I gave him just under 8 weeks notice to cancel the booking. His T&CS say that where full amount is paid and we are within 8 weeks of the booking then he withholds 1/3rd and refunds the balance (2/3rds) if he is successful in reletting the Cottage.
Very helpful and what I suspected. Just hope he can relet the week we cancelled and give us most of our money back.
One final question. The contract that I am breaching, when did the contract actually come into existence. Was it the point I confirmed I wished to book the cottage. The point at which he sent me an email confirming the booking (dates, number of people and the cost etc) or the point at which he received the money from me.
Sorry Jo a final final question.
It was actually my wife who made the original enquiry, confirmed that she wished to book so I guess the contract is between her and the cottage owner.
From what you say we would be wasting our time but if we did decide to proceed with a small claim (£470) does my wife have to be the Claimant since she entered the contract or can I act as Claimant on her behalf.
Sorry Jo confused, why do you think now that we have a case when earlier you said we were in breach of a contract.