Your questions answered
Here are some FAQs to help answer any queries or questions you might have. If you require any additional help please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
How can I book a property?
You will find that the easiest way to book is online.
Simply find your perfect property, tell us who you would like to stay and when, and click book now.
This will take you through the different stages, including taking your payment.
Can I pay a deposit?
If your holiday is more than nine weeks away, you can secure your booking and spread the cost by paying a deposit of approximately a third of the total holiday price. We'll then send you a reminder to pay the full balance which is due no later than 9 weeks before your holiday.
What holiday insurance do we offer?
Please note, the option to purchase holiday insurance is not available for all properties. Whether it is available will be made clear to you as you book.
Part of our booking conditions are that if you cancel your holiday, you will remain liable for the whole cost of the holiday. If your claim is covered by insurance, you will be able to claim back all monies paid less the insurance premium and a small excess charge.
Some people may already have their own travel insurance cover in place for their holiday, however, if you don’t, you could consider one of the insurance policies we offer. For more information please click below on ‘What does the insurance we offer cover?’
If you do have your own insurance, you will still need to pay the full amount on cancelling. We will then issue a cancellation schedule to you which will enable you to make a claim through your own insurance.
What does the insurance we offer cover?
Please note, the option to purchase holiday insurance is not available for all properties. Whether it is available will be made clear to you as you book.
For those bookings where holiday insurance is available, we offer two policies:
1) Combined Damage Waiver & Cancellation Insurance
The policy may include cover for several circumstances including cancellation, travel delay, personal accident, medical, damage waiver and personal liability and others. There are also significant exclusions such as, customers outside of the UK, trips over 28 days, pre-existing medical conditions and others. Please read the policy details for a full explanation of what is and what isn’t covered. Please also read our Status Disclosure Document and Insurance Product Information Document (IPID).
2) Single Trip Damage Waiver & Personal Liability Insurance
We also offer a single trip damage waiver & personal liability insurance policy, which may offer up to £10,000 worth of accidental damage (including legal costs and expenses) and includes damage caused by domestic dogs or cats. There is no excess on this policy, however, there are significant exclusions such as deliberate damage, trips over 28 days and customers outside of the UK. Please read the policy details for a full explanation of what is and what isn’t covered. Please also read our Status Disclosure Document and Insurance Product Information Document (IPID).
Accidental Damage Deposit & Refund
It is a requirement when booking certain properties to pay either an Accidental Damage Deposit or an Accidental Damage Deposit Waiver. This will be made clear to you as you book.
The Accidental Damage Deposit is due with the balance of your holiday, it will be cashed on receipt and held by us to be applied against the reasonable costs of miscellaneous repairs to and/or replacement of and/or additional cleaning of furnishings, kitchen equipment, crockery, glass, keys, bedding and towels damaged or soiled otherwise than by usual wear and tear during the period of hire by you or other members of your party.
When will I receive the deposit back?
The balance of the Accidental Damage Deposit will be returned to you within 28 working days of the departure date. Where such costs exceed the Accidental Damage Deposit you will pay such excess to the owner of the property within 14 days of being notified.
What is the Accidental Damage Deposit Waiver option?
The Accidental Damage Deposit Waiver is a non-refundable payment by you to us in lieu of the Accidental Damage Deposit. Where you have agreed to pay the Accidental Damage Deposit Waiver, the Accidental Damage Deposit is not payable.
The Accidental Damage Deposit Waiver covers the costs of making good any loss or damage to the property and/or its contents caused through act or omission during the period of hire by you or other members of your party up to the value of the Accidental Damage Deposit for the booked property. Where any such damage caused exceeds this amount, you agree to pay to us, acting on behalf of the property owner, upon written demand, any reasonable costs incurred in making good any such loss or damage above the predetermined amount. The Accidental Damage Deposit Waiver is not available on breaks longer than 14 nights.
What if I cancel?
If you have to cancel your holiday, please let us know as soon as possible in writing (email/post). Confirmation of your cancellation will need to come from the lead party member (the initial booker).
We will let you know whether you may be entitled to a partial refund of the accommodation cost, although the booking fee and other agent charges are non-refundable. For more information, please see our booking terms.
The cancellation conditions will vary depending on the property, so please check the information in your booking confirmation email.
What day can my holiday start?
Each property has a preferred start day, known as the 'changeover' day, and this is usually a Friday or a Saturday. This will show on the calendar when you make your booking, and for some properties a price will show on the days you can book.
Can my holiday start on a day other than the preferred changeover day?
This may be possible outside of peak holiday times and subject to agreement with the property owner.
Depending on the property, you will be able to make an enquiry online or you can contact us by phone and someone from our customer service team will try and arrange this for you.
