Booking terms & conditions
Seeds of Silence Seeds of Silence is a place where enjoyment and relaxation are central. You are welcome in one of our many retreats, a solo retreat or as a guest in our B&B formula. If for any reason, we feel the house and you are not an appropriate fit, we reserve the right to decline your booking. We ask for a 50% non-refundable deposit to secure the dates and the balance of the rental fee to be paid 3 weeks before arrival. All deposits and other payments relating the rental of the house will be non-refundable in any circumstances, Only if due to Covid circumstances cannot attend, all will be refunded. Please remember to renew and check the terms of your travel insurance cover and encourage your guests to do so too. We shall not be responsible for any losses or costs you may incur in relation to travel to Olhao that may have to be canceled or postponed, or indeed extended because of Covid or otherwise. We will endeavor to keep you appraised of local Covid rules and contingency solutions in case anyone contracts Covid during your stay with us. However, with the rules locally and internationally changing on a frequent basis, we would stress that as between you and us, it is your responsibility to check what rules apply to your group and to ensure adherence to such rules. At the time of writing, Visit Portugal shares guidance on rules in Portugal: https://www.visitportugal.com/en/content/covid-19-measures-implemented-portugal We reserve the right to require a security deposit against potential damage equal to 500 euros to be provided 3 weeks before arrival. In most circumstances, we will require payment of the rental fee by bank transfer and the security deposit to be provided by bank transfer or in cash. We will advise you by email within 5 working days of your departure if we consider we should call upon the security deposit (in full or in part). Of course, we would hope that any issues could be resolved before your departure. Extras should be settled locally before departure, in most cases directly with the suppliers. (Please note that few will have credit card facilities and therefore will prefer payment in cash.) We reserve the right to ask you to leave straight away (without refund) if we consider any of the House Rules (see below) have been disrespected. We will not be liable to any guest for any loss damage or injury suffered by them or their property howsoever caused, save in respect of death or personal injury caused by our negligence or that of our staff. This is not intended to affect any mandatory rights you have under local law that we cannot legally restrict or exclude. HOUSE RULES We try to keep rules to a minimum. We trust that those invited into our home will respect that it is just that – and will look after it as their own. Should anyone prove disrespectful to the house or the house staff, we reserve the right to ask you to leave straight away (without a refund). We accept booking for quest wishing to bring children also babies that have not yet started walking or crawling by the time of their stay are welcome. We would also advise that the house is suitable for guests with mobility issues Well-behaved pets may be welcome but only by prior agreement. We ask for no smoking anywhere in the house (including the terraces) In respect to our neighbours, we ask that no one uses the pool or the pool terrace after 10pm and that no one jumps into the pool at any time. Wet neighbours are unhappy neighbours! And with an eye on health & safety, please do not to take glasses up to the terrace. There are good quality melamine glasses available in the pool bar and jugs available in the kitchen. Also, whilst guests are welcome to take glasses, mugs and plates to their rooms, please return them to the kitchen and pop them in the dishwasher The house has been wired to provide wifi throughout. You are welcome to use it liberally in your rooms but in keeping with the idea that this is a place to be inspired through conversation, creativity and new experiences, we would ask you not to use phones and laptops on the terraces or in the other common areas. And in the hope we can encourage you to a full digital detox, please note that there are no televisions. The house is not suitable for stag or hen parties. If you wish to host an event at the house or to undertake a photoshoot, please get in touch so that we can discuss arrangements and agree on specific terms & conditions. The house has 6 bedrooms accommodating a maximum of 12 people. We do not accept or have capacity for additional beds. We assume you will agree with your guests what images or other recording of your stay at the house may be taken and shared on social media (or otherwise). Our staff have been asked to adhere to the strictest confidentiality standards. For the warm sunny days, when sun-cream is essential, please shower before going in the pool and if using P20, please be careful as it stains terribly (microcement bathroom vanities and bed/bath linens in particular). The rental of the house includes a change of bath towels on day 4 if staying for 7 nights, and on day 3 if staying for 5 nights. One beach towel per person for 7 nights is also included. The bed linen will be fresh on arrival. If you are staying for more than 7 nights, the bed linen will be changed on day 7. No guest should use, ingest, possess or distribute illegal drugs or other substances or engage in other conduct which would bring Seeds Of Silence into disrepute. We reserve the right to ask you to leave straight away (without a refund) if we consider any of these house rules to have been disrespected. The person making the booking will be responsible for the behaviour of their guests and any damage they may cause. At the end of your stay, please ensure that the house is in the same condition as you found it on arrival and that all items borrowed have been returned to the place from which they were taken; in particular, the kitchen should be left clean and tidy, dishes and glasses cleaned and put away, bins empty, perishable foods thrown out. Any wet or damp towels should be taken to the laundry on the ground floor and not left on beds! Extras should be settled locally before departure, in most cases directly with the suppliers. (Please note that few will have credit card facilities and therefore will prefer payment in cash.) We will not be liable to any guest for any loss damage or injury suffered by them or their property howsoever caused, save in respect of death or personal injury caused by our negligence or that of our staff. This is not intended to affect any mandatory rights you have under local law that we cannot legally restrict or exclude. COMPLAINTS Should you have any complaints about your experience at Seeds Of Silence or about this Site, please email Cindy@seedsofsilence.com.We will endeavour to respond and resolve any issues as quickly as possible. Seeds Of Silence is promoted and rented by Cindy Andries as a personal business activity .