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Booking Terms and Conditions

Booking Terms and Conditions

DEFINITIONS

 

“Booking”A booking for a property.

“Booking Conditions”The terms and conditions of these booking conditions, including the general notes.

“Booking Form”The booking form supplied on the Website or by post or email.

“Contract”The contract between you and the owner for the selected property as may be amended from time to time in writing between you and Secret getaways in Norfolk or the owner.

“Data Protection Legislation”The Data Protection Act 1998, or, from the date it comes into force in the UK, the General Data Protection Regulation (EU) 2016/679 (as applicable) and any other laws relating to the protection of personal data and the privacy of individuals.

“Owner”The owner of the selected property and “we” and “our” relate to the owner. “property” means any of the properties advertised, special promotional leaflets, social media or on the Website.

“Rental Fee”The total fee for the selected property as set out on the Website or as otherwise agreed in writing including rental, heating, electricity, use of bed linen/towels (if supplied and VAT if applicable) but excluding any charges for additional services provided by Secret Getaways in Norfolk or the owner other than Secret Getaways in Norfolk’s own booking fee which is included.

“Rental Period”The period of time for which you wish to rent the selected property as stated in the booking form or other written confirmation of the booking from you.

“Secret Getaways in Norfolk”Secret Getaways in Norfolk Ltd, a company registered in England and Wales with company number 11463217 whose registered office is at Broadland House, Burton Road, Norwich, Norfolk, NR6 6AT.

“Selected Property”The property specified by you in a booking.

“Website”Secret Getaways in Norfolk’s website at www.secretgetawaysinnorfolk.co.uk.

“You”The person who makes a booking (Hirer).

 

1 AGENCY

1.1Secret Getaways in Norfolk arranges short term holiday rentals of the properties (including the marketing, booking and liaising services) as agent for the owner of the relevant property and, in some cases, manages a property as agent for its owner as well.

2 CONTRACTS

2.1The contract for renting the selected property is between you and the owner and it incorporates and is subject to these booking conditions. We do not accept bookings from Hirers less than 18 years of age.

2.2By making a booking you are deemed to have made an offer to enter into a contract with the owner for the letting of the selected property in accordance with the booking conditions.

2.3The booking will be deemed accepted and the contract referable to the booking will come into effect and be legally binding when Secret Getaways in Norfolk issues a confirmation form to you pursuant to condition 3.5.

3 BOOKING AND PAYMENT

3.1You may make a booking by

3.2If, when making your booking, the start date of your proposed rental period is more than 8 weeks away, you must pay a non-refundable deposit to Secret Getaways in Norfolk. This deposit is 25% of the total fee to be paid. The balance of the rental fee is payable 8 weeks before the start of the rental period.

3.3The entire rental fee is payable at the same time as your booking if the booking is made 8 weeks or less before the start of the rental period.

3.4Secret Getaways in Norfolk reserves the right to cancel your booking at any time and retain the deposit if the balance is not received by the due date.

3.5Secret Getaways in Norfolk will issue a booking confirmation to you once you have either made a booking via the office or you have successfully completed our online booking process and in all cases all money due at the time of booking had been received in cleared funds. You should check the confirmation form carefully, and notify Secret Getaways in Norfolk immediately in case of any discrepancy or mistake.

3.6Secret Getaways in Norfolk or the owner may at any time before Secret Getaways in Norfolk issues a confirmation form, accept bookings from other customers, for the selected property.

3.7If the selected property is unavailable for your selected rental period and Secret Getaways in Norfolk is unable to accept the booking for this or any other reason, Secret Getaways in Norfolk will return all money received from you in full.

4 METHOD OF PAYMENT

4.1You may pay by cheque, credit card, debit card or BACS.

4.2For bookings made less than 3 weeks before the start date of the rental period, no cheques or credit card payments will be accepted, as payments must be made in cleared funds, i.e. by debit card or BACS.

4.3All cheque payments shall be made payable to Secret Getaways in Norfolk Ltd and sent to are booking office at 58 Stracey Road, Buxton, Norwich, Norfolk NR10 5ET.

5 CANCELLATION

5.1If you cancel the accepted/ confirmed booking for any reason, you must notify Secret Getaways in Norfolk in writing at the address stated in section 4.3 in these booking conditions.

