Terms and Conditions

Bookings & Payment. Please contact us to check availability before sending a deposit. Provisional bookings can be accepted by telephone but, written confirmation and your deposit must be received by us within 7 days.
All bookings should be made on the “Balbeag Booking Form” and forwarded together with the deposit of £100 per week booked. The balance of the rent must be received by us no later than 6 weeks prior to the arrival date. Should bookings be made within 6 weeks of arrival, the full rental payment must be made at the time of booking. Please send the completed booking form and payments to Caroline MacGregor at the address below. Please make cheques payable to Caroline MacGregor.
The signing of the booking form will be deemed to be an acceptance of all the Terms & Conditions herein.

Damages Deposit. A deposit of £100 is payable with the balance of the rental. Tenants are responsible for any loss or damage, extra cleaning and electricity incurred. The damages deposit will be posted back to you, with deductions made if necessary, one week after your departure.

Cancellations. Must be received in writing.  For cancellations received 6 weeks or longer before the start of the tenancy the booking deposit will be forfeited.  Should we be able to re-let the property, we will return the deposit less an administration charge. For cancellations received less than 6 weeks before the start of the tenancy, the tenant is still liable for the balance of rent due.  However, should we manage to re-let the property, the tenant will be released from paying the balance of rent due. If full payment is not received by us by the due date, we reserve the right to cancel the booking with no refund of deposit.

Insurance. Tenants are strongly recommended to take out Holiday Insurance to cover loss or damage to personal effects and cancellation expenses. Balbeag has normal household insurance cover but, it does not cover tenants’ effects. Under no circumstances can we be held liable for any loss or damage to tenants’ property.

The Tenancy. This will normally be on a Saturday to Saturday basis starting at 4pm on the day of arrival and ending at 10am on the day of departure. Under no circumstances may the number of people occupying Balbeag exceed 8 unless agreed in advance and in writing. We reserve the right to refuse entry or revoke the booking if this condition is not observed.
Balbeag shall be used solely for holiday purposes and the tenant shall not sub-let the property, or any part of the property, or any equipment from the property. The tenant shall allow the owner or his agent or employees entry to the property for all reasonable purposes.
The contract effected on confirmation of booking relates to a holiday tenancy only and is therefore not an assured tenancy in terms of the Housing (Scotland) Act 1988. This confers on the tenant the right to occupy the property for the period agreed for holiday purposes only.

Breakages. The cost of replacements and repair to any damage incurred by the tenants will be deducted from the Damages Deposit. Breakages and damage must be reported to the caretaker immediately so that the item(s) can be replaced/repaired before the arrival of the next tenants. The incoming tenants should report any missing or damaged items to the caretaker immediately. Failure to do so may result in you being charged for the previous tenants’ breakages/damage.

State of Property. Tenants are expected to leave the property in a clean and tidy condition (stripped bed linen is appreciated). if extra cleaning is necessary, the cost will be deducted from your Damages Deposit.

Linen. Sheets, pillowcases, duvet covers, tea towels and bath mats are provided. Please bring your own bath and hand towels. However, should you be unable to supply your own, towels can usually be provided at £1.50 per bath towel and £1.00 per hand towel if booked in advance. Tenants will be charged the full cost of replacing lost or non-returned towels.

Electricity/Fuel. Up to £35 (inc VAT) per week of electricity is included in the rental price. The meters will be read before your arrival and after your departure and the cost of any extra electricity used may be deducted from your Damages Deposit. Fuel is provided for the multi-fuel stove.

Telephone & Broadband Use.  The cost of all telephone calls made will be deducted from your damages deposit. Tenants can enjoy unlimited use of Broadband.

Pets.  By arrangement.  Kennels are provided.  No pets allowed on beds, sofas and armchairs.

Lost/Forgotten Property. The cost of postage will be levied.

Enquiries, Bookings & Payments: Caroline MacGregor, Orchard House, Corton Denham, Sherborne, Dorset DT9 4LP. Tel: 01963 220250 e-mail camacg250@gmail.com

Firstly, thank you for a wonderful holiday at Balbeag. We had a fantastic week and as the weather was so good the place looked truly beautiful with all the autumnal colours…

V.W. East Lothian, October 2016