THE WOODSHED - TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Issued by Richard Elderton, Home Farm, Mill Lane, Hawkley, Liss, Hampshire, GU33 6NU, England. t: 01420 538374, www.relderton.co.uk/thewoodshed
1. The following terms shall apply
1.1 'Woodshed' shall mean the 'self-catering accommodation' facility at Home Farm, Mill Lane, Hawkley, Liss, Hampshire, GU33 6NU.
1.2 'Owners' shall mean Richard and Lou Elderton or agents acting for them.
1.3 'Tenant/s' shall mean persons entitled to occupy the Woodshed during the Rental Period.
1.4 Self-catering Accommodation shall mean living accommodation and facilities available for visits of limited duration. Tenants obtain and prepare their own food, keep house, and arrange their own transport.
1.5 'Booking Form' shall mean the form listing the information needed by the Owners for making bookings. It is available as a pro forma at https://www.relderton.co.uk/thewoodshed/wsContactForm.php but the Customer may submit the same items of information using any other convenient format.
1.6 'Booking Contract' shall mean the agreement between the Owners and the Customer based on the information submitted on the Booking Form and the clauses in this document (THE WOODSHED - TERMS AND CONDITIONS) upon which rest the agreement between the Owners and the Customer allowing the Customer and Tenants to occupy the Woodshed.
1.7 'Customer' shall mean the person who enters into the Booking Contract with the Owners. The Customer must be over eighteen years of age and able to enter into a legally binding contract. The Customer may or may not also be a Tenant.
1.8 'Arrival Day'/'Departure Day' shall mean the days on which the let of the woodshed is due to start/end as stated in the Booking Contract.
1.9 'Rental Charge' shall mean the full amount of the fees due to the Owners for the Tenants' stay at the Woodshed as stated in the Booking Contract, see Rates & Availability chart which is available at www.relderton.co.uk/thewoodshed/rates.htm.
1.10 'Rental Period' shall mean the period beginning at 15:00 on the Arrival Day and ending at 10:00 on the Departure Day. (Example: If Tenants arrive on the 1st and leave on the 3rd of the month, the Rental Period is counted as three days, but the Rental Charge would be for a stay of two nights only). The Owners reserve the right to charge for extra time if the Tenants have not left by 11:00, but extra time may be booked in advance at the discretion of the Owners.
2. Booking a period of occupancy of the Woodshed
2.1 Bookings are arranged through contact with the Owners by email, postal letter or telephone call. Acceptance of bookings is at the sole discretion of the Owners. A Booking Form, completed by the Customer and sent by email or other means of delivery, must be receipted by the Owners.
2.2 Bookings made more than fourteen days before the Arrival Day are secured by a payment of a deposit of 25% of the Rental Charge. Bookings made less than fourteen days before the Arrival Day are secured by making a payment of the full amount of the Rental Charge. Cheques should be made out to Richard Elderton, or BACS payments made to Account Number: 80110215, Sort Code: 60-16-26. The Rental Period will remain available for booking until the correct deposit or full amount has been cleared by the Owners' bank.
2.3 The payment of the balance of the Rental Charge must be cleared by the Owners' bank no later than fourteen days before the Arrival Day. The Tenants would then be authorised to occupy the Woodshed for the period stated in the Booking Contract and take charge of a set of keys to the Woodshed on their arrival. If the payment has not been cleared by the Owners' bank by the due date the booking will be cancelled.
3. Cancelling a booking
3.1 The Customer may cancel a booking at any time up to fourteen days before the Arrival Day. The Owners will then refund to the original payee any monies paid for the booking.
3.2 The Owners may cancel a booking at any time but must give their reasons for doing so. In that event a full refund of monies paid for the booking in question will be made to the original payee and any liability of the Owners towards the Customer will then cease.
4. Tenants' obligations
4.1 The external doors and the windows of the Woodshed must be locked when it is left vacant, but the Tenants must allow the Owners to enter the Woodshed at any time given fair warning when possible.
4.2 The Customer warrants that the property let is to be used for the purposes of a holiday and so accepts that the letting is a holiday let to which Section 9 of Schedule 1 Part 1 of the Housing Act 1988 applies, namely, "a tenancy the purpose of which is to confer on the tenants the right to occupy the dwelling house for a holiday."
