Accessibility Statement for Skiddaw Croft B&B

Latitude 54:36:6.9258, Longitude -3:9:36.6474


Portinscale is a quiet picturesque village on the shores of Derwentwater, within the Lake District National Park in Cumbria, and is just under 2 miles from the market town of Keswick.

The property is situated on a small hill with stepped access and entry is made via the door at the front of the property facing the road.

There are 6 bedrooms situated on the 1st and 2nd floors.


Travelling by Road (A66)

From the East (J40 M6/Penrith): Drive straight on at the roundabout at the junction with the A5271, past the next turning into Keswick (B5289). Portinscale is the next turning on the left and is sign posted “Grange, Portinscale and Marinas”

Follow this road past the Farmers Arms Pub and up and over the brow of the hill.  Skiddaw Croft is the third house on the left after the junction on the left. We have parking at the rear of the property and we will show you how to drive to it when you arrive.

From the West (Cockermouth):

Travel along the A66 past the turning to “Braithwaite” and “Newlands Valley” on your right. The turning to Portinscale is after the A66 sweeps round to the left and is sign posted “Grange, Portinscale and Marinas”

Follow this road past the Farmers Arms Pub and up and over the brow of the hill.  Skiddaw Croft is the third house on the left after the junction on the left. We have parking at the rear of the property and we will show you how to drive to it when you arrive.

For Sat Nav users, our postcode is CA12 5RD. Please follow directions above once you enter Portinscale.

By Train & Bus

The nearest train station is at Penrith.

Penrith, Carlisle and Kendal are served by fast, frequent Intercity Services from all over the country. The nearest railway station to Keswick is Penrith, on the West Coast Main Line, a distance of 17 miles. A bus service, taking forty minutes, connects Penrith railway station with Keswick Bus Station. Taxis from Keswick will meet trains at Penrith by prior arrangement.

National Express Rapide Services from London Victoria to the Lake District take approximately 6½ hours.

At Penrith train station you can catch the X4 or X5 bus direct to Keswick bus station. At Keswick you will need to change and catch the 77 or 77A bus to Portinscale. We are less than a 1 minute walk from the bus stop in Portinscale

Car Parking and Arrival

There is free private parking available for 5 cars at the rear of the property and free on-street parking at the front. From the front there are 15 steps to the front door. From the rear there are 6 sets of steps, none more than 2 steps each.   The surfaces are made from tarmac and slate which are firm and there are also gravel areas when approaching from the rear.

There is security lighting which is activated on entering the car park and there is additional outside lighting provided en-route from the car park to the front door.

People can be dropped off at the front or the rear of the property. There is a slight step to enter the premises but no kerb. When entering from the front of the property up the steps there is a handrail.

The property is over 100 years old and no level access is available.

The external front door opening width is 38” (96.5cm) and the internal front door is 30½” (77.5cm)

Assistance with carrying luggage is available.

Welcome Area

There is small tiled porch area between the external front door and the internal front door. This leads to a level, carpeted welcome hall, off which are the guest lounge, the dining room and the stairs to the 1st and 2nd floors. There are ceiling lights located in the hall and on each landing. Bedrooms are accessed via stairs off the main hall. Guests are shown all public areas on arrival before being shown to their room.


3 bedrooms are accessed via 1 flight of 13 stairs and 1 flight of 3 stairs. A further 3 bedrooms are accessed by an additional staircase of 12 stairs and 1 flight of 4 stairs.

Room numbers are marked with a slightly raised metal number on the door. The door widths vary from 27¾” (70cm) to 30” (76cm). On request we will do our best to move furniture but there are very limited alternative locations for the furniture other than their current position. There are 2 single rooms, 2 double rooms and 2 rooms which contain both a double bed and a single bed.

The heights of the beds to the top of the mattresses varies from 20” (51cm) to 24” (61cm).

All bedrooms have a ceiling light and either wall lights or lamps on bedside tables. The carpets are short pile and dark in colour and the walls are light in colour. Some bedrooms have wardrobes with fitted rails and some rooms have a freestanding hanger rail, which can be adjusted for height

All bedrooms have flat screen colour TV with remote control and Freeview.

