Holiday cottages in the Isle of Man


Top star ratings for four Island Escapes properties

Four holiday homes managed by Island Escapes have achieved a Visit Isle of Man 5 Star Gold Award, the highest rating possible for self-catering holiday accommodation.


The properties were all assessed by industry experts Quality in Tourism, and this was done remotely due travel restrictions preventing the assessors from travelling to the island. In order to achieve a 5 star rating a property must be well equipped to the highest of standards, and the unique Gold award is given in recognition of exceptional quality. The award helps customers find those extra special places and to achieve this, consistent levels of high quality must be demonstrated in all areas.  


Ballarhennie House close to the coast at Kirk Michael is one of the properties to achieve the rating, whilst the other three are all in Castletown. Ellan Vannin, Packet House and Keys Cottage have all undergone extensive refurbishment by Marlinspike properties and since they opened for business last year many local residents have enjoyed a staycation of the highest quality right at the heart of Castletown.

5 Star Goldgold

Managing Director of Island Escapes John Keggin said “Guest expectations are continuously on the rise and at Island Escapes we are committed to raising the standards of self catering accommodation on the island and are so encouraged that many of our property owners share this vision with us, and we’re delighted that these properties have achieved this independent recognition that they so rightly deserve”.

Ellan Vannin

Business Development Manager at Marlinspike Properties Alex Lewthwaite said “The development work of these historic buildings has been taking place for some time, so it is great to now be welcoming guests and achieve this top rating. We’re very grateful for the support provided by Island Escapes who we have been working with since the very outset, it has been a real team effort to achieve these ratings across all three of our properties”.

Packet House

With the border set to reopen to visitors in the next few weeks we're looking forward to welcoming new and returning customers to our range of properties island wide. With the company’s recent Safe Clean Legal C-19 accreditation this also provides customers with the confidence that the highest standards are being maintained at its properties.

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