Developing Dogs Holidays
Coronavirus Policy June 2020
Our Coronavirus Policy (the Policy) intended to inform, and reassure you, of our commitment to keeping everyone safe at Developing Dogs Holidays.
If information in the Policy differs from our standard Terms and Conditions, it is this Policy which takes preference. The Policy may be updated at any time, and we will inform you of such changes as and when they happen.
- Travel advice / Self Isolation
- In accordance with government guidelines you must not travel if you are experiencing symptoms including but not limited to raised temperature, persistent cough, loss of sense of taste or smell, or any other symptom listed on gov.uk
- You must also inform us immediately should such symptoms occur when you are staying with us, and you must return home at once.
- You cannot self-isolate in one of our properties.
- Arrival / Departure
- Check in is from 4pm.
- On arrival, there is alcohol gel in a pump by the front door for your use. The Key safe will have been cleaned prior to your arrival but please use the gel before retrieving the key. We alternate sets of keys between guests so your keys will be clean. Please leave keys on the kitchen table when you leave.
- Please ensure you leave the cottage by 9.30 am on your final day. Given the vital nature of our cleaning routines during this period, we will invoice you a late checkout charge of £200 if you fail to give us complete and undisturbed access to your cottage by 9.30am.
- Please leave your cottage in a reasonable condition without excessive dog hair, bodily fluids / solid (human or canine), or other dirt on surfaces. While we do not usually ask you to clean before you leave, we need to minimise the risk to ourselves while cleaning and we also do not have the time available between guests to clear up some of the mess that has been left for us in the past and to carry out the necessary additional tasks in our cleaning regime.
- Before departure, please ensure you have placed all your rubbish into the specific bins in the store on the driveway (on the right as you head towards the road).
- Please strip your beds including pillow and mattress protectors and leave the linen and towels in the bags provided for this purpose.
- We will invoice an additional cleaning charge of £200 if your cottage is left dirty, or you have failed to empty your bins / strip your beds.
- Please leave all doors and windows wide open when you leave to maximise air flow prior to our access to the cottage.
- Hot tubs
- The hot tubs are drained and cleaned between guests, including wiping covers and sides with appropriate cleaning spray. Your hot tub may not be fully up to temperature by your arrival.
- Covid19 is killed by the chemicals we use to maintain the water quality and safety in your hot tub.
- Please refer to the guidelines for using the hot tub contained within your guest handbook.
- We will check chemical levels and cleanliness during your stay and request that you allow us to enter the garden to do so when necessary.
- If at any time you have concerns over the quality of the water in your hot tub please inform us immediately.
- Cleaning and our Cleaners
- As you would expect, given our usual high standards of cleanliness, cottages are deep cleaned between guests using appropriate products to minimise risk.
- Our cleaners wear three ply face masks while inside the cottages and work individually to maintain social distance and minimise risk of transmission.
- There are supplies of cleaning products within the cottages for your use.
- The cottage information sheets are in plastic folders which are wiped between guests. They are also sent out with your arrival information.
- We make every effort to ensure all facilities including but not limited to cutlery, glasses, crockery, equipment, games, books are appropriately cleaned prior to your arrival however we recommend that you follow hygiene recommendations before / after use should you have any concerns.
- The final stage in cleaning is the use of UV-C light sanitiser in each room which is believed to offer effective disinfection from Covid-19 and 99.9% of all surface bacteria.
- Using the Fields
- Each cottage has its own private gate to the secure fields. We provide alcohol gel in a pump at the gates within the fields so if you want to walk in the full 8 acres for your morning walks you can safely open and close gates using the gel to clean your hands.
HOLIDAY COTTAGES BOOKING TERMS & CONDITIONS
THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS ARE A LEGALLY BINDING DOCUMENT. THEY SET OUT THE TERMS ON WHICH WE HIRE OUR HOLIDAY COTTAGES TO YOU
A booking is only confirmed by us when we have sent you a written confirmation of your booking (which may be done by e-mail) and received your Deposit in cleared funds
Nature of the Booking
Once we have issued a written booking confirmation and received your Deposit in cleared funds (and in return for you complying with these Terms and Conditions including your payment obligations) you are granted a licence to occupy the Holiday Cottages during the Holiday Period for the purpose of a holiday. The Booking is not intended to create any relationship of landlord and tenant between us. You are not entitled to any tenancy, or to an assured short-hold tenancy or to any statutory protection under the Housing Act 1988 or to any other statutory security of tenure now or when the licence to occupy ends. The booking is personal to you. You must not use the Holiday Cottage except for the purposes of a holiday by you and your group during the Holiday Period and not for any other purpose without prior agreement
Arrival and Departure
The Holiday Cottage should be ready from 4pm on the Arrival Date. Late arrivals are not a problem as we have a key safe for the cottage. We will provide you with the relevant code for the cottage that week if this is the case. You must vacate the Cottage by 10am on the Departure Date in order that we may have it ready for the next guests. Please help us by ensuring that you vacate on time. We’d love to let you stay but we do need to ensure that it is spic and span for the next guests!
