CLOUDS: TERMS & CONDITIONS
THE CONTRACT TO RENT
Clouds is directly between the ‘Hirer’ and the ‘Owners’ via Maggi West acting as ‘Agent’ and is subject to the following Terms & Conditions. The Owners remain throughout responsible for supplying Clouds in the condition as stated.
Bookings cannot be accepted from persons under the age of 25 years, from parties where the majority of members are under 25 years (except families or supervised groups) or from Stag or Hen parties. The number of persons occupying Clouds must not exceed 10 unless by prior arrangement. The Hirer who supplies the Agent with Booking Details by email or other means for the purpose of hiring the property will be responsible for all persons visiting Clouds during their stay and should ensure that they are aware of the booking conditions. The Owners reserve the right to decline any booking or to refuse to hand over a key to any person who is not considered suitable, or who has not complied with the booking conditions.
An initial option can be placed by telephone which will be shown on the website calendar and held for 4 days then automatically released unless the reservation is secured and confirmed.
To secure the booking Maggi West will provide bank details for the transfer of the 30% deposit required to secure the reservation within the 4-day period, which the Hirer is asked to confirm by email once transacted. This must be accompanied by the completed Booking form or contain details confirming the dates of arrival/departure; full contact details of the Hirer and if possible the names –with ages if known, of all guests expected to stay at Clouds during the rental period.
Booking Confirmation will only be issued upon receipt of the deposit and booking details. By paying the deposit the Hirer confirms that they have read, understood and accepted these terms and conditions. Balance payment is then due 8 weeks before the letting date together with a fully refundable security deposit of £300 and if not already supplied, the list of all persons in the party who will be occupying the property including their names and ages.
Bookings made within 8 weeks of the letting date must be paid in full, together with the required & refundable security deposit of £300 and a list of all persons who will be occupying the property including their names and ages. Only the hirer and persons named within the booking are authorised to stay at the property.
Once a booking is confirmed by the Owners it becomes legally binding on both parties to fulfil their obligations and the Hirer is contracted to pay the full cost of the holiday balance and refundable security deposit within the given period. If the booking is cancelled up to eight weeks prior to the date of arrival the deposit will be forfeit. If the booking is cancelled within eight weeks of arrival the total cost of the holiday will be payable unless the Owners are able to re-let the house, which they will work hard to do on the Hirer’s behalf in order to return as much of the holiday cost as possible net of costs incurred. The Hirer is recommended to take out insurance against cancellation.
Includes the supply of bed linen, hand & bath towels, bathmats, kitchen linen, a full gas bottle for the barbecue and a basket of firewood during winter months. Electricity, water and the landline telephone (for which there is an honesty box) are also included unless usage is unusually high. Clouds is equipped with High Speed Superfast Broadband & Wi-Fi which may be subject to unforeseen interruption for which the owners will not be liable in any form of damages, compensation or expenses claimed, nor for telephone services not being available or failing during your stay. The importance of effective connectivity is well-understood and the Owners will endeavour by all means to resolve any issues within their control. A cot, high chair, changing table with mat, nappy pails and set of children’s cutlery is available upon request. There may be a hire charge if more than one of each is required, and if the travel cot is used, guests are asked to bring their own cot linen & duvets, or request hire of same.
Two-week stays include a complimentary in-clean and change of bed linen & towels, for which housekeeping services will arrange a mutually convenient time between 10 am – 4 pm. Additional housekeeping services may be available for an extra charge. Bookings for extra services must be made well ahead of the holiday start and are subject to availability.
BOOKING ALTERATIONS BY THE HIRER
Any alterations to a booking or change in holiday dates by the Hirer will be subject to agreement with the Owners.
BOOKINGS ALTERATIONS BY THE OWNERS
If for any reason beyond the control of the Owners the property is unavailable for example because of flood, fire damage or other circumstance of ‘force majeure’, the Owners will offer alternative dates or if not acceptable to the Hirer, a full refund of all monies paid, whereupon the Owners' liability will cease.
DAMAGE, LOSS & NUISANCE
The Hirer agrees that the supervision of children, babies, dogs and any adults requiring care remains their responsibility at all times. The Hirer must ensure that the property is left in good order and clean condition so that it can be properly prepared for the next guests’ arrival within the time available. The Hirer will pay for any breakage, damage or loss however caused excluding reasonable wear and tear incurred during the rental period and this must be reported immediately to Maggi – as also any breakdown which is the responsibility of the Owners to rectify, so that steps may be taken to repair as swiftly as possible.
