Quality Continued

National Quality Assessment Scheme (NQAS)

This the National Quality scheme used by many thousands of quality self-catering establishments in the UK. It is the leading independent assessment available and each cottage is fully inspected and assessed annually. In England the National Tourist Board, Visit England, oversees the scheme.

We have been graded Five Star each year since we opened and have had the additional Gold Award, given to the highest performing properties, every year since this award was added to the assessment.

Within this scheme we have additional assessments made, making sure we have everything on site to comply with the Walkers Welcome, cyclist Welcome and Dogs Welcome schemes.

National Accessible Scheme (NAS)

This scheme, also overseen by Visit England, checks properties for their suitability for (NAS) and is a nationally recognised rating to ensure that accommodation meets the needs of people with physical and sensory needs. We have been awarded a Mobility 1 grading, suitable for either elderly guests, or guests who for many reasons may have mobility issues.

Green Tourism Business Scheme (GTBS)

This scheme assesses our business from over 200 performance aspects every other year. We have been Gold Award holders for eight years and in 2012 and 2014 were short-listed for being one of the greenest businesses in the UK. In 2014 we were runners up in their self-catering awards and were given a special Goldstar Award for contribution to green tourism.

Jurassic Coast Quality Business Scheme

This is a local Quality Business marque for businesses adjacent to the World Heritage Site, the Jurassic Coast. The business plan and knowledge of the area are all part of the overall assessment.

British Quality Foundation (BQF)

Higher Wiscombe was the first dedicated self-caterer to be awarded this marque, which involved an eighteen month assessment and evaluation period.

Enjoy England Excellence Awards

Higher Wiscombe was awarded the EnjoyEngland Excellence award for the best Self Catering business in England in 2007/8. The highest accolade in British Tourism.


This is our first online award based entirely on user feedback that is published online. Our guests seem to like mycottageholiday as a feedback site, being less commercial than other alternatives.