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At Lakes Cottage Holidays, we do our best to help you find your perfect holiday property. All of our properties are rated on a scale of 3 to 5 stars. Our minimum entry level is 3 stars and simply the higher the number of stars the better the quality of accommodation.

3-stars 3 star properties offer a good level of quality and comfort
4 stars 4 star properties offer an excellent level of quality and comfort
5 stars 5 star properties offer an exceptional level of quality in all key areas with a degree of luxury and attention to detail to provide for all your holiday needs.


In 2009 a GOLD Award was introduced, these are offered to properties that are at the top of their grade and either due to something being missing ie the property does not have a bath but does have a shower or there is no higher grade then they can not achieve a higher rating.

For example Cherry Tree Cottage near Carlisle is 3* GOLD but only has a shower room so can not achieve a 4* grade and Stockwell Hall Cottage near Caldbeck has been allocated 5* GOLD, this means it has an extremely high standard of accommodation and cleanliness and has scored over 95% in all areas by Visit England.

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We find that the holidaymakers each year are becoming more and more discerning and their expectations of the standards of furniture, decoration and equipment is continually rising.

We encourage our owners to regularly upgrade their properties. The benefits can be seen by those cottages that have undergone a refurbishment by the star grading they achieve.

Visit Britain is the official grading authority, formally the English Tourism Council. These inspections are carried out annually and organised by ourselves on behalf of you, the cottage owner. We would be delighted to meet you at the cottage to advise you on the requirements needed for each star rating and to achieve our minimum entry level of 3 stars.

Visit England

We also operate our own star grading for those cottages without a Visit Britain grade. We grade the cottages with very similar criteria, although we view the standards on a more general basis with the holidaymakers requirements in mind.

To receive a full copy of our Information for New Owners pleaseĀ email us your name, address and telephone number to [email protected]. Alternatively you can call David Hogarth on 07702 488495 or Karen Smith on 017687 74060 to discuss further.


Visit England star grading