Please note that unless otherwise stated in the main cottage description:
- You should bring sheets, pillowcases, kitchen and bathroom towels.
- For the number and size of pets allowed, please see the 'Quick Info' section on each property's webpage.
- Electricity, gas and other fuels are charged at current rates. Where included utilities are subject to a fair usage policy for domestic household use only (not including charging vehicles).
- VAT at 20% is included in all rents where applicable.
- All cottages have an immersion heater or the equivalent for hot water.
- Bedrooms have pillows and blankets or duvets (please see first bullet above).
- All kitchens include a cooker, fridge, kettle, pots and pans, cutlery, crockery, iron and vacuum cleaner.
- All properties have parking nearby.
- Where available broadband/WiFi connections can not be guaranteed at all times (subject to third-party internet service providers) and are subject to a fair usage policy. For guidance, fair usage allows for internet browsing, social networking and emailing. Downloading games and films or watching of streamed TV such as BBC iPlayer may result in the fair usage allowance being exceeded. Any WiFi speeds quoted are guides only and may vary.
- Where a lower tier of rates apply for fewer party numbers, it is likely that only a reduced number of bedrooms (and in some cases bathrooms) will be available to tenants. Please ask for full details of these restrictions at the time of booking.
- Please note that, while we make every effort to be as accurate as possible, the actual position of each cottage as indicated on the view map link on this site cannot be guaranteed to be its precise location and should be used as a guide only.
Terms and Conditions of Let
Please remember a reservation is a legal contract and properties should only be used for holiday purposes unless otherwise agreed in writing. They should not be used for stag parties, hen parties, weddings or any special event without prior discussion and written agreement.
1. Definition of Terms
Unique Cottages is the trading name of Ecosse Unique Limited. The company is registered in Scotland, no. SC 150813. The registered address is Thorncroft, Monksford Road, Newtown St Boswells, Roxburghshire TD6 0SB. Parties applying to rent properties are referred to as 'the Clients' until the commencement of their let when they are referred to as 'the Tenants'. Ecosse Unique, referred to as 'the Agent', will act only as agent for the owners of the properties, 'the Owners'. Contracts to let the property are therefore between the Owners of the property and the Clients/Tenants, and the Agent acts solely on behalf of the Owners. These terms set out the terms of the contract between the Clients/Tenants and the Owners, and the contractual rights and obligations between the Clients/Tenants and the Agent.
When a booking is made more than 6 weeks before the tenancy is due to commence, a deposit of one-third of the total rental, plus the booking fee (as detailed at the time of booking) must be paid to confirm the booking. If a booking is made 6 weeks or less before the tenancy is due to commence, the full rent, together with any additional charges, must be paid at the time the booking is made. If the Agent does not accept a booking, then all monies paid will be refunded immediately.
3. Balance of Rental
Once a booking has been accepted by the Agent, the Clients must pay the balance of the rental, together with any additional charges, six weeks before the tenancy commences. If the balance has not been paid by this time the Agent reserves the right to cancel the booking, in which case a cancellation charge will apply. The Agent is not obliged to send reminders - the date on which the balance is due is clearly indicated on the Booking Confirmation.
The majority of the Agent's cottage owners are not VAT registered and therefore no tax is payable, but where VAT is payable this is included in the weekly rent. The Agent reserves the right to amend prices quoted on the websites or in their brochure due to any errors, omissions or changes in the rate of VAT.
4. UK Bookings
Payments will be accepted by cheques made payable to 'Unique Cottages Ltd', by credit card, debit card or cash. The Agent cannot accept post-dated cheques and cash should only be sent by recorded delivery. Any charges imposed on the Agent by their Bank for handling dishonoured cheques, bank transfers or other payments will be passed on to the clients who are liable to reimburse the Agent in respect of these charges within 7 days of notification from the Agent. If payment by Direct Debit is not honoured then the Client should pay the deposit and balance as outlined in paragraphs 2 and 3.
