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Q.Standards - what can we expect and how are they maintained?

A.We work tirelessly to provide the best customer experience by working closely with our Home Owners, both on the quality of their properties, the cleanliness and maintenance but also in supporting them making the most out of their Holiday home. It can be a farmhouse, a lakeside apartment and we love quirky and different with our shepherd huts and our yurts.

Customer feedback sits at the heart of our business and our post-holiday surveys are read by all. All comments, positive and negative are shared live with our Home Owners and our customer relations teams talk daily to our holidaymakers around their on holiday experience and how best to improve.

Q.What is our complaints resolution process?

A.We want all of our customers to receive exceptional service. If you feel that we have not delivered this please let us know so that we can put it right. You can contact us by logging in to your account and sending us a web message providing details of your complaint. Alternatively you can call our customer relations team.

Where further escalation is required, a member of our dedicated customer service team will aim to contact you within 48 working hours with an update on your complaint or with a resolution. Once we’ve fully investigated your complaint, we’ll be in touch to let you know the outcome and provide a resolution. If we don’t hear from you within 7 days of us getting in touch, we’ll close the case for you.

If we are unable to resolve a complaint to your satisfaction, we can also offer you CEDR’s scheme for the resolution of disputes, which is an impartial and independent arbitration service.

Q.Pets - can we take our pet with us?

A.Many of our properties are dog friendly. Please check the amenities section of the property description and please feel free to use our search box and select pets in the drop down.

Registered assistance dogs are allowed in every single one of our properties. Please just let us know in advance then we can inform our Home Owners.

Dogs are required to be well behaved, they are to be kept off all furniture and remain downstairs at all times. Please remember that they cannot be left in your holiday home unattended at any time. Please refer to our property descriptions to understand about enclosed gardens as we know this is also an important part of your decision making process. Some of our properties charge for taking pets, please check our amenities section of the website for any relevant charges.

Q.WIFI - Is it available?

Each property shows if WIFI is available – With the WIFI logo. If there is no logo then this means the property does not have WIFI.

From time to time unforeseen situations happen in properties that mean the WIFI may not be available (tree falls on lines, internet provider issues) – We will, of course, do everything within our power to ensure WIFI is available, however, sometimes this may not be possible.

Q.Price - how much will our holiday cottage cost?

A.For each cottage on the website, prices are displayed below the availability calendar. A Tiered Booking Fee is included in the price for the service that we offer, per week or per short break.

For some cottages, there may also be other charges over and above the basic rental price, e.g. linen, heating, taking your pet etc. The 'Amenities' section of the relevant cottage description will provide full details. We accept payment by debit cards (Switch/Maestro or Delta) and credit cards (Visa or Mastercard).

When you are booking well in advance we require a deposit of 30% of the rental, and a tiered booking fee, plus any 'extras'. The balance of the rental is due 6 weeks before the start of the holiday.

When you are booking within six weeks of the start date of the holiday we require full payment at the time of booking.

Q. What time can I check in and when am I required to depart?

A.Please check your booking confirmation or key collection email for details on your check in and check out times for your holiday. Please note that your check in and check out times may have been amended since you booked in order to allow for sufficient turnaround time required to meet the current Covid-19 cleaning guidelines. View cleaning guidelines (PDF)

Q.Hot Tubs / Saunas - what are the guidelines?

A.Hot Tubs and Saunas are a wonderful way to relax and unwind, if your property includes the use of a hot tub or sauna then please ensure all guests read the important user guidelines before use. Owners take great care to ensure the hot tub is ready for you to use on arrival, although, whilst every attempt is made on some occasions due to the strict cleaning and disinfection procedure they follow, the hot tub may not have reached the required temperature and there could be a short delay before you can use it. If you have a serious illness or have a heart condition, high or low blood pressure, or any other medical condition which may affect your reaction to heat, then you should consult with your doctor first. The body temperature of young children will rise much quicker than that of older children or adults using the hot tub/sauna due to their undeveloped thermo-regulatory mechanisms. Children under the age of 4 should not use the hot tub and additionally, children aged over 4 should be supervised closely at all times by a responsible adult. Pregnant women are advised not to use hot tubs/saunas or to seek medical advice before doing so. We politely remind all users wearing "fake tan" lotions or similar creams that they shower and remove these from your skin BEFORE entering the hot tub. Failure to do so will require a full clean and drainage of the hot tub and will result in you losing your security deposit. ALL activities during your holiday are undertaken at your own risk.

