Rental Terms and Conditions

Booking conditions

1. GENERAL

In next chapters Lovely Istria d.o.o. will be replaced with Lovely Istria. Lovely Istria acts as an agent for the property owner of accommodation featured on
our website. Your contract is with the property owner. This contract incorporates all the conditions below. Lovely Istria is not a management company.

2. MAKING A BOOKING AND PAYMENT

2.1. Once you have made a provisional reservation with us we will ask you to confirm your booking by e-mail or. This must be from the first named person on the booking (‘the party leader’). The party leader must be at least 18 years old and must be authorised to make the booking on the basis of these booking conditions by all persons named on the booking. By confirming the booking details with Lovely Istria the party leader confirms that he/she is so authorised and that all party members agree to be bound by the booking conditions.

2.2. The party leader is responsible for making all payments due to us. Once an invoice has been sent out from Lovely Istria a minimum non-refundable deposit of 30% of the rental cost must be sent. The balance of your booking must be received not less than 30 days prior to your From date at the villa, a reminder invoice will be sent by email or sms. If booking within 30 days of From, the full cost of the villa must be paid at the time of booking. You may make a booking over the contact form via our website http://www.lovelyistria.com/. Bookings received in this way are provisional and will be held for 3 days pending receipt of your deposit/full payment as applicable. If your payment is not received within 4 days the booking will automatically lapse.

2.3. Bookings cannot be accepted from parties of young people less than 18 years of age. We reserve the right to refuse a booking without any given reason.

3. CONTRACT

3.1. A contract between you, the party leader and the property owner will come into existence when you have paid a deposit (or full payment if booking within 30 days of From) and we accept your booking by issuing a written confirmation. Croatian Law governs your contract and all matters arising out of it. Any disputes, claim or other matter, which arises out of or in connection with this contract, will be dealt with by the courts of Croatia only.

3.2. It is important that you check the villa confirmation you receive from us immediately on receipt. You must contact us straight away if any information appears to be incorrect as it may not be possible to make changes later. We regret we cannot accept any liability if we are not notified of any inaccuracies in any document within 14 days of our sending it out.

4. PRICES

4.1. The price of your villa is based on villa prices presents on the website http://www.lovelyistria.com at time of your booking or booking request.

4.2. Many property owners will only accept bookings with a minimum of one week and in some case a minimum of five days in April, May, September and October.

4.3. Properties are let fully furnished and equipped. The price for all properties includes linen, electricity, hot and cold water. Occasionally there may be an additional charge for air conditioning/heating where available; you will be advised of this at the time of booking. Where there is a private pool, pool heating will incur an additional expense. Satellite/Cable television where available may not include access to all channels. If internet access is available it is generally assumed that the customer will bring their own laptop. Fax machine means a fax machine can be provided. Use of telephone/internet facilities must be paid for locally.

5. SECURITY DEPOSIT

5.1. A security deposit is required to cover the cost of any damages or breakages. The deposit will be collected on your From at the villa and is usually € 300 – € 500 per villa. For groups of young people (under 22 of age) an extra refundable safe deposit of € 100 per person is required at check in.For telephone use, internet access or other services a higher deposit may be required to cover eventual bills. You will be advised of this at the time of booking or if you decide on From that you wish to use additional services the higher deposit will be confirmed to you in resort. Please ensure you have this amount of money ready when you arrive otherwise entry into the property may be delayed until the deposit is produced.

5.2. The deposit is refunded at the end of your stay after the owner inspection of the villa for damage.

6. CHANGES BY YOU

If you are prevented from travelling, you have a right to transfer your villa to another person and or another date. However, you must tell us you want to do in writing more than 42 days before From. We will charge an amendment fee of Euro 50.00 per booking. You will also be liable for any additional costs caused by this transfer. Until we receive full payment, both you and the person taking your place are responsible for full payment of the villa. Please refer to paragraph headed ‘Other Changes’ with regard to villa transfer within 42 days of From.

7. OTHER CHANGES

If you wish to make other changes to your booking after it has been confirmed you must notify us in writing as soon as possible. We will endeavour to assist you but cannot give any guarantees. An amendment fee of Euro 50.00 per booking will be applicable along with any additional costs incurred as a result of the change. If you wish to amend your booking within 42 days of departure we may treat this as a cancellation. In this instance the charges as stated in the cancellation charge table in paragraph 8.1 will apply.

