If you are considering emailing us with an enquiry related to booking accommodation then please go ahead and use the email facility and you don't need to read any further.  If you do, I hope you sympathise with our attempt to reduce the amount of unsolicited commercial email (spam) that is sent.

If you are a business wishing to advertise your goods or services to us then read on.

We do not wish to receive unsolicited commercial email (spam) and it is against the law to send us any. 

Any unsolicited commercial email will be charged at £50 per email payable within 14 days.  A late payment fee of £12 will be added and interested of 8% per annum.
(updated 26th April 2017)

Under the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations 2003 (EC Directive) section 22 reads as follows...

Use of electronic mail for direct marketing purposes

22. - (1) This regulation applies to the transmission of unsolicited communications by means of electronic mail to individual subscribers.

(2) Except in the circumstances referred to in paragraph (3), a person shall neither transmit, nor instigate the transmission of, unsolicited communications for the purposes of direct marketing by means of electronic mail unless the recipient of the electronic mail has previously notified the sender that he consents for the time being to such communications being sent by, or at the instigation of, the sender.

(3) A person may send or instigate the sending of electronic mail for the purposes of direct marketing where -

(a) that person has obtained the contact details of the recipient of that electronic mail in the course of the sale or negotiations for the sale of a product or service to that recipient;

(b) the direct marketing is in respect of that person's similar products and services only; and

(c) the recipient has been given a simple means of refusing (free of charge except for the costs of the transmission of the refusal) the use of his contact details for the purposes of such direct marketing, at the time that the details were initially collected, and, where he did not initially refuse the use of the details, at the time of each subsequent communication.

(4) A subscriber shall not permit his line to be used in contravention of paragraph (2).

The term "individual subscriber" is defined as follows...

"individual" means a living individual and includes an unincorporated body of such individuals

As we are a partnership, the law applies to us.  Furthermore, the following advice is given on the Information Commissioner's website...

Electronic mail marketing to partnerships

How do the Regulations apply to the sending of marketing messages by electronic mail to partnerships?

A non-limited liability partnership in England, Wales or Northern Ireland is an individual subscriber under these Regulations. This means that such a partnership (which may consist of several individuals and which may have a large number of employees) is afforded the same protection under these Regulations as a residential subscriber or a sole trader. This protection is not available to limited liability partnerships, to Scottish partnerships or to corporate subscribers which include small and medium sized limited companies.

Strictly speaking, marketers must get prior consent to send emails to any email address used by an unincorporated partnership unless the ‘soft optin‘ criteria apply. This may be the generic contact email address of the partnership, for example, mail@partnershipname.com or it may be the separate email addresses used by individuals (partners, associates, other employees) working at that partnership.

 

References:

Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations 2003

Information Commissioner's advice