There appears to be little doubt that you or the Lodge companyare responsible for the damage although it appears that this is largely not of your making and the alternative would be for the Lodge company to be in breach of contract.
They have certainly been negligent in their estimate of getting down the lane.
Therefore it comes down purely to the quantum of damages (the value of the claim) and, if the lodge company will not agree to pay, the value that a court would put on it.
I would suggest that you obtain quotations (quotations not estimates) for putting the work right and then, you can agree and get paid, what is agreed making that payment in full and final settlement and if they don’t accept it, and the landowners issue court proceedings, you will have to defend them on the basis that the claims are exaggerated.
I don’t know whether who actually did the work but it may be that the landowners have you and the Lodge company as first and second defendant and the court will decide (if it gets to court) who is actually liable.
The legal situation is that either you or the Lodge company is liable to put the landowners back into the position that they would have been had this damage not occurred and it is purely the value of that which is in dispute.
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