Quality Assurance

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Each of our properties is selected to be part of Sweetcombe individually. We use our knowledge and experience to advise owners on how the properties must be maintained and set up in order to provide high quality self-catering accommodation. We only take on properties that are the equivalent to a 3 star and above. We ensure that all our properties have regular spot checks and maintenance inspections to check that our exacting criteria is being maintained as well as ensuring each property is externally graded by Quality in Tourism.

Quality In Tourism Assessments

After spending two years researching the best way to implement quality assurance and health and safety compliance, we decided to work with the leading quality assurance company, Quality in Tourism (QIT) to complete our annual property checks.

There are many benefits to working with a 3rd party company such as the ones listed below:

  • QIT Work closely with Professional Association of Self Catering (PASC)
  • Ahead of the game with compliance
  • To help give guests comfort when choosing a property
  • External independent body measuring standards throughout the industry

Message from Quality in Tourism

“We are delighted that Sweetcombe Cottage Holidays have decided to lead the way in the world of holiday home rentals, not just subscribing to Quality in Tourisms Safe, Clean & Legal and Star rating schemes but also going through the Quality Accredited Company to gain that important 3rd party validation of all that they already do so well.

Quality in Tourism is the Primary Authority for Tourism, a scheme approved by the Secretary of State for BEIS. It means any property approved by Quality in Tourism has been properly checked for its Fire Risk, Environmental Health and Trading standards as well as its quality. Our accreditation is the only one recommended to consumers by Which? Magazine as they know we check each property; it has also meant we are now the largest hospitality accreditation body in the UK with more than 25,000 members.”

Star Grading Key

3* A good level of quality & facilities

4* Consistently high levels of quality & facilities

5* Exceptional quality throughout

  • Within each star grading are 3 levels:
Star Grading Orange – Standard level of quality within their star rating


Silver – Superior level of quality within their star rating Gold – Supreme level of quality within their star rating


3* 60% + 70% + 72 -74%
4* 75% + 80% + 84-86%
5* 87% + 88% + 90-100%


Safe, Clean & Legal

The Clean, Safe & Legal badge means we can be confident that all Sweetcombe properties are fully compliant where other self-catering properties may fall short. To achieve this, we have ensured each property is up to date with all the relevant health and safety documentation.

The owners of our properties support our high standards and we work closely with them to ensure the properties are ready for our guests to have an enjoyable holiday with us. If you would like to speak about any of our properties, please do contact us as we know all of them individually.


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