5.2A cancellation charge is payable depending on the number of days (or part thereof) before the Rental Period start date that the notice of cancellation is received by Secret Getaways in Norfolk. The amount payable is set out below, less the booking fee (if applicable), where number or days refers to the number of days notice given at cancellation prior to rental period start date, and the cancellation charge’ refers to the percentage of the rental cost of the selected property:

 

 

No. of days prior to the start of the rental period booked. The cost you will incur to cancel your confirmed booking.
1–28 days 100% of the rental value
29–56 days 50% of the rental value
57 days or more Full deposit of the rental value

 

5.3Please note that should a cancellation be made the owner shall be entitled to retain sums received from you in accordance with further condition 5.5.

5.4If the selected property which you have booked and which has been accepted becomes unavailable or unusable for any reason prior to the start of the rental period, Secret Getaways in Norfolk will use reasonable endeavours to find a suitable alternative property. If an alternative property is unavailable, you will be reimbursed any sums received from you in respect of the contract.

5.5If you agree to take an alternative property, you will be sent a confirmation form setting out details of the new property, rental fee and rental period and you will be deemed to have entered into a new contract with the owner of the new property (deemed to be the selected property), such contract to have incorporated these booking conditions and you shall be liable to make payments in accordance with these booking conditions.

6 RENTAL PERIOD

6.1The rental period commences, unless otherwise notified, at 4.00 pm on the day of arrival and terminates at 10.00 am on the day of departure.

6.2On some properties, at certain times of the year, late departures may be available at Secret Getaways in Norfolk’s discretion for a nominal fee.

6.3Secret Getaways in Norfolk will notify you, once you have paid the rental fee in full, if the extended stay is available.

6.4If your stay extends beyond the period of hire in condition 6.1, or such other period as expressly agreed in condition 6.2, you may be subject to a charge for the additional time based on the applicable daily rate for the selected property.

7 CHANGES OF RENTAL PERIOD

7.1Secret Getaways in Norfolk will endeavour, but is under no obligation, to consider a request from you to change the rental period after it has been confirmed and accepted. Such a request will only be accepted if:

  • The selected property is available for the new period requested;
  • At time of publication, you pay an administration fee of £25.00 (including VAT) and any sums due in respect of any higher prices for the selected property for the new dates.

8 USE OF SELECTED PROPERTY

8.1You agree that the number of people staying in the selected property will not exceed the maximum number stipulated on the Website.

8.2You agree that the selected property will be used for personal and domestic purposes only.

8.3You agree that the selected property will not be used for any commercial purposes without the written consent of Secret Getaways in Norfolk.

8.4You agree that the selected property will not be used for any activity or in such a way as to cause a nuisance or annoyance to neighbours of the selected property.

8.5You and your guests will comply with any reasonable regulations relating to the selected property or the site within which the selected property is situated, which will be communicated to you upon/prior to your arrival at the selected property.

8.6Smoking of tobacco in any form, or E-cigarettes is not permitted within any property offered by Secret Getaways in Norfolk.

9 CARE OF SELECTED PROPERTY

9.1You agree to keep the selectedproperty and its contents in the same condition and repair as found on your arrival at the selected property and shall procure that your guests shall also take such care of the selected property and its contents.

9.2For nearly every selectedproperty the owner has agreed a damagewaiver policy which means the costs of making good any loss or damage to the selected property and/or its contents caused through act or omission of you, any of your guests or accompanying animals up to a predetermined amount depending on the size of the selected property will not be recoverable from you. This amount will be specified in the booking confirmation. Where any such damage so caused exceeds this amount, you agree to pay to Secret Getaways in Norfolk, acting on behalf of the owner, upon written demand, any reasonable costs incurred in making good any such loss or damage above the predetermined amount.

9.3If the price of your booking does not include a damage waiver fee. You may be required by the owner to pay a security deposit on arrival or when you book. If this applies to the selected property you will be advised of the amount at the time of booking. The security deposit will be refunded at the end of the rental period (less any reasonable costs for breakages, damage etc. if applicable). Any security deposit will be taken by the owner or the owner’s housekeeper directly or by Secret Getaways in Norfolk at the time of booking.

9.4You shall abide by all instructions with regard to the use of the selected property and its fixtures and fittings as notified to you by Secret Getaways in Norfolk or the owner.

9.5You must ensure that the selected property is left in a clean and tidy condition on your departure at the end of the rental period (including cleaning up after any animals which you have been permitted to bring to the selected property). Secret Getaways in Norfolk may charge you for the reasonable costs of any additional cleaning if this is reasonably considered necessary.