Please be aware that as prices are based on Saturday or Friday (main day) changeovers, any weeks that cross over price bands would be charged at the higher price.
How do I book a short break?
Short breaks can be booked easily online by choosing your preferred duration. Generally, you can book a short break in low season at any time, but if you’re looking for just a few days away in peak season you may not be able to book this until a couple of weeks beforehand.
Prices are based on a minimum price for 3 nights and typically start from:
- 3 nights: 80% of the property’s full weekly price
- 4 nights: 90% of the property’s full weekly price
- 5+ nights are at the full weekly rental
Any short peak week breaks are charged at the full weekly price.
What is the booking fee?
A booking fee is payable to cover the administration and processing of each booking.
Can I bring a pet?
Many of our holiday properties will welcome a dog and some are happy to accept more than one dog. Please see the property description on our website for details. There is often a small additional charge for your dog(s) which will be made clear to you as you book. If you’d like to bring any other kind of pet, just get in touch with us and we’ll check whether the property owner is happy for you to do this.
Registered assistance dogs are allowed in all properties, however, you must notify us of the intended presence of any assistance dogs, with evidence of registration, prior to making a booking.
Please note pets should not be left unattended in properties and that they must remain downstairs and off furniture at all times. You, as a pet owner, will be responsible for removing any evidence left by your pet and reimbursing the owner if any damage is caused. Please note that if a property is shown to have an ‘enclosed’ garden, this does not necessarily mean that it is secure for your pet as it may be enclosed by hedging or open style fencing.
Do you cater for specific accessibility needs?
We understand that some visitors have special requirements in terms of access to a property or the facilities needed within it. When searching for properties on our website, you can use the filter section to select only properties that have accessibility provisions. If you need further advice or help, please contact us and we will be pleased to help.
Can I take an extra person/infant?
The total number of people staying at a property must not exceed the number stated in the property description. However, for infants, we can check with the property owner as this may be possible for an extra cost.
Are electricity and heating costs included in the holiday price?
Many properties have an all-inclusive price for fuel costs whilst others make an additional charge for electricity and other fuels, such as logs for an open fire, which may be paid directly to the property owner. Where applicable, we will indicate the extra costs in the description of the property.
Is there parking at the property?
For every property, we aim to include the status of parking within the property description. Some properties have plenty of parking available, but other ones may have roadside parking, or suggest you use a public car park. If you will need a parking permit or scratch-card, we will either provide this for you, or give you full details of how to obtain one.
Will I need to bring my own bed linen and towels?
All our properties provide ben linen and towels, unless otherwise stated in the property description. You will need to bring your own beach or swimming towels.
Please note: we don’t supply any linen or blankets for cots, you will need to bring your own.
What can I expect as a standard inclusion of my self-catering accommodation?
All of the properties in our collection are self-catering, this means that you will need to bring your own provisions. Owners are not required to leave any store cupboard items in the property. Some may go beyond that and provide a welcome pack which may include some day to day items. Any items left for you are at the owners’ discretion but you are most welcome to use them during your stay.
Your accommodation will be equipped with crockery, cutlery and cooking utensils. Some properties supply a highchair, cot or travel cot (as indicated) with mattress, but cot bedding is not supplied.
Electric Vehicle Charging
Where properties have dedicated EV charging points they will be advertised. The property details may also include any relevant information such as power levels provided and additional charges if applicable.
Vehicles should NOT be charged at properties without dedicated EV charging points. Most cottages will have standard domestic supplies which do not support vehicle charging.
How enclosed is an 'enclosed garden'?
An enclosed garden means that walls, hedges, or fences surround the garden at the property. This, however, does not necessarily mean that a garden is dog proof/child friendly i.e. a dog may be able to get under a hedge or a child over a fence.
The majority of properties that have a swimming pool make no extra charge for the use of the pool unless where indicated. Not all pools however, have guaranteed exclusive use. For outdoor pools, the period they are open is usually from late May to early September, depending on the weather. Swimming pools are unsupervised unless stated in the property description. Children must be supervised at all times whilst using the swimming facilities. Whilst every measure possible has been taken to make the swimming area as safe as possible, all facilities are used at your own risk.
Is Broadband / Internet / Wireless access available?
Where Wi-Fi is advertised, please note that its provision is subject to availability and network conditions. It may not be available 24 hours a day and is provided for pleasure not for business purposes.
Properties with wireless internet access will show it in the property description. Sometimes, particularly in more rural areas there may be properties where internet access is intermittent or even on occasion unavailable for a short period of time because of the distance to the nearest BT exchange and its remoteness.
As in most properties the strength of the wireless signal can vary throughout the property and in some of our older properties the thickness of the walls may prevent wireless internet access in certain rooms or areas on site, so please bear this in mind – where we can we will let you know about these.