4.3 The Tenants shall not sub-let the premises of the Woodshed or any part thereof.
4.4 Any damage or defects in the Woodshed or any of its fittings or equipment noticed by a Tenant on arrival must be reported immediately to the Owners.
4.5 Any other cause of complaint must be reported to the Owners in time for them to offer a remedy before the end of the Rental Period.
4.6 Tenants must inform the Owners of any damage to the Woodshed or any of its fittings or equipment caused by a Tenant. The cost of replacement or repairs must be paid to the Owners on demand as soon as is reasonably possible.
4.7 Tenants may expect the Woodshed and all its facilities to be in a clean, tidy, orderly and serviceable state on their arrival but the Tenants shall be responsible for maintaining that state by using common sense and good housekeeping during their stay. Tenants must allow time to do a careful inspection at the end of the Rental Period to ensure that the Woodshed is left in good order and return the keys to the Owners and take all their possessions away.
4.8 All the equipment and facilities in the Woodshed are provided for use in the Woodshed exclusively and must not be taken away without consulting the Owners.
4.9 The number of people occupying the Woodshed shall not exceed that indicated on the Booking Form without the prior consent of the Owners.
4.10 The Customer undertakes to relieve the Owners from any liability for damage or injury however caused by any Tenant.
4.11 The Owners, their agents or employees, accept no responsibility for loss, injury or damage to any Tenant or their property, howsoever caused, arising in any manner out of the let of the premises.
4.12 The Customer remains responsible for the Tenants' compliance with these Terms and Conditions even if the Customer is not also a Tenant.
5.1 If Tenants wish to bring pets to Home Farm they must consult with the Owners before making a booking. Tenants must bring any equipment necessary for maintaining 100% control over the pets whilst they are at Home Farm. Pets must not be allowed to occupy any carpeted areas or any furniture in the Woodshed; most importantly, pets must be kept out of the shower room and both bedrooms.
6.1 Smoking is not permitted inside the Woodshed. Smoking is permitted in the garden areas adjacent to the Woodshed, but nowhere else at Home Farm. Smokers must dispose of their smoking materials safely in a receptacle which will be provided by the Owners on request.
7.1 This Agreement shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the Laws of England and Wales and shall be subject to the jurisdiction of the English Courts.
8.1 In the event that any individual term or clause stated in this contract is not permissible by law, the remainder of the contract shall remain valid.
9.1 Tenants are responsible for their own safety during their stay at the Woodshed, the environs of Home Farm and the woodland. Tenants are warned to beware of electric fences, barbed wire, farm machinery and equipment, farm buildings, farm animals, overhanging, fallen or broken branches or whole trees that although 'hung up' may fall unexpectedly, springy tree stems that can act as whips, stinging nettles, brambles, holes in the ground (e.g. made by badgers), and insects such as flies, wasps and ticks. Some areas may be slippery underfoot (e.g. the banks of the stream). Tenants must use suitable footwear, e.g. wellington boots or hiking boots.
9.2 The Customer is advised to obtain insurance to cover the above risks and any other losses they may suffer during the Rental Period.
9.3 Home Farm is still defined as a working farm, though agricultural activity is usually at a low level. Sheep occasionally graze the pasture and farm machinery and vehicles can sometimes be seen and heard operating. Tenants may expect due consideration to be paid to their peaceful occupation of the Woodshed by the Owners and their colleagues. Likewise, the Owners and their neighbours expect Tenants to appreciate the rural atmosphere rather than dominating it by noisy or rowdy behaviour.
10. User Guide
10.1 The document entitled 'The Woodshed User Guide' contains important information about the routine operation of the Woodshed and is deemed to form part of these Terms and Conditions. It is contained in the file called wsUserGuide.htm which may be viewed online at www.relderton.co.uk/thewoodshed/wsUserGuide.htm. An alternative version called wsUserGuide.doc (in Microsoft Word for Windows format) may also be viewed online (depending on your computer resources) or saved to your local machine.
11.1 The Owners have taken every care to ensure the accuracy of property descriptions on their website, and all information is provided in good faith and is believed to be correct.
12.1 These Terms and Conditions do not affect your statutory rights.