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Accommodation, food and accessibility

ACCOMMODATION

An Arvon Centre is your home for the week. The accommodation is not luxurious like a hotel, but rather deliberately simple, comfortable and clean. The Centre staff will be your hosts, ensuring a relaxed, friendly and informal atmosphere.

Each house has its own unique character, and centre accommodation varies, but the majority of our bedrooms are single rooms. At The Hurst all bedrooms are single rooms with ensuite bathrooms. At Totleigh Barton there are two shared rooms, at Lumb Bank one, with all remaining rooms single, and bathrooms are shared with up to three other writers, usually fewer. Each room has a writing desk. We provide sheets and towels.

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Each centre has a living room, a well-stocked library and many other quiet spaces, as well as an inspirational landscape to explore beyond the house.

You do not need a computer on our courses, but you’re welcome to bring your own laptop. We have a few computers and a printer at each centre, which you can use for writing or printing out your own work (a donation for printing is requested).

Mobile phone reception is poor at some of the centres, but there is a payphone in each house. We do not provide an internet connection or wifi – so there is nothing to distract you from your writing!


FOOD

Throughout the week, all your food and drink is provided, except for alcohol, which can be purchased from a local wine merchant on arrival and delivered early in the week.

We’re firmly committed to buying seasonal and locally produced goods. (read Loving Local Food on our blog to see how Totleigh Barton sources local food).

You’ll help yourself to breakfast  and a tasty lunch is provided for you every day by centre staff. Each evening, a different team of writers takes a turn cooking dinner. The recipes and ingredients are provided and there’s lots of help at hand. It’s a great way to get to know your fellow writers. Cooking teams also take turns to do the washing up. Cooking is a fun and important part of the Arvon experience – many of our previous participants talk fondly about the opportunities that cooking collectively can provide for sharing ideas and creating bonds with people from all walks of life.

If you have any dietary needs, for ethical, religious or medical reasons, we’re happy to cater for you – when you book, it’s important that you let us know.

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ACCESSIBILITY

Arvon welcomes writers with disabilities. If you have any specific access requirements or if there is anything you need to fully participate in this course,  please discuss with us prior to booking and we will do our utmost to accommodate your needs.   You can contact Rosie Scott – rosie.scott@arvon.org / 01422 843 714, or our national office – 020 7324 2554 / national@arvon.org.

All communal spaces, including workshop spaces, are accessible to people with mobility issues.

Each centre can accommodate a personal assistant, carer or BSL interpreter,  if required, and if there are spaces available.

Accessibility to bedrooms and bathrooms varies by centre:

The Hurst has the most comprehensive facilities for disabled people, with wheelchair access to every room via a lift, with all rooms equipped with ensuite bathrooms, five of which are wetrooms equipped for wheelchair access

Lumb Bank has a bedroom with a specially adapted ensuite wetroom equipped for wheelchair access.

Totleigh Barton has a wheelchair-accessible bedroom with ensuite bathroom.

We have Roger Pen portable loop equipment at all of our centres  and our fire alarms are linked to devices located in the accessible rooms which vibrate in the event of an emergency.

For D/deaf participants, we instruct other partipants to not speak over each other during workshops. We have a screen that connects to the tutor’s laptop in the workshop rooms, so any tutor notes can be displayed on the during the workshop and  print-outs of all of these can be provided prior to each workshop. However, we keep the tutoring style deliberately flexible, allowing tutors to structure workshops as they see fit, and some follow specific notes closer than others. For one-to-one tutorials, tutors can provide written feedback on writing rather than in person if preferred.

If you require assistance with course fees or support costs while attending the course, you are welcome to apply for an Arvon Grant.  We encourage applicants from  D/deaf and/ or Disabled people, and factor in any additional living/ support costs when considering your grant.