Terms of Contract
For your stay at West Acre House luxury B&B Accommodation, Alnwick, Northumberland, North East England
Please note that for advance booking a minimum booking of 2 nights is usually required, however we do occasionally have a one night slot to fill. Last minute bookings may be accommodated for single nights.
You would need to conact us direct, by email or phone if enquiring about a booking more than 12 months in advance.
Normally a reservation will be deemed to have been made if at short notice we have taken your details over the telephone and entered them into the diary and we have informed you that the booking has been made. In most other cases we will write to you to confirm the booking once a deposit has been received by us. A receipt or written confirmation from us is your proof of reservation. An entry in our diary containing your full contact details will be considered proof that we have communicated with you and accepted your booking.
Reservations can be made by telephone or on line via our website. Discounts on our daily rate where applicable will be automatically applied during the booking process.
Late Night Functions:
Due to consideration for our other guests we do not take bookings for Hen or Stag parties.
For the benefit of all of our guests we kindly request that guests return to the house by midnight.
We Do Not Take Wedding Bookings Via The Internet:
We do consider bookings for wedding however Weddings are not bookable via the internet.
As weddings are such unique ‘one off’ and special events we would need to discuss with you all of your requirements before entering into a contract. Please contact us directly if you are considering booking the guest rooms for a wedding. This would be considered an exclusive booking. There would be a minimum booking of two days for all four rooms. If you let us know your dates and requirements we can get back to you with a quote. Unfortunately if a room or rooms are booked for a wedding without first speaking to us in person it will be cancelled by us without penalty as a seperate, unique, contract will be required. There is a minimum charge per day for a wedding booking. Weddings can only be booked with our express agreement and only when there are no other guests booked into our accommodation. We reserve the right to refuse any such booking. Terms will be made out to you and mutually agreed before a contract is entered into. Thank you.
Arrival and Departure times:
Arrival 3 – 5 pm Please arrive whenever possible between 3 pm and 5 pm. If you wish to arrive outside of this time could you please let us know in advance.
Check In is not normally possible before 3 pm as we will be making the house ready to welcome you.
Departure – 10.30 am We ask that rooms are vacated by 10.30 am on your last day (Sundays 11.00 am) so that we can have time to make the rooms ready for new guests arriving.
Deposits should be received by us within 5 days of making your reservation unless otherwise agreed. (See below re special Covid-19 consideration)
Please note if we request a deposit the minimum deposit is the cost of the room for the 1st night for up to three night reservations, or, if booking for four or more nights, a suitable deposit will be agreed with you. In the event of more than one room being booked at one time the deposit required would refer to each room independently.
Payment of your account Balance – Cash, or Credit and Debit Cards..
.. are acceptable, unfortunately as cheques can no longer be guaranteed they are no longer acceptable for paying the balance of your account.
We have a credit/debit card facility therefore all accounts can be settled by cash, debit or credit card, however, cash is still preferred so that we can avoid high banking charges.
Cancellation Policy: (This is a Contractual Obligation and applies per room)
We would strongly urge that you cover the cost of your booking with Holiday Insurance.
Our booking year starts on the 1st of January each year. We are happy to hold a room for you free of obligation if you are making the reservation for the next calendar year. Before the 1st of January you may cancel free of charge. After the 1st of January we would consider the booking to be subject of our cancellation policy.
You may cancel your booking free of charge within a 24hr grace period and providing we have at least 24hrs notice before your booking commences. (Bookings made for the following day will be considered a firm booking)
For advance bookings (after the 24hr grace period) we consider the booking to be firm and cancellation charges will be payable. If you can give us 28 days’ notice or more only the first night will be chargeable.
If the cancellation is more than 7 days but less than 28 days’ notice two nights’ accommodation to be paid for. (However if we are able to re-let the room we will be happy to refund your monies to you less the first night)
For cancellations with less than 7 days’ notice the full reservation period will be payable. (However if we are able to re-let the room we will be happy to refund your monies less the first night.)
If we have agreed not to take a deposit and you cancel, cancellation fees still apply within the above timescale.
