Terms & Conditions

Before making a booking, please take the time to read our Terms & Conditions.

By completing a booking form and making a booking you will be agreeing to our Terms and Conditions as well as our Dog House Rules, Guest Protocols, Privacy Policy & Access Statement.

1. To reserve the “property” of your choice the client should advise us by telephone/email/completing a booking request on our website. We will then hold the property for seven days during which time the client should complete a Booking Form together with payment of the initial deposit (30% of the total amount due) (Please see our cancellation policy below). Following receipt of the booking form and deposit, we will send/email a confirmation receipt to you. This is a formal acceptance of the booking.
2. The maximum number to reside in the property must not exceed 4 residents in Nutcombe Cottage, 4 residents in Cider House or 6 residents in Nutcombe Barn plus cot unless the owner has given written permission. If the client should wish to add to or change any members of the party on the booking form, they should advise us as soon as possible. Changes will be allowed at our own discretion.
3. A bank transfer or cheque should be received by us no later than six weeks before the start of the holiday. Failure to do this may be regarded by us as a cancellation by you of your holiday. We therefore reserve the right to re-let the cottage if full payment is not received by this date. Reservations made within six weeks of the start of the rental period require full payment at the time of booking.

4. Subject to clauses 1 and 3 above, in the event of cancellation on the part of the client, refunds of amounts paid will be made if the owner is able to re-let the property and any expenses or losses incurred in so doing will be deducted from the refundable amount.
5. In the event that the owners are constrained by unforeseen circumstances or by force majeure to cancel a reservation, they undertake to make every effort to secure the rental of a similar property of equal standing; failing this, all monies paid will be refunded in full.

6. In light of COVID19, the following caveats will now apply regarding cancellations for the current situation and any pandemic situations in the future.

  • Local Lockdowns or Enforced Closure
  • If you are unable to travel due to any future travel restrictions (local lockdowns), we will offer a full refund of monies paid or the opportunity to move dates to another time within the next twelve months, subject to availability. Depending on the cost of the new booking, you may have to make an additional payment or you may receive a partial refund. Your deposit/balance will be transferred to the new booking which will then be subject to our usual Terms and Conditions.
  • If we are forced to close by local restrictions when your holiday is due, we would ask you please to consider moving your dates until later in the year as detailed above. If this is not possible and we are unable to offer you a holiday due to enforced closure, we will of course offer a full refund

Developing symptoms prior to arrival

Although the Government has removed the legal requirement to self-isolate following a positive test for Covid19, people are still advised to stay home and limit contact with people if they test positive. Therefore, if any guests develop COVID19 symptoms prior to their holiday please contact us immediately before travelling.

Developing Symptoms during your stay

If anyone in your party develops symptoms of COVID19 during your visit, please notify us immediately so that we can put infection control measures in place on your departure.

7. To enable us to ensure the property is cleaned and sanitized to highest possible standards for every stay, the rental period for each cottage is as follows:

  • Nutcombe Barn and Cider House shall commence at 5pm on the first day of your holiday and finish at 9.30am on the day of your departure.
  • Nutcombe Cottage the rental period shall commence at 4pm and departure time is 10am.
  • Elsley, the rental period shall commence at 4pm and departure time is 10am.

We should be grateful if you would state your anticipated arrival time when returning the balance of your payment.

8. The owner maintains a very high standard of cleanliness and comfort at all times. The client undertakes to leave the cottage, its fixtures and furniture in the same good condition as they were found.
9. All properties and buildings at Nutcombe are strictly NON-SMOKING OR VAPING.
10. Care should be taken by everyone in the grounds and in the vicinity of the streams and ponds and children are to be supervised at all times.
11. All breakages/damage must be notified immediately and paid for at replacement cost (but please do not replace any broken items without the owners’ agreement).
12. You will not cause annoyance or become a nuisance to fellow holiday makers, or neighbours of adjoining premises or land.
13. If you fail to observe our terms and conditions, we have the right to terminate your booking even if you are at the property by asking you to leave at once without any compensation becoming payable to you.
14. We reserve the right to enter the property at any time should the need arise.

Guest Protocols
15. In order to protect guests and cleaners, additional sanitization & procedures have been implemented. We therefore ask that guests follow some simple rules to keep themselves and others safe during their stay. These are highlighted in our Protocols for Guests available on our website at www.nutcombeholidaycottages.co.uk/protocols-for-guests and will form part of your contract for your holiday and must be agreed to at the time of booking.

16. The owner shall not be liable to the client:

  • For any loss or theft of property belonging to the client or other people under his or responsibility.
  • For any death or injury to the client or people under his or her responsibility.
  • For any temporary defect or stoppage in the supply of electricity, oil, water, TV, telephone, mobile or WiFi reception.
  • For any loss, damage or injury which is a result of adverse weather conditions, riot, war strikes or other matters beyond the control of the owner.
  • For any loss, damage or inconvenience caused to or suffered by the client if the property shall be destroyed or substantially damaged before the start of the rental period and in any such event, the owner shall, within 28 days of notification to the client, refund to the client all sums previously paid in respect of the rental period.

17. To ensure Nutcombe is the right place for your dog, we have included some do’s and don’ts on our ‘Your Dogs Holiday at Nutcombe’ page available on our website at www.nutcombeholidaycottages.co.uk/your-dogs-holiday-at-nutcombe. These rules form part of our Terms & Conditions and must be agreed to at the time of booking.

18. Sheets and duvets covers are supplied as are towels and T-towels. If the tenancy is for more than one week, household staff will replace all linen every Saturday.

  • All items of household linen are strictly for indoor use only.
  • Towels must not be used on pets or as beach towels.
  • Please ensure sun cream is washed off before using our towels as it causes permanent staining

19. In order to protect our cleaners and incoming guests, we have incorporated some additional routines for guests to follow on their day of departure for household linen. Please see our Protocols for Guests at www.nutcombeholidaycottages.co.uk/protocols-for-guests which will form part of your contract for your holiday and must be agreed to at the time of booking.

20. Please note that there is ample parking in the car park which is located close to all properties. You are however requested to advise the number of parking spaces required on the booking form.

21. All properties have oil fired central heating throughout. They have electric cookers, washer dryers, fridge-freezer, dishwasher, microwave, as well as a vacuum cleaner an ironing board and iron. Electricity and heating are included in the price of a booking.

22. Clients are strongly recommended to arrange a comprehensive travel insurance policy (including cancellation cover) and to have full cover for the party’s personal belongings, public liability, accidents, civil liability, repatriation and damage etc.

23. Tourist information brochures, leaflets and guide books are available at the properties together with a Guest Manual containing all the local information and contact numbers you should need. There is also a wealth of information on our website at www.nutcombeholidaycottages.co.uk

24. The Owner has the right to change any décor, furnishings or fabrics as shown on photographs on their website and advertising. It is the Clients responsibility to check that the property meets any specific requirements that they might have before making a booking. By completing and signing our Booking Form, the Client accepts our Terms & Conditions, Your Dogs Holiday at Nutcombe (dog rules), Protocols for Guests and Privacy statement.

Updated 25th March 2022


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After a long winter in lockdown, we escaped to the perfect retreat. The standards in this property are very high, and everything was kept immaculately clean with extra focus on hygiene due to the pand ...

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