What are cookies?
Cookies are small text files placed on a users device when they visit a website. They allow a website to do things like transfer information between pages of the site, remembering settings from previous visits and analyse how users interact with a site to help improve their experience.
- to make the site work in a more convenient way to you (such as saving your shortlist between browser sessions)
- to help us know if we’re connecting the right people to the right cottage through analytics; and
- to let you be sociable in your browsing with Facebook, Instagram, Google Plus, Twitter and Pinterest.
Types of cookies
There are two types of cookies:
These cookies stay on a users device between browsing sessions but have an expiration date set in the cookie. Each time a user visits the site where they were set, the browser sends the cookie to the website.
These cookies only stay on a user’s device while they are browsing a website, when the user closes their browser, they are deleted.
We use two categories of cookies:
CORE SITE COOKIES
These cookies are essential to the functioning of the website. They do not collect any personally identifiable information about you.
PHPSESSID (Session cookie) – Allows our site to anonymously identify users and transfer their requests for information between pages of the site in a secure manner.
ShortlistId (Persistent cookie) – Created only when you add a cottage to a shortlist or visit the ‘Your Shortlist’ page. This allows users who return to our site in the same web browser on the same device (computer/phone/tablet) to view their last shortlist without having to save it.
wwhc_cookies (Persistent cookie) – This is where your cookie permissions are stored.
You can opt-out of Google Analytics tracking by using the Google Analytics opt-out browser add-on.
We use advertising services from the following companies: Google, Bing, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest. We use conversion tracking features of these services to help us understand the effectiveness of our marketing on those sites and services.
For further details, please see the ‘about Hotjar’ section of Hotjar’s support site.
It is possible to accept or reject certain types of cookies using the settings available in your web browser. If you delete cookies or set your browser to reject all cookies you may be unable to use core functions of some sites, including this one.
You can choose whether to allow performance cookies on our website below.
Please note, however, that if you delete cookies or refuse to accept them, you might not be able to use all of the features we offer, you may not be able to store your preferences, and some of our pages might not display properly.
Where can you find more information about cookies
You can learn more about cookies and the following third-party websites:
Network Advertising Initiative: http://www.networkadvertising.org