Q.Problems - what do we do if something unexpected occurs?

A. At Sykes Cottages we do everything possible to ensure you have an enjoyable stay, but occasionally things go wrong. If a problem occurs you should, in the first instance, contact the owner/caretaker who is responsible for the management and maintenance of the property. Any assistance provided by Sykes Cottages in resolving a complaint in relation to your booking is provided on a goodwill basis and in our capacity as an Agent. Any problem must be reported immediately, as you will appreciate that complaints made after your occupancy cannot be entertained.

Q.Changing the Holiday - what happens if we want to make changes to our holiday?

A.In the first instance please call us to discuss the changes. If it's possible to accommodate them, we'll be happy to help. Please note that, once confirmed, bookings can only be moved to an earlier date. We are not able to change a booking to a later date.

Changes to an already booked holiday involve extra administration and require us to contact the owner of the holiday property. To cover these additional costs we ask the holidaymaker to pay an administration fee of £30.

Q.Cancellation - what happens if I need to cancel my holiday?

A.Details of our Cancellation Policy are available in Section 10 Booking Conditions of our Booking Conditions. You can quickly and easily cancel your booking or request a change of dates online by logging into your account Login.

Q.Booking Conditions - what are they?

A.When you make a booking you enter into a legal contract with the owner of the holiday property. To read our booking conditions, please click here.

Q.Linen - What is provided in my Holiday Home?

A.Most of our Holiday Homes provide linen as part of the rental price. There are a few exceptions to this. Please check the amenities section of the property description to ensure you have the correct information.

Please remember to bring along your tea towels and beach towels. Please also note cot linen is not provided.

Q.Fuel and Power - are they included in the holiday price?

A.Most of the properties we represent include fuel and power in the rental price. However, some may charge a supplement, have a coin meter or make a charge based on a meter reading at the end of your stay and some may charge extra for logs/coal provided for open fires and wood burning stoves. Where there is a charge for fuel, this will be made clear in the 'Amenities' section of the cottage description.

Q.Electricity and Heating - What's included?

A.All our properties include Electricity and heating in the holiday price, unless otherwise stated in the amenities section of the property description. Wood burners and open fires may require additional fuel. This may be required to purchase separately.

Q.Furnishings & Utensils in my holiday home.

A.All our properties are individual and each one offers something different. Standards are key to our success. Regardless of size, age and location, all will have the standard amenities you expect. Kitchens will be well stocked with utensils and you can expect to have sufficient seating for the maximum number accommodated, along with the dining table. Please refer to the amenities section of the property description where we will list all that the property contains. Please also take the time to view the internal photography included with each properties website entry which will give you an indication of the standards to be found.

Q.How do I pay my balance earlier than the due date?

A.You can pay the balance at any time before your due date. The easiest way to do this is to log into the “My Account” section to access your upcoming bookings, select the booking you wish to pay for and under Payment Details select the “Make Payment” button. Log in to your account

Q.How do I make a part payment?

A.You can make a part payment of a minimum of £20 towards your balance at any time before your due date. The easiest way to do this is to log into the “My Account” section to access your upcoming bookings, select the booking you wish to pay for and under Payment Details select the “Make Payment” button. This will allow to you to make a full or part payment prior to your balance due date. Log in to your account

Q.How to change your payment card details?

A.When you book your holiday you can select to have the balance taken automatically at the due date, which is 6 weeks before the start of your holiday.

If your authorised card expires before your due date, we will notify you that you need to provide us with updated card details in order to complete your automatic balance payment on the due date.

To do this, log into the “My Account” section to access your upcoming bookings, select the booking you wish to amend your card payment details for and select Update card details.

You can then provide an updated payment method – we will take a payment of £1 in order to verify your replacement payment method, which is deducted from your outstanding balance.

Q.Can we charge our electric car at the property?

A.Properties with dedicated charging points are advertised as having them and each property description will contain further information on whether any additional charges will apply.

If a property does not have a dedicated charging point it should not be assumed that you can charge your car at the property and we recommend that you use charging stations.

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