5. Overseas Bookings
Overseas Clients may pay by sterling cheque drawn on a UK bank, or by Mastercard or Visa. Any charges for overseas payments will be passed on to the Clients.
6. Authority to Sign
The person completing the booking form certifies that:
a. He/she is authorised to agree the booking conditions on behalf of all persons included on the booking form, including those who may be added/substituted at a later date.
b. He/she is over 18 years of age and is a member of the party intending to occupy the property.
c. He/she agrees to take responsibility for the party occupying the property.
Bookings will not be accepted without prior consent from the Agent from:
a. Groups of single persons under the age of 21.
b. All male or all female parties comprising more than 6 people.
8. The Tenancy Agreement
The tenancy gives the Tenants the right to occupy the property for a holiday within the meaning of Schedule 4 paragraph 8 of the Housing (Scotland) Act 1988.
Properties are let for a maximum of 4 weeks. Lettings commence at 4pm (unless otherwise stated) on the first day of the tenancy and end at 10am on the departure date unless otherwise agreed. The tenancy period cannot be extended without the Agent's permission.
If the Tenant overstays for any reason and does not vacate by 10am on the departure date then the Owner may charge the Tenant a minimum charge of £50 per hour or £100 per hour for 6 or more guests, together with any ongoing costs, losses or expenses arising directly or indirectly as the case may be from the failure to vacate including without limitation the loss of any booking of the property due to commence at the end of the Tenant’s letting of the property.
Tenants should bring their own bed linen and towels unless these are stated as 'included' in the property description. Bed linen and towels can be hired and, where supplied, linen is changed between tenancies, and weekly during tenancies. Tenants should always bring their own beach towels.
10. Extras at the Cottages
Unless otherwise stated in the main cottage description electricity, gas and other fuels are charged at current rates.
Pets are accepted at properties only with the prior consent of the Agent or Owners and are to be kept under control at all times and exercised off the premises. Neither the Agent nor the Owners can accept responsibility for their safety. The pet owner must bring a basket or dog bed for their dogs to sleep in. They should not be allowed in the bedrooms or on the furniture, or be left unsupervised in the property due to the risk of damage to furniture etc. Tenants are responsible for cleaning up any fouling that their pets may cause around the property – if this is not appropriately dealt with additional cleaning charges will be applied. A weekly charge will be made for each pet and in some cases, an increased refundable damage deposit may be required. Where a description states that pets are not accepted this does not mean that there have never been any pets at the property.
12. The Tenants' Obligations
a. To pay for all gas, electricity, fuel and other charges not stated as included in the rental.
b. To report to and pay the Owners for any losses or damage to the property caused by the Tenants or a member of their party (reasonable wear and tear excluded).
c. To take good care of the property and leave it in a clean and tidy condition at the end of the tenancy. No cleaning service is provided during the tenancy unless specifically stated but this can sometimes be arranged.
d. To allow the Owners and Agent reasonable access to the property.
e. To not exceed the total number of people as stipulated in the description of the property, and not to transfer possession of the property or share it except with members of the party stated in the booking.
f. To notify the Agent prior to the commencement of the tenancy of any changes to party numbers.
g. To not undertake any illegal activities, cause undue noise or disruption or become a nuisance to occupants of any adjoining/neighbouring premises - no loud music and strictly no bonfires, fireworks or Chinese lanterns without prior consent.
h. To ensure that a cot is only occupied by a child of 24 months or less.
i. Not to smoke in a non-smoking property or bring pets to a property where pets are not accepted. The Owners reserve the right to charge Tenants for additional cleaning that may be required if any of the above Obligations are breached.
