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Get your guesthouse, farmhouse, inn or restaurant with rooms on Rated Trips

B&Bs, Guesthouses, Farmhouses, Inns and Restaurants with Rooms listed on Rated Trips are part of the AA Guest Accommodation Scheme or the VisitEngland Guest Accommodation Scheme. Establishments participating in the Guest Accommodation scheme cannot use ‘hotel’ as part of their business name – assessment would be as a hotel instead.

Joining the AA Guest Accommodation Scheme

There are 4 different membership levels for Guest Accommodation.

Full Membership

This involves an overnight inspection testing all services, resulting in a star rating if the criteria is met. When you apply to join the scheme, you’ll be inspected and rated by a professional inspector who will visit overnight as a mystery guest. The following morning the inspector will discuss their visit and give you constructive feedback. 

As well as your establishment having a page on RatedTrips.com, you'll have access to AA logos and a range of signage, and marketing benefits. Full scheme members are eligible for our B&B Awards, including Gold Stars, Silver Stars and Breakfast Award.

View current full AA membership fees

 

Associate Membership

This is a marketing-only option for establishments already rated by one of the tourist boards (VisitEngland, VisitScotland, VisitWales or Tourism Northern Ireland). No inspection will take place and AA Associate Membership ceases should membership of the tourist board cease. You could then market your establishment as an AA X Star Associate member.

 

Advertised with Visit

This membership level involves an overnight inspection testing all services, but no star rating is awarded. A Rosette award may be awarded for culinary excellence.

View current advertised with visit fees

 

Advertised without Visit

This is a marketing-only option without an inspection. Your establishment will feature on RatedTrips.com as 'AA Advertised' and without a star rating, and there are a host of marketing benefits too.

View current advetised with no visit fees

 

Download an AA application form (covers all membership types)

 

Join the VisitEngland Guest Accommodation Scheme

Full membership

This involves an overnight assessment testing all services, resulting in a star rating if the criteria is met. When you apply to join the scheme, you’ll be inspected and rated by a professional assessor who will visit overnight as a mystery guest. The following morning the inspector will discuss their visit and give you constructive feedback.

As well as your establishment having a page on RatedTrips.com, you'll have access to VisitEngland logos and a range of signage, and marketing benefits.

Download a VisitEngland application form
View scheme fees

 

Accreditation-only membership

This level of VisitEngland membership has been designed to provide accommodation businesses with a robust and dependable method to demonstrate that they are operating in a safe, clean and legal way. Initially launched in 2010, the scheme has been regularly revisited to ensure it covers the latest legislation.

VisitEngland works with destinations and local assessment organisations to offer this accreditation scheme on a local level. However, if a business is in an area without a local scheme, they can apply to VisitEngland directly.

Entry Level Accreditation offers reassurance that the accommodation is safe, clean and legal, but does not include a star rating or quality accreditation, which are  available through one of VisitEngland’s range of quality assessment schemes.

Download an accreditation application form
Accreditation-only scheme fees

 

How to apply

Download and complete the relevant application form, and return it to the address given on the form with your complete payment. Both the AA and VisitEngland accept payment by credit/debit card, BACS, cheque or direct debit.