10 PETS

10.1Dogs are welcome in some Properties, there is a charge for taking pets, to help cover the cost of housekeeping. For details please contact Secret Getaways in Norfolk or visit our web site www.secretgetawaysinnorfolk.co.uk. A small selection of properties will accept 4 well behaved dogs. You should check the selected property details and specify that you wish to bring a dog at the time of booking so that Secret Getaways in Norfolk can confirm whether or not a dog will be permitted. No pets other than dogs are permitted.

10.2Registered, guide and hearing dogs, belonging to those with visual and hearing impairments, are allowed in all properties with no extra charge, even where the property description states that dogs are not allowed.

10.3You must ensure that dogs are properly controlled, and supervised at all times. They must not be left unattended at the selected property. They are not permitted in any of the bedrooms, or on any of the furniture. You are advised to bring a pet basket.

10.4Guests with allergies should be aware, that the owner cannot guarantee that there have not been any dogs at the selected property, nor (subject to condition 14.2) does the owner accept any liability for any suffering which may occur as a result of such pets having been present.

11 RIGHT OF ENTRY

11.1Secret Getaways in Norfolk and the owner shall have the right of entry to the selected property at all reasonable times, except in an emergency where immediate access may be required, for the purposes of inspection or to carry out any necessary repairs or maintenance.

12 RIGHT TO REFUSE BOOKINGS, AND TO TERMINATE CONTRACT

12.1Secret Getaways in Norfolk and the owner reserve the right to refuse bookings from:  a) groups of people under the age of 21; and/or b) hen or stag parties.

12.2You must inform Secret Getaways in Norfolk at the time of booking if your party falls in condition 12.1(a) and/or 12.1(b).

12.3Secret Getaways in Norfolk and the owner reserve the right to terminate a contract without prejudice to any rights and remedies accrued by Secret Getaways in Norfolk or the owner or you which shall remain following termination and ask you and your guests to leave the selected property immediately if it is deemed necessary by Secret Getaways in Norfolk or the owner as a result of your behaviour or that of any of your guests or any other material breach of these booking conditions.

12.4In the event that your contract is terminated in accordance with condition 12.3, the owner reserves the right not to refund to you any part of the rental fees in respect of the shortened rental period.

13 COMPLAINTS

13.1Should there be any cause for complaint during your stay in the selected property, you should notify Secret Getaways in Norfolk promptly and describe the nature of the complaint. Secret Getaways in Norfolk will use its reasonable endeavours to resolve any complaints on behalf of the owner but, in accordance with condition 14.1, accepts no liability for its actions all of which are performed on behalf of the owner who shall be solely liable.

13.2Within the property there will be the telephone number of the owner/housekeeper of the property, who you can contact in the event that you have a problem with the property.

13.3If the owner/housekeeper is unavailable, please contact Secret Getaways in Norfolk on 01603 339001.

13.4If you wish to make a complaint after your rental period has ended please do so to Secret Getaways in Norfolk in writing within a reasonable period but note that compensation cannot be offered where a complaint has not been raised during your stay.

14 LIABILITY

14.1Secret Getaways in Norfolk acts as agent on behalf of the owner and is not liable to you or any of your party under or in connection with the contract (save in respect of condition 17) or for any acts or omissions of the owner or its other agents or representatives.

14.2Nothing in these booking conditions shall limit or exclude the liability of the owner or Secret Getaways in Norfolk for death or personal injury resulting from its negligence or for fraudulent misrepresentation or for any liability which cannot be excluded by law.

14.3Subject to condition 14.2 all warranties, conditions and other terms implied by statute or common law are, to the extent permitted by law, excluded from the contract.

14.4Subject to condition 14.2 the owner and/or Secret Getaways in Norfolk shall not be liable for any actual or alleged indirect or consequential loss howsoever arising suffered by you, or for any loss (either direct or indirect) of profits, anticipated profits, savings, business or opportunity or loss of publicity or loss of reputation or opportunity to enhance reputation or any other sort of economic loss.

14.5Subject as stated in condition 14.2, the aggregate liability of the owner and/or Secret Getaways in Norfolk to you for breach of contract, misrepresentation, in tort or otherwise arising under or in connection with the contract shall be limited to damages not exceeding three times the total amount of the rental fee received from you.

15 FORCE MAJEURE

15.1Neither Secret Getaways in Norfolk nor the owner shall be liable for any delay or non-performance of their obligations under the contract to the extent that the performance is interrupted or prevented by any act or omission beyond its reasonable control. Secret Getaways in Norfolk or the owner shall as soon as reasonably practicable upon it becoming aware of the same notify you.

