Privacy and Cookies Policy

About this policy

The Data Controller (the organisations responsible for looking after your data) is  Celebration Cottages Ltd also trading as Tipsy Hens. When we say “we”, “our”, “us”, etc., we are referring to Celebration Cottages or Tipsy Hens.

We are grateful for the trust you place in us, to arrange holidays, manage holiday properties and to use personal information responsibly. We are committed to protecting your information and we believe you have a right to know how we will use it. This policy sets out the data protection principles we follow.

This policy covers our dealings with customers and owner – people who have booked or are looking for a holiday, and people who let their holiday properties through us. Please note that our customers and owners must be over the age of 18 and we do not therefore collect personal information from children.

We will update our Privacy and Cookies Policy as data protection law or business practice changes.

Our rights

We generally use your data either on the basis of your consent, or based on a contract between us (e.g. when you book a holiday). You have the right to withdraw your consent.

If you withdraw your consent (e.g. by opting out of marketing communications), we will stop processing your data as requested. Bear in mind if you have a holiday booked and you have not yet travelled, we’ll still need to hold onto your data so we can process the holiday. That’s because the contract between us is the basis for using your data (rather than consent). For more information, see the “Legal basis of processing” section below.

Personal information we collect

In order to provide you with the best possible holiday service, we collect the following information:

Identification: name, title, date of birth, age/age range, gender.

Contact details: postal addresses (main and billing), phone numbers, email addresses.

Account details:  to refund the security deposit:

Bookings: property booked, holiday start/end dates, cost of holiday, amounts paid, limited details of other people booked on the same holiday (names, gender, age range),

Insurance: your answers to the initial insurance questions.

Marketing preferences: whether you wish to receive marketing information from us, and if so, by which methods (postal, email, telephone, SMS).

Browsing: historical searches, how you use our website and mobile apps, website experience user survey responses, the devices and IP addresses you use to access our services (operating system, browser, …). We collect this information so that we can continuously improve our website and our service to you.

Holiday experience: any feedback you leave, responses to customer satisfaction surveys, whether you have a pet, interests (e.g. preferred holiday type, such as walking holidays).

Specific to property owners: addresses of your properties, historical and future booking information (see above), photographs/videos of the properties you own.

Communication: , web chat messages, emails, customer service cases, responses to questionnaires, competition entries, your interaction with our marketing (clicking links in our marketing emails, for example – we track this to help ensure our communications are relevant and interesting).

How we use your personal information

We use your personal information to:

  • Manage your holiday booking/letting
  • Organise Activities which you have added onto your accommodation
  • Understand how to improve our services, to select the best holiday properties and provide the best information and offers.
  • Detect and prevent fraud or abuse of our services
  • Personalise your online experience – showing you the most suitable holiday properties, for example
  • Enable the display of the most appropriate adverts on our websites and on other websites and services where we place advertising
  • Communicate with you, including for example, responding to your emails, messages on social media, web chat requests, handling customer service matters and so on
  • Process your payments
  • With your permission, send you relevant marketing information such as details of competitions, special offers and properties we think will be of interest to you
  • Manage competitions, promotions and special offers in which you participate
  • Make sure our servers and websites are operating correctly

How we collect personal information

We receive personal information from:

  • You, as you provide it to us (e.g. when booking a holiday, leaving a review or enquiring about letting a property)
  • Your use of our websites and mobile apps
  • Third party holiday providers you may book with, who advertise our properties
  • Your interaction with our marketing activities (provided you have not unsubscribed)
  • Third party review services.

Legal basis of processing

There are several grounds on which we will store and use your data. As follows:

Consent: for certain types of processing (e.g. marketing activities), we rely on your consent to use your data. You may withdraw your consent at any time (see “Your rights”, above).

Contract: much of the time, our use of your data will be because of the contract between us – that is, in relation to your holiday booking. We will usually retain relevant data for up to six years from the date the contract completes – e.g. the last day of your holiday.

Legal obligations: we are under certain binding legal obligations, such as accounting to the government for tax and making financial records available for audit. In such cases, we are typically obliged to retain data for up to seven years from the date of the transaction.

Legitimate interests: we use data to manage our operations and to make business process improvements. Rest assured, our legitimate interests will never override your right to privacy

How we share your personal information

We give some of your contact information to property owners, so they can get in touch about key collection and so on.

Internet advertising

We allow some third party advertisers to place cookies on our websites – and from there, in your browser. Please note that you may use your browser’s controls to disable cookies at any time.