Avocet Cottage Terms & Conditions
Provisional bookings will be held for a maximum of two working days.
Your holiday booking will be considered provisional until a completed booking form is received, together with a non-refundable deposit of one hundred pounds per week or part-week. A booking confirmation, deposit receipt and a due date for the balance will be sent to you.
The full balance of the total holiday cost will be payable not later than eight weeks before the holiday begins. Please note that non-payment of the balance by the due date may result in losing your booking and deposit.
For bookings made for a holiday less than eight weeks away, full payment must be made at the time of booking.
Approximately 10 days before your holiday we will send directions to the cottage and instructions for obtaining the key.
The owner reserves the right to refuse or cancel any booking, and regretfully bookings will not be accepted from persons under the age of 18.
If you wish to cancel a confirmed booking, please do so in writing (email is fine).
We will endeavour to re-let the cottage and, if successful for the whole or part of the holiday period, will refund the relevant proportion of the total holiday price, minus your booking deposit. However, please note that should we be unable to re-let the property, you will still be liable for the total cost of the holiday.
We strongly recommend that you take out a holiday insurance cover in case you are unable to come for any reason, and to cover your personnel possessions, etc.
We welcome a maximum of two well-behaved dogs (£20 per dog per week or part-week). Dogs are not allowed upstairs, on beds or chairs and must never be left unattended anywhere in the cottage. Holidaymakers are liable for any damage caused by pets and are asked to please remove all evidence of their pets from the house and the garden before departure. The garden is secure to the best of our knowledge but the safety of any animal is the responsibility of the pet’s owner.
The property is available from 3pm on the arrival date and is to be vacated by 10am on the departure date.
Smoking is not permitted in any part of the property.
The holidaymaker is responsible for the property and is expected to take good care of it.
During your stay, there may be occasions when the owner and/or its agents need to enter the property to carry out inspections or minor repairs. On such occasions, reasonable notice will be given, except in an emergency when immediate access must be granted.
Holidaymakers must not use the property or allow its use for any dangerous, offensive, noisy, illegal or immoral activities or carry on there any act that may be a nuisance or annoyance to the owner or to any neighbours.
All equipment, utensils etc must be left clean and the property left clean and tidy at the end of the hire period.
All damage and breakages should be reported prior to departure, and the holidaymaker will be charged for the cost of repairs and/or replacements. However, minor damage or breakage will not normally be charged.
Except where expressly permitted in writing by the owner, occupation must be limited to a maximum of four people. No caravans or campervans are allowed.
We are committed to protecting and respecting your privacy. This statement outlines our practices in relation to information about yourself, which you submit to us in order to enquire about and book a stay at Avocet Cottage, and use the avocetcottage.com website.
Whilst we strive to protect users’ personal information with secure forms and encryption, no data transmission over the Internet can be guaranteed to be totally secure and we cannot ensure or warrant the security of any information it may process as part of the site.
To operate our website it is essential to collect and process some data, such as:
Information regarding your visits to our website (see below notes on Google Analytics)
Forms filled out on our website allow us to collect information provided by you
Data collected from communications from you (e.g. via email)
When booking a stay at Avocet Cottage we obtain the relevant data necessary to process your order and provide the agreed services
How we will use your data:
To provide agreed services including but not limited to information about the cottage and your stay, payment requests and confirmations
To very occasionally provide news, information and availability updates about the cottage
We do not share your personal information with any third party (including advertisers)
The information collected via email exchange or on our website is with your active participation and consent.
Otherwise, personal data held by us is stored on secure computers in our offices
Cookies are small files saved to the user’s computer hard drive that track, save and store information about the user’s interactions and usage of the website. This allows the website, through its server to provide the users with a tailored experience within this website.
It is possible that small amounts of data may be left on your computer / device after you have visited our site. Such data is inactive and can be deleted, if required.
All computers can block cookies by activating certain browser settings but please note that if you decide to decline or disable cookies you may experience more limited access to certain parts of the site.
We make no use of advertisers on our site so have no need to enable the collection of any data to support them.
How to block cookies:
In Internet Explorer you can refuse all cookies by clicking Tools > Internet Options > Privacy and select > “Block all cookies”
In Firefox you can block all cookies by clicking Tools > Options and un-check “Accept cookies from sites” in the “Privacy” box.
In Chrome you can block cookies by going to Preference > Advanced > Privacy & Security > Content Settings > Cookies
In Safari you can block cookies by going to Preferences > Privacy > Block all cookies
Blocking cookies may impact on the usability of our website.
All web browsers provide a facility for you to review and delete cookies – please note that this action may also have some impact on the usability of our website.
Communication, engagement and actions taken through external social media platforms used by us are subject to the privacy policies of those platforms – we cannot be held liable for any damages or implications caused by visiting these.
Neither this website nor its owners will ever ask for personal or sensitive information through social media platforms. We encourage users wishing to discuss sensitive details to make contact through our primary communication channels such as telephone or email. This website may use social sharing buttons which help share web content directly from web pages to the social media platform in question. Users are advised before using such social sharing buttons that they do so at their own discretion and note that the social media platform may track and save your request to share a web page through your own social media platform account.
Third Party Links
Our website contains links to the website and published documents of other organisations.
Our website uses Google Analytics to us help analyse how users use our site.
We do not use Google Analytics to track or collect any Personal Information on visitors to our site, and Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by them.
We have taken all reasonable steps to ensure your information is held securely, and you have the right to access any information we may collect and store about you. If you wish to have access to this information it may be subject to a £10 payment fee, used to cover our costs regarding the information you requested. If you wish to access this data, please contact us using the details provided below
We may update this policy from time to time if necessary by publishing a new version, so please do check this page to ensure you are happy with any changes