Covid-19 Special Consideration – If the government locks down our area and bookings have to be cancelled we will be happy to transfer your full deposit to any future booking within the following 12 months and no further charges wil be made relating to the cancelled booking.
In the extremely unlikely event that we have to cancel a booking or bookings for personal reasons, we will notify you in writing and do all in our power to ensure that you are offered alternative quality accommodation and any monies received will be returned to you in full.
Occupancy for B&B:
The bedrooms are spacious and arranged to accommodate two persons very comfortably, we have not provided a third bed in any room, as we feel this compromises the quality of the room. We regret that we do not have family rooms and we cannot accommodate children under the age of 15 yrs.
Children – B&B:
We do not accommodate babies or children under 15 yrs for B&B – sorry.
The room rate applies at all times as it is based on adult double occupancy.
All rooms are let as doubles. In the case of single occupancy the room rate will always apply.
We can usually accommodate special diets with a little help from you. Please let us know so that we can make any preparations. Prescription foodstuffs such as gluten free bread could be brought with you if possible. If we are required to buy foodstuffs in addition to that already on offer any extra cost may need to be met by you.
Coeliac -We will take every care to avoid contamination with gluten but we cannot guarantee 100% that there will be no cross contamination with gluten products.
Nut allegy – We use nut products every day in our kitchen and dning room and whilst every care would be taken to avoid contamination with nuts or seeds we cannot guarantee this.
I’m sorry we do not provide evening meals as there are many places to eat in and around Alnwick. If you look at ‘Eating Out‘ on our website we have recommended personal and guest favourites.
Maintenance Of Rooms:
Please note that the rooms will be maintained every day by us to ensure they are clean and fit for use. Cleaning of your room may begin from the time you come down for breakfast and access is required in any case before 11.30am so that maintenance can be carried out to a satisfactory standard.
Wireless Broadband Connection available:
We have free wireless broadband connection available for our guests to connect to their own computers or smart phones. Terms and conditions apply. Information available on arrival, please ask.
In consideration to all of our guests the accommodation is totally none smoking. Any acceptance of a booking for accommodation is done so with this condition and forms part of a legal contract. Any smoking in a room or bathroom would incur an excess fee of £100 for additional cleaning and further compensation re loss of business if we have to cancel the subsequent booking. For the comfort and wellbeing of our other guests if you do smoke outside of the house we ask that you do it away from the building – thank you.
If our property is damaged by any reckless or deliberate means we will seek recompense for the full value of our property. Examples of reckless damage would be:
Dirty Foot ware – soiling of carpets or furnishings by deliberately walking into the house with mud encrusted foot ware or clothing
Red Wine* – Spillage of red wine – onto furnishings or decor
Indelible ink on bedding or soft furnishings!
Vomiting – Damage caused by vomiting after over indulging in alcohol.
(Please do not attempt to clean carpets by rubbing a spill into the carpet, after a spill, if practicable please inform us immediately as we can sometimes negate the damage with cleaning products)
Suitcases on Beds!
We ask you not to place suitcases onto the beds as they are often contaminated and can transfer soil to the bedding and can completely ruin soft furnishings.
For the consideration of all of our guests we reserve the right to judge acceptable levels of noise or behaviour of guests who must take all steps for corrective action as requested by the proprietors. In the event of failure to comply with management requests, we may terminate the booking immediately regardless of time and without being liable for any refund or compensation. Any termination in the above circumstances will still require the cost of the booking to be paid.
Gift vouchers can be ordered for a friend or relative for B&B accommodation, for a date to be arranged by the voucher holder. All gift vouchers must be paid for in advance and must be returned to us at time of staying in the accommodation. The cost of a Gift Voucher can be found on our Gift Vouchers page.
Gift vouchers will be personalised so are only for named persons, (details must be supplied at the time of purchase) and are redeemable for a period of 12 months from date of issue. After that date they will cease to have any value.
Gift vouchers are not refundable as they are accepted as a form of reservation, however we reserve the right in exceptional circumstances to cancel the voucher and return the purchase price to the purchaser.
Proprietor on the premises 24 hours. Available until 11pm. During the night in case of emergency information for contacting proprietor on the premises available in guest folder.