You may have noticed statements such as “wi-fi available in the kitchen” and “wi-fi available in games barn only” written in a few property descriptions. If this is important to you and you are unsure about the quality of internet access in a particular property then please ask, we are here to help.
Can we smoke or vape inside the property?
All our properties are non-smoking or vaping unless otherwise stated. If this is an important feature for your holiday, please contact us to check before you book.
Some properties are equipped with the luxury of a hot tub (subject to certain rules and restrictions) and these can be either indoor/outdoor, private or shared. Please refer to the property description for information.
What are your older properties like?
Whilst many of our older properties have charm and character, some were built before the days of damp proofing courses and cavity insulation. As a result, sometimes they have a tendency to be damp and despite the care we take when inspecting a property, damp patches may occasionally appear especially after a long wet winter or through condensation if windows have not been left open to allow air to circulate. Please also remember that should traditional cottage features (steep stairs, uneven tiled floors, or low beams for example) be a problem for any member of your party, we are here to discuss your requirements allowing you to make the decision that the property suits you and your party.
Please remember that cottages in the country do attract cobwebs. It does not mean that the cottage is dirty or has not been cleaned as country dwellers will tell you webs can be spun almost as quickly as they have been cleaned away. Some of our properties, particularly in remote areas, may have a private water supply from a spring or well water. In rural areas, please be tolerant of the sounds and scents that you may experience, they are all a part of countryside living.
Post booking questions
How do I pay the balance?
The simplest way is to log into your customer account to pay the balance.
If your holiday is less than 9 weeks from the day you book, you will be required to pay the full balance at that time.
If your holiday is more than 9 weeks away when you book, you can pay a deposit with the remaining balance paid no later than 9 weeks before arrival.
Who do we contact before we arrive?
Before the start of your holiday, you will receive written confirmation containing information on how to access your property when you arrive. These details will also be available in your online account.
What time do I arrive and depart the property?
Arrival and departure times can be found on the property description and will also be stated in your final booking confirmation.
Do we need to clean the property before we leave?
We ask that the property is left in the same state of cleanliness and general order as found.
On individual property pages, you will find feedback written by previous guests. We do ask that all feedback that is submitted is fair, appropriate, legally acceptable and relevant so that it may be used. The company reserves the right to decide what is published.
Can I provide feedback on my holiday?
If you have provided us with your email address you will automatically be sent a questionnaire email when you get back from your holiday, we would love to hear how your holiday went. As a business, we are continually looking for ways we can improve our service. Our customers' feedback plays a vital role in enabling us to achieve this.
When will I receive my booking confirmation / directions to the property?
You will receive a booking confirmation when a deposit payment has been made. Further confirmation, along with directions to the property, will be sent when your holiday is paid in full.
What should I do if I have left an item in a property?
Please call the number provided on your final booking confirmation as soon as possible so that we can help you locate any item(s) left behind and arrange for this/these to be sent back to you.
A minimum fee of £20 may be applicable to cover the cost of returning any item(s).
We expect the return of any item(s) to take up to 14 days, and any item(s) not claimed after this time will be appropriately disposed of. We cannot accept responsibility for any personal belongings left behind.
What if we are not happy with our property on arrival or experience problems during the stay?
We aim to provide a high level of customer service and want all of our guests to be completely happy with their holiday. However, things can be missed and if this is the case the matter should be brought to the attention of the property owner / caretaker on the number supplied on your final booking confirmation as soon as possible.
If you are unable to resolve the matter with the property owner/caretaker, we are here to help. Please don't leave it until your last day or leave it until you have returned home to speak to us about any problems as we are then no longer in a position to help.
What would happen if something got damaged at the property?
We expect that a certain amount of wear and tear is inevitable, and this applies to the occasional smashed glass or broken plate.
However, if something does get damaged while at the property, please call the number supplied on your final booking confirmation at the earliest opportunity so that it can be fixed or replaced in time for the next holidaymakers.
It is sometimes reasonable to expect to pay for more serious damages and breakages such as incidents to carpets, sofas, broken windows etc.
The Met Office has issued warnings that say it is unsafe to travel, what should I do?
Our primary concern is always the safety of our guests, owners, suppliers, and team.
If there are warnings in place around travel, we would ask guests to make sensible decisions around delaying trips to start their holiday later where required.
How will know if my booking is impacted by adverse weather?
If adverse weather affects your booking, for example, a cleaner is unable to reach the property prior to your arrival, or adverse weather causes damage to the property, we will let you know as soon as possible about any changes that need to be made to your booking.
In events such as these, we'd hope that your holiday can start, perhaps a little later than expected or at a suitable alternative property. Rest assured, our holiday support team will be on hand to assist if needed.