1. To reserve the property, you should complete & sign the Booking Form and return it with payment of the initial non-refundable deposit. Following receipt of the Booking Form and deposit, we will send a confirmation statement.

2. The balance of the rent, together with the security deposit (see clause 3), is payable not less than 8 weeks before the start of the rental period. Reservations made within 8 weeks of the start of the rental period require full payment at the time of the booking.

3. A security deposit is required in case of, for example, damage to the property or its contents- this amount will be included in the pricing details on the Booking Form. However, the sum reserved by this Clause shall not limit the Client's liability to the Owner. The Owner will account to the Client for the security deposit and refund the balance due within 2 weeks after the end of the rental period.

4. Subject to Clauses 1 and 2 above, in the event of a cancellation, refunds of amounts paid (excluding initial deposit) will be made if the Owner is able to re-let the property.
The Client is strongly recommended to arrange a comprehensive travel insurance policy (including cancellation cover) and to have full cover for the party's personal belongings, public liability, etc since these are not covered by the Owners insurance.

5. The maximum number to reside at any time at the property must not exceed that as indicated on the Booking Form (including all children), unless the Owner has given written permission prior to arrival.

6. The Client agrees to be a considerate tenant and to take good care of the property and to leave it in a clean and tidy condition at the end of the rental period. If the property is left in an unacceptable condition, then the Owner will make retention from the security deposit to cover additional cleaning and damage.

7. Whenever the Client is absent from the property, the Client undertakes to ensure that all doors and windows are properly secured to meet the Owners insurance stipulations.

8. No smoking is permitted within the gîte.

9. No pets are permitted within the gîte.

10. The Client shall report to the Owner without delay any defects or breakages within the property and arrangements for repair and/or replacement will be made as soon as possible.

11. The Owner shall not be liable to the Client for:

any temporary defect or stoppage in the supply of public services to the property.
any loss, damage or injury which is a result of negligence on the part of the Client.
any loss, damage or inconvenience caused to or suffered by the Client if the property shall be destroyed or substantially damaged' before the start of the rental period and in any such event, the Owner shall, within 7 days of notification to the Client, refund to the Client all sums previously paid in respect of the rental property.

12. Under no circumstances shall the Owner's liability to the Client exceed the amount paid to the Owner for the rental period.

13. In the unlikely event that the Client needs to complain, he or she should contact the Owner so that he has the opportunity of settling grievances during the stay. The Owner cannot accept complaints made after the Client has returned home if he has not been given the opportunity to put matters right during the Clients stay.

This contract shall be governed by English law in every particular, including formation and interpretation and shall be deemed to have been made in England. Any proceedings arising out of or in connection with this contract may be brought in any Court of competent jurisdiction in France.