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Last updated: Thursday 15th July 2021, 12:40pm
We are delighted to be able to accept guests into our properties once again.
Quality Cottages will continue to closely monitor the situation regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19) and we want to assure our customers we are doing everything we can to provide the necessary support and advice.
From the 17th July, 2021, Wales will move from alert level 2 to alert level 1. This means that for the first time since the last lockdown, up to 6 people from 6 different households, who do not live together, can occupy overnight accommodation.
The 6 person limit refers to members from separate households only.
Extended households are already allowed to stay together overnight, and no changes to this are being made from July 17th, 2021. Your household is able to join together with up to two other households to form an extended household.
So current rules from Saturday, July 17th will be as follows:
Members of your extended household, or a maximum of six people from up to six households (not including children under 11 from any of these households or carers of anyone present) can meet indoors and stay overnight in private homes and holiday accommodation.
Please refer to the following pages for regular updates.
For further information, visit: https://gov.wales/current-restrictions-frequently-asked-questions
NB. Restrictions differ from country to country, including in all devolved nations of the UK. You must ensure to follow the guidelines of the country you are in, not where you live, if visiting different parts of the UK.
Your holiday should be able to go ahead as planned. We will continually monitor the situation and be in touch if it changes.
If you think your holiday cannot go ahead as planned, please get in touch with us. In certain situations, we can offer you the following options:
You can choose any of these options by using our booking amendment form.
We are advising guests to amend and choose a new date due to the demand we are already receiving for future dates. If you amend your booking, you hold onto a date for later on; if you choose to take a refund, we cannot guarantee future availability.
If your new dates are more expensive, you'll be asked to pay the difference in price; we won't charge the usual additional amendment fees for this.
Alternatively, should your dates be cheaper, you will be refunded the difference in price.
If your party would break any restrictions or guidelines and is therefore eligible, you have all of the options above along with one additional option:
Amend / Confirm your Party Details. You can still come on holiday if you agree to amend your party guests by using our booking amendment form.
We aim to give you as much chance as possible to amend your dates, however, if we do not receive your amended date requirements, at the latest, by 11am on the day before you are due to arrive, we will not be able to transfer your dates and you will not be entitled to a refund.
We are currently extremely busy, and our team are working tirelessly in order to get refunds to eligible guests as soon as possible. Please note that refunds could take up to three weeks to be processed, starting from the date of notification of the refund. For refunds based on a successful re-let, this three-week processing period will start from the date of the original holiday. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
If you purchased cancellation insurance with us before 4:27pm on 11 March 2020, from our recommended partners, you will be covered for Coronavirus-related illness in certain circumstances. If you purchased this policy after this time, you will not be covered.
If you purchased your policy from an insurance company independently, please refer to their policy documents and T&Cs as we cannot guide you on this.
We recommend that you continue to monitor the guidance from the Department for Health & Social Care. It is recommended, should you be required to self-isolate, that this is carried out at your home residence, in case the need arises for a more prolonged period of isolation.
We are working closely with our owners to ensure that property cleanliness and hygiene standards are consistently met. Our owners have been advised on the NHS guidelines on how to prevent the spread of germs: https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/how-to-prevent-germs-from-spreading
We will continue to follow instructions by The Department for Health & Social Care and have advised our owners to do the same.
We are currently experiencing extremely high call volumes into our customer service teams. Currently, if you are due to arrive at your holiday property/location more than 14 days from today, we would ask that you refrain from calling us until you are within 14 days from your date of arrival in order to allow us to help those whose bookings are due to begin imminently. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
We would advise you to check the GOV.UK website for the most up to date information:
We have also put together a blog on limiting the risk of spreading potential infections and best practices:
With the chancellor's announcement about the reduction of VAT from 20% to 5% in these sectors it is important to note the following:
Your cottage is classified as "holiday accommodation" under VAT Notice 709/3, section 5.1
Under this same VAT Notice section 5.8 clearly states "there is no reduced value rule for holiday accommodation". Hence there is no change to the way we process payments to you, the owner, or calculate the commission and the subsequent 20% VAT added to the commission.
If you have purchased insurance through Quality Cottages your insurance is provided by Endsleigh. Your insurance documents were provided to you at the time of booking.
If your travel policy starts with BN9, IL9, IS9, KL9, NG9, NS9, SG9 or UL9 please use the following numbers: Travel claims: 01202 038 946 | Mon-Fri: 8am to 8pm Sat: 8am to 4pm
If your travel policy starts with GY9, MT9, SA9 or SL9 please use the following details:
Travel claims: 01202 038 946 | Mon - Fri: 9am to 5pm Sat-Sun: Closed
If you purchased travel insurance through Quality Cottages before 4:27 pm on Monday 11 March 2020 then you should be covered if you are diagnosed as having coronavirus, or you are required to self-isolate, or if you or a member of your household has contracted the illness, provided that the holiday date coincides with the period of self-isolation and you obtain a case reference from NHS111, please see further information online. Please contact Endsleigh to discuss your circumstances further.
If you transfer your booking using our online form and have had confirmation of this please note we have been informed that Endsleigh will allow the policy to be transferred to the amended booking, but that it will not cover any future claim relating to COVID-19 coronavirus.
Policies purchased after 4:27 pm on Monday 11 March 2020 but before 12 January 2021 will not cover claims relating to coronavirus.
For full information on our Coronavirus Policies please visit: https://www.qualitycottages.co.uk/cancellation-insurance
If you have previously paid for one band on insurance (e.g. £1,000 cover) and move your holiday booking to a more expensive week, you have the choice of either:
a) Pay the extra insurance premium to upgrade your cancellation insurance to a higher cover limit (e.g. from £1,000 cover to £2,000 cover)
b) Keep your existing cancellation policy, but risk being "underinsured", which means you would only receive a portion of your money back if you made a cancellation claim.
*Each change to a booking is subject to the individual property owner's approval and we have no control over this.
We have moved thousands of holidays over the past few months, and also accepted thousands of new bookings. You can be sure that if your holiday can no longer take place due to any government lockdown restrictions, we will offer you several flexible booking options.Find out more
In these unprecedented times, it is extremely important that we safely react to the ongoing events and restrictions of the world around us. If you have any questions about a new or upcoming booking, you may find that we have already answered them here.Read our COVID-19 FAQs and Updates
We are now delighted to be welcoming our guests once again, and for most people their holiday can now go ahead as planned.
However, there are still some restrictions, particularly involving the mixing of households. To check if your booking will be affected, use the button below.Check my booking