Privacy and Cookie Policy

The purpose of this Privacy Policy is to clarify how Cottages to Rent, as well as the third-party technologies utilised on this website, use cookies to collect information.

Who We Are

Cottages to Rent is a holiday home/holiday cottage website that promotes the properties of third party operators, in some instances through affiliate-based arrangements. Our web address is: https://www.cottages-to-rent.co.uk. Our postal address is: 473 Twickenham Road, Isleworth, Middlesex, TW7 7DZ

How We Collect User Information

We collect user information by the analysis of site traffic and the behaviour of visitors through dropped cookies. Cookies are often used on transactional websites, in order to save visitor log-in information, site customisation or site analytics.

What User Information We Collect

We collect the following data through analytical software:

  • Source IP address
  • Time and Date of Access
  • Web page(s) Visited
  • Language Used
  • Software Crash Reports
  • Type of Browser Used

This information is used by Cottages to Rent for the improvement of website design and content. Consequently, we may provide the resulting statistics about our services, traffic patterns and other site information to third parties via our analytical packages. However this data will not include any information which could personally identify you or any individual visitor to the site.

User-Generated Comments on Cottages to Rent

When you leave comments on Cottages to Rent we also collect the data shown in the comments form, and also your IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymised string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: https://automattic.com/privacy/. After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.

What rights you Have over Your Data

If you have left comments on this website, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where we Send your Data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.

Legal Compliance

We reserve the right to access and disclose individually identifiable information to comply with applicable laws and lawful government appeals by the police investigating any illegal activities.

You agree that you do not object to us or third parties contacting you for any of the above purposes whether by email or other forms of communication. Also, you confirm that you do not and will not consider any of the above as being a breach of any of your rights under the Telecommunications (Data Protection and Privacy) Regulations 1999.

We now provide more detailed information about the types of cookies used on the Cottages to Rent website and their purpose.

Cottages to Rent Cookie Policy

The Cottages to Rent website uses first party and third party cookies.

  • Cookie Types
  • Our Use of Cookies
  • Our Use of Tracking Technologies
  • Types of Cookies Used and Their Purpose

What are Cookies?

Cookies are small files which are transmitted to internet browsers from a website that you visit. They are often used to store personal preferences, identify on-site visitor behaviour and retain authentication information including passwords and log-in details.

The vast majority of cookies are completely harmless and enhance your browsing experience. Many sites will actually not work properly without having cookies enabled.

Cookies are retained for either a fixed time period on your device or for the duration of your visit to a website. There are generally two different types of cookie:

  • First Party Cookies
  • Third Party Cookies

First Party Cookies

First party cookies are generated by the domain you visit and, in most cases, contain a small amount of text in a file on your device. Such cookies enable site owners/administrators to track your behaviour while on their website.

They also enhance user experience by keeping information that helps with usage, such as automatic logins and/or shopping basket storage. They are usually enabled by default in most web browsers and do not contain personal information.

Third Party Cookies

Third party cookies are usually associated to different domains and are set by third parties for tracking and re-targeting purposes. Many third party cookies are utilised by analytical packages like Clicky or Google. Third party cookies only differ from first-party cookies by the actual domain to which they are associated with.

The Use of Cookies on Cottages to Rent

We use first and third party cookies on Cottages to Rent for the following purposes:

  • Gaining an understanding of how visitors view our website and in what number
  • Personalising user experience by remembering personal preferences
  • Delivering relevant advertising
  • Measuring social media engagement

The Use of Tracking Technologies on Cottages to Rent

Cottages to Rent stores both first party tracking technologies and third party tracking technologies. Both types of tracking technologies are stored, either for the length of your visit, or for return visits. There are five types of tracking technologies:

  • Strictly Necessary Tracking Technologies
  • Functionality Tracking Technologies
  • Performance Tracking Technologies
  • Marketing/Advertising Tracking Technologies
  • Social Media Tracking Technologies

Strictly Necessary Tracking Technologies

Strictly Necessary Tracking Technologies track visitors who navigate our site and use our services. They may also be utilised for security and integrity reasons, assisting us in the detection of potential violations of our website policies and to support the security features installed on Cottages to Rent. There is no requirement for us to obtain your permission to use these tracking technologies.

