Choosing your Accommodation - A Guide to Types and Ratings

Keswick offers a wide diversity of places to stay to suit all ages, tastes and pockets. Keswick Tourism Association's website offers a large selection of accommodation in guest houses, B&Bs, stylish hotels, pubs and farmhouses. For those seeking an independent holiday there are self catering cottages and apartments, static caravans, camping barns, yurts, pods, luxury lodges and holiday parks as well as camp sites to pitch your own tent or caravan. 

Keswick Tourism Association which runs this website is the independent local organisation promoting Keswick as a holiday destination. It represents members from all sizes and types of tourism establishments and is committed to high standards of customer satisfaction. All bookings made through this website are completely commission free meaning that 100% of the money you pay goes direct to the accommodation provider.

Guest Houses and Bed & Breakfast (B&B) - enjoy a warm welcome and a hearty breakfast cooked by your hosts to set you up for the day. 

Hotels -  looking for a rural retreat to recharge your batteries? Hotels offer luxury breaks with added facilities such as a bar, restaurant, spa or swimming pool. Stay in Keswick town centre, a Lakeland village or in the countryside.

Self Catering - gives you the flexibility to come and go as you please. Cater for yourself or enjoy eating out in a wide selection of restaurants and cafes. There are period cottages, converted barns, lodges and apartments to choose between. Often let for a minimum of a week from Saturday or some from Friday particularly in high season.

Touring Caravans and Campsites - looking for somewhere to pitch your tent or caravan and enjoy a night under the stars? Camping is a great way to enjoy time in the outdoors and great for all the family.

Static Caravans - wake up in the morning surrounded by fabulous scenery. Fully serviced caravans with a wide range of amenities such as heating, double glazing, fridge freezer, TV. Often let weekly in the summer months.

Stay on a Farm - why not stay on a farm and get a taste of rural life. You may even get a chance to take a tour to see the animals.

Yurts and Pods - all the fun of camping with more amenities, often known as glamping or luxurious camping.  Yurts have comfortable beds & stoves. Pods are small insulated huts with electric sockets & lighting. Camping Barns offer very simple accommodation & are sometimes know as stone tents.

Luxury Lodges All the flexibility of a self catering holiday in a rural setting with the added bonus of a range of on-site amenities such as a gym or your own personal hot tub.

Town or Rural - Keswick has accommodation located in the town centre, scenic countryside and peaceful Lakeland villages. 


Inspected accommodation providers featured on this website has either been assessed under the National Quality Assurance standards or the Cumbria Tourism scheme Quality Cumbria. Some properties are self-assessed rather than being part of a recognised national scheme.  They have voluntarily signed the Keswick Tourism Association Quality Accommodation Charter which requires them to fulfil all legal requirements and responsibilities and to provide a good quality service to visitors at all times.

There are two national assessing bodies - Visit England and the AA. Both work to National Quality Assurance standards and use independent impartial assessors. Properties are given a quality rating of 1-5 stars and are entitled to display the Visit England Quality Rose logo or the AA logo. These quality ratings indicate the overall accommodation standard, cleanliness, hospitality, service and quality of food. The higher the star rating, the higher the quality of the accommodation and the greater the range of facilities and services offered.

Star ratings are also accompanied by a category which describes the assessment criteria and includes -

  • Hotels - There are higher expectations and facilities for hotels compared to guest accommodation. Due to the scheme designator, there are many smaller and personally-run 2 star hotels that are of high quality, yet just lack the facilities a larger hotel can provide.
  • Guest Accommodation – this can apply to B&Bs, Guest Houses, Farmhouses, Restaurants with Rooms and Inns. Guest accommodation is assessed more by the quality provided than the number of services available – for instance a specific reception area is not a requirement .  A four star hotel  will have greater levels of service and facilities compared to 4 star guest accommodation as different criteria apply to hotels.
  • Self Catering - A quality score is awarded for every aspect  of the accommodation, the comfort ,the range and quality of kitchen equipment and, most importantly, cleanliness. For very high scoring properties a Gold award may be awarded. 
  • Parks – includes Camping, Touring and Holiday Parks

Quality Cumbria is the local quality assessment scheme in partnership with Visit England. Quality Cumbria properties are assessed by  accommodation criteria and the main aim is safety followed by cleanliness and comfort. The QC scheme does not include stars or require overnight accommodation for assessment.

AA & Visit England Awards

Visit England give Gold and Silver awards to accommodation providers that not only achieve their overall rating but also provide execptional quality throughout. Properties awarded a VisitEngland Gold or Silver Award offer the ‘best of the best’, regardless of the range of facilities and services they offer. 

The AA Gold Stars are awarded to the very best of Guest Accommodation within the 3,4 and 5 star ratings. The AA give red stars to select hotels in each star grading. These are awarded Inspector's Choice status. AA inspected restaurants are given rosettes (one to five) annually for the quality of their food. 

Breakfast Awards

Accommodation providers with exceptionally high scores for the quality of their breakfast are entitled to display the VisitEngland or AA Breakfast award.


Keswick offers opportunities for disabled visitors to enjoy all aspects of the area. All accommodation will have an Access Statement. This is a written, clear, accurate description of the facilities and services available. It will help you make an informed decision about whether that business can meet your needs. To plan your stay discuss your needs with the chosen establishment before making your booking. Click here for details of accessible properties.