Privacy Policy

Latest Policy update 25/01/2024

Privacy and cookies

This privacy policy explains how we use any personal information we collect about you when you use this website.

What information do we collect about you?

We collect information about you when you add a comment or upload content to the website (e.g. add text and photos). The information we collect is your name and e-mail address.

If you make a donation to Cottageology, we may also collect phone number, credit/debit card details and any other details as might be requested from you for the purpose of registration and/or continued use of our services. We may also collect information from you if you request information or customer support.

How will we use the information about you?

When visitors leave comments on the site, we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

Comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.

We collect information about you so that our website editors can contact you about your comment or contribution if necessary. We may publish your name on the website alongside the comment or contribution. We will not publish your e-mail address.


When you signup to our newsletter, we request your first name and your email address so we can send you news, updates and materials that we feel are of benefit to our clients and audience.

We do not share data with any third parties and you will always be able to unsubscribe easily, using the unsubscribe link at the bottom of every newsletter email.  You can easily opt out of our Mailchimp by clicking unsubscribe in the footer of any of our emails.  

We use Mailchimp as our email newsletter provider.  Mailchimp are fully GDPR compliant and committed to robust privacy policies which you can read all about on their their page About MailChimp, the EU/Swiss Privacy Shield, and the GDPR

PLEASE NOTE that if a Guardians scheme for owners of traditionally constructed buildings is ever instituted, although we will ask your permission first, we will assume that you are interested in such a scheme and if it is state-run we plan to pass on your contact details so that if you wish you can join.

How long will we keep the information about you?

Because we aim to preserve the content of the website as a historical archive, this information will be stored indefinitely, alongside the comment or contribution you have submitted.

Access to your information and correction

You have the right to request a copy of the information that we hold about you. If you would like a copy of some or all of your personal information, please contact us at info @ cottageology . com. You may ask us to correct or remove information.

Use of cookies

Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer by websites that you visit. They are widely used in order to make websites work, or work more efficiently, as well as to provide information to the owners of the site.

The cookies that this site may store on your computer are listed below.

When leaving a comment, WordPress stores up to three cookies in order to remember your details and save you from having to type them in every time:

comment_author (expires after one year)
comment_author_email (expires after one year)
comment_author_url (expires after one year)
When registering and logging in to add and edit content in the /wp-admin/ area of the site, WordPress stores up to four cookies:

wordpress_xxxx (expires after two months; xxxx is a 32 character randomly-generated sequence)
wordpress_logged_in_xxxx (expires when you close your browser)
wp_settings-1 (expires after one year)
wp_settings_times-1 (expires after one year)
On sites where the Google Analytics tracking system is active, the following cookies may be set: _utma, _utmb, etc (these expire after two years).

Please also note that most web browsers allow some control of most cookies through the browser settings. To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set and how to manage and delete them, visit

Web site tracking

Whenever you visit our web site, our host server automatically records each page you visit and the IP address from which you are connecting to us. It also records other information, including your operating system, your web browser, and the web site from which you followed a link to this website (if any).

Additionally, the Google Analytics reporting system may be active. This information is only gathered to establish general usage trends for the site, not to find out information about individual users.

To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites visit

Third party functions

Our site, like most websites, includes functionality provided by third parties. A common example is an embedded YouTube video. Our site includes the following functions which use cookies:

Stripe cookie on the payment page
Google Fonts
YouTube Videos

Disabling these cookies will likely break the functions offered by these third parties

Other websites

Our website contains links to other websites. This privacy policy only applies to this website so when you link to other websites you should read their own privacy policies.

Changes to our privacy policy

We keep our privacy policy under regular review and we will place any updates on this web page.

How to contact us

Please contact us info @ cottageology . com if you have any questions about our privacy policy or information we hold about you. If you have any difficulty write to: Imogen Bertin, Reagrove, Minane Bridge, Co. Cork P17 KH32 Republic of Ireland.

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