Visit England Descriptions


Our properties are individually inspected by a member of our team to ensure that the standards offered are those which you as our guest will be happy with.

In addition, many properties are graded under the Visit England Quality Assurance Scheme, and these have a star rating which is displayed on the property web entry.

The Scheme demands that the property is measured against an extensive list of minimum requirements and then levels of quality and presentation determine the final rating. 

Put simply, the more stars, the higher the overall level of quality, facilities and service you can expect to find. We only include properties that have been awarded a three star or above rating, and those that are not officially rated have been designated to have met those requirements or higher.

There are minimum requirements for grading and Information about what is required for each star grading is shown below. The full details of the requirements for each star grading are available here. For somewhere special, see our Luxury Properties page which features all accommodation which has achieved a four star rating with gold award or higher.

The Visit England Welcome scheme highlights establishments that have facilities or services for people who enjoy cycling or walking, families and those travelling with pets.

Visit England three star award

Good to Very Good level of quality. Good standard of maintenance and decoration. Ample space and good quality furniture. All double beds will have access from both sides (unless the structure of the cottage makes this impossible). Generally bed linen is included or available for hire.

Visit England four star award

Very Good to Excellent overall level of quality. Very good care and attention to detail will be obvious throughout. Access to a washing machine will be provided, but if not in the unit there will be access to a laundry facility. Bed linen is included and towels are included or available for hire.

Visit England five star award

Excellent to Exceptional overall level of quality. High levels of decor, fixtures and fittings, together with excellent standards of management efficiency and guest services. Excellent range of accessories and personal touches. Bed linen and towels are included free of charge.

Visit England gold award

The Gold Award is awarded to properties which achieve exceptional quality within their star rating band. These properties reflect a higher level of quality, comfort and cleanliness throughout.

Visit England cyclists welcome

A dedicated drying room for outdoor clothes and footwear . First Aid kit ,  A suitable, safe and lockable indoor storage area for all bikes and associated equipment. Washing machine and clothes drying facilities to be provided. Ideally an outside washing line and a tumble dryer but a washing line is sufficient as a minimum. Provision for cleaning bikes, equipment and outdoor clothes. Wi-fi access, and maps and information on the local area.

Visit England walkers welcome

Dedicated room to store outdoor clothing and footwear and provisions to clean these items, washing machine and drying facilities, maps and books for walking in the area, information on the local area, first aid kit and WiFi access.

Visit England families welcome

Fully equipped for young children including cot and highchair available that meet current safety standards, suitable crockery and drinking cups, plug-in nightlights, books and games, health and safety audit that covers areas such as window blind cords, stair safety and fireguards, information on the area including family friendly attractions and restaurants.

Visit England pets welcome

Water and food bowls provided, area nearby for dog walking, litter tray and scoop for cat friendly properties, dog cleaning area including hose, bucket and towels, contact details for local vets, information on local suppliers of pet food, pet friendly attractions and restaurants and walks.