bath independent guest house association

BIGHA Approved Accommodation Scheme (2015 update)

BIGHA has its own Approved Accommodation Scheme. This is for properties who opt out of any official grading schemes.

The BIGHA scheme is  delivered by Quality in Tourism’s the assessment service for VisitEngland) and ensures accommodation providers meet the required standards. Unlike grading scheme stars are not awarded. The BIGHA Approved Accommodation scheme is recognised by local destination marketing organisations including VisitBath.

The increased popularity of review website like TripAdvisor has sadly decreased the value of traditional star grading schemes. Although guest reviews are very useful they do not ensure accommodation properties are meeting the minimum legal requirements. By being an Approved Accommodation provider your guest can be reassured you are meeting the legal standards, requirements and practices that professional guest accommodation needs to operate.


Hotels & Guest Accommodation,  up to 10 guest bedrooms – £90+VAT (£108)

Hotels & Guest Accommodation, 11+ bedrooms – £180+VAT (£216)

Self Catering – £90+VAT (£108), Additional units £25+VAT each, with 1 mile radius of main unit.

How to Apply

Application Form – updated april 2015

To apply for the Approved Accommodation Scheme please complete the form above.

please send application and payment to:

Quality in Tourism, 1320 Montpellier Court, Pioneer Way, Gloucester Business Park, Gloucester, GL3 4AH

Telephone: 0845 300 6996



Quality in Tourism: the assessment service for VisitEngland