The proprietors have had disability awareness training – please see our Access Statement.
No smoking throughout.
In case of fire, full audible fire alarm system installed with emergency lighting.
*We know from experience that Red Wine in particular can cause serious damage to fabrics and furnishings and we ask you not to bring red wine into our bedrooms. This is in order to negate any possible damage to the bedroom and cost to you for repair or replacement of carpets or other funishings.
“Thank you for taking the time to read our terms and information “
Special Temporary Covid-19 Measures – Reviewed August 2020.
During this current era of the global pandemic of Coronavirus – Covid-19, we, along with every other business are having to take exceptional measures to ensure the safety of you and ourselves.
In order to keep you safe we are trying our best to eliminate risk. This means that for instance things that would normally be available in abundance are having to be restricted to prevent handling and waste.
For example. Your tea tray will now only have very limited amounts of tea, coffee, sugar and milk. The reason for this is to prevent you handling anything that a previous guest may have handled. Anything left after a guest leaves will be disposed of. Fresh items will be provided for each new guest. This reinforces our commitment to your safety and prevents excess waste.
However, this does not mean that you cannot ask us for more, we are happy to supply as many as you will use!
We will ask you to be flexible over breakfast times at this time to ensure social distancing in the dining room.
We ask that you come to breakfast at a pre-agreed time to ensure that there are no more than two tables occupied in the dining room at any one time.
The normal full buffet that would be displayed on the sideboard has had to be removed for health and safety reasons, however all items are still available, they will just be served individually by us from the kitchen instead.
Even things like marmalades and jams have had to be re-thought, we will ask you to tick the box on your breakfast order sheet to say which you would prefer. One or more choices, it’s up to you.
We ask that you only use the dining room, hall, and guest bedrooms, unless arrangements have been made with us to use the guest lounge. Again, without stating the obvious this is to ensure there is no cross contamination between guests. We want your stay to be as comfortable as we can possibly make it.
Hand Gel When You Come and Go.
Anti-viral hand gel is available in the hallway. We ask you to use this when you come into the house. Hand gel is also supplied in your rooms. We ask that you use the hand gel when leaving your rooms and coming into a public area. There is also hand gel in the hallway. We ask you to use this before entering the dining room.
We do not ask you to wear a mask indoors but we do ask you to maintain social distancing of 2 metres where possible and that you use appropriate etiquette if coughing or sneezing, and most importantly wash your hands and use hand gel as appropriate.
Maintaining Your Room.
Maintaining Your Room. We know you will have some concerns with regards to having your room maintained. Regular maintenance would be cleaning of bins, washing tea-cups/glasses, replenishing supplies, making up the beds and cleaning the bathrooms. If you would rather we left the beds and bathrooms during your stay please let us know.
Wet Towels. We ask you to put the wet towels into the laundry basket provided so that we can wash and dry them ready for reuse.
We take your safety seriously and so we are providing fresh unopened tissues, new toilet rolls and smaller disposable toiletries to all of our guests.
Shoes and suitcases:
In our efforts to create a covid-19 free environment, we ask all guests to remove shoes before entering the house, this is to ensure any footwear borne virus is not transferred to our carpets and your rooms. Similarly Suitcases can carry dirt and virus on their surfaces. We ask that suit cases are never placed on the bed and soft furnishings in your room, thank you.
We advise that you book your restaurants at least three days in advance, more for that special experience to ensure that you are able to reserve your table. If you do not pre-book you may find that all of the tables are taken. We ask that you do not consume meals in the bedrooms. Due to Covid-19 and ‘social-distancing’ restaurants have removed some tables so their overall capacity is reduced!
Please don’t travel if you are unwell. In the very unlikely event that you are unwell when you arrive, or become unwell at any time, in particular if you have a high temperature or symptoms of a cold or flu please let us know immediately.
We will do all in our power to ensure that you have had a comfortable and hopefully memorable stay.
Bruce & Jeannette x
for your 5 star luxury B&B holiday accommodation at West Acre House, Alnwick, Northumberland, North East England.