Functionality Tracking Technologies

Functionality Tracking Technologies enable us to provide you with personalised features, improve on-site features and to remember the decisions you made while visiting our site. Additionally, these tracking technologies are used for authentication purposes, such as remembering when you are logged-in.

Performance Tracking Technologies

Performance Tracking Technologies collect information about your activities on our website. This includes visit duration, pages visited and the type of content you engage with. These technologies allow us to analyse and research aggregated statistics which detail your on-site behaviour.

Marketing/Advertising Tracking Technologies

Marketing/Advertising Tracking Technologies are used to serve targeted offers that are based on your interests. They can also be used to limit the number of times you see a certain advertisement and to measure the effectiveness of any advertising campaigns we operate. These tracking technologies are usually implemented by our advertisers (advertising affiliate networks), which provide them with information about how people view and interact with their advertisement(s).

Social Media Tracking Technologies

We sometimes use social media buttons to give users the option to interact with various social media platforms and share/engage with our content (like or share). The social media plug-ins used on Cottages to Rent, set third-party cookies which are used to track online activity. We have no direct control over the information gathered by these cookies.

Specific Tracking Technologies Used on Cottages to Rent

This section includes information about the tracking technologies used on the Cottages to Rent websites. We also explain their type and purpose.

Google Analytics
Type: Third Party Tracking Technology
Purpose: Performance Tracking Technology

Google Analytics is used by Cottages to Rent in order to record on-site activity. These cookies include information about your IP address, browser type/version, in addition to unique identifiers. These unique identifiers, from first-party cookies, record how you interact and behave on the Cottages to Rent website. This information allows us to enhance our online services.Google Double

Clicky, Google Doubleclick, Google Syndication Services, Google Tag Services, Agkn.com, Adsafeprotected, Quantserve, Moatads, MDN.net
Type: Third Party Tracking Technologies
Purpose: Marketing or Advertising Tracking Technology

On Cottages to Rent, a number of third party vendors such as Google use cookies to serve more relevant ads based on usage and visits to other websites. These gather information about the number of visitors/users, popular areas and entry points of the Cottages to Rent website as well as visitors’ country of origin. Such information is totally anonymous.

Cloudflare
Type: Third Party Functional Cookie
Purpose: Functionality Tracking Technology

The Cottages to Rent website operates on Cloudflare server. As a third-party company, Cloudflare sets functional cookies which include but are not limited to the collection of IP address information and system configuration settings. We use Cloudflare for security purposes and to serve our website’s pages more quickly to our users.

Clicky
Type: Third Party Tracking Technology
Purpose: Performance Tracking Technology

The Clicky platform is occasionally used by Cottages to Rent in order to record on-site activity. These cookies include information about your IP address, browser type/version in addition to unique identifiers. These unique identifiers record how you interact and behave on the Cottages to Rent website. This information allows us to enhance our services and provide more relevant conten..

Facebook
Type: Third-Party Tracking Technology (Social Media Tracking Technology)
Purpose: Performance Tracking Technology

The social media plug-ins that we sometimes use with Cottages to Rent set third-party cookies which are used to track online activity. We have no direct control over the information gathered by these cookies.

Pinterest
Type: Third-Party Tracking Technology (Social Media Tracking Technology)
Purpose: Performance Tracking Technology

The social media plug-ins we use with Cottages to Rent, set third-party cookies which are used to track online activity. We have no direct control over the information gathered by these cookies.

Twitter
Type: Third-Party Tracking Technology (Social Media Tracking Technology)
Purpose: Performance Tracking Technology

The social media plug-ins we use with Cottages to Rent, set third-party cookies which are used to track online activity. We have no direct control over the information gathered by these cookies.

Managing Cookie Settings

There are numerous ways to manage and control the cookie settings in your internet browser. But it’s worth remembering that deleting or blocking cookies can have a negative impact on the features available on the Cottages to Rent website, such as page load times and the speed in which images are served to you.

Disabling Cookies in Web Browsers

Most browsers allow for the deletion of cookies, either generally or individually. Cookies can also be blocked for certain websites or for every website that you visit. Third-party cookies can sometimes be switched off too. Further information can often be found in the help/privacy section of the browser.

Disabling Third Party Cookies

Some third party advertising/targeting cookies can be disabled by visiting this link: Network Advertising Initiative.