COVID-19 – In line with current government advice, Machair Cottage is subject to possible changes in availability at short notice as covered in our Terms & Conditions.
Please Note – Sorry, Strictly No Dogs
The following 2024 rental prices for our holiday cottage in Scotland are per week based on lets running Saturday to Saturday to correspond with the ferry timetable.
2024 RENTAL RATES
Peak Season – £1100 per week
July and August plus Whitson Week in May
High Season – £900 per week
May, June and September
Plus (*) the School holidays at Easter, school half-term weeks at February and October, Christmas and New Year holiday plus the Tiree Wave Classic week
Mid Season – £750 per week (*)
April and October
Low Season – £600 per week (*)
January, February, March, November and December
Booking Deposit – A refundable breakages deposit of £150 per week is payable at time of booking – this is refunded (subject to T&C and Electricity Usage) after your holiday.
Electricity usage – meter readings required on arrival and departure from which your electricity usage and cost will be calculated based on current SSE rates and deducted from the deposit paid at the time of booking.
Weeks that part overlap two seasons, for example if the last Saturday of June (high season) to the first Saturday of July (peak season) splits somewhere during that week, then the whole week is charged at the higher season rental rate.
Please enquire about specific weeks and we can hold your week on a provisional basis (without deposit) for 7 days. For late bookings (rental starts within 4 weeks of your enquiry) and for all High / Peak Season enquiries, we are only able to offer a 48 hour provisional hold before either taking your confirmed booking and deposit payment or releasing the week due to high demand at these times.
Rates include bed linen and kitchen tea-towels. Please bring your own bath towels, beach towels, travel cot, high chair etc.
SHORT WINTER BREAKS
During January, February, March, November and December the cottage can be booked for a short break (excluding school-half term weeks, Easter holidays, Christmas and New Year weeks). During these months the cottage is available for:
• 2 night break – £400
• 3 night break – £450
• 4 night break – £500
Booking Deposit – A refundable breakages deposit of £150/week is payable at time of booking – this is refunded (subject to T&C and Electricity Usage) after your holiday.
Electricity usage – meter readings required on arrival and departure from which your electricity usage and cost will be calculated based on current SSE rates and deducted from the deposit paid at the time of booking.
We’ve already taken bookings for 2024 – the Summer Season fills up quickly so please book early to avoid disappointment. All bookings are Saturday to Saturday.
Please see availability calendar below and email your enquiry directly to us at email@example.com
PEAK SEASON – Weekend ferry crossings throughout July and August can get fully booked for cars several months in advance – please remember to book your ferry or flight (plus car hire) early for Peak Season bookings.
Letting Terms and Conditions
- Sorry, no pets.
- Strictly no smoking nor naked flames in or around the cottage under any circumstances.
- Maximum of 6 people (including children) staying in cottage – this booking form must be completed.
- Only visitors named on the booking form are allowed to stay in cottage and strictly no additional third party use of the cottage facilities i.e. no camper vans, nor camping around the property.
- Sorry, no surf group bookings in the cottage.
- Deposit of £150/week is required at time of booking to cover damage and/or extra cleaning. Your electricity usage will be deducted from this deposit (see Clause 10) and the remaining balance will be repaid by cheque within 21 days of the end of your rental period, minus any further deductions for breakages, repairs or extra cleaning. Also subject to Clauses 7.8, 16 and 17.
- 7.1 Infectious Disease – If during the 14 days prior to your arrival (or whatever government timeframe is stipulated at that point in time) you or any of your party test positive to an infectious disease through tests such as Lateral Flow, PCR or any other relevant government backed test available at that time, you are required to notify us immediately and your booking will be transferred to a new date and Clauses 17.7, 17.8, 17.9 and 17.10 will apply. Any request for a refund in the first instance will be subject always to Clause 18.
7.2. In the event you failed to take out Comprehensive Holiday Insurance as per Clause 18 then any request for a refund specifically due to a positive test result immediately prior to travel as stated at 7.1 will require official NHS dated documentary proof of such result. Further, having not taken out Comprehensive Holiday Insurance, then Clause 17.6 will be excluded and in this instance Clauses 17.11 and 17.12 will apply instead.
