HomeAway.co.uk Mystery Property Competition

Terms & Conditions


WHO MAY ENTER: To enter you must be a resident of the European Union aged 18 or over. The promoter of this contest (the “Contest”) is HomeAway.co.uk, operated by HomeAway UK Limited (the “Promoter”). The Contest is not open to employees of HomeAway.co.uk, their agencies or associated companies, or the immediate families of anyone associated with the Contest. By entering the Contest, you agree to be bound by these rules.

ENTRY PERIOD: The Entry Period begins at 4:00 pm October 01, 2012 and ends at 11:59 pm October 31, 2012.

HOW TO ENTER: To enter the Contest entrants must do the following:

  • Check the HomeAway UK Facebook page or ‘Mystery Property’ tab for clues on the Mystery Property location, property type and characteristics.
  • Visit www.HomeAway.co.uk and type the name of the destination where they think the property is located in to the search box. Hit ‘Go’.
  • Use the filters on the left-hand side to narrow down their search by property type, number of bedrooms, location or facilities.
  • Scroll through the search results to scan for the mystery property.
  • Click on the property they think is the Mystery Property.
  • Use the Facebook like button at the top of the page to like the property and then submit the URL along with their details using the Submission Form at http://www.facebook.com/HomeAwayUK/app_148603408612147. Entrants can have up to three guesses.

Promoter is not responsible for any failure of the Site, Facebook or the Submission Form during the Entry Period including any technical malfunction of any computer, on-line system, server, access provider, computer equipment, or software on account of traffic congestion on the internet, Facebook or any combination thereof including any injury or damage to an entrant’s or any other person’s computer related to or resulting from downloading any material related to the Contest, all of which may affect a person’s ability to participate in the Contest.

SELECTING THE WINNER: There will be one (1) grand-prize winner (the “Star Prize Winner”) and another 12 winners (the “Winners”). Every three days the Promoter will change the clues to a different property and award the first person who likes the property. The prize for the Winners will consist of a £50 Amazon voucher (a total of 12 Amazon vouchers will be awarded). The Star Prize Winner will be randomly drawn by the Promoter. The prize for the Star Prize Winner will consist of £1,000 towards a stay in a property listed on, and booked through, the HomeAway.co.uk website.

PRIZES: The prize for the Winner will consist of £1,000 towards a stay in a property or properties listed on, and booked through, the HomeAway.co.uk site (www.HomeAway.co.uk). There is no cash alternative available for any prize. For the prize, confirmation of booking with the property owner or owners must be provided to the Promoter by sending an email to HomeAway.co.uk via the address provided in the prize confirmation email before funds are released from the Promoter and the stay must occur within the one (1) year period following the notification to the winner that he or she won the star prize, at which time the star prize shall expire. The star prize winner must provide proof of the rental rate payable for the property (“Rental Cost”) by sending the property owner’s confirmation of the booking and the total amount payable to the email address provided by HomeAway.co.uk in the prize confirmation email. The Promoter will be responsible for paying to the property owner or owners the amount the Rental Cost up to a maximum of £1,000, provided that should the Rental Cost (1) come to less than £1,000, the Promoter will forward the difference by cheque or bank transfer (as specified by the Winner) to the Winner, up to a maximum value of £500, or (2) exceed £1,000, it will be the duty of the Winner to pay the excess to the relevant owner/owners. For the avoidance of doubt, the Winner must bear his/her own travel and other costs in connection with the property rental. By accepting the prize and booking a property or properties listed on HomeAway.co.uk, Winners and their accompanying travel companions accept and acknowledge the  terms and conditions of the Promoter as detailed here: https://www.homeaway.co.uk/info/about-us/legal/terms-conditions/traveller. The Promoter will not be responsible for any payment of any costs, expenses, fees or taxes associated with the receipt or use of any of the Prizes.

- The Winners will be informed of prize delivery details by email. The Winners of the Amazon vouchers will be informed during the week of the Prize Draw that they entered. The Winner of the star prize will be informed by email within two (2) to four (4) weeks following the close of the Prize Draw. 

