Well known for its rugged coastline and traditional English countryside, the West Country offers a diverse array of breathtaking landscapes. Whether it’s pristine beaches, picture-perfect villages or dramatic river valleys, between them, Devon, Cornwall, Dorset and Somerset offer some of the UK’s most stunning scenery.
A varied landscape where mountains tower above lush river valleys and glassy lakes, interrupted only by charming towns, villages and many historic castles. The stunning coastline offers 750 miles of flawless beaches and hidden coves, and Cardiff offers a vibrant atmosphere and plenty of cultural discoveries.
Scotland is a land of real diversity. Revel in the vibrancy of Edinburgh and Glasgow or enjoy solidarity on the peaceful islands of Skye or Lewis. Walk beside gentle lochs or rushing rivers, climb towering mountains and discover hidden beaches and ancient battle grounds. Not only that but Scotland is swathed in historic castles, stately homes and attractions to suit just about anyone.
From the huge open skies and vast beaches in Norfolk to the traditional seaside charm in Essex, the East of England is a varied holiday destination. Taking in Suffolk, Lincolnshire, Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire, you can also enjoy stunning countryside, cultural cities, historic castles and several Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Encompassing the likes of The Cotswolds, Oxfordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire and Warwickshire, a holiday in the Heart of England guarantees a traditional English break. Get lost in the stunning countryside, explore cultural cities, market towns and picture-perfect villages. Not only that but you can discover stately homes, peaceful gardens and beautiful castles.
Home to some of the UK’s most loved Victorian seaside towns, the South Coast promises perfect family memories full of fish and chips and ice cream! Head slightly inland and you can enjoy the likes of the New Forest in Hampshire, the South Downs in Sussex and cultural cities like Canterbury in Kent.
There are many contrasting landscapes in the North of England, from the unspoilt mountains in the Lake District to the vast rolling countryside of Yorkshire. If you’re more interested in the coast then Northumberland’s stunning beaches and Yorkshire’s popular fishing villages will not disappoint.
So many beautiful places in the UK are designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty or a National Park, testament to just how special much of the country’s landscapes are. Choose from the peaks of Snowdonia, the honey-coloured villages of the Cotswolds, the unspoilt wilderness of the Cairngorms and many more.
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Your privacy is of the utmost importance, we are therefore committed to safeguarding your personal information. That starts with helping you understand our privacy practices.
This statement describes the personal information we collect, how it is used and shared, your choices regarding this information and applies to any users of our services.
Any reference in this statement to information or personal information is to “personal data” as defined under the General Data Protection Regulation.
Version 1.10 last modified 20/07/2022
We are The Travel Chapter Group. We operate a number of websites and brands including holidaycottages.co.uk. For a full list of our brands and websites please click here.
All references to “we” “our” “us” or “company” within this statement within this statement are deemed to refer to The Travel Chapter Limited, (a company registered in England & Wales, company no 02431506) our ultimate parent company Bookmark Topco Limited (a company registered in Jersey, company no 139976), its subsidiaries, affiliates and/or any of our brands.
Our registered office is Travel Chapter House, Gammaton Road, Bideford, Devon. EX39 4DF, United Kingdom.
ICO Reference number: Z4968059.
For your reference the data controller is:
The Travel Chapter Limited (Company no 02431506), registered office at Travel Chapter House, Gammaton Road, Bideford, Devon. EX39 4DF, United Kingdom.
We have appointed a Data Protection Team who is responsible for overseeing any questions you may have in relation to this Privacy Statement.
If you have any questions about this Privacy Statement or Personal Information that we hold about you, including any requests to exercise your rights, please contact our Data Protection Team using the details set out below:
Address: Travel Chapter House, Gammaton Road, Bideford, North Devon, EX39 4DFEmail: [email protected]Telephone Number: 01237 426758
We collect the following categories of information:
For example, this information may be collected when you:
The type of information we collect from you may include your name, DOB (if purchasing insurance), email address, phone number, postal address and account password. If you are looking to let a property with us it may include your property name, property location and current letting status. For compliance and training purposes, phone calls with our contact centre may be recorded.
We may ask for information such as the names and ages of guests in your party, some of whom may be under 18. If you provide us with information for anybody under the age of 18, you will be asked to confirm that you are their parent or guardian and you agree to us handling their personal details.
The following types of information are created when using our services:
For your online experience to function, we set whether you are logged in or out and record anonymous information to maintain your identify across multiple servers. Server logs are collected to monitor technical errors, aid diagnosis and other system activity which may include your device & IP Address.
So that we can continually improve our service to you we record session information. This data includes booking information, any searches performed and saved, cottages shortlisted along with dates and times for each. It may also include non-personally identifiable information such as your IP address and customer ID, along with your device information such as operating system with browser or app version as applicable.
We use analytics tools to understand how users find, move around and interact with our websites and apps to continuously improve and optimise our service.
We may collect information relating to you or products or services you purchase from us from other sources which may include:
Information from these sources may be combined with other information in our possession.
We may also gather information from cookies, web beacons or similar technologies from the internet.
Our main purpose in collecting your personal information is to provide you with the services you requested and those which we believe will improve your experience with us.
We may use your information in the following ways:
When you use our services, for example booking a holiday or letting your property through us, we will need you to supply us with specific information required to fulfil a contract or related contracts, such as the contract created between the property owner and guest. If you refuse to supply part or all of this information, we may not be able to fulfil these contracts.
We may use the information we collect for testing, research, analysis and product development. This allows us to gain better market insights, improve and enhance the safety and security of our services and to develop new features and products. It also enables us to track the performance of our website and the content within it.