7.3 During an infectious outbreak we accept no responsibility regarding the transmission of infectious disease. We require visitors to keep the cottage as clean as possible during your stay, follow all government personal/hand/face hygiene guidelines and whilst out and about maintain whatever social distancing measures are current at the time of your visit. Upon your holiday departure, using disinfectant provided, please wipe down all door handles, light switches, bannister rails, kitchen tops, units, dining table top, bathroom sink, shower enclosure and tray, and lightly mop all floors throughout to minimise any risks to our housekeeper before she arrives to prepare cottage for next visitors and ensure safety of all concerned.
7.4 If at any point during your stay you or any of your party start to show symptoms associated with any infectious disease you are required to notify us by phone and email ASAP, amend travel arrangements to vacate cottage ASAP (no pro-rata refund) in order to self-isolate back home or failing that then self-isolate within the cottage until your designated departure time and, having performed all disinfectant / cleaning procedures as detailed in clauses 7 to 9, you must vacate the property no later than time stipulated at clause 19.
7.5 If for any reason a government enforced lockdown / any resulting Calmac or LoganAir reduced capacity prevents you from vacating the property on your departure date then you will be liable for the additional full weekly rental cost for the following week(s) to cover your extra time in the property. This extra rental cost will be payable immediately in full via BACS transfer on or before your original departure date. If government announcement during your holiday of forthcoming lockdown causes you to have to vacate cottage earlier than your departure date there is no pro-rata refund.
7.6 In the event self-isolating / quarantine legislation prevents your departure then you will be liable for the additional full weekly rental cost of the following week(s) to cover your extra time in the cottage. Should we have visitors arriving who will be prevented from using the cottage due to your extended occupation your extra rental payment will be plus the deposit fee again in order to reimburse them their full rental plus their deposit refund. These extra costs will be payable immediately in full via BACS transfer on or before your original departure date.
7.7 In the event you are prevented from accessing Machair Cottage on your arrival date due to previous visitors being quarantined in the property we will refund your rental payment by cheque within 7 days in full / pro-rata if the cottage becomes available during the same week. We will not be liable for any additional costs such as travel nor alternative accommodation that is more expensive than rental already paid and although we will obviously, in the circumstances, do our best to help we will not take responsibility for finding you alternative accommodation.
7.8. Departure Day – in the event some form of either ferry or air travel disruption occurs for any reason e.g. adverse weather, travel staff shortages due to illness etc then you will need to find and organise suitable alternative accommodation until such time as normal travel service resumes. Unfortunately, our housekeeper is only available on Saturdays and additional mid-week changeovers cannot be catered for. The only exception in this situation would be if there are no visitors due to arrive immediately following your scheduled departure in which case, subject to us specifically checking our housekeeper is available for the following Saturday prior to any new scheduled arrivals, then you can stay the extra night(s) as required. The rental for such extra time will be pro-rata the relevant seasonal rate plus an additional £50 to cover extra cleaning required for the longer stay. These additional costs can be deducted from your deposit – if the deposit is insufficient to cover all the additional costs i.e. electricity costs (Clause 10), extra rental plus £50 extra cleaning fee then the difference is payable immediately via BACS.
- The majority of our visitors treat our cottage with respect making the effort to leave the cottage as clean and tidy as possible on departure which we really appreciate. However, due to recent high number of visitors leaving the cottage in an “unsatisfactory state” on departure, return of the deposit now depends upon an email report from our housekeeper. If the report is that cottage was clean, tidy and disinfected, then the deposit will be returned minus electricity charges (Clause 10.) plus any breakages/excess cleaning if applicable – see Clause 6.
- In addition to essential departure disinfecting at clause 7.1, as outlined in clause 8, we require that you leave the cottage as clean and tidy as possible, to help the changeover to run smoothly in the limited time available– an “unsatisfactory state” includes things like; dirty pots, pans, plates etc left around, washing up left out on drainer, food spillages not wiped up from fridge, cooker, grill, microwave, dining table and floors, sink left full of dirty/greasy water, foil lining from grill pan not throw in bin, rubbish left in house rather than wheelie bin at main gate, sandy floors and surfaces not swept out, soiled toilet left unflushed (yes it happens), kitchen / bathroom left dirty, dirty laundry left on beds or on floors rather than in laundry bin provided. This is not an exhaustive list – it’s more indicative of things considered an “unsatisfactory state”. If the cottage is left in an unsatisfactory state / not cleaned on departure, we will email you a copy of the report together with any relevant photos resulting in the loss of your deposit and no further correspondence will be entered into. Clauses 7 to 9 – “vacate cottage” time put back to 9.30am allow you time to clean, tidy, and disinfect prior to your departure – failure to do so will result in loss of £150 deposit. We apologise to those that consider these terms unreasonable but, under the circumstances, everyone has to take responsibility for maintaining adequate levels of hygiene – without your co-operation we will not be able to let the cottage. Please leave the cottage as you’d expect to find it.