13. Alteration of a Booking
When the Agent has accepted a booking, the cottage booked can only be changed for another by treating the original booking as a cancellation (see following paragraph 14). The dates of the holiday may be changed providing the same cottage is available for the new dates, the Owners are agreeable to the change and it is no less than 4 weeks prior to the holiday start date. In each of these cases, a re-booking fee of £50 is payable. A cancellation charge for the original booking will still be due in terms of paragraph 14 but will only be demanded if, in turn, the booking for the new date is also cancelled in which case such cancellation charge will thereupon become payable. Provided that if the timing of the cancellation of the booking for the new date would give rise to a larger cancellation charge then that larger charge shall instead be applied.
All cancellations must be notified to the Agent initially by telephone and confirmed in writing within 7 days of the event that gives rise to the cancellation. If two or more consecutive weeks are booked at more than one property this is considered to be two holidays.
Cancellation Refund Protection is available at the time of booking for all properties sleeping no more than seven persons (excluding babies) made through the Agent with rentals up to and including £995. This applies to UK residents only aged 75 or under at the commencement of the holiday. You have 7 days from the date of booking (unless the holiday start date is sooner) to add or remove Cancellation Refund Protection from your reservation. After this period any premium paid is non-refundable.
In the event that a holiday is not covered by our cancellation refund plan then a cancellation charge is payable, the amount of which is determined by how many days before the holiday start date the cancellation notice is received by the Agent in writing. The amount of refund due (minus the Cancellation Charge) will be as follows:
- 21 days or less notice = No refund is due
- 22 to 27 days notice = A 15% refund of the rental cost is due
- 28 to 42 days notice = A 35% refund of the rental cost is due
- 43 days or more notice = You will no longer be required to pay the balance of your booking but your deposit will not be refunded.
The Cancellation Refund Plan promises that full payment, less an administration fee, will be refunded in the event of death, injury, illness (see note 1 below) or summons for jury service of any member of the party or close relative or business associate of the Clients being aged under 75 at the commencement of the holiday, which, in the Agent's opinion, reasonably prevents the Clients from fulfilling the booking. Close relatives comprise husband, wife and their children, long-term partner (being a proven relationship for at least two years), father, mother, father-in-law, mother-in-law, brother and sister. This does not cover any accident, injury or illness which may occur during your stay.
Written confirmation of the cancellation must be supported by a completed claim form with documentary proof of the reason for cancellation and, in the case of illness or death, be signed by a qualified medical doctor and returned within 28 days from receipt of the Cancellation Notice. When claims under the Cancellation Refund Plan are accepted by the Agent, no further payment will be due for the holiday and all previous payments, less the booking fee and an administration charge of £50, will be refunded in full.
Note 1: Illness - The following are NOT covered by the cancellation policy: pregnancy or related illness, epidemic or pandemic. Any medical condition or illness diagnosed or known about before, or at the time of, booking. Any self-inflicted illness or injury, or any injury which has occurred as a result of taking part in any risk sport. Any illness or injury which, in the opinion of the Agent, is not serious enough to prevent the person from taking the holiday.
Please note the above cancellation refund plan covers only the cost of the property rental on bookings of a week or more. It does NOT cover any additional related expenses which may have occurred and does NOT cover any event where our obligations are prevented or affected by reason of force majeure. Please refer to section 20.
a. If you have a complaint regarding any element of the booking process, you must let us know immediately in writing and prior to the holiday commencing.
b. If you have a complaint regarding the property, this must first be referred to the Owners/Caretakers as soon as possible (within the period of the tenancy) to allow remedial action to be taken. This means on arrival if you are immediately dissatisfied or during your stay if you become dissatisfied.
c. If you cannot contact the Owner or their representative, or in the unlikely event that you are not satisfied with their response, you must phone us as soon as possible on the number shown on your booking confirmation with full details of your complaint and the Owner’s response (if any). You should make every reasonable attempt to contact us during your stay and particularly before any decision to cut short your stay, but no longer than seven days following your return.
d. Complaints will only be accepted using the steps outlined above and in no circumstances can compensation be made for complaints raised only after the tenancy has ended when the Tenant has denied the Owners or Agents the opportunity of investigating the complaint and endeavouring to put matters right during the tenancy.
e. Neither we nor the Owner can be held responsible for noise or disturbance which comes from beyond the boundaries of the accommodation or which is outwith the Owner’s control. We cannot be held responsible for the breakdown of mechanical equipment such as pumps, boilers, swimming-pool filtration systems, nor for the failure of public utilities such as water, gas, electricity and broadband/internet.