8. CANCELLATION POLICY

8.1. If you wish to cancel your booking you may do so either by writing to us, e-mail us at info@lovelyistria.com. All Cancellations will take effect from the date received by Lovely Istria. In all cases a cancellation will only be accepted from the party leader. If you do cancel you will have to pay cancellation charges. The amount you pay depends on the date we have been informed of the cancellation in writing. The following cancellation charges apply: If you wish to cancel your booking always the 30% of total cost is not refundable. Within 30 days prior to arrival date amount is not refundable.

8.2. Cancellation charges are calculated as a percentage of the total villa cost. Cancellation charges exclude amendment charges which are non-refundable in the event of your cancellation. Depending on the reason for your cancellation, you may be able to re-claim these cancellation charges (less any applicable excess) under the terms of your insurance policy. Claims must be made directly to the insurance company concerned. Lovely Istria strongly recommends that you purchase travel insurance when booking your villa rental.

9. CHANGES AND CANCELLATIONS BY US

9.1. In the unlikely event that alterations and cancellations have to be instigated by us, we will inform you as soon as possible and if requested we will try to arrange alternative accommodation of a similar type, standard and location.

9.2. If no alternative accommodation is available or acceptable, we will refund in full all monies paid and shall be under no other liability.

10. COMPLAINTS

10.1. If you have a problem whilst at your booked villa, please bring it to the attention of our local representative/agent/villa owner so that they have an opportunity to put it right at the time. If no representative/agent/villa owner is available in that area, please contact our Croatian office direct. Failure to alert us of any problem whilst you are in the villa will lead to a rejection of your complaint by our office.

10.2. If your complaint cannot be completely resolve locally, you must inform our local representative/agent/villa owner and follow this up within 10 days of returning home by writing to our customer services manager giving full details of your complaint and we will pass your comments onto the villa owner. In all cases we will try and settle the matter amicably. If you fail to notify us within 10 days of your return, we reserve the right to reject any claim as it may be, by then, difficult for us to investigate the complaint.

10.3. If you vacate the property before the To day without notifying our local representatives you will lose the right to compensation.

11. ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE

Guests are expected to arrive after 4.00 pm Croatian time and to depart by 10.00 am. There may be slight variations to these times +/- one hour – you will be advised of the correct Arrival/Departure times for your property on your travel documentation. If your Arrival is outside these times: From 9 pm later: extra charge may be applied by owner.

12. TRAVEL

12.1. The party leader is responsible for the parties taking with them correct travel documentation (passports and visas, driving licences, vehicle registration, green
card, motor insurance etc).

12.2. It is very important that you secure your travel (e.g. flights) arrangements at the same time as booking a villa as Lovely Istria cannot be held responsible for problems arising as a result of non-confirmation of your travel arrangements.

13. YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES

13.1. You must keep the property and all furniture, fittings, effects, facilities, equipment and grounds in the same state of repair and condition as at the commencement of your holiday, and in the same state of cleanliness and general order in which it was found. You will be responsible for any breakages, loss or damage to the property. Once again we strongly recommend adequate insurance cover to be made by yourselves and all party members. The property owner reserve the right to make deductions from the security deposit for any extra cleaning, over the number of hours committed to departure cleaning, and to claim against you for damage or loss, the cost of which exceeds the security deposit.

13.2. The parking of caravans/pitching of tents is strictly forbidden.

14. NUMBER OF PEOPLE USING THE PROPERTY

Only those persons named at time the time of booking may use the property without prior agreement. The maximum number of people, including infants, allowed at the property may not be exceeded. The owner has the right to terminate the rental without prior notice and without refund if the numbers are exceeded.

15. ACCESS

The property owner or their representative shall be allowed reasonable access to the property to carry out urgent maintenance and/or inspection.

16. BEHAVIOUR

The person signing the contract is responsible for the correct and decent behaviour of the party. Should you or a member of the party not behave in such a manner, the property owner or local representative/agent may use their absolute discretion and ask you and the party to vacate the property without refund.

17. ADDITIONAL SERVICES

Please give as much time as possible to organise additional services such as those mentioned in paragraph 5. Payment for such services is usually made locally (excluding car hire). We cannot accept responsibility for any extra services.

18. LINEN

Linen and linen change is included in all properties. It is advisable to take a beach towel and to check that cot linen is provided.

19. SWIMMING POOLS

Swimming pools are not open all year. Please check with us as to whether the pool is open or not. If pool heating is required then this is an extra charge that will be deducted from the security deposit (not applicable if swimming pool is part of a hotel complex).

20. SOCIAL EVENTS AND OTHER FUNCTIONS

Lovely Istria acts as an agent for property owners for the private rental of a property. If you are intending to organise a private function (e.g. party, wedding, cocktail party) at the property, you must seek prior permission from Lovely Istria. Additional charges and/or increased security deposit may be sought at the owner’s discretion.