- Due to significant and unpredictable rises in energy costs, electricity is charged at whatever rates are quoted on our most recent SSE quarterly bill and subject also to any rate adjustments SSE make at any other time. We ask you to take meter readings both on arrival and departure and your actual usage will be charged according to your meter readings. This electricity charge will be deducted from your Deposit as outlined in Clause 6. Please provide accurate readings – in the event your readings do not tally with the exit reading of previous visitor or the entry reading of visitors following you (assuming said visitors depart/arrive on same changeover days as yourselves) we will take the mid-point average of readings in question.
- Any breakages or damage caused, in excess of the £150 breakages deposit, will be charged for and must be paid in full within 14 days of the end of your rental or as soon as appropriate repair / replacement estimates have been sourced accordingly. You will also be liable for any consequential losses we incure. if as a direct result of your actions we have to cancel visitors already booked or withdraw cottage availability then you will be liable for the cost to fully reimburse us for any loss of rental income plus reimbursement of visitor deposit and rental refunds together with any associated costs incurred e.g. legal fees, listing agency cancellation fees etc.
- The preferred method of payment is Bank Transfer direct to our account.
- The rental payment is due in full 12 weeks before your holiday. At this stage you will have paid the full rental amount plus the deposit.
- If your booking is made less than 12 weeks before your holiday date then the rental payment plus the refundable deposit amount are both payable in full at the time of booking.
- For “Late Availability” bookings, payment must be received in full and cleared prior to the start of your actual rental otherwise entry to the cottage will not be possible.
- 16.1 Visitor Cancellation (excluding Government Travel Restrictions – clause 17)
16.2 Deposit Only Paid – Cancellation for any reason, made before the 12 week rental payment due date, will forfeit the £150 deposit paid at the time of booking.
16.3 Deposit and Rental Paid In Full – Cancellation for any reason within 12 weeks of your holiday date i.e. after the deposit and the full rental payment have been paid, then any refund of the main rental will be subject always in the first instance to Clause 18 (and 17.12) and thereafter dependent solely on whether or not we are able to re-let the cottage for that same period. Any refund due, if applicable, will be equal to whatever rental amount we receive for re-letting the week, up to but not exceeding your original rental payment and such refund will not be paid to you until we are in receipt of rental payment in full from new booking party. If we are able to re-let the week at the full rental then we will return your corresponding rental payment but retain your deposit. Should we be unable to re-rent the cottage for that same week then we are entitled to retain your original rental payment in full and will return your deposit payment instead. We will of course do our best to re-book the week and will advertise the week(s) as late availability on our website and, if available, the Tiree Community website as well.
16.4 Bookings (both “deposit only paid” and “rental paid in full”) can however be transferred to an alternative date either later the same year or anytime the following year at no additional deposit cost – rescheduled bookings will be subject at all times to availability and charged + the seasonal rental adjustment should your rescheduled booking be at a more expensive rate. If a less expensive seasonal week is booked any refund of the difference will be subject to all criteria as stated in clause 16.3 i.e. dependent solely on whether or not we are able to re-rent the cottage for the original period.
16.5 In the event you transfer your booking to a later date and then subsequently choose to cancel the rescheduled booking you will forfeit the £150 deposit as per clause 16.2. In addition, for “rental paid in full” any such cancellation of rescheduled bookings will be treated as “cancelled at less than 12 weeks” and any refund of the main rental will be as stated in clause 16.3 i.e. subject to whether or not we are able to re-rent the cottage for the rescheduled week.