16. Non-availability of Property
If for any reason beyond the Owner's control the property is unavailable on the day when the tenancy is due to begin (e.g. due to flooding, fire damage etc.) or the property becomes unsuitable for holiday letting, clients will receive a full refund of all rents and charges already paid. The Agent will make every effort to find a suitable alternative property but the Clients shall have no further claim against the Owners or Agent. Please also refer to section 20.
The Agent accepts no liability for any act, neglect or default on the part of the Owners or any other person not employed by them or under their control, nor for any accident, damage, loss, injury, expense or inconvenience to either person or property which the Tenants, or any other person, may suffer or incur arising from, or in any way connected with, the Tenancy. The Owners accept no liability for loss or damage to the Tenants' possessions on the Owners' land or property. Please also refer to section 20.
18. Breach of Contract
If Tenants breach any of the above terms and conditions the Owners or Agent reserve the right to re-enter the property and terminate the tenancy, without prejudice to the other rights and remedies of the owners.
19. Validity Clause
If any term or provision in these Booking Conditions shall in whole or in part be held to any extent to be illegal or unenforceable under any enactment or rule of law, that term or provisions or part shall, to that extent, be deemed not to form part of this agreement and the enforceability of the remainder of this agreement shall not be affected.
20. Force Majeure
The owner and the agent do not accept liability or pay compensation for any loss, damage or expense where our obligations are prevented or affected by reason of force majeure.
Force Majeure means any event which we or the owner providing the service could not, even with all due care, foresee or avoid such as war or threat of war, riots, civil strife, terrorist activity, epidemic, pandemic, industrial action, natural or nuclear disaster, fire, adverse weather conditions, closure of airports or ports, technical problems with transport, governmental action and all other similar events.
21. Web Descriptions/Photographs
Cottage website descriptions are based on the information provided to us by the owner. While every effort is made by The Agent to make this as accurate as possible, there may be differences between the description and the actual accommodation. The photographs shown on the website are an accurate depiction of the cottage at the time the photography was carried out and again may differ slightly to the actual accommodation. We cannot accept responsibility for any inaccurate information about any of our accommodation as this has been provided in good faith.
Some of the information on the website relates to factors that are beyond the control of The Agent such as shops, public houses, etc. Details of such establishments may change without The Agent's knowledge and cannot be absolutely relied upon.
22. Price Change
Unique Cottages reserves the right to amend prices quoted on the Web site due to errors or omissions but such changes shall be notified to the Guest as soon as possible and the Guest shall be able to cancel the booking if the amended price is significantly higher than the original price quoted.
23. Refundable Householder Deposits/Damage Deposits
To facilitate the booking and when requested by an owner, Unique Cottages, as Agents, will collect refundable household deposits and then, providing no damage or breach of letting conditions is reported, will refund these 5 days after the end of your stay (should be in your account within 7 days). Unique Cottages 'in absentia' cannot accept responsibility should any dispute over damages or additional costs. This must be resolved between the owner and the tenant themselves.
This website and these Booking Conditions replace and supersede all previous websites and booking conditions, and in the case of any discrepancy between these booking conditions and the contents of any Unique Cottages brochures/website, these conditions shall prevail.
25. Governing Law and Jurisdiction
The contract is deemed to have been made at Thorncroft, Monksford Road, Newtown St Boswells. The validity, construction and performance of this Agreement shall be governed by Scots' Law. The Clients and the Tenants submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the Scottish courts.