Please pay via our Secure payment system online.
When you need to pay
If bookings are made within one month of the Arrival Date the Holiday Price must paid in full. For booking made in excess of one month from the Arrival Date you must pay a deposit. The deposit will be £200 per Cottage per booking, with the balance of the Holiday price payable one month prior to the Arrival Date. For Bookings across the Christmas and New Year periods the balance payment is due 8 weeks prior to the booking start date. If the booking is cancelled after the balance is paid then 100% of the balance will be repaid dependent on the cottage being resold; if the cottage remains unsold then no monies can be returned. During this period the deposit is forfeit. We will contact you to take the balance payment.
Cancellation / Changes to a Booking
We cannot guarantee that we will be able to change a confirmed booking but will accommodate you where we can. Either of us may fully cancel a booking at least one month before the Arrival Date, in which case your deposit will be returned to you. We do reserve the right to charge a £25 admin fee, which will be deducted from the deposit. If you cancel a booking less than one month before the Arrival Date you will lose your Deposit and you may also lose the balance of your Holiday Price; the balance will only be repaid to the extent that we are able to re-let the Holiday Cottage during the Holiday Period. We may cancel your booking or cut your holiday short where you breach this agreement or because we have been affected by events beyond our reasonable control. Please see the ‘Early Termination’ section below for further details.
For bookings across the Christmas and New Year periods the balance payment is due 8 weeks prior to the booking start date as stated above. If the booking is cancelled after the balance is paid then 100% of the balance will be repaid only if the cottage is re-let upon being made available, which we will do immediately. If the cottage remains unsold then no monies can be returned. During this period the deposit is forfeit.
We are happy to hold payments made and credit your account in the event that you wish to postpone a booking, but your deposit will be forfeit if you request a refund at a later date. If you have paid in full, then the balance will only be repaid if the dates you booked are re-let.
The price quoted is our current price list. Prices may change, so please confirm the price before making a booking. The price at the time of booking is what you will pay.
We provide a welcome pack with a selection of local produce. Contents will vary dependent upon availability but it will include tasty treats for you and your canine companions.
Security Deposit: We require a £100 deposit against damage, misuse of the hot tub, extra cleaning requirements (the Breakage Deposit). This will be requested at the same time as the balance payment and if not paid the booking will be considered cancelled with no refund.
All our cottages are adequately heated and we provide you with a starter pack of logs, matches etc for the woodburner. You may buy more from us, at cost, if you need it.
Your booking includes a minimum of 5 (for weekly bookings) walks in our secure field, at times to be booked prior to your arrival. We will contact you to arrange these within 1 month of your arrival. We will also notify you of additional times you may use the secure field free of charge during your stay.
Please leave the Cottages tidy and rubbish free on departure – cleaning materials are supplied for this. If the cottage is left in an unacceptable state we reserve the right to invoice you £50 to cover for this and will deduct from your security deposit. You should keep the Cottage and the furnishings, kitchen equipment, crockery, glasses, bedding and towels clean and in good condition. We are sure that you will take care whilst you stay with us, and we acknowledge that accidents sometimes happen. We do however reserve the right to charge for any damage or breakages, which we consider, was deliberately or recklessly caused. You will be notified in writing as soon as is reasonably practicable, if the damage is discovered after you depart. We also reserve the right to charge further sums if we are unable to re-let the cottage as a consequence of the damage. To this end, by booking you authorise us to invoice for any additional sums in the unlikely event of damage and the £50 for extra cleaning should the cottage be left in an unacceptable condition on your departure. If reasonably possible, we will discuss with you the extra charges in respect of damage or cleaning before taking the funds.
Value Added Tax
The Holiday Price is inclusive of VAT. Whilst we are liable to pay VAT it is clear that guests would not want to pay an additional amount. So, we have paid the VAT due ourselves without passing on the charge to you and therefore any change in the rate of VAT has no effect on the prices because you are not charged it and we have to pay it whether it is 1% or 20%.
All guests must register their names, addresses and email addresses with us; this is a legal and insurance requisite. Groups – No more than the maximum number of persons, as stated in our written Booking Confirmation may occupy the Cottage. We may refuse to allow you to occupy the Cottage or require you to vacate the Holiday Cottages if group numbers exceed that maximum number and/or the number of guests which you told us would form your party. We reserve the right to refuse or revoke any bookings from groups or individuals which in our reasonable opinion are unsuitable for the Cottage. For example, because taking an additional child into the Cottage would be unsafe or because the group is too large or rowdy.
