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Frequently Asked Questions

You will find most properties on the StayCotswold website are bookable online. Once you have placed the booking and made payment you will receive a booking confirmation.

A small number of our properties are not bookable online, and you will have to send us an enquiry. This is because we need to check some of the details with the owner of the property before confirming the booking. If you are interested in one of these properties, then please complete the enquiry form and a member of our guest relations team will get in touch with you within 24 hours.

When you have found your perfect holiday, you will need to pay a deposit of 30%. The remaining balance will be due 8 weeks before your arrival date.

If you are booking less than 8 weeks before your arrival date, the full amount would need to be paid on confirmation of the booking.

We accept the following payment methods:

Debit or Credit Card: Card payments can be taken directly through our booking pages. Please note there is no charge for a personal credit card but there is a 2% fee for business cards.

Bank Transfer: All bank transfer details can be found on your booking form, along with IBAN and SWIFT numbers for international payments. Please mark the payment as “PROPERTY NAME/SURNAME”

Damage Protection:

We have removed the need for Security Deposits with the introduction of Pre-authorisation against your payment card. You don’t need to do anything; this is automatically actioned 7 days prior to your stay. No funds are removed from your account, simply frozen and released 7 days after your checkout. Please note funds are only held in a pre-authorisation and not taken from your account.

Accidents do happen from time to time; please do let us know if any breakages or damages occur during your time at the property.

For more information please refer to our Booking Terms.

Your welcome information, directions and key collection instructions will be sent via email 21 days before your arrival date. You can also access these via the “Guest login” section on our website. For security reasons we do not send this information out too far in advance.

Your welcome information will include more information about the property, the property manual, directions, and access details. We may also provide you with the owner contact details so that you can liaise with them directly if necessary.

Please look at your chosen property on our website and read the Finer Details section where you will find more information about your holiday home. All properties are booked on a self-catering basis. You will find all bed linens and towels provided for your stay at the property along with some basic starter items like loo rolls and some basic condiments and cleaning items. You will need to do a food shop and include more of these items along with your food and drink for your stay. If you need something that is not shown,  please contact our guest relations team and we can advise if it is available or if it is something we can arrange with the owner.

In all properties, you will be provided with a set of linen for the beds, bath towel (per person), hand towel (per bathroom) and a bathmat (per bathroom). You can request additional linen for your stay, however, there will be an additional charge. Please note that cot linen is NOT provided at any property.

If you are unable to go on holiday, please let us know as soon as possible. In some cases, we may be able to move your booking to another date, but this is not guaranteed and an administration charge may be applied. We may also be able to offer a partial/full refund if we can resell the dates to new guests.

Please also refer to our Cancellation Policy in our full Booking Conditions.

In some of our properties, pets are more than welcome. You will be able to find all the properties which are pet friendly here. Please notify us on booking if you are planning on bringing a pet. Some of our properties will not accept pets due to allergies and others may except small, well-behaved pets on request. We will need to know the type of pet and with dogs, the breed and the age of the dog(s).

There is an additional cost to bring a pet with you, details of which can be found on the Finer Details section of the listing.

We have a few rules for pets:

  • Please do not allow your pet(s) on the furniture or in the bedrooms/bathroom areas of the house, the dogs must be kept downstairs area only.
  • Please do not leave pets unattended in or outside at any time.
  • Please clean up after your pet(s) if they use the garden or drive areas.
  • Please ensure that when you leave there are no traces (inside or out) that pets have been staying in the property.
  • Please be considerate of residents in the area – don’t let your dog(s) bark excessively.

If there is evidence of misbehaviour by a pet, or a pet has stayed without us being notified, then please note that there will be additional charges.

Fireworks, Chinese lanterns, candles, incense sticks and disposable BBQs are all prohibited in all of our holiday homes.

Smoking and vaping in any of our holiday homes is strictly prohibited.

Please note each of our holiday homes have different rules around groups so please contact us before booking so that we can secure consent from the owner. Events are also not permitted without prior consent and may constitute a breach of your contract with us if not arranged prior to booking.

A number of our holiday cottages can accommodate longer stays of 4 weeks or more. Please call us for more information on 01451 514000 or email

StayCotswold aims to provide the best quality homestay possible through both high property standards and great service.

If you feel that you have not received exceptional service, for any reason, please let StayCotswold know as soon as possible so that we can put it right for you.

Calling us, during your stay, at the first possible opportunity, will give you the best chance of resolving your issue during your stay.

You will have been given emergency contact details for this purpose through your welcome communication – please do not hesitate to use these property specific details.

During office hours you may also call the team at StayCotswold on 01451 514000 or email with details of which property you are staying in, what the problem is and how we can resolve this for you.

StayCotswold will keep you updated whilst trying to resolve your complaint. Initially the StayCotswold team member will endeavour to resolve your complaint over the phone.

If that is not possible, the team member will log a case and escalate your complaint to a manager.

If further escalation is required, a team member will update you within 48 hours with either an update or a resolution.

If a resolution is not immediately possible then, once we have fully investigated your complaint, we will be in touch to let you know the outcome of our investigation and to provide a resolution.

Following this, if we do not hear from you within seven days, we will close the case for you.