Terms & Conditions
When you submit a booking via our online reservation system you will receive an automatically generated booking summary by email to the email address you provide in the booking form. This does not form a contract between us. A contract shall only arise when your booking is subsequently confirmed in writing via a letter of confirmation sent to you by post or email.
1. Your Holiday Booking
Your booking is direct with the Owners of John's Cottage and subject to the booking Terms and Conditions as set out below. To make your booking, you will be requested to pay a booking deposit of 20% of the hire cost if your holiday start date is more than 8 weeks after the date of making your booking. If booking within 8 weeks of your holiday start date, full payment will be required at the time of booking. In either case, your booking is not confirmed until either your deposit or full payment has been received and your booking has been confirmed in writing to you by the Owner.
On receipt of your booking deposit (or full payment if within 8 weeks of the start date of your holiday), a contract of hire will exist between you (hereafter referred to as 'the Hirer') and Simon Farrington (hereafter referred to as 'the Owner').
2. Minimum Age of Hirer & Single Sex parties
We welcome couples, families and groups of friends but regret that we are unable to accept stag, hen or celebratory party bookings for more than 4 guests where your party is all male, all female or young groups of four or more friends where the age of the hirer (who must also be a guest) is less than 25.
3. Paying the balance of hire
Your balance of hire is due for payment, without demand, no later than 8 weeks prior to your arrival. In addition, we will request your refundable security deposit (where applicable - please see item 10 below) of £150 together with your balance of hire or at the time of booking if within 8 weeks of your arrival.
4. Variations of price
We reserve the right to vary prices without notice. The price of your holiday is however guaranteed once a booking confirmation has been received by you.
5. What is included in the price?
6. Changes to your booking
After your booking has been confirmed, any changes will incur an administration cost of £20.00 to cover the cost of replacement paperwork. Changes within 8 weeks of the start date of your holiday may incur additional cancellation charges and all requested changes will be subject to availability.
7. Cancellation by you
On confirmation of your booking, a contract of hire will exist between the Hirer and the Owners. In the event of cancellation by you 8 weeks or more before your holiday, your 20% booking deposit will be non refundable and you may be eligible to claim on your holiday cancellation insurance if taken (see item 10 below). Cancellation within 8 weeks of your holiday will forfeit the full hire amount paid (or due) unless the owners can re-let the property in which case only the 20% booking deposit will be forfeit to cover administration and re-letting costs. Optional cancellation insurance is available.
8. Cancellation by us
Should a property suddenly become unavailable for the dates hired by you due to unforeseen circumstances, all efforts will be made to offer suitable alternatives. If this is not possible, then all monies paid by you (the Hirer) will be refunded to you in full with no deductions but the Owners will incur no further liability of any kind. Under no circumstances will the Owners be liable to refund any amount exceeding the amount paid by the Hirer.
The Owners accept no liability whatsoever for any Loss, Damage, Injury or Accident to the Hirer or any member of the Hirer's party or property whilst in occupation of the property or its grounds insofar as this results from proven negligence of the Hirer or any member of the Hirer's party.
10. Security Deposit
Where the number of guests exceeds 4, a refundable security deposit of £150 is payable with your balance of hire. This will be refunded within 10 days of the end of your holiday less any deductions for the repair of any breakages, losses or damage to the property or its contents (fair wear and tear excepted as we do understand that sometimes minor accidents do happen). If you have any breakages, please let us know as soon as possible so that we can make any necessary replacements for the benefit of subsequent guests. Please note that damages and losses are not limited to the security deposit and any costs in excess of this amount will be invoiced and payable in full without delay. The security deposit will also be used to cover any additional costs of cleaning if the property is left dirty or if vacated later than 10.00am on the day of departure.
11. Cancellation and Personal Insurance
It is very strongly recommended that you have adequate personal and holiday cancellation insurance to cover you and all members of your party. This should be suitable for UK self catering holidays arranged independently of a travel agent and should include cancellation protection cover to safeguard you against loss of the cost of your holiday in the event of unexpected cancellation.
Under no circumstances will the Owners be responsible for loss of life, personal injury, medical expenses, accidents, damage to the Hirers property, personal effects or motor vehicle(s) and you should ensure that any insurance covers such eventualities.
John's Cottage is pet free.
For the comfort of all guests, smoking is no permitted anywhere inside the premises.
14. Web Site & literature differences or omissions
Our web site and literature is intended as a guide to the properties and facilities only, and we reserve the right to make changes to the facilities provided or to the properties without prior notice. We regret we cannot accept any liability for errors mistakes or omissions which may arise from any differences between the properties or the facilities provided and our website or literature.
Use of the complimentary WiFi is subject to the Terms & Conditions of Use which will be provided with your booking confirmation.
16. Force Majeure
The Owner shall not be liable for any loss, breach or delay due to any cause beyond the Owner's reasonable control including though not limited to Act of God, Explosion, Flood, Tempest, Fire or Accident, War or Threat of War, Sabotage, Insurrection, Civil Disturbance or Requisition, Acts, Restrictions, Regulations, Bye-laws, Prohibitions or Measures of any kind on the part of any governmental, parliamentary or local authority, Embargoes, Strikes, Lock-outs, or other Industrial Actions or Disputes. Under any such case the Owners shall be entitled to treat the contract as discharged.