for Member Associations
associations use high-quality guest accommodation to make historic
houses self-sustainable. This type of ‘soft’ tourism provides
owners with an income, safeguards the future of buildings and
contents, and creates permanent employment in rural areas.
Our houses family
homes, not hotels.
They are all lived-in
by the owners who greet their customers as guests.
They are all special
in the way hosts welcome and entertain guests, in their character
and style, and in their furnishings and surroundings.
Houses should be more
than 100 years old. Essential modern facilities must be fitted
The public rooms and
bedrooms are as you would expect to find in a well-maintained family
The style and quality
of decoration, furnishing and fittings must be appropriate to the
Both house and
contents should be impeccably maintained and spotlessly clean.
Beds, bedding and
linen must be of high quality in good condition.
All bedrooms must have
direct access to their own private bathrooms.
The heating and
plumbing systems must be capable of meeting requirements.
Owners must not
operate restaurants, bars or retail businesses on the premises.
An evening meal must
be available on at least five nights each week, even if this is by
prior arrangement. For obvious reasons this rule is not usually
applied to town houses.
themselves discreetly, frequently using the names of their houses.
They do not advertise as hotels or B&Bs.
Signs are usually
simple and of high quality. Large hoardings or displays of awards at
the entrance are unacceptable.
Currently the lower
limit is one double room and the upper limit is ten double rooms.
There are no set
prices for accommodation or meals.
Everything should be of good quality and provide good value
in order to safeguard the associations’ reputation.
The strength of each
association is the confidence members have in each other. The
largest single source of business is from satisfied guests who have
stayed at other members’ houses, or in those of other members of
Europe of Traditions.
An Association to be
member of ETC need to be at a national level and to have a minimum
of 18 members.