CLAIMING PRIZES: Only properly claimed prizes will be awarded. If any correspondence sent by the Promoter is returned as undeliverable, the corresponding prize will be forfeited and will be awarded to an alternate entrant. If the Winner does not respond within ten (10) days after the Promoter’s first attempt to contact him or her, the corresponding prize will be forfeited and will be awarded to an alternate entrant. The Winner must meet the eligibility requirements set forth in these Official Rules. In the event there is a dispute of a Winner’s identity, the prize will be awarded to the established authorized Facebook account holder. The Winner may be requested to provide Promoter with proof that such Winner is the authorized Facebook account holder. Promoter may determine, in its sole discretion, whether the proof provided is sufficient. A list of Winners may be obtained by sending an SAE to: HomeAway UK Limited, Portland House, 25th floor, Bressenden Place, London, SW1E 5BH.

The Winner may be required to participate in promotional and publicity materials at the reasonable request of Promoter. These include publishing of the Winner’s name and photo on The Promoter’s website and on Promoter’s page on Facebook. Each entrant agrees that if he or she becomes a Winner: (i) where requested to do so, he or she will participate in promotional and publicity materials in connection with the Prize as detailed above, and (ii) agrees to provide rights to the Promoter for the exploitation of the foregoing in any and all media throughout the world in perpetuity without any payment to any Winner or his or her chosen companion(s) whatsoever. Promoter will not publicise detailed personal information about the Winners.

Please review the Promoter’s Privacy Policy at https://www.homeaway.co.uk/info/about-us/legal/privacy-policy. By participating in the Contest you hereby agree to Promoter’s collection and usage of your personal information as permitted by Promoter’s Privacy Policy and acknowledge that you have read and accept Promoter’s Privacy Policy.

LIMITATION OF LIABILITY: By participating in the Contest, including accepting a prize, entrant agrees to release, hold harmless and agrees not to institute any claim against Promoter and its parent company, affiliates, subsidiaries and their respective officers, directors, employees, agents, and representatives (collectively, the “Released Parties”) from and against any and all liability whatsoever for any injuries, losses or damages of any kind arising from or in connection with, either directly or indirectly, the awarding (including the determination of authorized account holders), acceptance, receipt, possession, use and/or misuse of any prize awarded herein. Upon delivery of a prize to the Winner, Promoter will be deemed to have awarded the prize to such Winner with Winner assuming full responsibility for the prize.

Released Parties are not responsible for any technical, hardware, software, telephone or other communication malfunctions, errors or failures of any kind, lost or unavailable network connections, unauthorized human intervention, traffic congestion, incomplete or inaccurate capture of entry information (regardless of cause) or failed, incomplete garbled, jumbled or delayed computer transmissions which may limit one’s ability to enter the Contest, including any injury or damage to your or any other person’s computer relating or resulting from participating in the Contest or downloading any materials in these Contest. Under no circumstances will entrants be permitted to obtain awards for any action or claim related to the Contest, and entrant hereby waives all rights to claim punitive, incidental, or consequential damages, or any other damages, including attorneys’ fees, in relation thereto and entrant further waives all rights to have damages multiplied or increased.

If the Contest cannot be conducted as planned, for any reason, including, without limitation, infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other cause beyond the control of Promoter, Promoter reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Contest and select Winners from among the eligible entries prior to such cancellation, termination, modification, or suspension. Persons found tampering with or abusing any aspect of this Contest, or whom Promoter believes to be causing malfunction, error, disruption or damage will be disqualified. Promoter reserves the right to correct any typographical, printing, computer programming or operator errors. The Promoter's failure to enforce any term of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision.

CHOICE OF LAW: The Official Rules shall be exclusively governed by the laws of England and Wales and the courts of England shall have non-exclusive jurisdiction in relation to any disputes arising there from.

In the event of any dispute concerning the operation of any part of the Prize Draw, the decision of the Promoter shall be final.

The Promoter’s address is HomeAway UK Limited, Portland House, 25th floor, Bressenden Place, London, SW1E 5BH.