Babies And Children
Parents and guardians must ensure that their children are supervised by a responsible adult and are not left unattended. You must take particular care when children are around animals, equipment and water.
We welcome unlimited dogs in all our Holiday Cottages and do not make additional charges for their stay. Please bring bedding and bowls for your pet. We provide throws which we ask you to use to cover sofas / beds before your dogs get on them. If your dogs are happy to be left alone without causing damage or disturbance then we are happy for you to do so. We can supply a list of local people who are happy to dog sit in our cottages if you would like to go out for the day and don’t want to take your dogs. Dogs must be on lead everywhere outside your garden, the cottage paddock or secure field. Many of our guests are nervous dogs and they do not want to greet your friendly dog. Please respect the space of everyone on site. Please ensure you pick up everything they leave behind. We can lend you crates, and also have a supply of spare leads, bowls etc if you forget anything.
Our Holiday Cottage has a complimentary basket of logs, firelighters and kindling. The cottage has an independent air source heating system and does not depend on the fire for heating. If you require extra logs etc then we do offer these to you at cost. The smoke and heat alarms are quite sensitive so please don’t use more than 2 full logs at a time or you risk setting them off. The wood burner is very efficient and sends out lots of heat!
The Holiday Cottages are complete homes with TV, DVD/ CD Player, usb/bluetooth speaker, bed-linen, towels, soap, fresh coffee, tea, sugar, salt, pepper, olive oil, fresh herbs, matches, candles, firelighters, cleaning equipment etc. We give an honest impression of what the cottage looks like through our published images but please be aware that items such as furniture and furnishings are replaced when broken or damaged and that rooms and garden might have changed since photography; if you wish to be certain that any specific item is still at the cottage please do check with us first.
The Hot Tub has printed conditions of use, which are basically the guidelines from the manufacturer, as well as common sense rules. The main thing that we ask is that the Hot Tub is purely for use by guests staying in that cottage in order to avoid unwanted noise levels, disturbing our neighbours. For the same reason, we do not allow music near the Hot Tubs. We have worked hard to make White Cross Farm an oasis and want it to remain that way for all our guests.
Additionally we insist that users have a good shower beforehand in order to maintain the mechanics correctly as things such as tanning creams, hair products, make up, the oil in skin etc all clog up the filters and pipework. Strictly NO SMOKING or EATING in or near the Hot Tubs and NO DOGS in the Hot Tubs. We ask that you use the plastic glasses in the hot tub, and advise you not to drink alcohol or allow children under 12 to use the hot tub.
We check and maintain the hot tub during your stay while you are using the secure field, and between each set of guests and it is immediately obvious if you have not showered before using it. If due to this we have to drain the hot tub – and potentially deprive the next guests of its use for their first night as it takes 24 hours to come up to temperature – we will automatically pass the full amount of your security deposit on to the next guests as a small apology on your behalf.
Please note that any damage to the Hot Tubs or ancillary equipment caused by neglect or a contravention of these necessary rules, may result in an invoice being sent and as with other terms, be accepted as due to us upon booking and accepting our very necessary terms and conditions.
Security, you and your cottage
While the Cottages have locks you are responsible for ensuring the security of your belongings. You are responsible for ensuring the safety of yourself, children and vulnerable adults, and dogs in your group. You are also responsible for ensuring that your property is not damaged or destroyed. Unless caused by our negligence, we are not responsible for any death, personal injury or damage to your property.
Our Holiday Cottages are all non-smoking
No furniture, bedding, plates or cutlery etc should be moved from the Holiday Cottage. You must not do anything that may reasonably be considered to cause a nuisance or annoyance to any other occupier of neighbouring premises. We may require you and your group to vacate the Holiday Cottage if you are too rowdy. Flowers and plants are not to be picked or pulled up. You must not litter the area. You must also comply with any other regulations which we reasonably make from time to time and notified to you from time to time during the Holiday Period and ensure that they are observed by all members of your group.
This section sets out when we may cancel your booking less than one month before the Arrival Date (including during the Holiday Period).
Please see the ‘Cancellation/Changes to a Booking’ section above for details of other circumstances in which we or you may cancel your booking before the Arrival Date.
We may terminate your booking less than one month before the Arrival Date or during your Holiday Period by notice to you only if you are in material breach of these terms and conditions or because we are affected by events beyond our reasonable control (such as, but without limitation, flood, fire, adverse weather conditions, act of God, war, terrorist threat, government action or some other catastrophic event of the type covered in a comprehensive insurance policy or the breach or failure of third parties who supply goods, services or property). In which case, if your holiday has begun, you will have to vacate the Cottage.
In the situation that the cottage you have booked is not accessible from one of the nearby major roads due to flooding, snow or other adverse weather conditions the cost of the booking will be refunded to you.
We cannot be held responsible if you are not able to reach the cottage because of your local adverse weather or travel problems.