21. SECURITY AND VALUABLES

Any valuables left at the property are left at your own risk. Neither Lovely Istria nor the property owner is responsible for their loss. No refund can be given should you decide to vacate the property as a consequence of a burglary.

22. INFORMATION

22.1. While we make every effort to ensure that descriptions supplied are accurate, we cannot accept responsibility for errors contained therein or the results thereof. You must accept that minor differences between the photograph/illustration/text used and actual property may arise.

22.2. Property owners reserve the right to make modifications to the property specifications that are considered necessary in light of operating requirements. In the interest of continual improvement, property owners reserve the right to alter furniture, fittings, amenities, facilities or any part of any activities, either advertised or previously available without prior notice.

22.3. If material changes occur after your booking has been confirmed, we will advise you if there is time before departure.

23. PETS

Pets are not allowed unless with the explicit permission of the owner. The owner reserves the right to add a surcharge and/or increase the security deposit. Number of pets must be agreed prior to acceptance of booking.

24. ENVIRONMENT

24.1. Please be aware that many of our properties are in rural or isolated locations and as such you may encounter flora and fauna such as mosquitoes, wasps, ants, local dogs etc as well as other environmental activities e.g. farming, drains etc. Some properties are located on non-surfaced roads.

24.2. Many of our properties are over 100 years old and some are listed. As a result the structure and safety may not have current safety and design features. Whilst Lovely Istria makes every effort to give as much detail on each property as possible, including when it was built and whether or not it is suitable for children/people with walking difficulties, it may mean that the property may be less safe than a more recently designed/built property. Also – due to the rocky nature of the Croatian coastline some of our coastal properties may have steep approaches, many stairs and/or maybe perched on a rocky promontory. Whilst this provides a spectacular location it might not be suitable for certain types of customers and again every effort is made to advise you of this on the villa details.

24.3. Please note we cannot be held responsible for any building or road workings occurring near the property. We will endeavour to advise you of any work occurring should we be aware of it, but work can occur at any time without our prior knowledge.

25. OUR LIABILITY AND THE PROPERTY OWNER

25.1. Neither Lovely Istria (as agent for the property owner) nor the property owner shall not be responsible for the death of, or personal injury of any member of a booking party, or of any other person at the property unless this results from the proven negligence of the owner, Lovely Istria or our employees.

25.2. We shall not be liable for any loss, breach or delay due to any cause beyond our reasonable control including though not limited to acts of God, explosion, tempest, fire or accident, war or threat of war, civil disturbances, acts, restrictions, regulations, bye-laws or measures of any kind on the part of the government or local authority, strikes, lock-outs or other industrial actions or disputes or adverse weather conditions. In any case we shall be entitled to treat the contract as discharged.

25.3. On the event of discharge our liability shall be limited to the return of the sums paid to us in respect of the unused portion of the rental calculated on a pro rate daily basis less an administrative fee of Euro 50.00 to cover our reasonable expenses.

25.4. We cannot be held responsible for the breakdown of mechanical equipment such as pumps, boilers, swimming pool filtrations systems, nor for the failure of public utilities such as water, gas and electricity.

25.5. Neither Lovely Istria nor the owner can be held responsible for noise or disturbance originating beyond the boundaries of the property or which is beyond our control. In the event that a source of noise has been in existence prior to your booking and we are informed of this, we will contact you to inform you of the disturbance.

25.6. We cannot accept responsibility for events out of our control e.g. bad weather including events arising as a result of very hot or unusual weather, delays caused by carrier companies, breakdown of domestic equipment.

26. SPECIAL OFFERS

Involving free nights are always for a maximum of one or two free night depending on the length of stay. Long stay bookings cannot be split into two to get more free nights. In such cases such split bookings may be refused by the villa/apartment owner on arrival or the unentitled free nights claimed maybe charged for locally.

27. FACILITIES

Occasionally facilities may have to be temporarily withdrawn at short notice during your holiday, often this is beyond our immediate control.

28. WEBSITE LINKS

From time to time we may establish links from the Lovelyistria website to other sites which we feel would be of interest to customers planning a villa holiday. Lovelyistria would like to make it clear that we are not responsible for the actions or content of these websites. It is your responsibility to check the status of these sites.

29. LOW SLUNG CARS

People taking low/sports cars are advised to check that the access to the property is suitable.

30. SPECIAL REQUESTS

We will endeavour to meet any requests you may have prior to travel but unfortunately we cannot guarantee them. Special requests do not form part of our contractual obligations to you and we accept no liability if they are not met.

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