Just before the second national lockdown, we were delighted to hear that York House had maintained its Five Star Holiday Park rating from the national tourism body, Visit England.

The park, situated near Thirsk, was assessed in October 2020, and we have now received the judges’ comments and details of all the elements that they found so impressive at our holiday park near Thirsk. Here are some of the highlights:

Visit England Five Star Holiday Park

The assessor’s report gave York House Holiday Park an overall score of 94%, and summarised: “A very well maintained and presented park being ideally situated for exploring the local region around Thirsk and all the amenities and facilities available to them.”

As well as the overall marks, the report gave ratings for different aspects of accommodation and service at York House, with every element meeting Visit England’s Five Star expectations. The park even received an impeccable 100% rating for cleanliness, with the assessor commenting: “All areas of the park assessed were presented to an excellent standard of cleanliness.”

The individual ratings were as follows:

  • Cleanliness: 100%
  • Reception & Reception Services 97%
  • Park Facilities 92%
  • Recreation, Sport & Leisure 93%
  • Park grounds 92%
  • Privately Owned Caravans/Seasonal Tourers 90%
  • Letting fleet 95%
Standout comments

Among the feedback in the report were some fantastic comments about different areas of York House Holiday Park.

Among the standout quotes from the assessor were:

 “The Coffee Shop has a very pleasant ambience and is presented very well both externally and internally.”

“Excellent levels of landscaping with many water features, ground maintenance to excellent standards, trees, shrubs and rockery areas all well tended.”

“Abbots Green has an excellent presentation with well spaced pitches, extra landscaping, fully skirted and a hard based individual parking bay to each pitch.”

The assessor also commented on the good Covid measures that are currently in place around the park, including at The Old Barn Coffee Shop.

How the Visit England rating system works

Tourism businesses are assessed by Visit England against an agreed set of quality standards. A Visit England accreditation shows that the business has been independently verified by the National Tourist Board.

Visit England’s assessors evaluate all aspects of the accommodation and service against the organisation’s tourism standards, giving a quality score for each one. The total of these individual scores is then used to calculate the overall quality score. This is then translated into an overall quality rating. An overall score of 87% or above is required to achieve a Five Star rating.