Please note that, without limitation, we consider non-payment of fees when due, your being rowdy, smoking in the Cottage, exceeding group numbers, badly behaved animals, wilfully damaging the Cottage or allowing pets or children to be unsupervised a material breach of these terms and conditions.
If, in accordance with these terms, we terminate your booking less than one month before the Arrival Date or during your Holiday Period otherwise than by reason of your breach of these terms and conditions we shall return to you that part of the Booking Costs which relate to the part of the Holiday Period during which you did not occupy the Cottage due to such termination.
Notices Any notice to be served on you under these terms and conditions may be given during the Holiday Period by delivery through the letter box or putting under the front door of the Cottage and shall be deemed received on delivery.
Sorry about all the ‘legalese’ but I’m sure you understand this is just standard stuff to protect our guests and our business. You are directed to this page upon booking and your acceptance of these terms is deemed by your arrival.
Apologies if some of the terms seem harsh but these are based on experiences elsewhere and which we do not want to occur at White Cross Farm.
Developing Dogs and Developing Dogs Holidays collects and uses information to provide services and to meet the needs of our clients
Everything we do with information about living people – such as how we collect it and who we share it with – has to comply with the Data Protection Act. A key part of this is being open about how we use information and what rights you have in respect of information we hold about you.
If anything in this notice is not clear, or if you have further queries, please get in contact with the Data Protection Officer using the details at the end.
What information do we hold
We collect information about people who book our services on site, or at their home.
The specific details collected, and how, vary depending on the service being provided. They will begin with the standard contact details – name, email address – and then any additional information we will request during correspondence e.g home address for home visits, or are required to collect to comply with our planning permission e.g. home address, or insurance e.g. names of those staying.
Why do we have it and what do we use it for
The information collected is used for the following purposes:
- To confirm bookings and provide essential information related to the booking.
- To operate the Developing Dogs Holidays booking system (bookalet) and deliver the services that the individual has requested.
- To contact individuals to inform of services that may be of interest, or relating to existing bookings.
Whenever we use information, we always limit this to only the details that are needed and we ensure that it is used safely and securely. Only Developing Dogs Holidays staff have access to the secure booking system.
Under article 6 of GDPR we are required to tell you under which lawful basis we are processing your data. In this instance we are processing your data under Legitimate Interests, specifically to:
– maintain our existing business relationship with you;
– to know not to contact you if you inform us that you no longer wish for anyone to contact you.
How long we keep hold of information for
We keep your information for as long as it is required to provide a service to you. We delete your information from our booking system 3 years after your last contact with us.
What rights you have
You have various rights around the data we hold about you.
- Right of access (to receive a copy of your personal data)
- Right to rectification (to request data is corrected inaccurate)
- Right to erasure (to request that data is deleted)
- Right to restrict processing (to request we don’t use your data in a certain way)
- Right to object (generally to make a complaint about any aspect of our use of your data).
If we are processing your information based on you giving us consent to do so, you have the right to withdraw your consent at any time. Doing so may mean we are unable to provide the service you are hoping to receive and the implications of you giving or withdrawing your consent will be explained at the time.
If you are unhappy with any aspect of how your information has been collected and/or used, you can make a complaint to the Data Protection Officer. You can also report concerns to the national regulator, the Information Commissioner’s Office. Their details can be found on their website:
If anything in this notice is not clear, or if you have further queries, please get in contact with the Data Protection Officer.
Data Protection Officer, Developing Dogs, White Cross Farm, Whitecross Road, Wilburton, Ely CB6 3QB
Email: [email protected] Subject: Data Protection Officer
We seek to provide high quality information and have made every effort to ensure that this information is accurate and up to date. However, we are unable to give any guarantee as to the accuracy of the information on the website and can accept no liability for any loss, damage or inconvenience which may be caused by relying on any such information.
We take reasonable steps to ensure that any external website that we provide links to or any information provided by third parties is not offensive or defamatory, however we are unable to take responsibility for the contact of any such information or website maintained outside of Developing Dogs.
Social Media: We are active users of social media including but not limited to Facebook, Instagram, Twitter. We take photos and videos on site and will share them. If you do not wish your images to be used please let us know at the time of booking.
Newsletter: We will send you an email asking if you wish to be added to our newsletter. You can opt out at any time.
Collecting information automatically
We use Google Analytics to track user activity which in turn helps us to improve the website. These statistics do not contain personal data and cannot be traced back to an individual.
The website pages which are used to collect your personal details are protected by a digital certificate called a “Secure Socket Layer” This is installed onto the web server to ensure that the information being transmitted is secure and to encrypt that information which makes it virtually impossible to intercept that transfer.
The certificate details can be found by clicking on the padlock icon on the bottom right hand corner of a secure page.
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Developing Dogs holds and processes personal data in accordance with all current legislation relating to data protection.