- 17.1 Government Cancellation
17.2 Deposit Only Paid – In the event government intervention makes it illegal to travel / use holiday accommodation thereby automatically cancelling your booking before the 12 week rental payment is due, we will offer you the opportunity to reschedule to an alternative date either later the same year or anytime the following year at no additional deposit cost. You will have 30 days from date of cancellation to choose either:
17.3 Option A – Accept cancellation and receive full refund of £150 deposit.
17.4 Option B – Reschedule to an alternative date and having done so we will confirm new booking details, payment schedule etc. Rescheduled bookings will be subject at all times to availability and charged + / – whatever the seasonal rental rate is for the rescheduled booking.
17.5 Deposit and Rental Paid In Full – In the event government intervention makes it illegal to travel / use holiday accommodation thereby automatically cancelling your booking within 12 weeks of your holiday date i.e. after the deposit and the full rental payment have been paid, we will offer you the opportunity to reschedule to an alternative date either later the same year or anytime the following year at no additional deposit cost. You will have 30 days from date of cancellation to choose either:
17.6 Option C – Accept cancellation – In the event you decide you do not wish to transfer your booking to a later date your rental payment will be refunded in full subject to clause 17.10 (i.e. your holiday insurance specifically excludes cancellation due to government restrictions) plus your £150 deposit payment.
17.7 Option D – Reschedule to an alternative date and having done so we will confirm new booking details, payment schedule etc. Rescheduled bookings will be subject at all times to availability and charged + / – whatever the seasonal rental rate is for the rescheduled booking.
17.8 In the specific event further government intervention makes it illegal to travel / use holiday accommodation thereby automatically cancelling your rescheduled booking (17.4 / 17.7) again, you can cancel the booking as per clause 17.6. Alternatively you can transfer your booking again to another later date – subject at all times to availability and charged + / – whatever the seasonal rental rate is for the rescheduled booking.
17.9 In the event you transfer your booking to a later date (7.1 / 17.4 / 17.7 / 17.8) and then subsequently choose to cancel the rescheduled booking (i.e. cancel for any reason other than further government intervention making it illegal to travel) any refund of the main rental will be subject always in the first instance to Clause 18 (and 17.12) and thereafter at our discretion, dependent solely on whether or not we are able to re-rent the cottage for your rescheduled week. Any refund due, if applicable, will be equal to whatever rental amount we receive for re-letting the week, up to but not exceeding your original rental payment and such refund will not be paid to you until we are in receipt of rental payment in full from new booking party at which point we will return your corresponding rental payment but retain your deposit. Should we be unable to re-rent the cottage for that same week then we are entitled to retain your original rental payment in full and will return your deposit payment instead. We will of course do our best to re-book the week and will advertise the week(s) as late availability on our website and, if available, the Tiree Community website as well.
17.10 Refund of any rental money as outlined at 7.1 / 7.2 and throughout section 17 sub-clauses will be paid within 30 days from date of cancellation and strictly subject to written confirmation directly from your Holiday Insurance Company that your policy does not provide a refund for cancellation due to government restrictions – see clause 18.
17.11. In the event you request a refund due to government intervention / disease control / positive test result prior to travel but failed to take out Comprehensive Holiday Insurance as stipulated at Clause 18, then Clause 17.6 will be excluded in this instance and refunds as stated at Clause 17.13 will apply instead.
17.12. Further, if we pay you a refund for a cancelled booking, and it subsequently transpires that you received an additional insurance payment for the same cancelled booking, then we will enter proceedings to recover our refund from you in full together with any associated recovery costs.
17.13 In the event the government advises against travel around specific dates, but does not make it illegal to do so, after the deposit and the full rental payment has been paid, we will offer you the opportunity to reschedule to an alternative date either later the same year or anytime the following year at no additional deposit cost – Clause 17.7 applies (and thereafter 17.9 if applicable). Alternatively if you choose to cancel, given it’s on advice rather a legal requirement, we will return your £150 deposit however refund of any rental payment will be subject to how close your actual holiday date is from the date of cancellation and refund rates are as those shown below. Likewise, as stipulated at 7.1 , 7.2 and 17.11, if you failed to take out comprehensive holiday insurance, a request for refund will mean the following refund rates below apply:
Over 12 weeks = 100% refund. Over 8 weeks = 75% refund. Over 4 weeks = 50% refund, less than 4 weeks = 25% refund.
