel stove, which went lit gets very hot.
  • The window opening is small, which restricts the amount natural light into the room.
  • The door way is low and narrower than those in a modern house.
  • A large coffee table at low level is situated in front of the fire place and restricts access to some of the seating provision.


  • There is garden furniture in both the front and back garden which you are welcome to use.  In order to get to the back garden it is necessary to walk out of the front of the house and go through the side gate to the back garden.
  • We are fully no smoking and ask guests to refrain from smoking in the garden. This includes vaping.

Additional Information:

  • There are ‘In Case of Fire’ instructions in the room information book.
  • We are a completely no smoking house including vaping and we ask that guests do not smoke in any part of the house or garden.
  • The room information book contains an array of information including maps, list of local facilities such as doctors, vets, pubs, petrol stations et al. If you need any other information, we would be happy to endeavour to obtain this for you.
  • We have storage/drying facilities for walkers, cyclists, and fishermen etc.
  • We provide a refrigerator for the use of guests.
  • Mobile phone reception in the Raydaleside is limited and most networks have no coverage at High Blean.
  • We use nuts in the house, and nuts are provided as part of a breakfast cereal.
  • High Blean is attached to a septic tank and as such, we ask that guests do not use any anti bacterial products, which destroy the bacteria in the septic tank which break down the sewage.
  • We would be happy to provide an oral description of the breakfast menu.
  • An iron and ironing board are available for guest use.

Contact Information:

Address (Inc postcode): High Blean Raydaleside Askrigg Leyburn DL8 3DJ
Telephone: 01969 650205
Grid Reference: Ordnance Survey SD 927 871
Hours Of Operation: Rooms available from 15:00. Rooms to be vacated on last day of stay by 10:30
Local Public Transport: No public transport is available in the immediate vicinity of High Blean