A simplified guide to accommodation ratings

Stars rating scheme as applied by VisitEngland and the AA.

All accommodation may be rated nationally by stars. There are different accommodation types, or designations, and a rating of 1 to 5 stars. Therefore, a hotel awarded 3 stars the rating will be 3 Hotel and for a guest house with 4 stars, the rating will be 4 Guest Accommodation.

To get the most out of your stay and help you choose the accommodation you may want, here's a summary of the rating system:

Accommodation types likely to found in the Lake District:

Hotels (1-5 stars)
Budget Hotels (no star ratings)
Guest Accommodation (1-5 stars)
Hostels (1-5 stars)
Self Catering (1-5 stars)

Star ratings made easy:

- simple, practical, no frills
- well presented or well run
- good level of quality and comfort
- excellent standard throughout
- exceptional with a degree of luxury

Gold and Silver Awards

These are awarded to the properties that not only achieve their overall rating but also exceed the expectations within the rating level.

Silver - this award recognises high quality in all areas of the business with very good levels of customer care.
Gold - properties achieving a Gold award will demonstrate exeptional levels of quality, comfort, cleanliness, hospitality and attentive service.

Quality Cumbria Assessment Scheme

Quality Cumbria is the local quality assessment scheme which is unique to Cumbria. It was developed in consultation VisitEngland, to recognise and encourage high standards of accommodation in Cumbria to and ensure they are suitable for the Lake District vistor.

Chartered Accommodation Schemes

Local schemes managed by Cumbria Tourism and Keswick Tourism Association and developed for Lake District visitors, where accommodation signs a guarantee to comply with all legislation and to provide high standards of hospitality and accommodation.


Accommodation entry details are supplied by the relevant business owner. The website developer is not responsible for any misrepresentations or omissions.

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