Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Newspapers and Cottage Rental

A friend was describing yesterday how he always booked his holiday cottage through the Guardian cottages web site. He felt that way the owner would share his left-leaning, liberal world view, and be the kind of person he could relate to.

Perhaps I could have been more gentle in explaining to him that Guardian cottages and Telegraph cottages are exactly the same, as it seemed to come as a shock to his system. Newspapers haven't started acting as holiday cottage agents, but they have become more creative in ways of generating money. So instead of just selling advertising, they may also promote a cottage brand under their own name, and take a cut of every booking made.

It's perfectly logical commercial behaviour, but Paul thought he was dealing with something rather less commercial. A sensitive soul, he is now worrying that the cottage he has booked for this September may belong to a reactionary Telegraph reader. My argument that as long is it is clean and as described on the web site, who cares about the owner's politics, didn't seem to reassure him. He mentioned thinking about cancelling.

Don't do anything until you check the booking conditions, I counselled. And we found the relevant section:
Where the reason for cancellation does not fall within one of the qualifications for a refund as set out above, eg: dis-inclination to travel, leave cancelled by employer (other than HM Forces or the Police) etc, a cancellation charge will be payable,  . . .  if you have not paid your total accommodation cost including, where purchased, the premiums for any insurances, by the time of your cancellation, you may be required to make a further payment by way of cancellation charge.

My highlighting.  Paul has resolved to check the small print in future when booking a cottage. Here at CottageWorld, we think that's a very good idea.


  1. That was interesting. I had no idea. Thank you

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