We use the information we collect to enable users of our services, including guests, and parties we contract with (such as property owners) to identify one another and communicate. For example, a guest may contact the owner of one of our listed properties prior to their holiday to arrange a late arrival or an owner may contact the guest after the holiday if belongings have been left in the property.
We may analyse your information to create a profile about you in order to serve you with relevant content. We may use additional information about you from other sources to help us to do this more accurately and efficiently.
We do not profile in any way that will put you at a disadvantage. We do not profile in any way using sensitive information (such as racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious or philosophical beliefs, or trade union membership, genetic data, biometric data, data concerning health or data concerning a natural person's sex life or sexual orientation).
We may communicate with you about our products, services, promotions and news or, where applicable, relevant third parties’ services.
We may also provide you with relevant advertising and content about our services through third party providers as well as tracking performance of this advertising. For information on how to opt out of this advertising, please see ‘Choice & Transparency’ below.
We may use or share your information with third parties to verify its accuracy.
We may use the information we collect to investigate or address claims or disputes relating to your use of our services, or as otherwise allowed by applicable law.
We ask for information from job applicants to assist with our recruitment process. The information will be used solely in connection with considering and acting upon an application. We may retain your information, but only for the purpose of considering your application for current or future available positions.
We may perform these functions ourselves or use a third party provider to perform these functions on our behalf. Where we use a third party they will be required to use your personal information only to perform services for us.
We always treat your data with sensitivity and keep it secure. At times we share your information with others where it is either necessary to perform our services to you, where we are required by law to disclose information or where you have given your consent to share information.
Other parties that we share your data with include:
When enquiring about a holiday we are required to share details about the guests with the owner to arrange the booking. When booking a holiday, we will share both the guest details to the owner and the owners details to the guest.
When using one of our services (a guest enquiring about a holiday, for example) we may share details about them with parties we contract with. For example, when booking a holiday, we will share both the guest details to the owner and the owner's details to the guest.
When you submit content through public forums such as blogs, social media and independent partners for holiday reviews, any personal information provided in such forums is done so at your own risk as voluntarily provided by you.
In order to perform or market our services to you, we may provide information to our service providers who act on our behalf, such as mailing houses, research firms and companies offering marketing services/tools. The information we provide will always be limited to that which is necessary for them to fulfil the service they provide us and where we do so, we have appropriate agreements in place to ensure your information is kept secure. If one of our service providers is based outside the European Economic Area (EEA) we will ensure that appropriate safeguards are in place.
We may share your personal data with our trusted business partners, such as consultants and marketing partners. We do this where we believe we have a legitimate interest, which has been balanced with your interests, or where you have given your consent for us to do so, or in circumstances where it is necessary to fulfil a contract you have entered into.
We will not share your information with any other organisation for their own direct marketing purposes, without your specific consent.
Where we share your data with third party advertising platforms (such as Google or Facebook) to provide you with relevant and personalised marketing content, this information may be joined with information held within that platform. To opt out or review your privacy settings, please see ‘Your Rights’ below.
We may share information with our subsidiaries or parent companies to help us provide our services, conduct data processing on our behalf or to inform you of services carried out by our group which we think may be relevant to you.
For legal reasons or in the event of a dispute we may share your information when required or allowed to do so by law. For example, if you use another person's credit card, we may be required by law to share information with that credit card holder, including holiday information.
We may share your information other than as described in this statement if we notify you and you provide your specific consent for this purpose.
We know how much data security matters to all our customers and we treat your data with the utmost care.
We adopt best practices and operate secure data networks protected by industry standard firewall and password protection to safeguard personal identifiable information. Sensitive data such as payment card information is secured by SSL encryption. Any session requests to our servers are monitored to detect and prevent any suspect activity, fraudulent behaviour or site attacks.
You can edit the name, phone number, postal address and email address within your account (where applicable) or by contacting us.
You may opt-out of receiving marketing communications from us by contacting us at [email protected], writing to the Data controller representative, Travel Chapter House, Gammaton Road, Bideford, Devon. EX39 4DF, United Kingdom or by calling 01237 459842 and asking to speak to the Data controller representative.
You can also opt out of certain marketing communications through the following means:
Please remember that if you change your preference it may take a short time for those preferences to become effective.
We profile using personal information to analyse performance and better personalise advertising and marketing communications. We do not profile in anyway that will put you at a disadvantage. We do not profile in any way using sensitive information (such as racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious or philosophical beliefs, or trade union membership, genetic data, biometric data, data concerning health or data concerning a natural person's sex life or sexual orientation). Please contact us if you would like to object to this.
We will only keep personal data for an appropriate period of time for the purpose(s) for which we are using it. This period will vary and be dependent on our contractual and legal requirements.
You have the right to ask us to provide you with the personal information we may hold for you and what we are using this information for. This is known as a “Subject Access Request”. You also have the right to request that we delete your personal information. Upon receipt of such requests we will endeavour to respond to you as soon as possible, but at least within one month.
If you believe the personal information we hold for your is incorrect, please let us know and we will rectify this as soon as possible.
If you would like to exercise these rights, please contact us at [email protected] or write to the Data controller representative, Travel Chapter House, Gammaton Road, Bideford, Devon. EX39 4DF, United Kingdom or call 01237 459842 and ask to speak to the Data controller representative.
If you are not happy with the manner in which we have used your personal information you have the right to complain to a statutory authority, in the UK this would be the Information Commissioner’s Office.
On our websites you will find some links to external websites. Once you have left our website, our responsibility to you at Travel Chapter ends. Please check the privacy policies on other websites.
We monitor and review our privacy statement regularly. If we make significant changes we will endeavour to notify you through the website or through others means, such as email.