Terms & Conditions of Hire
The contract of hire shall be between the Holidaymaker and the Owner and is
subject to the following terms and conditions.
1. A deposit of 20% of the rental or full rental is required with the booking
form. If the booking form is submitted eight weeks or less before the
commencement of the holiday then the full rent should be sent with the booking
form. If the booking cannot be accepted by the Owner, the full amount paid shall
be returned within 14 days. The Owner reserves the right to refuse a hire
booking. If a booking is accepted, the Holidaymaker becomes liable for the
balance of rent for the full period of the holiday, which must be paid eight
weeks prior to the holiday. Non payment of the balance monies, when they become
due, will constitute cancellation of the holiday and forfeiture of the deposit
payment. The website prices are cash prices. Where the Holidaymaker pays for any
part of the cost of the holiday by Paypal, credit card or other means, the Owner
shall be entitled to levy an administration charge (presently 4.5%) in respect
of each such payment.
2. Cancellation of the booking must be made in writing by the
Holidaymaker. The effective date of the cancellation will be the date it is
received by the Owner. If the cancellation date is more than eight weeks
prior to commencement of the holiday, only the deposit will be forfeited. If a
deposit of less than the full 20% has been requested/paid under the terms of any
promotion, then the remainder of the 20% deposit will become payable on
cancellation. If the cancellation date is less than eight weeks prior to
commencement of the holiday, the full rental charge will be incurred, unless the
Owner is able to re-let the Property for the whole of the rental period. In the
unlikely event that the Owner cancels a confirmed booking, all monies received
will be returned and there will be no further liability to or by the Owner. The
Holidaymaker is advised to take out their own holiday cancellation insurance
3. The period of hire shall be from 4pm on the day of arrival and the
Property must be vacated by 10 am on the day of departure, unless otherwise
stated or agreed in writing. If the Holidaymaker is unable to
arrive at the Property by midday on the day following the holiday start date the
Holidaymaker must advise the Owner of the intended late arrival. Failure to
arrive by midday on the day following the holiday start date and failure in
those circumstances to advise the Owner constitutes cancellation by the
4. In no circumstances may the number of people occupying the Property
exceed the number stated in the booking form (maximum of 4). The Owner reserves
the right to refuse entry or terminate the hire without notice if this condition
is not observed, or refuse to hand over the Property to any person who, in the
Owners reasonable opinion, is not suitable to take charge. Rents will not be
refunded. In such cases all liability of the Owner shall cease.
5. The booking is made on the understanding that the Property is
available to the Holidaymaker on the dates stated. If for any reason beyond the
Owner's control (e.g. fire, storm damage, illness) the Property is not available
on the date booked the Owner will use his best endeavours to locate alternative
accommodation for the Holidaymaker but cannot guarantee that such will be
located and if such cannot be found or is not suitable for the Holidaymaker then
all monies paid by the Holidaymaker shall be returned in full. The Owner shall
not be liable for any loss, expense, inconvenience or otherwise resulting in
such unavailability or unsuitability and the Holidaymaker shall have no claim
against him. The Holidaymaker shall advise the Owner within seven days of
alternative accommodation being located as to whether or not it is acceptable.
If the alternative property is more expensive the Owner reserves the right to
charge the difference in cost.
6. Submission of a signed booking form with deposit or full amount paid,
will be deemed to be an acceptance of these conditions and a confirmation of the
details set out on the booking form. The person who signs the booking form
warrants that he/she is authorised to agree to these terms and conditions and is
acting on behalf of all persons including those substituted or who join the
party at a later date. The person who signs the booking form is responsible for
ensuring that all persons occupying the Property comply with the terms and
conditions and in all respects. Any Property occupied is strictly on the basis
that the accommodation is for holiday use only and that no right to remain in
the Property after the end
of the holiday period booked exists for the Holidaymaker or for any person or
persons who occupy the Property. All persons will vacate the Property at the
conclusion of the period of the holiday.
7. The hired Property shall be used solely for holiday purposes and the
Holidaymaker shall not sub-let the Property, or any part of the Property, or any
equipment from the Property.
8. Smoking is not permitted inside the Property.
9. The Holidaymaker shall at all times maintain the Property and its
contents in a clean and tidy condition and accept the Property as it is equipped
at the commencement of hire. The Holidaymaker must check the Property and its
contents immediately on arrival and notify the Owner or his representative
immediately of any faults or damaged items. The Holidaymaker is expected to
leave the holiday accommodation in the same state of cleanliness, general repair
and the order in which it was found. An
additional charge may be made if extra cleaning is required. The Holidaymaker
shall be liable to the Owner for any loss, costs, expenses or claims arising
from any damage caused to the Property and/or its contents by the deliberate or
negligent act or omission of the Holidaymaker or of any person in his/her party.
If, as a result of such damage, the Property or any of its contents need to be
repaired or any of the contents need to be replaced then the Holidaymaker shall
be responsible for paying the reasonable costs of doing so.
10. If in the unlikely event that the Holidaymaker, for any reason, is
not satisfied with the accommodation, the Owner or his representative must be
contacted so that the problem can be rectified
immediately. Failure by the Holidaymaker to notify any complaint prior to
departure will entitle the Owner to refuse to entertain the complaint,
irrespective of its merits as it will be appreciated that it will then be
impossible for the complaint to be effectively investigated. Under no
circumstances will the Owner's liability exceed the rental paid for the
11. Two sets of keys will be made available during your stay. As such if
you lock yourself out of the cottage there will be a fee of £30 payable for
someone to come and let you back in. If a set of keys is lost a fee of £200 is
payable to cover the cost of new locks to be fitted and sets of keys which will
need to be cut.
12. No employee or representative of the Owner has any authority or right
to modify any of these terms and conditions or to make any representation or
undertake any liability on behalf of the Owner.
13. The Holidaymaker shall allow the Owner, his representative or
employees entry to the premises for all reasonable purposes having given notice
14. Whilst the Owner has used his best endeavours to ensure accuracy of
all information supplied and details of the Property is given in good faith, no
warranty is given as to their accuracy and he does not accept responsibility or
liability for any loss or damage resulting from information given or statements
made whether orally or in writing.
15. The Owner gives no guarantee or warranty as to the state or condition
of the Property and will not be liable for any act, neglect or default on his
part or any other person, nor for any accident, damage, loss, injury, expense or
inconvenience whether to person or property which the Holidaymaker or any other
person may suffer or incur. Although the Owner will use his best endeavours to
fix any broken domestic appliances or other equipment/contents as soon as
possible, the Holidaymaker acknowledges that due to the limited period of hire,
it may not be possible to repair such items during the period of hire.
16. The clauses of these terms and conditions shall operate on the basis
that the terms and conditions and provisions contained within them shall be
severable so as to have effect as separate and distinct rights, provisions and
obligations independently of the others. In all cases where any part of these
terms and conditions is an unenforceable provision in terms of the Unfair
Contract Terms Act 1977 or similar legislation, the unenforceable provision
shall not effect the validity of the remaining portion of these terms and
conditions, which remain in force as if the unenforceable provision had been
eliminated. Nothing contained in these conditions shall exclude the Owner from
any responsibility which he has in
law in so far as it is competently varied or excluded and these conditions shall
be read and construed accordingly.
17. in these terms and conditions:
a) "the Owner" shall mean the owner of the Property;
b) "the Property" shall mean Heather Lodge, Self Catering
a) "The Holidaymaker" shall mean the person signing the booking form.
18. Scottish Law shall apply to all contractual obligations arising out
of these terms and conditions.
These terms are valid as from 1 April 2007.