16 DATA PROTECTION

16.1For the purposes of this clause, capitalised terms not defined elsewhere in this contract shall have the meaning set out in the Data Protection Legislation. The owner and Secret Getaways in Norfolk are joint data controllers of all personal data provided to Secret Getaways in Norfolk by you. The owner agrees that Secret Getaways in Norfolk can process such personal data on its behalf, for the purposes of processing and administering your booking.

16.2The owner and Secret Getaways in Norfolk will comply with the Data Protection Legislation and any directions issued by the Information commissioner in the processing of such personal data.

16.3To the extent that Secret Getaways in Norfolk is a processor, you agree that Secret Getaways in Norfolk may process the relevant personal data and may need to pass your personal data on to third parties and organisations who need to know them so that the booking can be provided.

16.4When acting as a processor, Secret Getaways in Norfolk shall:

16.4.1Process the personal data only to the extent necessary for the purpose of providing the services and in accordance with any written instructions from you and this Clause 16.

16.4.2Implement and maintain appropriate technical and  organisational measures in accordance with the Data Protection Legislation to ensure a level of security appropriate to the risks that are presented by such processing, in particular from accidental or unlawful destruction, loss, alteration, unauthorised disclosure of, or access to personal data, taking into account the state of the art, the costs of implementation, the nature, scope, context and purposes of processing and the likelihood and severity of risk in relation to the rights and freedoms of the data subjects.

16.4.3Not transfer the personal data outside of the EEA unless adequate levels of protection are in place;

16.4.4Ensure that any employees or other persons authorised to process the personal data are subject to appropriate obligations of confidentiality;

16.4.5Not engage any third party to carry out its processing obligations other than by way of a written contract which confirms that such third party will, at all times during the engagement, be subject to processing obligations which comply with the Data Protection Legislation;

16.4.6As soon as reasonably possible, and without un-due delay, notify you about any request, (including subject access requests) or complaint received from data subjects without responding to that request (unless authorised to do so by you) and assist you by technical and organisational measures, insofar as possible, for the fulfilment of your obligations in respect of such requests and complaints at its then-current rates.

16.4.7Notify you without undue delay as soon as Secret Getaways in Norfolk becomes aware of any relevant breach in data security;

16.4.8Maintain appropriate records and information in compliance with Data Protection Legislation and on request by you, make available such records and information necessary to demonstrate Secret Getaways in Norfolk’s compliance with this Clause 16 and otherwise permit, and contribute to, audits carried out by you (or your authorised representative) at its then-current rates; and

16.4.9On termination or expiry of this contract, destroy or return (as you direct) all relevant personal data in its power, possession or control and delete all existing copies of such data except to the extent it is required to retain a copy of the personal data by law.

16.5You acknowledge that Secret Getaways in Norfolk may also process and store your personal details for its own administration, market analyses and operational reviews.

16.6You consent to Secret Getaways in Norfolk appointing the third-party processors needed complete the relevant bookings.

16.7You acknowledge that Secret Getaways in Norfolk will collect name, address, email and other contact details (as well as bank details, in some cases) in order to complete the booking, and that Secret Getaways in Norfolk’s processing of such personal data shall continue for the duration of this contract.

 

 

17 MISCELLANEOUS

17.1If any provision of the contract (or part of any provision) is found by any court or other authority of competent jurisdiction to be invalid, illegal or unenforceable, that provision or part-provision shall, to the extent required, be deemed not to form part of the contract, and the validity and enforceability of the other provisions of the contract shall not be affected.

17.2You shall not, without the prior written consent of Secret Getaways in Norfolk acting as agent for the owner, assign or transfer, or deal in any other manner with all or any of your rights or obligations under this contract.

17.3A person (other than Secret Getaways in Norfolk) who is not a party to this contract shall not have any rights under or in connection with it.

17.4The contract shall be governed by and construed in accordance with English law and shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English Courts.

GENERAL NOTES– WEBSITE DETAILS, Secret Getaways in Norfolk for itself and as agent and the owners of properties aim to ensure that the particulars of the properties as they appear on the website are accurate. Nevertheless, on occasions there may have been a change of circumstances and the website cannot always be up to date. For example, the local shop or pub may have closed for business. Please ensure that you check all of the details on your selected property (including price) with Secret Getaways in Norfolk at the time of booking. Secret Getaways in Norfolk will endeavour to notify you of any changes or inaccuracies in any information contained on the website, or otherwise provided to you, as soon as reasonably practical after we become aware of any such change.

