Terms and Conditions for booking a cottage
at Mary’s Cottages, Elgol, Isle of Skye IV49 9BL
The contract is between you, the person who is renting one of Mary’s Cottages and the owners.
You must keep the holiday accommodation at Mary’s Cottages and all furniture and fittings in the same state of repair and condition as at the commencement of the holiday. You must leave the premises in the same state of cleanliness and general order in which you found it on you arrival. You will be responsible of all breakages, damage or loss to the property during your rental period and will be responsible for paying appropriate compensation in the event of any breakages, damage or loss. You should report any items accidentally broken or damaged prior to your departure from the cottage (The odd broken glass and the likes is not an issue but burns by people who should not be smoking in the cottages or pets that chew furniture would become an issue as an example). Please also report and problems or failures in a timely manner so that it can be dealt with as soon as possible (we might need to call out plumbers, electrician, etc and its always easier through the day than in the evening).
Formation of the contract
Before making a booking please ensure there is availability either by contacting the owners or by checking the online availability charts. There after a non-refundable deposit of £250/week is required to reserve the week. Acknowledgement of receipt of the deposit will be sent either by email or by post if requested. No booking shall be for longer than 3 weeks.
The balance is generally due 6 weeks prior to the commencement of the holiday unless previously arranged. Failure to pay the balance on time will constitute cancellation and cancellation charges will become payable in accordance with paragraphs 4 & 5 below. If the booking is less than 6 weeks prior to the commencement of the holiday the full balance of the holiday is payable at the time of booking unless previously arranged.
Cancellation by Mary’s Cottages
In the unlikely event Mary’s Cottages are forced to cancel the reservation (for reasons outwith our control such as fire, flood, etc) we will inform you as soon as possible. We will also attempt to find alternative accommodation of a similar standard and location. If we are unable to provide acceptable alternative accommodation Mary’s Cottages will refund all monies paid and shall be under no liability.
Cancellation by you, the person who is renting the cottage.
If the cancellation is more than 6 weeks prior to the commencement of the holiday only the deposit will be lost. If the cancellation is within 6 weeks of the commencement of the holiday then the full cost of the holiday is due. Due to the potential cost of cancellation we strongly advise that you take out holiday insurance. As well as holiday cancellation and curtailment insurance, guests are recommended to take out holiday insurance cover to cover loss or damage to personal effects. Vehicles, accessories and vehicle contents are left at the owner’s own risk. The proprietors will not be responsible for any loss, damage or personal injury not caused through the fault of the proprietor.
Pets are only permitted in the cottages by prior arrangement with the proprietors. Please note, clean, well behaved, house trained dogs are welcome at Mary’s Cottages. However, the repair or replacement costs of damage caused by a pet will be at the pet owners expense (we are unable to source guest pet damage insurance, it does not appear to exist). The costs will also include if the damage is excessive the cost of refunds or the cost of alternative accommodation for following guests.
Access to the cottage on the day of arrival is generally from 4:00pm although if you arrive a little earlier and the cottage is ready you will have earlier access. There is no guarantee that the cottage will be ready any earlier than 4:00pm though. On the day of departure, you must vacate the property by 10:00am to allow the cleaners to prepare the cottage for the next guests. The proprietors or their representative shall be allowed free access to the property when and as required. The proprietors or their representative reserve the right to refuse admission to their property and to require any person to leave when they consider there is a breach of contract or deem that there is damage to the property or cause of nuisance or conduct in an offensive manner.
Mary’s Cottage’s responsibilities
Mary’s Cottages in the event of failure of any equipment or facilities such as boilers, stoves, oil supply, water supply, electricity supply we will endeavour to repair, have repaired, restore or have replaced as required the necessary equipment as soon as we possibly can. However we will not be held responsible for failures that are out with our control.
For health, and fire & safety reasons Mary’s Cottages operate a no smoking policy in the cottages.
Use of the cottages
Sub-letting is strictly prohibited. The number of guest must be stated at the time of booking. Overnight guest are permitted by prior arrangement only.
All contractual obligations arising from the booking of Mary’s Cottages and these Terms and Conditions shall be deemed to come into existence in Elgol, Isle of Skye, Scotland, UK and be subject to Scots Law and the exclusive jurisdiction of the Scottish Courts.