Access Statement for the Showman's Wagon

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 at Sisland Tithe Barn.


Sisland Tithe Barn, in its rural, but accessible location, is the perfect place to stay whether you are visiting for business or leisure – offering luxurious accommodation close to the historic city of Norwich, the Norfolk Broads and the Suffolk Heritage Coast.

For a truly unique holiday experience in the picturesque village of Sisland the Showman’s Wagon, affectionately known as Elle-de-Vardo, is the perfect way to spend a break under the stars. Inspired by an original design and traditionally hand-built by craftsmen in Norfolk, Elle-de-Vardo, situated within the grounds of The Tithe Barn, offers an ideal opportunity to get away from it all. The Wagon sleeps two and can be booked in association with Orchard Barn during the summer

We look forward to welcoming you. If you have any queries or require any assistance, please call (01508) 520520.

Key Collection, Welcome and Car Parking

The key can be collected from The Tithe Barn. Alternatively, by prior arrangement, there is a key-code box which is 1480mm/58.25ins above ground level.

Parking is available for three cars on a gravel surface immediately in front of Orchard Barn. The Showman’s Wagon is situated approximately 10m/33ft from the parking area over an uneven lawn area.

Entrance to Elle-de-Vardo

There are three wooden steps up to the entrance of The Wagon. The first step is 200mm/8ins from the ground. This step is 865mm/34ins wide and has 250mm/9.75ins of usable depth. The second step is 190mm/7.5ins from step 1; it is also 865mm/34ins wide and has 250mm/9.75ins of usable depth. The third step is 190mm/7.5ins from step 2, is 865mm/34ins wide and has 250mm/9.75ins of usable depth.

To reach the platform outside the doors, there is a final step of 190mm/7.5ins. The platform is, initially, 1110mm/43.25ins long and 275mm/10.75ins wide - extending to 1800mm/71ins in length and 320mm/12.55ins wide.

To the right of the steps is a wooden handle. At the lowest point, it is 925mm/36.25ins from the ground and, at its highest point, is 1530mm/60.25ins from the ground. The pole is 65mm/2.5ins wide and 101mm/39.75ins long. The distance from the top of the pole to the door entrance is 610mm/24ins.

The door, of a stable type, is 560mm/22ins wide and 1470mm/58ins high. There is a double lip totalling 60mm/2.5ins in height and 70mm/2.75ins in width, to step over to get into The Wagon.

There are solar-powered lights outside The Wagon.

Inside Elle-de-Vardo

The floor covering inside The Wagon is a short pile rug and wooden flooring.

There are two areas of seating. The seat height of both from the floor is 440mm/17.25ins. The seating depth is 440mm/17.25ins. The length of one area is 1370mm/54ins and the other is 870mm/34.25ins.

The pull-out dining table is 730mm/28.75ins from the floor with clear space underneath. The table is 600mm/23.75ins deep and 600mm/23.75ins wide. The handle to pull out the table is 760mm/30ins from floor level.

There is a storage unit which is 740mm/29ins from the floor and is 450mm/17.75ins deep and 440mm/17.25ins wide. The unit has two handles – the top one is 600mm/23.5ins from floor level and the bottom one is 240mm/9.5ins from floor level.

There is a small wardrobe area which is 290mm/11.5ins wide. The handle is 800mm/31.5ins from floor height and the hanging rail is 1480mm/58.25ins from the floor.

The height of the main bed from the floor is 800mm/31.5ins. To pull the bed out to its full width there is a lip of 160mm/6.5ins which also acts as a bed frame. The length of the bed is 1800mm/71ins and the extended width is 1410mm/55ins. The un-extended width is 910mm/36ins.

The under-bed storage area is at floor level and is accessed by a door-opening of width 690mm/27.25ins and height 650mm/25.5ins. Internally, the width of the storage area is 760mm/30ins and the length is 1700mm/67ins. The handles are 360mm/14ins from floor level.

Non-feather duvets and pillows are provided.

Throughout, lighting is by natural daylight and, by night, there is a wind-up lantern and two battery-operated touch lamps.

Additional Information

The Showman’s Wagon has good colour contrast between the floor, door and walls.

The mobile ‘phone reception is good.

There is a battery-operated smoke alarm and a fire blanket within Elle-de-Vardo.

The nearest hospital with an A&E unit is The Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital which is 14 miles away. The nearest Doctor’s surgery is one mile away. The telephone number is 01508 520222. Should you need a doctor urgently when the practice is closed, telephone 111.

This Access Statement is available in larger print on request.