GUEST SAFETY-The owner and Secret Getaways in Norfolk take the safety of our guests very seriously. Therefore, we ask that guests who stay in the property take a few moments to think about their safety at the property.

In particular You should:

1)  Check the layout of the property, so that in an emergency you and your party can get out quickly and easily.

2)  Check the locations of the fire extinguishers and fire blanket and read the instructions for use.

3)Check the location of the first aid box.

4)  Read and take note of specific safety information provided in the property.

If you have any concerns about the safety of the property, whether it be the garden, equipment or the facilities, you should contact the owner or Secret Getaways in Norfolk immediately.

PROPERTIES WITH CHARACTERWe ask guests to bear in mind that many of the properties are period properties and were built before the days of damp proof courses and cavity wall insulation, so some properties may show signs of damp. Please bear this in mind if your party includes an elderly/infirm person or very young children. Should traditional cottage features (steep stairs, low beams, uneven floors) be a problem for any member of your party, you should consider this when selecting a property before making any booking; please note that such features are listed on the website and Secret Getaways in Norfolk booking office staff can advise on property suitability.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTSWe will endeavour to help those in your party with special requirements by recommending properties that are especially suitable; please refer to our Website or contact our booking office at the time of booking.

Many properties are over 100 years old and some are listed. Consequently the structure and fittings will not necessarily have current safety and design features and many lack facilities such as ramps for wheelchairs. Some properties may not be childproof and may have steep approaches or internal staircases. Therefore, we would strongly advise you to read the information on our website in order to assess the suitability of any property before placing a booking; or please contact us in order to discuss any particular needs that you may have prior to booking. Personal information is held by Secret Getaways in Norfolk on our behalf. Should you have any queries regarding this right or your personal information please contact Secret Getaways in Norfolk.

LOCATIONProperties in rural locations can experience some animal noise and occasionally noise from grass cutting or other farm machinery or activities. Some properties are situated on non-surfaced roads/tracks. Flora and fauna: In rural areas, insects and other creatures are fairly common and not necessarily an indication of poor housekeeping standards. Whilst preventative action is always taken by the property owners, these creatures can never be eradicated completely.

COMPLAINTSProperty owners and housekeepers aim to ensure you have an enjoyable and comfortable stay at their property. Unfortunately, things sometimes can go wrong whilst on holiday but these situations are always best resolved at the time. Your contract is between you and the owner, therefore in the event of a problem you should contact the owner/housekeeper (if unavailable, Secret Getaways in Norfolk) immediately to allow remedial action to be taken. However, please note any complaints raised after your holiday will not result in any form of compensation. The property you have booked in most cases, is a domestic home and the owner does not always have access to 24 hour a day maintenance service.

GUEST DAMAGEYou should report accidental damage or breakage if and when it happens. Repairs or replacement items can then be arranged in advance of the arrival of the next guests.

DAMAGE DEPOSITNearly all selected properties benefit from a damage waiver policy where the owner will not seek reimbursement from You for damage below a certain value (see Booking Condition 9.2). In the case of a few selected properties the damage waiver policy does not apply. In these cases, the owner may require you to pay a security deposit. If this applies to your selected property you will be advised of the amount at the time of booking. The security deposit will be refunded at the end of your holiday rental (less any costs for breakages, damage etc. if applicable).

OTHER ISSUESBuilding Work: Neither the owner nor Secret Getaways in Norfolk can be held responsible for any buildings or road workings which may be carried out close to your selected property. Where we are aware of any anticipated works, we will endeavour to advise you in advance.

SPECIAL REQUESTS: Special requests may be made prior to travel and whilst we will endeavour to meet them, this cannot be guaranteed. Under no circumstances will requests accepted by us form part of our contractual obligations. Unless agreed in writing by Secret Getaways in Norfolk on behalf of the owner, Secret Getaways in Norfolk does not accept liability for special requests that are not fulfilled.

WITHDRAWAL OF FACILITIES: We reserve the right to alter or withdraw amenities or facilities or any activities without prior notice; where reasonably necessary due to repairs, maintenance, weather conditions and circumstances beyond our control.

Please note: Secret Getaways in Norfolk reserves the right to update booking conditions from time to time. Any updates to the terms printed here will be reflected on our Website, and included in the contract that you receive.

 

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