Bathrooms/Shower rooms/Toilets

The triple and double rooms have en-suite facilities with basin, shower and WC. These are level with the bedrooms. The opening width of the doors varies from 24” (61cm) to 26¾” (68cm). The two single rooms share a shower room with WC on the first landing – door 29” (74cm), WC 16” (41cm) and basin 35” (89cm). From the first floor landing guests will need to walk down 3 steps and up a further 3 steps.

All showers are separate cubicles with a step into them.

The height of the WCs from floor to seat are 16”.

The height of the washbasins varies from 31” (79cm) to 32” (81.5cm). All washbasins have a pedestal apart from the shower room.

There are ceiling lights and shaving lights above the basins. The colour scheme for the en-suites is light floors and light walls.   The surfaces are tile or vinyl flooring.

Public Areas

All public areas are lit with ceiling lights. In addition the guest lounge and guest dining room have wall lights. These are adjustable with a dimmer switch. All flooring is short pile carpeting. There are 13 steps to the first semi-landing and another 3 steps to the 1st floor. There is then an additional staircase of 12 stairs plus 4 stairs to the 2nd floor. There is a handrail along side all stairs.

Guest Lounge – the lounge is located off the main hall with level access. The door opening width is 30¾” (76cm). There are 3 easy chairs, a 2-seater sofa, and a coffee table. The carpet is a beige colour with a short pile. There is a small nest of tables in the bay window. There is a large fireplace. There is a central ceiling light and 4 wall lights, all adjustable via a dimmer switch. There is a variety of reading material (books, leaflets, maps) which guests are welcome to use during their stay. There is no TV in the lounge.

Dining Room – the dining room is located off the main hall with level access. The door opening width is 30¾” (78cm). There are 6 tables, a sideboard and a large fireplace. There are 12 upright chairs without arms. There is space between some tables for a wheelchair/pushchair and we can move tables if appropriate. There is a central ceiling light and 4 wall lights, all adjustable via a dimmer switch. The carpet is red with a short pile, the walls are light. We can offer breakfasts to suit dietary requirements when given advance notice. There is self service to fruit, yoghurt, cereal and fruit juice (this can be table serviced on request). The cooked breakfast, hot drinks and toast are table serviced.   Tablecloths and crockery are both white.

The nearest WC is in the specific guest’s bedroom.


The garden is situated at the front and around the side of the house. Guests can access all areas via steps and either firm slate/tarmac or graveled paths. The narrowest path is 36” (90cm). There is a large garden table and several metal garden chairs. There is also a wooden swing seat.

Additional Information

Fire evacuation procedures are in the welcome packs in all bedrooms.


We welcome dogs in 2 of our bedrooms. We have mats and dog bowls and spare dog towels for borrowing.

We have plastic trays for dirty boots by the front door.

Low energy or LED light bulbs are used.

The colour scheme is a dark grey carpet and cream walls. The dining room carpet is red with a relief pattern.

There are 2 local GP surgeries and a cottage hospital in Keswick.

There is a pub, a hotel and a café in Portinscale and numerous eateries in Keswick.

Due the the age of the property and its location on a raised bank rising above the road, is not suitable for wheelchair use.


A manual wheelchair can be hired from Bowness Bay Information Centre.

Brockhole - The Lake District Visitor Centre provides free use of electric wheelchairs for use in the gardens. Free use of wheelchairs to use indoors

The 'Brockmobile' electric people carriers to transport people from the jetty and car park to the Visitor Centre. There's no booking charge but they do ask for proof of identification for security reasons - either a credit card, driver's licence or copy of a household bill.

Mobility Scooters

From Kendal - weekly basis - Please contact them directly for more details: Kendal Shopmobility, Level 3, Westmorland Shopping Centre Car Park, Blackhall Road, Kendal, LA9 4LR. 01539 740933

Because of insurance issues unfortunately they can't be hired on a hourly or daily basis.

In Penrith - daily basis - Please contact them directly for more details:

Penrith Shopmobility, Sandgate, Penrith, CA11 7TP, 01768 863618 - more details at Age UK - Carlisle & Eden (opens in new window)

Wheelchair-friendly boat available to hire-

‘Wheely' electric wheelchair accessible boat available. Specifically adapted with moveable ramp to accommodate up to six wheelchair users. Top speed of six mph. Perfect for wheelchair anglers. Click here for further information

Future Plans

We have plans to upgrade the premises however the location and age of the building means there will always be stepped access.

When redecorating we will be careful to consider access needs when installing any new en-suite facilities or changing colours of carpets and walls.