Terms and Conditions of Rental
All terms are per week (Saturday to Saturday) unless otherwise specified. We can offer some flexibility during the quieter winter months. Your accommodation will be ready for occupation from 3pm on the day you start your holiday. Please ensure that you vacate the Cottage by 10am on your day of departure. We will contact you two weeks prior to your day of arrival to arrange for collection of the keys to your cottage.
Booking your holiday
Provisional bookings are held for 7 days pending payment of the deposit. A binding contract will exist once your completed booking form and deposit are accepted by us (the Mull of Galloway Trust). Only the people you have named on the booking form are entitled to stay in the accommodation, and the total number in your party shall not exceed the advertised capacity. In order to comply with the requirements of our Insurers we reserve the right to refuse occupation on arrival should the members of your party not correspond to the details given to us by you on your booking form. In these circumstances we will return the payment you have made for your holiday less the initial deposit and security deposit you have made to cover our loss of earnings.
The hirer will not sub-let the premises or any part thereof. In order to comply with the requirements of our Insurers we are unable to accept bookings from anyone under18 years of age and we do not cater for stag or hen parties.
A non-returnable initial deposit of £100 is payable with each booking. The balance of the cost of the holiday is due 8 weeks prior to the commencement of your stay together with a separate security deposit of £100. Under the conditions of booking a security deposit of £100 is required and we must receive this with or before your final payment. This is generally paid by cheque. The cheque will be held on file and we will destroy the cheque after your holiday unless there are any breakages, losses or any excessively heavy cleaning is required. All cheques should be made payable to “The Mull of Galloway Trust”. The full cost of your Holiday is payable if the booking is made within 8 weeks of the commencement date of your Holiday.
The booking will be treated as cancelled if the balance of the cost of the holiday is not received by us by the date specified on the booking form (8 weeks before the commencement date of your holiday) or alternative payment terms have been agreed. If you wish to cancel your booking once you have paid your initial deposit, please notify us immediately. In these circumstances your initial deposit is non-returnable and any contract is rendered void. If you cancel once you have paid the full cost of your holiday we are unable to return any monies to you, unless we are able to re-book the cottage for the period in question. In these circumstances we may offer the cottage at a reduced rental to encourage a late booking and any money we recover we will refund to you.
When you book your holiday with us we strongly advise you take out holiday insurance to cover any cancellations or losses.
You must ensure that the property is left in a clean and tidy condition and that the property and its contents are respected at all times. If damage occurs (beyond fair wear and tear) or excessive cleaning is required then we reserve the right to recover the cost of the same from the security deposit. For the comfort of our guests Puffin House, Kittiwake House and Lightkeeper’s Cottage are strictly no smoking. If you do not respect this policy and there is any evidence of smoking in the cottages we reserve the right to keep your good housekeeping deposit to pay for the cost of extra cleaning.
Electricity, heating, water and broadband are included in the cost of your holiday. The cottages have a pre-set programme for the central heating. There is instant hot water at any time. We would ask that you do not leave electrical appliances switched on when not required and if the cottage is too warm please turn down the radiators. A landline telephone is available with an honesty box for payment. Please note that calls to international and mobile phone numbers are not available and we request that you do not make calls to premium 118 numbers or similar. We reserve the right to recover the costs of excessive use from the security deposit. Wireless broadband is provided free of charge via satellite broadband. This is not an unlimited service due to our rural location and we operate a “fair usage” policy to ensure that we can provide a reliable service. We provide 900MB per day per cottage and the broadband is provided for normal activities such as browsing the web and emails. Downloading music, cloud services, movies or video streaming will quickly use up your allocation. Once the daily allowance has been used the service with stop and you will receive a message on your device to advise you of this. The broadband will no longer be available until it renews at 2pm the following day. The router should not be reset by guests as this will result in loss of service and the software within the router would need to be reinstalled by the engineer, should a guest reset the router we reserve the right to take the cost of the visit from the engineer from the security deposit. Please note that we are not responsible for the content of any browsing made during your stay at the cottage. Details of how to connect to the internet will be made available on arrival. We cannot be held liable for any loss of this service during your stay, though we will do our best to trace and rectify any faults as quickly as possible.
One hand towel and one bath towel per person will be included together with bed linen and kitchen linen.
Terms and conditions of hire
We reserve the right to enter the premises at any time during your stay to inspect should we have reason to believe the property is being mistreated or it is necessary for repairs or maintenance. We shall endeavor to give prior notice where practicable. We accept no responsibility or liability for damage or theft to or from any vehicles or damage or theft to or from any of your personal belongings left in the property or within its grounds. We accept no responsibility or liability for any damage or injury to any member of your party that may occur whilst you are in occupation of the property.
A maximum of two well behaved dogs are welcome at our cottage at a charge of £15 per dog per holiday. Details must be supplied when you book your holiday. We reserve the right to refuse any booking that we feel is not appropriate. Full details, including name and breed of dog(s) must be given on the booking form. On arrival at the holiday cottages should the pets that you have brought with you not reflect those detailed on the booking form then we reserve the right to refuse occupation. In these circumstances the cost of your holiday will be refunded to you less your initial £100 deposit and your security deposit which will be kept by us to compensate for our loss of the booking. In consideration of our future guests pet owners are responsible for cleaning up and disposing of all pet refuse. For the consideration of our future guests at the Mull of Galloway Holiday Cottages we request that pets are not allowed on furniture or in the bedrooms at any time. Any evidence of pets on furniture or bedding will incur extra cleaning costs, which we will deduct from your security deposit. An outside tap is available for bathing muddy/sandy pets so please ensure your pet is clean and dry before being allowed into our cottages. Please do not use the bath in the bathroom to clean your pet. Pets should be treated with a flea and tick repellent prior to arrival. The cost of dealing with any infestation caused by your pet/pets will be deducted from your security deposit. Please keep pets under control when inside the cottages and do not leave pets unattended inside or outside the holiday cottages. The cost of rectifying any damage caused by your pets to the interior or the fixtures and fittings of our holiday cottages will be deducted from your security deposit. We assume no responsibility for illness or injury that may occur to your pet/pets whilst you are staying at the holiday cottages.