The Hirer agrees not to cause nuisance or annoyance to occupants of nearby properties, and to allow reasonable access to the property by the Owners or their agents if they deem it necessary. Maintenance & housekeeping staff will arrive at 10.00 a.m. on the date of departure to prepare the house for the next occupants, but if a cleaner is required during the rental period this can be arranged if requested well in advance, charged at local rates. If, in the opinion of the Owners, any person is not suitable to continue their occupation of the property because of unreasonable behaviour, damage or nuisance to other parties, the contract may be rescinded and the Owners may repossess the property immediately. The Hirer will remain liable for the whole cost of the hire and no refund shall be due. The security of the house is the responsibility of the hirer during the period of their occupation of the property. All doors and windows must be locked whilst the house is unattended and the keys kept secure. In the event of any theft from or damage to the property arising as a consequence of this condition not being complied with, the Owners will hold the Hirer responsible.
The use of fireworks or outside fires are strictly prohibited at the property or on surrounding land at all times of the year. Smoking is not permitted inside Clouds - the Loggia is ideal for that purpose, and the Hirer shall be responsible for ensuring that all cigarette residue or butts are properly disposed of.
ARRIVAL & DEPARTURE
Property and holiday information is provided in the Guest Information folder at the property and guests are advised to read this upon arrival to familiarise themselves with the operation of safety, security, electrical and other equipment.
Clouds will normally be available for occupation from 4.00 pm on the day of arrival unless special arrangements have been made, including for Late Arrival, which is the Hirer’s responsibility to confirm in advance with Maggi West. Departure must be by 10 am. please. There is only a limited time to prepare Clouds for the next guests, and the Hirer is required to fully vacate the property ahead of this time, ensuring that cars and luggage are removed from the premises to give household staff and any outside services unfettered access to the property. Guests are asked to ensure they have not left any personal belongings behind and all perishable foods will be disposed of at the time of changeover.
Keys must be returned to Maggi West or as may have been agreed in advance. In the event that keys are not returned, then a charge will be raised against the Security Deposit to cover locksmith costs to change locks and replace keys.
So that it will be possible to continue to welcome dogs to Clouds the Hirer agrees to the following conditions:
(a) No dog is allowed at Clouds without the owners’ consent.
(b) There shall be no more than two dogs at any time.
(c) All dogs shall be kept under strict control at all times whilst on the property.
(d) Any fouling of lawns, paths etc. shall be cleared up and properly disposed of without delay, and any fouling which remains at the end of the holiday not cleared up by the Hirer shall be charged at £35 per mess.
(e) Each dog must come with its own bed to lie on/sleep in and must sleep in the utility room. A water bowl, feeding dish and suitable containers in which to store dog food must also be provided by the hirer.
(f) No dog shall ever be left in the property unattended or in a place liable to overheat.
(g) No dog is allowed in bedrooms (there is a dog gate on the stairs to prevent them following guests upstairs) or on chairs or settees or any furniture whatsoever.
(h) Dog hair and any marks left on any surface or material must be properly cleaned before departure.
SECURITY DEPOSIT REFUNDS
The security deposit will normally be refunded to the hirer within 14 days of departure (usually much sooner) provided that the house is left in proper condition and that no damage has been caused to the property including its grounds, contents, fixtures/fittings etc. in which case it may be delayed.
Please note that the security deposit does not limit liability to damages. If the damage claim exceeds the security deposit paid, then the Hirer is required to settle this within 7 days of being notified of the total amount. If the Hirer is to claim the amount from any personal insurance-based scheme, then the Owners will provide all the documentation required but the claim must be settled by the Hirer personally within the seven day term. Whilst the Owners make every effort to ensure the accuracy of the property description on the website and elsewhere, the Owners shall not be held responsible for any alterations made to the property or its amenities which are beyond their reasonable control nor for the personal property (including pets), car or the car’s contents belonging to the Hirer or any member of the party during their occupancy.
The Hirer shall pay and/or indemnify the Owners for any damage, liability, loss, cost and expenses howsoever caused as a result of a breach or non-compliance by the Hirer (or any person occupying the property during the course of the rental period), with these Terms and Conditions. The law applying to this Contract will be English law and the jurisdiction of the English Courts shall apply in any dispute or claim arising out of this agreement.
And finally: legalese apart, we hope that you have a very happy holiday!