17.14 All visitors must ensure they adhere to whatever government travel guidance / tier system / vaccination passport scheme might be in operation at the time of your scheduled rental dates e.g. do not travel from higher tier areas to lower tier areas and visa-versa etc. In the event we become aware of a breach of such guidelines we are entitled to terminate your booking with immediate effect and without refund of your main rental payment. Our Housekeeper, together with police assistance if necessary, will require you to vacate the property within 24 hours – in these circumstances clauses 6 to 9 above continue to apply and return of your deposit will still depend on you leaving the property in a satisfactory condition.
- It is a condition of booking that you have comprehensive holiday insurance in place to cover all eventualities including cancellation for any reason. We do not carry insurance on your behalf – in the event you cancel for any reason or Government Restrictions force a cancellation, including testing positive to an infectious disease in the 14 days (or whatever timeframe is stipulated at that point in time) prior to your holiday booking, it is your responsibility to ensure your holiday insurance provides cover for circumstances such as outlined in clauses 7, 16 and 17. You are responsible for the terms of cover of your own holiday insurance and we accept no responsibility for any shortfall, omissions, exclusions or otherwise in your insurance policy. We also recommend that you book the ferry (or plane + car hire) at the time of booking particularly for High and Peak season bookings.
Please click here to check the ferry timetable and contact Calmac Ferries
- Exit and entry times are fixed to allow enough cleaning time between lets so the cottage can be presented to the next party as they would expect to find it. On Saturday changeovers between March and October, the ferry arrives in Tiree at 11.00am therefore:
On date of arrival – Entry to the cottage after 2.30pm.
On date of departure – Please vacate cottage by 9.30am. (Extra time included to allow you to clean before you depart – see clauses 7 to 9)
- All information provided both on the website and elsewhere, both prior to and after a booking is made, is given in good faith, and we will, as far as we’re reasonably able to, make sure it is as accurate as possible. However we shall not be liable for any damage or loss resulting from information given either verbally or in writing.
- We will not accept any liability or responsibility during your stay at Machair Cottage for any accident or injury to you, your family or friends, or loss or damage to personal property, howsoever caused – also, note the cottage sits on open farm land with seasonal grazing of cattle for which we accept no liability or responsibility for any damage they may cause to parked vehicles – we also advise visitors to take care and remain wary of the cattle when walking across open machair.
- Please be advised that it is an old cottage and as such the stairs are fairly steep – please supervise young children accordingly.
- In the unlikely event that Machair Cottage, Heanish becomes uninhabitable for the whole duration of your rental period / at any point during your rental period due to storm damage, flood, fire or other unforeseen causes beyond our control, g. previous visitor damage, see Clause 11, our responsibility and financial liability shall be limited to the return of the rental money received / pro-rata thereof – however, this does not include rental refunds in the event the ferry or plane is delayed or cancelled due to adverse weather conditions, traffic delays or any other unforeseen delay or circumstances – please ensure comprehensive holiday insurance is taken out as per Clause 18.
- The cottage is cleaned and maintained to a high standard however we cannot legislate for every eventuality / visitor activity outside of our control. Visitor activity such as cooking for example, which may lead to strong but temporary after-smells, would not render the cottage uninhabitable for the next visitor and no refund/pro-rata refund will be made.
- We reserve the right to amend these conditions at any time and without notice. E&OE.
- The personal information collected on the Booking Form is to allow us to have a suitable record of who is staying at Machair Cottage. We may also use it to contact you in the future to make you aware of further availability of the cottage – please advise us if you do not wish to be contacted. We will not share or sell this information to any third party.
- Under the Scottish Government “Short Term Lets in Scotland Licensing Scheme” effective 1st April 2023 onwards, any bookings we accept, both prior to and after this date, are conditional on our ongoing compliance with the licensing scheme. Should the Licensing Authority either reject our application or revoke our licence for any reason that they determine then your booking would be automatically cancelled and we would provide a full refund of all deposits / rental balances paid. We would not be responsible for finding you alternative accommodation nor will we pay any compensation for increased costs associated with your alternative travel or accommodation arrangements nor any direct or indirect consequential costs or losses.
- Terms as of 12th August 2022– most up-to-date terms appear on our website which in turn supersede all Booking Forms.